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Running Iron Restaurant

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24 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 659-4633
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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We chose this restaurant as we didn't want a big meal but found that, in any case, the portion size was plentiful. The cup of chilli (starter) is described as "barn burning" and I recommend future customers pay attention to the description, as it was hot! My husband had a burger with jalapenos... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2015
DJD140215
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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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Monterey, California
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Locals hangout with a western motif. We like Sunday breakfasts. the bar makes good drinks Haven't ever had other meals

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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We chose this restaurant as we didn't want a big meal but found that, in any case, the portion size was plentiful. The cup of chilli (starter) is described as "barn burning" and I recommend future customers pay attention to the description, as it was hot! My husband had a burger with jalapenos and it was okay. My overall rating... More 

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Thank DJD140215
carmel valley, ca
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I live right down the street and come in to drink fairly often. So I frequently wind up eating here. The food is occasionally good, but mostly not. I recomment the burgers, but if you like them medium rare you will probably have to send it back, and then might get it raw. Same with the steak sandwich. Their bar... More 

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Thank muffinfluffer
Texas
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244 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This is a rustic place, and we enjoyed dining on the patio. I had a great club sandwich, and my wife had a chef salad. Very friendly waitstaff, and laid back atmosphere. We enjoyed our food, and would recommend the Running Iron.

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Thank genelary
socal
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

A must local place to hang out and enjoy a meal with friends. The food was good and portions where huge a large selection and prices for all you got was good.

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Thank lilyarag
Monterey, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I try to visit this place a couple times a year. Good place to grab and bite and a beer. They have these really cool machines in the bathrooms.

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Thank Miranda C
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

I've been going to the Running Iron since I was a toddler. Not a lot has changed over the years from what I can remember, and I particularly still enjoy their Mexican daily specialities (if you are so lucky). Full bar, outdoor seating, no muss no fuss. Fun and good food.

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Thank nobizit
Carmel Valley, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The best prime rib on the peninsula every Friday night! Burgers are fantastic! A widely varied menu and most things are really good and plentiful. The atmosphere is downright saloon style with all kinds of cowboy gear on the walls and ceiling. This is a must see to really enjoy Carmel Valley!

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Thank Brandon W
Wyoming
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Following a wedding rehearsal dinner, wedding party and guests moseyed over to this great bar and restaurant for a little after dinner fun. And was it ever fun! Staff was very accommodating and attentive, tolerant of some high energy celebrating, and apparently some of the locals joined in the fun as well. Décor is very eclectic and interesting - seems... More 

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Thank shorton
Carmel Valley, California
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This place has been through some tough times and ownership changes, but seems to be back on track as family friendly. Nice clean appearance with cv rustic decor, casual friendly service and reliably good food. Not a fancy place but good choices for basic burger fare as well as salads and lighter selections. Have to say my regular is the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 24 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carmel Valley
  • Phone Number: (831) 659-4633

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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