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WE'RE OPEN!

We are delighted that the Casmalia Hitching Post Restaurant is open again (starting July 7). We have missed being your favorite dining destination and look forward to serving you again! Currently all dining will be on our patio.

Being able to safely welcome back our team members and guests is our priority.

We have enhanced our cleaning procedures and implemented all required protocols to ensure we do this successfully.

Social distancing  We will be staggering our reservations to alleviate wait times. We ask that guests arrive at scheduled time and you will be taken directly to your table or directed to our outdoor waiting area.  We will ensure that you are able to maintain a safe distance from others. We have removed some of our tables and spaced the remaining tables 6 feet apart.

Hand sanitizer will be widely available for use by our guests and our team members.

Enhanced cleaning procedures will be implemented throughout the property.

Face coverings and gloves  where appropriate will be worn by team members. We encourage our guests to wear them upon entering the restaurant, per County orders and removed, if you wish, once you are at your table.

Our Promise To You We will continue to serve you the same great food and provide the same great service you have come to expect at the Hitching Post!

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Bill Ostini and staff


Hitching Post Anniversary Coin Celebrating 65 years

Casmalia, California, former cow-town of the Old West, is where California-style barbequeing was brought to perfection by the pioneers. The Hitching Post has brought this live-oak California-style barbequeing to perfection bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness while we keep alive the traditions of the old romantic West.


The weatherworn walls of our 100 year old building are crammed with memories that induce an atmosphere of Western nostalgia to the romantically inclined people who can relax and trade the pressures of the fast, modern world for an evening of Old West hospitality.

Your Hosts: The Ostini Family Since 1952.


The Hitching Post serves up great (and famous) food:

Monday through Saturday: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.


For Reservations and Shipping
Please Call (805) 937-6151 or (866) 879-4088 

At the Grill


Sideways. A Film by Alexander Payne

A film by Alexander Payne

Sideways features the wines of our area and in particular is actually set in our sister (well, actually brother--Frank Ostini) restaurant, the Hitching Post II in Buellton (near Solvang). Look for the Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Wines, and if you look carefully, some of the family members as well.

Forbes Magazine

featured The Hitching Post and The Hitching Post II together as one of "10 Great BBQ Joints in the USA":

Santa Maria Barbecue . . . focuses on slow cooking with indirect heat but over an open wood fire rather than in a closed smoker, and typically features the large tri-tip beef roast. The Hitching Posts build on this local tradition with far more than tri-tip, marrying cowboy customs with excellent cuts of steak and seafood . . . . This is open fire barbecue at its very highest level, sort of a bridge between Argentinean parillada cooking and Southern barbecue, making these among the finest steakhouses in the country, but uniquely and casually so.