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Far Western Tavern

4.5
4.5
1026 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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Booked 4 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 1,026 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Good for Groups

  • California Central Coast

    Healthy

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

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  1. AH

    AmyH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent meal with attentive service

  2. NG

    NG3054

    Central Coast

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    Manny was an outstanding server and did his best; however, after ordering, it took over an hour for our meals to arrive. There was a large party upstairs that must have taken priority in the kitchen. We made the best of our celebratory dinner, but waiting for over an hour without any communication that the kitchen was running behind is very disappointing. Considering the size of the party upstairs and the minimal staff, you shouldn’t have accepted my 6 person reservation. We brought my daughter’s fiancé there to dine for the first time &amp; celebrate, but we were a bit embarrassed about the wait time. Overall, we were there over two hours and the dining area wasn’t even busy. We love supporting local restaurants and know staffing has been difficult post COVID, but you still need to take care of your customers.

  3. DF

    DebbieF

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful meals, excellent service, perfect Father’s Day celebration.

  4. r

    ritam

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The food was very good, we had an array of appetizers. The decor is a bit out of date to me but common for this area.

  5. K

    Katrina

    Orange County

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely love going to this restaurant. I usually have the filet, baked potato, soup sometimes a salad. I love their Old Fashion drinks. My husband had a Santa Maria beef on draft and it was great. Meals always cooked just right and you have lots of side choices.

  6. SF

    StacyF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Had a family restaurant feel, but definitely average food.

  7. CR

    ConnieR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    We enjoyed the menu and the food was delicious! The service staff was very inexperienced and it was disappointing.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined at the Far Western Tavern for our 34th anniversary during a trip to Orcutt for wine tasting, local scenery and golf. The history and ambiance here is truly unique and wonderful. All elements of service were incredible and it was clearly a locals’ favorite. We enjoyed our filet mignons that were cooked to perfection… I would say the best steak in Santa Barbara County! I also really enjoyed the grilled polenta. Everything was superb - we will be back.

  9. PM

    PatrickM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Still a classic. Beautiful building and still the same wonderful food. It’s a must visit if you’re anywhere near Santa Maria and Orcutt. Patrick M.

  10. J

    James

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a stab in the dark. Recommended by a winery, six of us dined there Friday evening. the visit began with a lovely experience at the bar. I believe the bartender's name was Andrea but I'm not sure. She was very attentive and informative. The salads, the one gentleman's clam chowder and the bay shrimp were delicious. Three of us ordered the ribeye, one ordered the Top Sirloin, which is a large "baseball" cut, and a couple others had the filet - All the meat was wonderful and prepared as ordered. We will definitely dine here again upon our return to wine country.

  11. Z

    Zeek

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    The food has always been great. No exception this time. Our problem with our recent visit was the slow service. After our salads, we waited at least 30 minutes for the main course.

  12. AR

    AngieR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Value and the food was excellent as well as the service.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a wonderful evening.

  14. MM

    MarleneM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The Server was nice, a touch hard to understand with an accent. When we ordered our salad, I asked her for a green salad without very much Arugula. She said it was a Spring Mix. It Came with 99% Arugula. I don’t think she really knew what Arugula was. My Gentleman friend ordered Prime Rib & she wasn’t sure if they had it although the Menu listed it for Sunday’s. We like Far Western, natives from SM, definitely be back.

  15. JG

    JanetG

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always! Have enjoyed Far Western since I was five years old Almost 60 years and it’s still My favorite!

  16. K

    Katrina

    Orange County

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always good and I like that I can make reservations on Open Table. Seated in a timely manner and I love The Old Fashions

  17. c

    cowe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Blindsided by mandatory 20% tip because ours was a table for six. May have given more or less but don’t like being told without disclosure.

  18. HL

    HoneyLyd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a very nice experience at the Far Western. From making the reservation to the dining experience was wonderful. That sat us promptly and took our order in a very timely manner. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday which I had told them when I made the reservation. It is so nice they took the time to know that. They brought her a special dessert on the house. Our waitress was very good. She checked on us frequently but not intrusively. Brought us fresh bread right off the grill. She went above and beyond. It was wonderful.

  19. DG

    DavidG

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service The Portuguese sausage was out of this world

  20. RS

    RachelS

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We booked online but arrived early and were seated. Staff were so friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious and plentiful. Food was really well cooked - some of the best chicken I’ve tasted. Staff were on hand ensuring we had everything we needed. We would definitely recommend Far Western Tavern and hopefully we will be in the area again and will definitely return

  21. G

    Greendaddy

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in town for a wedding in Los Alamos and stayed in Orcutt two nights. This was our first time in Orcutt. We were able to get reservations and walked it to this GREAT steak house venue! We brought a bottle of wine (from Los Olivos) and did not get charged corkage (a huge plus these days). We ordered the Artichoke Dip and probably shouldn’t have because IT IS HUGE (enough for 4-6 people)! We split their “World Famous” Bullseye Steak (boneless Ribeye) and it was one of the best steaks we’ve ever had (and we just had eaten at Mastro’s, Newport Beach a week before)!!! Cooked perfectly, it was juicy and tender and the oak it is cooked over really comes through in the flavor. SO GOOD! The dinner comes with salad, baked potato, beans, and a Bay Shrimp Cocktail (for 1, but we added on the extra potato and salad). WAY TOO MUCH FOOD but an awesome experience nonetheless! We will definitely return next time we’re up in the Central Coast. Also, this place is REALLY inexpensive compared to most steak houses, so be sure to leave a generous tip!!!!

