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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: Late Night
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  • 11
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 1
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  • 2
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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
Most recent review
Great lunch

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
jeanneB
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Nevada City, California
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41 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Nevada City, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 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 via mobile

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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18 reviews 18 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
63 helpful votes 63 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great burgers, great Manhattans (but they charge extra to serve them up!), nice take on Mexican staples, great chile, excellent prime rib dinner Thursday only.

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Pinetop, Arizona, USA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

The food was good although their clam chowder separately needs help. Their staff was running ragged to keep up with business. They did a good job. Salads were great. Fish tacos were enormous. This restaurant is a price performer!

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The food is decent and plentiful. The service could be better. Once we got our food the waitress disappeared. We were the only ones in the place so not sure what was keeping her so busy. She never came back to offer to refill our drinks, to ask if everything was good or if we needed anything. After she came... More 

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Restaurant Details

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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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