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The Jack Ranch Cafe

19215 E Highway 46, Cholame, CA 93461, Shandon, CA 93461-9626
+1 805-238-5652
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Cafe, Diner
19215 E Highway 46, Cholame, CA 93461, Shandon, CA 93461-9626
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped off en-route to Fresno, there was 6 of us, service was good and pleasant. We mainly ordered the burgers and hot sandwiches with chips. My son said it was the best burger he had ever had! The toasted sandwiches were good too, however the...More

Thank murph4748
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on the way to Monterey. We ordered their cheeseburger. It came with all the trimmings, and included a side of seasoned fries. And also ordered a club sandwich. Everything was very good. The cafe decor has many momentos of James Dean, who...More

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Very nice waitresses and the food was ok. Country atmosphere . Near the spot where James Dean died . Nice little stop on way to coast when traveling form the Central Valley.

Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

On Memorial Day we were headed from San Simeon to Lancaster when we hit a lot of traffic. We were getting cranky and hadn't eaten when we spotted The Jack Ranch Cafe. It was nice and homey. Very family friendly. I ordered the Hamburger Steak,...More

Thank Angie H
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I don't think that I would drive 120 mile for a meal there, but I do try to stop every time I pass by. It is just about half way from my home to Morro Bay. It is an excellent place to relax, have a...More

Thank Theodore P
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a back roads kinda cafe experience. This place was great. We had breakfast which had good size portions and possibly the best Steak and eggs I've ever had. From what I read in the restaurant, their beef is from the ranch...More

Thank HotRodPinata
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Always love stopping here. Great food, great service. Love the James Dean memories too. He died too soon, but left behind lot's of memories for generations to come.

Thank t-shirtlady1957
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We stopped here on the way from Oakhurst to Santa Maria. Great place, the Hearst Hamburger my husband had was the best, cooked to perfection. Coffee good, wide menu choice, friendly atmosphere. The James Dean memorial is right outside, very poignant. This cafe should be...More

Thank Janey42
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the food very much. No frills, down-to-earth staff, good food, lots of character! Fun stop.

Thank cpixok
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We have enjoyed Jack Ranch for years during our many travels to the coast and back. The food has always been hot and tasty. The service is always friendly. We often spot elk or antelope in the areas nearby, and also appreciate the fleeting moments...More

Thank Mooozic
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
7:00 am - 7:30 pm
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19215 E Highway 46, Cholame, CA 93461, Shandon, CA 93461-9626
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Shandon
  • Phone Number: +1 805-238-5652
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