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The Jack Ranch Cafe

19215 East Highway 46, Cholame, CA 93461, Shandon, CA 93461-9626
+1 805-238-5652
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good40%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Cafe, Diner
19215 East Highway 46, Cholame, CA 93461, Shandon, CA 93461-9626
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I don't think that I would drive 120 mile for a meal there, but I do try to stop every time I pass by. It is just about half way from my home to Morro Bay. It is an excellent place to relax, have a...More

Thank Theodore P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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...More

Thank HotRodPinata
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 20 April 2017

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...More

Thank Janey42
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

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

Thank cpixok
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...More

Thank Mooozic
Reviewed 10 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...More

Thank Vegani
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...More

Thank pennijohnson
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...More

Thank IBMisterG
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank jriii
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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