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“Great place for a group”
Review of A. J. Spurs

A. J. Spurs
Ranked #7 of 38 Restaurants in Buellton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
San Carlos, California
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great place for a group”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were able to get a same-day reservation for a group of ten during a busy holiday week, which was great. This restaurant is unusual -- a giant stuffed bear and other creatures are the decor. Every meal comes with soup, beans and potatoes that are served family-style, along with individual salads and entrees. The portions are enormous - kind of gross so share if you can. I'm a vegetarian and there were a couple of options that worked for me, but the menu is designed for carnivores. The kid's menu is solid. Even though the food isn't my style, I thought it was a great pick because it's fun and different, the prices are reasonable, and with so much food you can't help but find something you like.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Allison R
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Mojave, California
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Unexpected surprise in Buellton”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Its similar to a younger sibling (Buellton) being compared to the better-known, older sister (Solvang) for dining when you are in the central coast of California, but that is where you find the A.J. Spurs Restaurant on Highway 246. As you enter the front door you are met with a full-size stuffed buffalo and immediately are transported to another era with an ole western, wood floor, and wild animal-heads mounted along-the-walls motif.
The food is also basic including a large, cast-iron pot of hot, vegetable soup with tequilla black beans and special house salsa served for table members to share. An extensive steak menu plus a few other choices are available for the hungry traveler. All this is topped off with your choice of root-beer float, vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup or dinner licquor.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank avidhiker2
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Solvang, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Texas in California”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Love this place! We visit Solvang, Ca several times a year and visit this restaurant for dinner each time! Love the ambience, love the entertainment in the bar before dinner, love the animals all over the place, love the food, love the kids toy chest so that I can bribe my kids to behave :)

It has been several years that we have been customers and even our kids beg to eat here on our drive up from Los Angeles. The drinks are fun to get in the light up cups, dinner is started with a stew in cast iron kettle, skillet fried potatoe slices, salad and then dinner. We have had it all! My kids love the fettucine alfredo, steak, chicken. My all time favorite is the Twin Peaks which is the filet topped with broccoli, lobster yumminess! And the portions are extremely generous. After dinner you can choose from a root beer float (yay, kids) or an after dinner liquor (yay, parents)! Then bonus you get to keep the light up cup on the way out to the toy chest!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank apedoll
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Apple Valley, California
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Love it! Very good steaks cooked to my taste!!!!”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

We love this place. Food is very good, the soup is tasty and hearty. The steaks are amazing and they have nailed it each time. Service is prompt and friendly. Fun place decor is definitely entertaining. We will keep coming back for sure.

  • Visited November 2013
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Los Angeles, CA
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Hit and Miss”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I have eaten at this restaurant several times and it seems to be hit and miss. Despite this we keep coming back and this week was a hit. We had a Filet and a Porterhouse along with the traditional fare they bring to the table (Soup, Beans, etc.). The Filet and the Porter house were tender and cooked as they indicated. A.J.'s tends to cook their beef on the rare side, so you need to adjust accordingly. Mine was quite good and I enjoyed the surrounding atmosphere of Grizzly's, Buffalo and the Western Themed log structure. The wait on a busy weekend was not more than 15 minutes and I am glad we went back.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Dwayne R
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