  22. EW

    EliseW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about our dinner at Far Western Tavern was absolutely perfect.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Great steakhouse reflecting the local history and flair of the area. Good oak grilled steaks and area food.

  24. RY

    RobertaY

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Back to visit an "old friend" after months of isolation due to Covid. The lunch option is gone, but the dinner is really great (mostly beef and a little seafood). The clam chowder option with is really good, buy other soups may be offered on some days. We were happy to see a busy house and bar.

  25. BA

    BillyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    GREAT FOOD - SERVING WAS A LITTLE SLOW FOR MAIN COURSES.

  26. CT

    CarrotTop

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I left my phone there accidentally and the manager was unbelievably helpful in getting it back to me! Always love Far Western…great food and service! We’ve been coming here for decades and have never been disappointed with the total experience.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food! Great service.

  28. d

    djbiztraveler

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I have been to this restaurant a number of times before, and it continues to be our go-to place for steak. I had the ribeye; my wife had the filet. Both meals were excellent, as always. What stands out to me is how well this restaurant is run and managed. We arrived with a reservation at 7PM on a Friday, and the place was packed; every table was taken. Yet, somehow, every staff member we encountered was smiling, and we never felt like we had to wait unreasonably, and we never felt rushed. The dining room was a bit noisy, but not overly so, and even though it was full, we didn't feel crowded. By the time we left, at 8:30, every table was still full. This place runs like a well-oiled machine, and that doesn't happen by accident. Kudos to management! We will be back.

  29. JP

    JoeP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to eat. Steak was outstanding along with the service.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    If you have a reservation at 8pm during the week and you show up on time for your reservation, the hostess will gladly tell you that “its 8:02pm the kitchen is closed, I am very sorry.” And they will send you on your way with out even asking about a reservation. My advice to the restaurant - don’t allow your restaurant to still receive reservations at 8pm if you aren’t going to honor them.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We ate here on a Thursday to celebrate our mother's 90th birthday. Service was a little slow, but good. Biggest disappointment was no rack of lamb available for the birthday lady. That was one of the main reasons we chose the restaurant. It was on the online menu. Food was very good but expensive. I understand that everything has increased in price since covid but an additional price of $6 for ravioli or twice baked potatoes as the side dishes on top of $52 for the ribeye made it a very pricy meal. They are only open Thursday through Sunday.

  32. CC

    CentralCoastCA

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super busy on Saturday so highly recommend reservations. Although the lobby was packed we waited less than 5 minutes for our booth (request booth on Open Table for quieter dining). We got the full extra plate ($17 for all the sides, split the meat) for the delicious filet mignon. It was perfect portions for the 2 of us. Steak was flavorful and tender, beans super tasty with great garlic bread. Service was very good even for as busy as it was. Really enjoyed our dinner

  33. C

    Chuck

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great oak taste and tender steaks with great service. Very nice restaurant, I'm glad they moved it closer to us in Orcutt.

  34. L

    Linny

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were huge fans of Far Western when they were out in Guadalupe. Since the move, I had only dined there once about 5 years ago, and it felt nothing like the old experience. That's all changed. We had a fabulous and real and traditional Far Western experience on Saturday night. It was JUST like the old days! They worked it out. Wow. Delicious drinks, steaks, oh just so perfect.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great food and wonderful service.

  36. KC

    KawikaC

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I really enjoyed the food and beverage at Fat West Tavern. The staff was amazing and the food was fantastic!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Valentines Day dinner with my wife. Awesome food, great customer service, and an outstanding waitress!

  38. DT

    Dinner4Two

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I wanted some place higher need to celebrate Valentines Day. Far Western statisfied to bill. The food was excellent. The service was top notch. Even on a busy night, the staff worked hard to satisfy.

  39. JG

    JanetG

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always!

  40. HD

    HowardD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Far Western Tavern is a local institution in Santa Maria/Orcutt. Their food was excellent, the service was just the right amount of attention. On a Sunday night, we were pleased to learn that prime rib was being offered, which isn't a part of their regular menu. Two people in our party of five had the prime rib, and it was superb. One person decided on the Portabella mushroom entrée, and she was very pleased with it. The tri-tip was a bit tough and didn't have the Oak fire flavor I was hoping for - I don't think I'd order it again. My only suggestion would be to have a greater variety of choices on the menu. The main dining room was large enough so the tables were well separated. There was country and western music playing at a low background level. Decorations in the room included very large bovine animal heads mounted on the wall (a steer and a bull?). I had no issue with it (this is a Western themed restaurant after all), but a couple of people in our party were uncomfortable seeing them while dining. Overall, we had a very good dining experience.

FAQs

Far Western Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 1026 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 4 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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