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Eat, Drink, Repeat in Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks is a hub for great food, local wines and craft brews. When you’re in town, your itinerary is easy: Eat, drink, repeat!

Here are a few of the best spots around Thousand Oaks to savor a family meal, grab a cold (and crafty) one, sip a nice glass of wine, or enjoy some late-night fun and entertainment.

For the Whole Family

Looking for a family-friendly place for lunch or dinner? Thousand Oaks welcomes all travelers with a number of delicious eateries.

Himalaya Cuisine is a casual fine dining restaurant serving authentic south Asian food from the Himalaya. The menu features more than ten types of light appetizers, soups, salads and more than 30 entrees – both meat and vegetarian – showcasing the unique flavors of the Himalayas.

For something a bit more adventurous, try Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine. This restaurant is known for its unique style of cooking food in clay pots – a technique that comes from Brazil. Family-style dining will ensure everyone has fun trying different dishes.

If you’re in search of a place to just kick back and enjoy some foodie favorites, try The Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. A friendly atmosphere and expansive menu will offer something for everyone – especially the kids.

Out on the Town

Thousand Oaks is equally entertaining for the kid-free set. Whether you want to grab some late-night food or dance the night away, we’ve got you covered.

Grab a couple drinks and settle in at The Tipsy Goat, a local Irish pub with a lot of personality. The pub has daily food and drink specials, weekly trivia and karaoke, and games including pool, ping pong, darts and shuffleboard.

Brought your dancing shoes? Borderline Bar & Grill is a large country dance hall and live music venue in Thousand Oaks that promises a fun night out. It includes a full food and bar menu, pool tables and big screen TV’s.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more refined, try Sunland Vintage Winery, a go-to spot for wine enthusiasts. The family-owned wine tasting room features Italian inspired ambiance and friendly service, and is the perfect place to unwind as you sip your way through Italian and non-Italian varietals under the winery’s private label.

Good food, good beer and friends are guaranteed at Public School 805, a gastropub serving up delicious food and craft beer in Thousand Oaks. Public School 805 also promises “an education in the art of food and beer,” so come hungry, thirsty and ready to learn!

You may be surprised at all the amazing restaurants and watering holes you’ll find in Thousand Oaks. Check out a few more of them here, and start planning your next visit!

Our Favorite Local Coffee Spots

Sometimes we need a good cup of joe to get us out of bed, other times we just want the delicious taste to make us smile. Either way, we’re glad Conejo Valley has plenty of latte options to cure our cravings. It doesn’t matter if we are looking for a flat white, PSL, breve, mocha or cappuccino, these spots have got us covered (without needing to hunt down a mermaid cup).

Beanscene Espresso
Beanscene Espresso not only serves up an awesome menu of caffeine goodness, but they are also committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment for anyone who stops in. The baristas here are the bomb and will accommodate whatever half-calf, quad-shot, extra syrup creation you have in mind.

Ragamuffin Roasters
Ragamuffin is dedicated to producing handcrafted, artisan coffee at only the highest quality. They roast in small batches and methodically hand brew taking care in each step to provide you with the best result possible. This spot pours their hearts into every cup (not literally), so you know you’ll get the very best every time.

Bean Crazy Coffee
Bean Crazy is all about keeping it local and making sure the quality is top notch. They have over 25 specialty roasts ranging from dark to light, all blended and roasted to perfection. They have been roasting beans in Conejo Valley for 20 years, so we consider these guys to be family.

Carrara Pastries
If you want to feel like you’ve just traveled to Italy for a cappuccino and some indulgent treats, Carrara Pastries is the place for you. Brothers and co-owners Damiano and Massimiliano Carrara – natives of Lucca, Tuscany in Italy – know just how much an Italian dessert can warm the soul. This is one place we have to visit regularly or the withdrawals start setting in.

