Far Western Tavern
Far Western Tavern

Far Western Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.farwesterntavern.com/
  • Phone: 8059372211x
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINING HOURS
    Monday through Thursday: Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Dinner 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Friday: Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Dinner 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Saturday:Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Dinner 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Sunday:Brunch-Lunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. / Dinner 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    BAR HOURS
    Sunday through Thursday open until 10 p.m
    Friday and Saturday open until midnight.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Barbecue, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: James Gentry
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The legendary fare of the Far Western Tavern is always ready to hit the road with our full-service catering operation. Our versatility and expertise ensure that your event will be graced with a meal to remember.

    Please contact us at lori@farwesterntavern.com to inquire about our catering services.
  • Private Party Facilities: For decades, the Far Western Tavern has served as a memorable hub for group functions. That tradition continues today in the upstairs Graciosa Hall at our Old Town Orcutt restaurant.

    Our Graciosa Hall accommodates up to 180 guests for business functions, family parties, wedding receptions and more. The adjoining Rosalie Room is a picturesque circular space that occupies the building’s signature tower, providing the perfect spot for a wedding cake or other event centerpieces. The outdoor Treetop Terrace offers additional space overlooking the town and coastal hills, while a restored antique bar from the Righetti Ranch contributes distinctive ambiance. Complete audio-visual technology is available for toasts and presentations.

    We are here to help you plan a festive and flavorful event customized to your budget and needs. Please contact us at lori@farwesterntavern.com for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Lori Hamill, Events Coordinator 8886523709

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Avenue
  • Public Transit: On the Orcutt to Santa Maria Route.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Restaurant lot available along with adjacent street parking.
A word from Far Western Tavern
Welcome to the Far Western Tavern—contemporary California ranch cuisine inspired by local traditions.

Our restaurant is recognized as a landmark of Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a renowned regional fare rooted in native ingredients and methods that were first popularized by 19th century rancheros.

