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Cool Hand Luke

1321 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93454-8000
805-928-6196
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Ranked #1 of 207 restaurants in Santa Maria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Destin, Florida
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We were working in Santa Maria for a week and the first night dinner choice was Cool Hand Luke. It was a weekend night and the place was over run with people and worst of all really noisy un-attended kids. Don't get me wrong I like kids but they should not be allowed to interrupt others dinner. Food was just... More

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NW Florida
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We both got pasta dishes that were very good. I got the shrimp and artichoke dish, which was just a little bland. Portion sizes were very good. Very cool atmosphere and decor.

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Tucson, AZ
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Based on Trip Advisor ratings, we went to Cool Hand Lukes for our second dinner in Santa Maria. The place was noisy and crowded (Friday night) but the service was prompt and cordial. I had to try the tri-tip again after Shaw's the previous night and found it good but not great. My wife's prime rib was great. Overall, a... More

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Arroyo Grande, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

After a matinee at the San Luis Obispo Little Theater we cruised on down 101 to Santa Maria to check out the prime rib at Cool Hand Luke's (not "Cool Hand Luke" as Tripadvisor has). It has cowboy decor, and real cowboy customers at the bar and tables. This is farm and ranch country, after all. The service is delightful,... More

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Santa Maria, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

this place was very easy to find. food was great with a good family environment and the prices were good to. would definitly go there again.

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Santa Maria, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Good value, good food. Nice family place. Prime rib was very good. Easy access off of the freeway. After a great meal you can go right dow the road to several wineries.

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Los Angeles
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136 reviews 136 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

On our way up the 101 going north we got hungry and checked Tripadvisor. This was the best rated place in Santa Maria and we made reservations on our cell phone and showed up 45 minutes later and were immediately seated. The place is definitely “cowboy rustic” but features friendly young professional hostesses and servers. The restaurant caters to families... More

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I have Tried the nearby steak house but I found Cool Hand Luke is the best in the area! The food quality and service are still the best as I were here two years ago. The Steak is very juicy and well cooked! I must go again next time when I am in Santa Maria!!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Never been to Santa Maria & 5 of us were hungry after a long day. We all found something & didn't have room for desert. Everything from the happy hour $5 shrimp cerviche to pasta, prime rib, and they're well known strawberry lemonade; all for $100. Good size portions for price.

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

They serve good food at this restaurant me and my husband went for valentines day and had a yummy meal! Just the only thing was that my steak I ordered well done and was super medium. But besides that it was good! Try the strawberry lemonade

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