Saddle Ranch Chop House was founded in September 1999. The vision behind Saddle Ranch Chop House was that of a destination restaurant where, unlike other restaurants, guests would come for a great meal and stay long after their plates had been cleared to enjoy a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience with friends and family. The concept is “Rock Meets Western”, which comes to life in every aspect of the construction, décor and operation of these unique restaurants. The rustic, ranch-style buildings are constructed of wood and stone, and decorated with western props and memorabilia, merging the feel of an Aspen ski lodge with the style of an old Western saloon, complete with faux balconies and saloon girls. Every Saddle Ranch Chop House has a large outdoor patio with stone campfire pits where guests can roast their own s’mores or enjoy a glass of wine next to a warm fire. Inside, each Saddle Ranch has a large, oval-shaped bar in the center of the dining room and, of course, a mechanical bull amidst the tables and booths providing endless entertainment to diners. Saddle Ranch staff members are known for making guests feel like they are dining at a friend’s table with home-style cooking and down-home hospitality.
The first Saddle Ranch Chop House opened its doors on the Sunset Strip in September 1999, to rave reviews, tons of press, and hoards of people lining up to enjoy the delicious Saddle Ranch cuisine and ride the only mechanical bull in Los Angeles. From the second it opened, the Saddle Ranch concept was a huge success and a favorite of Hollywood. Television shows, books and magazines began developing story lines around the restaurant almost immediately. Saddle Ranch and its infamous mechanical bull have been featured on countless shows including “Sex and the City,” “Desperate Housewives,” “American Idol,” “Six Feet Under,” “VH1’s Rock of Love” and numerous more. Saddle Ranch had become a brand known nationwide, even before its second location opened in 2003 at Universal CityWalk, Hollywood. Two additional locations opened in Arizona in 2008; one in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, and one in Glendale’s exciting new Westgate City Center development. Saddle Ranch is currently developing additional locations for expansion in the coming years.