Our menu blends this local barbecue style with other dishes that reflect our family’s heritage in the Santa Maria Valley’s Swiss-Italian ranching community, all prepared with fresh flavors from nearby farms, ranches and vineyards.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Far Western Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (22)fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (20)romantic (15)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Bring your appetite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Dinner was amazing from start to finish and service was on point every step of the way. There are options for even the pickiest of diners. The Far Western Tavern is very elegant, unlike any of the other steak houses on the central coast, and is well worth the price. I would highly recommend this place to people who are looking for a romantic meal, a place to celebrate or even just a place to eat out for the night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • turning55
    turning55
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The evening started out great. Our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated quickly. We ordered our wine and food (I enjoyed a nice Syrah). The restaurant started filling up and our service started to slow down. After the relish tray it seemed like our server forgot about us. We enjoy eating at the Far Western, my boneless rib eye was cooked perfectly but our dinner took over an hour to arrive. Some of our classic dinner items were never served even though the server promised to bring them. This is a small issue but that is one of the reasons we pick the Far Western. The prices are above average for this area so we expect the service to be likewise. This is our first time service was below average and we hope it is not a trend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My steak was red..yuck and he didn't ask me how I wanted it. It had to be refired. We saw others also returning food also. We waited over an hour for our meal. It was too overpriced for what you get. Veggie trays were tiny and old fashioned. My son's steak sandwich was well not medium. Need I continue? We drove for an hour and 20 minutes just to get there from Paso Robles. We were very disappointed aand will not return. I'm sorry.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feels like an old friend
    Zippy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I found everything changed except FWT. The towns were a mess and run down . The winemaking water wasters had replaced cattle and oil , and my family in the valley was scattered or passed away . Food still great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My 60th birthday bash
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The dining experience was great. Jessie was are waiter and took very good care of us. We will be sure to share this with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cowboy Elegant
    TomandLa
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Having only been to the Guadalupe location, we were excited with how classy the "new" restaurant is. The wine list and the menus were in leather folders decorated with a silver conch. The decor was impressive and the service was superb. Such attention to detail! We devoured the tender, flavorful steaks and found the scampi to be cooked perfectly. We enjoyed a memorable dining experience and look forward to taking friends there in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Up to Expectations
    Linda
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our party of five was dining to celebrate an 80th birthday. We are long-time fans of Far Western but this evening was uneven. The salads were an unruly pile of one type of green leaf, not the mix with radish that was described; however, the soup was delicious. The fish and filet mignon were perfectly prepared, while the order of ribs was underdone and the meat could not be pried off the bone. Our waitress was engaged at first, then vanished, not returning even to fill empty water glasses or ensure the side dishes were served (they were not). Red oak grilling can be enjoyed at several Santa Maria area restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of this world polenta
    lg2c
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Loved the swordfish and polenta. The service was top notch!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Far Western Tavern
    food4fun
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great place to dine - 1st time at this new location. Excellent service, steaks were melt in your mouth(rib eye & fillet). Drinks & appetizers meshed perfectly with the meal. Good place for business dinner. Nice that old bar was moved to new location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    Airborne
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I went here for a last date night before our new baby! It was a wonderful experience! The atmosphere, food and service were outstanding! While we were there we noticed that the restaurant also had kid menus and a few kids throughout the place. It was nice to see that there is a nice restaurant that makes it comfortable to bring kids. Making a reservation online was a nice touch, no waiting! I would highly recommend this place to friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good service and atmosphere
    turning55
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The service was very good. The atmosphere and restaurant were very good. We were seated immediately and served in a reasonable amount of time. The staff was very nice. Since it was our anniversary we got a free dessert and a fresh long stem rose which was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free issues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our waitress was not trained to handle my gluten free dietary needs. I do not blame her as much as management for lack of understanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience.
    ClaireBA
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Nothing I didn't like about this place! Great food, ambiance, service, the wine list is impressive and they have a lovely French sommelier. Historic place as well, it is nice to see all these old photos. I'd go back anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Birthday!
    Rennie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a one of a kind find. I loved the ambiance and I was over-the-moon for the food. Prepared exquisitely and served to the hilt! Portions are generous and seasoned to perfection. It was quite an experience to dine here, all the food was so fabulous and so wonderful to experience each dish, which were signature. I recommend this restaurant for a high end celebration without reservation. I will definitely be coming back to hear the "bell" ring for me!!~ Kudos to The Far Western Tavern!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steakhouse in the Pismo area
    Chilibug
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had the best Server George and the best meal we really enjoyed the atmosphere and people
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic dinner
    lstra
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We got the beef special (like a beef stew) and it was fantastic. Had it before and will order it every time they have it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • less than perfect...
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had been here for dinner previously and the food and service was excellent. Went this Sunday and they only had brunch, we had wanted lunch. Ordered the shrimp, unavailable. Tried the scallops, had a very strange texture and wasn't very good. I also had the beef skewers, meat was cooked correctly, but was chewy. The chimichuri sauce was just vinegar and oil. My niece had a burger, it was ok but you can get burgers anywhere. We only get to go to lunch once a month and this month we were disappointed.
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  • Amazing presentation
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Awesome food! Loved everything we ordered. Only thing was we were not asked if we wanted more water and we were having wine, also could never find the waitress when we needed her.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over cooked meal.
    Foodie7
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    After an exceptional dining experience two weeks prior, this was a disappointment. Two of the three meals were as ordered. The signature ribeye was over cooked. How it was rectified was not acceptable. Far Western Tavern has been a family treat for special occasions for over 25 years. This birthday meal was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat
    lak1VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We only get here once a year when we are in Central Coast wine country - but we really enjoy the food and the rustic feel of the place. We have been here long enough to know the original and we like the new better as it is just a bit more up to date and the floors are flat! We had a lovely wine with the meal and the selection and prices are exceptional. Will be back when we are next in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why do you need a title?
    KIKh
