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“Old Charm Good Food...”
Review of Will’s Fargo - CLOSED

Will’s Fargo
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Village Drive
Description: 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.
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Old Charm Good Food...”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Wills Fargo restaurant is in an old stagecoach station/house that is well decorated and sets a nice atmosphere. The mixed drinks are strong, and there is a very extensive wine list, however none of the wines on the list are for those who prefer the sweeter side of the whites (Rieslings). All who ate were happy with their meals. Expect to spend per meal not including drinks and dessert anywhere from 29 - 38 per plate. The desserts crème brulee and fondant were also good. Service was exceptional. Due to atmosphere as well as price, this is not a venue that I would recommend for people to bring small children. A family had done just that but luckily we were at the end of the meal and heading out when the child started having a tantrum.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank C B
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We had my sister's wedding rehearsal dinner here. Our party had the entire outdoor area and it was beautiful!!! There was a nice fire and heaters and the food was fantastic!!! The side dishes were great, and the main course was a huge portion size. Everyone had a great time and the wait staff was super nice also :)

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank EricaWV
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Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Back for the third time in three years while visiting Carmel Valley”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

All the food was very good. Steak was excellent. Meals come with soup or salad, potato a nd vegetables. Service was efficient.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank glennopp
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Modesto, California
Level 3 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best Steak”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

When your in Carmel Valley Stop By Here and Have a Good Steak Dinner Can't Beat It Good People Good Sevice

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank KenGentry
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“wonderful classic old time resturant”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Come for the best meat, and fish dinners at this restaurant. We use to come with my grandmother Nanni Maiorana, the whole family around 12 of us at the time. It is just as delicious as it was 40+ years ago!
The prime rib is excellent. My husband and son go to prime time on Thursday on regular basis.
Service is always great.
They also have an outdoor patio.
The bar is authentic western, just the way I remember it.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank CVgirl75
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