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“The Range is the perfect combination of small town atmosphere, big city quality, and reasonable prices.”
Review of The Range

The Range
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
San Luis Obispo, CA
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Range is the perfect combination of small town atmosphere, big city quality, and reasonable prices.”
Reviewed October 9, 2009

We love love love this restaurant. You'd probably never even see it there, and being in the tiny town of Santa Margarita (just a quick 10-minute drive from San Luis Obispo), you'd probably never stumble upon it on your own. That's another great thing about this restaurant, it is really only heard of word-of-mouth, and the place stays full to capacity this way every time I've been there. They don't take reservations or credit cards (or at least not up until the last time we went), but who cares! It's worth hitting the ATM before you go (or they will take a check, though not sure if they take them from out of town?), and worth the wait if there is one, maybe on the patio with a glass of wine if Central Coast weather is behaving as it usually does: meaning tolerable temperatures even in non-summer months. All that said, this restaurant has the nicest people working there, the best casual atmosphere for a more upscale quality cuisine, and the food is always incredible. I have yet to try something I didn't love, and have to admit I tend to slightly overeat because you just have to try this appetizer, that salad, plus your dinner, and then who can resist those desserts? Although the menu is a more "comfort-food" in taste, it fits with the atmosphere of Margarita, and the general taste in the North County where people still want their red meat, even if dining higher-end. At the same time they have apps like escargot and crawfish. One time we happened to be there just after the local ranch had castration day, so they had very fresh "Rocky Mountain Oysters" fresh off the cow from just down the road. While I don't eat them, I thought if you did, how much more fresh can you get?

Whether from the Central Coast or wanting to truly experience the Central Coast atmosphere and local lifestyle, The Range will not disappoint. They are a refreshing perfect balance of local taste and atmostphere with metropolitan quality, all at the right price.

You may want to call ahead, just to see if there is a wait. If they know you are on your way, sometimes they will sort of keep a table in mind for you. During warm months, I'd definitely recommend sitting out on the patio to enjoy the warm North County evenings.

Here's a review I also found in the LA Times:
http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/food/la-fo-review12mar12,0,7647353.story

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SAN LUIS OBISPO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderfully unexpected surprise”
Reviewed September 14, 2009

A small old building in a no-stoplight town with cowhorns over the door... who'd a thunk? First class service, top notch food, excellently priced wine list and fun to boot are what you will find at The Range. We have dined there many times in the year since moving to this area and every meal has been fabulous. The place is cozy, delicious, wonderfully staffed and overall perfect! We have brought a child once and everything was fine, but the menu is not suited to most little ones. The large outdoor patio is a California ideal on a pleasant spring, summer or fall evening (and, hey, they also have heaters out there for winter!).

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantabulous Food and Great Service”
Reviewed June 17, 2009

Hidden minutes off highway 101, 8 miles north of San Luis Obispo, this restaraunt is a paradox in that it brings charming down home staff (Dimitri and Lindsey) with authentic country music (subtly playing in the background) combined with 5 star big city delicious steaks, seafood, and local wines. This restaraunt blends the ambiance, food, service, music into the perfect dining fusion. My wife and I stumbled upon this restaraunt after wine tasting - it was the perfect ending to our day. They have a cozy outside padio that turned into an outside stage for a wonderfully talented Jade singing engaging folk music. This is secret to locals but a must for all comers.

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