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Ojai Restaurant Recommedations

jcantlin Feb 5, 2014 02:24 PM

Headed to Ojai for a girls weekend. Staying at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Need two restaurant recommendations for dinner. We are foodies who like it fresh and local. Breakfast is included at the hotel, so would love to eat out in the evenings. Will have car. Would love recommendations. Thanks in advance!

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    Gail RE: jcantlin Feb 5, 2014 04:05 PM

    I would drive 40 miles to Santa Barbara or about 25 miles to Carpenteria for far better selections.

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      flowergirl RE: jcantlin Feb 6, 2014 09:05 AM

      I highly recommend Suzanne's. The food is delicious and it is very pleasant for lunch or dinner. Osteria Monte Grappa is also very good.

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        Gail RE: flowergirl Feb 6, 2014 09:16 AM

        flowergirl, I'm glad you mentioned Suzanne's. I was hesitant to suggest it as it's been sooo long since I've been there.

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          flowergirl RE: Gail Feb 6, 2014 09:32 AM

          I was there about six months ago and it was still good. I know what you mean - you never know...

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        lrstone RE: jcantlin Feb 6, 2014 11:36 AM

        Osteria Monte Grappa is really really good! We got a ravioli there that I still think is one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had

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          jdwdeville RE: lrstone Feb 6, 2014 06:34 PM

          +1 on Monte Grappa- they are solid, if in a small town type of way. Bring your own wine from the Ojai Vineyard down the street.

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            jcantlin RE: jdwdeville Feb 6, 2014 06:53 PM

            Monte Grappa looks great! Would love thoughts on Azu and the Farmer and the Cook or any other good ideas for Friday night. Thanks!!

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              bulavinaka RE: jcantlin Feb 6, 2014 06:57 PM

              Farmer and the Cook is extremely casual. Okay for lunch. It leans toward vege/vegan.

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                jdwdeville RE: bulavinaka Feb 6, 2014 07:41 PM

                agreed- I wasn't a fan, though my extremely healthy, kale-loving SO was enamored of the place.

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                  bulavinaka RE: jdwdeville Feb 6, 2014 07:48 PM

                  Exactly on all counts.

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