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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Restaurants

The Stonehouse

  • 900 San Ysidro La. Map It
  • $$$$
  • American
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/04/2014

Fodor's Review

The elegant Stonehouse is inside a century-old granite former farmhouse at the San Ysidro Ranch resort. Executive chef Matt Johnson creates outstanding regional cuisine centered around herbs and veggies from the on-site garden and top-quality local ingredients. The menu changes constantly but typically includes favorites such as pan-seared abalone and classic steak Diane flambéed tableside. Dine on the radiant-heated oceanview deck with stone fireplace, next to a fountain

under a canopy of loquat trees, or in the romantic, candlelit dining room overlooking a creek. The Plow & Angel pub, downstairs, serves casual bistro fare.

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Restaurant Information


900 San Ysidro La., off San Ysidro Rd., Montecito, California, 93108, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch Sun.–Tues.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 05/04/2014


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By Rachel

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Aug 19, 2003

Wonderful Service

Our family enjoyed a birthday dinner here in late July. We dined on the porch and enjoyed every aspect of our meal. The waiter answered all of our questions about the food and appropriate wines. Occasionally he disappeared for longer than I would have thought for a restaurant of this caliber but on the whole our needs were met. Each of our meals was wonderful. Our meal for 4 with wine was about $100/person. Certainly not an everyday restaurant

but we felt like it met our expectations as a special occasion restaurant.

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By Carole

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Jun 12, 2002

Below average for expectations

Our overall experience at San Ysidro was disappointing, including this restaurant. Our food order was wrong twice, and the wine was the wrong vintage. The service was slow and disorganized. Although the setting is beautiful and the food is good, the service ruined the evening for us.

By Dolly

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Jun 20, 2000

Great for special occasions

This is a great place for a special occasion -- like you're honeymoon. The food's good, and the setting is sublime.

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