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The Hitching Post

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3325 Point Sal Road, Casmalia, CA 93429
+1 805-937-6151
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Santa Maria, California
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An amazing steak! I have eaten here many times, but it was especially good yesterday since I had not had solid food for two days (colonoscopy)! The Hitching Post is a walk in the past started by one of the ranching families that has been important in establishing the Santa Maria area. A western style restaurant with great service and... More 

Thank Martin M
Redwood City, California
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

THIS is the place, y'all. You can't be a vegetarian and eat here....well, you could, but it would be difficult. This is the original Hitching' Post in a tiny, no cell service town, called Casmalia. (I heard my first owl when we came out of the restaurant.) With your order of anything Q'd, you get a shrimp cocktail, salad, oh,... More 

Thank 5150rocks
Lompoc, California
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226 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Over several years, we have become predictable: Artichoke, goose & tonics, 10 oz. New York, 5 oz. Filet, a local red wine, etc., etc. Hitching Post I has always been predictable: Service is excellent, food and drink are excellent, atmosphere is local and friendly while being professional and the local wine selection is extensive. We avoid steaks every place except... More 

Thank Jbhes
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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100 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

We had 30 people and this place delivered. Not only good food, but fast and friendly service, which is not easy to do for groups this size. Steak was cooked just the way I asked, and our server was fully engaged and attentive. Worth the drive.

Thank Dale G
Three Rivers, California
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The Hitching Post is a wonderful place to dine. The place has character. The servers were helpful. The menu was very extensive and the steaks there are exceptionally wonderful ; cooked to perfection. The restaurant was able to handle our group of 30 with no problem! Highly recommend this restaurant. The movie Sideways was filmed there many years ago.

Thank Patricia L
San Jose, California
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I was visiting Santa Maria for a one day visit and we wanted to go to a nearby steak house. The Hitching Post had the best ratings so we gave it a try. We split a rib eye steak. We choose the french fries over the BBQ vegetables. In addition, we had a fresh vegetable appetizer, shrimp cocktail, garlic bread... More 

Thank Steve B
Central coast CA
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

The red oak over which the meat is cooked adds a wonderful flavor to the steaks - the sides could really be revamped and improved, they're rather simple and lacking in quality compared to the steaks. Decor is very simple and rustic as this is a very old building in the middle of nowhere. Service is usually good. I would... More 

Thank 458debbia
Redding, California
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

I love this place and always have gone on the weekend, this time I went on a Monday 08/08/16. And the staff was horrible, our waitress was so busy chatting with the cook she ignored us and the hostess was very rude, they made me feel like I was there to bother them. I will go to the one in... More 

Thank Mariposa531
Miami, Florida
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149 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Loved the little town of Casmalia, not far from Lompoc. Enjoyed dinner here while visiting family. The great need is that you get a complete dinner for 1 price- appetizer, salad , entree , side, and dessert! Portions are smallish except for the entree. Had the NY strip cooked over an open flame grill. Delicious. Great place to go if... More 

Thank Letty0
Miami Beach
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

Being my love for going to the Hitching Post II in Solvang, I thought I would stay in Shell Beach and try the Hitching Post I. It was a disappointing experience. It was not fun! The bar, was just that, a bar. Nothing eminated exciting. Very dark, very few windows if any in the entire restaurant. Hot as one could... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Steakhouse
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3325 Point Sal Road, Casmalia, CA 93429
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Casmalia
  • Phone Number: +1 805-937-6151

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