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$25 for $50 Worth of Contemporary American Cuisine
The menu covers a wide swath of New American cuisine, including sea bass broiled with a parmesan-lime aioli ($29), steak served with a tellicherry-pepper cream sauce ($32), and broiled-and-roasted rack of lamb rubbed with garlic and rosemary ($33).
The Ranch House
Tucked away in the Ojai Valley, well-concealed paths wend past copses of lush trees to the popular garden sites of The Ranch House. There, diners relax among gentle streams and verdant foliage within an oriental teahouse, or see if they know how to yodel upon two elevated redwoods decks overlooking the grounds. Alan Hooker, a chef renowned for incorporating herbs into simple, yet elegant dishes, founded the Eden-like setting more than 40 years ago.
Lauded on an episode of Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, his seasonal cuisine includes free-range chicken breast stuffed with brie and grilled swordfish steaks brushed with lemon thyme butter that make them too slippery for traditional mid-dinner duels. To complement those flavors, Alan assembled an 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.
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.