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Will’s Fargo - CLOSED

16 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9585
+1 831-659-2774
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“steak” (51 reviews)
“carbonara” (3 reviews)
“fries” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
All hours
American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
16 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9585
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11 - 20 of 139 reviews

Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

We made a reservation for dinner on a Friday night. Excited for a good steak in Carmel Valley. We had made a reservation for 8 pm and had confirmed. We had salads, and steak, and Lobster. The salads were pretty good, the steaks were prepared...More

Thank Peggyjneely
Reviewed July 26, 2016

The atmosphere in the restaurant, excellent service, delicious food, nice ambience and again very attentive service from the chef and his team will bring us back again. The wine list is great and especially the Bernardus Marinus Signature 2009 was exeptionell! We will come back...More

Thank oigen2016
Hlowder34, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed your dinner! We will look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed June 1, 2016

We had a late lunch this past weekend at the relatively newly reopened Wills Fargo. We had an inexperienced but very sweet server. The menu had few choices other than breakfast options and it was clearly too late for that. So, my wife chose two...More

Thank SamLLev
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Hi there Sam, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us and we do take all comments very seriously. Im sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your burger. We do use Prime Nebraska Beef, which is usually quite flavorful. I apologize...More

Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We had a great experience. My wife had the short rib on a bed of polenta with a green tomato bAse which she loved. I had a sirloin baseball cut which was great. The veggies were great as was the triple wedge salad. Chef Greg...More

Thank Steve I
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Afternoon Steve, Thank you so very much for your review and we are so glad to hear you had a great experience with us! We appreciate your time and your feedback and we'll look forward to your next visit. Cheers!

Reviewed May 21, 2016

Love this place. I had the steak bites, corn and a chocolate sundae. The steak bites were perfect and the chocolate sundae was made with homemade chocolate. It was delightful.

Thank Barbra M
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Hello Barbara, Just wanted to say Thanks for the kind words and for you taking the time to share them. We appreciate your business and hope yo have you return very soon.

Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

We popped in for a late lunch and we're pleased beyond imagination! Fantastic service (Thank you Christina); friendly and welcoming manager (thank you Michael - you made our day) and the good and ambiance was terrific! Stop in. Rest a spell, and dine. You'll not...More

Thank Kait58
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Wow! We JUST opened back up for lunch and you're comments could not have come at a better time! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and the TA community and we sure hope you'll come back and rest with us anytime!...More

Reviewed May 11, 2016

The food was great and it's a neat little old style restaurant. My husband and I were hesitant to stop here because of the mixed reviews but we're glad we did. It's a bit pricey but the food was really good and so was the...More

Thank Spekjr
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Dear Spekjr, We are so glad that you stopped in and for being a part of the TripAdvisor community. Every little comment, positive or negative gets us toward our goal of making everyone's experience a positive and memorable one. Our little village has become an...More

Reviewed April 18, 2016

We have made this a tradition to eat at this location. We have only been impressed and leave pleasantly satisfied every time.More

Thank Thejosephlynch
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We are amazingly lucky to have one of the most talented chefs on the peninsula in Chef Greg Karjala and he is backed up by an amazing staff that has been at Will's for over a decade.We appreciate...More

Reviewed April 4, 2016

Believe all the reviews. Grossly overpriced. Had the trio salad. Needed a microscope to find the lettuce. Ribeye steaks were very pricey, thin and chewy. Charge for everything, including bread and butter. Most expensive and worst meal of the birthday weekend.More

Thank Mary D
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Hi There Mary, I was disappointed to hear that your birthday weekend was marred by a less than stellar experience at Will's. We do encourage the TripAdvisor readers to take all reviews into consideration, so I hope they take your advice and I sure hope...More

Reviewed April 1, 2016

The cauliflour side dish is fantastic but the chicken and hamburger plates are way too costly. Kale salad so-so. Chowder was amazing! Menu needs a bit of tweaking (mainly prices)... but always love Wills Fargo... a valley mainstay.More

1  Thank Charlotte E
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this review

Good Afternoon Charlotte, The staff was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal and, of course, we are always appreciative of conductive criticism and we are constantly striving to make our offering, not only delicious, but affordable. We have been that CV mainstay for...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$30 - $50
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9585
    (Village Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carmel Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 831-659-2774
  • E-mail
The storied origins of the Holman Ranch Tavern stretch back to 1928 when a quaint brick watering spot was built in the center of Carmel Valley Village to serve weary travelers on their way to and from the therapeutic Tassajara Hot Springs. From the day it was constructed through today, this roadhouse has gone by many names: The Carousel and Will’s Fargo Dining House & Saloon to name a few. From a teahouse to a steakhouse complete with its own butcher shop, this historic building has been home to locals and visitors alike and housed many a celebration.
In November 2014, The Lowder family from Alabama purchased this iconic building with the intent of restoring it and bringing it into the fold of their thriving wine and events business established at the 400 acre Holman Ranch, also built in 1928.
In Spring 2016, Holman Ranch Tavern completed its transformation into an establishment known for serving delicious concoctions alongside a menu that pairs these libations with food to share. Under every owner since it was built, the Tavern has been the site of California friendliness, now with a touch of Southern hospitality sprinkled in.
Whatever the name, it has always provided Visitors and Locals alike with a soft seat to rest, a hearty drink and comforting food. Welcome to the Holman Ranch Tavern.