Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

The Hitching Post II

406 E. Hwy. 246 Send to Phone
805-688-0676 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A bastion of oakwood-fired barbecue, grilled artichokes, fresh fish, seasonal game --- and own-label Pinot Noirs.

Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly
Features

* Click here for rating key

The Hitching Post II, Buellton, CA

The Hitching Post II Restaurant Review

: Prime beef is king at this Santa Ynez Valley barbecue joint, which means filet mignon, New York and top sirloin cooked over an open oak-wood fire. To-go-withs include shrimp cocktail, green salad, garlic bread, french fries, a relish tray (remember those?) and, this being California, a bowl of salsa. Chef/owner/vintner Frank Ostini also features seasonal favorites like fresh salmon and tilapia, smoked duck, ostrich and game, as well as savory grilled artichokes for dipping in roasted ancho-pepper mayo. Desserts change nightly, but may include fresh Key lime pie or a whimsical Almond Joy tart. Ask for one of the chef’s own handcrafted bottles of Pinot Noir to accompany dinner. This is wine country, after all. And if you’re the designated driver, you get a reward: a complimentary artichoke or mushroom appetizer and non-alcoholic beverages.



AMERICA'S TOP RESTAURANTS

Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.