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SY Kitchen

4.9
2042 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 2042 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.8
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service. The house made pasta is AMAZING

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EllenW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service! My favorite place to eat when visiting Santa Ynez.
Only complaint is that first room/bar is extremely noisy. I’ll try to sit in a different section next time.

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kathleenp
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite place to visit when I'm in the area. I have been to SY Kitchen about four times now, and each time it is delightful. It can be a bit pricey, but the dishes, cocktails and wine (great wine list) are always unique and special. Service, as well, is always impeccable from every one of the staff. If you are a seafood fan, you must try the octopus salad!

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TerriT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wouldn't miss dining here anytime I am in the area.
Awesome from start to finish!

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glennz
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dine there when I'm in Santa Ynez for wine tasting. Never disappointed.

LL
vipLuLuPic
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

I have been here multiple times and the server was awful. He didn’t want to be there so neither did we. My advice is hire positive people who want to provide a good experience and learn the menu. We were interested in the specials but he couldn’t answer any questions nor did he care.

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vipMartin
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall a lovely experience with good food and wine options. Although our server was very friendly and helpful, I was a little bit annoyed with the fact that the kitchen 'insists on getting the full order in as it helps with the flow'. For us it was a relaxed dinner celebrating my wife's birthday and we wanted to take our time ordering and enjoying the food course by course. that was not entirely possible as it got to be a little rushed.

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KeatonC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was top notch, would highly recommend.

AB
AlisonB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drive from Orange County specifically to eat at this restaurant. We have never been disappointed in the quality of the food and service.

WG
vipWavyGravy
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place

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viplocaldiner
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh food and wonderful cocktails. We ate on the patio, seats and temperature (outdoor heaters) were very comfortable.

TF
TeresaF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a favorite in Santa Ynez! Very innovative cuisine. Excellent cocktails. However, it trends toward the expensive side. $7 for bread is a bit steep. But it’s a pleasant place so worth returning to despite the price tag!

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MothersDayDiner
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our evening was magical! The wait staff was funny and attentive but not annoyingly attentive. The cocktails were delicious. And the food was amazing, especially the golden beet salad. We will return!!

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Jojokoko
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SY Kitchen is our new go to restaurant. Excellent food, great service. Loved sitting in the dining room, this time!!
On our way up north and just had to stop for lunch. Reservations recommended, especially on the weekends!! Great place!!

MR
MaryR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails, and wine are delicious.

RK
RKLA
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

SY Kitchen never disappoints! We enjoyed starters of roasted cauliflower, a beautiful artichoke and classic meatballs. Everyone in our party ended up ordering pasta for our main course, and they were all fantastic -- fresh pasta cooked perfectly. Cocktails and wine were excellent, too. Great night!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food ans experience !
The mushroom pasta, artichoke and Black truffle pizza were the best food we’ve ever had!
We had Mathew as our server and he was so great. Friendly and professional all in one.

MT
MTracht
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great ambiance

NL
vipN2LH
Phoenix
66 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SY is one of the best restaurants in the country. It is definitely one of my favorite eateries. Everything is fantastic and I can’t wait to go back. I live 485 air miles from this restaurant and I might just fly there to eat.

MG
vipMicheleG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an incredible dining experience and the food is as wonderful as it is in Italy. A must for anyone visiting Santa Ynez.

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Joel
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is creative, balanced, satisfying and, frankly just great

LB
LynnB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

After having a wonderful meal at Nella Kitchen & Bar, we expected a similar experience at SY Kitchen. Also, a wine server had highly recommended SY Kitchen. The ciabatta bread was too crisp and tough, particularly compared to the bread at Nella. The nicoise salad with canned tuna was a disappointment. That was my fault. I ordered it even after my wife checked to see if the tuna was fresh. My bad but you really should serve it with fresh tuna. The papperdelle was very good. The gelato at Nella had been superb. The gelato we had at your restaurant was average. Our experience was a big letdown from what we had at Nella.

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vip8There
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Following recommendations, we booked a table for four at SY Kitchen. Good thing as they were very busy. Lovely atmosphere dining on one of their patios. We started with drinks and the Wagyu Meatballs and Housemade Bread. Shared the Caesar Salad, Wild Mushroom Papardelle and a Margherita Pizza. The pizza dough and pasta were the lightest we’ve ever had and I can’t recommend them enough. Not fans of the meatballs or Caesar - there are better options on the menu. Ended the meal sharing a Chocolate Gelato, which was delicious. Service was great and would definitely go back when in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our honeymoon and the food and service was absolutely phenomenal.

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DevynW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed ourselves - it was a very cute space & everyone was friendly. I was a little bummed because in my reservation notes I had put it was for a bday & I reminded the hostesses when we arrived, and they told me they would have something sent to the table but it never happened. The artichoke app was delicious & the servers were very attentive. We will definitely be coming back for apps and drinks.

MM
MrsM
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting our best young winemaker friends, the Gummeres. Great dinner and such fun to be together.

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hayl
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal... the special pasta was especially delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails are amazing!!

JW
JamesWesley
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a truly wonderful time at SY Kitchen - the cocktails were magnificent, the service was exemplary, and the food was amazing! Had the cauliflower app which was fantastic followed by the Mushroom Pappardelle and Black Truffle Pizza. Will absolutely go back next time we find ourselves up near them!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the atmosphere and food, everything was exceptional.

JP
JPalm
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best, most reliably amazing dining experiences in the valley. Highly recommend.

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Grapegrower51
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I travel to the Santa ynez valley on bussines every three weeks and always eat here the food and staff a great cocktails and wine list ate fantastic
This is a hidden jewel

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Jessica was da bomb.

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vipthescbaguy
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Sincerely caring service, wonderful food preparation and presentation, excellent menu choices. If you like spicy food, don’t miss the Calabrese pizza.

JT
JulieT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding... food was delicious...service was great and I love SY Kitchen. Wish there was one in Santa Barbara.

KD
KandiD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, food was excellent. Cocktails and wine were great and the service was impeccable.

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WendyR
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful fresh ingredients. Lovely waitress and easy access. Walked from our Hotel, so convenient! Lamb shanks cooked to perfection. What a treat. Can’t wait to bring my husband next time. Good work!!

MG
MiguelG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Go to restaurant for local and fresh food in season. Every trip to Los Olivos and the environs involves a night here.

MC
MichelleC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SY Kitchen is a hidden gem in this little town. The food and the drinks were just AMAZING. I can definitely tell that they treasure the ambience, the food, the service, everything in between. From working in the food industry before, i appreciate the service they provided and flexibility on everything.

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RayN
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The server was attentive without being too much. Outside patio nicely appointed.

FAQs

SY Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 691-9794.

SY Kitchen is rated 4.9 stars by 2042 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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