SY Kitchen

4.7
1178 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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CB
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
2 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
1 review
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
5 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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MS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Could not have been better. Highlight of our weekend in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From out of town looking for restaurant to hold our wedding reception at. Yes, we will be holding our reception dinner here. Very nice and professional team. Our waiter was from Italy and was so nice made several recommends regarding wine and food.

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience and the food was delicious. We were first seated at a table that was right behind the bar in the middle of the room, and it was incredibly loud. My husband and I asked to be moved and thankfully we were moved; if we had not been moved I don't think our experience would have been as good.

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JM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly cookked rack of lamb. The burrata salad was anazing. Service 5 star. Best meal in the valley we can remember.

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NR
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at SY! New York Steak and Lamb Chops were perfection. Service is always outstanding! Thanks for a great evening.

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JK
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to SY Kitchen to celebrate our anniversary tonight. It was bustling with energy but, still small town feel. We had a delicious dinner and wine with exceptional service. We both ordered the specials - so yummy!

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love SY kitchen so much. It’s always our go to for dinners when we’re visiting the area for wine tasting. Great food and staff!

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VG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambiance, and great food. Attentive service. Delicious seasonal specials.

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l
Puerto Vallarta
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot in Santa Ynez Valley. We always have dinner here when visiting from Encinitas. The food is fresh and locally sourced whenever possible. We had an amazing beet salad...one of the best salads we've ever had. If you like lamb you must have the rack of lamb. I order it every time and honestly it's absolutely delicious...have never had anything to compare. You might want to take your own wine as their wine list is a bit pricey. Corkage fee is $20.

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KB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Reviews online make this place out to be great, but limited menu and I think they were pretty close to breaking fire code by cramming so many tables inside. I had my back up against the chair of another lady, and we were right next to another table. It was too loud and too crowded. Was not worth the 45 minute drive. Went go there again.

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DS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always top notch we always leave with a great feeling of the total experience

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M
Central Coast
41 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, really good wine, great service, great presentation and a cozy ambience. Very special.

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DZ
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, the service a touch slow. Seemed very busy, so clearly popular.

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j
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! We were there on a Monday when it was a little less busy.

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JO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another great meal at SY Kitchen! The octopus dish is to die for!

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SO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

SY Kitchen is always a great evening. The food is so fresh and local that the flavors pop with life. The service is helpful and friendly. It seems that only thing that is not great are the very large groups that tend to plan events there. The last three times we were at SY Kitchen their were large tables of 10-12 that really took over the back room next to our little table of 2.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

SY Kitchen is the real deal, and my favorite restaurant. Not only do they have a full bar, but they had three mixologists working. The drinks are phenomenal. I ordered a dry grey goose martini, and it was perfect. You can measure the skill of your mixologist with such a simple drink. He used a thermometer to ensure it was -7deg C.

This is a very busy restaurant and the service is exceptional. They are fully staffed with very capable, smiling, hard working people who anticipated our needs.

So, drinks are fantastic and the service is top notch without being stuffy. How’s the food you ask...? Amazing. We shared the octopus and cauliflower appetizers. Both phenomenal. The octopus was tender, served with harcots verts, cherry tomatoes and olives. Perfect balance of flavors with the sweet tomatoes and salty olives. Surprisingly the roasted cauliflower with salsa verde, hazelnuts and bursts was even better , it was loaded with flavor- I’m still thinking about it today. For our main we shared the sautéd Swiss chard and a perfectly medium rare Delmonico steak. The steak was very flavorful and tender, a very high quality beef prepared perfectly.

We enjoyed ourselves very much and will return again very soon.

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B
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Always great food

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