Our Story

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Since our opening in the 1970's the Idle Spurs Steakhouse has established a reputation for excellent food, friendly service, and a unique dining atmosphere. We remain one of the most popular restaurants in the High Desert Region of Southern California with a multitude of visitors stopping on their travels between Las Vegas and Los Angeles or on Historic Route 66.

In the mid 1950's, Jeanie & Chuck O'hare built their dream home along the heavily traveled Highway 58 connecting Bakersfield and Las Vegas. Soon the Idle Spurs Ranch was born offering a cozy desert oasis for travelers and locals alike. Guests were served country style beef dishes in the vibrantly decorated lounge and spacious outdoor patio. 

 

In 1974, the restaurant was purchased by Morgan Meat Company owners Donna Ray and her late husband Morgan, changing the name to Idle Spurs Steakhouse. Having previously supplied the Spurs with their quality beef, the Ray's had a vision for the beautiful home. They expanded into the bedroom areas and outdoor swimming pool to provide more dining space and a larger bar. A skylight in the center of the building brings life to numerous plants. 

 

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The original bar.

Most of the decor, old machinery, and hand built wooden gadgets you find throughout the building were designs of Morgan himself. From Groundskeeper to Head Chef, we at Idle Spurs give a tremendous amount of attention to what we serve, both in quality and presentation. It continues to be a family owned and operated destination. The Ray's daughter Judy and son-in-law Mark, owners of the meat company, are now at the helm breathing new energy into the restaurant. Classic mouthwatering items remain, but look for new and exciting menu and lounge additions as well as great events for all ages!

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A cozy fire warms travelers in the vibrantly decorated lounge. Circa 1960s.

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Call it the welcome wagon if you will. This landmark sits on Old HWY 58, just a few miles from Historic Route 66.

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Diners enjoy a sunny day on the patio circa 1960s. 56 tons of flagstone was laid as the flooring, ORIGINAL bar top, and hearth.

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Hand painted mirror sits behind the new bar.