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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 45
    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
Tastes like heaven, exterior looks like a dive bar!

My son and daughter-in-law introduced this place to us. We were pleasantly surprised. What looked like a dark and dingy bar from the exterior turned out to be a delicious, old-fashioned dinner house with great food and service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
pclarno
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Santa Maria, California
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Santa Maria, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My son and daughter-in-law introduced this place to us. We were pleasantly surprised. What looked like a dark and dingy bar from the exterior turned out to be a delicious, old-fashioned dinner house with great food and service.

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Thank pclarno
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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97 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard that this restaurant is known for its prime rib, but the ribeye steak looked so good I couldn't resist. It was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. The beans, sweet potato, and bread were simple and delicious. I had the abondigas soup to start and it too was delicious. Service was friendly and atmosphere is... More 

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Thank Regina W
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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448 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Swiss Chalet at 7pm on Friday 22nd January with a table booked. We were shown to our table at the rear of the facility which was surrounded by 3 groups of at least 8-10 people all sat together and finding the only way to converse was by shouting. One lady had an incredible voice... More 

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Thank WiggleOxford
Santa Maria, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have lived in Santa Maria most of my life, and had always thought the Swiss was a dive bar. I didn't know!!!! I just recently was informed that it was a real restaurant with real food. Today I decided to check out the Swiss and I am so happy I did. I ordered the chili cheese burger and my... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Have taken out-of-town family here for burgers, steaks and Mac and cheese and we've never have been disappointed. Staff is very accommodating and patient.

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Thank Yolanda M
Santa Maria, California
Level Contributor
15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

I know, The Swiss is a steak house. So why did I got there for a burger? Because sometimes you just have to have a great cheeseburger, and nothing else will do. There's really no shortage of burger serving establishments in Santa Maria. Most of the chains are present here including the wonderful In N Out Burger as well as... More 

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Thank Dan C
Bakersfield
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We were in town to visit relatives. We went to the SWISS for lunch on two occasions. The house sirloin and the tri tip sandwiches are a must have. Tri tip sandwich comes with Santa maria style BBQ beans. The food brought back memories of growing up on the coast. The restaurant is small and quiet. The service was outstanding.... More 

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Thank EToldman
Santa Maria
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Great food with friendly service. The owners go out of their way to accommodate the customer. They also have a fantastic catering service that is both reasonable and with excellent food. I have used their service 3 different times with over 150 people each time attending. Great experience. In restaurant, try their tri tip sandwich.

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Thank richarddN5356BE
Santa Maria, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

My husband and I eat breakfast at the Swiss at least once a month, and take our overnight guests there as well. The food is done to our specifications with a smile, and the service is always attentive and courteous.

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Thank Originalzaena
Santa Maria, California
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Nice menu selection; food is always well-prepared; tender, delicious steaks; nice sides; reasonable prices.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
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?