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Jocko's Steak House

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125 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo, CA 93444-9072
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can't beat the large Spencer Steak at Jocko's. Best flavor, texture in a steak. Hands down tastiest steak I have had. Santa Maria style seasoned over Red Oak pit BBQ. When you look around and see most other diners with their eyes closed in a state of euphoria as they chew their steak, you know you are in the right... More 

1 Thank surfink55
Newberg, OR
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Trust me when I say this.....I have had steaks at the best places in Vegas, Argentina, NYC, Montana, Texas. You name it, I have ate there. I can tell you this, hands down the best damn steak is right here in Jocko's. I fly down once a year, just to eat this steak. I can hardly wait until next year.

2 Thank ShayN
Loa Gatos, CA
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We flew into Santa Maria expressly for dinner at Jocko's. This was on the recommendation of a friend. It was a good excuse to fly but I was concerned it would be worth the hype. The restaurant and decor is certainly nothing to write home about. As one review mention it looks like an old elks lodge from the 60s.... More 

2 Thank Kevin M
Nipomo, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been coming to Jocko's since 1989 and it is the best steak I have ever had in any place I have ever eaten. The state is consistently cooked to your liking. The pork ribs are amazing with a dry rub instead of a sauce to hide the flavor. The crab legs are always fresh and tasty. The portion sizes... More 

2 Thank Teresa H
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect steaks in a rustic environment. If you hungry and looking for good food you are right with Jocko's in Nipomo

2 Thank Stefan D
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The steak quality is o.k. here, but not as good as the hype. Cuts are mediocre in my opinion and the slides are very sloppy. Dining room has all the ambience of your elementary school cafeteria and the help probably still are in elementary school. Hostess is just plain rude, that is if you ever get to see her. The... More 

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Madera, Ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We heard great things about this restaurant from friends and relatives. We checked it out, and they were right! The ambiance is 1960's Elk Lodge meeting place that needed a remodel 40 years ago. But don't worry. It's not about the ambiance. It's all about the food. The Spencer Steak is fantastic. The "small" size is huge. The pork chops... More 

1 Thank NPTk1000
New Orleans, Louisiana
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love classic steakhouses. We stopped in around 2 p.m. to try classic Santa Maria-style tri tip on our drive north. It was an utter waste of our time. We waited 20+ minutes while the bartender (Lyle) waited on every single other patron, including several gentlemen who came in after us. This is not an exaggeration. They got waters, menus,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several years ago we went to Jocko's with friends for breakfast and it was amazing. Went again and it was equally as good or better than before. Three in our party had the SMALL steak and eggs. SMALL STEAK, are you kidding. I live in the world of steak restaurants and not one of our local eateries serves a steak... More 

1 Thank OLDFirefighter
Upland, California, Usa
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pace is fantastic. Steaks are wonderfully cooked and lots of flavor. They are always crowed so make a reservation prior to going ( about 2 days prior) . We made ours several months ahead as we needed a set day & time. You won't be sorry.

2 Thank ConnieIavarone

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Steakhouse, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo, CA 93444-9072
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Nipomo
  • Phone Number: 805-929-3565

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?