It is very hard to review a five star restaurant because it is very hard to be perfect. We turned onto the cobble stone drive lined with a colonnade of beautiful lightly lite olive trees. As we approached the guard house a very friendly hotel guard welcomes you onto the grounds with a smile. The valets receive you at the motor court welcoming us to the restaurant. Ok, well I had to remove one star because they opened my door but not my fiancee. She had to open her own door.
We walked up the gently lite stone steps up to the Stone House restaurant and the Hostess immediately escorted us through a fantastic stone and warm wood decorated drawing room and onto the out door patio. Let me say that the architecture and decor are very well done and that alone is worth the trip.
Our waiter was fantastic and his recommendations where right on. Now we did have to ask for some bread to accompany our wine. Well at a five star you should not have to ask for the basics. So one more star deducted.
The food the service was THE BEST!
The motor court is equipped with a few heaters to keep you warm while waiting for the valet to retrieve your car. As my car approached I noticed the valet must have thought that he was racing my car in the Indy 500 squealing the tires into the pit area. REALLY! I did not appreciate that at all. So one more deduction.
All in all the architecture, food and service have no equal. However, they can pay a bit more attention to the small details.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California’s wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil vacation destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to the Santa Barbara hideaway for its blend of natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Myth and history mingle in the lush garden where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property Hotel Santa Barbara
- San Ysidro Inn