About Willows at Chumash Casino

3400 E. Hwy 246
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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The Willows specializes in mouthwatering prime steaks and seafood, this AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant also features an extensive selection of local and imported wines, all served in an exquisitely appointed setting.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Edison

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 686-3800

Website:
http://www.chumashcasino.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet is available for all guests.

Executive Chef:
Sergio Renteria

Private Party Contact:
Richard Hollowell: 8056863800x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wine

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Willows at Chumash Casino Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.5

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4

noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience4
service4

We were very pleasantly surprised by how ...

Dined on March 4, 2016

We were very pleasantly surprised by how good the food and service were. Top notch !!! My husband had the Top sirloin and thought it was as good as a filet . We are foodies and very picky and we have nothing but good things to say about the delicious meal. The only bad thing I can say is that it is a very upscale restaurant but because it is in the Chumash casino many people were dressed in shorts and T-shirts for dinner.

food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Almost good

vip
Dined on February 23, 2016

Everything was going perfect until we got the main course, meat, which was brought to us withe the wrong temperatures. After they kindly replaced them, the new ones were just a bit better. I think the quality of the meat it self was not good. The side orders and the rest were impecable.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience3
service2
value3

Great food

Dined on February 21, 2016

One of the best steaks I have had. Prefect flavor and cooked a perfect medium rare. Service was fine once someone finally came over. Almost left but we just waited in a 20 minute valet line. Bar was extremely loud and noise carried throughout the restaurant.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Each time I eat there I think I've had m ...

vip
Dined on February 16, 2016

Each time I eat there I think I've had my favorite dish. Then I try something new, and change my mind. Really enjoy the service and staff.

food5
ambience4
service3
value3

Mostly Good Experience

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

We had a great meal at Willows. Service was good and prompt. The food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The beet salad and the bison carpaccio were great starters (although the beet salad is portrayed in a much more artistic fashion on the website...). Portions were bigger than we'd expected. We would have been happy with half-size portions. The rack of lamb and dry-aged prime New York steak were both excellent entrees and cooked exactly how we ordered them.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Didn't care too much for the dining room ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Didn't care too much for the dining room they put us in stead of the main dining room.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

In N Out! :(

Dined on February 15, 2016

We have just moved to the Santa Ynez Valley. This was our 3rd time coming to The Willows in the last two months. Due to Valentine's Day being so busy, I understand we could not have our original time ( 6:00 pm) we requested or have a booth. Our dinner time was 5:15 pm. We were on time. We were seated right away in an overflow room, w/a lovely view. That was fine. The service was nice, the food was over the top good! We did not order the special, we ordered off the regular menu. Sergio is the best! and never disappoints. My feeling disappointed comes from when we were walking out of The Willows AT 6:20 I noticed there were plenty of empty booths in the main room and the room was maybe half full. I feel when you make reservations at a higher end restaurant for a special occasion the meal should last a little longer than an hour.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

NIce fine dining experience

Dined on February 14, 2016

I loved the Willows before it was remodeled and was concerned that the food may take a hit with the new opening, but with the addition of some notable menu items I am pleased to say it was still as delicious as previously. I am a little disappointed with the new set-up. A lot of wasted space and not as "warm" as the previous restaurant felt, but it definitely puts off a classy vibe and I definitely will return. I was happy to see many of the original staff had returned after the long break.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Professional work crew

Dined on February 14, 2016

From manager, to server, to all personnel, I noticed a well organized and friendly staff comitted to making the most enjoyable experience possible. Server described all dishes with passion and clarity. Food was superbly prepared with tantalizing combinations.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

great menu, good service, outstanding meal

Dined on February 14, 2016

The meal preparation was perfect. The lobster was tender and tasty. The scallops were "to die for" the lobster Bisque was VERY good

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great restaurant.

Dined on February 12, 2016

It was a great dinning experience with great food and service. The only down side is that you have to walk through the casino to get to the restaurant. I recommend it to all my friends. It is expensive, but the service is excellent. I'm now finished with my review and don't wish to write the full 50 words.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Can't stop going back to try something n ...

vip
Dined on February 9, 2016

Can't stop going back to try something new. Candied bacon - yum!

food5
ambience5
service5

The best dressed oysters ever! Everythin ...

vip
Dined on January 19, 2016

The best dressed oysters ever! Everything was do delicious.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Romantic Time

Dined on January 1, 2016

Have gone to the Willows Restaurant on New Years Eve for the last 3 years and had a fantastic dinner and time each year.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Anniversary Treat

Dined on December 29, 2015

A fantastic dinning experience. Everything was perfect. I requested a table for two in one of the alcoves for a little privacy for the special occasion of our second wedding anniversary. WE had the room to ourselves and the waitress couldn't have been more attentive to the occasion and our wishes. Our meal was completed with a special desert dish prepared just for us and our anniversary. I have no problem giving the Willows my highest recommendation. And we look forward to a replay next year!!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Had Christmas dinner there.

