Far Western Tavern

4.5
891 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Barbecue, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 11am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 12pm
Sunday: 10am - 9pm
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Phone number
(805) 937-2211
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Adam Measurall
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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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Private party contact
Krissy Knowles, Banquet Coordinator: (888) 652-3709
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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.

Please contact us at (805) 937-2211 to inquire about our catering services.
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Cross street
Pacific Avenue
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Parking details
Restaurant lot available along with adjacent street parking.
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Public transit
On the Orcutt to Santa Maria Route.
Additional
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
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Los Angeles
24 reviews
4.0Dined on August 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I like the food but last 2 times that I went the time to get served was way too long. This even includes drink and water refills The service time must improve

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San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit in 2 weeks for a Birthday. Food was excellent once again. Will keep coming back.

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K
Central Coast
2 reviews
4.0Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food! The filet mignon just melted in my mouth, and was the best I've had in ages. The ambience was wonderful, too. It was the perfect place to celebrate my 65th birthday!!

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Las Vegas
1 review
4.0Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak sandwich ever, plus I ask our server for a quiet table and not by children and she was very nice about helping me out with a great booth. My complaint though, is I went into the bar first and ask for a house Cab wine, I was told they were out , so I took another wine on her suggestion. It was $16.10. I should have ask the price up front, or turned it down, but when someone ask for a house wine, they sure don't expect to pay that much. I would have gotten a couple of drinks, and also gotten one for my guest, but not at that price. I would expect a bar in Santa Maria, Ca. to provide a more affordable wine drink for their customers. This isn't New York City. We are in the middle of wineries every where you look, and for the restaurants to ask these kind of prices is absolutely ridiculous. So unfortunately, as much as I like the food, I will not go back, because I like to have a drink before my meal and one with it. Never will I pay 32.00 for my drinks for lunch. It is too bad, because you just can't get a better steak, than at the Far Western. Sorry, but I feel I was taken advantage of and you should provide a house wine at a reasonable price.

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RH
Central Coast
1 review
4.0Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

7 bucks for a tiny salad was a bit much but the steak made up for it. Just toss a salad in.

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Central Coast
1 review
5.0Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding from being greeted with a smile, a tremendous waiter, and delicious food. Thank you !

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Central Coast
1 review
4.0Dined on August 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a new building since I was here last, but the kitchen still puts out some of the best old school steak house food to be found anywhere. The wine list offers offers a competent selection. The ambiance is relaxed, and friendly.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 5 for a Birthday celebration and everyone was very pleased with what they ordered.. Everyone had something different. Definitely will return again soon.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
4.0Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to treat out of town guests. The service and food were outstanding.

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Central Coast
17 reviews
4.0Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding! No one makes a better steak. My husband had the fillet and I had the lamb and both were so tender you could cut it with a fork. The service was wonderful. We had to wait a little longer than usual for our dinner-not sure why- which is the only reason I didn't give 5 stars for the service.

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l
Central Coast
6 reviews
4.0Dined on August 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not exceptional enough to justify more than an hour drive each way between home & restaurant.

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ME
Hawaii
1 review
3.0Dined on August 3, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Wait staff was very slow. Food was okay. Overrated

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EH
Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on August 3, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our only complaint would be the amount of time before we got our food - about an hour after we ordered.
That the best pork chop I've ever had, also the most expensive.

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CC
Central Coast
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the best filet we have had in years. They beat the Hitching Post for the first time, and they cook great steaks.

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WC
Charleston
1 review
5.0Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant goes back 40 years for us but has moved down the road. The food is still amazing with very flavorful steaks. We didn't think we would ever see Santa Maria beans again but still being served. What a treat!

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KD
Central Coast
1 review
1.0Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I grew up in Santa Maria dining regularly at the Far Western when it was in Guadalupe. This was actually the first time I have been to the Far Western since they moved to Orcutt. We took my husband's brother and sister-in-law to dinner and we were embarrassed by the dinner we were served. The rib eye was tough and had no flavor.

We will not be dining at the Far Western in the future.

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j
Central Coast
10 reviews
5.0Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. We were celebrating several birthdays as our excuse to enjoy lunch together. Fortunately we had our favorite waitress to make the get-together even more fun. Never any complaints about the service or the food!

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Central Coast
4 reviews
3.0Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The meals are very costly for what they inclue. Everything is order seperately. And for when paying that much for a steak, it should a least include a salad.

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JA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
4.0Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I am very familiar with this restaurant having grown up in the Central Coast area. I had not been to their venue in Orcutt, but was impressed on how they maintained the original Western decor and ambience. The food and service were excellent.

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RS
Central Coast
1 review
4.0Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great cowboy restaurant. Still serving brunch at noon on Saturday--it was great. The waiter was a little too energetic and didn't come back to our table enough, but I think that was just him. The other wait-staff helped us out while he was MIA. Great steak restaurant.

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Central Coast
1 review
4.0Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Was good, I remember bigger portions when I ate at Guadalupe restaurant.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
4.0Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had been to the Far Western numerous times when it was in Gualupe; first time to the new location. The ambiance was similar and the food and service were great. I recommend the rib eye.

