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About Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch

Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, the Stonehouse Restaurant features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with a crackling fireplace and creek side views. Chef Matthew Johnson evocative regional cuisine is prepared with a palate of herbs and vegetables harvested from the Ranch’s organic chef’s garden.

900 San Ysidro Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 565-1720

Website:
http://www.sanysidroranch.com/

Executive Chef:
Matthew Johnson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.9

value

4.2

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Scenic View (21)
Cozy (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful evening. Food, service, and ambience was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Really wonderful. We don't go to Santa Barbara often but when we do we come to this restaurant. As always it did not disappoint. The service was amazing and the food perfect. I love that there are people in dinner jackets and cocktail dresses and some in sweaters and jeans. The service is fun and understated. The food is perfectly cooked and presented.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

This was a very special place for me and my partner. We will always come back here when we are in town

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Travelled to Santa Barbara for 5 days of California cuisine and wine. This was a highly anticipated dinner and, sadly, the most disappointing of our 5 dinners.
Arrived at 5:56 for a 6:00 reservation. Doors locked. Staff opened the door only to tell us and the other 2 couples that "We don't open until 6pm." Odd. Went to the bar downstairs and had excellent cocktails prepared and served by a friendly staff.
Knowledgeable sommelier who recommended a delicious Ojai Vineyards pinot. Pricey ($180) but worth it. Essentially uninspired food served by a disinterested staff. Disappointing.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Everything about the Stonehouse is outstanding. It's hard to imagine what could be improved upon. We went for our anniversary. The service is impeccable. The food indescribably good. The desserts are beyond compare. A very expensive restaurant but there is no equal!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Cheerful experience. Advice to come there for the weekend dining. Enjoy !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great local and service. Perfect for quiet intimate dining.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Honeymoon! Was here a year ago to the day for the post-engagement dinner and it is absolutely breathtaking. Will be back again God willing

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a wonderful brunch today. Citrus cured salmon appetizer was delicate and delicious. Crab Benedict was wonderful too. The grounds are serene, and the dining patio has a beautiful view of hills to ocean. Our server was very helpful and friendly too. A first rate experience in every way.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing food and even better service from the staff. I can’t wait to come back. You guys made our anniversary feel really special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our lunch at the Stonehouse was perfect, from beginning to end - from the friendly greeting from valet parking and the utter beauty upon entering the plush, lavenderesque tones of the gardens to the personalized service of the waiter. The 3-course lunch was to die for - seabass and clams in a delicate sauce which was eagerly sopped up w/ the fresh olive bread. The sorbets were punched w/ natural flavor and the Meyer lemon tart was spectacular! We loved our visit!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Stonehouse exceeded our expectations. The setting is so beautiful and created an almost magical experience. The food and wine were absolutely delicious and the service was impeccable. We had a group of 6 so we sampled several items on the menu - everything was wonderful from our pre-dinner cocktails to the amazing Meyer lemon soufflé for dessert. I cannot wait to go back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

An outstanding choice when visiting Santa Barbara. Great food, ambiance, and style just outside of downtown. Try to sit at an outside table -- they are great. Prices are upscale but worth it. I like the style and consistency of the food, as well as the friendliness of the staff. I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Pork belly appetizer was excellent but I felt both our entrees were a little sub par from their usual execution.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Exquisite setting, beautiful restaurant, excellent food, outstanding service. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. Stonehouse Restaurant was highly recommended to us. We were not disappointed. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very good meal in an outstanding location. Service is very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Exquisite setting and atmosphere. Abalone appetizer, fantastic. Steak Dianne, mediocre. Rack of Lamb was cold. Sommelier was rushed, non descriptive. Chocolate Soufflé excellent?

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We have been here on several occasions.
This one was our 20th Anniversary....we were also here for our Honeymoon.
This meal was by far the worst we have ever had......
San Ysidro Ranch is a lovely place but a little tired.
The Stonehouse has been a favorite of ours for years.
But NOW they need a New Executive Chef!
The most disappointing meal on our weeklong trip along the coast.
It started our poorly with two dry radishes served with some common olives.
It went downhill from there....
Just an awful experience except for our waiter and Todd the Wine Director who were both terrific.
With Encanto now in Santa Barbara they have some serious competition.
Time to get the act together starting with someone new running the kitchen.
Sorry to have to write this review!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service was better than usual and it is a lovely venue. Because of the prices the value is fair.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

