We had dinner on Friday night at the Ranch House restaurant. Founded in the 1950s, the Ranch House has long been considered Ojai’s finest restaurant, and for good reason. I’ve eaten there many times over the 30+ years I’ve been going to California (moved there in 1978, lived in Los Angeles for 12 years before relocating to NYC in 1993).

The atmosphere is splendid, with gardens and outdoor seating. The live music was sublime, perfect background sound without intruding. The food and service are impeccable, and I can’t go to Ojai without eating here. My sister had sea bass, Frank had tournedos of beef, and I had the New York steak. Everything at the Ranch House is near perfect, earning it my first five yum rating. Superb!

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