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SY Kitchen

4.9
1882 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 1882 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JCDP
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great meal and consistently attentive service - thank you

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Christina711
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals, and eat there regularly. We always have a wonderful experience there!

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Sofia
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SY kitchen is my go to favorite spot in the Santa Ynez Valley! Never disappointed and always able to try something from the specials menu, new amidst their usual delicious staples. Great service. Great food. Great wine. Open 7 days a week and I am a forever regular from my very first plate!

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VivianeC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delight! Homemade pasta with short rib raggu sauce, octopus salad, Domenico steak and so much more! Authentic Italian dishes...quiet atmosphere...super great service... We were celebrating my husband 70th birthday. We didn’t think once about the pandemic and enjoyed ourselves. Thank you so much SY Kitchen!

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vipsteve
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mathew was a sensational server. Great improvement over previous experiences

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KrSt
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

SY is a must stop when I'm in the area. It's tough to get a seat, so reservations are a must. The food is always amazing, though expensive. Service is always great though our waitress was not the warmest nor seemed interested in providing a pleasant experience; she just wanted to get the order and get us out of there.
Best place in Santa Ynez!

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pattio
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food

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vippeterc
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The saffron pasta with clams is Perfection!

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vipjoevegas
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Santa Ynez for four nights with the intention of eating at four different restaurants for dinner. Well, that didn't exactly work out. After eating at SY Kitchen the first night, we cancelled two of our other reservation and ate there for three of the four nights. Bryan is an excellent server and he made us feel welcome. He made great suggestions and took the time to explain and repeat the specials (several awesome specials!) to ensure we made good choices for us. After wine tasting during the day, we wanted to have cocktails, and the craft cocktails were yummy. Everything that came out of the kitchen was obviously created with care. We had octopus, prawns, homemade pasta, t-bone sliders, lamb shank, and more! Everything was incredible and we look forward to visiting the area again to eat...oh yeah, and drink some wine , too! ;-) Thank you Bryan and SY. Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and amazing food. Cocktails are unique and delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great cocktails!

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Dejohn
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great stop that we have been going to for years. My only issue is that we were seated in the main dining room which I'm guessing they believe was "qualified" for open air seating because of the open window blinds leading to the porch. Tables were close together and I don't think the air circulation was the same as being outdoors. I asked to be moved but that would have resulted in a 30 minute wait. Just saying...

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StephanieR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was amazing. We needed to change our reservation time and they were accommodating. Sat outside, felt safe and service was amazing along with the food and atmosphere.

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MegH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was lovely and our server was exceptional. Of course the Covid situation changes the ambiance a little, but it was comfortable sitting outside. We both had the daily specials, a beet salad and sea bass and they were perfection. The service was so good we didn't notice it, except that she was very pleasant and knowledgeable.

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bubbles
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brought a friend from Chicago and he thought it was excellent.

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vipMBFOODIE
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SY kitchen is a super special place and our favorite spot when we stop in the Santa Ynez area! Amazing vibe, food and service! Must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

worth the trip over the mountain from Santa Barbara

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CyrusP
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is the best in the valley! Service is spectacular, professional, and efficient.

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JohnK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Selection of dinner dishes exceptional. Wonderful preparation and presentation. Extensive wine selection. Our waiter, Brian, made our evening fun and memorable. We had a great table out in the outside seating that runs along the front of the restaurant. Plenty of ceiling heaters to keep you comfortable in the COVID dining environment.

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JoshO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for lunch on the outside patio with our two kids. First of all, their take on the Old-Fashioned was wonderful, especially with the smoke. My daughter ordered a mushroom pasta that was delicious, my salmon salad was tasty, the salmon nicely peppery. My other daughter had sliders which were excellently cooked, with a savory truffle cheese. A great meal!

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vipandys
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality!

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JisselV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the most tender delicious food I’ve tried, very impressed!

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AlexandraD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner booked this place for Valentines day 2021. It was perfect! We were seated promptly in the romantic, cozy, back patio. The heater kept us warm all through the night. We both had cocktails which were great. I had two of their fish specials. Both were fresh, bright, and felt healthy. My partner had the minestrone soup, which he was dreaming about for the next day (I'm going to have to figure out how to remake it!) as well as a pizza. The crust was amazing. I used it to wipe up the sauce from my pasta. They also had live music that night which was great. Overall, I'm looking forward to coming back to SY Kitchen.

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vipmariaB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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Shaunhall
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our service and service was EXCELLENT. Very relaxing evening. We loved the bread salad and pizza but I really didn't enjoy my pasta at all.

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PattiB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!! The food was absolutely incredible and the service was stellar! We sat outside and it was simply beautiful! We had a wonderful experience! Skip all the touristy places in Solvang and dine here instead... I promise it will be a memorable, delicious meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, good food, and a limited but good wine selection.

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SteveS
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of favorite restaurants anywhere. Always try something new on the menu and never disappointed!

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vipSteve66
Los Angeles
124 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don't know why we haven't come here more often...it's some of the best food in the valley. And, during this ridiculous outdoor dining b.s., they manage to have an outdoor patio that's actually comfortable and well heated!

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KristinaM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The yellow beet salad was amazing and their asparagus was so perfectly cooked. I really liked the valley girl cocktail.

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vipMfood
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a relaxed atmosphere,

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vipksb48
Orange County
243 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience....servers were friendly, attentive and made our dinner so enjoyable. The live music was amazing and welcomed!!!! We loved the food....delicious and perfectly seasoned and served HOT!! Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

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tleeSB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, excellent food and service, thank you, a wonderful experience!

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TomP
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner with great service.
I recommend that you try SY Kitchen if you have not already done so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, great service. Can’t recommend it any higher.

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vipLoriS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Far exceeded expectations.

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VeraT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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sarahk
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious meal and atmosphere. Everyone was very kind, and kept up with the required safety protocols during the pandemic. The food was incredible. We sat all the way at the end of the outdoor patio with a lovely heater and felt very safe. The live music started up as we left & it was the perfect ambiance. A wonderful birthday dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! The wine, the food, really all of it is delicious.