After a nice hike this was the perfect lunch with excellent salads, fish and gourmet pizza. We thoroughly enjoyed and we’re impressed by the quality of ingredients and preparation.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Most beautiful setting, delicious food and blood orange margarita was an extra treat!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Terrific birthday lunch. Everything delicious, from strawberry salad to hamachi, to mains of scallops and steak. Complimentary dessert to cap our celebration. Attractive presentations. Attentive but not cloying service. Historic, classic ambiance, yet casual.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Beautiful location. Delicious, fresh food. Impeccable service. Special. Highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This is one of the finest dining experiences I have had in my lifetime. From the moment you drive up the tree lit driveway, to the valet parking, and magically lit grounds, it is all perfect. The service was impeccable. The food was exquisite. We will be back to celebrate more special occasions at this very delightful restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Every single bit of fabulous. So romantic and the gardens for a stroll is a lovely way to enjoy a fresh mixed cocktail. The food was Devine and our server, Dave, was so knowledgeable but not pushy in the least, he knew when we needed something but gave us all the space and time we needed for conversation and savoring every bite. Excellent in every way, I would recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Gorgeous setting and the food was absolutely delicious. The one drawback, the price for Sunday brunch (which included unlimited champagne) was the same regardless if you were drinking ice tea! I would definitely go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Again another wonderful dining experience at The Stonehouse Inn. What a beautiful setting! We all thoroughly enjoyed our tasty meals and desserts. This is our favorite restaurant, hands down. It never disappoints. The staff is friendly and so professional. Thank you again Stonehouse Inn! We love you!

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We visited the Stonehouse Reataurant on Sept 27, 2017! I had not been to the San Ysisro Ranch since 1964, when I was at the Plow and Angel Bar, The atmosphere was superb, the food was excellent, and the architecture of the Main Dining space was memorable!
Wonderful experience!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

STAFF WAS EXCELLENT [WAITER ERIC] AND FOOD WAS DELICIOUS. AMBIANCE IS ALWAYS A DELIGHT. EXCELLENTLY APPOINTED

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We always have superbly delicious meals along with outstanding service from all! This is our favorite restaurant hands down. The food is always fresh, tasty, and beautifully presented. We love everything about San Ysidro Ranch and The Stonehouse Inn.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great place, great food, super recommend for a special occasion. Not so expensive though ..

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Beautiful ambience and setting. Top notch food. Fish was slightly over cooked but still flavorable. Impeccable service. Our first time there but will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The evening starts off not well. We weren't seated on the upper terrace, where we have been seated in the past, but down underneath where I was already chilly and no view. The menu was very odd. What I would call trying too hard gourmet. No soup offered for a first course and I think only one over thought salad, other offerings read like main course fair. We thought about leaving, I remembered that in the stone cave the food was more casual. We asked to be reseated and had a delicious dinner with wonderful service.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The restaurant is absolutely romantic and unique. I love the decor and surroundings. The service is excellent and food is great. I would say this is the best Santa Barbara has to offer.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Was the night just before our 7th anniversary and exceeded expectations. I had the parmesan halibut and my wife had the duck breast. Exquisite. Great setting. Had stayed there at the Ranch many years ago but had never eaten there. Will definitely be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I had a group of academic dermatologists from around the United States as my guests from around the United States. They all raved about this restaurant for everything from the food, the wine, the service and the ambiance.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Amazing experience at Stonehouse. Food, wine, service -- all exceptional. The Octopus appetizer was a standout -- funny mix of ingredients but tastes amazing.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We recently had a very special dinner at the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch. I booked the table at the Stonehouse with a little bit of trepidation. From reading other online reviews I knew it was expensive, but had delicious food and could be less than friendly to diners who were not guests at San Ysidro Ranch. But since this was a special evening for my wife's birthday I decided to go ahead and make the reservation for a Saturday evening. It turned out to be a very wonderful celebration.

We arrived on time for our 6:30 PM reservation.It is a good idea to have a reservation before sunset so that you can enjoy the outdoor dining area while it is still light enough to see the gardens. And, even though we were not guests at San Ysidro Ranch we had a wonderful outside table that was nice and large and we were able to sit side by side for our meal.

The Stonehouse has a reputation for a large and expensive wine list. But we had arrived in the Santa Barbara area with a special bottle of champagne we had been saving for a special occasion. Even though I knew there would be a $50 corkage charge we decided to bring our champagne with us.

The food was absolutely delicious and pricey. I started off with the abalone appetizer and then the rack of lamb. My wife selected the duck spring-rolls appetizer and then halibut for her entree. All of the dishes were delicious.

I thought the service was a little slow, but we just decided to linger over our meal and enjoy the lovely evening.

Great place for a special occasion celebration. Just know it is going to be an expensive evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

One of the best dinners ever. Though expensive, the overall experiences wa incredible. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking g for a special place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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