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“Great Food . . . But, Oh, That Service!”
Review of Far Western Tavern - CLOSED

Far Western Tavern
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pacific Avenue
Transit: On the Orcutt to Santa Maria Route.
Reviewed 16 June 2013

The FW has moved and the food is as good as ever. However, the service needs work. For some unknown reason, we had four waitpersons, including a female bartender whose street clothes inc. a long-sleeved heavy sweater which did not seem remotely sanitary. The senior citizen female waitperson was not attentive and, frankly, she smelled of Oil of Old Lady because of strong perfume and a need for better hygiene.

The rack of lamb was outstanding. It was presented with delicious garlic mashed potatoes, lovely vegetables, and a separate plate of sauteed mushrooms on the side.

The salad which is included in some meals was also an A and was nicely presented on a large plate. The gorgonzola bread bowl, designer bread sticks, and parmesan crisps were an A.

But, hey, even cowboys deserve good service.

1  Thank luv2eat33026
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Chef Rick joined Far Western about three years ago and I believe he stayed with Far Western when they relocated to Orcutt last year. My friends say the new location is worth the visit.

Thank ArtH299
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Reviewed 20 May 2013 via mobile

This is a very nice restaurant. The staff were very attentive and the courses came quickly. I had the filet mignon and it was wonderful; very tender, and with a unique and delicious flavor. Probably one of the best steaks I've ever had. They also had a minnestrone soup with ravioli that was tasty.

Several reviewers are clearly nostalgic for the old location. If you're like me and had never been there, and take the new place as it is, you'll probably really like it. I will definitely come back if I get the chance.

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Thank Brent N
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

I visited the new Far Western Tavern in Orcutt CA and as the old saying goes " you can't go home anymore" It was nicely appointed, with some of it's old charm, but it in no way was anything like the Far Western of of Guadalupe. The bar is very small and it is used as a dinning room, so it was very difficult to just get a drink. The limited bar space was 50% diners the night I was there. Chef Rich has changed the presentation to reflect a modern upscale approach. No longer are there a basket of crackers and the the carrots, celery plate is also gone, replace by bowl of bread sticks and rolls. The traditional bowl of Santa Maria beans has been replaced with individual 3 ounce servings, very meager faire. The same treatment also for the salsa. Gone is the feel a western BBQ. The food was good, but the whole experience was disappointing; it's not the same Far Western.

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2  Thank Surfguy7
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This long time established restaurant and local favorite has re-located in nearby Orcutt, CA in a new building with a new chef/ menu. Even though many things are new and improved, the ambience retained the old image with many items from the original place being replaced here.
The chef is Chef Rick [Manson], who had his own very successful restaurant for many years just down the road. Chef Rick is quite creative. He brings along many of his recipes and his Cajun style and blends them into what this is known for, being a steakhouse.
They have a good wine list especially featuring Central Coast wineries.
They have been opened for 1 week and all reviews from local press is outstanding. It`s a winner and there are some don`t miss menu suggestions that I will add later on.
They`re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at various times on various days.

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1  Thank BlakievanHemert
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