Here on the California Central Coast BBQ has always meant grilling over an open fire of red oak wood.  This style of cooking is native to our region and goes back to the days of the Spanish Rancheros.

In Buellton we have been grilling over the Coast Live Oak for more than 26 years, yet our roots go back to 1952.  It was then that parents Frank and Natalie Ostini brought “Santa Maria Style BBQ” to its peak of perfection, and where their children continue to this day.

Here, at the Buellton Hitching Post II, son Frank Ostini and his well-seasoned team honors the traditions of the past and also embrace the contemporary cooking styles.  By combining the old and the new, we have created an exciting cuisine that is uniquely our own.

Combine this food with our own Hitching Post Wines, made by owner Frank Ostini and his winemaking partner Gray Hartley, and you’ll have a very special food and wine experience.

With great pride and confidence, we ask that you sit back and enjoy . . .You’re going to have a great dinner!

Our Famous Complete Dinners
Children's Meals
Sides & Extras
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Roasted Garlic 
Slow roasted to a soft and smooth texture so you can spread it on toast with herbs and roasted peppers balsamic and olive oil.
BBQ Sauteed Mushrooms
BBQ Sauteed Mushrooms Grilled for smoke flavor & sautéed with red wine & spices makes a rich sauce, served w/garlic toast. 8 oz.
Stuffed Pasilla Pepper
A fire-roasted chile, mild to medium hot, stuffed with shrimp and cheese, served with a grilled corn salsa.
Grilled Artichoke
A house specialty and our most popular appetizer.  Steamed then grilled for a unique smoke flavor, seasoned with our own Magic Stuff and served with a spicy smoked tomato mayonnaise. (Buy our Smoked Tomato Pesto - 9.8 oz. jar for $10 and make 2 cups of this smoked tomato mayonnaise at home!)
Steamed Mussels
Steamed with beer, vegetables & mussel liquor to make a wonderful broth worthy of dipping with toasted garlic bread.
Grilled Texas Quail
Naturally grown, this fresh partially de-boned quail is quickly grilled so it is flavorful & moist.  Served with Wild Turkey sweet potatoes. 4-5 oz.


Fresh Vegetable Tray & Garlic Bread
Your choice of Rice Pilaf, Baked Potato or French Fries

& Choose Two Preliminary Courses:
or One (less $1) or None (less $2)
Organic Mixed Green Salad
Today’s Soup
Shrimp Cocktail (add $2)


 We buy the best beef in America, sourced from small packers in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas and aged to our specifications. We cut your steak here and grill it over an oakwood fire as only the HP II has done for over 29 years. Seasoned with our unique blend of salt and spices called Magic Stuff, you've got one of the best steaks anywhere!


Very red inside, warm in middle
Still red inside, when the juices start to flow
Pink edges & red in middle, still juicy
Just a touch of pink in middle
Well done
Cooked through, little or no pink inside. We recommend the "butterfly" cut so these steaks are thinner.

Cornfed Midwestern Beef
Prime Top Sirloin
A hearty steak from the highest grade of beef, very juicy, with lots of flavor, aged for tenderness. The Sirloin has been one of our most popular cuts.
  7 oz
10 oz
15 oz
Prime Flat Iron
A European cut from the chuck area of PRIME beef, it is extremely juicy and flavorful.  Seared on the oakwood fire, then sliced and served with a cherry-peppercorn sauce.
8 oz
New York
A great combination of beefy flavor and fine textured tenderness. Very consistent and always the chef’s favorite.
10 oz
14 oz
Filet Mignon
The rarest & most sought after cut  Prized for it's fork-cutting tenderness and enhanced flavor from our grill.
5 oz
8 oz
12 oz
Angus Rib Chop
The bone-in rib steak cut off the roast and cooked slow over the oak. Like no prime rib you've ever eaten. Tasty and big enough to share, and a bone to take home.
24/26 oz

Chose one of:
(4oz.), Duck (7oz.) or Shrimp (4oz.)
and add a steak . . . .

Top Sirloin (7 oz.) $39.95
Filet Mignon (5 oz.)  $45.95
Pork & Lamb

Pork Baby Back Ribs
No sticky sauce, just the satisfying flavor of oak smoke from our open grill with our Magic Stuff on Idaho’s Salmon Creek Farms Natural Pork.1 lb.
  1 lb.
Smoked Prime Rib of Pork
Smoked and oak grilled, succulent and delicious Salmon Crk. bone-in pork loin served with apple-red pepper chutney.
1 chop  (  7 oz.)
2 chops (14 oz.)
California Rack of Lamb
Tender, distinct yet mild flavor, marinated in mild Cajun & garlic spices, then grilled. 10 oz.
 10 oz. . . . .


Grilled Texas Quail
Naturally raised and partially de-boned. Quickly grilled, juicy and flavorful. Four ounces each.

Fresh Shelton Chicken Breast
The highest quality from CA, oak grilled, very juicy with gorgeous flavor. 10 oz
10 oz $26.95
Diestel Turkey Steak
A family-run sustainable ranch since 1949.  A steak of white breast NATURAL turkey from Sonora, cold smoked then grilled and served with an apple-red pepper chutney. 8 oz.
8 oz $25.95
Smoked Duck Breast
Cold smoked and grilled over oak, slightly pink inside (unless ordered otherwise), served with an apricot-ginger sauce.
7 oz $28.95


Tonight's Fresh Fish
The freshest fish available, boneless, and grilled over the oak fire. Your waitperson has tonight's details.
  7 oz A.Q.
Grilled White Shrimp
White prawns from the Gulf of Mexico, skewered with onion and bell pepper, delicious over the oak grill.
4 oz
8 oz


Steak or Chicken (5 oz.) ......$9.95

Top Sirloin or fresh chicken breast includes choice of french fries, baked potato, or rice pilaf, choice of milk, soda or apple juice, and ice cream.
Children under 12, please.


Shrimp Cockail $6 Baked Potato $6
Green Salad $6
French Fries $6
Relish Tray $7
Garlic Bread $6
Soup - Cup $5
Coffee, Tea $3
Soup - Bowl $8
Espresso $4
Milk $3
Cappucino $5
Soda (free refills)
Ice Cream $5
Smoked Tomato Mayo $3

Extra Side Sauce

Tee Shirts $20 Magic Stuff Jar $6
Magic Stuff Shaker $11 Magic Stuff Bag (8oz) $7
Smoked Tomato Pesto (8oz. Jar) Make the mayo at home!



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Prices and availability subject to change without notice
17% Service Charge on tables of 8 or more
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Sales Tax will be added

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