Tifa Chocolate & Gelato
At Tifa Chocolate & Gelato, you can have your coffee and drink it too. In addition to delicious lattes, you can grab a sweet cup of gelato to balance out your treat. They also have a collection of classic board games to play with friends while you are winding down with a cup.


If you’ve already had your coffee fix and are in search of something a little stronger, we’ve got a list of the best places to grab a beer and watch the game or have a girl’s night over a glass of red. From local wine varieties to special brews, Conejo Valley has something for beer enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike. Check out our list of wineries and brewpubs to hit next time you visit. 

What’s Brewing in Conejo Valley

Conejo Valley is known for some of the most innovative craft brews around, and these local favorites are a great way to celebrate the suds!

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Photo Credit: Five Threads Brewing Company
Five Threads Brewing Company got its name from the brewing terms “thread,” which refers to the blending of two or more beers. The “five threads” include water, malt, hops and yeast. The fifth thread is you and me, which recognizes the craft beer brewers who dedicate their lives to creating the perfect pint and you, the craft beer drinkers, who journey to find it. Five Threads is one of those places that’s easy to fall in love with, and the helpful staff is as warm as they are knowledgeable. It’s a hidden gem with a small, intimate tasting room (you can see the brewing equipment in the back) with a laid-back vibe, a small pub food menu and an impressive selection of brews.

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Photo Credit: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
“Made from hard work and the highest quality ingredients,” Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. beers are consistent award winners, and the taproom in Westlake Village (with indoor/outdoor table seating) offers all of their core beers on tap and a rotating list of specialty and cask beers found only in their taprooms. The staff, affectionately called the FigFam, has a deep love for great craft beer and it shows. Enjoy an artisanal menu as you taste quality craft beers in a variety of styles.

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Photo Credit: LadyFace Ale Companie
Featuring good vibes along with award-winning ales hand crafted on-site, Ladyface Ale Companie is Conejo Valley’s first microbrewery. Warm and casual, this European-style brewpub also includes globally inspired seasonal and barrel-aged releases. Try the traditional French and Belgian country dishes on the seasonally inspired bistro menu, a celebration of the area’s abundant local harvests.

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Photo Credit: Twisted Oak Tavern
Twisted Oak Tavern brings a modern twist to the traditional tavern and features an on-site brewery producing its very own craft beers. Recently voted “Best Beer Bar in California” by Craftbeer.com, Twisted Oak Tavern offers a wide selection of beers and an extensive menu featuring delicious dishes prepared from scratch from the garden, the range, the soil and the ocean.

Raise a pint to Conejo Valley and book your stay in one of the many lodging accommodations for every taste and budget. Check out what we’re talking about at http://conejo.com/stay/.

Say “I Do” in Conejo Valley

Choosing a wedding venue can be a daunting task. Catering, décor, rentals, dance floor – there are many factors to consider that can make planning this major milestone overwhelming! Relax. We’ve rounded up a few venues that have weddings down to a science. Plus, they’re downright gorgeous.

Beauty and luxury await you behind the gates of Sherwood Country Club. Lush green hills dotted with ancient oaks and roses set the scene for a romantic landscape complete with mountain views. The Georgian-style main clubhouse boasts a dramatic entryway, private dining rooms, spectacular terraces and a stunning ballroom that overlooks the golf course and mountains. The grounds offer several exquisite wedding settings. From sprawling manicured lawns to serene trickling waterfalls, the club’s talented team can create your dream look at Sherwood Country Club!

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Image Credit: Sherwood Country Club

Framed by views of Malibou Lake and surrounding mountains, Malibou Lake Mountain Club is the perfect place to say yes to forever with the one you love. Large or small, intimate or open, quiet or festive – weddings at Malibou Lake can be configured for a Southern California dream ceremony and reception. Twelve tall French doors open to a gently sloping lawn bordered by stately eucalyptus and pine trees. Boasting 15-foot ceilings, the spacious ballroom lets in both sunlight and moonlight for guests to dance beneath.

