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Guidebook for Ojai

Johanna

Guidebook for Ojai

Essentials
Great organic produce and natural foods. This is the go-to place for healthy food options in Ojai.
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Rainbow Bridge Natural Food
211 East Matilija Street
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Great organic produce and natural foods. This is the go-to place for healthy food options in Ojai.
Very large and well-stocked supermarket for basic items.
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Vons
1125 Maricopa Highway
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Very large and well-stocked supermarket for basic items.
A good, gourmet food store with a large wine section, prepared foods and a butcher shop that serves great hamburgers. Weekends they grill chicken and tri-tip steak over oak wood.
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Westridge Market IGA Ojai CA
802 East Ojai Avenue
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A good, gourmet food store with a large wine section, prepared foods and a butcher shop that serves great hamburgers. Weekends they grill chicken and tri-tip steak over oak wood.
Drinks & Nightlife
Friends of ours, this is one of Ojai's premier local wineries, with an emphasis on hand-crafted, organic and even vegan wines. If Rickey is working, tell him we sent you.
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Casa Barranca Organic Winery & Tasting Room
208 East Ojai Avenue
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Friends of ours, this is one of Ojai's premier local wineries, with an emphasis on hand-crafted, organic and even vegan wines. If Rickey is working, tell him we sent you.
Food Scene
One of the nicest places for weekend breakfast/brunch (served early until 11am), or drinks and dinner. This is a splurge, but it is beautiful setting on expansive and elegant grounds.
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Ojai Valley Inn
905 Country Club Road
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One of the nicest places for weekend breakfast/brunch (served early until 11am), or drinks and dinner. This is a splurge, but it is beautiful setting on expansive and elegant grounds.
This store/restaurant has a truly massive selection of wines, beers and spirits from around the world. A bar in back serves pub food and is a popular spot with locals.
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The Ojai Beverage Co.
655 East Ojai Avenue
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This store/restaurant has a truly massive selection of wines, beers and spirits from around the world. A bar in back serves pub food and is a popular spot with locals.
Good, local seafood served in a casual indoors/outdoors setting. They also sell fresh fish. Affordable and in town.
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Sea Fresh Sea Food
533 East Ojai Avenue
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Good, local seafood served in a casual indoors/outdoors setting. They also sell fresh fish. Affordable and in town.
A local favorite spot for pizza and Italian food. In good weather, outdoor seating a pumpkin patch and special events attract families, bikers and road trippers.
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Boccali's Pizza & Pasta
3277 East Ojai Avenue
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A local favorite spot for pizza and Italian food. In good weather, outdoor seating a pumpkin patch and special events attract families, bikers and road trippers.
Burritos! Big burritos, served wet or dry and great sandwiches and such with generous portions. The coffee place next door, Café Bohemia, is the best in Ojai but not listed on AirBnB's map.
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Jim & Rob's Fresh Grill
214 West Ojai Avenue
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Burritos! Big burritos, served wet or dry and great sandwiches and such with generous portions. The coffee place next door, Café Bohemia, is the best in Ojai but not listed on AirBnB's map.
A great place for appetizers and wine, or a pizza. Indoor and outdoor seating. Featuring grass-fed beef and other quality ingredients. Sister restaurant to Osteria Monte Grappa, also in town.
La Fonte Pizzeria Italiana
242 East Ojai Avenue
A great place for appetizers and wine, or a pizza. Indoor and outdoor seating. Featuring grass-fed beef and other quality ingredients. Sister restaurant to Osteria Monte Grappa, also in town.
Quaint Italian casa with outdoor courtyard seating. Popular with locals, this restaurant (and sister restaurant La Fonte in town) feature quality ingredients. Romantic. Slightly pricey.
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Osteria Monte Grappa
242 East Ojai Avenue
