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Far Western Tavern

4.6
4.6
1065 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Barbecue, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 937-2211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Franklin De La Cruz

  • 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.<br /><br />Please contact us at (805) 937-2211 to inquire about our catering services.

  • 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Orcutt / Santa Maria

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Parking details

    Restaurant lot available along with adjacent street parking.

  • Public transit

    On the Orcutt to Santa Maria Route.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,065 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

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  1. RB

    RobertB

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Simply not worth the trip. Our 630 reservation: we were seated at 650. The food was both bland and unattractive at best and the prices were high even if we were presented with a culinary delights. The staff were attentive and curteous. Won't be back as there are far too many better choices than this eatery.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here. Food was excellent both times. Staff is attentive and courteous. Will definitely be returning.
  3. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for a family dinner or a romantic dinner. Superb food, great service. Do yourself a favor and have dinner here
  4. r

    rsw54

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    our party of 4 all had steaks. Steaks were all prepared as requested. Appetizers were excellent also. very attentive service. Only issue was the absence of pork chops on menu, which is what I setup out for Good wine and selection, special cocktails as well. Definitely be back
  5. C

    Cleona

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall, it was very good... The Ribeye skewers appetizer was delish. Very tender and great flavor. The Tri Tip dinner was very good as well. I ordered the Prime Rib dinner, and at first bite, I was shocked at how overwhelming salty it was. I could not eat it. I enjoyed everything else.
  6. JM

    JamesM

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Dinner was very nice at this restaurant. This is no shortage of good food at a reasonable price in an old-time setting. Wine list is very well thought out in terms of the food they prepare. Staff were very cordial and helpful. A wonderful evening.
  7. l

    lindawithasmile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous fun restaurant with an abundance of ambiance! There were 4 of us and we all thought the food was out of this world delicious. The filets were perfectly cooked to order and the rack of ribs was served on a huge platter and were falling off the bone tender. Five stars!!!
  8. R

    Rafael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service? Waitress was amazing! Great dinner! Thank you!
  9. YR

    YolandaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding. Our party of five enjoyed Manny, our waiter. Baby backs, filet and pork chops were delicious and prepared to our liking.
  10. BB

    BrianB

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and perfectly cooked steak. Great atmosphere and excellent service. We come back every time we’re in California.
  11. b

    bonbon

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WONDERFUL DINNER AS USUAL! SERVICE TOP NOTCH AND A SURPRISE DESSERT TO TOP OFF THE EVENING. OUR WAITER WAS VERY ATTENTIVE AND FULFILLED ALL OUR NEEDS. IT WAS A GREAT END OF THE DAY TO CELEBRATE 56 YRS OF MARRIAGE!!
  12. VM

    VicMC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressed by the staff. They were attentive and quick to serve and take away dirty dishes. Food is tasty and they add their own special touches that make them stand out from other steak houses in the area. Highly recommend!
  13. MC

    MarioC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food and the fining area looked beautiful for the holidays.
  14. J

    Jacque57

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went there for Thanksgiving dinner. Although the dinner was good. The dessert was terrible and I can’t believe they charged $12.00 and that it was not included with the price. The waitress and service was great.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Dinner!
  16. AD

    AnnaDee

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving dinner 🍁💕🍁🍂🍁
  17. K

    Katrina

    Orange County

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tammy started off being our waitress, but then Emmanuel showed up and he was our server. Both are exceptional, we’ve had them both before. As usual I had two old fashions which were great and filet mignon. My husband had tri-tip, we had the clam chowder. Always love the food here.
  18. GN

    GeraldN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can't beat the food or the service. A must go to restaurant.
  19. CG

    ChrisG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. The only complaint was my filet. While it tasted great, the texture was that of a sirloin, perhaps it was the considerable char on it...the meat was not filet tender. I ordered it medium, it was more medium well.
  20. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Far Western Steakhouse is consistently fantastic!!! We thank them for making our granddaughter’s 17th birthday dinner so perfect!!
  21. s

    sallys

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I forgot how nice it was to dine here. It has been a while. It will be nice to go back. A hidden gem in our own back yard. Our steak was cooked perfect, and the shrimp cocktail had a nice little bite, not too much, just enough.
  22. m

    matsci

    Orange County

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We split the ribeye steak and still had leftovers. The steak came with soup or salad (we had the clam chowder, which was very thick and smoky, due to the bacon in it), bread, beans, and a choice of a side; we had the baked potato. Everything was very good and the atmosphere was lively, but not too loud. Good place for Santa Maria steak.
  23. MC

    MrCaliRican2u

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak flavors were as expected for the Santa Maria Valley “excellent”. Salads are always well prepared and crisp. Wine recommendation was spot on from my waiter and the ambience was relaxing and inviting.
  24. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steakhouse anywhere!!! Fantastic service too!
  25. C

    Chefette

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious as always! The creme Brule was outstanding
  26. 8

    805foodies

    Adelaide

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Our waiter was very nice but he seemed a bit overloaded and we never got our drinks refilled or offered dessert. We made reservations but we were seated in a corner with staff constantly walking in and out.
  27. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steakhouse!! Delicious food and fantastic service - thank you!
  28. CD

    CarlosD

    Los Angeles

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was really surprised by how good the service was, although I was already expecting a great meal because I had been there before and I always enjoyed their steaks and seafood. Great local restaurant
  29. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST steakhouse we’ve ever tried … and we’ve tried many!! Great service too - thank you!
  30. RD

    RodneyD

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My number one thing in a steakhouse is the steak …I ordered the rib eye and was not disappointed…one of the best steaks I ever had The sides potato jalapeño soup great Fries seasoned to much Beans ok Overall it’s the steak!!! Way to go far western
  31. SF

    SusanF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up eating in the bar and it was great. we got there early so they offered the bar. the service was the best. the staff was so friendly and very helpful. The food was excellent and flavorful. We will be back..
  32. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak was cooked perfectly!! Wonderful meal, wine, and service. Thank you!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service - special thanks to our server Emmanuel for going above and beyond! My rib eye was cooked to perfection- soups and salads were tasty too! All around a very nice dinner!
  34. DF

    DebbieF

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone who served us were pleasant and efficient. The three of us ordered the prime rib special which was cooked as ordered and enjoyed by all. We shared the brownie sundae for dessert. It was excellent!
  35. DW

    DavidW

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites... Good food, good service, and a nice ambiance...
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best service and food was delicious! Great wine choices, too !
  37. g

    greatsteakhouse

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We drove up from Fallbrook and stayed the night just to eat here. It was the finest ribeye that I have ever eaten. The side dishes are all excellent and I love that they still have a relish dish. Excellent help and great bar that really knows how to make an old fashion, very good wine list. I recommend that anyone heading towards Santa Maria, make this Orcut restaurant part of your bucket list.
  38. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Really miss the Affogato though - please bring it back:-)
  39. CD

    CarlosD

    Los Angeles

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our steaks were excellent and service prompt and professional. We really enjoyed our experience
  40. PH

    PatH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, ambience....if we lived closer we would eat there at least once a month, melt in your mouth steaks and service is spot on!

FAQs

Far Western Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1065 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Far Western Tavern

300 Clark Avenue, Orcutt, CA 93455

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Orcutt / Santa Maria

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Barbecue, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Restaurant lot available along with adjacent street parking.

  • Public transit

    On the Orcutt to Santa Maria Route.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Franklin De La Cruz

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 937-2211

  • 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.<br /><br />Please contact us at (805) 937-2211 to inquire about our catering services.

  • 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.

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