Boasting picturesque landscapes, world-renowned wineries, acres of lavender farms, and pristine equine ranches, the Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend of wine tasting, fine dining and soaking up the spectacular natural scenery. Tuck into elevated, globally-influenced cuisine and fine wines at Hill Haven Provisions; head to Aly's by Alebru Restaurant for an upmarket fine-dining experience; sip California wines by the sleek fireplace and enjoy artful market-driven farm-to-fork cuisine at the contemporary Root 246.
1.Mad and Vin
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Mad & Vin is a beautifully appointed Danish restaurant based in the Landsby boutique hotel in downtown Solvang that is an excellent spot for a romantic dinner. The elegant wood-clad food and wine bar serve a seasonal menu of wine-country inspired farm-to-table fare prepared with regional ingredients and produce that celebrate the bounty from California’s central coast. The cuisine is accompanied by traditional and craft cocktails, specialty shrubs, beer, and acclaimed, locally produced wine from a welcoming bar which attracts an after-work crowd. Mad & Vin is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1576 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-688-3121
2.Actor's Corner Cafe
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The Actor's Corner Cafe is a charming, family-run eatery and boutique wine pairing restaurant that serves upscale Italian cuisine made with locally sourced, organic ingredients and seasoned with the flavors and spices of old Europe. The refined menu features dishes such as Capellini Bolognese with Kobe Beef, Lasagna, Braised Chuck Rib with Wine Sauce, which are accompanied by a selection of vintage Italian and California wines, premium local beers, and local Actor's Corner Coffee.
The Actor’s Corner Café is open for dinner only Thursday through Monday.
443 2nd St, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-686-2409
3.Aly's by Alebru Restaurant
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Aly's by Alebru Restaurant is an upmarket fine-dining restaurant that serves exquisite wine country cuisine and fine wines in elegant, old-fashioned surroundings. Open for dinner Thursday through Monday, Aly's Restaurant serves a seasonal menu of market-driven fare with local ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime beef and chicken, housemade pasta and from scratch sauces, and fresh fruit, herbs, and vegetables. The full-service bar offers a selection of excellent local wines from the Santa Ynez Valley and further afield, craft beers and microbrews, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Aly's by Alebru Restaurant is open for dinner Thursday through Monday.
451 2nd St, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-697-7082
4.Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn
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Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn is a charming Santa Barbara Wine Country restaurant owned by the Nichols brothers, whose love of cooking great food and a strong sense of family values shines through in their cuisine. Renowned for their innovative cuisine, award-winning wines and gracious hospitality and service, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn is a popular spot for a romantic dinner or celebration of love. The restaurant’s interior exudes the warmth of a local tavern with a white paneled ceiling, restored branded wood beams, rich oak accents, and wrought iron lighting, and an open display kitchen allows guests to watch the expert chefs at work. Two wood-burning fireplaces preserved from the original Red Barn create an intimate glow and a glass-enclosed wine room houses a curated selection of fine wines from the region. Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
3539 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460, Phone: 805-688-4142
© Cecco Ristorante
Cecco Ristorante is a rustic country Italian eatery that serves classic Italian dishes, thin-crust pizzas, housemade pasta, and local wines served in a warm and welcoming ambiance. Located on 1st Street in downtown Solvang, the restaurant features a comfortable dining space with a wood-burning pizza oven and a charming patio for outdoor dining. The restaurant offers a menu of authentic Italian fare prepared with farmer’s market and artisan products, including handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, antipasti, prime beef and veal, fresh seafood, and crisp salads and vegetables. Local wines are served by the bottle, glass, and quartino, and other drinks include craft beers, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Cecco Ristorante has intimate spaces for private dining and is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
475 1st St #9, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-688-8880
6.First & Oak
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Located inside the boutique Mirabelle Inn in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, First & Oak is a refined Michelin-Plate restaurant that serves a seasonal menu of elevated farm-to-table fare in a stylish and sophisticated environment. The restaurant serves several menus including from three, four, or five-course tasting menus which feature delicious, market-driven cuisine made with local and regional ingredients and artisan produce. Guests can also create their own tasting menus, and the food is accompanied by a curated selection of local wines from the surrounding Santa Barbara Wine Country, along with craft beers and classic cocktails. First & Oak is open for dinner seven nights a week.
409 1st St, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-688-1703
7.Hill Haven Provisions
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Located in downtown Solvang in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley wine-growing region, Hill Haven Provisions is a neighborhood favorite that offers a warm and welcoming environment in which visitors can enjoy elevated, globally-influenced cuisine and fine wines. Inspired by the gastropub movement, the bistro-style eatery serves a seasonal menu of market-driven fare designed to complement the bar’s selection of local craft beer and microbrews, causal wines from the region and classic cocktails. The restaurant features comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, a cozy outdoor fireplace and ample parking and is open for lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday and dinner only on Tuesday through Thursday.
