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SY Kitchen

4.6
1005 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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.
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. - 2:30 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
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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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Neighborhood
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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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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The food here is spectacular. It’s just too bad we had to wait an hour and forty minutes to get our dinner. If you’re in the mood to drink wine and aren’t in a hurry or terribly hungry- the food will be worth the wait. If not, go somewhere else where the wait won’t be as long.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Took my wife there for our Anniversary. I’m Italian and from Brooklyn N.Y. I’ve been to S.Y. Kitchen many times and never had a bad experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband & I had an amazing date night at SY Kitchen! We enjoyed everyone dish & are excited to return to try even more of their menu. Our server, Brooke, was wonderful. My husband had their halibut special & I had their sliders. Both we absolutely delicious! We finished a perfect night with tiramisu & coffee. Can’t wait to return!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

prices are just too high for lunch..really disappointing

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

good creative food in pleasant environment - prices are high though for simple fare such as pasta ! Caters obviously for a certain category of people who can afford it.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our food and service was amazing. We especially loved the appetizers and the dessert. We had the artichoke and olives for appetizers and the ginger creme brûlée for dessert. A must for anyone stopping through Santa Ynez.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Vacationing here prior to daughter’s wedding in Santa Ynez

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We brought our small dog, had to dine outside, at very low tables, that were more appropriate for drinks or snacks.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was our first time at SY Kitchen and my husband and I both thought it was the best restaurant that we had been to on the Santa Ynez Valley.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place is a gem. The cocktails were perfect and the food was delicious. Everything tasted super fresh and almost homemade.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food and service were excellent. We had fresh fish, beet salad and short rib ragu. The pasta was perfectly al dente. The napoleon dessert had a layer of fresh fruit in it. It does get very busy and a bit noisy. Book earlier rather than later in the day.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Comfortable wine country joint with a mellow vibe. Decent appetizers. But the worst steak in Santa Barbara! For some reason they slice a NY steak and stick cheese in between the slices, without divulging that info, either on the menu or by the server. Had little char and less flavor, a waste of forty bucks. By all means try the pastas, but give that steak a pass.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Nice local place. Good Italian food.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Heard it was good and it did not disappoint. Nice vibe at this rustic chic restaurant—outdoor couches with blankets for chilly nights, inside warm and cozy. Excellent food, beautiful fresh salads and homemade pastas, nice wine list and tasty cocktails. Service very good and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend if you’re in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We stopped at SY for lunch on our way from LA to San Francisco. Well worth the stop in our journey. Food was truly fabulous. Burrata salad, gnocchi with duck ragu and pappardelle with mushrooms were all amazing. Andy was a great server with lots of knowledge about the food and the area. Wish we lived closer. We’d be there all the time.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent restaurant for local dining. Quality ingredients and all dishes well prepared. Chicken was delicious, oven roasted over oak. Friendly service, good wine list, and just a pleasant time with the good vibe.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent choice for lunch or dinner! Service and food was great.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Wonderful, it is always a treat to go to SY Kitchen.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We always enjoy SY Kitchen and reserve in advance when we plan a trip north.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had a fun get-together with friends. We loved the pea salad, and the octopus salad. The special fish was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Very creative dishes, great, fun, service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing pork shank over polenta!!!

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

At there with friends last Sunday. Butternut squash soup was tepid and, frankly, lacking in flavor. Sorry, but roasting and pureeing squash and throwing some herbs on top doesn't excite. How about adding some ginger and fennel? Food was decent. Coffee was again tepid. Asked for my expensive wood roasted olives to go and, even though I was positively acknowledged that they were going to do it, they threw them out. When I asked, the person who had said he was going to do it didn't have any memory of saying so. I think it is overpriced for the quality. Almost $200 for four people (3 had chicken), soup, a plate of olives, and NO alcohol. Doubt I will eat there again.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Love SY Kitchen. One dish was a little dry, and seemed understaffed -- slower than expected. But, that said, still a very special place to go. We'll be back

