Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill sign
The smell of smoking mesquite has often called to me long before the restaurant sign is visible from the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills .

I decided to start out the 7in7 with what to me was an unknown, a stranger among friends. Not a complete stranger, but one that I have seen around So Cal many times. There are several locations scattered around Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. Although I have often wanted to, I had never stopped in. Today, I am pleased to say that the silence has been broken. Today is the day that I was formally introduced to Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. The humble exterior of this BBQ restaurant did not match the interior, which was refined and expansive.

The restaurant was surprisingly popular for a Sunday afternoon. Not necessarily packed, but popular. I tried to pick a time when taking a couple of photos wouldn’t be conspicuous or intrusive to other diners. Oh well, luckily it was dark… not so lucky from a photography point of view. Lets just say that the photos came out moody.

Lets get on to the food. No appetizers were ordered in view of the fact that we were going with the combos and they both came with two sides. They also offered up some complementary garlic rolls, which were hot and very garlicky. My wife beat me to the punch and ordered the tri tip roast & baby back rib combo. Drat! I was a little disappointed that they didn’t offer BBQ spare ribs… I’ll get over it. I wanted to mix it up a bit so I ordered the BBQ chicken & western beef rib combo. We had decided to order four different side dishes so that we could sample the variety and offer a fair evaluation.

The tri tip was pretty damn good (I understand why it’s their signature item), very tender, smoky and scrumptious. They say in their menu that it is slow-roasted overnight. Hot. The baby back ribs were tasty, meaty and delightful. There BBQ sauce favored the baby back ribs quite well. The BBQ beef ribs were nice and tender. Although beef ribs aren’t my favorite BBQ item, these were quite agreeable. The Wood Ranch BBQ chicken was pretty moist and for the most part good; it did lack a little seasoning. Nothing a little bit of salt and BBQ sauce couldn’t handle.

We were very pleased with the quality of their side dishes, which were skillet-baked beans, smashed sweet potatoes, peanut coleslaw and mesquite-grilled corn. The coleslaw was a perfect complement to the BBQ as well as the smashed sweet potatoes, which straddled the fence between sweet and savory. They were my wife’s favorite. The baked beans were tasty as was the grilled corn.

Overall we enjoyed our meal the Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill and will probably visit again soon. I can’t say that I agree with the reviews, which state that this restaurant offers the “best” BBQ in Southern California… that is TBD. But, Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill does have good BBQ. Aside from dine-in and a full bar, they offer a take-out menu with 10-minute take-out parking right in front.

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill BBQ sauce
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill BBQ sauce

Baby back ribs & tri tip combo
BBQ baby back ribs and tri tip combo with coleslaw and baked beans

BBQ beef ribs and BBQ chicken combo
BBQ beef ribs and BBQ chicken combo with mesquite grilled corn and mashed sweet potatoes

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
Agoura Hills
805-597-8900

Anaheim Hills
714-974-6660

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805-482-1202

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818-886-6464

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805-523-7253

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661-222-9494

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323-937-6800

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949-888-1100

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16 thoughts on “Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

  1. Nice place to take your wife, etc. because it is big, nice, and clean. And the food is edible. But, they slow cook in an oven(like Hog-Wogly) and heat with a grill . There is no smoke bbq. or grilling slowly over wood or wood ash.

  2. My favorite food – and I have my own business – my food is great – but when I go out it’s Woodranch for his cook”

    Patty Merlin’s Kitchen Owner

  3. Live in Michigan with Westlake Village – Newbury Park as my 2nd home (vacations and business that is) ..

    The Baby Back Ribs – Tri Tip Combo with special sauce, their home made Cole Slaw dressing .. uummm goood! is my favorite. Have to remember to “hold the peanuts” .. Allergies.

    Just returned before the fires with two visits to Wood Ranch BBQ there in Agoura Hills .. Glad the winds have slowed down to help them put all fires out. If cased by man .. hope they get them!

    Chuck

    PS.. Anyone tried to duplicate the Cole Slaw Dressing .. I have .. Looking to share recipes as I love to cook and travel.

  4. Just a note – try the New GRAND OPENING of this WOOD RANCH BBQ restaurant in CORONA at the NEW gorgeous Dos Lagos Promenade shops of Corona. Beautiful setting with shops, candy store, theatre, Starbucks – all within walking distance. Catch a movie, grab a bite, enjoy a snack, add a coffee or a smoothie at Maui Wowi and you’re in heaven! Wood Ranch is awesome – with a great menu for nearly ever type eater from Chicken, Ribs, Steak, Seafood. AND enjoy the view and walk around the Lake at this new location! What a night to remember – don’t forget grads and dads day …. coming soon!

  5. Love the ranch….come down for the peanut coleslaw and tritip….all the way from Oregon….bewitching garlic rolls call me at night when I’m sleeping

  6. Just went there TWICE in the same week. Everything is awesome, but the peanutty cole slaw and smashed sweet potatoes are my favorites as is anything with their tri tip. Yummy. Best I’ve eatten. Try the Onion slices, sweet and delish too!

  7. MY WIFE AND I SNEAKED-OFF TO THE GROVE AT FARMERS MARKET
    IN LOS ANGELES FOR LUNCH ONE DAY, AND THIS PLACE WAS HIGH ON MY LIST THERE. WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED IN THE LEAST.
    THE BEEF RIBS HAD ME LICKING THE SAUCE OFF THE BONES LITERALLY. AND THE COLESLAW WAS VERY SATISFYING. THE PERFECT WESTERN DECOR FOR ENJOYING BARBECUE TOO. I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK AGAIN. MAYBE NEXT TIME WITH THE KIDS.

  8. Wood Ranch is by far the best. I’ve always gone to the old ranch in Agoura, and I love it. Baby Back pork ribs. yum yum. Also, try the spinach cheese and artichoke dip. almost as good as the ribs! #1 on my chart

  9. Finally, a classy, great barbecue restaurant. Why do all other barbecue restaurants have to be dingy, dirty, serve you like you’re cattle, etc.? Wood Ranch is awesome for the entire family. The food is unbelieveable…don’t miss the tri tip, baby backs, or even their steaks! Friendly, attentive service doesn’t hurt either. I love this place!

  10. Incredible for me to say, but when I attend conferences in L.A. (Ilive in D.C.), my first tought is “I’ve got toh have it; I have to have the tri-tip and baby back at Wood Ranch”
    By far the best.

  11. This is very strange. I have been to the one at the grove and it is nothing short of terrible. Dry chicken, bad sauces, bad side dishes. I don’t even know that they actually bbq the stuff. I wonder if it’s all a front at the grove and the real deal is deep in the valley…

  12. I’ve tried the “stranger” before, but never the unknown stranger. Is that double the pleasure? Do I sit on both hands? Is it an advanced move? Let me know, because it sounds pleasurable.
    BTW, I love your site. How fast do you type?

    Dirk D.

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