The Gathering Table
Chef Budi Kazali artistically melds Asian and French cuisine to deliver a truly delectable and extensive menu that features seasonal, locally sourced produce, seafood, and meats.
Whether you’re reconnecting with family and friends at our communal gathering table, or with that special someone at one of our more intimate tables, you’re in for a truly remarkable dining experience.
There's something on the menu for everyone, and all the dishes are small plates and meant to be shared, so come hungry!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Seared Spanish Octopus
Squid Ink Vinaigrette & Spicy Yuzu Aioli
Wolfe Farm Oyster Mushrooms, Romanesco
Prime Hanger Steak
Hand Cut Fries, Smokey Ketchup, Chipotle Butter
I am a local who brought up guests from LA and they loved it.
Awful service which was really sad since the food was fantastic. To start, almost every dish came out at once. Then at the end of the meal no one was in our area for 20 minutes so we could place our dessert order. We were sitting in 40 degree weather freezing waiting for someone to come our way so we could just close up and leave. Also it was bizarre they had a heat lamp for every table except the one we were at and said nothing to us about it despite the fact that I had my winter hat on. Just such disappointing service for the food being so wonderful.
The food was easily the best we had at any restaurant on this wine tasting trip. Second time at this restaurant. We tried a wide variety of menu options and all were outstanding.
70th birthday. Menu very heavy meat, and I’m a pescatarian. The curry carrot soup was wonderful though..... and cauliflower was delicious. Just wish they had a nice mushroom dish or cheese dish.
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was great as was the wine.
Chefs makes the most amazing small plates/appetizers. They are even better than the mains. We love to go and share small plates.
Amazing really enjoyed every bite second time there brought family and it was their favorite
Fabulous! Impeccable food and the charming ambiance is perfect.
Quite a find, whether seated indoors or out, the ambience, food, and service were great. We had a group of 8 that were easily accommodated.
The Gathering Table is always excellent and Chef Budi is doing amazing food in his kitchen. Most items have an Asian nod. Nice wine list too.
Gathering Table has set up tents on their front lawn to serve patrons and keep Covid guidelines in place. We were very comfortable there and the area had a nice ambiance. They also had small heaters available if needed. Eclectic selection of foods on the menu. We had the Hamachi appetizer, the pan fried noodles and a filet mignon. The appetizer was delicious, although small in portioning, the noodles were a bit too sweet for me but had a nice flavor and the filet was done perfectly. The filet came with broccolini, which I don’t like, so requested a substitute of Brussel sprouts. The substitution did not happen and unfortunately we never saw our server again until we had finished our meal to ask about it. With that said, the service was below average. The server was very engaging and friendly but very scarce. She mentioned something about having to help with carry out orders. Overall a better than average experience and would consider dining here again.
We felt like we were on vacation while dining at The Gathering Table. The food was delicious. Everything was so fresh and creatively prepared. Beautiful outdoor dining setting too. Can’t wait to go there again!!!
Wonderful presentation and flavors. Loved the grilled octopus, hamachi and Korean sliders! Can’t wait to visit again
Food was so good! Perfect place for a group as there’s lots of yummy shareable items!! BEST brussel sprouts, filet and carpaccio.
by far our favorite dinner of the weekend, the food was wonderful and our servers were outstanding, definitely made it a special experience.
Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.
As always the dining experience at The Gathering Table was wonderful.
Love this place! A must when visiting the area!
Great meal after an afternoon of wine-tasting. Quiet, socially distanced, but you easily strike up conversation with your neighboring tables. Service was great, food was family-sharing style. Every dish was superb! Best meal and environment I’ve had in a very long time!
Great food and staff!
While visiting Santa Ynez Valley I've been able to try several restaurants - this is my favorite. Hamachi appetizer is delicious and balanced, also had an Ahi poke special that was fantastic. The Hanger steak is on my list of all time favorite meals. Wonderful and a bit spicy when you use the sauce. Solid wine list as well. Obviously, I highly recommend The Gathering Table.
Took Mom to dinner on her visit to California from Miami, and she really loved it.... we all had fondue and the Chinese chicken salad! And the lamb shank, excellent!! Don’t forget the home made ice cream!! Fabulous!
We have been visiting the Ballard Inn for dinner for many years, infrequently as we live in San Diego, but whenever we find ourselves in the vicinity. The first time was amazing and somehow it has got better and better. Food is delicious, now a great twist on traditional dishes with fantastic Korean flavors, local wines are always great and fairly priced, serving staff are so friendly. We will without doubt continue to eat here whenever the opportunity arises.
Our favorite place for anniversaries and birthdays.
Great food. Perfectly prepared.
Great food and service! Environment was quiet, quaint and so enjoyable. Will definitely be back.
Beautiful place . Great food
My wife have dined here 3 times and the food and service never disappoints. We will be back. Hamachi, Cheese fonud and steak is a must
It was absolutely wonderful on all counts - fabulous food and service - thank you!
Everything was fabulous!
The worst service we've had on this trip. Great food but we felt unwelcome and hurried.
Once again, dinner at The Gathering Table was memorable and delicious. We enjoyed the variety of food offered; selections way above most restaurants with regard to flavor and creativity. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very personable. We could not have asked for more!
Sadly, this visit wasn't as wonderful as our last. I have worked in restaurants for decades so I TOTALLY understand when it's just one of those nights. We were sat outside (obv) and were promised a heater by our helper and our server. It never came and finally when we were eating our meal the table next to us left and my boyfriend got up and turned their heater around to face us. We get it, they didn't have another heater but no one ever told us, it just seemed like they forgot. They were out of the soup we wanted (as it was a chilly evening with no heater and we wanted soup), and of course they were out of the desert I was looking forward to having...oh well. One of those nights.
The food we DID have was enjoyable, however not mind blowing.
Our server was very nice.
Most creative food and taste combinations I’ve tasted in a very long time! Thank you for the culinary delights.
We went to the Gathering Table to celebrate our friends birthday. Our server (Jackie) was very friendly and helped us work through the menu to select something we all could share and enjoy. We were among the first group to enjoy inside dining and the tables were socially distanced so we felt secure. Would go again.
Excellent meal in a great setting. Tried the Hamachi appetizer and the Korean-bibimbap style Hanger Steak. Awesome. Ambiance is much better in non-Covid times, but it felt safe/spacious and I'd definitely enjoy going back and trying more of the menu.
Inventive and delicious dishes in a quiet, idyllic town. Due to COVID, we sat outside on the veranda but managed to stay warm with the overhead heat lamps. We ordered shu mai appetizers (homemade, very tasty but the wrappers detached from the fillings), spicy roasted brussels (nicely browned and seasoned), garlicky noodles (a bit too buttery and a very small serving--not quite as good as the noodles at AnQi), hamachi collars (outstanding) and Mary's chicken with chimichurri sauce (delicious). Fine dining in Santa Ynez wine country!
You can order delivery directly from The Gathering Table using the Order Online button. The Gathering Table also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (800) 638-2466.
The Gathering Table is rated 4.8 stars by 882 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.