The Ranch in Anaheim is a relatively new and excellent restaurant. Definitely worth a visit, if you can find it! Not that the address is hard to find, you just don’t believe you’re there as you approach. The restaurant is cleverly hidden in the first floor of a multistory working office building. As you approach all you see is the plain, function, nondescript 6 story office. But that’s the place! Drive around off the entry road and you’ll see the doors to the facility.
Yes, ‘doors’, plural. There are two sides to The Ranch experience; the Restaurant on the left and the Saloon on the right. While I’m sure that the martinis are the same on both sides, I’m reviewing the restaurant’s bar and Martini.
But a quick comment on the Saloon side, for those interested. It is built to resemble the inside of a barn and its just about as big as one. There is a very long bar along one side of the Saloon and a secondary bar along a side wall. Across from the main bar there is the stage where live bands play. In between the bar and the stage, down two tiers of tables, is the dance floor. It is large and almost always filled with dancers, either during the free dance lessons or during the shows. Check their website below for current acts and times.
As for the restaurant, it is beautiful. While not totally decorated with the Barn motif of the Saloon side it is still very much decorated as High End Country. Very high end! First let me get the food comments out of the way. This place is fantastic; their steaks are incredible with a large set of choices. The sides are outstanding and the service is impeccable. Absolutely worth a special visit.
The Martinis were really very good. The stems are kept in the refrigerator, which is always a selling point for me! They were professionally and promptly prepared which also maintained the nice chill to the drink. They were a just a tad on the small side and bit pricey. But the latter was in keeping with overall ambiance of the restaurant. The barkeep was professional, helpful, and enthusiastic.
I say ‘were’ prepared because I had a second Martini and chose something different, the St. George Dry Rye. Really different. I’m still trying to decide if I liked it or not. This Gin is powerful, really heavy flavored, with a bit of pepper accent to compliment the rye and, of course, juniper. I had it as a Martini which I think is about the only way you could drink this, I have no idea what mixer, liquor, or garnish would go well with it. Not everyone will like it, of course, but if you’re at all on the curious or adventurous side definitely try it.
The Ranch is absolutely worth a visit for the food, service, and the Martini. The Martinis were really very very good, but not quite up to the ‘worth a trip just for the Martini’ level. The Ranch gets a one stem:
The Ranch gets a “A-” for gin selection. They have basics and a couple of more “unusual” gins. Their choices are: Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Tanqueray Ten, Hendrick’s, Beefeater, Nolets, Damrak Amsterdam, Right, and St. George Dry Rye.
I would also note that their selection of wines, whiskeys, whiskys, and cognacs are excellent!
Here’s their website if you’re interested in further information: www.theranch.com
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