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About Hitching Post II
Here, on the Central Coast of California, BBQ has always meant grilling over an open fire of red oak, a style of cooking that is native to our area and goes back to the days of the Spanish Rancheros. By combining the old and the new, we have created an exciting cuisine with outstanding steaks, ribs and chicken, along with fresh fish and seafood and vegetarian options. We also create our own (world class) wines for sale in the restaurant and to the public. Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines have garnered an excellent reputation. Try them here or purchase on our website for your enjoyment at home.
Now featuring Hitching Post Burgers in the HP Sidebar Mondays - Wednesdays! Oak-grilled 1/2 pound ground sirloin on homemade cheese bun with our famous french fries for just $12.
Buellton, CA 93427
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday - Sunday, 4:00pm - 9:30pm. Join us for Hitching Post Wine Tasting: Monday - Friday 4-6 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday 3-5 p.m. We're open every night for dinner except for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day.
$31 to $50
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We bring our oakwood grill to you with a crew to serve traditional "Santa Maria Style BBQ" or elegant multi course meals with great Santa Barbara wines.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Hitching Post II Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I had a great time @ the HP 2! The food was fabulous and the steaks were cooked perfectly. In addition we had a house bottle of pinot noir that was one of the best we have ever had! I highly recommend this restaurant as we will not forget how nice everyone was to us and made us feel like we really mattered. THANK YOU!
As usual, AMAZING! We have been going to the Hitching Post for more than 25 years. We live locally, so if you want a beef experience, then look no further than the Hitching Post. It is the premier spot to go in the Santa Ynez Valley. Reservations are a must, but you will not be disappointed.
This restaurant is nice for a casual dinner. The steaks here are excellent; cooked to perfection and not over seasoned. The salads are fresh and the quality of the produce is apparent. The appetizers and side dishes are not as impressive though. They are well portioned but not very tasty (perhaps a personal preference). However, the deserts are outstanding.
The service is good. This place gets very busy so it may be some time before your server returns to your table to check on you or return with a small request (extra napkins, dressing, etc.). Do not go there if you are in a hurry.
If you are dining with young children, take note crayons and coloring menus are not provided as other restaurant do. Since it can be a considerable wait before the food arrives, you may want to bring something to keep them entertained. However, the children's menu is very reasonably priced ($10) and ice cream/drinks are included!
The adult beverage menu is somewhat limited with the exception of the wines, especially pinot noir. If this is your choice for wine then you are in luck. The wine here is decent and reasonably priced.
Overall, this place is a good value and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a great steak.
The hostess was terribly unfriendly and in fact in the process of seating me she almost ran over a man in a walker , whom I waited for and she was beyond irritated she had to wait for him now. They shoved me next to a table with a screaming kid and that was it. The server was good but again not friendly and even in the patrons were snobby and rude. The vibe just sucked to be honest and for me if i am going to spend that kind of money I want to be valued as a customer.
The food itself was ok, very salty and just not very flavorful .
I won’t be back
We generally like the Hitching Post II, but this time the experience was terrible. We cheeked in at the front desk and the hostess said they were 10 minutes behind, which was ok considering it was the New Year weekend. Well after waiting over 30 minutes and seeing people seated that came in after us we checked with the hostess again. Instead of checking us in the hostess evidently put us down as a no show. We were seated with a half-assed apology. Not even any sympathy from the server. We were basically ignored, no water refills no checking up on us to see if we needed anything. Make me not want to go back. There are other good steak houses in the area.
I've wanted to eat here for a while. I was worth it.
Steaks are fantastic, the Ribs are good but be warned, They do not put any sauce on them, either while they are being cooked, or after.
If you leave hungry, it's your own fault.
The house Pinot Noir is great.
It was our Anniversary and they made it special
The Hitching Post sets the bar when it comes to food cooked over a live oak wood fire. Coupled with the awesome flavors derived from the oak is the use of the chef's special (secret) Magic Dust aka seasoning that is applied to the meat, fish, etc.
The plates arrive in "simple mode" as there is no "fu-fu garnish or other fillers adorning the plate - just the main entree & potato or rice and that's it! It's all about the food & not the plate distraction that is so often common these days.
Along with the entree, you have the choice of a super-fresh salad, shrimp cocktail or soup and all are top notch. Frankly, I get the salad and the shrimp.
The dessert menu varies as all are homemade in-house, so no frozen cheesecake or packaged Costco delicacy.
We were able to sit promptly with our reservation and our server, Robin, was great. The swordfish and the steak were also good. Would definitely come here again. Also making a reservation with open table definitely saved us time as it seemed there was a wait for those who came without a reservation.
Love the Hitching Post II! If you want the old school steakhouse experience this is the place! Excellent steaks, salad, wine, vegetable tray, mini shrimp cocktail, and garlic bread with salsa. Best steak dinner experience we have had since the last time we were here. Simply preapared delicious food. Our server Anna and the whole staff were attentive and engaging. Thank you HP II!!!
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