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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good beer, good bar food

I saw this place across the street from 6 wine tasting rooms. Obviously, I needed a bite to eat. It was just what this wine taster needed.....a good beer and bar food. Had a Guinness and a turkey melt on grilled sourdough bread. Yummmmmmm! Life is good! Waitress was very nice. Let's go!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Judy L
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I saw this place across the street from 6 wine tasting rooms. Obviously, I needed a bite to eat. It was just what this wine taster needed.....a good beer and bar food. Had a Guinness and a turkey melt on grilled sourdough bread. Yummmmmmm! Life is good! Waitress was very nice. Let's go!

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Carmel Valley, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We have been customers here for the past 25 years. The place has not changed, nor has the clientele, and that is a huge relief after all the changes in the Carmel Valley restaurant world over the past decade in particular. Try the sweet potato fries! Absolutely the best. Delectable burgers and steaks. Service is casual and the waitress should... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Memories of cowboys days in Camel Valley. Eating outside very pleasant.. Casual food with good service. Can bring dog.

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Nevada City, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The Running Iron is very local, food delicious and the service couldn't be beat. It is in the middle of the village which is perfect if you wish to wander around a bit.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The old lady bartender doesn't admitt latinos , we were polite and all we wanted was have some drinks and she turned us away saying she had the right to refuse service , we asked why she said " just because is my right " she said it in a bad language

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Fun place with local cowboy atmosphere, sports bar with fireplace and juke box with Johhny Cash tunes, food reasonably priced, good burgers but the rest of menu not the best quality.

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Carmel Valley, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Excellent bar, bartender makes perfect cocktails. Mexican food topnotch, secret recipes. Burgers are the best. So are sandwiches. Hate to reveal that they have the best prime rib deal around on Thursday night (Certified Angus). Low prices, good pu food, lunch or dinner.

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sarasota, Florida
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92 reviews 92 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Stopped here for a beer and a needed restroom break in my travels. I can say that I was made to feel at home at the bar by a pair of locals. Sat down and they immediately struck up a conversation on where I'm from, where I'm going and what my story is. They did reciprocate in the conversation about... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We had a large group and were staying in Carmel Valley Village. This place was just ok. They had seating for all of us, but the service wasn't that great. I walked to the bar to get water after waiting for the waiter to bring it. The Calamari and Chips were very good, but the fish tacos lacked flavor. How... More 

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California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Love the Running Iron! Great menu with a vast assortment..a little something for everyone! We ate there MANY times during a kitchen remodel. :) Drinks..are great as they have a bar next door where many locals hang out. Food...burgers are great. The roasted artichoke is wonderful and there Prime Rib (when available) is great. Brunch...our new favorite place. Bloody Mary... More 

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

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