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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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Monterey, California
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118 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 Vanessa L
Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Fresno, California
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140 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Smalley's is a Salinas institution for BBQ. The ribs are excellent, especially when smothered in the house BBQ sauce. Lunches and dinners are huge - including soup/salad, entree with beans and selection of potatoes, garlic bread, and sorbet for dessert. If you're looking for the best BBQ in Salinas, this is the place. Just be prepared to wash down afterwards... More 

Thank LBlank-SalinasCA
Monterey, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

I went the other week to Smalley's on a business luncheon and was kind of ready for a so-so meal. I had heard that it just wasn't the same Smalley's it used to be. We had the New York Steak on salad, and it was an excellent cut, cooked perfect rare in my case, my partner had the fillet and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?