Looking for great places to eat on your next trip to Ojai? As part of We Like L.A.’s three-part series on taking a trip to Ojai, we’ve curated the list below of great dining options to keep on your radar.
Thanks to the near-perfect climate, Ojai is an ideal place for growing fruits and vegetables, and you”ll see that reflected in the menus of our top choices.
From one of the best breakfast sandwiches we’ve ever had, to fantastic European dishes with an Ojai twist and even some very inventive vegan fare, there’s something to satisfy every tastebud in Ojai.
Our list of the best places to eat in Ojai starts after the jump, numbered only for reference, in no particular order.
1. Knead Baking Company
This family-run bakery draws a line beginning in the morning because of their nearly famous breakfast sandwich. Simply made, the sandwich (served all day) is comprised of an organic fried egg, Vermont white cheddar and your choice of house-made bread. Make the sandwich your own with a selection of add-ons such as roasted tomatoes and wild arugula. Top your meal off with a beautiful tart made from local ingredients and seasonal fruit. Keep in mind that Knead has limited hours and it’s cash only. -> More information
Nocciola is a charming Italian restaurant perfect for any special occasion. Request a seat on the porch and catch Ojai’s famous sunset across the Topatopa Mountains. You get great ambience and fantastic Italian dishes like house-made pastas, fresh salads and expertly prepared proteins such as duck, Berkshire pork chops and grass-fed steaks. -> More Information
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3. Hip Vegan
A popular spot for vegans and non-vegans to get their veg on, Hip Vegan serves fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, wraps and more. Come to get refueled, and don’t miss out on the popular date shake. You won’t regret it! -> More information
4. Ojai Tortilla House
True Angelenos might find themselves craving some Mexican while in Ojai (it’s natural), so stop by Ojai Tortilla House and get a belly-busting burrito. The tiny eatery lets you customize your choice of toppings, sort of like a Chipotle but with a homemade touch. The steak burrito is the most popular and they have a great veggie burrito too. Come early if you’re hankering for what’s probably the best Mexican food in all of Ojai, as they are known to run out of food before closing time at 3 p.m. -> More information
5. Ojai Deer Lodge
If you’re looking for something casual with a quirky vibe, look no further than Ojai Deer Lodge. Formerly a gas station and general store, Ojai Deer Lodge is a great place to go for happy hour, or a beer and a nice meal. Because you’re in Ojai, count on the dishes to be made with fresh local produce. Even the occasional bikers come by for a bite.
6. Farmer and the Cook
Farmer and the Cook is a hip spot for a tasty meal where you can also get a little shopping in. Serving an eclectic menu that includes vegan Mexican, pizza and breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the raw tacos, Swiss chard enchilada, veggie burger or a huevos plate.They even have a salad bar if you want to customize your meal. The market side is stocked with organic vegan eats and fresh produce.
7. Azu & Ojai Valley Brewery
A restaurant and tap room in one, Azu serves Mediterranean dishes with a California twist. A local favorite, this tapas restaurant is renowned for whipping up amazing craft cocktails, particularly during April, when Pixie season is at its peak. Beer fan? Located inside Azu is Ojai Valley Brewery’s tap room where you can grab a cold one (try their sage beer) and hang out in the biergarten. -> More information
8. Beacon Coffee
Locally owned Beacon Coffee is Ojai’s responsibly grown coffee shop recognized for their careful selection of beans from all over the world. At their beautifully designed cafe, you can get a number of lattes, a popular peppermint mocha and more. If you’re feeling hungry, pair your drink with some good eats like a grain bowl, freshly baked cakes, scones and more. They also have a gluten-free bakery section. -> More information
All the savory things: (L to R) Savory scones w/ caramelized onions, fennel + goat cheese (GF) // savory hand pie w/ treviso radicchio, golden beets, carrots, caramelized onions, garlic w/ goat and Parmesan cheese // GF toast w/ housemade ricotta, roasted beets, pepitas and fennel // Farm fresh frittata w/ sautéed purple kale, rainbow carrots, fennel, goat cheese and fresh eggs. Veggies, fresh herbs beautifully grown by our friends @riogozofarm + @kingandkingranch
9. Suzanne’s Cuisine
Italian and French recipes infused with California-style cooking best describes Suzanne’s Cuisine. Known for her talent for highlighting local ingredients, Suzanne offers a strong selection of seafood dishes, salads and pastas. Ask to sit in the lush garden patio and enjoy the aromatic roses and lavender. -> More information
A beloved family-run restaurant that’s been around for over a decade, Boccali’s describes its food as “Original Ojai Italian.” People come here for a hearty meal of pizza, along with pastas where most of the vegetables come straight from their own garden. To finish your meal, order the famous strawberry shortcake that’s big enough to share. -> More information