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Tahoe Joe's

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485 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6546
+1 805-543-8383
Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Apple Valley, California
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290 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were looking for a place to get a good steak in San Luis Obispo, we made the mistake of picking Tahoe Joe’s. First off, we were a little confused, the restaurant is nowhere near Lake Tahoe, but the place is themed after the lake. Second, they use almond wood to smoke everything, I mean everything. SLO is wine country,... More 

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Thank Kenneth D
California
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a Friday night. The wait was 45-60 minutes when we arrived shortly after 6pm. They told us that wait time is cut in half if you call ahead, and advised the bar was free seating and served the full menu if we saw seats there. We went into the bar area and saw a couple leaving a... More 

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Pismo Beach, CA
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131 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been regulars at Tahoe Joes, but they are definitely slipping in some areas. This is not based on just one visit. Tahoe Joe's still excels service, but the prime rib has gone from excellent to just "not that good." I think they are buying cheaper meat. On our last visit, my wife ordered prime rib and got the... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cozy restaurant, with good food, and reasonable prices. Service was good, Restaurant was quiet due to the hour (8pm) and it being Halloween.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the food here and you definitely get what you pay for. I love their chicken, potatoes, and greenbeans.

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Atascadero, California
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Early dining at Tahoe Joe's resulted in a ho hum experience. My waitress was Alisha who was very pleasant and prompt. The food was just okay. I have eaten here before and it has always been very good. Might have just been an off day in the kitchen.

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Salem, Oregon
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The meat cooking process only allows for medium at the rarest which is not my idea of how a good steak should be cooked. The prime rib was ok but I wish I would have ordered rare as the medium rare was well on the medium side. The service was very good.

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Thank twobuttes
San Mateo, CA
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189 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Went to Tahoe Joe's because it was easy parking and it was a Thursday night and we didn't want to deal with the traffic and parking downtown with the Farmers Market in the center of town near the places we would have gone to. Service was good but the salad didn't seem to be as fresh as it should be.... More 

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Central coast CA
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The Railroad camp shrimp are great and all the steaks too. Nachos are ok but nothing to write home about. Service is friendly and the atmosphere nice. I like the green beans when they are fresh and haven't been sitting under a warmer for a long time. My Mom is very picky and this is one of the few restaurants... More 

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Watsonville, California
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Average except the bill, which is above average. But it is a college town. Busy, crowded, commercial & noisy. I will stake my claim elsewhere next time, or try it maybe one more time? Olive Garden might have been a better choice?

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Steakhouse
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 485 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6546
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-543-8383

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?