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Feb 5, 2014 02:24 PM

Ojai Restaurant Recommedations

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

    1. 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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      1. re: flowergirl

        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.

        1. re: Gail

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

      2. 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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        1. re: lrstone

          +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.

          1. re: jdwdeville

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

            1. re: jcantlin

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

              1. re: bulavinaka

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

        2. Stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn last year with a girlfriend. Neither of us had been to Ojai before. The first evening, we stumbled into Azu, planning to just have drinks, but stayed for dinner, and were very glad we did. Food was good, service excellent.

          Also dined at Suzanne's and Osteria Grappa, and liked both of those, featuring fresh & local. We also ended up eating two dinners on the terrace at The Oak, at the Ojai Valley Inn, after watching the "pink moment". These were surprisingly good meals, also good quality, although not on a par with Suzanne's or Osteria.

          We stayed in Santa Barbara for a few days afterwards, and didn't find the food there to be worth a 40-mile drive from Ojai for dinner. Certainly not up to the quality of what can be found in SF or LA, and the Ojai restaurants are fine.