A review of S.Y. Kitchen in Santa Ynez, California – modern, rustic Italian food at it’s finest.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is the food. (duh) I especially love it when I’m with a larger group of people, and we can experience a meal family style, getting to try a lot of the restaurant’s menu. Such was the case with our visit to S.Y. Kitchen in Santa Ynez, California.
Located in the small town of Santa Ynez, California, in an unassuming building on a quiet street lies S.Y. Kitchen. I was quite excited as we drove up, seeing the artichoke on the signage and the outdoor seating. The restaurant itself is not huge, but the rustic appearance is welcoming and comfortable.
We were seated at the table and the waiter took our drink orders. There is a mixologist at the bar, but since I don’t drink, I told the waiter to surprise me with a nonalcoholic drink. I don’t remember what was in my drink, but it was a delicious hit!
Since we were a larger group, we had prearranged for the chef to make us an assortment of dishes, served family style. The food started coming, and didn’t stop until we were all stuffed to the brim. The food is all made fresh, with produce coming straight from the farmer’s market, seafood coming direct from Santa Barbara, and pasta made fresh daily in house. I didn’t try one thing that I didn’t fall in love with – it was all that good. The standouts for me were the Octopus Salad, Baked Artichoke and Wild Mushroom Pappardelle. The pasta was easily one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had. And for dessert, you really can’t go wrong, but I’m still dreaming of the balsamic berries with coconut gelato.
The restaurant stayed busy the whole time we were there, so I’d recommend making reservations. But if you are in the area, do not hesitate and make your way straight to S.Y. Kitchen.
1110 Faraday Street
Santa Ynez, CA
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