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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“A great place for lunch is the “Hitching Post 2” in Buellton. They have a sweet BBQ & picnic area (and of course, wine tastings but the wine isn’t that great). They even have a Beyond Meat™ burger, and it’s pretty fab. You can sit and overlook the fields of ostriches and Santa Barbara mountains. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lunch and Dinner. Good food and cocktails in Los Olivos. Bustling open dining room and front patio dining as well.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Off-Licence
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“This is the quintessential restaurant of Los Olivos, and yes it was the one in Sideways movie where they went through a LOT of bottles. The food is quite nice, the service is fantastic, and their front patio is filled with good vibes. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“More than just great beers, they have an extensive restaurant menu to enjoy. Steaks, burgers, salmon, salads and a short rib over polenta that will make you want to come back.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Breakfast. Best Danish pancakes around. Go before 9:00 on the weekends or you'll end up with a long wait.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Winery
“A true family-run Winery. Organic vines to make delicious, World-class wines.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“There's not many casual places to see Ostriches and Emus up close and to feed them, but here's a great day trip! After spending an hour here, continue up the road a few minutes to Solvang... a wonderful traditional German town experience.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great natural locally owned market for all your organic food needs plus a stellar deli for take-out options. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Great spot for BBQ or picnic. Located along scenic Alisal Road, just short drive from anywhere in the Valley. It's a lovely setting for small or large groups. A quick walk up the main park road connects you to a dirt trail and small bridge crossing beyond which you'll find the Nojoqui Falls (pr: Na-ho-wee). ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Food
“You can sit outside and sip their amazing rose, and even purchase cheese and crackers, while gazing off into the unadulterated hills filled with grapes and cows. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“Right down the street from Anavo Farm is the Ballard Inn’s “Gathering Table,” which lays claim to nationally-renowned Chef Budi Kazali who artistically melds Asian and French cuisine. He and his team work hard to feature seasonal, locally sourced produce.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Since 1911, Nielsens Market has been a part of the Santa Ynez Valley providing, groceries, bakery, meats and full deli.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Excellent coffee shop and cafe, it's the hub of this neighborhood where you'll find locals and tourists alike. Charming flagstone patio provides nicely filtered light on a sunny afternoon. Dogs are welcome. And, walk next door for excellent shopping at Wendy Foster and the newer Anouk home store.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Farm
“Beautiful mini horses, free entrance and within walking distance from your vacation rental! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Cute Danish Town 40 minutes away with breweries, ostriches, bike rentals, wine tasting and an open air amphitheater. Make sure you try out the Abelskivers ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“A great place for lunch is the “Hitching Post 2” in Buellton. They have a sweet BBQ & picnic area (and of course, wine tastings but the wine isn’t that great). They even have a Beyond Meat™ burger, and it’s pretty fab. You can sit and overlook the fields of ostriches and Santa Barbara mountains. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lunch and Dinner. Good food and cocktails in Los Olivos. Bustling open dining room and front patio dining as well.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
“Breakfast. Best Danish pancakes around. Go before 9:00 on the weekends or you'll end up with a long wait.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“This is the quintessential restaurant of Los Olivos, and yes it was the one in Sideways movie where they went through a LOT of bottles. The food is quite nice, the service is fantastic, and their front patio is filled with good vibes. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“More than just great beers, they have an extensive restaurant menu to enjoy. Steaks, burgers, salmon, salads and a short rib over polenta that will make you want to come back.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Lodging
“Right down the street from Anavo Farm is the Ballard Inn’s “Gathering Table,” which lays claim to nationally-renowned Chef Budi Kazali who artistically melds Asian and French cuisine. He and his team work hard to feature seasonal, locally sourced produce.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
  • 5 locals recommend
Brewery
“Brewery and Restaurant, this is one of the staples of good food, wine and beer in the Valley. Consistently delicious and friendly, the seating is usually quick and you can also eat in the bar area. Sports TV's located in the bar area so you don't have to miss the game!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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