One of our property’s most iconic elements is The Buckhorn Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant has many treasured favorites, such as the Santa Maria tri-tip grilled on the property’s cherished Red Oak grill. While The Buckhorn will always offer nostalgic classics, the eatery is also receiving updates, including the addition of the Buck Stop Coffee Shop and a more farm-to-table focused menu. The Buckhorn team is also working on a full catering and events department with banquet menu offerings. The restaurant currently hosts events including, reunions, large birthday parties, car club lunches, and other private events. 

We are looking for someone who is energetic and passionate about hospitality, who wants to help create a warm and inviting gathering place. They must be excited to push this project forward through the renovation and towards new initiatives. We will need someone who has leadership skills, is results driven, and will bring both creative and proactive spirit to their role. The Restaurant Manager will be collaborating in the decision-making of policies, goals, and direction of Cuyama Buckhorn and will be responsible for the successful implementation.

As the Restaurant Manager, you will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Managing the day-to-day restaurant operations with oversight of the entire property

  • Hiring and management of all staff

  • Conducting continual training to ensure that service standards are consistently met

  • Providing leadership and direction to all departments

  • Monitoring and controlling hotel’s P&L reporting against operational expense and labor cost guides

  • Report back to owners on financial reports and any issues that may arise

  • Creating ideas for the property to drive sales, improve the facility, and improve customer satisfaction

  • Increasing staff engagement and morale and improving guest experience

  • Collaborating and implementing marketing and sales initiatives with owners, management, and consultants

  • Building positive relationships with guests, staff, suppliers, and members of the local community and strengthen The Buckhorn’s partnerships

  • Availability during off-hours, when necessary

  • Overseeing all inventory, ordering and assisting in sourcing in alignment of the new locally sourced business model for all F&B offerings

  • Assisting with the creation of SOPs, service guides, training guides, etc. and ensuring all are continually followed and enforced


  • 3-4 years in a leadership role in hospitality, preferably a full-service (BLD) and bar environment

  • Has been on an opening team of a restaurant and/or hotel, a plus!

  • Good understanding of the financials in a hotel and restaurant setting

  • Ability to build a collaborative team and foster trusting relationships

  • Enthusiastic, driven, detail-oriented, and strong project management skills

  • Willing to relocate to Cuyama, CA or commute from a surrounding town/city

Can also be a great future opportunity for a couple, family or local farm / ranch family.

To apply, please email or bring your resume into the Buckhorn!

About cuyama Buckhorn:

Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains an historic establishment and a local gem.

Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance, business partners and architects, purchased the property in March of 2018. They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, a new pool, and more. The first completed project is The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.