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16898 State Highway 49, Nevada City, CA 95959-9718
+1 530-265-9902
17:00 - 21:00
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

No matter what you decide on it will be great. This place will always deliver the best. Wonderful food and parking is a breeze.

Thank Aundrea D
Auburn, California
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I just read some of the negative reviews and I have to comment... We went to The Willo last night for my birthday. First, I looked at the website beforehand and saw that they offered CHOICE meat. So, I wasn't expecting a meal like at a fine Prime Steakhouse in the big city. I had driven by The Willo before... More 

Thank Dave M
Reno, Nevada
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Country lodge setting with bbq in mid room. Excellent steaks & good service. The salad & beans are pushed onto the plate with your steak but good, basic food.Get a reservation, this is a locals favorite spot.

Thank mmaskaly
Boyceville, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Visited for the first time yesterday. Known for their steaks but there are also other options. And the option to cook your own if you want. Friendly staff and all of us were happy with our food. Rustic and unique. Definitely worth a try

Thank ljoylinda
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112 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

A local tradition, we haven't been there in six plus years as we moved out of the area. We were not disappointed, great service, interesting décor, great old pictures of the area, delicious food, and ice cream with a candle accompanied by singing for the member of our party with a birthday. Great evening, a lot to recommend going back.

Thank Dave M
Northern California
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I'm 73 and have eaten many steaks in my lifetime. The Willo has one of the best steaks I've ever had. Perfectly grilled, flavorful, and juicy. The restaurant itself is an old roadhouse that's been operating since the 1940's. Try it, you'll love it....

Thank Dononlake
Burlingame, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 July 2016

A real joint with very good drinks and food. We really do know good food. You can bbq your own or they will . Great chicken, hamburgers, and more. Very reasonable.

Thank gregmendell
San Jose, California
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

If you are looking for a wood fired grilled steak, this is the place! At the top of the menu is your choice of small medium or large NY Strip steak. If you want, you can save 50 cents on your plate and grill it yourself on their indoor grill pit. Your waitress cooks so many steaks, they got it... More 

Thank Harcro
Penn Valley, California
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

It's been hard to find a 'black & blue' steak like the one Hubby does on our BBQ but the New York & Rib Eye we had last Friday was exceptional. The dinners came with bread, salad of shredded iceberg w/dressing (adding toms etc. was extra) and a small bowl of cowboy beans. Desert was mango ice cream that was... More 

Thank janie p
Kelso, Washington, United States
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

We arrived around 7:45 and they couldn't seat us in the restaurant- there were 3 of us. We were told about an hour wait unless we sat in the bar, so, we sat in the bar. Then we were waited on by the bar staff who didn't exactly do a very good job. Our table was crowded with "stuff" so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16898 State Highway 49, Nevada City, CA 95959-9718
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Nevada City
  • Phone Number: +1 530-265-9902

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?