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“Pricey” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Will's Fargo Restaurant

Will's Fargo Restaurant
16 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
+1 831-659-2774
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Village Drive
Description: Will's Fargo Steakhouse and Bar became a landmark steakhouse in 1959 and has been a peninsula favorite for over 55 years. Entering Will's is stepping back into a time when fine food and service were the rule, rather than the exception. An intimate courtyard patio offers seasonal outdoor dining. Will's also features an intriguing small saloon with a full bar that pours an honest drink and features a lighter menu, including such standards as salads, burgers, and other delectable items. Dinner from 4:30pm nightly. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Monterey, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were in the area for a stay-vacation to celebrate our 2nd anniversary and upcoming arrival of our little one. (I was 35wks pregnant during this trip). The decor reminded me much of a western saloon, which we both enjoyed. The next thing that we noticed were the prices on the menu. It was a special occasion, so it we didn't balk.
We got our usual to start: calamari. It wasn't the best we've had. The crisp kept falling off the squid. And the taste wasn't too flavorful.
Hubby got quail and top sirloin. I got goat cheese ravioli with the sundried tomato. We both were happy with these dishes. Now my husband is a bit of a steak snob. Though he was okay with the steak, he did like the quail much more. (It was his first time having it). And that was the first time I had finished a whole meal as my stomach no longer has space. Not because it was overly delicious, but the serving size was just right for me.
There are a few things that I do pay more attention to with restaurants: their dessert menu and if they refill my husband's drink quickly. Both started off good, then puttered in the end. They refilled his ice tea, but not his coffee. The waiter asked if he wanted a refill. He replied yes, especially since it was Illy brand, his favorite. But the waiter walked past the table 3x, looked at the empty cup and didn't refill it all. As for the desserts: an inviting selection. The brownie was dry and tasted like it was baked in the microwave. And I'm pregnant. They couldn't expect that half a scoop of vanilla would be okay with me!
Overall, I would recommend this spot if you're in the area. Would we come back? Probably not. The reason: been and done. We live over the hills that separate Carmel Valley and Monterey. We know of much better places for much cheaper.

Visited February 2014
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San Diego
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Happy Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

a real kick...... excellent service, fun decor, great food, good wine, reasonable prices, we had a great time ........

Visited December 2013
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Monterey Peninsula, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Old favorite, but disappointing service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is one of our favorite restaurants but last night was a bit disappointing. We were a party of five which is a bit odd sometimes difficult to accommodate. Because of this we had a table by the kitchen door where we kept getting bumped. It also took two hours to eat dinner and I had to pay someone down to pay the bill. Food and ambience are usually great will be back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“typical restaurant great food perfect service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

this is a nice place to eat. We had a carpaccio then a hamburger for 2 we paied less than 50 $you may eat simple meals or more complicated ones. a great choice from fish to meat. Theyxare open 7 nights a week. I really recommend this place

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“always an excellent meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I have been to Wills Fargo approximately 15 times and just love it. The food is consistently excellent. The servers are pleasant and knowledgable I had the salad with halibut and the salad with swordfish. Cooked perfectly, nice portion size, and pretty presentation. Always look forward to lunch at Wills Fargo when I visit.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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