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Ranch House

102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
+1 805-646-2360
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good18%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“scallops” (35 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (6 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
102 Besant Rd, Ojai, CA 93023-2305
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

The restaurant is situated just outside Ojai town proper. Tables are nestled among bamboo and along babbling brooks. The food is delicious. A three plate prix fixe dinner is $45, five courses are $55. It was exquisite. I had an avocado-cucumber gazpacho, house-made pate, and...More

1  Thank jeannej77
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Expectations were high having read the many good reviews and been recommended by a local friend. It was a special occasion of friends from overseas all meeting up in the US. On arrival, the setting and location raised our expectations even further - very unusual,...More

Thank Caron B
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We were able to take our golden retriever to dine outdoors. That was a definite plus. The setting is amazing. Outdoors there is a stream, lush landscape, a coy pond and more. The tables were spread out which was very nice for an intimate evening....More

1  Thank boohuber
Reviewed 27 August 2017

The Ranch House is a great old restaurant in Ojai serving their own and locally sourced herbs and vegetables long before most people knew what this meant. Then in 2014 they changed hands and went through some hiccups leading to a handful of negative reviews...More

1  Thank Bill B
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Now maybe it was the company, one can never be sure. But for me, as we drove up to twinkling lights at sunset, I was smitten. We opted for the crab cakes after a long day at the Ventura Fair, and weren't disappointed. Light, but...More

1  Thank 510kerryg
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed our "lucky 13th" wedding anniversary dinner at Ranch House. The food was fabulous- all courses! We had the scallop, two watermelon salads, filet mignon, short rib and dessert. We enjoyed the 3 course menu that was $45 each. Overall we...More

1  Thank Repub76
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I took my wife here for our anniversary. The place is like a small jungle with tables mixed in. We had a table in a small gazebo, it was very romantic. It was perfect until a very noisy group sat up the path from us....More

1  Thank opswhisperer
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Fabulous setting in multiple gardens on site. Romantic lighting. Service wonderful. Prix Fixe Menu choices good for entrees. You can choose 3 or 5 courses with the difference only $10.00 so everyone at our table of 6 chose the 5 courses. Appetizers very small portions....More

1  Thank 385eileenz
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The Ranch House was our absolute favorite restaurant 20 years ago-- sorry it doesn't nearly compare any more. My wife and I eat mostly at home, casual Asian or Mexican when we go out, but once in a while like to have a special meal....More

Thank jf002
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Unassuming little place in a beautiful garden setting. Delicious farm fresh ingredients in make up a simple sophisticated American fare menu. For dinner you select a fixed priced 3 or 5 selection meal. We were a group of four. Appetizers jncluded delicious crab cakes, curried...More

1  Thank B L
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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
23 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
US$31 - US$50
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, Groups
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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