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The Hitching Post

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3325 Point Sal Road, Casmalia, CA 93429
+1 805-937-6151
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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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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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97 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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.

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Thank Dale G
Three Rivers, California
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

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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 

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Thank Steve B
Central coast CA
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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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 

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Thank 458debbia
Redding, California
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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 

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Miami, Florida
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147 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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 

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Miami Beach
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank ILoveTraveling2
Orange County, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

This little place is out in the middle of nowhere! Luckily we go with some locals that lead the way. The steaks are pricey but worth it! You are not paying for the high profile name or the high rent location; you are paying for a top rate steak and that is what we got! Delicious!

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Thank L A
Newport Beach, California
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126 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

This is what started it all!! The movie and the reality!! The best steaks and the remote location! The starters are just ok except the artichokes but when you get to the steak smother it with the salsa and you will not forget this. Excellent food unique location

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Midlothian, Virginia
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Awesome steakhouse, out in the middle of nowhere! Our son is stationed at Vandenberg AFB, visits HP frequently, and highly recommended it. The service was friendly and very attentive. The steaks & ribs were outstanding, and the portions were huge. A tad pricey, but the quality and historical ambience made it worth every penny. This is a restaurant that's been... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$45
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?