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Just because you’re staying at a Californian spa oasis doesn’t mean you’ll be subjected to eating salads and wheatgrass the entire time — though you can if you prefer. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has a diverse array of restaurants that feature fresh produce from the Inn’s bountiful garden, as well as other local farmers.
Maravilla is the Inn’s premier dinner venue, featuring prime steaks, chops and seafood selections and an award-winning wine list to match. For a more casual dining experience, the Oak Grill (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) specializes in freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and grilled items like maple salmon and slow cooked beef short ribs. There’s also a plentiful breakfast buffet on the weekends, along with an à la carte menu (think organic egg dishes, housemade granola) seven days a week. Forbes Travel Guide editors couldn’t get enough of the views: sweeping mountain vistas and 200-year old oak trees.
Despite the name, Jimmy’s Pub can be enjoyed by diners of all ages. The casual eatery offers cracker thin, brick oven pizzas, juicy burgers, freshly prepared salads and bar appetizers like Buffalo chicken wings. Pair them with distinctive California micro-brewed beers, signature margaritas, a robust spirits list and crisp Central Coast wines. And to round off the pub experience, sports enthusiasts will appreciate the 60” plasma TV screens too.
Spa-goers will love Café Verde, the Inn’s spa lunch destination. Dine indoors or on the terrace overlooking the pool, where you can order fruit smoothies and other refreshments. While the menu features lighter fare such as an organic salmon wrap and an heirloom tomato salad, you can also treat yourself to a burger with sweet potato fries. And to keep you alert throughout your trip, Joe ‘n’ Go serves a variety of coffee drinks, quick-serve salads and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.