SY Kitchen

4.8
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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 6 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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4.8
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LR
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As others have said, this is a great find in the Santa Ynez Valley. We stay in Santa Ynez so it's walkable for us (highly recommend), but if you're staying in Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos, make the car trip to dine here. My husband had the spaghetti vongole which is made with saffron and I had the duck ragu over gnocchi. Both were delicious. We also shared a salad special of greens with apple and walnuts and chocolate gelato for dessert. All this with a good local wine made for a great dinner and evening.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and awesome food. The waitress was super polite and nice and helped to read the specials and suggested the food as well, which turned out to be great.

I ordered Wild Mushroom Pappardelle and Burrata & Sausage which were amazing and yum. The drink I ordered was Old Fashioned, which could have been a little better, as per my previous experience. Overall, it was nice ambiance and a great atmosphere. I extremely suggest to dine in here.

JS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute spot with amazing food! Will highly recommend to all my friends who travel out that way!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal and service were flawless. It was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Such a lovely place.

OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm new to the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez area (after years in San Francisco) and SY Kitchen is simply the best. Not just the best on the Central Coast, my FAVORITE dining experience in California. SY Kitchen "fires" on every level food and ambiance wise, but the people and human connection are how SY Kitchen truly shines. Go and go often!

AW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Valentine spot!! The wait staff is outstanding!! Brian, Eric and Grace you were so professional, polished and personable! Thanks for being a part of our memorable evening!!
If you’re considering going, do it!! Order an artichoke or two!! The mixologists will take care of you and the cuisine is always 10 out of 10!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was absolutely perfect. We LOVED the agnolotti special. Everything was fantastic.

G
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service, maybe best restaurant in the valley.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!!!

R
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Rachel our server was great

LC
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent variety of food, wonderful wait staff but very pricey.

Y
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite place but it gets noisy. Very friendly and helpful staff.

w
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner reservations for 730pm were made, but were seated closer to 8pm. Nonetheless, dinner was solid, the place busy/buzzing with Friday night excitement. Food was delicious, especially ordering off the Specials list. Steak, and Agnolottis were fantastic; delivered with great sides and portions generous. Split a dinner salad that was fresh, refreshing. Order the Stolpman Sangiovese to go with the Steak and bread soaked/marinated with sauce Agnolottis...spectacular and satisfying. Great appetizer, salad options, solid dinner prep and overall delicious experience. However, dessert overall failed miserably. Tiramisu was not satisfying, nor flavorful, extra creamy with a ripple of lady fingers (next to none, virtually all creme) in a mason jar - poor presentation of classic Tiramisu; a real disappointment after the fabulous dinner. Interesting to note too: their Cappucino maker was not set correctly; their Espresso and Cappucino were tepid in temperature at best; our waiter attempted to re-do, but to no avail... equally tepid. Like my coffee, I like it hot but drinkable. This was tooooo tepid.

Ambience was good; farmhouse ambience with a warm glow; the place was buzzing and patronized by the locals.

Go for the appetizers, wine/cocktails, and the mains, but SKIP dessert and the Cappucino/Espresso until they figure out dessert.

Thanks for the experience SY! Cheers!

HU
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time, service exceptional.

E
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband’s 85th birthday...great experience.

SC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner as always. We took many of our server’s suggestions from specials to cocktails and loved everything! I wish we lived closer so we could go more often; can’t wait to go back!

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, inventive flavor combinations, helpful staff.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Service was great and the food was excellent!

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best meal we had in Santa Ynez.

Food - both appetizers and main dishes were outstanding. All the dishes were prepared quickly and the food came out fresh and piping hot! I ordered the asparagus soup and it very flavorful - added bonus was that it was vegan!

The ambiance was very quaint too. Felt like I was enjoying a nice meal at a friends house.

Will definitely be back the next time I visit!

w
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a day enjoying wine tastings, the SY Kitchen offered a fine experience with excellent Italian cuisine and a very friendly service staff. A great way to end a fine day.

DE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place - wonderful dinner after wine tasting.
The artichoke is a must!
Lots of great specials

AN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've all had in awhile. I've been there before but my friends completely did not expect to have such an amazing meal out there. The Bufala mozzarella was a great appetizer to share along with the bread, the gnocchi with lump crab was delectable and the Delmonico steak was cooked so perfectly, the mushrooms and the crispy potatoes complemented well! I always look forward to going back and will continue to keep going back! Matthew, our server was witty and fun, the busboy was so attentive with the waters. So exceptional!

BB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value and the food was fantastic

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I loved our waiter. He was a delight. This is not our first trip but our most disappointing. The noise level was unbelievable! We were not greeted upon arrival and stood at the front desk for 5 min before a curt young woman with dark hair acknowledged us. Frankly it is a dining choice in the region that we will Dore go on our next visit in favor of other options where we once were loyalists.

C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love SY ! The food! The staff! Everything

TR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The portions were extremely small, it was the restaurant week menus but left us leaving quite hungry. 2 Shrimp with a spoonful of beans for the main course (even the taste wasn’t anything special) after a tiny serving of clear broth with a few strings of crepes,- not an impressive or especially tasty dinner. Dessert was very good. We are local so we know their portions are usually not very generous but this was just inadequate.

MH
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find that is hidden away, found this from a tip from a local, we have been back twice since and will continue to go. a small menu with lots of daily specials.

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food was great. Service was great. Atmosphere very cozy and warm. The servings were small, yet pricey.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! If the truffle pizza is on the special list, GET IT! Best pizza we have ever had. Service was great. You will love it!

BW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended.

This place is the whole experience. High end casual dining with excellent food, drinks and service.

This is my favorite restaurant in the Santa ynez valley.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough good things about this place. Luca is the best chef in town. The food is amazing, I have had almost everything on the menu. By far my favorite place to have a drink, Cucumber martini is my favorite. Dessert.... I can have them all 🤍

KK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second dining experience at SY Kitchen, and we are pleased to write that in our two visits a year apart, the outstanding quality of the food is a constant. This visit, we had the artichoke (probably the best I have ever had--and I have had a lot of artichokes), the gnocchi, the pea salad, the lamb shank, and the panna cotta. Of all, probably the lamb shank was the weak link, but not because there was anything less than great about it--the other dishes were just SPECTACULAR. Our server, Brooke, was attentive, warm, and professional, and the ambiance is friendly. We will plan on dining here EVERY TIME we are in the area--it's THAT GOOD.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always. Our service was wonderful. Nice relaxing place to have dinner.

SA
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb shank delicious, thanks for a lovely meal. We were up-sold by our server, but worth it. Thought I was getting a birthday dessert comped by the way she asked, but we were charged.

T
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with my loved ones. Grace was awesome. Very in-depth with the menu which showed great menu knowledge. She had a welcoming and awesome attitude. The food was delicious. Gnocchi was excellent. Soft and delicate. Thank you for a wonderful birthday evening.

I
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration and everything was perfect.
Thank you,
January 19, 2020