Exceeded my Expectations!
Every visit to town includes dinner here but we were not happy about the move to Orcutt so almost didn't go. It was beautiful from the minute we walked in with a super friendly staff. Reservations had us in the time promised and our server was awesome we felt like VIP's. Every dish was perfect with the salad better than before, the bread was great and what a value with the shrimp. With three cuts of beef that were all scrumptious one in our group had the farmer burger. It looked so yummy and I'm having that next time. We had the strawberries and cream and the brownie with homemade ice-cream and six spoons. For a group too full for dessert it vanished while the sound of mmm rang around the table. Did miss relish tray, told it will be back!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great job at the far western
I had a very good time and the food was very good with excellent service. Highly recommend !
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the new Far Western
Loved the new Far Western Tavern! It's new, but feels just right...some of the same feel of the old location. We were here for Father's Day 2013 and from start to finish - greeting by hostess, waitstaff, general manager - everyone was gracious. The hostess really gets points for starting us off with a warm smile :-) I had the Far Western Eggs Benedict, my husband and FIL had the Cowboy Steak Hash Chili Relleno, SIL and MIL had Cowboy Steak and Eggs. My husband said it was the best breakfast he'd had out in a very long time. Plenty of food...enough to take home. Can't wait to come back!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific dining experience.
Took my folks to Far Western Tavern to celebrate our birthdays (all in June). The service was way beyond outstanding; we felt absolutely spoiled by Sara and Brittany. We each had something different and everyone had plenty and was pleased with our respective choices. To top off our meal, we shared a couple of desserts (chocolate brownie sundae and pistachio/lemon gelato) and they were so good that we polished those off too!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
IST Education summit lunch
We had a group of 12 for a business lunch and had awesome service and food. Would recommend for any company
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there for a birthday dinner. A total of 6 people thought the food was excellent. 2 people had a rib-eye, 1 had a filet mignon, 1 had chicken, 1 had the cowboy-cut, and 1 had the salmon. All the dishes were excellent. We had no wine drinkers, so we didn't have any wines, and we had no desserts. The service was good, and the atmosphere was relaxed. It all made for an enjoyable time.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Again .. Good times here
We've now been here twice since the move .. It just keeps getting better ... Food was great . Service was great ... A good time for all .. Will be back .....
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE loved Far Western when they were in Guadalupe and we LOVE LOVE LOVE them being in Orcutt! Great service! Great Food!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Welcoming ambiance, good food!
The breadsticks are a conversation piece! There are coloring/game pages for the kids and CLEAN crayons (yay!!). The kids' portions are HUGE! Attentive waitstaff -- to the point of being a bit overbearing. My uncle had to guard his food against the quick "are you finished here?" servers 4 times. Not a leisurely dining experience, however - the food is good, portions ample and they were good a accommodating my request for a vegetarian dish (there isn't one on the menu). We will return!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious, staff
Food was delicious, staff was attentive and made our party feel welcome. We love it here and often recommend it to others!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Spruced Up Old Girl
Gave the new spot a try after eating at the old one on & off for 25 years. NICE JOB! Old menu is still there but enhanced by good alacarte alternatives. Vegetable relish tray was fresh, well presented with a tangy dipping sauce. Bread basket had 4 selections of house baked items. My small filet was oak wood grilled and cooked right; would get 12 oz next time. Polenta side was overdone. Fresh berry desert was excellent; wine list adequate. Service was very good.
The food was fresh and valley sourced, vegetables probably picked that morning; and you can taste it. I was pleasantly surprised that the family didn't screw up the old formula and instead added good updates to it: a nicely designed building. Wish it was in Santa Barbara
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful evening!
We celebrated our anniversary on this visit...and it was perfect! I requested a booth via Open Table and the Far Western was happy to accommodate us. Great service, delicious food, lovely atmosphere. It's not inexpensive, but it is worth it!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Far Western Tavern Revived
Far Western Tavern was recently relocated from Guadalupe to Old Town Orcutt. The original was established in 1958 and had been recognized as one of the best steak houses in the area for decades. The new buidling was built from the ground up and much attention was giiven to detail. A very warm and beautiful place to dine. The bar from the old location was moved to the new one and adds an air of familiarity. There is also a second story banquet room and balcony, on which one can enjoy an night-cap next to a warm fire pit, which we did. And the staff, including new GM Benjamin Chanler-Lauren, was terrific. I highly recommend Far Western to all who love good food and wonderful service.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although the food was good, the service was outstanding. The service was the best I have ever experienced while dinning.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
will be back again. great steaks. everything we tried (4 people) was perfect and price was reasonable. service was quick and delivered with a sense of humor. very pleasant decor.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've dined at Far Western for over 40 years, especially for important occassions. We are amazed at how Far Western has maintained their outstanding quality. We've always had outstanding meals and wonderful service there. And their new location is great!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as ever, maybe better!
