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Tahoe Joe's

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$$ - $$$
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485 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6546
+1 805-543-8383
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hollister, California, United States
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sure there are other things on the menu, but this is my destination for the steak salad! Always fresh and wonderful! Service has always been good, even when we've been part of a larger group, as we were this particular visit. Matthew was our server, he was patient, accommodating and went above and beyond the norm.

Thank Ana-Marie C
Apple Valley, California
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290 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

We were looking for a place to get a good steak in San Luis Obispo, we made the mistake of picking Tahoe Joe’s. First off, we were a little confused, the restaurant is nowhere near Lake Tahoe, but the place is themed after the lake. Second, they use almond wood to smoke everything, I mean everything. SLO is wine country,... More 

Thank Kenneth D
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

We went on a Friday night. The wait was 45-60 minutes when we arrived shortly after 6pm. They told us that wait time is cut in half if you call ahead, and advised the bar was free seating and served the full menu if we saw seats there. We went into the bar area and saw a couple leaving a... More 

Thank psaltry
Pismo Beach, CA
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147 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We have been regulars at Tahoe Joes, but they are definitely slipping in some areas. This is not based on just one visit. Tahoe Joe's still excels service, but the prime rib has gone from excellent to just "not that good." I think they are buying cheaper meat. On our last visit, my wife ordered prime rib and got the... More 

Thank PismoPat
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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120 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Cozy restaurant, with good food, and reasonable prices. Service was good, Restaurant was quiet due to the hour (8pm) and it being Halloween.

Thank Dsmittys
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

I love the food here and you definitely get what you pay for. I love their chicken, potatoes, and greenbeans.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Atascadero, California
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Early dining at Tahoe Joe's resulted in a ho hum experience. My waitress was Alisha who was very pleasant and prompt. The food was just okay. I have eaten here before and it has always been very good. Might have just been an off day in the kitchen.

Thank sbeck2015
Salem, Oregon
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

The meat cooking process only allows for medium at the rarest which is not my idea of how a good steak should be cooked. The prime rib was ok but I wish I would have ordered rare as the medium rare was well on the medium side. The service was very good.

Thank twobuttes
San Mateo, CA
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191 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Went to Tahoe Joe's because it was easy parking and it was a Thursday night and we didn't want to deal with the traffic and parking downtown with the Farmers Market in the center of town near the places we would have gone to. Service was good but the salad didn't seem to be as fresh as it should be.... More 

Thank DavenCarol
Central coast CA
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

The Railroad camp shrimp are great and all the steaks too. Nachos are ok but nothing to write home about. Service is friendly and the atmosphere nice. I like the green beans when they are fresh and haven't been sitting under a warmer for a long time. My Mom is very picky and this is one of the few restaurants... More 

Thank 458debbia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 485 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6546
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-543-8383

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