Dined on December 26, 2015

Food was good and the service was excellent. The only complaint was we had to navigate the entire casino from the parking area to reach the escalator to the restaurant. Not fun...smoky and very crowded.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Xmas Eve

Dined on December 25, 2015

Service and food were wonderful. My husband found the booth seats to be somewhat uncomfortable. The decor and atmosphere gives an intimate experience. Overall, the dining experience was pleasurable. Would highly recommend to friends.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Great food in a beautiful restaurant

Dined on December 25, 2015

I had a wonderful porterhouse steak...my wife had a terrific pork chop. Both were prepared very well.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Enjoyable Dinner Experience

Dined on December 24, 2015

This a birthday celebration while staying at the Chumash Hotel. Our dinner was great and serviced in a very classy way.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great first impression

Dined on December 11, 2015

Very surprised at how great our experience was at the Willows restaurant. Recently redecorated, the Willows décor was very upscale and the staff highly professional. Our waitress Janson had a thorough knowledge of the menu items and was well versed on the wines grown in the San Yanez area. Food selection was unique; we would recommend the candied pork back with pickled grapes as well as the pea soup and halibut. There was also a nice touch when the restaurant manager greeted us and enquired about the food and service. We are looking forward to our next visit to the Willows.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Devine

Dined on January 31, 2015

From the wine to the dessert and everything in between was so delicious. Our waiter was a sweetheart. We will definitely return.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

Good menu, great food and great service. ...

Dined on January 10, 2015

Good menu, great food and great service. Big group the night we visited and they were very loud. Candles or small lamps on the table and less light in the dining room would be a nice touch.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service2

Service did not match the food.

Dined on December 26, 2014

We had Christmas dinner here and ordered from the prix fixe menu. The food was great but the waiter was distracted, harried and clueless about the menu. The poor service very much detracted from the dinner...unlikely we will ever go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service2

Christmas dinner

Dined on December 26, 2014

This was our first time dining at Willows... I ordered the 3 course meal with wine paring... The salad was adequate, nothing special, the Prime rib was amazing... Cooked perfectly and the flavor was awesome.... The twice baked potatoe that I ordered with it was another story... Very dry with no flavor.... The dessert was also very good... Poached pear with a flavorful ice cream... I enjoyed the wine paring with each course but the amount was very small and not worth the extra cost in my opinion....

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

A Wonderful experience!

Dined on December 19, 2014

We went before a show at the Chumash showroom. Our server was amazing. He knew we were on a time schedule and made sure we had a lovely dinner without feeling rushed. The food was excellent, ambience lovely (but very noisy) and wonderful service! We will be back!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food2
ambience3
service1

not worth your time and the drive

Dined on December 18, 2014

Most memorable moments from my ten year wedding anniversary dinner with my wife was the terrible service and semi warm food that maybe to a blind person tasted better than Sizzler. Wouldn't recommend it to my enemies. I'm fortunate enough to be raised with manners or I would of asked for a refund.

food3
ambience4
service2

OpenTable reservation disappeared!

Dined on November 27, 2014

I made a reservation through OpenTable for Thanksgiving, noting that we were also celebrating an anniversary. We were looking forward to an exceptional experience at this 4-diamond-rated restaurant. I received a confirmation email the day before Thanksgiving. When we arrived at the Willows, they said there was no reservation in our name!! We were seated anyway, as the restaurant was not busy shortly after opening on Thanksgiving afternoon. Nothing in the way of apology or even acknowledgement of the issue, however, arrived from the restaurant management. Apparently, they were expecting crowds, as our server arrived and announced that he was not one of the regular waitstaff, but a bartender. Therefore, he warned us, we should not expect him to do the service as the usual staff does. As it turned out, he shouldn't have been so hard on himself. Several of what I took to be the "usual staff" were frequently chatting with each other in the dining room near the kitchen. Other members of the staff served and removed the individual courses, neglecting to provide us with fresh forks for the main course. We have been to 4-diamond restaurants often, but this was not service I would characterize as 4-diamond. The general lack of training simply cannot be attributed to needing to have a bartender fill in. The meal was a special Thanksgiving fixed price menu, which was good, but not exceptional. The turkey was not particularly seasoned, and was a bit on the dry and tough side. Highlights were the opening butternut squash soup and the nicely presented pumpkin ice cream Baked Alaska, accompanied by gooseberries. There was no amuse bouche, the lovely tiny surprise that makes good restaurants beloved by their diners. Coffee was not offered. I have to conclude that the Willows on this holiday was some other operation, not the usual restaurant that had been so highly rated. Sadly, we are not likely to try again, as we have so many other fine restaurants in Santa Barbara County.