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Quaint Italian casa with outdoor courtyard seating. Popular with locals, this restaurant (and sister restaurant La Fonte in town) feature quality ingredients. Romantic. Slightly pricey.
In neighboring town Meiners Oaks, this is one of our favorite restaurants. Beautiful outdoor courtyard and fresh, garlicky pizzas and salads. Home made gelato. A very close drive and well worth it.
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Papa Lennon's
515 West El Roblar Drive
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In neighboring town Meiners Oaks, this is one of our favorite restaurants. Beautiful outdoor courtyard and fresh, garlicky pizzas and salads. Home made gelato. A very close drive and well worth it.
This is one of the best places to buy a small selection of local produce from one of the area's most well known farmers. They also serve fresh vegetarian Mexican food, green juices and coffees.
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Farmer and the Cook
339 West El Roblar Drive
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This is one of the best places to buy a small selection of local produce from one of the area's most well known farmers. They also serve fresh vegetarian Mexican food, green juices and coffees.
Sightseeing
One of the easiest hikes in Ojai with expansive views of the valley. Enter the trail either at the top of Signal Street or on Gridley Road at Valley View Road (see map). This is on an open dirt road.
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Shelf Road
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One of the easiest hikes in Ojai with expansive views of the valley. Enter the trail either at the top of Signal Street or on Gridley Road at Valley View Road (see map). This is on an open dirt road.
This is a spiritual retreat center featuring natural buildings, permaculture gardens and an incredible setting in Upper Ojai. Open to the public to explore and visit their website for workshop info.
Ojai Playhouse
145 East Ojai Avenue
This is a spiritual retreat center featuring natural buildings, permaculture gardens and an incredible setting in Upper Ojai. Open to the public to explore and visit their website for workshop info.
A wonderful place for contemplation. Beautifully maintained grounds are open to the public and offer expansive views of Ojai Valley. Never crowded. Closed Mon/Tues. Highly recommended.
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Meditation Mount
10340 Reeves Rd
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A wonderful place for contemplation. Beautifully maintained grounds are open to the public and offer expansive views of Ojai Valley. Never crowded. Closed Mon/Tues. Highly recommended.
Entrance to the Pratt Trail, one of the better and more accessible hikes in Ojai. The road is a bit rough so park close to the entrance if you are in a regular car. A good workout hike with views.
Los Padres National Forest Trailhead
Entrance to the Pratt Trail, one of the better and more accessible hikes in Ojai. The road is a bit rough so park close to the entrance if you are in a regular car. A good workout hike with views.
One of the jewels of Ojai Valley. Look for cars parked on the side of the road near stop sign and climb down to find hot springs. Follow rocky road to end for hiking. Buy maps at Bart's Books in town.
Matilija Canyon Road
One of the jewels of Ojai Valley. Look for cars parked on the side of the road near stop sign and climb down to find hot springs. Follow rocky road to end for hiking. Buy maps at Bart's Books in town.
Arts & Culture
A gallery featuring historical exhibits and the pottery studio of the late Beatrice Wood, a long-time Ojai legend and friend of Krishnamurti.
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Beatrice Wood Center For the Arts
8585 Ojai Road
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A gallery featuring historical exhibits and the pottery studio of the late Beatrice Wood, a long-time Ojai legend and friend of Krishnamurti.
Shopping
The BEST bookstore in Ojai and possibly the world! Open air, outdoor bookstore with a rambling collection of used books in various rooms, indoors and out. If you love books, get lost here.
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Bart's Books
302 West Matilija Street
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The BEST bookstore in Ojai and possibly the world! Open air, outdoor bookstore with a rambling collection of used books in various rooms, indoors and out. If you love books, get lost here.
Everything Else
Local yoga studio in a sweet setting with a beautiful garden. Our favorite shop, Modern Folk Living is next door, and the Sunday Ojai Farmer's Market (9am-1pm). is a MUST and next to this.
Lulu Bandha's
306 East Matilija Street
Local yoga studio in a sweet setting with a beautiful garden. Our favorite shop, Modern Folk Living is next door, and the Sunday Ojai Farmer's Market (9am-1pm). is a MUST and next to this.