Buellton >Food & Dining > Hitching Post II
406 E Highway 246, Buellton, CA | Directions 9342734.609035 -120.181919
Lovely Time – Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.
Poor service – After a long day of wine tasting w/ my husband, we decided to try this place out, we were told by the hotel staff that the food was really good, and Sideways was filmed there blah blah blah. So, we walked over to try it out on a Monday night (7/25/11 to be exact). It was pretty busy but luckily we had made a reservation, we were called about 10 minutes after getting there. The hostess was very nice while seating us, our server was a different story. While ordering, we had questions and our server had a look of annoyance on her face and answered us as if we were morons when she answered. Her whole attitude was of impatience and rudeness, (she was a middle aged woman w/ blonde hair, we were seated in the back, on the left of the restaurant). Moving on...we ordered the grilled artichoke, filet mignon and lobster tail. Not an inexpensive dinner, but we were still treated w/ attitude, for some reason we still can't figure out. Now the food- The Artichoke- very good, The Filet-sooooo good, one of the better filet's we've had, (Although Jocko's is better), and now the lobster-really BAD! It looked like lobster, had the texture of lobster, smelled a little like lobster but tasted like NOTHING but the butter you dipped it in. Very disappointing. Then, when our server drops off the bill we waited quite a while before deciding to go to the front and pay. This is when she appears and suddenly has time for us. She follows us up front and turns on the charm, hovering over my husband while he fills out the tip on the credit card and chatting away w/ me about kids... Then proceeds to look at the credit card slip in front of us and says "Oh, okay" Very tacky! I was a server/bartender for about 12 years and never looked at a credit card receipt in front of a customer to see what they tipped, much less made a comment about it! We are normally very good tippers, but honestly, I don't think she deserved anything, and my husband still tipped her $12! I guess she thought since she was nice at the end, she should get 20%? She barely acknowledged us while we were seated! I suggest you go elsewhere. I think because this restaurant was in Sideways they think highly of themselves and don't think they don't have to have good service. We LOVED Firestone Brewery and Mother Hubbards, good food AND service when we went there. Wish we would have went next door and tried AJ Spurs instead.
Best. Meal. Ever. – One of the best meals I ever had. An awesome Filet Mignon, amazing fries, great wine, great appetizers (get the Roasted Artichoke!). If you're in Santa Barbara or Solvang, GO HERE!!!!
I can't wait to go back again...this weekend! Make sure to make a reservation though...it can get VERY busy.
Unbelievably OVERRATED and under performed – My family and i visited this restaurant because the hotel concierge told us it was one of the best steak house in the COUNTRY! yes, that's what he said. There was an event in town and there were tons of tourists everywhere, including us. The hostess said the wait was 45min. We were actually there for 1:20min.. I begged my family to hang in there in order to find out if the food was as good as they claimed. I ordered the most expensive meat they had that night on the menu. It was a "Natural" Rib-eye. i had ordered medium rare. When the food finally arrived at about 9:35, everyone was starving. At this point, they could have brought out McDonalds and we would have eaten it and I do not eat at fast food places, ever! I ate my rib-eye and the flavor was so bland and the piece of steak was soooo tiny, I thought it might have been a mistake. My husband ate his steak and made no comment. Which can only mean that it was just average. I told the mgr. what i thought and she acted like it was my fault that i did not like the food and they did take the steak, reluctantly! They brought me out another small piece of filet mignon because it was faster and i was hungry. This time it was not only bland but it was rubbery. I was so pissed at this point, I told my family to finish their food so i can pay the bill and leave the place. I was completely disgusted w/ the food, service, ambiance. My overall impression was that many tourists, like myself, have very few choices to eat in Buellton or Solvang and forced to actually believe this food as being great. Other than the 15 minutes in the movie Sideways and someone claiming that this place was great, I could not figure out people would wait to pay for the junk they pass off as best steakhouse in the "country". I have tasted way better steaks at Lone Star or Morton. I am not a big fan of any kind of chain restaurant, but they seem to know their steaks much better than this overrated "steakhouse". I am almost embarrassed to call this place a "steakhouse" because it is not deserving of the title. This could have been Carrows and I would not have noticed the difference. The decor or ambiance of the place tries very hard to be rustic and charming. But, when you actually sit down in one side of their dining area w/ the cheap chair and decor, you realized you are in a diner in a small town and all that comes w/ it. YUCK!!! so, save yourself and go somewhere else in Solvang or the steak place on the same road. DO NOT believe the hype or the 15 minutes of fame from an old movie. I wished I had just gone to a fast food place and went back to my hotel about 3 hours earlier. The Hitching Post ruined my impression of Solvang and be aware of concierge that try way too hard to sell you on the best restaurant in the "country".
