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About SY Kitchen

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 crafted by Mixologist Alberto Battaglini 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 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.

1110 Faraday St.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner -
Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

Lunch - Monday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Appertivo - Monday - Thursday: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.



S.Y. Kitchen is closed for the following holidays: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July

Cross Street:
Sagunto St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 691-9794

Website:
http://www.sykitchen.com/

Catering:
S.Y. Kitchen is available of off-site custom catering.

Executive Chef:
Luca Crestanelli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Appertivio at S.Y. Kitchen!

Wednesdays from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Seasonal Cocktails Inspired by Autumn

Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2018 all week from 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Specials

Appertivio at S.Y. Kitchen!

Wednesdays from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Details

Join us Monday thru Thursday for the BEST APERITIVO in town Selection of COCKTAILS from 6 Selection of BEERS from 5 House RED and WHITE WINES from 8 Selection of LIGHT BITES from 7. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 4, 2017 - Feb 4, 2018 on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

Seasonal Cocktails Inspired by Autumn

Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2018 all week from 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Details

We have unveiled five new fall cocktails inspired by autumn’s seasonal local market produce, herbs and botanicals. The fall cocktails, priced at $14, are designed to complement the acclaimed cuisine by Executive Chef Luca Crestanelli. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2018 all week from 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

SY Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (50)
Good for a Date (49)
Special Occasion (39)
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Local Ingredients (39)
Worth the Drive (39)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Casual (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Hot Spot (26)
Notable Wine List (24)
Fun (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Romantic (18)
Authentic (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Healthy (17)
Cozy (14)
Seasonal (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Organic (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Loud, uncomfortable, hectic environment, overpriced. No personalized attention. We called the restaurant earlier in the day and had to leave a message - their phone message said they would call back. They never did. I left a message that we were bringing a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They made no acknowledgment of this, seated us in the worst possible spot in the restaurant (until we spoke up and said that the table in a doorway was unacceptable). We were embarrassed beyond words to have brought guests to this restaurant.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. Definitely going back soon! Food was delicious. Salads excellent, steak and lamb too. Excellent wine list.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 7 days ago

The good: food was well executed and delicious(octopus, branzino, filet)
The bad: I ordered a Manhattan to start and ordered a Pinot to arrive with my app. My octopus app showed up 10min before my Manhattan and the wine was late too. I hate that.

You guys nailed the most important aspect though, the food was excellent. I'll certainly be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

We have been wanting to go there for some time. Hard to get reservations, but worth the wait. Definitely on our list when we return to the Valley.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A gem! Italian food but with more. Love the “appropriate” portion sizes. Great little town of Santa Ynez. Worth the drive from LA!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

An amazing experience. This is a MUST for anyone looking for a great dining experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our 46th anniversary by dining at SY Kitchen for the first time. Even though it was a Monday night, the restaurant was very lively. The grilled artichoke was delicious and we both enjoyed my pasta choice, which was wild mushroom pappardelle. Service, even though they were busy, was great. We will be back to try their old-fashioneds, which we hear are the best.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Really enjoyed the grilled artichoke here. I thought it was much better than the one we had at another local restaurant. The gnocchi with the sausage tomato sauce was delicious. The gnocchi was so light and tender. My husband had the lamb shank with creamy polenta. It was a very generous portion and roasted to perfection. I would highly recommend SY Kitchen to locals and vacationers.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Organic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My husband and I loved this restaurant. We had gone wine tasting during the day so opted for a cocktail instead...I had the valley girl which was fantastic and my hubby had their old fashioned which he said was the best he ever had. Our food was exceptional and we can't wait to come back. The tomatoes and mozzarella was so delicious...the tomatoes tasted like tomatoes are supposed to...incredible. Everything we had was just fabulous.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was wonderful but the service was terrible. Our server left us hanging much too long between getting dessert and requesting the check. I’d come back as long as I don’t have the same guy as my server.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We liked it so much we visited twice during our 3-day stay in the SY Valley! The Rancher cocktail is amazing!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have never been disappointed at SY Kitchen, the pea salad and wood fired pizzas never disappoint. The specials and pastas are always great,
The service is consistently excellent, whether sitting at the bar or in the dining room. and the bartenders deliver super craft cocktails while being knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Too loud but good food and service. We came on s Friday night at 8:15pm. There was a table of loud drunk women ata table near us in the inside dining area. That took away from our special occasion(birthday) experience. It was our first meal here based on open table recommendations. Food and service were good. Wish it had been quieter. We had to raise our voices substantially to be heard with our server and each other.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband and I received a gift card as a wedding gift and we enjoyed everything about the restaurant. Very romantic yet comfortable to enjoy with others. We will definately be back!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic dinner celebrating my wife's birthday with friends

