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Reviewed November 22, 2020 via mobile

We stopped in Hollister for lunch. It is during COVID-19 so we sat outside BEST Ahí Tuna tacos with fried avocado!

Date of visit: November 2020
Jim C, General Manager at Running Rooster, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2020

Shoequeenv, we're so glad to hear that your enjoyed the Ahí Tuna tacos! We hope you stop by again soon! Best - Dominic Z., General Manager

Reviewed January 14, 2020

I was on my own for lunch in Hollister and decided to try this place for my once a year burger and fries. My meal was excellent. I asked for my burger to be cooked to “almost well-done” and that is precisely what I got....The meat was very high quality, full-cooked (not a bit dry) and served on a delicious house made bun. The bacon, cheddar cheese, and pickles were also excellent. I had a small order of fries which was more than enough for me. They were hot, crisp and flavorful. The barbecue sauce available at the table was especially good. It was very dark, not too sweet, not too spicy and an excellent accompaniment to both the burger and fries. My only complaint about the meal was the iced tea. It was not good at all, weak and flavorless. I probably should have known better than to order tea or coffee in a place with a very extensive wine and beer list. The restaurant is pleasant with booths and tables and lots of light. Parking was easy on the street and there is also a parking lot. Service was pleasant, fast and not intrusive. I thought prices were a bit high for Hollister but quality is expensive.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 11, 2019

Comfortable atmosphere with good food. All our meals were healthy and tasty. Nothing especially original, but everything we ordered tasted good. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 11, 2019 via mobile

I went and visited a friend who lives in Hollister and she recommended Running Rooster. Upon arrival, there was a short wait (that’s always good). We sat in the bar and both ordered their Rotisserie Chicken, however, that meal was 86’d. It’s their most popular....So we chowed down on a classic burger and fries. Food was really good. Service, spot on and very attentive. Loved the vibe too. Oh, and we closed down the joint....that’s what happens when you haven’t seen one another in twenty years. Anyway, I look forward to going back...especially to try their chicken.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed September 28, 2019

Everything I have hd here is excellent. Great BIG burgers with killer toppings, my favorite: El Jefe. Big burger covered with cheese, bacon and a chile pepper topping made with a perfect blend of peppers. Not too hot, VERY flavorful. Fish Tacos rock, salmon salad,...and especially love the roasted chicken! Melts in your mouth! Definitiely recommend!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

This was my 2nd time eating here since the remodel/new ownership. What a huge difference. The food & service were great & the place very modern. Much nicer & less grease then the old version in 2007. Give it a try if its been a...while. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019

We love to see whats new at Running Rooster. They are famous for their roasted chicken (which is juicy and tender) but I like to try different things too. Their salmon prepared on a cedar plank is really good. The pizza is yummy and all...their salads are great. They really try to accommodate those with restricted diets and don't just tell you it's clean, but verify it with the chef.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

Hollister has about 60 plus restaurants. We were only in the town 1 night for a wedding at Casa de Fruta and our hotel receptionist recommended the Running Rooster. It sits on a corner and has a parking lot in the downtown area. It shouts...a simple decor when you walk in but the service and food were nothing simple. Our party of 4 enjoyed perfectly cooked burgers, garlic fries and freshly made salads.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 9, 2019

Stopped by during the Hollister Rally for a quick bite. Food had good flavor. My tritip sandwich didn't look that big compared to what I'm used to eating, but it surprisingly filled me up. Loved the service.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 5, 2019

Has become our "go-to" local restaurant when we want to eat out but don't want to drive out of town. Always great food and atmosphere. Our favs include the burgers, fish tacos and the salmon salad. So glad it's here!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Running Rooster is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4