Buellton >Food & Dining > Hitching Post II
Out of State - Beware! Needs ABC training.. Unbelievably BAD service. I am a 30 year old, female and self-described foodie. I have never been treated so poorly. I recently relocated to California and ventured to this restaurant with my boyfriend after curiosity was piqued by "Sideways". While waiting for our table, we sat at the bar and ordered a glass of wine each. The bartender refused both of us service because our licenses were from out of state. I offered another forms of picture id, credit cards, insurance info ect. Nothing was good enough to prove we are older than 20 years old. Even the manager was not properly trained to know how to evaluate licenses from out of state. I don't recommend wasting your time with this kind of attitude and poor service. Obviously, the sensationalism they've encountered was due to no more than serving as a backdrop to a movie.
RUDEST STAFF EVER!!! DO NOT GO!!!. I attempted to have dinner with my girlfriend at Hitching Post on Saturday June 2, 2007. While waiting for our table, we were asked by the bartender to produce identification. After producing valid government issued identification, detailing our birth dates in 1976, the bartender refused to serve my girlfriend and attempted to retain her valid driver's license. When I demanded to see the manager, he was rude and made us to plead for the return her license. The manager and the bartender continued to be rude and made disparaging comments. The bartender and the manager clearly violated the Alcohol Beverage Commission's FLAG system for identity verification. A staff member is not entitled to refuse to return a proffered identification. Furthermore, the bartender did not use the FLAG system to evaluate the valid ID, in clear violation of ABC policy. When we attempted to resolve the situation by moving to our table, I was then denied service by virtue of sitting at the same table as my girlfriend, despite having accepted my identification earlier in the evening. Even after producing numerous forms of additional identification (including credit cards and corporate-issued IDs), the manager still refused service to us. He created an environment of hostility in the restaurant, and caused a great deal of public embarrassment. The staff violated the public decorum of customer service, and as a result of their actions caused serious emotional distress for my girlfriend.
Fine Dining without the Attitude. Fine dining restaurant prides itself on steak, quail, and chicken dishes. It also specializes in its wine selection as it is in the heart of wine country (Santa Ynez Valley). All entrees come with a large selection of side dishes and appetizers such as soup, salad, vegetables and shrimp cocktail. Those appetizers were pretty good but not fantastic, however the steaks were excellent and cooked just right. Be sure to make a reservation on a busy holiday weekend in advance. You can make a reservation online through Open Table as well. My waiter was great, he did everything I was thinking of - for example, when I felt like this basket of butter or crackers was taking up too much space on the table (table made only for 2 people), he came up in a few seconds and cleared it. Seemed to read my mind, this type of thing happened several times.
I visited the Hitching Post on the 4th of July weekend. The food was good, the steak was great. I highly recommend the 15oz Prime Sirloin, it was a great cut of meat with a very good seasoning. I ordered it Medium Rare and it was cooked to perfection. The service was also excellent.
It's a tad pricey. The 15oz steak had a menu price of $30, this included a salad and potato.
It is a very romantic atmosphere. I would highly recommend reservations, we opted to "walk-in" at 8:55pm and had a 1 hour wait at.
Overally, I would definitely recommend it.
Has "Sideways" taken it's toll?. Went here over the Presidents Day weekend. Went in on Saturday just before opening time (5 pm) to make a reservation. My options were 10 pm Saturday or 8:30 pm Sunday. We went for Sunday. The shrimp cocktail and salad were very good. My girlfriend had the baby back ribs and I had the NY steak (Chefs favorite). They were seasoned to perfection and the oak wood flavor really comes through well. Unfortunately my medium rare steak was fairly tough and not very juicy at all and instead of the meat falling off the ribs you had to fight to get it off. Theres no excuse for that. Im thinking that with the increased patronage due to the movie that they may be bringing the meat up quicker in the rotation and not aging it enough. Maybe Ill try them again when the movie fervor has died down.
Food, service great
A liitle noisy though
Try their Apple Pie........... tops off the meal
You'll want to come back for more!.
The first time I tasted thier filet mignon I almost fainted from pleasure! It's as soft as butter & tastes like heaven. The flavor of the red oak fire compliments everything from the artichoke to the ahi & last but not least, the steaks! The Hitching Post wines are outstanding as well & go nicely with the food.
This place fills up fast & if you don't have a reservation make sure to get there by 5:30 or you'll be waiting for hours. I've eaten at the bar & have been served by the vinter himself!
the best place in so cal. i love eating here-every meal i have had has been exceptional right down to the dessert. the artichoke is a must-i love the grilled turkey dinner- and hands down the best cheesecake i have ever eaten. a great way to end a day of wine tasting in San Ynez
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