Life is good at the San Ysidro Ranch, and the dining at the Montecito property’s signature Stonehouse restaurant is fine, indeed. A recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 2014, The Stonehouse oozes refined old-world style defined by careful attention to every detail. It begins in the exquisite, leather-rich lounge and continues in the main dining room, with its fireplace glow, signature tone walls and, high, open-beam ceiling. The adjacent indoor-outdoor terrace offers another fireplace, an arched bamboo ceiling and views to the sea. And the lower patio invites relaxation scented by sage and rosemary from the kitchen garden. Nothing is rushed, and guests generally spend two hours or more at table. While the menu features the full Santa Barbara bounty, including seasonal fresh local seafood and produce, it also offers such classics tableside preparations as steak Diane, cherries jubilee and crêpes Suzette. With a cellar of 12,000 bottles from around the world, the right wine is always at hand, as are fine specialty cocktails and some extremely rare whiskeys, tequilas and other aged spirits. And since The Stonehouse is open to the public, a true taste of the San Ysidro Ranch is available to anyone.
900 San Ysidro Lane