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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

S.Y. Kitchen presents Christmas Eve Dinner on Sunday, Dec 24th. In dedication to the rich provisions found in the Central Coast, Chef Luca and his brother, Sous Chef Francesco, plan bountiful and elegant dinners for holiday cheer. Specials will be available in addition to our lunch and dinner menu

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in 2018 with a New Year's Eve dinner and special craft cocktails. Specials include Kumamoto Oysters, Dungeness Crab Salad, Sweet Potato Gnocchi and much more. We will also be open for lunch. Make your reservations today.

SY Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (45)
Good for a Date (44)
Fit for Foodies (35)
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Special Occasion (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Casual (31)
Local Ingredients (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Notable Wine List (25)
Authentic (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Fun (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Good for Groups (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Healthy (14)
Romantic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Cozy (13)
Seasonal (13)
Organic (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Vero autentico cucina di Nord’Italiano. Best food in SY Valley and one of the best in SB & LA counties. Complimenti❗️

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Service was perfection. Our waiter really knew the menu and made terrific recommendations. He checked on us often even though we were the only ones on the patio.
Food was amazing. The menu is interesting and thoughtful. The cocktails are inventive.
And dogs are allowed on the heard patio!!! A gigantic plus. There were 4 of us humans and 3 canine companions. A perfect cold late autumn evening.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very good food - we loved our porcini pasta and fresh pea salad

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always anticipate a meal at SY Kitchen. Staff is welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable. Food is always well prepared and creatively presented. Have recommended to friends many times over.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch, Organic, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always awesome and fresh food. Flatbreads are amazing, the truffle is ridiculous!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Organic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We've been here multiple times but we were not very impressed. The amount of food you get is not worth what you pay. The pizza was mediocre and the pasta, while homemade, was nothing that incredible (particularly for what the meal cost.

I will probably not go back anymore.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Within walking distance of the Santa Ynez Inn, this gem is perfect for finding authentic Italian Cuisine. Daily home made pasta, fresh burrata, minestrone soup and the list goes on.......wonderful comfort food. Loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and service!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food, creative menu, every time I go to SY kitchen I wish I could eat more. The cocktails are excellent and the service can not be better.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food and service is always first rate but it's very noisy, especially when one or more large parties are present.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good Italian food in a nice setting. Staff is very welcoming and accommodating. Everyone on the staff thanked us as we left. You don't get that much anymore. Food is outstanding.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The absolute best food ever prepared. The Freshest, cleanest ingredients. Should of went back the next evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Exceptional meal. The artichoke appetizer is probably the best artichoke I’ve ever had, with a sauce and pecorino cheese cooked in. A warm octopus salad was incredible, and the fresh pea salad had both the peas and blanched pea pods, among other things that were wonderful. The service was incredibly friendly without being invasive.

Tags: Organic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Server did not know a Cabernet Franc is different from Cabernet Sauvignon. I think a casual spot like this should offer more affordable wine options. Almost nothing under $50-60.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent. A vacation on a plate. Excellent wine list. Top notch service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

PERHAPS WE CAUGHT THEM ON A BAD NIGHT . . . we were looking for an Italian restaurant and this restaurant came recommended by the server in a local wine bar. Long story short - the roast chicken was tasteless. The pasta w/ shortrib ragu was interesting and put togetjer well, but I've had better. The server was rude. The wine had turned. We ended up going to another restaurant for appys and dessert. I might give them another try . . . but none of my companions will.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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