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Far Western Tavern, Orcutt, CA
Far Western Tavern, Orcutt, CA
Far Western Tavern, Orcutt, CA
Far Western Tavern, Orcutt, CA
Far Western Tavern, Orcutt, CA

Far Western Tavern

4.6
4.6
1163 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 1,163 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

1,165 Reviews
  1. SwimFan

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, reasonably priced, and the service was outstanding. You will not leave hungry but the portions are not overly big. Simply quality food.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was great. I had my steal a little under cooked but they fixed it and gave us a free dessert. Food and service wonderful!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant was recommended by the front desk person at our hotel. We made reservations at another restaurant we always go to on our way to or from LA when we take Hwy 101. It was a really great restaurant with an old western feel but really nice. Service was excellent and food exceptional. I would’ve given this restaurant an overall 5 but it took over an hour (1.25 hours) to to cook the double pork chop. And even though it said could take up to 45 minutes which we totally understood but we arrived at 5:15 when the restaurant just opened and not many guests in the restaurant. I would still highly recommend anyone near Santa Maria to experience Far Western Tavern (actually in Orcutt just outside of Santa Maria) it’s worth the visit.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited the Far Western Tavern on a Saturday evening in April. The place was bustling with diners. The ambience was nice - old time western look. We started out with cocktails - the special Manhattan and an old fashioned. Both were delicious. My husband and I shared the surf & turf, steak and lobster dish, which included a shrimp cocktail appetizer and salad. Everything was more than enough to share. The steak and lobster were cooked perfectly. The lobster was melt in your mouth. The steak was tender and juicy. The only downside was the wait for the main dish, which took a while, but was well worth it. Service was very good in general. All servers seemed to work as a team. We’d definitely come back here again.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great meal with friends, and our server, Manny, was the best!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought friends here for first time after golfing in Santa Maria & we all enjoyed service food atmosphere & libations. We sat in cozy 1/2 booth in bar; but will try cozier dining room next time! Wonderful evening. Reserving on open table was difficult as we tried to make comments to reserve specific type of table; it kept trying to have me change the reservation time to an hour later; so I had to call several times to reschedule a live person to put in this request-not happy about that.

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  7. JamesT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would have given 5 stars but the receptionist kept telling us the kitchen was about to close. The waitress service was great!

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  8. JamesH

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Blaring acoustic music made it extremely difficult to hear one another. It was a miserable evening. Never go there again.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nothing was marinated nor seasoned. My shrimp and New York steak had no flavor and i don’t believe in using salt after the food is cooked. Its just not the same.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. From start to finish out of bounds

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  11. FrankA

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Found this cute excentric western restaurant on yelp. Very pleased with our choice. We were in Santa Maria wine tasting and wanted a good steak dinner and found a great little gem. Food was very good, well seasoned and flavor spot on. I gave it 4 stars only because the service could have been a little More attention to refilling water or offering another cocktail. But overall would come back.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding local restaurant that's been in the area since 1958. Absolutely delicious food One of our regular places we go a lot.

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  13. LocalGal

    Central Coast

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect steak dinner! Thank you for a wonderful pre-birthday treat!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks a little weak but food was excellent. Server ratio not appropriate.

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  15. Katrina

    Orange County

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual nice time, I requested a booth and this time I got one. Food excellent as usual, love their house Old Fashions, made perfectly. Our steaks are always cooked just the way we like. We usually have leftovers.

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  16. SandyC

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is exactly what we were looking for — a steakhouse built on the traditions of the 50s and 60s, but Santa Maria style. This will be our new go to!

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  17. SaraS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great! Great food, great service, awesome bartenders.

