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Cool Hand Luke

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1321 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93454-8000
+1 805-928-6196
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

I go there after church on Sunday evenings from time to time. Food is pretty good and so is the service. I particularly like their stew.

Thank Christina S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

I did not have time to make my own beans for a party, but as we have a great friend who works here and is ALWAYS raving about the food we decided to buy a gallon of beans for the party. They were a tremendous hit! Savory, full of veggies and what a great sauce. Just enough spice to be... More 

Thank kimberleeq2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

THE place for prime rib at a reasonable price. Have gone several times and never been disappointed. Place fills up so go early if you don't want to wait for a table. Excellent beer selections and choices of wine. Very good service.

Thank mkole10171
Santa Maria, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Decent selection of the usual steak, burgers, and chicken items. Great appetizers, and drink specials. Had a great waiter, Steve, who helped make a handicapped individual in our party very comfortable, and nice steak with a perfect Long Island iced tea!

Thank Cynthia C
Santa Maria, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Disappointed with our last 2 visits. Ribeye looked like it went thru a meat grinder. Thin and flavorless. Salad was on the brown side and beans were somewhat warm. Both was dirty, got gum on my pants when I slid in, when I told our server he didn't have the courtesy to offer an apology. NEVER going back here again!!... More 

Thank MJ93455
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

One of the first decent dinners, myself and my partner have had since being in the USA, the food is excellent, most meals are provided a stew/soup or clam chowder, a chosen side dish (veggies/chips/mashed potato), bread and your choice of steak or main. For 17.50 we got the tri-tip steak with all the above mentioned. It was great, perfectly... More 

Thank Lizzie N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

I liked this place. The menu had lots of choices, some bigger than I thought I could eat that night. So I cannot comment on their Prime Rib or New York steak, which i frequently get at such restaurants. Instead I had the Ranch Steak and Ribs. The former was good; the latter was good, but not special or different... More 

Thank cj02139
San Luis Obispo, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

We've had lunch at a half dozen or more places in Santa Maria and I expected the same fair food and service here. The food was exceptional We had a tri-tip sandwich and a skillet ranch steak. Both were very very good. My partner had the house wine ($5 and considerably better than expected), I had an IPA ($7). The... More 

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CoolHandLukes, Owner at Cool Hand Luke, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Santa Maria, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I always get great service here. There is a really good variety of food on the menu. The prices are reasonable.

Thank canuckinusa
Orcutt, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

We've been coming to Cool Hand Luke's for a number of years. The food was good up until the last year. We order different things so we have an opinion. I'm not sure what's happened.. New chef maybe. But the food just isn't that good anymore. The service is excellent tho.

Thank katdon1949

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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
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1321 Nicholson Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93454-8000
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-928-6196

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