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Ranch House

Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305 (Besant Rd)
+1 805-646-2360
11:00 - 19:30
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Sun 11:00 - 19:30
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 20:30
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Newport Beach, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Grand experience with the Ranch House. Checking this off my bucket list: lobster tail & rack of lamb with 8 moscow mules. My two poodles (Dallas & Hemingway) had a wonderful time spending with good food and great people. Thank you Steve & Maria.

1 Thank Claudia R
Long Beach, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Great food, great service. Incredible outdoor space. There's a reason this was Paul Newman's favorite! Don't go on a rainy night, though...

1 Thank Kevin H
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We were greeted at the entrance, the host knew our name (we had reservations) and escorted us inside to a table by a babbling brook (fountain). He lit the heaters for us (December), and introduced us to our wait staff. My wife chose the 3 course meal for $45 and I chose the 5 course one for $55. The scallops... More 

2 Thank Brian B
Los Altos, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Quiet, beautiful...very Ojai, very different from anything in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Servers are delightful, food is excellent, house wine is decent and fairly priced (as opposed to other restaurants in Ojai). Just a real get away.

1 Thank Eve C
Moorpark, California
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144 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

The five-course prix fixe meal is $55 a person ($45 if you can get by with three courses.) With the Groupon at $109, you're saving a dollar and getting a bottle of house Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon that isn't really worth inflicting on your liver. I'm not saying the meal is or isn't worth the price, but the Groupon stated... More 

1 Thank DebbiesOnTheRoad
Westlake Village, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Ambience with local history, we sat outside for the starry night; very friendly staff and lively ......but food served cold

Thank Bruce C
Trabuco Canyon, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Service and food was great, it was a very nice atmosphere for my wife and I to enjoy dinner and conversation. Staff was very attentive but not intrusive.

1 Thank JohnH19621
Huntington Beach
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This restaurant and everything about it is simply magical and beautiful. From the outside it doesn't look like much: but you go inside and it's like walking into the Land of Oz. The food is out of this world, but the incredible outdoorsy interior (dine al fresco!!) is like dying and going to Heaven. Do yourself a favor and experience... More 

1 Thank Leslie M
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I go out to dinner frequently and we were looking for a special dining experience for our anniversary. The Ranch House in Ojai was the perfect choice. It has been a landmark for many years and was once THE place to go for a truly wonderful dining experience. However over the years it has changed owners a... More 

1 Thank Babablahblah
Solvang, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

As others have written, this place is unsurpassed in regard to atmosphere. The gardens are lovely with small private, (and dark) tables hidden in the bamboo forest. At night the lighting is beautiful, yet the stone pathways with uneven paving that you can't always see, can be hazardous. Our table had a chandelier so was easy to see the menu,... More 

1 Thank raleigh2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?