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I am 67 years of age and have been dining at FW since mid-single digit. I like the new building, think it was designed logically and certainly fits my needs. My Wife and I live in North Scottsdale Arizona. Lots of world class restaurants. At FW I like food set up; the shrimp coctail, excellent salad and ample servings. I have to say my baby back rib dinner was not near notable. The ribs were quality. I like the fact that FW and Jocko's don't serve their ribs wet and sticky. These rib were gorgeous. The BBQ taste was poor. I am not even sure that they were BBQ'd
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always yummy steaks. Great service. One of my favorite places to eat.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bg123
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    WE remember the old location in Guadalupe and its casual friendliness and excellent dining experience. This Orcutt facility has managed to keep all of that, and added an easy elegance which the Guadalupe facility did not have. We will certainly come again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Loved the new place however, they did sit us near the bar which was really loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, as always
    IrishRick
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our third visit to the restaurant since its move. We had 7pm reservations on Saturday and were seated immediately. Service was top-notch throughout. Our party of 4 all had steaks and they were perfect. I don't understand why some chain steakhouses can't be consistent, but it seems Far Western Tavern always is. Always a treat to dine here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost its Soul
    AZFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    In its heyday in Guadalupe it was one of the top 3 Santa Maria Steakhouses, along with Jocko's and the Hitching Post. No more. Just a run-of-the-mill American restaurant now. In our party of 4, only 1 considered the meal good: she had the swordfish special of the day. I had a steak and it was decidedly ho-hum. The other diners had the Pork Chop (He considered it dry and lacking flavor) and the Shrimp (She called it a "mistake to have ordered it").
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  • Worth a drive
    wilyeily
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Chose Far Western Tavern to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary on suggestion from a friend, even though we had to drive another half hour from where we were staying in Pismo Beach. So glad we did! Food (and drink) was simply amazing. Love the choice of "classic" inclusive dinners or a la carte. Where we're from, you just don't see relish trays, shrimp cocktail, and coffee included with a meal anymore. Ribeye steak & pork chop incredible. Very generous portions, cooked to perfection. BEST roasted vegetables I've ever had at a restaurant and my husband loved his grilled polenta side. Only gave 4 stars for service and ambience as bus boy, while respectful, seemed a bit green and we got a small table by the kitchen. Fairly casual dress OK
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food-Fun Decor
    NMS53
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my third trip to Far Western Tavern and it did not disappoint. Most of us had the classic dinner which comes with shrimp cocktail, relish tray, soup or salad and main course. Shrimp cocktail was great as were the salads-very cold and crisp. The petit filet and Pinot filet were excellent. I had mine medium rare and it was tender, tasty and juicy. The garlic mashed potatoes were a hit with everyone. Our server was great and seemed knowledgable about the wine list. We did go with a Pinot noir that she recommended and it was very good. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Excellent!
    Leepofaith
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've dined at Far Western several times in the last two years. It just always seems to get better! On this visit, there were 4 in our party. We all felt the food quality was superior and our waiter, George, was awesome. My husband had the swordfish special, I had the ribeye, and one of of friends had the pork chop. Everything was cooked to perfection. Looking forward to the next special occasion when we can return to the Far Western.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouselover
    lindapinda
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have been going to the Far Western Tavern for over 30 years. Their move to Old Orcutt was a great call! The décor along with the newness is just what it needed to bring it from a great place to eat in an old historical building, to a fantastic place to go with a real classy, yet classic steak house ambience. Excellent food and excellent service included. I Love It!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find!
    Gamma10
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    While this place has been around for a while (1958), it has just moved to this location about 2 years ago. We are relatively new to the area and this place was suggested by friends who had eaten at the old location. At 1st look at their menu, it appears on the high side. However, after ordering the complete dinner (versus ala carte) it is really a value! It isn't cheap, but quantity and quality of the food was amazing. Three of us ordered steaks and 1 ordered ribs. The dinners include a small appetizer, shrimp salad, sides, soup or salad and a great cup of coffee! We went early (5ish) so we were some of the first being served. However, by the time we left, 2 hours later, the place was pretty near full. Will definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OutandaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Not as good as it was last time. Great atmosphere but the food was not as good. Will give it another try
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 520 reviews are from the Far Western Tavern reviews archive.
  • Mare2K
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Very friendly staff! Enjoyed our dining experience - The wait staff was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive! 4 guests of our party had never dined at the Far Western. They were very impressed and would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guido
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We all thought (8) the exterior architecture very handsome and approiate, and the interior was awesome. My wife was particularry impressed with the use of the cow hides. We all had a great meal and our server, Gordon, was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • parkite
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Ordered the steak sandwich, have no idea what kind of meat was in it, reminded me of the old cube steak,a piece of mystery meat that was put through a meat tenderizer. Everything else, beans and French fries were very good.
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  • VacationDiner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was great. The best part, however, is that I had noted a special request for a quiet space as my father's hearing is poor and I wanted him to be able to participate in conversation with our table of 5. We arrived and were shown to a table that was away from the main dining room that provided the quiet requested and it made the experience enjoyable for all...especially my dad who we were honoring early for Father's Day. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    JS805
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The Food and Service were Very Good. The restaurant is beautifully decorated! Both of my parents ordered the steak tacos and they said they were filling and delicious. They loved the pinquito beans. My husband said the Farmer Burger was really good, but said he needed mustard (and he does not like to ask). I had the Rancher 8 oz Top Sirloin Steak. It was tender and had great flavor. The French Fries were the best I have eaten. Really! These Fries were hot from the fryer and were seasoned perfectly! I was the only one who had dessert. I had the Cheesecake and it was worth every calorie. It is a real treat to eat at the Far Western Tavern.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first time dining
    santaynezfans
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    we are looking forward to a complete menu this next time and we are bringing relatives with us, as we feel they will also love the place:)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Steaks Ever
    RVnJim1Sue
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    If your ever passing thru Orcutt, CA you need to stop at the Far Western Tavern. In my 30 + years of going to this restaurant, I have never been disappointed. The steaks are amazing! This restaurant features an extensive Wine list of many local wineries. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are large. In fact I have never had room for dessert so I can't comment on this aspect of the dinner. Special note: sit at the bar for a drink and enjoy their homemade potato chips.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was my first time there and I loved it. I wanted to take my girlfriend to a romantic dinner and this is definitely the place to go. The waitress was excellent, service was great, and the dinner was amazing. I would strongly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.