Nipomo >Food & Dining > Jocko's Steak House
125 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo, CA | Directions 9344435.043042 -120.476373
The food here in Jocko's Steak House is very delicious and the ambiance is great I would suggest this restaurant to anyone.
Still the best – I've known of (Jocko's) since I went to Cal Poly (SLO) as an undergrad which was back in 1995. It was really from a college roommate, actually.
He swore on his mother's grave that it was the best steak in the area. Well, after a 20 minute drive and a 2 hour wait, I was ready to write-off Jocko's. Until I had their steaks.
I've been a convert ever since.
We moved to Texas in 2005 and while I was there, there were some decent steak places, but every time I was in the (CA) Central Coast area on business, I'd still make the trip. Yes the drive was there; yes the 2 hour wait still exists whether one makes a reservation or not, but it's worth it.
We recently moved back to California and every now and then, we'd make the pilgrimmage from Visalia back to Jocko's.
As some have suggested, order a steak to eat there and then order another one, thick cut to take home.
Best Steak House on Central Coast - maybe everywhere – I have been eating at Jocko's since the 1950's. Had my wedding reception at the current location in 1966. Eat there as often as I can and love the food. The large spencer is always great. Best pop for your money. My wife likes the steak sandwich from the pit [also a spencer] and is always satisfied.
Do yourself a favor: Eat here. – Upon first walking into this place, it is a bit...off-putting. The brands on the walls and the general cowboy atmosphere tends to be a bit over the top, however the wonderful smells overpower these minor drawbacks.
The seating is on wooden benches and is quite rustic, and the menus seem to be the type you'd expect to find at "Big Earl's Truck Stop" or some such establishment, but again, the wonderful smell from the open cooking area demands that you overlook these trivialities.
The item on the menu which so drew my attention was the Spencer steak, as this is a cut I had been previously unaware of (it is essentially a ribeye). I ordered the smaller portion size, which, as it turned out, was quite filling. Allow me to guide you on this however; Get the larger portion. Take it home.
This steak is possibly the best I've had at a restaurant, although the cooking method does make it difficult to compare to say, Ruth's Chris. The steak appears to be like a roast, almost, about as thick as it is wide, and swimming in its own juices. From the first bite to the last, this is a must for steak lovers.
Having been there several times in the last few years, I have yet to be disappointed. The setting could be better, the sides are forgettable, but the amazing steak more than makes up for it. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Not what a good restaurant should be... – I live in San Luis Obispo and many of my friends recommended Jocko's for an awesome steak. I work during the evening so the only time I had to try Jocko's was during lunch. That was a big mistake. I ordered the steak sandwich, the first thing you would see on the menu. Well, its awful. It seemed to be pan-fried with no taste whatsoever. Absolutely bland. Even though the service was friendly, that's all I could think about on the drive back to slo. All the hype for nothing. And for 16 bucks, I don't expect much, but I could have just went to Firestone's in slo and had a much tastier tri-tip sandwich for half the price. Even more unfortunate, I work at a local hotel in Pismo and I can't even fake recommending Jocko's to guests anymore. Regardless of how tasty their dinner might be, a good restaurant should serve good food from the time they open til the time they close.
Donny G and Buzz Eat at Jocko's – Wow. What can I say but WOW!! This place was fantastic. I happened to be here over the Holidays visiting my good friend Rob Spewack and his lovely wife Carry. In a moment of rare genius Rob got a baby sitter and we were out for a night of adult fun and conversation. Upon arriving we were ushured to the bar where the drinks flowed aplenty!! It was a tad bit busy, and after about an hour we were called for our table. I must say we were pretty intoxicated by then and ready to eat. This place sits you next to others (circa middle school) which was a bit off-putting- I am used to quiet and first class amenities- truth be told. But we ended up sitting next to the funniest couple who reminded us of Buzz and Marcia- two of our dearest friends!! The wine kept flowing and the laughter was raucous! But in this place no one cared or noticed- Wonderful!! So finally the steak arrives and I must say this without equivication-- best I have ever had!! hands down!! The night was even better because our new found friends and me and my wife went back to the hotel and had glorious 4 way intercourse!! Cant't wait to tell all my friends!!
Donny in Oeanside MD
Best steaks... anywhere! – My husband and I were referred to Jocko's back in 2000 by a local. You have to trust the locals! We go up to Pismo about every other month to play on the dunes and we "plan" an EARLY dinner on Saturday every time. When I say early, I mean 4:30pm. There is usually not a wait. This also gives you time to digest your food before going out on the dunes again. I like the relish plate before dinner is served but it's really the Salsa that finishes off the 22 oz. filet mignon. The salsa is not served with chips but rather crackers... the only way to go! We even have friends from Riverside come up just for dinner it's that good! Make sure you stop the next time you are passing through!
Gotta try it!!!! – Found this place back in the 80's when I came to Nipomo to play golf at Black Lake. I have made every effort to stop there anytime I have been close every since.
The steaks are the best and (if they still serve it) the halibut is to die for. Will stop there on our way home from San Jose after Christmas. Sure I could get home on I-5 much faster, but it's Jocko's and steaks.
Some reviews talk about the place being a dump and noisy and a long wait...... yes to all of the above and that's a part of being at Jocko's. If you want fast, go to Jack in The Box, if you want a dinning experience that provides the best steak available, go to Jocko's.
I also need to mention the salad, yes very basic, but the honey mustard dressing more then makes up for the simple salad.......yum!
See ya on the 27th!!!!!
Mind blowing!! – The greatest Steak I've ever had, I'm looking forward to going back after christmas.
I got the Spencer and form that day on every time I think about it my mouth starts to water a bit.
We live in Diamond Bar (bout a 3 hour drive) and this the reason we do it.
Jocko's is the best
Mike O'Meara and Grant Napier LOVE Jocko's – Jocko's is GREAT!! I was on the West coast to ink an important radio deal with my good friend Grant Napier, and BOY oh BOY did we have a great steak. We got there with no reservations--and the wait was long. But who cares? We hung out at the bar and had multiple drinks and the time just flew. The bar was so fun we almost just stayed there!! But about an hour later they called us and I grabbed my 6th Jamesons and we were off to our table. We sat next to a wonderful couple who reminded me of Dennis Murphy and his lovely (albeit annoying) wife Gladys. The meal was cooked to perfection and the waitress never let my glass get half empty. I LOVED this place. One probllem was in fact the restroom. It looked like it was built for midgets. I am 5'10" about 350 and damn near broke the commode! I felt bad backing up the toilet and letting the water run everywhere after such a great meal, but I was too drunk by that time to care. I promise to tell my buddy Don about it!! Highly recommended.
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