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Ranch House Cafe

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US 395, Olancha, CA 93549
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Buffalo, New York
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We ate lunch here twice within a week and both times were great. The food was always good. Try the specials, I'm sure they are always good. Good home made food. The potato salad is wonderful. The staff are friendly and helpful. Got a chocolate milkshake to go for the drive back across two mountain ranges.........great shake! A definite stop... More 

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Thank diw0lff
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This stop gives you needed refreshment along with local color. The walls are decorated liberally with ranch and cowboy humor and photos. The food is simple and tasty. You will likely dine with local ranchers who you can identify by their cowboy hats. Fun stop for families.

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Thank Kathryn W
Berlin, Germany
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

After traveling for a week we finally found the restaurant we were dreaming of! The restaurant is well decorated, the waitress chrystal was friendly without being fake. The food was very good and served with bread and salad on the side. The french fries aren't oily just perfectly cooked. The beer selection is very good as well I highly recommend... More 

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Lakewood, California
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Stopped here for breakfast because we always wanted to try it since its on the main road but was disappointed, The food was just okay, the flies were everywhere and so annoying. The waitress was nice though. Will drive to Lone Pine next time, tried it once so I'm good.

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Thank Luchie B
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Love this place! The Ranch House Cafe is a Charming Historical American Roadside Diner.. The employees here are the best, our waitress on my most recent visit (Think her name was 'Burma'?) was so warm & friendly- It almost felt like we were visiting with family. :) The Olancha Fry Bread is plate licking- delicious & big enough to share... More 

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June Lake, California, United States
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Old, long-time standard stop-off on the way to Mammoth area. Used to stop here all the time years ago on our way between soCal and Mammoth, but hadn't been here for years. Was pleasantly surprised to enjoy a delicious late lunch with efficient and accommodating service. The Southwest chicken salad was delicious and generously garnished with a delicious grilled chicken... More 

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Thank pamoloop
Ridgecrest
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Enjoyed a late Saturday lunch. Food is good and reasonably priced. Good Atmosphere. Extensive menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Had the chicken breast sandwich, fries, and apple pie ala mode for desert.

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Thank Stephen M
Bear Valley Springs
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped in here to have a quick lunch before heading home. I had the barbecue chicken sandwich and fries and they were both tasty. Older restaurant, but the food was fine, and the waitress was nice.

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Los Angeles, California
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300 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

An easy stop from LA to Mammoth. They are used to people wanting to get back on the road. But at 11:30 AM you still need to order lunch. They were very nice about it. The waitress explained the grill is small and my pancakes would taste like the tuna melt grilling next to it. Makes sense.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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526 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Most people seem to stop here on their way to Death Valley but we had just been there and were on our way across to Bakersfield on our way up to Yosemite (via the Fall/Winter Route via Bakersfield & Fresno when Tioga Pass is closed) and the Ranch House Cafe was in the perfect location to stop for dinner after... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: US 395, Olancha, CA 93549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Olancha

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