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Gold beet salad was superb, as was brazino fish. Staff was incredibly attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We are regulars at this venue. We made reservations for St. Patrick's day for two seats at the bar but when we arrived the bar was full. We never had issues with the hostess's in the past but this time we were not welcomed with a smile. Typically as we approach the door someone would be there holding the door open with a smile. This time we felt like we were putting them out. possibly because our request for two seats at the bar at 5:30pm could not be accommodated. Not a huge issue, we will continue to give SY Kitchen our business because everything else was absolutely amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing food, delicious bar drinks, and great festive ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We have been there several times and it never disappoints. Creative menu, local ingredients, and superb staff. The octopus salad was the best I've had.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Host gave odd vibe upon entry. Could be more pleasant like rest of staff. Great waitress. Food and drinks were fabulous.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

good ambiance, friendly service, food was good too. unfortunately, much too noisy inside for a romantic dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Food was excellent as always. Love the creative touch on Italian food. The service was ok. I chalked it up to a Thursday evening.
Still my favorite dining in Santa Ynez.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Super cute place! We had the rack of lamb, which was the best that we have ever had. The artichoke appetizer was amazing and their version of a tiramisu was tasty. We also had a pasta, mushroom & sausage dish that had really good flavor, but I would have liked the pasta more done. Some bites were almost crunchy, maybe ask them to cook it more if that's not appealing to you. Also be aware that it is very pricey, especially the drinks. And if you don't want it to be too loud, come before 7 p.m. and it's very nice.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Always a standout and a gem in the valleys cap. Hard working committed brothers who run the kitchen and prepare excellent food. The staff make you fell like a friend who's dropped in for bite, and there is always someone to greet you at the door with a smile.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Service was pretty bad. Drinks were late. No napkins or utensils on table. Had to ask 10 minutes into our meal. A can of Diet Coke is $4 😳 overpriced!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Excellent food, unique menu

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

SY Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants in the Valley. The food is always spot on and the service is always wonderful. The craft cocktails are unique and delicious and the atmosphere is great. I wish they had a little more room so patrons wouldn't be so cozy (lol), but I don't want them leaving the SYV so forget I ever said that!

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

All of the ingredients were incredibly fresh. What was lacking was flavor. Each of us ordered a pasta dish that costs between $24 and $28. The pasta was definitely fresh and made from scratch. However, there just wasn't any depth of flavor- we had to salt all of our dishes. For that price, we expected delicious. We also each had the special soup of the day: broccoli. At $14 a serving, we were expecting an nuanced, flavorful experience. Again, we were left reaching for the salt;

The cocktails were OUTSTANDING, as was the fresh bread served as an appetizer.

Unfortunately, we decided to skip dessert; we became more disappointed as the meal progressed.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Really great food
Although the food came out so fast that we weren’t able to thoroughly relax and enjoy the restaurant

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Love this restaurant!!! Great Italian food and wonderful drinks. A lovely evening.💗

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Always delicious—and now open for lunch!!!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was delicious and the service was perfect. We couldn't have wished for a better experience. We showed up a bit early, so as we waited for our table they offered to sit us outside next to an open fire and took our drink order. It was perfect for our date night, it aloud us to relax after our drive up from Santa Barbara, as well as enjoy our drinks, (I had a great red blend that was recommended by a very nice gentleman that was very knowledgable about the wines being offered, and it was perfect. As well, my wife had the Special Moscow Mule they offered on there drink menu and that too was on point.) We were sat at our table at our reserved time, and were met promptly by the staff. Megan, our server, was exceptional, super friendly and knowledgable about the specials being offered for the night and the regular menu. We ordered from both. We ordered an app, salad, pasta, and a main dish and two deserts. They were all simply delicious. Its easy to tell that all were made with the freshest and best ingredients and that they were made with both care and love. That is hard to find these days. I can't wait to go back, it is worth the drive and I'd would highly recommend SY Kitchen, as it will not disappoint.

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