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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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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 1
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  • 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
back to being a valley staple!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
jana c
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Carmel Valley, California
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English first
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 NEW

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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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 14, 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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Carmel Valley, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Strictly a locals spot, great atmosphere. Although named the "Running Iron" I affectionately call it the "Iron Maden". Good food, medium priced, a large selection on the menu. I go there often. If you go there, you need to plan enough time to walk around and see all the "stuff" hanging from everywhere. One of the old pair of boots... More 

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Carmel, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Great Burgers and Sandwiches, warm friendly staff with loads of local knowledge, indoor outdoor dinning- overall best experience.

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Royal Oaks, CA
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This restaurant/bar looks like it has been here forever, like a building in an old western town. The walls and ceiling are covered with a mixture of old western items and signs with cowboy boots nailed to the ceiling. So the atmosphere of this place tells you that good old fashion food is expected. We sat on the patio, which... More 

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Fresno, California
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were there for breakfast. No frills for what we had but bacon was thick and delicious and I enjoyed a warm olallieberry muffin - very good. Patio was very pleasant and service was good, attentive. Would definitely return for breakfast or lunch!

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Piedmont, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Been coming to this restaurant for many years. Today, we sat in the restaurant and waited for our food for over an hour. Waitress told us our order was coming in 5 minutes, but, we decided to leave. Asked another waitress if we should pay for our dinks. She ignored me and walked on by. Disheartening after all these years... More 

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Naples, Florida
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79 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

I am surprised this restaurant has some average reviews. It had very good food, we tried the roasted artichoke appetizer which is a must try for novices to the area (evidently this is the area artichokes are grown in). We each had different entrées including their fried chicken, which the server said they are known for, the fish tacos and... More 

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Boulder Creek, California
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Great drinks, great local vibe in the bar and great food and service. The bartender was friendly and poured an excellent drink. The food was tasty and the waitress also vet friendly. We came back three times during our stay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

A great American Bar that is a combination between a saloon and a restaurant. Good food, good service, good beer and wine and all for good prices. Try the artichoke, its the best we've had so far!

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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

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