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“Pleasantly Surprised”

A J Spurs Saloon & Dining
Ranked #3 of 57 Restaurants in Grover Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Porterville, California
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

There are some steak houses in the area that target the tourists with fancy buildings and decor, but don't always deliver on the food. I had always thought AJ Spurs was one of those. To my surprise, they actually have a great staff and very good food.

Upon entering the restaurant, the first thing we all noticed was the huge Bison standing against the wall. Other western themed decor was also present and tastefully done, as western decor goes. Our party of 6 was seated immediately, which surprised me since this was a Friday night on President's Day weekend. Upon being seated, we were asked for our beverage orders. Not long after that, our drinks arrived, along with our family style beef & vegetable stew along with a bowl of black beans and a bowl of salsa. The waiter explained that most people will combine all three in the soup bowl. OK, so I did and it was delicious. Next came our salads. These were generous portions and the greens were fresh. The main course came right behind these in a very timely manner. Mine was a rib eye steak, medium rare. It was probably just a little closer to medium, but it was still very tender so I had no reason to complain. It was 14 oz. and very good. Ice cream was included in the price so we all enjoyed a bowl. It too was pretty good. Good food, good service, overall good experience. Well done!

I haven't got a single negative thing to say about this place. It will remain on our list of places we will visit again.

  • Visited February 2013
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oceano
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“saddened by the dinning experience”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

last night we went to this restauraunt an we were all totally shocked on how poor the meals tasted an looked...not only were they over priced but for over 300.00 dollars one would think that the waiters would be able to answer questions about cooking...the plates would of looked appatising.two Tbl spns rice flopped on a plate with a steaked the size of a biscuit an a purple leaf for I dont know what reason....you should really talk with your cheifs there horrible.the salad an soup were the only thing that had any appeal,an thats becuase we were hungry an they even took that away to soon....I was raised on a beef ranch an you should do research on your beef and plating....we are really were hoping this was gonna be good,but instead it was disappointing at ridiculous prices!

  • Visited January 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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204 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
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“Very good food and service”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Very big portions, very good food. We like the free appetizer that comes with every meal. Great selection. The steak is better than most other restaurants (hint, look at my other steakhouse review).

  • Visited October 2012
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San Jose, California
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468 reviews
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“Have to go Hungry”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

A.J. Spurs is a great place to go if you are hungry and like steak. They provide you a lot of food, and all of it is tasty. Have eaten there a dozen or so times in the last year and have always had delicious food. Every meal comes with unlimited homemade stew and salsa and a salad, as well as unlimited skillet potatoes and then desert. If you are in the Pismo Beach are is a must place to east, you will not be disappointed, but have to go hungry or plan to take some home.

  • Visited November 2012
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california
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“Ate in the Bar”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We ate here 2 nights in a row and found the food, service and atmosphere to be comfortable and relaxing.

Visited October 2012
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