The Hero Ranch Kitchen

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THE HERO RANCH KITCHEN
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Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The best part about Hero Ranch lately is the waiters, I think the one we had said his name was Thomas? It is so noisy in the restaurant, hard to hear. Any where he was perfect, my guest enjoyed the lamb a lot which was an appetizer this time but frequently an entree. Her birthday Sundae was so unique with Carmel corn on a vanilla and chocolate ice cream sundae. You have to try that Sundae so leave room after the delicious lamb or Halibut while enjoying the very helpful waitstaff.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food & service here were great! My favorite dish was the cornbread fried chicken small plate. The restaurant is well decorated as well. My only complaints would be that the large plates didn’t look particularly unique (e.g. all items that we regularly cook at home, such as trout and salmon), and the indoor space is small so tables are very close together.

LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of our regular stops. My wife and I probably dine there once a month.

EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom has been raving about Hero Ranch for months, and finally I got to try it for myself! Everything was amazing. I’m already planning my next visit to try more apps and entrees. The service was great, cocktails were awesome, and even the dessert cocktails were fantastic! The food was also great with good portion sizes. I would come here again and again.

LG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My family enjoyed my husband's birthday dinner in Hero Ranch. The food and wine was really good, with excellent service and a nice ambiance, however it is expensive for a family of 5!

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Loved everything about the restaurant. We arrived early and had to wait for our table to be ready and there was only space to wait outside. They placed us at a table with a heater and brought us a glass of wine to enjoy (on the house) while we waited. Once we got inside, the ambiance and decor were awesome. Our waitress, Sarah was amazing as well. Since it was our first time there, she took the time to answer our questions about the beverage and food options and offered up some of her favorites. We were not disappointed at all. Everything that we got came out tasting amazing and fresh. The drinks were great as well. We enjoyed it so much that we already booked a reservation to return again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion. Food so good you want more but the price and hard to get reservations prevents this from being a hard to break habit. Yumm

BR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Food was outstanding. Service was sub par, came for my birthday and was stuck at a tiny two top squished between two other couples it was awkward and uncomfortable. Spending 200+ on dinner and being uncomfortable is not ideal.

CK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Loved the share plates

TV
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! My new favorite restaurant.

F
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went for my girlfriends birthday. Food was very good. She had the steak and I had the halibut. Unfortunately the service wasn’t that great. Food kept being brought out to the wrong table. Our server had to come back and have us remind him what we ordered. Also, tables are way too close together. This not only made it very loud but it felt we were sitting with the two parties on either side of us.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had to eat outside in 45 degree weather for our 5:45 pm Friday night reservation! Website warns about this! Ample heater lamps helped quite a bit. Service was excellent as was every bit if our food. Wine pours-we ordered by the glass—were generous. Appetizers: ceviche in avocado boats and grilled octopus with fingerlings were perfectly prepared. Our mains: short ribs and scallops were equally delicious. 2 appetizers, 2 mains, 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of wine ran us $180. Definitely would go back

BB
Adelaide / SA
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem. Attentive service and yummy food with an interesting menu!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Food was great. Sadly the service was awful. Waited 30 minutes before we had to ask someone to come to our table. Waited another fifteen minutes for drinks. Outdoors is freezing but lovely atmosphere. Waiter offered no apologies, not the birthday celebration I had in mind.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

HD
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

table for 5 seated outside on a chilly night under the heaters was a delicious and comfortable evening. Out server was warm, informative and had a good sense of humor which is a must for our party. The food was delicious as were the drinks. A fun & tasty time was had by all.

NY
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Both food and drinks are delicious. Staff and manager engaging. Central spot in downtown Saratoga. Only wish they could stay open later!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Awesome!! Service was friendly and helpful!! Second time eating there will be back for sure!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and overall experience. The cocktails and starters are really imaginative. Recommended.

LT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This was our second time at Hero Ranch Kitchen. We absolutely loved our first experience but this time sadly it didn't quite meet our expectations. Our food came cold to the table, the same appetizer we had had on our first visit was far less impressive. We love the ambiance and our table of 6 had a great location in the restaurant. We will definitely come back again as Hero Ranch is a great addition to Saratoga.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and seeing Sarah!

TO
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! We ordered many amazing apps and the rib entree. Four of us ladies, and a great priced bottle of silver oak 2015 cab

Service was amazing all the apps were small but we ordered enough we were all pleasantly full.

Can’t wait to go back. Just make tour reservations in advance.

Thank yoU HRK

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and exceptional food. This place really is a treat.

