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Best American Restaurants in Santa Ynez Valley


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A photo of Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Ynez Valley
Booked 10 times today
Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn is highly acclaimed for its exceptional American cuisine. Based on the rave reviews, it stands out as the best in the valley, offering an array of top-notch dishes, including a superb prime rib, outstanding trout, and homemade chocolate chip ice cream that's described as unparalleled. One reviewer claimed the prime rib to be among the best they've ever had. The restaurant is also noted for its extensive regional wine list. Further, it's not just about the food, the exceptional service is continually highlighted. Reviewers described their experiences as warm and elevated, making Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn the perfect place for celebrating special occasions.
A photo of Mattei's Tavern restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• American • Los Olivos
Booked 15 times today
Mattei's Tavern, situated in the charming town of Los Olivos, is renowned for its excellent American cuisine. Complimented frequently for its high-standard service, visitors speak highly of the restaurant's unique and flavorful dishes. As described in the reviews, the Tavern creates dishes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, contributing to the quality and authenticity of their cuisine. Top cited dishes include their BLTA, Tavern Strip, and sweetbreads, all narrating a true narrative of American gastronomy. Amidst lovely surroundings and its historic inn ambiance, Mattei's Tavern promises not just a meal, but a delightful experience that exceeds customer expectations.
A photo of Ellie's Tap & Vine restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Santa Ynez Valley
Booked 2 times today
Ellie's Tap & Vine is revered for being a 'Santa Ynez Valley treasure' known for its farm-to-table cuisine, crafted expertly by Chef Joy. Reviews laud the restaurant's unpretentious vibe and focus on fresh, local ingredients. Joy, the owner of the restaurant, is frequently mentioned, her dedication to detail is reflected in every dish served. Multiple reviews highlight the restaurant's commitment to top-quality ingredients, with perfectly ripe tomatoes and burrata, sweet fresh Maine lobster, and amazing grilled duck breast among the dishes praised by patrons. Chef Joy's cooking is described as 'off the charts', with her enthusiasm for sourcing the best ingredients contributing to the standout food experience. With a comfortable, welcoming ambience, and service consistently described as friendly, professional, and attentive, Ellie's Tap & Vine is a prime choice for those seeking a high-quality dining experience.
A photo of Whiskey 'N Rye restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Solvang
Booked 14 times today
Whiskey 'N Rye is an acclaimed destination for modern BBQ cuisine. The restaurant has received rave reviews for its distinctive twist on BBQ delights, with the ribs, brisket, and pulled pork being particular crowd-pleasers. They also offer an interesting whiskey list, including local selections. The outdoor dining setting, praised for its beautiful courtyard adorned with vibrant flowers, adds an element of charm. The excellent staff add to the overall dining experience, ensuring swift, friendly service. Numerous reviewers have recommended it and praised the generous portions, overall taste, and the unique cocktails. The smoked brisket, in particular, has been highlighted as an incredible dish to share.
A photo of Maverick Saloon restaurant
Price: Moderate
• American • Santa Ynez
Booked 1 time today
Maverick Saloon stands as a gem of American cuisine. Reviewers rave about the quality of their food and service, with many extolling the great atmosphere and outstanding entertainment. The restaurant serves up delicious options such as the tomahawk steak and sliders, which have been described as 'consistent and great', showcasing their commitment to American cuisine. A special mention goes to the Strawberry pastry, another crowd-pleaser. Beyond serving appetizing food, Maverick Saloon prides itself on delivering a uniquely vibrant Western dive bar ambiance where locals and visitors interact freely. Many customers were pleasantly surprised by the culinary expertise, and highly recommend Maverick Saloon.
A photo of Willows at Chumash Casino restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• American • Santa Ynez Valley
Booked 19 times today
Renowned for its dedication to quality, customer service, and exceptional dishes, Willows at Chumash Casino is an esteemed establishment in the realm of Contemporary American cuisine. The combination of luxurious ambiance and unparalleled food has made it a favorite among patrons. Whether it's the perfectly seasoned and prepared seafood grill and filet mignon, or the superbly cooked salmon with a quinoa, soy, and miso finish, satisfaction is guaranteed. Additionally, the staff receive high praise for their professionalism and attentiveness, which greatly enhances the overall dining experience. As many reviews confirm, "The food and wine were all delicious and did not disappoint", and "The meal was just absolutely fantastic!". It's no wonder that people continue to return to Willows at Chumash Casino for any special event or occasion.
A photo of Hitching Post II restaurant
Price: Expensive
• American • Buellton
Booked 28 times today
Hitching Post II is highly acclaimed as the best steakhouse in Santa Barbara County. Known for its authentic Santa Maria Style BBQ and signature Highliner Pinot Noir, guests are never disappointed with the delectable dishes and excellent service. The bone-in rib chop, served with mushrooms and rice pilaf, receives top reviews. Despite its old-school ambiance, this classic steakhouse in the Solvang/Santa Ynez area continues to attract patrons with its amazing steaks, comprehensive wine selection, and attentive service. Visitors often rave about the perfectly cooked steaks and recommend the indulgent key lime pie. Hitching Post II is a must-visit destination in the Santa Ynez Valley, perfect for a feast with friends or a special dinner for two.
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