Ojai’s historic restaurant & tavern.

Over the years, people have been called to Ojai for a variety of reasons. Some came seeking peace or prosperity, soaking in the mineral rich natural hot springs or mining for gold in the hills. Others came to Ojai in search of a mystical utopia, through its association with the Theosophical society, its native Chumash lore or inspired by its depiction as the fabled Shangri-La in the film Lost Horizon.

As the oldest restaurant and tavern in Ojai, the Deer Lodge has long served as a meeting place where weary adventurers from all walks of life come together to fill their bellies and lift their spirits. Today, we are proud to be the newest caretakers of this home away from home for both locals and travelers alike. And even though times have changed, the spirit has stayed the same.

There’s a little somethin’ for everyone here at the Deer Lodge. In keeping with our backwoods heritage, we offer classic Californian cuisine, along with a wide selection of craft beers and spirits from up and down the West Coast. We have vegetarian and vegan friendly options, as well as a large dog-friendly patio and a game room with a pool table and lounge area. With live music and smokey barbecue on the weekends, this is a place where you can bring the whole family during the day, or dance with your friends into the night. This is where memories are made, where the blacktop ends and paradise begins… this is where time stands still.

Welcome to the Deer Lodge.
Welcome home.


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