food5
ambience3
service4

Very good but a bit too expensive

Dined on November 16, 2014

The wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. We both had steaks. The beef was very good quality but both steaks were very underdone. Appetizers and sides were excellent. Service was very friendly but a bit sloppy for the prices charged. We spent $175 with tip. Overall very good but it felt like a meal that should have cost $125 tops. Also, no dress code here, there were diners in cargo shorts and biker t-shirts, not a problem for me, but it may bother some in this price range!

Tags: special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Our waiter, Domanic was outstanding - kn ...

Dined on November 11, 2014

Our waiter, Domanic was outstanding - knowledgable, attentive, and friendly, as well as the managr Noe Vasquez.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Always a delightful experience, especial ...

vip
Dined on October 24, 2014

Always a delightful experience, especially before and after a concert.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

The Willows

Dined on October 19, 2014

Really enjoyed my birthday dinner at The Willows. The service and atmosphere were perfection. Well trained wait staff. This was a true sophisticated dining experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service4

Dining fine is better than gambling

Dined on October 18, 2014

I have always wanted to dine at The Willows, ever since I first tasted their food at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival. This was such a good time! The bread basket with four toppings was over the top, the trio of soups was delicious, the cioppino divine and the lobster macaroni and cheese decadent (way too much food, but great leftovers). They have an excellent wine list and some really cool cocktails. My coworker and I spent three hours enjoying the excellent service, taking pictures of the courses and even the dinnerware (the wine buckets are cool)! Only down side was that we were seated right by the door where all the smokers went in and out. I will definitely be back with another foodie friend who was totally jealous of my experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
food2
ambience1
service2

Overrated. Not recommended

Dined on October 17, 2014

Waiter was young and not experienced in 3 star or greater dining. Food was just okeedokeeeeeee...not nearly worth the 5 star pricing. Used to be great. Now just mediocre at best.

Tags: special occasion
food3
ambience3
service4

My husband and I both felt the food was ...

Dined on October 15, 2014

My husband and I both felt the food was very expensive. The lobster mac and cheese did not WOW us however the veal chop was quite good. I guess I couldn't get over the hefty price for the lamb dish. Usually you pay that for a prime steak in L.A.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4

Wonderful clean food

Dined on October 10, 2014

First visit to Willows. Promptly seated.We had a nice table location. Food was very good with attractive presentation. server attentive. only complaint is we felt somewhat rushed. Every time I put fork down to pause, someone asked if I was done eating. My dish was still full of food. Not trying to catch a train.

Tags: romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Treat at "The Willows" !!!

Dined on October 5, 2014

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our delightful dinner at "The Willows". It was her birthday and after mentioning that to Chris, the server, he surprised her with a candle on the dessert we ordered! It was a divine dinner and absolutely one of the most gourmet meals we've had anywhere! Thank you so much for our first time dining experience at your restaurant with a terrific server who we will request again! Sincerely, Mary Williams

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Excellent Service & Delicious Meal

Dined on October 3, 2014

Got seated at a little two-top against a wall, which was next to the kitchen/staff area, which unfortunately, was quite busy and loud with traffic - to be expected in that area, next time will ask to be seated further away. Our server however, was EXCEPTIONAL, she answered all of our questions with ease, gave us recommendations for both food and specialty drinks (lobster bisque and apple margaritas were amazing!) thus the excellent service and food definitely made our first visit enjoyable and I'd go back to eat there again anytime.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food4
ambience3
service4

A hidden away gem

Dined on September 19, 2014

Never would have guessed it would have been so good, but it was definitely worth the money. We ordered great cocktails to start, and the bread basket was amazing. The caesar salads were delicious, and the 22 oz. rib eye was wonderful. Dessert was great. All in all, we will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service5

Willows

Dined on September 14, 2014

Good service, we didn't have to wait long for anything

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Special occasion spot

vip
Dined on August 25, 2014

Good food, good service.....for a special occasion try the Willows. Bring your wallet as all choices on the menu are pricy. The overall experience is worth it.

Tags: special occasion

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