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SY Kitchen

4.8
1832 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
An inviting farmhouse in the heart of Santa Ynez, serving Chefs Luca and Francesco Crestanelli ; 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

RESERVATIONS



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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
What 1832 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fabulous and restaurant has a great vibe.

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vipPhillipC
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent !

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vipDocalex
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food with great people.
Always a treat.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Definitely will be back!

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vipCinders
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, as usual, an awesome night out at SY Kitchen! Navigating the rules and requirements of COVID-19 is no easy feat, but you're doing a great job. The food and drinks were AMAZING as usual. Starting with the smoked old-fashioned and pomegranate gin cocktails was a great choice, both were delicious! The grill-roasted artichoke appetizer is always our favorite, and it did not disappoint. The rack of lamb special paired beautifully with the sausage and burrata pizza (thankfully we like to share!), and the chocolate gelato with an espresso was the perfect finish. We can't wait until the lockdowns are over so we can visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing and the food was delicious. So happy without experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a grand time.. waiters and waitresses are very nice and want you to have a good experience... definitely recommend it 👍

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MerryEater
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting the Solvang, Santa Ynez area and after doing some research decided on the SY Kitchen for lunch.
It was so great that we returned for lunch the next day. Service was attentive and every morsel was so delicious that you hugged yourself with pleasure. Have the beet salad — even if you don’t like beets. Pasta dishes were perfection. Give your table a gift and order all the deserts. Plan to share everything, because your will want to taste everything. I am making myself hungry just thinking about the SY Kitchen. Huge props to the chef!

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LKMer
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must stop if you are visiting Santa Ynez! We always have a memorable meal and experience.

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vipsaral
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Excellent service and beautiful atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time dining there and it was fantastic in every way! We will definitely return when we visit Santa Ynez again!

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KamikazeKT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic! We had a wonderful meal shared with four people... tried 14 different dishes shared family style. We tried the bread,roasted olives, burrata, octopus (cooked perfectly),zucchini soup,persimmon salad, fusilli pasta, the special pasta of the day (short rib ravioli), mushroom papardelle, del Monico steak, branzino, ginger creme brûlée, and chocolate gelato ... along with delicious cocktails and two bottles of wine... we ate outside with the heaters and we brought our own blankets.... loved, loved it. Made even more special to share with our son and his girlfriend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It is so cute and cozy. Drinks are amazing. Waiter was friendly but the upsell on everything was bizarre. They are peddling black truffle like they are being incentivized. Then he does NOT even mention it’s a $20 up charge on a $22 dish. The steak was chewy and bland. Needed good salt in a big way. The mushroom and the short rib pasta were amazing! Burata was so good and the fact it came with avocados, arugula, cucumber & tomato & beets! Was insanely delicious!

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vipRyanD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in Santa Ynez for long weekend. This was the best meal we had the entire time!

JM
vipJamisonM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family lunch prior to wine tasting in Los Olivos. Wonderful food, drinks and staff.

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vipWineLover1
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We ate at SYK a few time pre-COVID. Really liked it.
But on this visit the social distancing was extremely poor. We did not feel safe eating there, told them and left. If they don't care about enough about their patrons to keep them safe, we don't care enough about their food to eat there. Instead we ate at the Red Barn. Very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was super great ambience and food, but the server made it seem like the dessert was comped because it was my twins and my birthday but charged us for it and then double charged us (on accident) but it still puts a damper on the experience. But really loved everything else!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place and good food. Nice and friendly staff.

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vipluv2dine
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vacationing in Santa Yenez and could eat here every night. Great menus and service. Love, love the beet salad and all of the pastas are house made and cooked to perfection. I would order everything on the menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish!!! Everything is so fresh and delicious. Honestly one of my favorite meals ever and this is coming from someone who has lived in NYC & LA and has traveled extensively. The atmosphere and service were top notch as well! 10/10

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vipElizabethW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant for a getaway day trip from Santa Barbara. Everything on the menu is perfection.

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DebbieA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!!! You will love it...

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Nata
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The service wasn’t as good as expected. The server didn’t know about any wine or drinks or good we were asking about.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great food, super great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Santa Barbara County

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! What more can I say about this adorable restaurant? Nothing pretentious about it. Service was attentive but not annoying. Food was farm fresh and artfully prepared. The cocktails were thoughtful and had so much depth in each sip, order them all. I think we did.

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vipfoodmac
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening at the SY Kitchen. We all had a pasta dishes and all four dishes were cooked perfectly al dente. The Terra masseuse dessert was fabulous!

The ambience was beautiful and relaxing. Perfect dinner after wine tasting all day long.

JR
JRRCA
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with excellent food. Great safety practices.

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JaneF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place...went for bday celebration and enjoyed every moment!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome little spot. Could have tried everything.

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Britt
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great spot for a date night! Delicious cocktails, great ambiance, amazing food!

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Christina
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite spots when we visit the area. Food and service are absolutely perfect. They have a great outdoor setup that made us feel really safe as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is excellent! We loved every dish that we ordered, but were especially pleased with the tender octopus and the wild mushroom pappardelle. We also received wonderful service — friendly and attentive to just the right amount. We look forward to coming back and trying even more of SYK’s menu!

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vipJilly
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here four times now.... every meal has been top notch... the chef is incredible! "Always order the specials" is my advice! And we also love the al fresco dining on the back patio, and the gracious service there! :))

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vipakamen
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambience. Deliciously flavored food and all around great experience. It’s our third time back. Almost always stop here when we are in the area. Be sure to order the Bob’s Well bread to start!

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NikkiR
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the ambience to the food to the drinks to the service. The Globe Artichoke was amazing! The El Viejo cocktail was delish! The Truffle Pasta special they had was excellent. We will be back soon.

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KrSt
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

SY Kitchen is always amazing. Typically I only go at dinner but went yesterday, 11/8/20 for lunch. As usual it was amazing. And though the olives were not on the lunch menu I asked chef to make them and he did!

The service and kitchen was super slow, that would be my biggest complaint. Also there were tons of flies trapped into the heated main room, which would have been nice to sit in considering it was raining and cold but the flies were a NO GO for us.

Though lunch took much longer than it should have, probably didn't help that we were starving, the food as always was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
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