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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

SY Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (45)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Local Ingredients (33)
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Special Occasion (32)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Casual (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Authentic (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Cozy (17)
Fun (17)
Romantic (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Healthy (14)
Seasonal (14)
Organic (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Was looking forward to the octopus salad. They ran out. It just went downhill from there. I don't recommend this place. See my review on Yelp!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We tried this restaurant on our recent visit to Santa Ynez. We had tried to get in previously but it was new and completely booked. The wait was worth it. The braised rib pasta was to die for. The pasta was cooked al dente and it was so tasty! My husband had the lamb and found it to be one of the better dishes he's had. The wine by the glass menu was excellent as we had been wine tasting all day and could not fathom a full bottle. The only teeny complaint was the ambience. We sat near a major walk way and we were bumped often. Also the covered patio area was extremely loud. We had asked for a quiet table but perhaps one does not exist in this very happening restaurant. We would definitely recommend and hope to return one day.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent in every way. It was a little noisy, but otherwise, very good.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The service is excellent and the food is absolutely delicious! Exactly how real Italian food is supposed to taste 👌🏽The ambiance, the decor, I love everything about this place and would recommend to anyone ☺️ The location is perfect. It’s not too hidden and not too obvious as to become easily crowded.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always delicious! Great service. Neighborhood treasure!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I can't say enough about SY Kitchen! I am a local and it is my favorite restaurant in the area. The food is superb, the staff is top notch and extremely friendly. Every meal has been wonderful and I always look forward to the specials. I am an Airbnb host and it is the number one recommendation I make to our guests.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food and great service!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Simply amazing food and service
Also nice details all around

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was very good as always. More attention should be paid to communication on social media: we were expecting a special menu, as advertised, but we found out that it was only available for dinner, not lunch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I wanted some alone time so we went to the SY Kitchen for a date night. It is always a treat for us to have dinner at the SY Kitchen. The drinks are amazing and the food is flavorful with every bite and the waitstaff is always on point! We recommend beginning the dinner with the Artichoke ... it's beyond delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Beautiful and delicious. The menu is enticing with imaginative and local appeal. BUT... $40 for a pizza?!? Really? It was the evening special. It was good, but the “special” part was the price. That said, we will be back soon! It’s our favorite dining spot in wine country.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always a good time with delicious food, fun drinks and great service.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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