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Co-Owner Paul Righetti preparing Santa Maria BBQ for The Cooking Channel

The Far Western Tavern is revered for its Contemporary California Ranch Cuisine. Every menu we create showcases our famous Santa Maria Style Barbecue, local produce and world-class Central Coast wines. The family’s ranching and farming roots in the Santa Maria Valley span five generations of the Minetti family. As ranchers, local ingredients are a way of life for us.

Santa Maria Style Barbecue

The Far Western Tavern is recognized as a landmark for Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a regional culinary tradition founded on methods that date back to the 19th century. Over time, this signature barbecue has enjoyed variations and personal touches that give new, contemporary expression to an old tradition. We are thrilled that Santa Maria Style Barbeque is now world renowned!

Santa Maria Valley Agriculture

The Santa Maria Valley is one of California’s most productive and respected agricultural regions, yielding everything from strawberries to cilantro, broccoli to artichokes. The Far Western Tavern is proud to feature a diverse selection of ingredients grown by family and friends in the surrounding fields of the Santa Maria Valley.

Santa Maria Valley Wine Country

The Santa Maria Valley occupies the northern perimeter of Santa Barbara County, which today is recognized as one of the world’s finest regions for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other varietals.  We are committed to showcasing Santa Maria Valley and Central Coast wines as perfect complements to our menu’s local flavors. The restaurant hosts monthly Winemaker’s Nights where local winemakers come in to share their varietals with our guests.

We invite you to dine with us and enjoy the signature flavors of the Santa Maria Valley.