Unbeatable Food, Service – Last time we went, I ordered a lobster tail. They brought it out, and it looked great, but the waitress said the Chef didn't like the way it cooked up so he was making another one. (It tasted just fine to me!) So we got two lobster tails.
Steaks are always flavorful, tender, juicy, and cooked perfectly. If you don't think it is cooked correctly, they'll let the chef check it out and cook you another no questions asked.
The french fries are to die for. Full of flavor, not greasy... they CANNOT be beat.
Also try the artichoke. It is very flavorful and comes with a phenomenal dip.
Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed.
Best Steak I Ever Had! – Love this place! The Hitching Post is always my fave part of visiting SB County. You can ALWAYS count on the best steak you ever had, but don't forget to have the artichokes. I'm addicted to the Magic Dust and buy a few packs to take home with me along with a bottle or two of Hitching Post wine. Really like the Generation Red wine, too, and it's a good price. Staff is friendly and helpful. If you can, get a seat near the glassed-in barbeque for watching the chefs do their thing. I like the NY Steak the best, but my friend swears by the Rib-Chop. It's huge!
Overrated restaurant - not worth the wait – Don't bother making reservations. The food is overrated for its price and the service can sometimes be condescending. My friend and I came ten minutes early for reservations at 8:45 pm. Several parties that came in after us were seated before us and we didn't get seated until well after 9 - when we were the last party waiting for a table. When I reminded the hostess that we had reservations at 8:45, she dismissed me by saying that I had only waited fifteen or so minutes and that it wasn't a big deal. You can find better meals and better service elsewhere. The only great thing about this place is the fact that it was featured in "Sideways".
fabulous steaks – The hitching post was a locally known and wildly popular place long before "Sideways", and perhaps in some ways the rush of popularity and fame has made it difficult for the place to maintain the friendliness and service that we all have loved for many years - given the crush of extra folks trying to dine there.
The oak grilled steaks are the best anywhere (folks tend to rave about other places in the santa maria/santa ynez area - but to my taste the Hitching Post (either HP1 or HP2) is the best). I have always been treated well, and count this among my favorite California restaurants - well worth a special drive. Don't let the few negative reviews discourage you. Make a reservation, be patient, and have an exceptional dinner. From the first bite of steak, we have enjoyed each and every meal here (and there have been dozens).
Round up a steak fit for a cowboy at this rough-riding restaurant made more famous in "Sideways." – The Scene
Big belt buckles and cowboy hats abound inside this rustic restaurant that's conveniently located just off the highway. The place is packed with folks drawn by the dark, casual interior that features simple wooden tables covered by white tablecloths. Patrons also flock here to dine where scenes of "Sideways" were filmed.
Chef/owner Frank Ostini's Santa Maria-style barbecue has nothing to do with sauce and everything to do with grilling over a red oak fire and his trademark "magic dust seasoning." Start with the popular grilled artichoke appetizer, a delightfully smoky yet juicy treat that melds perfectly with a spicy tomato-based sauce. As for the entree, real cowboys only have one choice: steak. The combo meals allow you to pair it with various options including a small but tender quail. Upgrade to filet mignon; you won't be sorry. Meals are served with a veggie tray, soup or shrimp cocktail, salad, baked potato, rice pilaf or fries, and garlic bread.
RUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – This place has the worst customer service we have ever encountered. The hostess was very rude and made us feel like we were'nt good enough to eat at this place. We were told that we could come in and get a table since it was pretty early and there was hardly anyone there. We were there in about 5 minutes but when we got there we waited about 15 minutes to be told that we needed reservations!!! She then told us if we wanted to wait , we could ,but she couldn't tell us when she would seat us, "it could be about 1hr or more"!!!!! We saw that there were plenty of empty tables, so what was the problem???? Other customers came in with no reservations and were seated so why not us???? Needless to say, we will never ever come in this place again!!!!!!!! That hostess should be fired !!!!!!!!!! She's rude and nasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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