Ojai Wedding Venue
102 South Besant Road
Ojai, California 93023
“The mythical, mystical Ranch House, a pioneering restaurant of California cuisine, has been enchanting diners for over 40 years.” –-The Los Angeles Times
A picturesque 20-minute drive into the hills east of Ventura leads to Ojai, an artsy resort village with stunning natural beauty that’s earned it the nickname “Shangri-la.” Tucked against a hillside at the edge of town, the Ranch House is a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant that combines laid-back friendliness with its award-winning cuisine and wine cellar. Its entrancing garden setting offers a truly magical setting for memorable special occasions.
As you walk through the Ranch House gate, the lush, peaceful environs are instantly soothing. Upon entering, you find yourself on a circular brick patio completely enclosed by greenery and sheltered by a large market umbrella. This foyer is a charming spot to enjoy a moment of repose, sip champagne and sample tasty hors d’ouevres. To the right, along the edge of the property, is an elevated redwood terrace shaded by oaks growing right up through it and bordered by eucalyptus trees and an ivy-covered hillside. There’s enough room for a band, or for additional guest seating. From the deck, a brick path winds through thick stands of bamboo past a koi pond filled with flashing orange, black and white fish. A petite footbridge, an Oriental Tea House and the occasional arbor or statue encourage you to stop and savor the bucolic surroundings, which are particularly romantic as evening falls and ambient lighting creates a scattered glow.
Most wedding ceremonies take place in the rose garden on a sunny expanse of lawn at the far end of the restaurant. Guests are seated on the grass or on the adjoining dining room terrace, where they have an “opera box” vantage of the proceedings just below. Everywhere you look there are boldly-hued flowers, banana palms and hanging ferns. Over 100 varieties of herbs, many of which find their way into the restaurant’s dishes, scent the balmy breeze with their earthy aroma. In the spring, a trellis laden with wisteria creates a stunning lavender canopy over those fortunate enough to be dining or dancing beneath it.
Centered within the gardens is a chic and newly renovated lounge, complete with grand piano and custom-designed full bar. Plush red couches and mid-century modern furnishings convey a relaxed sophistication in this expansive space, with three walls of windows framing the garden panorama. For a more immediate al fresco experience, doors open onto the terrace, where heaters dispel any evening chill, and the sound of rippling water comes from a tiny stream that runs through the property.
The Ranch House is rich with possibilities, and the event team tailors each celebration to a couple’s individual vision. A tour of the grounds is sure to spark your imagination: daytime weddings best showcase the sun-splashed landscape, while evening soirees and rehearsal dinners take on a unique sparkle.
Of course your friends and family will be treated to exemplary cuisine. The extensive wine list and an innovative menu have made devotees out of many a patron, including the Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman who famously declared, “Cuisine is cuisine, but the Ranch House is original.”
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds 120 seated or standing guests outdoors and 100 seated indoors.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your date, and is applied to your final payment. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to your event. Food and beverage minimums range $4,900–8,900 depending on the day and time. Meals range $38–63/person. Tax, alcohol and an 18% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: fountain, garden, lagoon, landscaped grounds, mountains, waterfall
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily, 10am–10pm.
Alternate Info: Ranch House RanchHouse