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The Hitching Post

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3325 Point Sal Road, Casmalia, CA 93429
+1 805-937-6151
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16:30 - 21:30
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
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Parrish, Florida
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great steaks. The t-bone and the ribeye were both exceptional. The artichoke appetizer is a must-have too! Low key, country ambiance with a good vibe. Service was also attentive and generally good.

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Thank Mark G
Uppsala, Sweden
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

A short drive outside of Santa Maria, the effort is well worth it. Everyone traveling between L.A. and the Bay Area on 101 seems to know of this place. A 1960s Western dining feel. Old historical photos on the wall with full exposed grill in the middle of this small restaurant. Steak dinner includes salad, garlic bread, and a scoop... More 

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Thank 432West
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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129 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Three things: 1. Hard to find, especially in fog. 2. Not cheap - these folk know the value of their goods. Ribeye at $45 (but that's a full plate and dessert, too). 3. It's awesome. Table of three, busy Wednesday night - the decor is so small-town-hokey, the place borders on 'touristy.' But it's small—think 'Bistro' rather than Restaurant in... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

An amazing steak! I have eaten here many times, but it was especially good yesterday since I had not had solid food for two days (colonoscopy)! The Hitching Post is a walk in the past started by one of the ranching families that has been important in establishing the Santa Maria area. A western style restaurant with great service and... More 

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Thank Martin M
Redwood City, California
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135 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

THIS is the place, y'all. You can't be a vegetarian and eat here....well, you could, but it would be difficult. This is the original Hitching' Post in a tiny, no cell service town, called Casmalia. (I heard my first owl when we came out of the restaurant.) With your order of anything Q'd, you get a shrimp cocktail, salad, oh,... More 

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Lompoc, California
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227 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Over several years, we have become predictable: Artichoke, goose & tonics, 10 oz. New York, 5 oz. Filet, a local red wine, etc., etc. Hitching Post I has always been predictable: Service is excellent, food and drink are excellent, atmosphere is local and friendly while being professional and the local wine selection is extensive. We avoid steaks every place except... More 

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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102 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We had 30 people and this place delivered. Not only good food, but fast and friendly service, which is not easy to do for groups this size. Steak was cooked just the way I asked, and our server was fully engaged and attentive. Worth the drive.

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Thank Dale G
Three Rivers, California
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Hitching Post is a wonderful place to dine. The place has character. The servers were helpful. The menu was very extensive and the steaks there are exceptionally wonderful ; cooked to perfection. The restaurant was able to handle our group of 30 with no problem! Highly recommend this restaurant. The movie Sideways was filmed there many years ago.

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Thank Patricia L
San Jose, California
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was visiting Santa Maria for a one day visit and we wanted to go to a nearby steak house. The Hitching Post had the best ratings so we gave it a try. We split a rib eye steak. We choose the french fries over the BBQ vegetables. In addition, we had a fresh vegetable appetizer, shrimp cocktail, garlic bread... More 

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Thank Steve B
Central coast CA
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The red oak over which the meat is cooked adds a wonderful flavor to the steaks - the sides could really be revamped and improved, they're rather simple and lacking in quality compared to the steaks. Decor is very simple and rustic as this is a very old building in the middle of nowhere. Service is usually good. I would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 45
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 21:00
Monday
16:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
16:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
16:30 - 21:30
Thursday
16:30 - 21:30
Friday
16:30 - 21:30
Saturday
16:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3325 Point Sal Road, Casmalia, CA 93429
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Casmalia
  • Phone Number: +1 805-937-6151

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?