This restaurant has gotten a lot of attention the past few years and I certainly have had some great food there. The broccoli lemon soup is a standout, but unfortunately does not show up on the menu very often. Also amazing are the sweet potato muffins- but if you want one, call ahead because once they sell out, they're gone. But the bottom line is that Rick charges way too much money for what he delivers. Entrées seldom change, are heavily sauced and quite often over salted. Santa Maria may not have many great restaurants, but don't feel limited to Rick's just because that's all you know. Go try Armani's middle eastern food off Cook Street or the steaks at the Hitching Post in Casmalia. Or just keep driving.