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K
Central Coast
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful. We let him recommend drinks and appetizer selections. He was right on the money! The special was tritip with yummy mashed potatoes. Grilled to perfection!

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Central Coast
1 review
3.0Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

far western is a top notch restraunt to go to for a Sunday brunch or special occasion.
It has an upscale atmosphere and very good waitresses and waiters.
It is one of the best restaraunts in the area.

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Central Coast
1 review
5.0Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful night - our 37th anniversary. Delicious food and great service. Very special!

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Central Coast
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I was not impressed with the service. Had to ask for water, and then again had to ask for refill when empty. We were promised bread was coming, but it wasn't showing up and we were halfway through our meal before we had to flag down a waiter to remind him we wanted the bread. In the waiter's defense, he did give a drink free when we had to ask again for bread.

The food was great, the service not so much.

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San Antonio
13 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a milestone birthday and was delighted with everything . Beautiful venue and the food was excellent . My prime rib was overcooked but I was presented with another that was perfect within just a few minutes . We used to go to the old location in Guadelupe 30 plus years ago. Same excellent food and service .

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MM
Central Coast
1 review
3.0Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

For 30 years it has been a family tradition to go when family came in from out of town. I am sorry to say that Far Western is not what it use to be. The last time we were there for a family gathering was 2014 and since that time it has really gone down. Service is not what it was and food is not what it was. For someone who was not use to the quality of Far Western when it was in Guadalupe, they would not know the difference. However our family started going there in the 1960's.

Sorry, no, I would not recommend Far Western Tavern any more.

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MP
Central Coast
1 review
4.0Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, drinks and service! Enjoyed every part of the dinning experience. We will be back!

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RM
Los Angeles
1 review
2.0Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The entire dining experience was less than satisfactory. The shrimp appetizer was warm and soft and the sweetbreads were unedible and returned. The steak was OK, the beans tasted like they were out of the can. The value was just not there. Would not return and would not recommend.

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LW
Central Coast
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Tammy was excellent. She always made sure we were taken care of, the timing on when everything came out was perfect. And she didn't hover. The food was excellent. The mac n cheese pasilla was wonderful. Our steaks were done to perfection. No worries about ordering the right level of done. Rare was just that. My husbands medium rare was spot on. Grilled veggies with my filet- yummy! And grilled Caesar salad was a treat. It not inexpensive but we went all out this time. I love the decor - it has a very warm feeling. We've had a Christmas party upstairs the past 2 years and it's always been great. Very inviting & friendly.

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Central Coast
1 review
5.0Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, love the atmosphere. Both the food and service were fantastic.

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c
Los Angeles
24 reviews
4.0Dined on May 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy the Far Western. Our only issue during this visit was that the service became non existent once the restaurant became full.

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JL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you find yourself in Santa Maria for any reason, go to the Far Western for dinner. You will not be disappointed. The bar is beautiful and legendary, with lots of gleaming wood and copper. Pinot Noir on tap, for heaven's sake. Then on to the dining room. Your table will be set with white tablecloths and napkins and polished crystal, guarded by the steer and deer gazing down on you from the walls. Your menu will have many selections of steak and a few other things, so of course get the steak. It's local and delicious, presented in that most Santa Maria way with salsa and beans. You will sleep well, dreaming of the next time you can go to Santa Maria.

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Central Coast
1 review
4.0Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, and the service was too. A fun restaurant with a lively ambiance. Fun for small gatherings, family, friends, and co-workers.

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Central Coast
1 review
3.0Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We made reservation on OpenTable for Mothers Day several days in advance. Party of 6 for 6:30. Arrived at 6:30 didn't get seated until 7:05. Dining room had 6 empty tables so not sure why took so long. Out of lamb and something else I can't recall. No merlot by the glass? Crazy! Not everyone loves pinot! Sirlon was perfection, very yummy. My pork ribs were the short stubby ones, not my favorite. Mom's ribs were the longer skinny ones that I prefer. Salted caramel ice cream divine. Server sweet & friendly but took long time to get check (still not very busy by7:45/8:00). Some old regular dude kept ringing the bell which was so annoying!!! Very loud!

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Central Coast
1 review
5.0Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great experience overall. We went for mother's day and everyone liked the food that they ordered. I was pretty disappointed with the dinner salad I added to my meal for SEVEN DOLLARS. It was probably 5 pieces of lettuce, I asked for ranch on the side and it came on the salad (it was hardly enough) and it was just disappointing for the price, I expected a little more. The best part of the salad was the crunchy breadstick that came with it. If I ever go back I will NOT add a salad to my order.

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Central Coast
1 review
5.0Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have always enjoyed Far Western steaks. The fabulous steak sandwiches are big enough to feed two. Atmosphere is casual and staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Central Coast
1 review
5.0Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our order was taken promptly and food was delicious. The staff was friendly and attentive.

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Central Coast
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved this restaurant and the food has remained great at the new location as well. Yummy food, friendly staff, fun decor' - can't wait to go back there!

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