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Smalley's Roundup Restaurant

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1190 S Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-2204
+1 831-758-0511
11:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 21:00
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Fresno, California
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140 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

I've been eating at Smalley's for years and always enjoyed the experience until last night. The NY Steak and fries were good, but not great. There was no wood smoke smell or flavor inside or outside the restaurant. And the service was mediocre, at best: I was seated quickly at a clean booth but sat there for 15 minutes before... More 

Thank LBlank-SalinasCA
Monterey, California
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Long time bbq restaurant in Salinas. Good menu selection. Service can be spotty. The beans with beef are my favorite item on the menu. In this case, sides are just as good as the mains.

Thank TennisPlayerEd
Monterey, California
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127 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

We really liked Smalleys when it was in the house on Market. While the portions are generous, the food isn't as tasty. Salinas City Barbecue in the old Smalleys site is much better b

Thank Anne S
Salinas, California, USA
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

I wanted to like Smalley's, a truly local restaurant with a good history. But it's just not what it used to be in its former location; the food just isn't that great, though they certainly offer plenty of it!

Thank Jerry B
Marina, California
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 May 2015 via mobile

Been there 3 times. First time with the hubby and i ordered a burger. It was large and the meat was amazing. It was a good size, really simple but sooo good. I ate the whole thing (very rare for me). Hubby got the Melanie, chicken and steak i believe. Very good. Daughter got shrimp. We were all very happy... More 

Thank mrsestrada1314
Central Coast CA
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

A group of us made our first visit to Smalley's 40 yrs ago when it was on W Market St. and S.O. was the "chef".....Smalley's had only been open a few days. Food was great, S.O.was the best, prices were affordable. We continued to go over the years, lines were out the door. Something has happened since their move to... More 

1 Thank CentralCoastCAMissy
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86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2015

Go for the ribs. The sauce is very tasty! Garlic bread is the best. Large portions and large menu to choose from. Ranch dressing is always fresh home made. Lots of room for large groups. Chose from ribs, chicken, steak, salads, sandwiches, pulled pork, baked potatoes or steak fries. All of it is very good!

Thank VanessaL974
Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015

What a gem of a find at the start of our road trip San Jose to LA and Las Vegas! A so typical movie-style diner with the most terrifyingly huge portions of the best "home cooking!" Our server had the warmest grin and was helpful throughout with advice about the food, how it tasted and the way it was prepared... More 

Thank 19Poppyfield
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2014

I really like the service and the food is very good. I have never experienced a problem with either. I also enjoy the sherbet for dessert.

Thank TravlinWoman
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I've lived in Salinas for many years and Smalley's used to be at a smaller location but since they were always pretty crowded they decided to move to where they are now. Plain and simple: good food at a reasonable price; Friendly staff and good service.

3 Thank Dahlia G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1190 S Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-2204
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-758-0511

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