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Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch

4.9
1556 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.
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vipFreak77
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wonderful. Very friendly and the food was excellent.

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Larry
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect romantic flawless

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vipJamespoe
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The tortilla soup is certainly nothing special - too much tomato in the soup base and served lukewarm. The ambience is nice in the outside area in front of Plough & Angel, should you be seated there. Except for some noisy yard work being done, it was quiet.

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SamB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing Christian/ Chris our server was fantastic!!! The ambiance is one of tranquility in the outdoor garden area! The food was excellent! The customer service is phenomenal! It is pricey but worth every dollar . You must try the Stonehouse at least once ! We will definitely return !

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Rich
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for lunch or dinner!! The property is Amazing!!

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vipMarvelousmarv
Central Coast
63 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and presentation were exceptional. The service was impeccable and the ambience was wonderful. Everything was done in a timely manner and the tasks were performed expertly and professionally. Easily the best restaurant in the Santa Barbara area.

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MikeS
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was looking for a special lunch experience in SanBarbara/ Montecito area - and found it at Stonehouse!
Driving slowly to San Ysidro Ranch, the turnoff is an inviting (olive)tree lined approach to the properties. Prepare to stop at a booth as you get close. You’ll be directed to the restaurant and parking valet area.
The restaurant has an amazing feel as we walked through to our outside upper level covered patio.table..there is also a patio below with umbrellas....
Wait staff are just excellent in all descriptions ...attentive but not untimely with any needs...
We enjoyed an organic chicken salad and the halibut tacos....a cocktail from a full bar and a nice glass of wine..In short - food is delicious- visually pleasing....We can not wait to enjoy dinner.

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EvelynB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had such a delightful time and the atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary lunch. Our server, Christian, was excellent. Food was done perfectly and delicious. They even surprised us with a lemon tart for dessert for our anniversary. Highly recommend!

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PeterY
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding in all respects! great for a special occasion!

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Restauranteur
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perennial favorite of our family, The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch never disappoints. The setting is the most beautiful and perfectly placed property in the Santa Barbara area. The original ranch buildings and purpose are elegantly integrated into the total experience. An abundance of of natural features such as water fountains, fragrant plantings and magnificent hummingbirds and butterflies are woven into the facility. The staff is classically trained, attentive but not hovering. Offerings on the menu are unique and prepared at the topmost quality - there are no mistakes or near-misses. The Stonehouse is probably the ultimate dining experience on the West Coast.

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PattyS
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A world-class and historic destination. A lovely meal followed by a stroll around the beautiful gardens.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful place to have either a great lunch or dinner with a view of the ocean or gardens. The grounds are fabulous. Our food was excellent as well as the service. Loved that they were not overwhelming at your table all the time. Enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my friend talking and laughing. Thank you Stonehouse. We will return next year!

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vipSimonR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, beautiful environment, great food

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ChristineS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Not been there since pandemic started. Glad to see the restoration of the dining area was done in such a way to honor the tradition of one of our favorites places to eat. Seating was done to spread customers over the lunch period. As always, outstanding service from the beginning to the end. There was a little back up in the kitchen and they served a cup of their delicious tortilla soup as an apology for the wait which wasn't that long. Thanks again for another lovely experience. We live in Ventura and over the years we have never been disappointed. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional staff. Greeting, wine selection and service were all very accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The Stonehouse was absolutely beautiful. The whole experience really made our anniversary special

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vipBillyV
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect lunch. I’ll leave it at that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing, highly recommend.

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NanetteA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You have to try the Grand Marinier soufflé; absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speechless - no words!!! The best dining experience of all time.

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JanetteT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service; friendly and helpful; excellent food quality.
Wish you'd bring back the 3 course meal choices, however. Really miss that.

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CarlyD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once in a lifetime experience! My husband and I had dinner at Stonehouse and it was lovely! Staff was very friendly, helpful and attentive. Our portions were so large. I make a special point of this because typically higher end restaurants serve small portions. Stonehouse is the exception! Romantic setting. We will be back.

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JenniferB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning property, excellent food, highly recommend for those looking for a five-star experience!

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AidaG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and garden setting. Very good service. Upscale but not snubby or pretentious. The salads were very fresh using quality veggies. My burger dish was ok, it was overdone.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Montecito, we enjoyed a quiet lunch in this lovely restaurant to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Food, service and ambiance were wonderful. Thanks for the recommendation, Kevin Costner!

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ConradH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great. We got one of the best tables with a view of the ocean. Being able to walk around the grounds, like the rose garden, was a bonus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful in every way

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LukeM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most beautiful places on earth. The food is ridiculously good, and don't sleep on their rosemary bread! Gives bread in Paris and Italy a run for its money! Also an incomparable wine list. Peach belini on a hot day is bonkers as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting for any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Stonehouse is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Santa Barbara. The food is delicious and the service is always impeccable. A wonderful place to enjoy a birthday or anniversary or just to have a romantic date with your spouse.

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mija714
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Limited menu offerings were disappointing. Generic dishes were ok. Nothing special.
Server forgot about us repeatedly.

Birthday celebration ignored…even though it was included in the reservation a week in advance.
No suggested desserts or invitation to try anything.

Beautiful environment is the draw. Not the food.

MB
MarshaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special place! Cocktails delicious. We enjoyed strolling the garden with our drinks before our reservation. Fabulous food. Loved the tortilla soup.

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AshleyH
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Incredible view and impeccable service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This is a gorgeous place to have dinner. That said, the prices are outrageous and the food good, but not great. I mean the prices OUTRAGEOUS!

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vipBirthdaygirl
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable location. Beautiful, delectable food. The octopus and scallops for a start were perfect. Duck was delicious. Ribs were yummy! Also get the mint ice cream; they make it there! Service is outstanding! (Sam- thank you!) Perfect for a special celebration! Can’t wait to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

28th Wedding Anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a a special time on Stonehouse restaurant . We were celebrating my daughter graduation. And the service was incredible, the Wine and the Champagne were wonderful and the food beautiful and delicious .
And for desert all the kindness reminding us how special is the moment ... they write with chocolate Congratulation❤️. Stonehouse is a restaurant everybody must go!

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vipMissy
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smell of gardenia, jasmine and rosemary floated in the air enveloping time as we celebrated a birthday amongst a lively crowd. Steak Diane, Bananas Foster along with Cherries Jubilee made table side. Imagine those fragrances... you should be wishing you were here!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and delightful food. Toured magnificent gardens after lunch - hard to beat!

DH
vipDebH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely setting outside but we sat near entrance and table was very dark. Waiter had to use flashlight to illuminate what he was serving. Good service. Food was good but not outstanding.

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Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch is rated 4.9 stars by 1556 OpenTable diners.

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