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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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 10
    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
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
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Merced
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201 reviews 201 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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Santa Maria, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I would rate this place as a bit ahead of Roadhouse Grill which is across the freeway (good ole 101). Food is good. Service is a bit better than average. Ambience excellent. But, when you go to a steak house, you for steak. You

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Nipomo, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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27 helpful votes 27 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 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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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?