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Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood Restaurant

1600 S Avenue D, Portales, NM 88130-7240
+1 575-356-5587
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good30%
  • Average21%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible6%
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“steak” (25 reviews)
“fish” (3 reviews)
“bread” (4 reviews)
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11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
$$ - $$$
1600 S Avenue D, Portales, NM 88130-7240
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the atmosphere of Cattle Baron, the friendly staff, and the great food!! I will come back for the steak, salad bar, and the atmosphere!!

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

This place has demonstrated that it is the best salad bar New Mexico! For over 30 years it had provided great food and wonderful srvice!

Thank Danny L
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Its been a few months but it seems like a decent place , we went on easter that was a busy day. The waiter was friendly and moved us to a different table as we requested the food was good and brought in a timely...More

Thank Bianca N
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Cattle Baron seems to be the go-to place for larger appetites in this small city. It has large portions and take-home styrofoam containers for people who can't "clean their plates." A customer can opt for the traditional salad bar - but we now know salads...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Nice place for steak and salad. Steaks are not always consistent as far as quality or taste (depends on who's cooking). Salad bar is above average for the area.

Thank Joyce C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

nice little dinner.... really like the salad bar.... really big block of cheddar cheese...always had good service

Thank Hubby-Loves2travel
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We enjoy visiting the Cattle Baron's in Lubbock and Ruidoso but in our opinion, this one is the best. Friendliest service, clean, and a great steak or seafood at a medium price. Good value and quiet and quick. Have never had to wait in line.

Thank Roy R
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Staff was friendly and entertaining. Food was very good; Either off menu or from big buffet. Quaint, cool and comfortable dinner place. Great for couples or families. Reasonable prices.

Thank Anita J
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Salad bar is probably the best part of our visit. I ordered the new mexico steak and it came out prepared the way i like but wqs cold and little flavor. My wifes steak was the same way. Other food on the menu might be...More

Thank Jestin M
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I highly recommend the Ribeye steak (about $25) as it is the best cut and cooked exactly as ordered. The salad bar has tons of options plus soup to please everyone. I love the freshly cut cheese and the chocolate moose. A wide variety of...More

Thank toniroger
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1600 S Avenue D, Portales, NM 88130-7240
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Portales
  • Phone Number: +1 575-356-5587
Small Town Burger Rivals Any Big City… In LA or NY I would expect to pay $15+ for this quality of burger. Not so in the little dairy and peanut capital of Portales, New Mexico. We were passing through on business and stopped by the Cattle Baron for lunch. I ordered their Rio Grande burger with green chile and Monterey jack cheese. Flavorful, quality hand-formed beef. This is not a manufactured pressed patty. I like mine well done and it was still mouth watering tender delicious beef on a fresh baked roll. The green chile was not overpowering, the cheese was perfectly melted and quite a thick cut. I pushed the tomato, onions and lettuce to the side and let the trio of beef, chile and cheese make my day. We were told there are a few Cattle Baron restaurants in surrounding areas and I believe also Lubbock, TX (check their website for locations.) Next time we drop in we want to try the ribeye, but one of us will definitely order the Rio Grande – what a fantastic surprise to stumble upon! P.S. order the fries extra crispy, ours were good but a little limp.
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