SY Kitchen

4.8
1344 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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MD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

SYK is consistently on point. Always creative and delicious cocktails and the dinner specials were once again amazing. Matthew provides a nice balance of attentiveness without distraction - excellent service. We always look forward to our next meal at SYK!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit to this restaurant and the food is always fabulous!!! Highly recommend

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SY Kitchen was such a wonderful experience. I am not from the area and was visiting with my mom for Mother’s Day. I made a reservation here off of others reviews of this place and it did not disappoint!!! The atmosphere is so modern and chic but with a homey feel. Our server and the team provided outstanding service. And the food was TO DIE FOR!!! Everything we ordered was immaculate. The presentation and taste was on point. And everything was cooked PERFECTLY! It’s incredibly hard, even at the finer dining level, to find a place that perfectly cooks salmon but boy did they bring it! The only downside to this place is the price point but honestly, you get more than what you pay for. This place brings it in all aspects of the dining experience. I will definitely be returning!!! Love SY Kitchen! Thank you for making my mom’s Mother’s Day special 😊

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EJ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the only place I wanted to go for Mother's Day. The food is fantastic, service is always friendly and attentive and ambiance is lovely. Just wish SYK was closer to SB.

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KR
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Definently a more bar/lounge place. It was very loud and expensive for not that great of food or service, the drink are good. Not a bad place but not an outstanding place either. And not kid friendly, the restroom does not have a changing table.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a casual atmosphere. Great wine list.

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SC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a weekend getaway dinner for two. We will be back.

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e
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our third time to Sy. Out of the three only one has been exceptional. This last time it was loud and crowded which was to be expected on the weekend, but our service was nonexistent. We were never told about specials and we had to ask for somebody to come and take our food and drink order as we were ignored. Very disappointed and will not return.

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BG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, slightly different twists on the combination of fresh ingredients. Don't miss the pasta dishes, they will be some of the best you've ever enjoyed. Great dining experience!

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JS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner last night at SY Kitchen. We had the prawns appetizer, mango salad, Salmon entre and Black Truffle pizza. Our server was awesome and knew the preparation of every dish. The salmon was melt in your mouth tender and I over estimated my capacity on the black truffle pizza. I wanted to eat it all.....I just couldn't finish! Took home the rest! Service was some of the best I've had and the food was very good! We'll be back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mango salad, Milanese all fantastic

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DE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & outstanding service! A bit noisy but wonderful overall experience.

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CJ
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service and great food. Little loud but will return!

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AI
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friends Moving

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JF
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent¡!!!!!!!!!!!! I would eat there everynight if I could!

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem next to Chumash Casino. I wonder how many casino-goers visit this place. We love it. Great menu with fresh food, nice drinks and wine menu. We go here every time we are in the area.

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SM
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the road, and needed a place for dinner and relaxing a bit. What a find! Octopus salad was outstanding and we each had a pasta dish which were delicious. The waitstaff were very friendly and helpful—our waiter was very attentive, without intruding ever. I can hardly wait to go back to be more leisurely, have a glass of wine or a cocktail and enjoy SYK.

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k
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

creative menu, open friendly atmosphere, comfortable country kitchen,
dishes are all tasty and SUPERB!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and beautiful ambiance

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date night or to do something different. Highly recommend. It is a bit heavy on the wallet but worth the money.

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner on Wednesday night at SY Kitchen. Everything was PERFECT! We've eaten there before but this time the meal was off the charts amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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b
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Out of a party of four, three of us loved our meal, this was my second time visiting while in the Santa Ynez area. We all loved the feel and vibe of the restaurant. The Octupus salad never dissapoints, the short rib pasta was great as well. My girlfriend ordered the minestrone soup and was disspointed that no pasta was included, it was more of a butternut soup with veggies. The panna cotta was good, what made it better was the delicous chocolate chip crumbled biscotti. Our server was not attentive at all, he forgot to put in our appetizer, the drinks from the bar took at least 10-15 minutes to arrive. Slow, slow, slow service. My dish came out all by itself, 5 minutes later the next dish came out, then another few minutes later the other dishes came out. Needless to say, I refused to start eating alone, while others waited. My dish had to be reheated when all of us finally had our meals. Poor timing in the kitchen.

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D
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our third visit to SY Kitchen, and it never disappoints. We come here whenever we travel to the Santa Barbara area. The olives and bread were wonderful starters. The Delmonico steak was excellent, as were the potatoes. The cocktails are also outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait was long but the food was worth it so I liked it more than any other Italian restaurant.

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LI
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sy Kitchen never disappoints. The only issue is the noise level is quite high so tough to have conversations.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, but way too loud

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AC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. As always. Alessio is fantastic. Always makes us feel at home. The whole crew is exceptional. And very impressed with the new manager. The food was spectacular.... omg the roasted olives?!?! And of course the others half of the menu we ordered was perfection also. Thanks for a great night SY. Again. Love you.

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AH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we pulled up, we were excited to be there. The buzz and energy was contagious. Everything we put in our mouths was delicious and fresh from the cocktails to the gnocchi. We can’t wait to go back!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the more memorable dining experiences of our trip to Los Olives/Solvang/Santa Ynez. The SY kitchen is quaint and charming. The food was absolutely delicious - we ordered the grilled cauliflower with burrata, shrimp appetizer, the mushroom and mascarpone pappardelle, the chocolate ganache gelato, and the panna cotta. My favorite dish was the cauliflower - it was light, perfectly seasoned, and just delicious! We also loved the pasta dish - it was insanely rich but also had a light freshness. Our least favorite dish may have been the grilled shrimp, only because it is more of a spinach salad than a shrimp dish (comes with 2 shrimp, in shell) and we were hoping for a little more protein. Deserts were phenomenal and oh-so rich!! Our server was incredible. We left full and happy!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but no one (host or manager, not sure) read my special request notes! You only get to celebrate a 1 year anniversary kidney transplant once...had a request for it to be a bit more elevated experience than we rec’d and it’s not like they were too packed to accommodate.

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P
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Wednesday of this week. SY Kitchen is a very favorite restaurant of my wife. Midweek was a little understaffed so we had some unusual long delays in service. It did not appear that the regular owner/chefs were on duty but the food remained excellent. My wife had the sea bass special with two fish but she could only eat one. We normally split our meals but this time we did not. I had the salmon which was equally delicious. The food is a little pricey but the ambiance and the authentic Italian staff makes for a nice evening out. In the past, the restaurant had recognized our special events but this time nothing was said or acknowledged even after including that in our special event section of Open Table. Overall, a generally nice experience.

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JW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth going out of your way for. We had a delicious dinner, uniquely envisioned and meticulously prepared. The service by the staff conveyed pleasure in their roles and made us feel happy to be there as a part of it.

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K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service only wish that they were closer to my house

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyable food. The pasta was truly al dente and very flavorful. Best beet salad I’ve had anywhere. Also had a nice cocktail menu which is a good break if you’ve been wine tasting. The place is fairly noisy by design, but the indoor/outdoor feeling provides nice ambiance. Beyond pasta, we ordered the artichoke and jidori chicken which were equally delicious. We are pretty picky about restaurant food. I’m happy to recommend this place.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent dining experience. I had the best Martini ever here.

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LF
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a great time at SY Kitchen. The food, service and overall experience is the best in the valley.

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s
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Drinks are to small but great ... love there food and service

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Z
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was incredible, very fresh, creative and great variety. Our server, Matthew was awesome, friendly and knowledgeable and he was a big part of our enjoyment.
We are already planning our next visit.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but the best I love this place. Everything I have ordered is super good. Best martinis!!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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