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Stopped in for a late dinner. They had happily changed our earlier reservation as we were arriving in town later than we had asked expected. Great food. We sat outside and they had blankets and heaters. Was perfect as we usually prefer the quiet of outside. Service was excellent. Our waiter had his running shoes on! He was definitely overworked, but when he was at our table I never felt rushed. Again food was excellent. A bit on the pricey side. But, it does seem that artisan food is definitely trending to these price levels these days.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is the second time I had tried to come to SY Kitchen. The first time was Labor Day weekend when they lost their A/C and it was 100+ degrees. They actually called all their reservations to let them know their A/C didn't work. It was extremely good of them to call everyone and I was impressed. This time I went with friends after wine tasting and it was fantastic. We sat outside at the low tables (which I didn't know when I booked but the low tables worked fine.
The cocktails were outstanding, as was the food. The food was very creative and flavorful. We were also impressed that the corkage fee was only $20...in wine country no less! I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love the use of local grown and creativity of the chef love the flavor of the meat

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love this place!! When we come up for a wkend to Santa ynez it's one of our highlights. Food is so tasty. We actually go to dinner 2nights in a row 👍👍. Sad they discontinued their brunch but love the place .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

SY Kitchen had delicious food, delicious drinks, and the perfect ambiance. Highly recommend!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent time, enjoyed the atmosphere, arrived earlier than reservation time, but was seated without any problems. Server was prompt and courteous well informed of menu items and was pleasant. We would certainly return again whenever we are in the vicinity.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always a great meal here. The salmon puttanesca was delicious. (Got it last time, too.)

Only negative (which a friend had warned me about) was that we were seated in the back room where there was a LOUD party of 10. The restaurant had 4 tables of 2 set up in the corners of that room. One couple of was seated in the noisy room and immediately asked to be reseated on the patio. They came back in due to the heat. Yet the noise was so bad that they left the room again. I wanted to leave, too, but didn’t want to be a complainer.

I gave fewer stars because of the noise. (One lady was extra loud. And no diners want to hear a group of people complaining and laughing about their kids and how they’re not raising the grandkids correctly. However, I do thInk it’s great for a group to enjoy an evening out together- just not at the expense of other diners. This is the restaurant’s fault. Not the group’s.

Back at our hotel, we saw another couple who had dined there, and they were disappointed in the noise as well. And my friend who warned me about the large groups left the restaurant when they found out they would be seated next to a big group. That happened to them before and they decided never again. (I won’t sit there again either. )

Suggestion SY Kitchen: DO NOT sit parties of 2 next to a big group in that back room. It lessens the fine dining experience. Fill the other tables first. And then let people know if they’ll be seated next to a large group where the noise bounces off the walls. Give them the option to make reservations elsewhere. Or offer a glass of wine or dessert to the diners stuck next to a large group.

Diners: request the front room. We enjoyed that last time. Or at least ask not to be in the back room if there’s a big group in there.

