SY Kitchen

4.7
1197 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 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 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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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. - 2:00 p.m.

S.Y. Kitchen is closed for the following holidays: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July
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Phone number
(805) 691-9794
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luca Crestanelli
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Catering
S.Y. Kitchen is available of off-site custom catering.
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Cross street
Sagunto St
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat to visit when I'm in Santa Ynez. The food is creative and delicious, the staff is attentive with good recommendations and they have creative cocktails and unique wine offerings

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MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect birthday dinner. We ended eating outside, which had the perfect ambiance, which included heaters. The staff was amazing, and their wine and food suggestions were on point. We loved/had the octopus as an appetizer, and the mushroom pasta, and the rack of lamb for dinner. The portions were just perfect! If you’re looking for a taster meal in Santa Ynez, this is your best bet!! Absolutely delicious!

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ZM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another exceptional meal there for my husband's birthday. The Gnocchi, Persimmon Salad & wine were all perfect. Service was fabulous as well. It's a little noisy when it's busy, but worth it as the food and good vibes are great.

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TT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great pasta dish-ragu w/duck.
service was very good, attentive w/o being rushed.
servicer came outside of restaurant to hand us our leftovers because we forgot to grab
before exiting.

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DR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wine list. We sat outside but with the enclosed patio and heaters, it was still very good.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, SY Kitchen was amazing! We love our “date night” dinners here... the food is superb, the staff is very attentive, the drinks are creative and delicious! We can’t wait until our next opportunity to visit!

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five-star comfort food defined by culinary creative ingenuity and appropriate portions

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way.
Pleasant staff was very accommodating with us coming earlier. Charming and elegant place.
Every dish was well executed and presented. And tasted just awesome.
A great addition to our arsenal of “on the money” places to take important clients.
Surely we will return soon.

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c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and had delicious desserts!

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BT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places for dinner every-time we're in Santa Ynez. Excellent service and personality from our server, Matthew, and busser Adrian. Cheers!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome - great food, service and thanks for the tiramisu to celebrate our anniversary !!

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AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SY Kitchen is a priority stop when I am in the area. One of my favorite restaurants!

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c
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent.

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a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good , except for the special pasta, spaghetti puttanesca , which just tasted like spaghetti in tomato sauce. Very disappointing. Love the octopus salad!

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BR
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a pre - Thanksgiving day dinner here. Aside from being seated next to a large party which made it difficult to have a conversation dinner was on the money. Started with an Italian Manhattan which was superb as they take pride in their cocktails. Wine list by the glass could be improved as their was only 1 local Pinot and we’re in Pinot country! Lamb shank, pasta, salads, pizza all were outstanding. Great place I’d love to visit again!

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I felt like it was a little over rated. I had heard great things online and from friends. It was a little underwhelming. I ordered a seafood pasta that was one of their specials. It came after everyone else at the table was already done with their meal with no apology. The pasta was under cooked and really lacked flavor...except for fishy from the seafood. My son didn't even want to sit near me because it smelled so fishy. For the price, I would pick somewhere else. I wouldn't go again.

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G
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at this place and usually go with the specials. Excellent. Organic ingredients mostly from local growers.

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CB
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing this incredible restaurant gets consistently wrong is their reservations/seating. W had 7:00 PM reservations for a party of 8 and we were not seated until 8:00 PM...yes a full hour late! That is very poor planning. I'd quit going back if everything else about the experience wasn't so good!

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BH
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food great, service great. We had a horrible experience sitting in the back room, squished into a corner next to a table of 10 people who were incredibly loud, incredibly obnoxious and incredibly drunk. Noise level was unbearable.

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n
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service .... food I have been twice and both times the food was excellent

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B
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Magnificent cuisine, overall rating suffers because of noise level though it is better than some others. Service is good and wine list is above average. good bar scene

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KJ
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Timely service, food at the proper temperature and friendly waitstaff. The roasted olives are delicious!

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AC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing like usual! Alessio was perfection as always. We love this place. I also appreciate the team effort here. Being in the biz myself, one can’t help but notice the flow of a restaurant. I LOVE how everyone helps out. Other servers, bussers - the bartender brought us our first course! This is a team and I appreciate that. Thanks SY for always making our evening enjoyable!

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o
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great birthday dinner for my boyfriend!

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VT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, fantastic food. Wonderful service.

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PM
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SY Kitchen feels like home to us. We go often and never felt so welcome anywhere else. The food is superb and the staff is wonderful.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew was a superior waiter and very accommodating. Food was beyond amazing! Will come back soon... aka tomorrow.

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KW
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to SY kitchen when we’re in the area and it’s always amazing.

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GF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience and we will see if our family gathering in December can be accommodated since we enjoyed our experience so much.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to SY Kitchen. We were a party of four and everyone was thrilled with their food and wine. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and professional.

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went to this restaurant based on other OpenTable reviews. While it was not bad, you did not live up to its building. The wait staff was only marginally attentive and the food was not particularly flavorful. Again not bad but nothing In particular to recommend.

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JF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our 18th wedding anniversary. Cocktails are fabulous! Service was impeccable. Setting gorgeous. Food yummy. Totally recommend.

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KH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food always great! Have been many times and never disappointed .

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EB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved everything about our experience. The food was phenomenal (as was the wine), the atmosphere, our server. Will be back soon!

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B
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

we really enjoyed Eric's service and his professional approach. the rest of the team was also helpful. Food was great and the place has a good reputation for craft cocktails. Enjoyed the experience very much

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TK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the cleanest restaurants I’ve ever been too! Impeccable service, fantastic food!!

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MB
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant so much we went two nights in a row. Met Luca, the chef, outside - he was wonderful - even offered us additional drinks while we waited for our ride. Loved the food - drinks especially the Old Fashion - Best restaurant ever! Loved it!!!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been a fan of SY Kitchen for the past 4 years. The ambience is amazing , always decorated for the season or holiday . The bar scene is happening and the mixology and personalization of the bartender to make drinks on request - is oustanding.
Food... well there is not a bad thing on the menu . Again always have food pairings to match up with the seasons freshest vegetables , seasoned grilled artichoke and delious soups / entrees.
Service is impeccable -
FIVE STAR DINING in beautiful Santa Ynez !!

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