SY Kitchen

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1374 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
An inviting farmhouse in the heart of Santa Ynez, serving Chefs Luca and Francesco Crestanellis' modern Italian dishes showcasing local ingredients and wines.

The bar program features dazzling cocktails to be enjoyed in the Dining Room, Porch or The Courtyard

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Reservations for parties of 5 or more please call restaurant directly.

S. Y. Kitchen requests a credit card to hold a reservation of 8 or more. A minimum gratuity of 20% will be added. You may cancel by calling the restaurant by 5 PM two days prior to the reservation. After that cancellation is subject to our policy and fees may be incurred. All credit card information will be processed securely.
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B
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent hand made pastas. The menu changes with the seasons.

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EH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. The octopus appetizer was tender and perfectly cooked. I had the ahi tuna that was incredible - moist and seared to perfection. My husband had the lamb shank and polenta which was also excellent. Our server was courteous and knowledgeable about gluten-free menu options. My only complaint was the restaurant was VERY warm as the AC struggled to keep up with the recent heat wave.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had one of the best pizzas with Truffle
Beats salad was delicious
Overall great food

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S
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we enjoyed our meals and the service (Jennifer) was excellent. My only concern is that it was VERY warm in the restaurant, it was a warm day outside as well, but I will definitely consider the outside temperature before dining there again.

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M
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th time at SY kitchen and it never disappoints! Great food, service and ambience.

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TT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!!

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MB
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible restaurant, food, staff, ambiance 5 stars!!

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JG
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We managed to get a last minute reservation for Saturday night and were not disappointed. The Slow Drip Old Fashion hit the spot! The food was fantastic from starters of grilled artichoke and buffalo mozzarella; the homemade pasta; to the chocolate mascarpone gelato for dessert.
Our server was a great guy (name slips my mind but management please add him to review if you can match our table to him) and made all the right recommendations.

We look forward to many returns!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent service.

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SC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, drinks and service! The dishes are so fresh and presented beautifully. This is one of my favorite restaurants!

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a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing food and fantastic service. My first visit was with my husband and this last visit was with a group of girl friends. Great for any occasion.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nothing but lovely!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was great!

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A
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved SY and it had many years since we had dined at the restaurant and we have to say we were not diappointed. Delicious food and wonderful service.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend SY Kitchen. The food, service, and ambiance are all fantastic. The noise level was a little loud, but it didn't really bother us and it was also a busy Friday night.

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BA
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant food and service! 1st time there and we will be heading back again soon!

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MB
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The entire staff are so friendly and welcoming. Food is great. I always look forward to dining here.

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CM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Several people we met in area recommended to us. Would be top choice when visiting Santa Ynez Valley again.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew is fantastic! Food is incredible, every time! Favorite SY restaurant! GO, you won't be disappointed!

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AK
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and they have just about the best tiramisu I've ever had.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite in wine country!!

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GT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming back to SY Kitchen every time we're in Santa Ynez!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was exceptional. We ordered nearly all of the appetizers, two salads, and shared an entree. Definitely going back!

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SH
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early (6pm) seating. Wonderful atmosphere and energy. Food was extremely good. Great service!

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

love this place, it is a bit expensive but the for is very high quality. It can be very noisy on a busy night so if your hearing is a problem sit outside weather permitting

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G
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though it was very crowded on Friday evening service was quick and attentive.
Food was excellent as always. The chefs are creative without loosing sight on the fundamentals of Italian kitchen.

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V
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, great food, nice vibe, mix of foodies, and regulars. Service was very warm and friendly.
I will frequent everyime I am in the Santa ynez valley!

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c
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 2nd time we have eaten at SY Kitchen and it does not disappoint. The food is fresh, seasonal, innovative and tasty. Portions are decent sized.

Ambiance at lunch on a week day was quiet enough to have conversation at your table. The rooms are light and bright, windows all around the cottage style building.

The pea salad and salmon salad, a special of the day, were very tasty. The minestrone soup was delicious, not a heavy red soup with beans and the zuccini soup was very flavorful.

If you are in the area, SY Kitchen is a great place to dine.

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by a very friendly host and sat immediately. It wasn't a super busy night but was farely steady. We were brought water promptly and verbalized the nights specials by a very professional and well educated server. Our food and drinks arrived within 10 minutes and were executed very well. I am a Chef myself that has high standards and was very impressed by not only the perfect cook on my Duck ragu but the amazing texture of the gnochhi and perfect seasoning. My wife really enjoyed her grilled shrimp and spinach salad which was well balanced. The only complaint she had is she wished there would have been one more prawn. Overall was very impressed from the prompt and well trained service, open clean kitchen, the chef's vision and all the way down to the jars of pickled vegetables randomly placed through out the dining room. Will definitely return in the near future.

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MD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

SYK is consistently on point. Always creative and delicious cocktails and the dinner specials were once again amazing. Matthew provides a nice balance of attentiveness without distraction - excellent service. We always look forward to our next meal at SYK!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit to this restaurant and the food is always fabulous!!! Highly recommend

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SY Kitchen was such a wonderful experience. I am not from the area and was visiting with my mom for Mother’s Day. I made a reservation here off of others reviews of this place and it did not disappoint!!! The atmosphere is so modern and chic but with a homey feel. Our server and the team provided outstanding service. And the food was TO DIE FOR!!! Everything we ordered was immaculate. The presentation and taste was on point. And everything was cooked PERFECTLY! It’s incredibly hard, even at the finer dining level, to find a place that perfectly cooks salmon but boy did they bring it! The only downside to this place is the price point but honestly, you get more than what you pay for. This place brings it in all aspects of the dining experience. I will definitely be returning!!! Love SY Kitchen! Thank you for making my mom’s Mother’s Day special 😊

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EJ
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the only place I wanted to go for Mother's Day. The food is fantastic, service is always friendly and attentive and ambiance is lovely. Just wish SYK was closer to SB.

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KR
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Definently a more bar/lounge place. It was very loud and expensive for not that great of food or service, the drink are good. Not a bad place but not an outstanding place either. And not kid friendly, the restroom does not have a changing table.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a casual atmosphere. Great wine list.

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SC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a weekend getaway dinner for two. We will be back.

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e
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our third time to Sy. Out of the three only one has been exceptional. This last time it was loud and crowded which was to be expected on the weekend, but our service was nonexistent. We were never told about specials and we had to ask for somebody to come and take our food and drink order as we were ignored. Very disappointed and will not return.

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BG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, slightly different twists on the combination of fresh ingredients. Don't miss the pasta dishes, they will be some of the best you've ever enjoyed. Great dining experience!

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JS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner last night at SY Kitchen. We had the prawns appetizer, mango salad, Salmon entre and Black Truffle pizza. Our server was awesome and knew the preparation of every dish. The salmon was melt in your mouth tender and I over estimated my capacity on the black truffle pizza. I wanted to eat it all.....I just couldn't finish! Took home the rest! Service was some of the best I've had and the food was very good! We'll be back!

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