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The Jack Ranch Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
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19215 East Highway 46, Cholame, CA 93461, Shandon, CA 93461-9626
+1 805-238-5652
07:00 - 19:30
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Sat - Sun 08:00 - 19:30
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Coalinga, California
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 of life when reflecting at the James Dean memorial sculpture in the parking lot. This... More 

Thank Mooozic
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little cafe in Cholame (Shandon, CA), an unincorporated wide spot in the road, is perhaps well-known for its proximity to the Porsche Spyder accident that claimed the life of a young, iconic American actor named James Dean in the 1950s. However, while that is acknowledged in memorabilia, the actual historical building of Jack Ranch Cafe has a story in... More 

Thank Vegani
Jacksonville, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Driving from The Central Valley of California to the Central Coast provides one with many fast food options, but let me convince you to take some time to drop in at The Jack Ranch Cafe between Cholame and Shandon on Highway 46 (Open 7:00 AM-7:30 PM and let your country senses be awakened! The menu is short, but everything on... More 

Thank pennijohnson
Minden, Nevada
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We try to hit this place every time on our way to the beach. Food is always good, wait staff are very friendly and food comes out pretty quick. If you're not hungry for a meal, come in for the pies or cobbler, you won't be disappointed. A bit of history is here, James Dean's Memorial.

Thank IBMisterG
Sonora, California
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped by on a trip through earthquake country. Though the address says Shandon the location is in Cholame. In December there are many tourist facilities that close up but Jack Ranch Cafe is open and appears to service as many of the local cattle ranchers as it does tourists. There were more locals than tourists in the cafe when we... More 

Thank jriii
Norco, California
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

My fiancé, friends and I rode to Morro Bay for the weekend, along the way we stopped at Jack Ranch Cafe which was a nice quaint experience. The waitress told us she had worked there for about 17 years, although the staff were friendly, the food was good and the prices were fair, the service was a little slow for... More 

Thank drmitchell4461
Corona, United States
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128 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Good food at a good price. Had the huevos rancheros for breakfast. Oh so good! Not a fancy place but worth the stop. The James Dean memorial is in the parking lot

Thank JenJen1865
Los Banos, California
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Good food and service. Quaint, nothing fancy but great grass fed beef. Burgers and steak aroma pulled me in as we were checking out the James Dean memorial. Friendly service.

Thank sharoncatania2015
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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123 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

On the road between Pacific Coast Highway and I-5 at entrance to Hearst Winery. Great burger, nice staff & friendly service. Glad I stopped in.

Thank Dee W
Pleasanton, California
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107 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We have always wondered about this restaurant. We have passed it for years, but never really thought about stopping by. For one, we've wanted to get to our destination, two, it looked small and older and we weren't sure about what was inside, and finally it's on a busy highway and we weren't sure how difficult it would be to... More 

Thank Zu S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
07:00 - 19:30
08:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19215 East 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?