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About 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.
Orcutt, CA 93455
Steakhouse, Barbecue, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday 11am - 10pm
Saturday 10am - 10pm
Sunday 10am - 9pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 (805) 937-2211 to inquire about our catering services.
Restaurant lot available along with adjacent street parking.
On the Orcutt to Santa Maria Route.
Private Party Facilities:
Located on the top floor of the Far Western restaurant, our flexible, well-appointed private dining and event space can accommodate from 6 to 200 guests for business meetings, family celebrations or training seminars.
Private Party Contact:
Krissy Knowles, Banquet Coordinator: (888) 652-3709
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Far Western Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Love this place, use to visit original location in Guadalupe when I was a child. The food is delicious, the wait staff friendly and the atmosphere and decor is beautiful. On this particular occasion the only issue I had was that the regular menu was not available and I was not informed when I made my reservation. I had my palate all set for rack of lamb but it was a holiday so I understand and they are forgiven!
This was our New Years Eve dinner. Great food, beautiful restaurant, wonderful service. It is a steak house but also had fish and vegetarian option. I don’t eat meat and my meal was wonderful. My husband had prime rib and was totally happy. We had a fabulous dinner.
Having visited Far Western quite a bit when it was in Guadalupe, it was a treat to dine at Far Western in Orcutt and bring some close relatives who had not been here yet especially to a Christmas Eve brunch. We all enjoyed our meals from the sweetbreads, chicken fried steak, thick bacon, linguica, stuffed French toast and of course the warm bread box with jam! Delicious and enjoyable dining.
I booked a reservation for a 20th Anniversary. No one asked if we were celebrating an event or just dining out. Our waiter, whom I had difficulty understanding due to his extremely thick accent, took our drink order ( Bloody Mary and two waters with lemon) took 15 minutes and he forgot the lemon. He completely forgot. I had to stop him in his tracks before I reminded him he had forgotten my lemon. I didn't want to wait any longer and told the waiter we wanted to order. Lord have mercy, this waiter had trouble understanding me as much I him. Ugh. After that, Another 20 minutes went by before a different waiter approached and stated he comped our appetizer because we had waited quite a length of timeand didn't have either our appetizer nor salads. Another 15 minutes passed before the salads were brought out and although delicious, it wasn't chopped up. Whole leaves were piled up with toppings and dressing kinda weird. I ordered the porkchop , which was delicious. However I had difficulty slicing meat off with the butter knife. I believe a steak knife would be more appropriate and useful. My husband ordered the chicken fried steak. Both yummy. The check was over $90 plus tip, which was a little high. Although this is a beautiful restaurant, . I dunno folks big don't have a desire to return
We love Far Western for its equestrian chic decor and Santa Maria style grilled meats. However, the last couple of times there, the waiter has forgotten our order.
This last time, the waiter brought my husband’s starters but forgot mine. Mike was finished when I got mine., after the waiter was reminded of the order.
So the waiter brought bread for Mike while I worked on my appetizer. But he was told Mike can’t have dairy. They brought him buttered bread, which he could not eat.
When the main course came, the meat was overly done. I ordered a medium rare and got medium well. Mike ordered medium and got medium well. The meat was tasty, but dry. At $35 a plate, I want what I order...
We still enjoyed our time there, as we always do... but, just because it’s busy is no excuse to botch the order. This is not the first time. Someone needs to look at the dining experience as a whole. Guests want to enjoy appetizers all together. They want their meat prepared as ordered. They want wait staff to remember food limitations once they’ve been mentioned so that guests don’t feel like a burden, having to constantly remind them.
Number one on my favorites list. Bring back the breadsticks!!!! My steak is always cooked just the way I like it. Great salad dressing. My only complaint would be the bread served with dinner. Not the best. Love the decor and we eat dinner there at least once a month and usually bring friends. Appreciate the Costco gift cards also. Was just there with friends two nights ago. Have not been there for lunch.
We had reservations for 5:30 pm. Relatively early. Didn't get our table til 5:45. Ordered drinks and they came about 15 minutes later. Ordered dinner around 6:03 pm. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Had 3 kids under the age of 10. One ordered off the adult menu. 3 other adults present. About 6:50 pm, the waiter said that they ruined the gravy and would have to make it again. About 7:13, we were finally served. The waiter brought out bread and beans. I wondered why this couldn't have been brought out earlier, especially for the kids. Most meals were ok. The hamburger ordered medium rare was well done and cold. Not good. The bill was $169.00 for 3 kids and 3 adults, plus tip. The steak sandwich was apparently excellent. The décor was lovely. Nicely decorated for Christmas. High end.
