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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
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Uppsala, Sweden
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A short drive outside of Santa Maria, the effort is well worth it. Everyone traveling between L.A. and the Bay Area on 101 seems to know of this place. A 1960s Western dining feel. Old historical photos on the wall with full exposed grill in the middle of this small restaurant. Steak dinner includes salad, garlic bread, and a scoop... More 

Thank 432West
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Three things: 1. Hard to find, especially in fog. 2. Not cheap - these folk know the value of their goods. Ribeye at $45 (but that's a full plate and dessert, too). 3. It's awesome. Table of three, busy Wednesday night - the decor is so small-town-hokey, the place borders on 'touristy.' But it's small—think 'Bistro' rather than Restaurant in... More 

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 4 weeks ago

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 January 13, 2017

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 January 6, 2017 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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47 reviews
24 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 23 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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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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 

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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, Full Bar, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?