The waiter Holden is my favorite

C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The dishes were really well executed using real fresh ingredients and stressing quality over quantity. A bit pricey but this is Saratoga after all...The ambiance was good albeit on the noisy side... the issue my wife and I had, was how cramped the inside portion of the restaurant is...it really took away from our overall experience (and one star).

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was good. The location was superb. The menu had a fabulous selection to choose from.

B
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond outstanding! From appetizers to desserts, simply WOW!! Our server, Thomas was extraordinary!
We'll be back soon!

The Hero Ranch Kitchen
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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ER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and high quality food tastefully served without pretending its “ French”. Reserve your table at least 3-5 days prior . Small room for 10-12 tables inside and more outside. Great selection of wine very reasonably priced.
We usually don’t order deserts but could not resist it here and did not regret. Homemade ice cream is to die for!!!!

BT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had reservations for 5:30 (when it opens) but wanted to have a drink at the bar before dinner. We enjoyed the ambiance at the bar so much we decided to stay at the bar for dinner. Everything from the cocktails to the appetizer to the main course was excellent! The service was amazing. We will definitely be returning.

The Hero Ranch Kitchen
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us!

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS!!! ALWAYS! We love it here and look forward to going back.
Great food great service!!!!

AC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this new restaurant-amazing flavors and atmosphere!! We loved everything we tried.

ND
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively restaurant with reasonable prices for wine and good cocktails. All the food we ordered was excellent (crispy sushi, salad and fish).

WY
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family style. We shared the grilled octopus, truffle fries, risotto, scallops, and lasagna. Ambience and cocktails were delicious. Wine list prices were very reasonable.

KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside the main dining room of Hero Ranch, is an elegance, an energetic vibe, and modern with beautifully lit crystal chandeliers.
Our group of 4 enjoyed the holiday spirit in our favorite local Saratoga restaurant.
- Handcrafted Cocktails - Hero Ranch Manhattan and Rancharita cocktails were well prepared by Eric and tasty!
- The appetizers excellent - Especially, Hamachi Carpaccio with the freshest ingredients of fresh ginger, avocado and garlic relish, Fresno chilies, sherry soy citrus vinaigrette.
- The Salads - Hero Wedge prepared with baby iceberg, blue cheese, avocado, candied bacon, cherry tomatoes, corn, sweet peppers, micro cilantro, avocado blue cheese dressing is a must have and my favorite.
Substitutions are greeted with attention to detail; an example is ordering the Hero Wedge with Romaine lettuce. A favorite of my friend.
- The main course - There are always specials of the night - The Pork Chop is well-seasoned, is tender, and moist.
The filets are cooked to medium-rare perfection.
- Service is impeccable - Ron, the manager is the best, he is attentive, friendly, and works with you in the choice of seatings. Alexandra was our server and was very skilled at customer service; decanted our wine, ensured our dishes were hot right out of the kitchen, and just a joy to be around!
We have had many dinners at Hero Ranch and have gotten to know the staff and servers.
Eric the sommelier has great recommendations, and Jason, is always there to greet you with his welcoming personality and incredible customer service skills. The staff are respectful and knowledgeable.
It's always welcoming to be greeted by name!

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit pricey but excellent food!

E
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was excellent and overall we enjoyed the restaurant. Thought it was a little strange that our waiter left mid-meal to have his dinner so we had a sub for part of our dinner. We ordered all shared plates and got one we didn’t order. And moments after we got our check, the manager asked us to pay quickly because we had been there too long and he had people waiting for our table.
We spent over $300 while catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in 10 years. Didn’t appreciate being shuffled out when we were about to leave anyway.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday family dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family time

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Hero ranch does not allow you to reserve a guaranteed spot indoors or outdoors so you have no idea where you are going to sit until you get there. The accommodation and ambience is completely different in each location, so if you are hoping for cozy indoor on a date night it’s really disappointing to find out you’re in one of the out tables. It’s especially problematic during the winter and rainy season as you certainly wouldn’t want to be in dressed up attire without a warm layer

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Hero Ranch is wonderful. From the wine selection to the entrees and desserts, you’ll enjoy whatever you choose.

2
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The disaster evening started with the seating process. I had a reservation and my guest was a few minutes early. They sat her at my table under my name. I get there and they seat me at another table outside never connecting the same reservation. After we finally figure out we re both there and move to my table inside, we order. The usually great tempura string beans were over breaded and soggy. Wedge salad was the night light. We sent our steaks back three times since we don’t like rare. They never got them right so took home for dogs. Big Disappointment, hope it was just a bad night.