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1321 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93454-8000
805-928-6196
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Good!'

We were told by our neighbor to go to Cool Hand Lukes & we are glad we did! Food, Service, Ambience, all GREAT'

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Jay147
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Crestline, California
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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Crestline, California
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were told by our neighbor to go to Cool Hand Lukes & we are glad we did! Food, Service, Ambience, all GREAT'

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you're in the mood for a simple bite in a cozy booth with your special someone, drop by this place and grab a booth in the lounge. Staff is welcoming and service is pretty quick. My guy loves the stew in the appetizer menu. Really, it's more like a meal and I always order the sizzling steak bites with... More 

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Fresno, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I took my family to Cool Hand Luke's and we their stakes, they were absolutely the best. I compare them to Ruth's Chris. Everything was excellent, the service, food, and whole dining experience.

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Santa Maria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This establishment hasn't been in Santa Maria as long as some other steak houses, but it's menu is easy to read- it looks like an antique newspaper- and the food is awesome and pricing is excellent. The pacinto chili beans are a *tiny* bit spicy for me, but other members of my family love them; they also serve a delicious... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Pulled in after facing a 2-3 hour wait at first choice Jocko's. Initial wait was longer than stated but Hey, its Father's Day. First things first, our waiter Gabe was outstanding! Wife is gluten sensitive and she had questions about everything. Gabe went back to check with the cooks about each item in question. Prime Rib was the bomb and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The T-bone is magnificent!! It just melts in your mouth...and that for 25$...we loved it! And going on Wednesdays has a plus: some bottle of wines are offered half price... In general: great evening!!!

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Santa Maria, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant before and found it to be good on some occasions and disappointing on others. Today's visit was sadly disappointing. I had the chicken with garlic and mushrooms. The chicken was dry and there was no moisture in the mushrooms either. Just dry chicken with some grilled onions on top, I was expecting at least... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The meat dishes were very good, we had prime rib, 1/2 slab of ribs, and rib eye. The vegetables were simply not good. We had to send them back and asked for potatoes instead. We will come back again, but it's certainly not even near a favorite.

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Merced
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Cool Hands was at the fairpark where we were for a car show. We bought their tri tip sandwiches. They were just as good there in the park as they are in the restaurant. I sure hope they're back at the park next year! I love their food!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This was one of our family's favorite restaurants because we like beef and for the price it was the best place for a flavorful steak that didn't wreck the bank. Also, I found out that military and public servants (Police Ambulance, Firemen) receive a discount in support of what they do to protect the community. A nice atmosphere with cheerful... More 

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Additional Information about Cool Hand Luke

Address: 1321 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93454-8000
Phone Number: 805-928-6196
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1321 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93454-8000
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: 805-928-6196

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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