448 Atterdag Rd, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-691-9025
8.Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe brings that tastes and flavors of the Central Coast to the table with a menu of delicious Cal-Med fare paired with local wines. The casually elegant café uses only the highest quality ingredients sourced from their own CCOF certified organic Cafe Farm and other local and regional producers, and an extensive and award-winning wine list specializes in local and Central Coast wines with more than 500 labels from which to choose. The exceptional cuisine and world-class wines are complemented by impeccable service and gracious hospitality, making for an unforgettable dining experience. Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441, Phone: 805-688-7265
9.Petros Kafe Solvang
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Petros Kafe Solvang is a sophisticated Greek eatery based in the Fess Parker Inn that brings contemporary Greek and Californian cuisine to the heart of Solvang. The chic eatery serves a seasonally-inspired seafood-focused menu with delicious dishes prepared with a combination of the best ingredients that Greece and California cuisine have to offer such as imported honey, feta cheese, olive oil, oregano and wines from Greece. The freshest organic vegetables from regional farms in Los Olivos are also used, and the food is paired with an excellent selecting of fine wines from local wineries around the state. Petros Kafe Solvang is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
487 Atterdag Rd, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-686-5455
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10.River Grill at the Alisal
Located the at Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, the River Grill at the Alisal is a rustic eatery with a cozy fireplace and charming outdoor patio that serves an inventive menu of New American comfort fare. The intimate and comfortable restaurant features a high-beamed ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows that flood interiors with natural light and boast beautiful views, and a large stone fireplace that creates a warm and intimate glow. The outdoor patio is perfect for alfresco summer dining and can seat up to 200 guests, and the restaurant can cater for private events and functions for up to 250 people. The Alisal River Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
150 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-688-7784
© Root 246
Root 246 is a contemporary farm-to-table eatery that offers an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. Previously known as The Meadows Restaurant, the charming restaurant is helmed by chef Bradley Ogden, who serves an innovative and artful market-driven menu of farm-to-fork cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional organic produce. The restaurant has an elegant lounge with a sleek fireplace where guests can sip California wines by the glass, along with classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, craft beers, and other libations. Root 246 is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
420 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-686-8681
© S.Y. Kitchen
Based in a beautiful Italian-inspired California farmhouse in the heart of Santa Ynez, S.Y. Kitchen is a contemporary café that serves thoughtfully sourced, refined Italian fare and casual wines in a warm and welcoming setting. Featuring a stylish dining space and a lovely porch with patio seating for alfresco dining, the restaurant serves a creative menu of farm-to-table cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Three dining rooms are stylishly decorated rustic wooden tables, and intimate seating and an open courtyard and outdoor lounge area have cushioned seating, heaters, blankets, and soft tree lights. S.Y. Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1110 Faraday St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460, Phone: 805-691-9794
© Succulent Café
Succulent Café is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves from-scratch seasonal cuisine and quality wines in a comfortable setting. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Succulent Café focuses on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to produce delicious gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, housemade charcuterie, French toast, buttermilk biscuit sandwiches. They also sell a variety of handcrafted goods such as olives, pickles, and pickled vegetables, jams, jellies, and olive oil, and have an excellent selection of local wines and craft beer. Succulent Cafe also provides cheese and charcuterie platters, boxed lunches, and sandwich platters for winery lunches and gatherings, and there is a lovely outdoor dog-friendly patio.
1557 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-691-9444
14.Toscana Pizzeria Tapas Enoteca
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Overlooking Frederik’s Court in downtown Solvang, Toscana Pizzeria Tapas Enoteca is an Italian pizzeria that serves classic Italian cuisine, thin-crust pizzas, and casual wines in a cozy, country-chic space. Owned by Chef Michele Mancuso, who studied Culinary Arts in Firenze, in the center of Toscana, after which the restaurant is named, the family-friendly eatery serves a variety of delicious Mediterranean fare such as wood-fired pizza, seasonal Spanish tapas, and other regional specialties, and traditional Italian pasta plates. The Enoteca (wine bar) offers a wide variety of both local and Italian wines, as well as Prosecco, Italian sparkling wine, seasonal fruit juices, and Moretti beer on tap. Toscana Pizzeria Tapas Enoteca is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
485 Alisal Rd #163, Solvang, CA 93463, Phone: 805-697-7445
© Trattoria Grappolo
Trattoria Grappolo is a casual Italian bistro set in the heart of the Santa Ynez wine valley that serves authentic Italian eats such as homemade pasta dishes, wood-fired pizza, and other favorites in a warm and welcoming space. Surrounded by the lush vine fields and oak-studded hills of Santa Ynez, the family-friendly restaurant offers the perfect setting to enjoy some of Central California's most creative and authentic Italian dishes. The menu features portions of pasta and wood-fired pizzas, prime New York steaks and fresh seafood, with signature dishes such as Carpaccio and Rollino Veneto. Trattoria Grappolo features an expansive wine list with vintages from Italy and the Santa Ynez and is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday and dinner only on Mondays.
3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460, Phone: 805-688-6899
15 Best Romantic Restaurants in Solvang
- Mad and Vin, Photo: Mad and Vin
- Actor's Corner Cafe, Photo: Actor's Corner Cafe
- Aly's by Alebru Restaurant, Photo: Aly's by Alebru Restaurant
- Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn, Photo: Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn
- Cecco Ristorante, Photo: Cecco Ristorante
- First & Oak, Photo: First & Oak
- Hill Haven Provisions, Photo: Hill Haven Provisions
- Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, Photo: Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
- Petros Kafe Solvang, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- River Grill at the Alisal, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Root 246, Photo: Root 246
- S.Y. Kitchen, Photo: S.Y. Kitchen
- Succulent Cafe, Photo: Succulent Café
- Toscana Pizzeria Tapas Enoteca , Photo: Toscana Pizzeria Tapas Enoteca
- Trattoria Grappolo, Photo: Trattoria Grappolo
- Cover Photo: Voloshyn Roman/stock.adobe.com