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Hitching Post Anniversary Coin Celebrating 65 years

Casmalia, California, former cow-town of the Old West, is where California-style barbequeing was brought to perfection by the pioneers. The Hitching Post has brought this live-oak California-style barbequeing to perfection bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness while we keep alive the traditions of the old romantic West.


The weatherworn walls of our 100 year old building are crammed with memories that induce an atmosphere of Western nostalgia to the romantically inclined people who can relax and trade the pressures of the fast, modern world for an evening of Old West hospitality.

Your Hosts: The Ostini Family Since 1952.


The Hitching Post serves up great (and famous) food:

Monday through Saturday: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.


For Reservations and Shipping
Please Call (805) 937-6151 or (866) 879-4088 

At the Grill


Sammy Saint, Santa Maria High School Logo

Santa Maria High School Reunion

Class of 1972
Sat., September 21, 2019

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Sideways. A Film by Alexander Payne

A film by Alexander Payne

Sideways features the wines of our area and in particular is actually set in our sister (well, actually brother--Frank Ostini) restaurant, the Hitching Post II in Buellton (near Solvang). Look for the Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Wines, and if you look carefully, some of the family members as well.

Forbes Magazine

featured The Hitching Post and The Hitching Post II together as one of "10 Great BBQ Joints in the USA":

Santa Maria Barbecue . . . focuses on slow cooking with indirect heat but over an open wood fire rather than in a closed smoker, and typically features the large tri-tip beef roast. The Hitching Posts build on this local tradition with far more than tri-tip, marrying cowboy customs with excellent cuts of steak and seafood . . . . This is open fire barbecue at its very highest level, sort of a bridge between Argentinean parillada cooking and Southern barbecue, making these among the finest steakhouses in the country, but uniquely and casually so.