The new location is great! Driving to Guadalupe always seemed like an adventure, but the new location makes more frequent visits possible. The restaurant keeps its funky charm even though it's all new (the bar was brought over from Guadalupe). Our party of 4 was greeted and seated immediately. Service was prompt & friendly. The wine list is comprehensive and VERY reasonable. Food was as good as ever. Steaks were done perfectly. The quality of the meat, combined with the fact that this is a meal complete with relish tray, salad & shrimp cocktail makes the pricing very attractive.
We had long chats with the GM & our waitress about the history of the restaurant, the great wine list and the old ghosts.
All in all, a terrific evening.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wish I could go more often.
Far Western is a special occasion (or someone else is buying) sort of place for us. While is is a little pricey for us, I want to be clear that IT IS WELL WORTH IT. The service was very good, the food was excellent, and the Far Western will be our first choice for a special occasion dining experience. I could go on about how the food was fresh, well prepared, the perfect temperature, and beautiful, but I will simple say that there was no way it could have been any better.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our food was wonderful. My wife loved her salmon and my pork chop was done to perfection. The only complaint I have is that I had to remind the young man delivering the food to bring us bread. The hostess is a family friend that evidently told the waiter that it was our anniversary. Although we couldn't eat dessert, he brought us out a candle to celebrate and wished us well.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the price
The ambience is western as fits the name. Great steaks. Friendly service. Clean, neat, well decorated. This motif of "western" is in the core of the restaurant. The prices are a bit steep but the quality is there. I'd strongly recommend for a nice night out where you want a great meal and good service.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food with friends. Make sure to have dessert and drinks upstairs on the patio with the fire pit!!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The "Tavern" has remained
The "Tavern" has remained special place for us to celebrate birthdays and out of town guests; we enjoy the food and atmosphere and stop-in whenever we are in the neighborhood, or just passing through on a road trip. We highly recommend the Tavern to those who want and enjoy a solid dining experience.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had never been to orcutt before- building was beautiful
Food was wonderful - steak incredible flavor - shrimp so so
Service excellent- will go back
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
fantastic anniversary dinner
We really cannot give enough praise to the entire staff for making our visit memorable. From h oily stess to chef, they all were perfect, fulfilling their roles. Food, service, busing, bar .. all AAA.Thanks from Steve & MaryAnna, Atascadero
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never disappointed at the Far Western. Service is good, food is great and the wine list is extensive. We continue to return again and again.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, great location
Great stopping place if you are driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Just make sure you arrive before 2pm for lunch.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you to the staff for making our meal delightful. We shall return
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in Old Town Orcutt
I was worried when I noted that the Far Western Tavern had picked up and moved from its original roots in Guadalupe into a new building in Old Town Orcutt. I have been a fan of Santa Maria BBQ for as long as I can remember-served at our wedding. The new building in Orcutt is just beautiful and fits well into the Old Town atmosphere. Inside is just spectacular. We waiting in the bar for about 20 minutes and loved our hostess and loved those potato chip snacks they serve. Our meal was wonderful and there was a lot of it. Still going great in their new location. Will continue to eat there and recommend to friends.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food surprised me. I hadn't
The food surprised me. I hadn't been to Far Western in 20 years and expected the quality and presentation to be like any other steak house. Very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant has gotten
The restaurant has gotten progressively better every time we have eaten there. This time the swordfish was exceptionally good. The service was great - helpful and friendly.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was great as was the
Service was great as was the food. Would definitely recommend to others. So happy to have the Far Western in Orcutt!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spot on Sunset Recommendation
Another great find for Sunset Mag. Very good food. We dined for lunch and both had the steak sandwich. The Santa Maria steak was juicy and flavorful. The fruit was very fresh. Service was outstanding - very attentive, welcoming and friendly. Neat looking building from the outside and fantastic on-theme decor on the inside. We're not often in that area but have most definitely noted it for revisiting when we are.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food! Enjoyed the semi-privat
Great food! Enjoyed the semi-private area for our party of 6.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Earlier experience was less
Earlier experience was less than good, but more recent visit was exceptional.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved everything about this restaurant. Had an amazing steak and my server was great.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience Every Time
The restaurant is beautiful. We have taken two groups of out-of-town friends to the Far Western twice in the last few months and were very pleased both times. We, and our friends, were impressed with the restaurant overall and with the service in particular. Each time we had a semi private area set up for us; it felt very special and the staff made us feel welcome. Our food (steak) was cooked perfectly and was delicious. Our friends commented that theirs (salmon, ribs, chicken, etc) were also delicious. Good choice of side dishes.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first visit was with friends and the Far Western stuck out as a place we wanted to visit again. Second visit was similar to the first. Good place if you want good quality food in a relaxing atmosphere. Not especially a romantic place but i guess that depends on the occasion. Food seems to be a little pricey but what decent restaurant isn't anymore.
