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SY Kitchen

4.8
2492 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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. 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2492 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh salad and very inviting ambiance. Love it

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic!!! He was attentive and hilarious.

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mellemel5
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. There is a nice front patio with great heaters for those who are Covid-cautious like me. We had two specials--the osso buco and the hen-shaped pasta with a meat ragout. Both were savory, richly flavorful and warming on a cool winter night. We ended the meal with an espresso and a lovely tiramisu served in a jar. The tiramisu had lots of coffee and cocoa flavor, as well as a not-too-sweet cream that hit just the right spot. I highly recommend dining here.

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VictorV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I attended dinner to celebrate her birthday. The service was attentive, professional, and of the highest quality. The drinks were amazing and so was the food! We couldn't have chose a more perfect place to celebrate her birthday and have a perfect dinner.

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BartV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was nice, service was pleasant. Bit cold and noisy. Bill was to high for what we had.

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vipMaryC
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING is above & beyond your greatest expectations!!!!!🌟🌟

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Todd
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was highly rated by several people, but disappointed; They are obviously feeling staff shortage issues from COVID, as the service was haphazard. The food was average trattoria food at best, yet at astronomical prices. The wines by the glass were pretty pedestrian. Fortunately, we brought a really nice old brunello but nobody spent much time acknowledging or even offering a decanter. Hopefully this was just a bad night, but there are better places to be found at significantly better pricing.

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MaxC59
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A rare example of good Italian food. Good choice of ingredients, well balanced recipes and good execution. All in a nice ambience with very good service.
Recommended

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vipRKLA
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh, fantastic food and great cocktails. Great experience, as always.

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vipElizabeth
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been here many times. It is quality food, good ambiance, good service but pricey

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Great
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming environment. Excellent service; couldn't have been better. I ate the spaghetti vongole and it was the best I ever had. I'd go back every time I'm in the area!

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JacquelineM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beet salad was delicious and the branzino was perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best octopus salad ever! And the split pea soup to die for!

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LesF
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a fabulous setting. We have only had great food and great experiences at SY Kitchen.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There was a very rude old man next to our table he was ugly and mean to everyone!

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vipSBPinotFan
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently high quality food in a cool but casual environment. Always good service. Fantastic wine list.

Reasonably expensive for lunch, but worth it.

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vipJane
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was, as always, excellent. Soups and octopus superb. Caesar salad a bit disappointing, but okay. Wine list always interesting and you can always trust that the local wines will be good.

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MattB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience will definitely be back. Specials were on point

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TraceyR
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, as always!

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vipMehgolf
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best truffle slider I have ever had. My husband says d the pizza he ordered was excellent. Caesar salad had the freshest lettuce. Excellent!

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vipFranD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful

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BethC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here. We ordered the bread, clams (on special), New York Steak, mushroom pasta, and a few cocktails. All of the food was phenomenal. The bread was delicious, and we loved the pepper oil it came with. The clams were fresh and the broth was flavorful. The steak was perfectly cooked. The pasta wasn’t too saucy, and was light and perfectly cooked. The cocktails were on point - creative, fresh, and well balanced flavors.

The service was great. They were attentive and very kind.

We will definitely return when we’re back in town!

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BartV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Its a nice place to go as there aren't a wide variety in Santa Ynez to go to. After years they might need to mix up the menu a little more because as a resident its getting a bit boring.

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vipDianaM
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious and the service amazing. They also had the windows open for some great circulation. That’s something important to me right know.

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vipJillW
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful at SY but on a busy night such as New Year’s Eve things can get hectic. Not last night, service was exceptional and food amazing! Thank you for make NYE and our anniversary perfect!

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vipGulp
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and service as always. Staff a little overwhelmed with New Year’s Eve crowd but managed ok.
Loud but expected on the night.

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FoodfortheSoul
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open kitchen concept. Food was AMAZING! Great bar, wine and beer menu! Fantastic cockails and German/Belgium beer selection. Appetizers, main course, dessert and service were outstanding. Make reservations weeks in advance! It is BOOKED! Loved it. Stayed at Santa Ynez Inn and just a short walk around the corner. Fresh ingredients and very hip and lively ambiance. Great for a date or for your weekend away with your love.