Excellent service by the way, even though you were a server short. But it was a annoying to hear our waiter basically having to shout to the group in order to be heard.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Was highly rated, but felt the food was just okay, with the exception of the octopus salad appetizer, which was light and fresh. Ordered the salmon and mushroom pasta as entrees. Both meals were served room temperature and the sauce of the pasta was gummy.

The server we had was actually very delightful and knowledgeable! Knew his wines. I would try it, but keep your expectations medium.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was excellent. Fresh and tasty. Service from wait and bus staff Very unattentive. After meal finished we sat 10-15 minutes and finally asked hostess to help out and she cleared dishes. Waiters disappeared after meal service?! Finally they showed up with the bill. Never offered desert or coffee. Kinda strange. Wait staff needs better awareness /training. We ate there this past Saturday and started about 2:15.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

SY kitchen is a little unassuming gem with a vibrant energy, tucked away in a quiet town. The food is good, the chatter is loud, and the service was great.

We made reservations ahead of time, and arrived a little early but we're accommodated quickly. The seating is a little cramped, not the worst but enough that the server had to lean over to get to the corner table next to us. This place specializes in craft cocktails and a custom Manhattan (the server got my order wrong but it's just to try so I didn't mind, and it was still decently good). She got a valley girl, and liked it. Her gnocchi was pretty good, and my roast duck special was also decently good - not duck confit tender but still very flavorful.

Overall, if you want a fun date night with good food, this is your spot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 20, 2017

First time ever we had mediocre service and food....not sure why, was busy but not over the top. Anyway, the other times we've been there it has been excellent....so we'll continue to eat there unless we get another fair review.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Best restaurant in Santa Barbara County

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

One of the best meals I have ever had. The Burrata appetizer was great and big enough to share. The wild mushroom (home made) pappardelle pasta was cooked to perfection. The Mediterranean branzino, the evening's special, was served whole, topped with yellow and red tomatoes, black olives, and beets. Every bite was flavorful and moist. Watch out for bones though! Desert was a delicious homemade vanilla panna cotta. I would have the same thing next visit! Pricey, especially with added cost of drinks, but worth it.

Make sure you sit in the adjacent room where the ceiling is lit with pretty lights, where there is comfortable cushioned bench seating, and the noise level is less.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love SY Kitchen. I have had three tremendous meals here with friends. Last meal was not as great. Not sure why, as I had ordered things I had previously ordered. When a restaurant is super busy, execution is a challenge. When I gave my feedback to my server- ie: undercooked peas in pasta dish and uncaramalized bananas in dessert dish, he couldn't have been more responsive. SY would have remade these dishes for me.
SY has a creative and delicious menu that our entire family adores. Over all, I adore this restaurant!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Pasta and appetizers were very delicious. I will definitely return when in the area.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the yellow beet salad, a fig salad, and the wild mushroom papparadelle. Wine selection was very good. Service was attentive and professional. This is a favorite spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Nice bistro with tasty pizza and pasta entries. Roasted Globe artichoke delightful. Rustic atmosphere with one room having an open fire kitchen. Nice for cool nights. Wine list interesting but stick to Italian wines as local CA wines are priced for the expense account crowd.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Loved this place. The food was amazing!!! Would highly recommend

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great ambiance but spectacular cuisine.
My wife and I stopped in for dinner and chose the evenings specials, braised lamb and halibut.
Both were high quality and well prepared.
Good wine and cocktail list as well.
We will be back next time we are in Santa Ynez.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

You must try the artichoke!!! All pastas super fresh. Great salads and specials. Lovely and tasty!!! We will be back next time we go to Santa Ynez. Two thumbs way up!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was excellent and ambiance was very nice.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We love SY kitchen. It's a restaurant committed to making great food and making you feel like your dining experience is important to the staff.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Always wonderful -- great food. Great wine. Great service. Also open for lunch now!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Very good and would recommend to anyone visiting Santa Yanez.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was great, that is if you want to pay for it! Pricey

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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