Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Maravilla is the award winning signature restaurant at the Inn. Decorated in rich oranges, browns, golds and reds, the space is easy to sink into and makes you want to linger long after you’ve finished your meal. Well spaced tables ensure you aren’t forced to hear the conversation going on at the table next to you, and the table linens and candles on each table provide further intimacy. Mirrors and rustic chandeliers punctuate the cozy space, and a fireplace adds a dash of hominess that just makes you sigh in lazy contentment. In the summer, guests can dine on the balcony which overlooks the golf course and the rugged mountains beyond. The restaurant staff could not have been more courteous and attentive, ensuring that I understood the menu and suggested wines appropriate for my dinner choice. The extensive wine list guarantees that there is a vino perfect for every palate, and to pair with every item on the menu. The selection includes a myriad of local options, as well as an impressive selection from France, Australia and New Zealand. Prices are very reasonable whether you choose a glass, a half bottle or a bottle. My appetizer was a decadent choice of crispy, deep fried artichokes with lemon thyme hollandaise sauce that I enjoyed every bite of. Another option that I observed but did not partake in was a creative squash soup, lit from beneath to release the aroma of cinnamon sticks that garnished the heaping bowl. My main dish, pan seared river trout was garnished with veggies grown in the chef’s garden, and a festive swirl of bacon festooned the plate with panache. Never have I experienced a better piece of fish. Light and fluffy and not swimming in butter or greasy sauces, this fish was the epitome of delicious. Appetizers $10-$15, entrees $29-$39

The Oak Cafe serves breakfast featuring regionally grown fruits, house made granola, organic egg dishes and freshly squeezed juices. The Oak Grill serves lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere and is decorated in a Spanish Colonial motif with a central fireplace and outside dining. Jimmy’s Pub is a great place to watch sporting events and enjoy California micro-brewed beers, signature margaritas, Central Coast wines and single malt scotches. Delicious thin crust brick oven pizzas and burgers. CafĂ© Verde serves lighter Mediterranean fare for lunch; salads, smoothies, sandwiches and desserts are available all afternoon