JANUARY 23-29 is “restaurant week” in Santa Ynez Valley. Here is a press-release I received from Laura Kath, Media Relations Director for the Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association, that lists participating eateries:


16 Restaurants Offer Special 3-course Tasting Menus for Only $20.11

Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California—Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (SYVVA) is sponsoring a new event to delight taste buds and wallets—the first Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week is set for Sunday, January 23 through Saturday, January 29, 2011. Sixteen restaurants throughout the Santa Ynez Valley are offering special 3-course tasting menus for the price of $20.11 (excluding tax, tip, and beverages). Reservations are highly recommended; contact restaurants directly for menus and specific dining hours.

Participants in the 2011 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week are:


  • Hitching Post II Restaurant, 406 East Highway 246; 805-688-0676
  • Starting Gate Restaurant at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, 555 McMurray Road; 805-688-1000


  • Café Quackenbush at Gallery Art Brut; 458 Bell Street; 805-344-5181


  • Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, 2879 Grand Avenue; 805-688-7265


  • Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar, 3544 Sagunto Street; 805-688-0033
  • The Vineyard House, 3631 Sagunto Street; 805-688-2886
  • The Willows at Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 East Highway 246; 805-688-0855
  • Trattoria Grappolo, 3687-C Sagunto Street; 805-688-6899


  • Fresco Valley Café, 442 Atterdag Road; 805-688-8857
  • Hadsten House Inn Restaurant, 1450 Mission Drive; 805-688-3210
  • Kabuki Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 443 Second Street; 805-693-8289
  • Manny’s Mexican Restaurant, 1693 Mission Drive; 805-691-9137
  • Mirabelle Inn Restaurant, 409 First Street; 805-688-1703
  • Mustard Seed Restaurant, 1655-A Mission Drive; 805-688-1318
  • Red Viking Restaurant, 1684 Copenhagen Drive; 805-688-6610
  • Root 246: A Restaurant by Bradley Ogden, 420 Alisal Road; 805-686-8681

SYVVA Executive Director Kady Fleckenstein remarked, “This is a wonderful time to experience the bounty and flavors of Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country. Visit long-time favorites as well as our newest restaurants. And of course, select some local wines to go with your meal!”

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month, designated by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC) with more than 20 destinations across California hosting events this January.  “California is the top U.S. destination for culinary travel, so with these deals there’s never been a better time for foodies to visit California,” said Caroline Beteta, CTTC president & CEO, “Since we produce 90 percent of American wine and more than 400 agricultural crops, we attract some of the greatest chefs who enjoy creating with the freshest ingredients – which whets visitors’ appetites for more. Enjoying the California foodie lifestyle this January is a New Year’s resolution we can all stick to!”

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