Welcome to O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill.

For over 30 years, O’Connor’s catering has been serving Northern California.  We have served thousands of customers at corporate events and concerts but also delivered customized meals for weddings and family events.  Although we are known for our Santa Maria style of barbeque, our owner and chef, Steve Dougherty, has over thirty years of experience and can tailor a menu to each client’s unique needs.

The Santa Maria Grill was opened in 2008 to allow our customers the opportunity to enjoy our unique meals any day of the week.  Customers rave about our signature rubs and marinades and enjoy sitting by our fire or watching a sporting event on one of our two TVs.

O’Connor’s is a family business and we are committed to serving excellent food at a reasonable price.  If you are planning a specific event, we would be happy to have you in for a tasting so you can see for yourself what sets us apart from the rest.  We hope to see you at our restaurant in Orangevale soon.


Contact us to schedule your next catering event today!


What is Santa Maria Barbeque?

Santa Maria Barbeque describes meats that have been cooked over the hot coals of a red oak fire.   This style of barbeque has its roots in the mid-19th century, when the rancheros gathered to help each other brand their calves in the spring.  The host would prepare a Spanish style barbeque as a thank you for his vaqueros (America’s first cowboys), friends and family.

The tender and flavorful meats from a Santa Maria barbeque have been called by Sunset magazine, “the best barbeque in the world”, and the California Visitors Guide raves that this is the “number one food not to miss while visiting California”.  To compliment this fabulous barbeque style, O’Connor’s has developed signature rubs and marinades that have been perfected by catering events throughout Northern California over the last thirty years.

We hope you will visit us at our Santa Maria Grill Restaurant in Orangevale, or call and arrange for us to cater your next event.  You and your friends will love the food and the opportunity to experience one of California’s original barbeque recipes.