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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.

300 Clark Avenue
Orcutt, CA 93455
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Barbecue, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday 11am - 10pm
Saturday 10am - 10pm
Sunday 10am - 9pm
Closed Monday

Cross Street:
Pacific Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 937-2211

Website:
http://www.farwesterntavern.com/

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 shelley@farwesterntavern.com or
805-937-2211 ext.104 to inquire about our catering services.

Parking Details:
Restaurant lot available along with adjacent street parking.

Public Transit:
On the Orcutt to Santa Maria Route.

Executive Chef:
Adam Measurall

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:
Shelley McKinney, Events Coordinator: (888) 652-3709

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Far Western Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Business Meals (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Romantic (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 8 hours ago

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.

Just information...

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

We were celebrating my husbands birthday. We were pleased with the menu and the food was outstanding. The service was excellent even though they were quite busy with the holidays.
Everyone was very attentive and we culd not have asked for better service.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was fantastic and the service was great. It's a nice friendly place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great meal as always! Food is always come good and the service was attentive

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time there loved it. I'll be back. Great service. Employees check on us made sure everything is ok. Again loved it.

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good menu. Fair prices. Well prepared. Friendly, helpful staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

As usual, Far Western was wonderful! Our filets were perfect and the wedge salad is outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious protein-filled brunch set us up for a successful day of wine tasting. Not only was the Chile relleno delicious, so was the bacon bloody Mary and biscuit box.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I always have nothing but the best when we come to eat here. This is always our favorite choice for dinner and special occasion. Can’t wait to book my daughters 18th Birthday here. We also booked her 16th

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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).

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

This place is pretty much perfection every time we go. 5/5 Stars, hands down.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Fun place to go with a great bar and good food. My husband's lamb chops were excellent. My ribeye was tender, but not the flavor I expect from a great ribeye.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Always a delicious place to go to! The steaks are perfectly cooked and so delicious!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

since moving from Guadalupe,you have become a little to expensive for my taste

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Took advantage of the buy one get one free on Tuesdays in September. Great value for a good meal with my girlfriends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food, great old style central coast ambiance, good service. The places starts to empty out by around 9:00, I guess this is an early crowd. I loved the restaurant in the old space in Guadalupe, but this is closer, nicer and newer.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Came in on a Monday night. Staff seemed a little overwhelmed/understaffed. Overall pretty good experience.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent service and attention couple with outstanding Santa Maria bbq food earned our 5 stars!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

wine only a cup was $12 that's tooo much to pay very disappointed

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

EVERY THING WAS GOOD, BUT WE ORDERED RIB EYE STEAKS, THEY WERE ON THE TOUGH SIDE FOR BEING RIB EYES. WE DID NOT SAY ANYTHING TO OUR SERVER ABOUT THEM. SHE DID A GREAT SERVICE FOR US TIM LYONS

Tags: Disabled Access, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Very nice place to eat. Food is delicious. There was a mix up with our order but resolved quickly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Another fine meal here. This is quickly becoming our favorite steakhouse in the area. This time we tried the tri-tip and it was excellent.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This was our third visit to this restaurant. The first time, there was nothing on the menu for us to eat (trying to be Vegan). The second time, the menu had changed and there were several options for vegetarians, but not Vegans. This time, the menu was still updated and we went with friends who eat meat and everyone was quite happy with their meals. They make a grilled caesar salad which is very well done. They also offered a salmon special and a regular salmon, both of which were wild, the only way to eat salmon since farmed salmon is not good for you. I had the special and it was perfectly cooked and delicious. The meal comes with a relish plate (nothing to write home about), garlic bread, beans and a choice of sides with entrees. Service was attentive and friendly but there was a serious wait between ordering drinks and then food and again between getting salads and entrees. One huge plus was when we asked the waiter to split the bill and he paid attention to the fact that we had not had any liquor but our friends had and split the bill accordingly. First time someone had been that attentive. Thank you!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 14, 2017

First time at this location. Always enjoyed the previous location and this one lives up to its name. Twice baked potato was perfect!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Our hotel recommended this place and we were not disappointed. A little bit of a drive from Santa Maria but worth it. Great rib eye steak cooked right with some tasty sides (beans and a fresh salsa) and garlic bread. Also had lamb, prime rib and pork chops on the menu so there was variety. Western motif made you feel comfortable. Plus, there was no corkage fee for local wines.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We arrived about 5 minutes before our reservation and there was no one in the reception area except another couple waiting for a table. The place was about half full with a few in the bar/lounge area. About 5 minutes later the hostess showed up and took the waiting couple to a table. Then she left again to get a table prepared for us. 5 minutes later we were seated. 5 minutes later we finally talked to a server who was able to get us drinks and a menu. The last time we were here it was busy and just opened with Rick as part of the management. Obviously at least in this case the service was really poor. The attitude of the server was good but you could tell that they are hearing some complaints. To us on this occasion it looked like a Management issue not the ability of the server. The food we had was fine but nothing special considering the choices in the area. The place itself has some Far Western Flavor but it is not like the original in Guadalupe.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We had a great meal. I had the chicken fried steak with creamy polenta. It was really good and will definitely have that again. My mom had rack of lamb. She really liked it once she figured out how to cut it up. My dad had the mahi mahi and cleaned his plate. My daughter had the boar with pasta. It was pretty good , outside of her comfort zone but she tried something new and really liked it. My significant other had the steak which is always good. We celebrated my parents 60th wedding anniversary and our server Chris was great and took great care of us.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

My husband loved the chicken fried steak and can't stop talking about it. I have the carpaccio, non traditional but lovely flavors.

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