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Ranch House

102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
+1 805-646-2360
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good18%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“scallops” (32 reviews)
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“rack of lamb” (6 reviews)
Opens in 13 min
All hours
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Fabulous five course dinner. Open bar. Entertainment. Great service. Priced right. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Arthur G
Reviewed 3 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
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...

2  Thank Kevin H
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...More

2  Thank Brian B
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
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....More

2  Thank DebbiesOnTheRoad
Reviewed 25 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
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
Reviewed 20 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...More

1  Thank Leslie M
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...More

2  Thank Babablahblah
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Melville P
I would like to know if it's too noisey?
24 March 2017|
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Response from Sig79 | Reviewed this property |
Not at all. In fact, it's rather serene. Of course, if there's a large, loud party or person, then all bets are off. But that could happen anywhere!
Any suggestions as to whether or not this would be good for a 50th anniversary celebration with 8 adults and 8 grandchildren? Is there a sort of private area?
28 February 2017|
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Response from Robert B | Reviewed this property |
Yup-they have great private spaces-indoor and out.
Would this be a good option for a party of 8 adults celebrating a 40 birthday, or is it more a romantic situation?
30 July 2015|
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Response from M B | Reviewed this property |
You could but I would recommend the Deer Lodge for that. Great farm to table food, music and a more party like atmosphere. Save Ranch for you and someONE.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
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
View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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.....