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Cool Hand Luke

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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: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Good for the price

A grip of friends went there for V-Day as we have in the past. The food is good though it can be a bit unpredictable. Their rib eye is one of my favorites. This time I had the T-bone special. It was a large slice of meat. I was very happy with it. It was the best piece of meat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
tinman273
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Nipomo, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Nipomo, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A grip of friends went there for V-Day as we have in the past. The food is good though it can be a bit unpredictable. Their rib eye is one of my favorites. This time I had the T-bone special. It was a large slice of meat. I was very happy with it. It was the best piece of meat... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The consistency of the BBQ is not good. Out of four visits, only one (same dish) was excellent and that was because the BBQ had to be taken back. It is a disappointment because Santa Maria does not have a variety of restaurants and some are expensive. I have not been back.

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Santa Maria, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We go frequently to Cool hand Lukes and have a great meal most of the time. They have a Wed, special with 1/2 priced bottles of wine. What a bargain. Their Ahi-tuna is also great.My husband has a steak and it has been better then some of the expensive Steakhouses.

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Santa Maria, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is excellent, the prices great, the atmosphere terrific but the service is above and beyond. Always enjoy our visits to this restaurant.

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Santa Maria, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I am not saying that Cool Hand Luke is a bad restaurant but if you only have a certain amount of discretionary funds or time then go somewhere that reflects the awesome wine country that we live in. See my review about the Market Place in the Santa Maria mall for a great suggestion. What you will get at CHL... More 

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Juneau
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

Went with family for an early dinner. I had the skirt steak with mushrooms and others in my party had the skillet steaks. I ordered my steak medium and it came out well done. It still tasted fine. All the other steaks were as ordered. The place can get a little busy and the constant upselling (add an appetizer, order... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I enjoy the food here, good sized servings and good service to match. There is also a bar in the front that is pretty cool to hang out in before dinner or just to watch a game or have a drink.

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Santa Maria, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Santa Maria is considered (by us locals anyway..) as the barbeque capital of the world. So we are quite picky when it comes to a good steak. Cool Hand Lukes has been one of our local favorites since it opened. The steaks are great, every time. The appetizers are wonderful.. be sure to try the calimari and beer battered artichoke... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

One of the better places to eat in Santa Maria, But not one of my go to places. kind of average. Meals a well prepared, Taste is not the Santa Maria style BBQ I get other places in town. Money better spent at Shaw's or the Swiss.

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Nipomo, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Came with a friend for dinner. The food was good, I got the Tri-Tip sandwich. For a region that has a number of private world renowned steakhouses (Far Western, Jocko's, Hitching Post, McClintocks, etc) and a world renowned style of Barbecue (Santa Maria style), the fare was a little plain, but for chain steakhouse it was very good. Casual atmosphere,... More 

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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, Seafood, Steakhouse

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?