Far Western Tavern

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Steakhouse
Welcome to the Far Western Tavern—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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WA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and menu was excellent. It hasn't changed much in 50 years that I have been coming to the Far Western. However, on this visit we were unfortunate to be seated near a table of 10, and we could barely hear one another across the table. The service was excellent. It took some time to get our meat, but it was Saturday night and good food takes time!

NC
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We came in on a Saturday for lunch. The food was as good as usual, but they were understaffed. Our waiter was taking care of so many tables and we didn't notice a busboy, so he had a hard time keeping up. Our food took a long while to come and drink refills were slow. We don't fault the server because he was hustling the whole time.

PM
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As usual the meat is superb... and cooked the way you want it (extra rare for us!), Rocky Mountain Oyster were tiny... maybe very young bull's???

M
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating at Far West and everything about this restaurant was amazing! My husband and I both ordered The 1958 classic with steak and every course of the meal was delicious. Our waitress was very welcoming and attentive. This couple from Texas will definitely make a point to come back to eat again on our next visit!

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Ribs were over cooked and tough

MT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, atmosphere, and especially the tri tip was outstanding

KD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Your wait staff was a little over zealous in trying to clear the table and take dessert menus before we really could look at them.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Our waitress and bus boy were the best thing there! It was so noisy that we couldn't enjoy our own conversations, and the food came very slowly. The tables were pretty close together, so you felt like you were at a cafeteria instead of enjoying your own family space. For the prices at this place, I must say that I would most likely never go back.

l
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, drinks weren't filled without us asking, food was ok, not like it was in the olden days at all ...one order was too spicy (without warning that it would be that way and choked one of our guests) and was sent back, and then this was a birthday lunch and only a small brownie was brought out, no fan fare at all, not special like we thought it would be.

B
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

LG
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steakhouse!

AS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steaks!! Really cool bar! Great service!

CS
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I made dinner at Far Western Tavern our halfway pit stop from LA to Monterey. We shared a ribeye steak (14 oz) and lobster (6 oz), a surf and turf meal that included everything but dessert. They were perfectly cooked, flavorful and served graciously by the wait staff. We were so full that we had to pass on dessert, which we vowed to try on our drive back from Monterey.

PG
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Quality Steaks, Homemade Ravioli, shrimp cocktails! Cant say enough good about this place been going for 40 years and still consistently Great!

A
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Caden was right on spot.

RC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first visit to the Tavern after living in the area for 7 years and always hearing good things about it, we decided to go and were very happy we did. My wife had the Surf and Turf, I had the SIgnature Ribeye. Both were great meals. We will be back soon!

DM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply as good as it gets, have had steaks all across the nation and you can't beat the Ribeye at Far west Tavern.

CB
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best steak house around, we're never disappointed. We go regularly, we love everything, ambiance, impeccable service, great food and wines.

PK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I was dining solo and it took a little over 50 minutes of wait to get a NY steak and a handful of roasted veggies. That’s too bad because it was a nice place and you’d think as a steak house they’d be able to crank out the simplest of dishes a little bit quicker than this.

DH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Far Western Tavern was excellent. Great food, customer service, & atmosphere was nice.

B
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy ourselves here, the atmosphere and food are great. Drinks are always good as well. Nice hidden gem.

RD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Steaks and ribs are very good. Service is Slow. Bartender got it all wrong. Gin instead of Vodka. Sent two drinks back.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal very much. Everything was wonderful.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was lovely with the dark wood paneling and the hammered-copper tables. Our server was friendly and not too overly attentive. The tumbleweed shrimp was inventive, a definite must have. The rack of lamb was like butter and not overly "gamey;" also a must have. The halibut was slightly over done. We never received the beans, salsa or bread. The server didn't notice it was missing nor did the person who brought it come back even after saying he would. Besides that slight oversight, we had a wonderful evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for a special birthday and every thing we had to eat and drink was amazing!

SE
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Rib Eye. Cooked as ordered. Lots of food. Great value for such delicious food.

B
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a good time when we gather at The Far Western! Friends come over from the Central Valley and this is one of our go to places.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

June 18, 2019
We celebrated our 31 anniversary, everything was great including our free desert.

AU
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We have been in often and everything is always perfectly cooked and nice employees. We booked a table on fathers day and my husbands steak was not seasoned whatsoever and tasted horrible. They took half the steak back added seasoning but as well all know not cooking a good steak with seasoning is not going to taste good. This was our only unpleasant experience and for the price I believe they should had remade his steak and added seasoning. Other than that, my filet mignon was delicious as usual .

a
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

This was a favorite place of ours, but it was huge miss on Father’s Day. We made reservations ahead of time, only to end up standing outside the doors for 10 minutes past opening/our reservation time. Another guest had to call and ask them to unlock the doors, at which point everyone rushed in at the same time and waited while a single hostess seated tables one at a time. It was close to 10:20 before we had been seated with no form of apology, and were then told that we “better make sure the high chair doesn’t stick out in the aisle”. Then the order of service got off, and other guests that were seated behind us had drinks and orders taken before we even had been offered water. It was past 11 before we had our food, and two of our meals were lukewarm. The French toast was barely warm and basically a plate of mush, which was expressed to the server when she asked how things were. She was friendly enough, but no offer was made to order something else or anything along those lines.
Our waitress was friendly enough, and obviously not all of this was a single person’s fault, but from start to finish this was such a disappointing experience and not in line with what we had come to expect from Far Western. We’ll chalk it up to an off day, but will likely consider other options for busy weekends.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Carlos is absolutely amazing! Food was Excellent, as always.

TJ
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, nice ambiance, they could use a little more help, our server had a lot of tables to cover so it took a while for a order to be placed. If you're not in hurry, no biggie, but if you have kids with you two hours for dinner can seem long.

JF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my guest was disappointed on the size of her steak especially for the price. Knowing the reputation of Far Western the pork ribs did not come right off the bone as I have had before. And seasoning could have been better. Also the relish trays barely had anything in them very sparingly not like we had in the original Far Western. But otherwise everything was great.

MF
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was very good and the bar service was great! Our server was a bit slow.

RC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been around a long time but I understand they have a relatively new chef who we followed at her last place in Los Olivos....she is wonderful and has brought a definite upgrade here as well. The food has reached a new level....her seasoning skills are first rate. The steaks are perfect and the vegetables are fresh with a wonderful taste. We will be regulars as long as she remains!! Service was great too!

RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service. Great food. Great location in an interesting place.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day

t
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there several times and each time we received quality service and food. What we like is the treatment we get the atmosphere of the place a westernize style

ML
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! First time there, we will be back.

EB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Far Western Tavern is a great value for the money and surpasses other establishments in the area for Santa Maria style cooking. One thing to note is that the portions are large, so go in hungry. I would heartily recommend it.

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