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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
08:00 - 19:30
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 19:30
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Eastvale, CA
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were looking for a back roads kinda cafe experience. This place was great. We had breakfast which had good size portions and possibly the best Steak and eggs I've ever had. From what I read in the restaurant, their beef is from the ranch there and is grass fed. Stop here if you get a chance. Friendly and prompt... More 

Thank HotRodPinata
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Always love stopping here. Great food, great service. Love the James Dean memories too. He died too soon, but left behind lot's of memories for generations to come.

Thank t-shirtlady1957
Guilsfield, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on the way from Oakhurst to Santa Maria. Great place, the Hearst Hamburger my husband had was the best, cooked to perfection. Coffee good, wide menu choice, friendly atmosphere. The James Dean memorial is right outside, very poignant. This cafe should be a must stop on a road trip in this area, long may it continue.

Thank Janey42
Stroud, OKlahoma
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the food very much. No frills, down-to-earth staff, good food, lots of character! Fun stop.

Thank cpixok
Coalinga, California
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

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
Reviewed 11 March 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 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 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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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96 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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
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

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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?