Far Western Tavern

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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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RandyA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Carlos took good care of us. Food came as ordered. Nice to dine inside again.

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LanetteS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the Filets. They were melt in your mouth tender . Everything was seasoned to perfection. Enjoyed our night out.

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KarenC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It took a while to get our food . The service was great. I knew it was pricey but. The quality of the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I have ever had. Service was above and beyond.

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MonicaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Felt safe in outdoor patio. Delicious food. Waiter wore mask

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MarkJ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a real nice dinner everything was perfect waitress and waiter we're perfect had a great time highly recommended will return soon

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JeffN
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great ribeye, tri-tip, and prime rib.
Far Western Tavern was the last restaurant we dined out early March before the COVID-19 shutdown; Far Western Tavern was the first restaurant we dined out since raising the the dining restriction.

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johnb
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very satisfied with our Birthday Dinner, Very attentive staff and the food was great.

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RonR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our 50th wedding anniversary because a planned cruise had been cancelled due to Covid. The booths are nice and big, tall wood & glass separation, so with them just opening restaurants recently, it was nice. We ordered a cocktail to celebrate, and we were not rushed. We had an appetizer that was delicious (prosciotto wrapped cheese-stuffed jalapenos), took our time with that. We both ordered the steak & lobster, and it was delicious--beef was cooked just perfectly. Our meal included a shrimp cocktail, choice of soup or salad, choice of potatoes or grilled veggies, and the main course. Since it was our anniversary, they brought us "on the house" a peach cobbler sort of dessert that was also delicious. Like I said, the spacing between courses was just right to enjoy, not too crowded (maybe because of just opening up recently), and for all the food we had, it was a good value. We will definitely come here again because they have an appetizer of mac & cheese stuffed into a poblano pepper that we're anxious to try.

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DrDeacon
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak in the world

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience!

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CharlotteO
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food ecxellent.
Were seated in a timely manner, hostesses and food runners very enthusiastic and attentive.

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RandyA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great wine selection. Tri tip had a very good char and the ribs were tender, and came off the bone with minimal effort.

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DanielleT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely get the steak skewers - flavorful and tender.

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JanetG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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JohnV
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience and the ribeye was the best I have ever had.

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IrishRose58
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Zach was our busser and Rudy our waiter. Both attentive and wonderful!

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Bowlersmama
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our annual get together for Silver Foxes bowling club. Our group has dinner here every year, love the food and atmosphere.
Things were very different with what is going on in our county right now and I felt like the staff went above and beyond to make everything feel normal!!
Thank you

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vipMikeC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rudy took great care to make sure we enjoyed our experience. His pace was awesome and anticipation on point

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Rick
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wasn't very crowded at 5:45 on a weekday. Might be the virus, though. Quiet enough for seniors to talk and be heard! The 'special' of the month was appealing and it was even better in flavor - the tri-tip tasted better than when I grill one. What did they add? Perhaps smoke? It was great. And the chili relleno was very good also, though I prefer it stuffed with shredded meat AND cheese (hard to find).

The service was well above average - nearly ideal. Friendly, fast, courteous and good at explaining specials, etc. Should have gotten her name - well worth repeating.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak

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DavidH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food order was precise. Tasty and well presented. Timeliness of service was very good. Wine selection good with something for all of our party. Comfortable seating with noise level at a level that was good for conversation. Great place for hungry appetites providing a varied selection. Would recommend this place for romantic and celebratory events. Each time we come to California this is a must do stop. Look forward to our next experience.

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Hoppy
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food not edible--salted so much that no one at table could eat it. When asked for help, server was not helpful--did nothing and acted like we had the problem. Three words for the experience: unhelpful, over-priced, inedible. Very disappointing--

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, love the ambiance.

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vipOutandabout
San Francisco
371 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice change of pace brunch menu. Very generous portions of well prepared food.

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Our waiter was attentive and helpful, the food fabulous. We enjoyed a wonderful French white burgundy that was truly worth the price. The atmosphere is comfortable and quaint. I highly recommend the Far Western for a private dining experience.

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ChantelleG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the ambiance and everything about the far western. Especially the Creme Brulle. My lobster did turn out to be extremely undercooked but I wouldnt judge them based on one mistake. The restaurant was pretty busy and I understand.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The baked potato was hard and the ribs were tough. So disappointed to return to this restaurant with a fine reputation and be underwhelmed.

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Chefette
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wedge salad was.much improved. Thanks, Marna. The pork chop is really good one of the best in the area.

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LarryV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Other than finding a hair attached to a bone in the rack of ribs my wife ordered, the food was very good. We knew going in the price is moderately high, but the quality matches the price.

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LyleT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the 2020 baby back deal. Always enjoy our experience at Far Western.

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DebbieF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

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NancyD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow. It took 50 minutes for our food to be brought to our table. The restaurant was less than one-third full. The food was very good, except for the bread on my BLAT. It was over-toasted and extremely hard. I couldn't bite through it. The servers disappeared and were mostly unavailable. It was a shame as I have always enjoyed meals here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday dinner here and it was the best steak meal I’ve had better than lucky’s in montecito! My ribeye was so tender juicy and flavorful that I finished every last bite! It was cooked exactly the way I like my steak -lightly seasoned not salty , not charred and not dry!! I love the shrimp cocktail and the fresh garden salad!
My husband loved his filet mignon and it went perfect with our red wine!! The special birthday cake was a personal touch to the evening and our waitress delivered the best customer service!

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TerriD
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at the Far Western Tavern, we chose to dine in the bar so the noise level is to be expected. Andrea and Manny gave us terrific service and the food was delicious! Our out of town guests always enjoy going to the FWT, and the steaks were perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rodolfo was awesome! He provides excellent service! Halibut was overdone. Everything else was great!

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Chefette
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As usual everything was great except for the wedge salad. I don't don't what they have done to it but they need to go back to the old recipe. The dressing and toppings were very scarce and not very tasty
Used to be a favorite of ours. Very disappointed.

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Bowlersmama
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for my Birthday which happened to be Christmas Eve, the meal was great, the service was great.

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JimU
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While we have dined at the FWT several times before for dinner, this was the first time we ate off of the brunch menu. As always, the restaurant was in impeccable condition, and the service was great. I must say that the country fried steak was the best I have ever eaten!

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Far Western Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1073 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.