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“This Is the Place for Parties”
Review of Cool Hand Luke's

Cool Hand Luke's
Ranked #25 of 179 Restaurants in Turlock
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Merced
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346 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“This Is the Place for Parties”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

A friend booked this restaurant for a private party. The entire staff was the best! I recommend this place for everything you need. I don't have enough room here to tell how fantastic this is! Thanks, Cool Hand Lukes!

  • Visited March 2014
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
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“great food”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

this is a great place for family or just a night out with your mate full bar with great staff that took care of us after our ordeal with the hotel next door we a great dinner and drinks

  • Visited February 2014
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Irvine, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Waaaayyy Above Average! Exceeded Our Expectations & Then Some!”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

What a surprise! Took dad to Cool Hand Luke's for his pre-birthday dinner. This is much more than an chain steak house. This is easily one of the best restaurants in Turlock. Possibly THE best. Major props and thanks to our amazing server, Josh. He was a big part of our experience. Very friendly, knowledgeable, personable and just a plain, nice guy. He shared stories without being annoying one bit. He also made a small mistake with our bill, but caught it before I did and brought out a second check. Bravo!!

Oh yeah, the food. Three of us had the prime rib. One of us had the rib-eye. The prime rib was so tender, you could cut it with a butter knife. The flavor was perfect, and the three pieces (medium, medium well and medium rare) were all cooked to perfection. I thought the 10-ounce piece seemed a little small, but it filled up mom. She couldn't finish her scampi, so the rest of us were happy to help her out. The 1-lb prime rib was more than enough for me, and it was one of the best prime ribs I've ever had.

There's a reason the rib-eye is described as "legendary". You won't find a better one anywhere! Again, cooked to perfection. Hold the A-1, bbq sauce, etc. This baby is full of flavor, right off the grill. And it's just as tender at the prime rib. The sides we ordered included the bacon mac & cheese (awesome), garlic mashed potatoes, and the green beans. Everybody was very happy. We also ordered the fried onion appetizer and even it impressed my parents, who normally don't eat that kind of thing. The only thing we missed-out on was the cinnamon roll bread pudding, because we were all too full. But there's always next time, and there will definitely be a next time.

If you like amazing steaks, you'll love Cool Hand Luke's. It easily blows away any other chain like Outback and Black Angus. Before we tried this place, Cattlemen's was my steak house of choice. No more! It's Cool Hand Luke's from now own.

  • Visited August 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“You will leave here stuffed!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is not your high end steak house, you go to with your buddies in Vegas. This is a huge step up from Sizzler, with a down home feeling, even though it's a chain.
There are lots of good appetizers, and accompaniments with your meal.
Great fresh bread. Most meals come with Chili.
Their Prime Rib, is juicy and tender, the way it's supposed to be. Of course in Central California, you can't go wrong with tri-tip.
They give a 10% discount to guests of the Candlewood Suites, who they share a parking lot with.
Enjoy!

Visited November 2012
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“Absolutely worth it!”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

We were impressed! We had many steaks before in our lives and this was one of the best (rib-eye). Excellent service and atmosphere! Very good price- value balance! If you happen to be in Turlock or around you should go!

  • Visited June 2013
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