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Ranch House

102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
+1 805-646-2360
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good18%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

Beautiful romantic dining. I don't think there's a bad seat in the house. The lamb shank was outstanding! Such a large portion, was able to take home and enjoy the next day. The service was pretty good. I had a server in training and she...More

1  Thank cat008
Reviewed 5 June 2015

I have mixed feelings about my dining experience here. Let me start with a positive. The Ranch House is a really beautiful restaurant, and it can't be beat for atmosphere..We were a table of 3 and we were used the Groupon for 2 of us....More

Thank thundermagic
Reviewed 26 May 2015 via mobile

My son and I had the pleasure of dining at the Ojai Ranch house last week we were greeted by Russ the general manager. Russ was very charismatic and make sure that we were extremely comfortable with a wonderful table on a beautiful evening. Russ...More

1  Thank Claimants
Reviewed 17 May 2015 via mobile

The service: We came with a very large group with our numbers changing until the last moment; we ended up with 19. The service was very good under the circumstances with 2 servers. The only problem with having such a big group was that their...More

1  Thank Denise T
Reviewed 12 May 2015

We went there early, just after they opened, using a Groupon certificate. Maybe when it's hot and crowded and dark the ambiance will make it better, but even at 50% off, or whatever we paid, we didn't think we got value. They valued the wine...More

1  Thank Bill_Sandee
Reviewed 27 April 2015

Nothing special about the menu, but the somewhat funky outdoor space has a certain charm. So to be kept standing for ten minutes at bar/entrance, with many empty tables visible, didn't establish the right mood. The wine was overpriced and the conventional food, while perfectly...More

1  Thank Tish O
Reviewed 22 April 2015

I took my wife here for dinner for our anniversary. The restaurant does not look like very much when you drive up, but once in the back, you are in the midst of a bamboo and local flora forest, dotted with various types of water...More

2  Thank ACK22
Reviewed 20 April 2015 via mobile

Such a beautiful place, you have to see to believe. It was illuminated by dim lights throughout the trees and felt like you were walking through an enchanted forest to your table. There was live piano and it was pretty crowded. We had a groupon...More

2  Thank k8travels23
Reviewed 19 April 2015

Visited the ranch house after about 5 years. Found the ownership changed. Felt the food quality had declined a little. Service was good as ever. Prices higher as every where else.

1  Thank Anil6780
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

We were very excited to eat here but it seemed as though the staff just weren't paying attention,and seemed very disconnected from a tightly run, well executed dining experience.Although there were empty tables and a reservation we were seated on a busy pathway , facing...More

2  Thank Mary N
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1 July 2017|
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Response from Herb E | Reviewed this property |
I agree, the bar area is towards the front, the place I feel is known for its ambience while dining as opposed to just going there for a beer or two.
Melville P
24 March 2017|
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Response from Herb E | Reviewed this property |
No it is not noises, plenty of space outdoors.
28 February 2017|
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Response from Robert B | Reviewed this property |
Yup-they have great private spaces-indoor and out.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
    (Besant Rd)
  • Public Transportation: Ojai Trolly stops 1/2 block away. Ojai Taxi available.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
  • Phone Number: +1 805-646-2360
The ultimate in romance--hidden away in the beautiful Ojai Valley located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Intimate garden dining, meandering streams, award winning cuisine, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list with over 700 selections available, bakery and herb garden on premises--for over 56 years this romantic garden restaurant has been perfection in Ojai.....
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