The perfect food and wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's Groupon to The Ranch House, an intimate eatery nestled beside a lush herb garden and winding brook in Ojai. The Ranch House serves as a dreamy getaway for romantics and fresh food fanatics alike, serving up an extensive menu of inventive salads, succulent steaks, and the Food Network-highlighted grilled diver scallops. The rotating vegetarian entrée keeps herbivores on their green toes by featuring ingredients plucked fresh from the nearby garden. Peruse The Ranch House's comprehensive list of adult grape drinks to find an apt complement to your meal or current mood-ring color.
- The Ranch House Restaurant is a winning ticket for fine dining and romance… With head chef, Stuart Farnham, running the kitchen for the past 28 years, the restaurant maintains its high quality while always gunning after innovative ideas. – Beth Brett, Los Angeles Splash magazine
- The servers were attentive and took the time to make us feel special, even snapping our picture and bringing us a fancy dessert! The wine list is extensive and the menu had lots of interesting options. – snookfish, TripAdvisor
The Ranch House
John Lennon. Paul Newman. Barbra Streisand. Although it's tucked away in the Ojai Valley, The Ranch House—voted one of OpenTable's most romantic restaurants in America—is no stranger to notable guests. The latest arrivals are also the restaurant's new owners: Italian artist Maria Angela Perna and hotelier Steve Edelson carry on the legacy of legendary founder Alan Hooker. They brought with them executive chef Sean Kingsbury, who oversees a menu of farm-to-table American cuisine created without the culinary crutches of freezers, fryers, or microwave ovens.
Lauded on an episode of Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, the seasonal cuisine changes along with the calendar. Recent menus included a mint-crusted rack of lamb, filet mignon crowned with truffle butter, and coffee-chipotle braised short ribs. To complement those flavors, the restaurant offers a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with approximately 650 selections. After their meal, guests can tour the rest of The Ranch House grounds, working off the meal as they stroll through the herb garden and bakery.