SY Kitchen

4.8
1292 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

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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.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining pretty much every time!

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

The triple cooked potatoes are out of this world!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time. Excellent food, excellent service!

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MG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Amazing Italian food, complete with an Italian staff! Definitely not too be missed on a trip to Santa Ynez!

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great atmosphere, and attentive professional waiter.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. It’s fantastic!

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CI
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We could not have been happier based on a recommendation we visited SY kitchen for our anniversary dinner. It exceed all expectations. Best meal we have had in ages. Pasta was perfection and the asparagus and sliders were sublime. Could not recommend it more. Just wish I lived closer.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty much the local go-to. Not stoked about them now charging for bread.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice food but portions were kind of a joke. Prices very high for what u get. Service was totally inattentive and very slow. Would not go back here there are better options nearby

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T
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cute place The lamb was delicious, but very small portion for the price. The short rib pasta was ok, but not fabulous. Would have enjoyed the pasta a little softer. The artichoke appetizer is delicious. Will return because the overall experience is nice.

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ST
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday Dinner with my wife and 4 close friends. Luca and his team never let us down. Dinner was absolutely delicious and the Truffle Pizza is a fan favorite. We all had a great evening and thanks to the whole team for helping make it a special evening.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food in this cozy getaway just outside of Solvang

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. A great experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This restaurant was highly recommended but my experience was that the food is alright, service is great, but overall was not worthy of the hype or the price.

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RN
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very nice place for dinner in the Santa Ynez Valley. Excellent service. We were greeted and seated quickly. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. Cute home turned into a restaurant. Very casual atmosphere. Pretty crowded even mid-week. A little noisy, but not excessive. Good choice of wines by the glass as well as local beer. Nightly specials sounded wonderful, but we both choice to order from the standard menu. We both had caesar salads, pasta dishes, and shared their Tiramisu. Everything was very good, nothing stellar. Pasta was cooked just right, nice flavors, and portions were generous but not huge. Tiramisu was very creamy. Pizzas looked great. Overall, the quality and the prices were typical of the other high-end restaurants in the area. Would recommend and would return if given the opportunity.

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LD
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You guys rock as always. Great service, wonderful presentation, high quality experience. Always out last stop.

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DM
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently great food. Best restaurant in the SY Valley.

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DM
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food. Great staff.

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MD
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here on several occasions and always have had a great experience. The octopus was exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic place, the food is amazing, the service is spot on, and a hip but comfortable decor. The really noteworthy aspect of SY Kitchen, however, is that everyone there really cares about what they do.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great service, fresh “farm to table” vegetables and preparation, soups were excellent , but unfortunately our chicken dishes were really dry, and at high prices, that’s a shame. We would however try again if in the area.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in town! I always do a 3 course meal and I always want to start all over cuz it’s so good

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

No one mentioned our anniversary. Had to wait 10 minutes for water. Did not read us the specials. Had to ask for bread which we were charged for. Food was underwhelming to say the least. Doesn’t taste like they make their pasta in house. Order was bland. Will not come back. Sad that this place gets such rave reviews. Brothers is right across the way and was superior in every dept.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, even better service, ambiance is unbeatable. If you're in the area you can't go wrong, one of the best.

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c
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, wonderful service. Waiter was attentive and our water glasses never went empty!

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff both friendly and attentive. I really loved it and would come back often if I lived close.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We stopped here for dinner after a wine pick up party. The food was good, not great for the price. Waiter was nice but tried to get us to purchase a bottle of wine rather than just a glass.

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a
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the SY Valley!

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K
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St Kitchen is phenomenal! The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The service was fantastic. We had a great wines and overall a wonderful time! We’ll definitely be back!

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TG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and cocktails are inventive, delicious and beautiful!! Their mixologist is a master of culinary skill!!

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p
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly prepared meal. Tables are a little tightly packed so not intimate but still a cozy setup for group meals.

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DA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. lively atmosphere, did not disappoint.
Very busy but service was prompt and courteous

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FB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well had an amazing meal, from the cocktails and wine to the octopus salad and rack of lamb. The tiramisu was out of this world.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Luca is amazingly creative. The regular menu is a solid generally Northern Italian selection interpreted in very fresh ways. Daily specials are, well, special. The selections for the recent restaurant weeks were unique and unusual. Great wine list including the house wine made with grapes from the owner’s vineyard is excellent. Service is also first rate.

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G
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Big surprise.

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BG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Extremely loud!!
My wife and I were overwhelmed with rude and very loud people who could care less about who was there around them. I think they should relocate the bar area to help eliminate some of the noise levels

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

SY Kitchen is a hot spot in the Santa Ynez area. My wife and I went to dinner on a Monday night and it was packed. This is a loud restaurant. Not bad if you are OK with load restaurants, NOT GOOD if you are looking for a quaint and cozy restuarant. There are tables in the bar, its loud. There are tables in the indoor dining room, very LOUD. One big table in the middle and 5 tables for two surrounding the big table. Every sit next to a big loud table? You know what to expect. So, if you are sitting indoors, you have no escape to the LOUD noise. The outdoor seating may be your best bet, but it is crowded so, if you don't mind listening to everyone around you while attempting to have a nice dinner with your date, everything will be OK. SY Kitchen is a pretty good VERY NOISY restaurant

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CS
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Upscale food in a casual atmosphere. Good selection — something for everyone. vegetarian friendly. Really enjoyed our evening!

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SL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Day at bar for dinner twice over a weekend we were visiting from MN - great experience which is why we came back 2 days later!

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MS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I appreciated the corner table and friendly service, however only one tiny lamb chop for the main dish for restaurant week was delicious but the quantity was quite disappointing. We both left hungry

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