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Swiss Chalet

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516 N Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 347-7800
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Locally popular

Note that the sign at the restaurant says "Swiss Restaurant." Somehow it's listed on Trip Advisor as Swiss Chalet." We chose the restaurant only because of recommendations on Trip Advisor. There's nothing about curb appeal that would have drawn us in. But it's obvious that people from the area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Bruce H
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Bakersfield, California
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English first
Bakersfield, California
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Note that the sign at the restaurant says "Swiss Restaurant." Somehow it's listed on Trip Advisor as Swiss Chalet." We chose the restaurant only because of recommendations on Trip Advisor. There's nothing about curb appeal that would have drawn us in. But it's obvious that people from the area like this restaurant. We arrived about 6:00 PM on a Saturday... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

steak cooked wonderfully. Ambience very coffee shop! Definitely not a fine dining restaurant. Salad wilted asked for another and not good.

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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Went to eat here with family that are local to Santa Maria. Menu had good options but appreciated the "Ideal Protein" section that had lean cuts of protein with a salad and roasted asparagus and broccoli. I ordered the 8oz lean serloin cooked medium. Steak had a nice flavor and was juicy. Pit grilled-Santa Maria style. My uncle ordered the... More 

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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you are looking for Santa Maria Tri-Tip you have come to the right place. This is the real deal. You can order the authentic menu: Tri-Tip, Salsa, Pinquito Beans, Salad, Toast or you can order the Tri-Tip Sandwich (my lunch time favorite!) But wait...this place offers the best Prime Rib on the Central Coast too. They have a wonderful... More 

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Orcutt, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We have been going to "The Swiss" for years! We have always had nothing but good, friendly service by everyone working at this long standing family owned business. You may be taken back by the "old school" décor and the dark dining atmosphere - but for us, that's all part of "The Swiss" experience! The food is absolutely delicious -... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Enjoyed the sliders on the appetiser menu. Food was great. Definitely would go again. Service was good.

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Rexburg, Idaho
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The food has ALWAYS been great, now the inside is better than it ever has been. Saw a review that said surrounding area not safe, and not enough parking... there was more parking in the back, you may have missed it. And the surrounding area is just fine, very safe..[I've lived here since 1980] but there are many Mexican-American people.... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Our family asked us to experience the food and environment so they could decide on our family reunion site in the near future. We went for lunch and the server Gabe was wonderful. Attentive and knowledgeable. The food was okay but nothing that special. As we left my husband called his service dog out to help him up and walk... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This old-school steak house is a great find. I thouroughly enjoy sweetbreads, but they are seldom on menus. The Swiss Inn (not Chalet) offers sweetbreads in addition to excellent steaks The grilled artichoke appetizer was delicious and there is a good, by-the-glass wine list. Only criticism: salad greens were old - odd given the restaurant is so coose to the... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is the first time I actually had a steak dinner here at 'The Swiss' (that is the actual name, they dropped 'Chalet' years ago). I have had breakfast there on Sundays (great) and burgers for lunch (also great), But I decided to step out of my normally frugal comfort zone to have what many have told me is the... More 

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Additional Information about Swiss Chalet

Address: 516 N Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone Number: (805) 347-7800
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: American, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 516 N Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: (805) 347-7800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?