Parking was ample on both of our visits and we made a reservation both times. The dining area we were in is fairly open so none of the tables are very private and you have full view of everyone else which can be somewhat distracting if there are abnoxious diners there or larger groups.
Overall its a good place to have a meal and i am sure we will be back at some point.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent all around
My wife and I celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary at the Far Western Tavern. We enjoyed some amazing appetizers, a wonderful steak dinner and an incredible dessert served to us in their upstairs patio around a fire-pit. Every single element of the food was exceptional, the service was stellar, and all around it was a very enjoyable experience!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've visited the Far Western for years in their old location. The new location is even more inviting. The restaurant is wonderfully decorated and the food is incredible! Sometimes when restaurants move things change and not always for the better. With the Far Western's location change they were able to continue the wonderful food and great atmosphere. I highly recommend the short drive from Solvang, or Pismo Beach to eat at the Far Western. We actually travelled from the Fresno area to enjoy the Far Western.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Far Western Tavern combines flavorful, oak-smoked grilled food with Italian influences. I had a filet with a a Pinot noir reduction and polenta that was perfectly cooked and infused with smokey flavor. My wife had swordfish and said it was among the best she had ever eaten. The servers were pleasant and capable combining down home charm with culinary sophistication.
The bar has a great vibe with an antique back bar and cow-hide upholstered booths. the dining room seemed just a little austere to me but the mounted long-horn steer heads were cool. It's a bit off the beaten path but if you're in the Santa Maria area do yourself a favor and dine here.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not to be missed
A short side trip from Hwy 101 os a must.....to Far Western's new location after decades in Guadalupe. Decor is upscale Western and much classier than their former location...but not so spiffy to dissuade the old clientele from returning. Same great steaks and some excellent new additions to their menu. This is the exact half-way point between Santa Cruz and Los Angeles. Stop for lunch is a must!.....or stay near Santa Maria and make a reservation for dinner. Nothing compares for many miles.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the Far Western Tavern! The food is great, our waiter George is the best, the friendliness of everyone makes the visits really fun and we love the traditional steakhouse atmosphere. A real Central Coast gem!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Dinning Experience
It was a our 43 wedding anniversary and it couldn't possibly have been better.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hasn't lost the charm
I have been going to the Far Western since the 60s. My dad was a personal friend the owner, Clarence Minetti. The new location is great as in the Bulls Eye steak.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fast Friendly Service and Good food. A little over priced though
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Surprisingly lovely restaurant in this sleepy , quaint town of Orcutt. Tammy was our server and she was a joy. She was extremely helpful, knowledgable,and an overall excellent server. We shared 2 desserts, the trio of creme brûlée with chocolate, lemon and vanilla bean...vanilla and lemon were our 2 favorites. Only complaint was they didn't know how to make a champagne cocktail. They first delivered a glad of champagne mixed with club soda, no sugar cube with bitters, then when we explained how it should be made, they returned the same glass with a sugar cube dropped in it...no bitters. We didn't bother sending it back again. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. This space is too short for a detailed review!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took several friends to this restaurant and Far Western did not disappoint!! Fabulous food, drinks, service! We love FWT!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great time, great food and service
We had not been to Far Western for many years but wanted to try out the new location. We were pleasantly surprised with the decor, nice high ceilings, roomy booths and great acoustics. The service was awesome, we had a great time with our wait person, he was helpful in information about the menu choices and had an easy demeanor while being professional. The steak was the best we've had at any restaurant in a very long time! The only thing I can say was disappointing was the shrimp cocktail. Everyone at our table enjoyed theirs but mine was very fishy smelling so I didn't eat it. Not a huge deal and I could have sent it back but it wasn't that important to me. Just something to be checked before serving. We will be back for sure!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service, delicious
Excellent service, delicious food and great decor.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Far Western had a great reputation,
Far Western had a great reputation, and it certainly lived up to expectations. It's less than 3 miles from the 101 Freeway south of Santa Maria in Orcutt. The meat entrees are their specialty, and they use as much local ingredients as possible. They are in the middle og AG country so the veggies are superb. The meat is tender and delicious. This is worth the drive.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM