The Hitching Post

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The Hitching Post
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Restaurant information
Established 1952
Current owner(s) The Ostini Family
Food type Steakhouse, Barbecue, American
State California
Country United States

The Hitching Post and The Hitching Post II are upscale American steakhouse restaurants located in Santa Barbara County, California, in California's Central Coast region. They are considered among the best and best known of the Santa Maria-style barbecue restaurants popular in the area.[1]


The original Hitching Post was purchased in 1952 by the Ostini family in Casmalia, California, in a building that was previously the Casmalia Hotel before it was converted into a restaurant in the 1940s.[1] Its sister restaurant The Hitching Post II was opened in 1986 in Buellton, California.

The restaurant also makes its own brand of wines under the Hartley Ostini brand.

In popular culture[edit]

The Hitching Post II is known for being featured in the Rex Pickett novel Sideways and the Academy Award nominated 2004 Alexander Payne film adaptation of the same name.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]