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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:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 937-2211

Website:
http://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 (805) 937-2211 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:
Krissy Knowles, Banquet Coordinator: (888) 652-3709

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

Far Western Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Cozy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Romantic (3)
Vegan (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Birthday dinner reservation was made yet we didn’t get served until over 90 minutes later. Food was cold and too salty to consume. I mentioned that since we never got the appetizers we ordered I wanted them removed from the bill; waitress acted like she was doing us a favor by removing them from the bill. Management thought offering desert was an amicable solution. We didn’t stay for that as enough of our time was wasted; paid the outrageous bill and will never go back!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

We were visiting from AZ & took the daughter & hubby out since they have never been there. We had a reservation for 5 PM. We all ordered before 515 PM. Our drinks, appetizers & salads came out right away. We ended up sitting for another 1hr 15 mins to get our main dishes. I called our waiter over 2x's to ask what the problem & delay was. Each time it was..... they are working on it now. When the Cowboy 8oz & Filet Mignon 6 Oz steaks came, the cooking temps for each was reversed. Actually the Cowboy steak was overdone & tough. Since we had waited so long, he decided to not send it back & just eat it, which was a mistake I thought. I did voice our concerns w/ the mixup to our waiter. I felt that we should have been given some kind of comp for the cooking mixup & the extremely long wait time. Instead we were given 2 desserts........ I think if we return again on another trip, we would come on a Mon - Thurs night to avoid the long service wait times on the weekends. Our wives enjoyed the hamburger & pork chop that they ordered. The kids wanted to go to the Hitching Post or A J Spurs, they are at least very consistent w/ the food & service. Not the best experience that we have had, especially when spending $275.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent as always. Steaks are delicious. The sea bass special was delightful.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Meals are over priced and the meat was not cooked to request.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was mediocre at best. Service was outstanding. Tables too close together, no privacy and had to squeeze through to get to your seat.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Went there for dinner with my wife. I got the new york special for the night .my wife got half chicken over oak bbq pit. Chicken was amazing. Very good steak cooked medium and just tasty.sides we got clam chowder, beans, bread, cabbage wedge over oak bbq pit very good. I recommend it having dinner here.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Love this place, use to visit original location in Guadalupe when I was a child. The food is delicious, the wait staff friendly and the atmosphere and decor is beautiful. On this particular occasion the only issue I had was that the regular menu was not available and I was not informed when I made my reservation. I had my palate all set for rack of lamb but it was a holiday so I understand and they are forgiven!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our New Years Eve dinner. Great food, beautiful restaurant, wonderful service. It is a steak house but also had fish and vegetarian option. I don’t eat meat and my meal was wonderful. My husband had prime rib and was totally happy. We had a fabulous dinner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We went to the far Western 4 our son-in-law birthday. My daughter and son-in-law loved the wine and the food. The food was delicious, and we were able to visit very comfortably. It was a great evening for my family.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Having visited Far Western quite a bit when it was in Guadalupe, it was a treat to dine at Far Western in Orcutt and bring some close relatives who had not been here yet especially to a Christmas Eve brunch. We all enjoyed our meals from the sweetbreads, chicken fried steak, thick bacon, linguica, stuffed French toast and of course the warm bread box with jam! Delicious and enjoyable dining.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our food was delicious. Our table not so good I think the just found a little spot and put the table there. I know the holidays are busy but i did make reservations.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Steak had no flavor. Service was mediocre. Cutlery was not clean but they did correct.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I booked a reservation for a 20th Anniversary. No one asked if we were celebrating an event or just dining out. Our waiter, whom I had difficulty understanding due to his extremely thick accent, took our drink order ( Bloody Mary and two waters with lemon) took 15 minutes and he forgot the lemon. He completely forgot. I had to stop him in his tracks before I reminded him he had forgotten my lemon. I didn't want to wait any longer and told the waiter we wanted to order. Lord have mercy, this waiter had trouble understanding me as much I him. Ugh. After that, Another 20 minutes went by before a different waiter approached and stated he comped our appetizer because we had waited quite a length of timeand didn't have either our appetizer nor salads. Another 15 minutes passed before the salads were brought out and although delicious, it wasn't chopped up. Whole leaves were piled up with toppings and dressing kinda weird. I ordered the porkchop , which was delicious. However I had difficulty slicing meat off with the butter knife. I believe a steak knife would be more appropriate and useful. My husband ordered the chicken fried steak. Both yummy. The check was over $90 plus tip, which was a little high. Although this is a beautiful restaurant, . I dunno folks big don't have a desire to return

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food! The place is super busy so it takes awhile to get your steak, but it’s delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 8, 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 7, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 5, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 1, 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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 (Central Coast)·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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 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 2, 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 28, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 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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 (Hawaii)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 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 18, 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 15, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 15, 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 12, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 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 9, 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 19, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 19, 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 18, 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 14, 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 14, 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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