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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.

406 E. Hwy 246
Buellton, CA 93427
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American

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.

Cross Street:
Thumbelina

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 688-0676

Website:
http://www.hitchingpost2.com/

Catering:
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.

Executive Chef:
Frank Ostini

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Notable Wine List (41)
Worth the Drive (41)
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Good for a Date (31)
Bar Seating (28)
Casual (28)
Authentic (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Local Ingredients (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Fun (16)
Cozy (14)
Romantic (11)
Kid-friendly (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
People Watching (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My favorite restaurant. Food is not a value but in this case you get what you pay for. Wines choices made by the owner are great. Tell your server if you are on a date you want slow dinner and they don't mind. Gone 2 times and while not everything on the menu is a home run every thing is good. Highly recommend the top sirloin. Will make a point of stopping here for dinner if anywhere near this area.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We have been to this location 5 times in the past, service has been 2-3 stars. Last night Robin helped the HitchingPost set themselves apart. She was friendly, attentive, helpful and made our dining experience an A+ occasion.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

our server was very friendly and competent. the steaks were excellent; very tender and flavorful. we would come back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Made a valentines reservation at 6:50 for a time of 7:15. It wasn't there before so there must have been a cancellation. We live in Buellton, so we just drove over. We have been there a number of times and always enjoy it. The shrimp appetizer is very good. The baked potato is always cooked perfectly. I also always enjoy the filet mignon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great wine.
Great food.
Great service.
(Could turn the music up a bit)
Fave restaurant in California.
LOVE.

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·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great meat

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We ate at the bar because the Olympics were on TV, but our meal was really, really great, from artichoke all the way to lemon dessert! The guys at the bar took great care of us. We also enjoyed one of the Hitching Post's pinots, which was excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Overall, we love to visit the Hitching post... We try to go regularly, however, because of the slightly higher priced menu, we have to limit our visits to accomodate our budgets. Otherwise, we recommend the Hitching post for those special occasions.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

6:30 reservation. Sat at exactly 6:30. Restaurant was packed, reservations full, and the hostess did a great job handling it. Food was excellent, wine was good, steaks were cooked perfectly!! Love this classic place!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is always amazing, restaurant vibe is casual and comfortable, wine list is awesome. Always a terrific dining experience from start to finish.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

All food selections were terrific. Especially loved the dry rubbed baby back ribs. Also we were expressed with the designated driver program that allows the non-drinker to be eligible for a free appetizer of bbq marinated mushrooms which were delicious!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Absolutely fantastic as usual! Look forward to going back soon. Burgers were amazing, and the desserts-to die for!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Saturday was an off night for the Hitching Post. Steaks were under-cooked with little seasoning. Noise level seemed unusually loud. Waitress was robotic. We’ve been there many times before. Brought guests for the “local” experience and great steaks. All four of us were disappointed, which is not typical for us.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My first trip to the Hitching Post after several times in the area on business. My server was wonderful, attentive and helpful. Food was great and wine list was wonderful.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Steaks are grilled over oak. Very good. Great kids menu. Meat lovers only.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is easily our favorite restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is top notch. Everyone that works there has been there long term and they are quick and know what they are doing. They understand it’s a pricey place and it shows. It’s always a pleasure eating there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Live Sports, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This is a good restaurant with excellent steak offerings. We went there for Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week which made it a great value. They had lots of different choices on their restaurant week menu which is different than some restaurants that only offer a few options. The only issue with the restaurant is that it is very noisy.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was great considering it was a busy Friday night. The whole meal was great with pretty good wine!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great Restaurant week menu! Service was great even though they were very busy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Restaurant week was a let down, the wine was expired, the potato wasn’t done, my son didn’t get his food on time.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great all around

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 21, 2018

excellent steaks and delicious appetizers good local wine selection. The ono was also excellent and moist on the inside with great oak flavor.

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner with my wife. We had a ribeye steak and baby back ribs. They were both greatly cooked and delicious! Also came with a green salad with came with 2 deep fried goat cheese balls. Awesome. Washed it down with a delicious house pinot noir called Highliner. Service was also top notch and waitress happily answered any and all questions we had. Would recommend this place to any and everyone. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

One of my favorite places for twenty years. If you are a meat fan this is the place for your family

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A perfect meal in every way. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Unpretentious. Friendly staff. Amazing food. A perfect day in Solvang for me is Paula's Pancake House for breakfast and Hitching Post II for dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a great time, loved our dinner & wine. Everyone was so friendly.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food has really gone downhill! They are resting on their reputation from the past at this point. Not really worth going there.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

My family and I went to celebrate my 35th Birthday. I ordered the filet mignon medium well. It was one of the best steaks I’ve had. Everything else was just average from the baked potato to the vegetables and the soup and salad.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was so tasty. Filet was amazing. The Magic Stuff spices is so good. Place is a little dated but the food makes up for it.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Newcastle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great steaks, quirky with other food offerings. Puddings quite big after a hefty steak.
Pricey but worth it. Would happily return, roll on next visit to Solvang!👍

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed our visit; fabulous service & delicious food. We're come again tonight before heading to Seattle. I think the young folks want more artichokes with Donner! Lol

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

One of our favorite dinner restaurants. Service was great, accommodating. We love the swordfish and rack of ribs, always perfectly done.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Fantastic wine and dining experience in an iconic setting. I'd recommend to anyone. Fantastic A++++

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great steak as always. This is a must stop any time we are in the area.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I got exactly what I wanted - a quality "retro" experience. The 2006 Hitching Post Pinot was also terrific!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had dinner there on New Years Eve for our 1st Wedding Anniversary. Our waiter was very attentive and even surprised us with an ice cream anniversary dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Casual
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