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“Good food, fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke
Ranked #3 of 219 Restaurants in Santa Maria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
NW Florida
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good food, fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

We both got pasta dishes that were very good. I got the shrimp and artichoke dish, which was just a little bland. Portion sizes were very good. Very cool atmosphere and decor.

Visited May 2014
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Tucson, AZ
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89 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good Food, Great Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Based on Trip Advisor ratings, we went to Cool Hand Lukes for our second dinner in Santa Maria. The place was noisy and crowded (Friday night) but the service was prompt and cordial. I had to try the tri-tip again after Shaw's the previous night and found it good but not great. My wife's prime rib was great. Overall, a good experience and we would eat here again if in the area.

  • Visited April 2014
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Arroyo Grande, California
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Warm Service, Tasty Food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

After a matinee at the San Luis Obispo Little Theater we cruised on down 101 to Santa Maria to check out the prime rib at Cool Hand Luke's (not "Cool Hand Luke" as Tripadvisor has). It has cowboy decor, and real cowboy customers at the bar and tables. This is farm and ranch country, after all.
The service is delightful, friendly, and accommodating. We were seated immediately (it was only 4:30pm, though) and when we asked for a particular table we were taken there right away. The salads, my Maker's Mark Sour, the hot campfire beans, and the warm sourdough rolls with garlic butter came almost immediately, and were welcome as we skipped lunch for the play. We ordered our 10 ounce prime rib cuts medium rare, or "warm red center" on their list of doneness'. In retrospect, I should have ordered medium as the cut was exactly as described and I prefer a little more cooking time. My bad.
For the included sides we had garlic mashers and rice pilaf. My bride's rice was barely warm, the only false note in the meal. One other thing, the rub on the edge was extremely salty, inedible, but was only a small portion of the meat. With the fat and gristle removed I guessed the 10 ounces went to about 8 ounces, still plenty, and still a good value with the sides, at $21. Next time we may order the 26 ounce "Cowboy Cut" and share it. We had a good bottle of the house red from a local winery, $16, and took home the undrunk portion. We had take-home from the meat and beans.
Our server, Samantha, was a delight...cheerful, helpful, and she laughed at my lame jokes..sure way to inflate the tip! Definitely worth the 12 mile drive from our house!

  • Visited April 2014
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Santa Maria, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

this place was very easy to find. food was great with a good family environment and the prices were good to. would definitly go there again.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank bruce n
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Santa Maria, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Good value, good food. Nice family place. Prime rib was very good. Easy access off of the freeway. After a great meal you can go right dow the road to several wineries.

  • Visited February 2014
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