My wife and I were there for the Veterans Day event (I am a veteran) and, even though we had reservations, it still took us 20 minutes to be seated, and ANOTHER HOUR and FIFTEEN MINUTES TO HAVE OUR MEALS SERVED! Our waiter told us he "had no control over the kitchen", and although he told us he had checked several times, it still took a very long time to be served. Several other guests who arrived well after us, in one case more than 1/2 hour after our being seated, were served an finished their meal and left. I seriously doubt that we will go back to the Far Western anytime soon - if ever.
We went for a Saturday brunch. We wanted to have some hardy food prior to a wine event. The muffins and biscuits were wonderful - flakey and yummy. We ordered steak but one with bacon and one with small steak - then we shared the meats. Great idea. Fried potatoes were very good. I like the beans and salsa (my husband will not eat beans - more for me). All in all it was a perfect place with the perfect food prior to wine tasting (or anything else).
Prices have increased so much, we were taken back by the increase. If they want to increase the cost, they could at least ensure the food is served at the appropriate temperature and is timely served without lapses in courses. I ordered the ribs which were delicious, but beans and ravioli were lukewarm. Btw, the ravioli looked good on yelp, but both myself and my wife thought that they had a funny, gamey taste. Enough said, good luck at your new location.
I used to love to go to the tee off in Santa Barbara near State Street however since I have come across the Far West in Orcutt the tee off does not compare. The ambience at the far west is fantastic it's clean it's more organized it's not phony or ostentatious. The people are friendly polite and the steak is fantastic! I will be back! I come all the way from La Quinta California!
We had reservations, no one was at the desk for 7 to 10 minutes then I got tired of waiting so I walked into bar area and asked if we had to wait to be seated. The employee located the host and then we were seated 17 min after my reservation time. Then we waited another 12 min before someone asked for our drinks. Our waitress finally asked for our drink order it took another 15 minutes to get the drink order. There no table snacks or a veggie tray while we waited. Then our waitress finally came back to get our order she was training so she had another waitress helping her out. The restaurant was busy this evening with parties at different stages of dinner. Some waiting for food others eating and others finishing. They did not have the appetizer we wanted. The clam chowder was great. We ordered the filet minion it was prepared okay I have had better at other establishments. I tasted the twice baked potatoe and I did not eat it. We were here for our 20th Anniversay. I paid for food I did not enjoy. The menu selection is minimal. Things happen, maybe it wasnt a good night to go; regardless the service should of been better the food should of been better for the price I paid.
It was awesome. Food was delicious. No wait time was great. Drinks were good. Waitress took excellent care of us. Very prompt with the check, as we were in a hurry. It was our first date night after having our son and it was a great night. Thank you so much.
The portions are huge... we split the wedge salad and were glad we did....
My GF got the burger... MOUNTAIN would be a better description... was about 7" high with a steak knife buried in it.... THAT deep.... and delicious.
I got the Ribeye.... cooked to perfection.... and when I leave ANYTHING on the plate, there was plenty of food.... and I DID...
Unlike another steak place further North... the sides are good for 2... not just a tiny cup of beans...
Great food and we will be back...
The food was outstanding, our server was a little lacking however. He forgot the beans and salsa that come with the meal, and never brought them. I reminded him of the salsa, and he replied he'd "be back with more salsa." We never got a full side of salsa or beans, but aside from that, everything was good.
I have dined many times at Far Western over the years. The new location is excellent with smart design and décor. The food is not complicated and quite delicious. The service is attentive to needs without being overbearing. An overall pleasing experience that you will feel is worth every penny!
I have been to this restaurant 3 times and the food and service has been outstanding. We took our friends to Far Western Tavern for dinner and it took us 2 hours to finish dinner. We waited forever for our food to come out. The food was only ok, and they changed our favorite dessert so it wasn't as good. Not sure if I will go back again.
Generally we enjoy the Far Western steaks. This time we ordered 2 of the lobster dishes and were seriously under impressed. I had the lobster roll, which is lobster on a bun. The lobster was improperly cooked and was mushy. The bun was more like a hot dog bun than the baguette it should have been. My wife ordered the lobster pot pie. Her lobster was also improperly cooked and mushy. The crust was puffed pastry and was so soggy it was inedible, not a pot pie crust.
In addition, and not for the first time, the service from the chef was very slow. It took 40 minutes to be served after ordering. We had a fairly early dinner service (6:00) and the restaurant was not yet crowded, so I see no excuse for the poor service.
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