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Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

11 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion (6)
  • Neighborhood Gem (5)

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Innovative recipes paired with the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley to bring you unique cuisine to inspire and delight your senses. Local produce, house-made ingredients and a selection of beer and wines from local vintners will encourage you to indulge your palate.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday Breakfast 6am-11am
Lunch 11:30am-1:30pm
Dinner 5pm-10pm

Saturday - Sunday Breakfast 7am - 12 noon
Lunch 12pm - 1:30pm
Dinner 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(805) 688-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Ofelio Flores
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Cross street
Highway 246
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Special events & promotions
Come out and enjoy our slow cooked prime-rib and wood-oven pizzas featured every wednesday and friday evenings. Paired up with an ale from our expansive beer list.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 11 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on February 28, 2015

Food was pretty good, but the burgers came with mayo spread on both sides though menu didn't specify this. Menu should list all the ingredients so people can ask to remove any they're allergic to before the food is prepared.

3.0Dined on June 9, 2014

We ate here while charging our car at the super charger in the parking lot. It wasa Monday evening 6:30 pm. We wanted a nice dinner while waiting. We were seated immediately the restaurant was almost empty. AAfter a bit the waitress came to take our orders. I explained my dairy allergy and asked for recommendations. I ended up ordering the Mediterranean Chicken and Linguini with no cheese or butter. My husband also ordered a chicken dish. While waiting, we wondered about bread. It only arrived after they served our meal and I specifically asked if the meal came with bread. It took far too long for the food to arrive. Mine was piping hot but my husband's food was cold. Both were badly overpowered with garlic.

5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

From beginning to end, everything was delicious! I was a bit worried about the cauliflower soup; however, to my surprise, it was very tasty! I had a romantic and delightful dinner with my sweetheart. Can't wait to come back for another special occasion.

5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We enjoyed the special touches - the black table cloths, the fresh roses and rose petals on the table. We were offered champagne and warm bread was brought to the table. The cream of broccoli soup was tasty and so was the salad. We had the lobster tail and 6oz prime rib dinner and both were delicious! The prime rib was cooked perfect. Our meal ended with a mango mousse cake, also very tasty. The wait staff was very attenitve by filling our water glasses and bringing out each course at just the right time. We usually do not go out for Valentines Day but were glad we did!

4.0Dined on November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving dinner was good. There could have been better settings in the restaurant. Should have been table cloth and flowers. The service was excellent.

5.0Dined on November 28, 2013

The food was beyond delicious. I would have preferred more of a thick 'candy' sauce for the sweet potatoes but they were nonetheless, delicious. Turkey was so moist and tasty. Ham was wonderful. Dessert selection might have been a bit more expanded - not so much pumpkin flavored offerings (ice-cream, cheesecake and pie). Pecan pie was a no-show!

Service was GREAT! Price was a bit high (likely, because champagne was offered). Next time there should be a price for meal with champagne, or without. I prefer without.

Recommended highly. I hope my suggestions are taken to mind?

3.0Dined on November 8, 2013

We love coming here when we meet with friends. The food is good and the ambiance is very nice and it's on the quieter side so you can actually hear yourself talk. No background noises.

4.0Dined on October 20, 2013

We enjoyed the buffet. Make your own waffles, made to order eggs and plenty of pastries, fruit and side dishes.

3.0Dined on February 14, 2013

The wait person had too many tables and was slow to recognize our needs!

5.0Dined on February 14, 2013

We had a four course meal on Valentines day and the food was fantastic!

3.0Dined on January 25, 2013

The food was very good but the kitchen was very slow and with hungry kids not a plus. The server was also slow to get our drink order. She was not very sure of the menu items and was not attentive to our table after we received our food.