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Shaw's Famous Steak House

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714 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5113
+1 805-925-5862
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Santa Maria, CA
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We agree with TripAdvisor that this is the best restaurant in Santa Maria. Great steaks every time. Love the rib eye. It is a nice to get a relish tray to nibble on while browsing the menu.

Thank GaryandKay
Ventura, California, United States
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was hungry and a local recommended The Swiss. Initially i thought why not find something that sounded lime Santa Maria BBQ. I was able to seat in bar atea right away, suoer fsst sercice and friendly. Started with a "Stoli mule" and ordered maple glazed salmon... plenty of options, not sure why i chise salmon but it was great.... More 

Thank Kevin C
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Get off the beaten path and go where the locals have gone for 61 years because they know it's great food. Smoked meat, BBQ sauce and all the things that go with it are available at Shaw's. You won't go away hungry! The brisket was delicious as was the "Tri-Tip" Dinner. The Bread Pudding was good as well.

Thank Bill W
El Cajon, United States
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158 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Have eaten many meals here in the past, usually steak since that's what they're noted for, but one meal left me rather disappointed. Ordered a rib-eye steak, charred rare, and the waiter came back and told me they couldn't do it that way and the best they could do was to char it medium rare. OK, I went for it,... More 

Thank William C
San Jose, California
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235 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great selection of meat. The rib eye is tender. The tri tip is thick. Maybe on the salter side. Great relish and beans for all.

Thank VictoriaK2
Santa Rosa, California, United States
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Shaw's has been in Santa Maria longer than 55 years i have been around Santa Maria. This the one of the top BBQ places in SM for lunch or dinner. Open fire pit cooking a great steak. Great business lunch or family dinning. Service is good, food is outstanding and good drinks. Limited parking although i have never had a... More 

Thank Ron S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived about and hour before closing with the restaurant being almost empty we were seated immediately. The waitress was helpful and informative. The meals were of generous proportion and value for money. I know we arrived late however I do not believe this is reason to begin the vacuum cleaning whilst diners are still eating. We felt rushed and under... More 

Thank Travelbags4
Huntington Beach, California
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First reason i have down graded Shaws. The quoted us A ten minute wait, after twenty five I left the bar to see what is up. I was told they did not have a table ready after i had passed a few that were. Note we only had one party of two ahead of our party of two. I noted... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My husband and I shared a steak meal, which turned out to be just right. The steak was scrumptious and cooked to perfection. It was a busy and happy place. Everyone was laughing and talking. I did not see a sad face in the place.

Thank chrbat
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

My husband and I visited today Shaw's after I found a magazine in our room describing the famous Santa Maria bbq places. So login in tripAdvisor to located the best one close by and this one was at the top. Service is good, great atmosphere and portions don't leave you hungry. Steak cooked properly. Good place to come with family.

Thank Tugabiota

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 714 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5113
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-925-5862

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