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Image Credit: Malibou Lake Moutain Club

Oak Canyon Ranch is a scenic and secluded treasure. A unique blend of country and mountain spaces, the venue’s open, majestic landscapes lend way to magnificent views. The property consists of 48 acres of matured oak trees, numerous buildings (including a large reception hall and lodge), small cottages for staging and dressing, and plenty of convenient parking nestled in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains. With its elegant interior and rustic exterior, Oak Canyon Ranch is another perfect place to host the wedding of your dreams.

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Image Credit: Oak Canyon Ranch

Calling all 805 and 818 Foodies!

If you’re an 805 or 818 foodie, we need you! “California Dream Eater,” sponsored by Visit California, is asking for plate photo submissions for their new ‘eatertainment’ series. Help us spread the word that Conejo Valley has some of the best places to eat in Southern California.

Who is the California Dream Eater? Chase Ramsey is a guy who proudly, passionately and hilariously eats the best things in California on behalf of foodies everywhere. You can view Chase’s previous eating adventures on YouTube and Instagram.

How to submit a photo: California Dream Eater is currently accepting submissions for Chase’s Southern California tour in October 2015–yes, this year–so send your submissions now!

1. Take a photo following these guidelines

  • Amateur-style photos, could have been taken by Chase himself
  • Un-edited/filtered images
  • Original, not previously shared by another social profile
  • Capture a sense of place whenever possible
  • No people, hands or dining partners in image foreground
  • Capture the full plate in frame; avoid super close-up images
  • People acceptable in the background/out of focus

2. Tag your photo @CaliforniaDreamEater and use #DreamEats. Don’t forget to tag the restaurant that you are eating at and Conejo Valley by including @VisitConejoValley and #catchyourbreath.

Image Credit: Visit CA
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Shoppes at Westlake Village Now Open in Conejo Valley

The new Shoppes at Westlake Village provides yet another reason to visit Conejo Valley. Recently opened, the beautiful shopping center incorporates a unique blend of handpicked restaurants and stores as well as a place to gather with friends and family.

Designed to resemble a European village, shoppers can wander the trellis-covered pedestrian walkways as they visit shops or relax in the various lounge areas soaking in the quaint ambiance. The central water feature provides a dramatic focal point and creates a magical and lively atmosphere.

“Many people gather around our main fountain that features jets and lights programed to music. Several of our restaurants have great outdoor patios which bring a lot of life to the center,” said Amber Bromiley, property manager.

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Dining options at the Shoppes at Westlake Village were specially selected to cater to an assortment of palates. From pizza, burgers and sandwiches to more elegant gourmet restaurants, there is something for everyone. Those looking for healthy fare will have plenty to choose from, and those craving something sweet will enjoy one-of-kind pastries and gelato. Shoppers can even take a break and sip a specialty beer. The mix of popular Santa Barbara restaurants, national chains and local eateries at the Shoppes at Westlake Village include:

Much like the eclectic dining options, the Shoppes at Westlake Village features a wide variety of both unique boutiques and well-known merchants. From high-end retail to bargain shopping, the Shoppes at Westlake Village appeals to all consumers. Stores include:

Visitors to Conejo Valley can have it all – wine, outdoor activities, beautiful landscapes, dining and now shopping – just 45 minutes from L.A. Visit the Shoppes at Westlake Village website for more details on the stores and restaurants.

New tasting room loves local!

Boar Dough Tasting Room in Agoura Hills is a new eatery in Conejo Valley featuring handcrafted flatbreads, salads and other plates made with seasonal ingredients. Guests also enjoy sampling a variety of local and international cheeses and charcuterie. Pairing perfectly with the food are Boar Dough’s selection of local and international wine, beer and cider. The establishment has also quickly become known for its alcohol-free cold-pressed juices, house-made sodas, gourmet coffee and tea, and locally made gelato and chocolates. The tasting room also offers a variety of classes and events as well as a selection of unique wine centric gifts. For more information, visit http://www.boardoughtastingroom.com/.Boar Dough