Coast Range opens in Solvang

Coast Range & Vaquero Bar, a Central Coast steakhouse and seafood restaurant including a full cocktail bar as well as deli counter, café and pastry program, has continued its phased opening with the public debut of the Coast Range dining room. The new multi-concept hospitality venture, which inhabits the former, Mandarin Touch restaurant and bar space in historic downtown Solvang, initially greeted guests with the April 2021 opening of the Vaquero Bar and patio dining portion of the project.

Coast Range & Vaquero Bar celebrates the best that the Central Coast has to offer including steaks from storied ranches, seafood directly from coastal wharves, craft cocktails, and a wine program showcasing the region’s, and the world’s, finest producers. The restaurant concept also includes proprietary product from the owner’s Santa Ynez ranch, Coast Range Ranch.

The opening of the Coast Range dining room marks the pivotal continuation of the multi-part project. The Coast Range dining room’s opening will be followed by the late-fall 2021 launch of the daytime café.

Award-winning chefs and industry veterans Anthony Carron, Lincoln Carson, and Steven Fretz join forces with sommelier and winemaker, Rajat Parr, to bring their collective experience to the new all-day dining concept in the heart of Solvang.

More than just business partners, the Coast Range founders are longtime friends who first worked together over a decade ago, and now call the Santa Ynez Valley home. Carron was the executive chef for Michael Mina for many years, then went on to found 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen and Top Round, two Los Angeles-based casual dining brands with global reach. Fretz, also a co-founder of Top Round, opened Church Key in Los Angeles and has led some of the top kitchens in the country, working with chefs such as Michael Mina, David Burke, and Curtis Stone. Carson, a celebrated pastry chef and 2020 finalist for a James Beard Award, was previously chef/owner of Bon Temps in downtown Los Angeles, which received local and national acclaim including recognition as a “best new restaurant” from Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Times, TimeOut LA, Esquire, and Food & Wine. Fall of this year will see the opening of Carson’s new Mes Amis, a California-style brasserie located in the Thompson Hollywood hotel.

Vaquero Bar, which opened earlier this year, serves guests a full cocktail menu, local wine and craft beer from behind a hand-built, 16-seat bar. The 500-square foot Vaquero Bar space boasts large windows and a new entryway, both of which open to patios, effectively bringing the indoor energy to the outdoor areas. Coast Range & Vaquero Bar’s expansive patio spaces total 1,000 square feet, with seating for up to 36 patrons.

Coast Range is located at 1635 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463, directly across from Solvang Park .

Chefs, L to R: Anthony Carron, Steven Fretz, Lincoln Carson // Coast Range dining room interior. Courtesy photos

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3 Responses to Coast Range opens in Solvang

  1. LoFiGirl says:

    Just moved up to the valley after so many years in Santa Barbara. CANNOT WAIT to try this place!

  2. C says:

    Careful what you order- the kitchen is half in the alley behind the restaurant.

    • Melissa says:

      This is not true. Similar to Hitching Post, Coast Range cooks their steaks over an outdoor woodburning grill that sits behind the building IN the parking lot, yards from the alley. The cleanliness of this establishment is otheworldly, and I’ve seen LOTS of commercial kitchens. Please be informed before you share nonsense online.