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Dinner in Solvang/Santa Maria/Los Olivos suggestions!

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Dinner in Solvang/Santa Maria/Los Olivos suggestions!

Hi all. Going last minute for a wine tasting trip to Santa Ynez wine country. Staying in Solvang. Need suggestions for a good dinner place. Doesnt need to be too upscale. Good food, fun atmosphere, cozy seating. Someone suggested Ricks? Any others would be much appreciated!!Thanks!

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1. Re: Dinner in Solvang/Santa Maria/Los Olivos suggestions!

Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos

The Hitching Post in Buellton (They filmed the movie "Sideways" here)

Shaw's in Santa Maria, although Santa Maria is out of the way from Solvang/Los Olivos

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2. Re: Dinner in Solvang/Santa Maria/Los Olivos suggestions!

Hi, we had a very nice dinner at the Los Olivos Cafe, they make a great Lamb Shank here and have an excellent wine list, the Bernat (the owner makes this) Syrah was perfect with our dinner. Don't miss the "chocolate scream" for dessert. You can browse the wall of wines in the back while you wait for your dinner. Have fun! :)

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3. Re: Dinner in Solvang/Santa Maria/Los Olivos suggestions!

In Solvang, try the new restaurant at the Hadsten House Hotel. Eat at Kabuki if you want some great sushi, but not much atmosphere.

In Los Olivos, Los Olivos Cafe is good for atmosphere and wine selections. Avoid Patricks Sidestreet Cafe.

In Santa Ynez, Red Barn for steaks, Grappolo for Italian and be sure to talk to the owner Leonardo for good conversation, plus there is a new mexican restaurant that just opened called Carlitos with excellent food but you may need a reservation.

Never heard of "Ricks"

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4. Re: Dinner in Solvang/Santa Maria/Los Olivos suggestions!

If you have just one night, especially if it's a weekend, go to Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos....it will be crowded but very fun and friendly atmosphere in a historic stagecoach restaurant. Food is excellent, and if you want casual you can eat in the bar without having a reservation.

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5. Re: Dinner in Solvang/Santa Maria/Los Olivos suggestions!

Ricks is Chef Ricks in Orcutt. Good food but not much atmosphere. In a small strip mall.

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