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“Disappointed By An Old Favorite”

Idle Spurs Steakhouse
Ranked #2 of 103 Restaurants in Barstow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Since our opening in the 1950's the Idle Spurs Steakhouse has established a reputation for excellent food, friendly service, and a unique dining atmosphere. We remain one of the most popular restaurants in the High Desert Region of Southern California with a multitude of visitors stopping on their travels between Las Vegas and Los Angeles or on Historic Route 66. Authentic western antiques and a beautiful indoor garden will truly create a memorable meal. Idle Spurs has refreshing beers on tap, wine by the glass or bottle and a full bar if you would prefer to relax in our lounge. Please join us for your next special meal!
Santa Cruz, CA
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158 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Disappointed By An Old Favorite”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

I first discovered Idle Spurs traveling from Chicago to Santa Cruz in 2006, and loved it. I've visited a half dozen times since and enjoyed it a lot, but this time, with two nights on both ends of a trip from Santa Cruz to Las Vegas, was different. On Tuesday, the filet was too thin, poorly seasoned, not great meat, and overcooked. Veggies were OK, but not inspired. Salad, as always, was iceberg. Friday, on the return trip, I tried the pork chops, specifically asking if they would be juicy. The waitress was non-committal, and I ordered them rare. They arrived medium well, very tough, little flavor, and too thin to cook properly. Veggies and salad were the same as on Tuesday.

High spots -- service is friendly and first rate, the beer selection is excellent, the atmosphere is delightful, and I really enjoyed Red Trolley, a San Diego brew that a bar patron recommended. This is a lovely place, but the kitchen is dead tired and the meat is terrible. I love what this place used to be, and I made a point of letting the staff know of my disappointment. This WAS a fine restaurant, and it could be again. But major changes are needed, and whoever buys the meat and cooks it needs to find other employment.

  • Visited June 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Awesome steak house.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

Rustic, historical steakhouse with great atmosphere. What a surprise way out in the country. Call for directions! Prices reasonable and quality of service very good.

Visited May 2012
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San Jose
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43 reviews
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

My daughter and I saw Idle Spurs on Adam Richmond's Man VS Food tv show. We decided to try it while we were on vacation. It was on the out skirts of town and we almost talked ourselves out of going to it. However we decided to at least try it. It was amazing. The physical condition of the place could use some freshening up. The steaks were great to say the least. We did go early so we almost had the place to ourselves. However by the time we were leaving, the place was getting full. We will definitely go back on our next trip through Barstow.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank JudyH432
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Barstow, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“my recommendation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

excellent food and very nice get away place to relax bar to have a drink at or watch super bowl

Visited June 2011
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Thank terry o
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Barstow, California
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“CAN DO BETTER AT HOME”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

Slow service, food was bland, cheese bread was horrible, and you used to get more vegtables as your appatizer. Probably will not go back.

  • Visited February 2012
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