***** (5 stars)
The Stonehouse is a magical setting for dinner, one of the most romantic restaurants around, and the food is good, too.
After winding your way up to the resort, then winding your way to the valet, and finally winding your way up the stairs to the restaurant, you feel you are truly transported to another land. The original stone building serves as a lounge, and an adjoining added-on room with huge wood beams and a giant fireplace forms the romantic dining area. It’s a wonderful spot to sit near the fire on a cool evening. On warmer evenings, and outside area is canopied by thousands of tiny lights, and offers quieter acoustics.
The Hamachi and Uni appetizer is a wonderfully refreshing way to start. The house specialty is a classic Steak Diane, flamed tableside with brandy. The prime filet did not disappoint, and the reduction and sauteed mushrooms that accompanied it were sublime.
The extensive wine list offers both high-end local wines and international selections.
Service is professional without being stiff.
San Ysidro Ranch
900 San Ysidro Ln
Santa Barbara, CA 93108