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  18. GretchenH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was superb and they made everyone feel very, very welcome

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Super yummy dinner experience…good service, attentive server, but the busser was excessive in asking us if we wanted plates cleared when we weren’t finished. Decent setting, we dig the bar over the restaurant honestly. REALLY good food, totally recommend FW

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, the Far Western Tavern provided an outstanding dining experience, with exceptional food, attentive buss boys, and efficient food runners. However, the service fell short as we had to wait 20 minutes for our bottle of wine to be opened and brought to our table. The process of bringing one wine glass at a time resulted in multiple trips, and my 13-year-old daughter received the first empty glass. Salads were served at separate times, indicating a lack of coordination. It seemed our server may have been new or handling too many tables simultaneously, which affected the overall experience. While understanding the challenges of the service industry, a suggestion would be for the server to read the table better. This could have been an off night, and I found myself contemplating getting up to assist the wait staff. Despite these issues, the outstanding food and efforts of the buss boys and food runners left a positive impression.

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  21. Chefette

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food cozy place to eat but not fussy.the birthdsy bell is a little loud and distracting but that didn't detract from the dining experience.

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  22. MangiaB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, but extremely slow service. Went at 7:00 PM on a Friday night with reservations for a party of 6. Took 1 hour 45 minutes to get our main dish. Great ambience and food was delicious and cooked to our liking. Great variety of menu. Our party had lobster, halibut and various steaks.

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  23. DebbieC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and food are always consistent 👌 date night, family outing, or solo, good vibes

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  24. GabrielaN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Staff friendly and efficient. Overall great experience.

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  25. AliceC

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great restaurant. There was a line to get in at 5:30 so please make a reservation. Quiet crowd eating traditional food from the past starting with celery, carrots peppers and carrots in a dish with crushed ice. The Chocolate flourless cake at the end was Devine.

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  26. BigDaddy1

    Sacramento

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very good enjoyable evening, food was great and service was excellent!

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  27. Jenna

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place for a good BBQ. Got the sirloin and it did not disappoint.

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  28. BradY

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed with drinks and a steak dinner at Far Western Tavern. Had sweetbreads, charred romaine Cesar salad, the “Bullseye” ribeye steak w classic fixins, including relish tray, tortilla chips, salsa, bay shrimp salad and beans, with garlic bread. Finished with apple gallet w vanilla ice cream. All great quality. Drinks: Knob Creek maple bourbon Manhattan, Firestone 805 ale and a local Barbera enhanced the dinner experience. Very friendly and efficient service by Tammy. In my opinion, this is the beat overall Santa Maria style (red oak fire) BBQ steak restaurant in California.

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  29. LocalGal

    Central Coast

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service, accommodations, and spirits!

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  30. BettyW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Far Western Tavern is the best steak house around the central coast. The New Year’s Eve dinner we had was perfect, from the steaks to the service to the assortment of sides.

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  31. LindaH

    Yosemite

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food! Favorite local restaurant.

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  32. Bowlersmama

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite go to places for a nice dinner or to sit in the bar after a tournament! They never disappoint, food is outstanding, service is always great (Hope) was fantastic. We always do Christmas Eve dinner here, it’s my Birthday and they make it very special🥰❤️

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  33. Emma

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Order Halibut was cold and overcooked, dry as a bone, backed potatoes was burned and cold. My husband steak charred on the top was bitter and unpleasant. For Christmas Eve the sit us separate small room, it was no one there except view on the kitchen door and service personnel. Food and ambience completely ruined our Christmas Eve dinner. We asked the front host girl to change the table under sitting but she refused.

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  34. KeithM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was very good, but somewhat slow. They seemed under staffed

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  35. MarioC

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always very good and very polite staff. Bar is excellent.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Far Western has gotten its groove back. Great experience.

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  37. JohnP

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose to celebrate our Anniversary here. It did not disappoint. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu and was attentive. The food was fabulous; great salads and our steaks tender and grilled to perfection. Our complimentary dessert even came with “Happy Anniversary” written in chocolate on the plate’s rim! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice dinner and ambiance.

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  38. CassieWB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They accommodated us also minute and everything worked out well

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  39. LidiaO

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Manny was amazing and the entire Team was friendly, attentive and fast. Thank you so much for hosting on Thanksgiving Day. The food was a lot! And deliscious.

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  40. Jacque57

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our second year going to Far Western for Thanksgiving. The food was good. The service was excellent. The price for the meal was a little pricey and the dessert should have been included with the meal. The price was expensive for the dessert. Overall we enjoyed our meal.

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FAQs

Far Western Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1163 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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