How to Plan a Trip to Santa Ynez, Jenni Kayne-Style
Jenni Kayne and her team share their top spots in the valley.
In recent years the Santa Ynez Valley has become the not-so-secret perfect California Central Coastal getaway thanks to its rolling hills, low-key top-shelf wineries, and burgeoning culinary scene. So it’s no surprise that designer Jenni Kayne bought a sprawling ranch there and tricked it out in her signature minimalist organic style. In the years she and her staff spent time at the ranch hosting events and creating content for her brand, they fell in love with the restaurants and shops of the region. Here’s a short list of Jenni and team’s favorite spots, from a Michelin-starred neo bistro to shops that are stocked with goods that channel those ranch-y coastal chic vibes.
Make sure to book this Michelin-starred Los Alamos bistro at least a month in advance to enjoy its French-meets-ranch dishes (including the legendary uni crêpe; splurge on the caviar option) and a wine list full of local bottlings.
Bar Le Côte
This is the Spanish-influenced, seafood-centric sister restaurant from the folks behind Bell’s. The dining room is high-energy; the shellfish tower and roasted fish are must-orders.
Bob’s Well Bread
Expect long, totally-worth-it waits for the exceptional breads and pastries that rival those of the best bakeries in the West. Visit the original location in Los Alamos to see where it all started, or the new sleek spot in Ballard.
Bodega Los Alamos
With a shop stocked with all the beautiful little things you want (natural wine, tinned fish, artisanal oils, jams, and pickles) in front, and a charming vacation rental in back, you just might want to move in.
Santa Ynez General Store
This well-curated shop selling housewares, accessories, and home apparel brings a dose of style to Santa Ynez’s sleepy main street.
With chefs from Verona in the kitchen and local meats and produce on the menu, this restaurant has set the bar for culinary excellence in the area. Think Wagyu meatballs, little gem Caesar, wood-roasted meats, and exquisite pastas.