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Swiss Chalet

516 N Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 347-7800
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Ranked #3 of 207 restaurants in Santa Maria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Santa Maria CA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My wife has the Filet Oscar, said it really,really good! I had the top sirloin and it was great too! My Cadillac Margarita was very good, but my wife's pomegranate martini was too sweet even though she specifically asked for it not to be. They provide ALL the Classic fixings-beans, bread,etc. Prices are reasonable compared to some of the other... More

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Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Unless you knew that this is a really good restaurant,you would never go there, but.... The food is really good. The quantities are generous. My wife ordered a steak, and loved it. I had chicken which was well seasoned. The restaurant is popular, and crowded. Make a reservation.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The restaurant is now called The Swiss. We have had several very good steak dinners at the Swiss. I understand that it is now under new ownership. I am happy to say that the quality was still high. The barbecued rib eye was delicious and served with a crisp green salad and a choice of sides. There are always beans... More

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Saint Thomas, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This restaurant is part bar, part restaurant and is deceiving from the outside. By far the best steak I've ever had. Recommended by a young gentleman working at the Best Western Hotel

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Sunnyvale, CA
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225 reviews 225 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Don't know how they got the name screwed up but the Swiss Chalet is a Canadian restaurant chain and this place is The Swiss Restaurant. Good meats that are BBQ'd over oak wood. Ribs were very meaty and smokey but with a minimum of sauce ( provided on the side) to let the smokey flavor come through. We liked it... More

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Central Coast CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Food is very good, nice big bar with dancing weekends, plenty of parking. On N Broadwey near Santa Maria Inn hotel, well worth a visit.

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Santa Barbara
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I grew up in Santa Maria, and have enjoyed many of the restaurants that serve BBQ. In my opinion, the Swiss, as its known by locals, is one of the top 3 in town. It has a very casual atmosphere, with great wait staff and trust me, you;ll love the food.

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Santa Maria, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This used to be called the Swiss Chalet but is now called the Swiss. It is a small charming restaurant owned and operated by a young couple with many years experience in the industry. There ribeye bbq'd over red oak rivals Jocko's in Nipomo. You won't be disappointed. We are "locals" and eat here very often, Lunch and dinner.

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Santa Maria, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Although the (new) Swiss Chalet restaurant is in a shabby building with a tacky parking lot, and the inside ambience seems murky despite unshielded lights, the quality of the menu/food and the friendliness of the wait-staff make it an enjoyable experience. I relish going there!!

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Santa Maria, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This restaurant has the best Rib eye cooked over red oak going. the ambiance is little bit to be desired but if you want a good steak this is it. AT this time it is rivaling Hitching Post and Jockos for value and quality.

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