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GailK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience I have had in awhile. Staff was friendly and courteous and the food was amazing - from the asparagus soup to the fresh pasta to the gelato! Thank you for the wonderful experience. Will return when in the area again…

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vipSleep
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and amazing service! Love love it!

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NathanielC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Well, unfortunately, we did not have a very good server. He was pacing around like crazy, kept telling us they were short on staff, which is in bad taste to me, and all but made us expedite our own food. Asking us to tell him when to fire food.. Which I’m in the service industry and that is typically not the customers job.. Called my girlfriend and I “kids” the first time he came to our table so that was a huge turnoff from the beginning. All that said, we would still go back. Because the food and drinks were incredible. It certainly made up for the poor performance of our server. Ambiance is great, the restaurant is really cute and the food tasted so fresh and the menu was very inspired. Impressive wine list and asked the bartender to make me an off menu cocktail which he made extremely well. Even the cappuccinos at the end were amazing. So hopefully next time we go we have a different server because that would have made me click 5 Stars across the board.

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vipMalbec
Orange County
227 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely delicious meal. All our party was very happy with their choices. The pappardelle with wild mushrooms was fantastic.

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vipLindyR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service , as well as a comfortable outdoor area to safely dine. Highly recommended!

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CAKatie
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While the noise level was quite high, the energy of the staff and enthusiasm of the service matched it. Everything was excellent. We had craft cocktails (Smokey Old Fashion and Verona Negroni), and roasted olives (let them cool down before trying to eat🔥) to start the meal. Our server - Patterson is all the receipt says - was attentive, friendly and really hustled. Her bus and assistant staff were equally attentive and our water glasses were never empty. The Yellow Beet salad had so many beets but they were shaved so thinly, it was a light and delightful salad. The Oak-Grilled New York Tagliata with parmigiana cheese shavings was outstanding, and I couldn’t finish my delicious Maccheroncini Al Brasato. All around an excellent and delicious evening.

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vipMaxomanDavis
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We arrived at 1:40 to learn that the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes which was little surprising given that the menu is expensive and the experience of dining there deserves to offer the time it takes to truly enjoy the meal.

We ordered right away and our meal arrived quickly which was fine and our server was terrific and took great care of us. Still feeling the need to hurry through our meal so that they could clean up was not appreciated.

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Maura
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estuvimos en la cena de víspera de Navidad. La comida y el servicio excelentes. Nos tocó Mesa junto a la cocina y si era un área de mucho ruido.
La pizza, pastas y ensalada de pulpos deliciosos. Si repetiría.

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BrandC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. I don’t normally allow myself to eat pasta but in this case I’m sure glad I did.

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SusanB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is casual and welcoming. A must when visiting the Santa Ynez wine country

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas Eve Dinner

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vipNormallyGreat
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We are locals and big fans of SY Kitchen, but last night they were off their game. While the salads were still great, the salmon was way undercooked and the octopus appetizer I got for my main meal was served barely warm. Even the bottle of white wine came warm to the table (Gavi). The server barely came by the table, so it was impossible to send anything back to be cooked properly, and we had to serve our wine to ourselves. Too busy and not enough staffing, I guess.

We still feel SY Kitchen is about the best food here in the Valley and will give it another try sometime. The new location, Nella, is also excellent and better noise levels.

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ChristinaM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal but....beware of adding any type of truffles on your dish. I ordered mushroom pasta and the server said there would be an upcharge for some shaved truffles on top. I said sure, thinking maybe a 10-15 dollar charge would be added to my 26.00 pasta. We were SHOCKED when the "upcharge" on the bill was 25.00 EXTRA, so my pasta cost $51.00!! I was upset and talked with her and the manager John, who handled it gracefully and removed the charge, and even bought us drinks. I would never have added this, so other than that I highly recommend this restaurant. It was lovely!

Happy holidays all!!