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Running Iron Restaurant

24 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9753
+1 831-659-4633
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good46%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (3 reviews)
“burgers” (14 reviews)
“prime rib” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
24 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9753
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First, don't use your garmen or map quest to find it. It is across the street and east 1 block from their listed address. However, once you find it, it is worth it. For food quality, I would call it family friendly, for atmosphere I...More

Thank Mainsailhr
Reviewed 1 week ago

The locals know to come to the Running Iron for great food in an informal rustic atmosphere. Has outdoor tables, too, and a bar with lots of atmosphere. The food is OUTSTANDING and fairly priced.

Thank Barb D
Reviewed 25 December 2017

came across this quaint restaurant and bar in Carmel valley village after visting the moto museum with so much atmosphere and old juke box with country music great staff and lovely looking restaurant I had a root beer BEER !!! 5.9% while soaking up the...More

Thank skylane72
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Enjoy the boots hanging from the ceiling, the eclectic and reasonable menu....seafood to burgers to salads and so on. Good value and truly a slice of old time Carmel Valley. Belly up to the bar to hang with the locals.

Thank cvtcss
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended by our Airbnb hosts. We had a good dinner of steak with a ton of broccoli! We thoroughly enjoyed the quirky deco, worth a trip.

Thank stonerage
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We sat down and ordered just before 40 international motorcyclists swarmed the place with only one server

Thank Allegator
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Very nice ambience !!! Good advices from the bartender and also very great customers. Cool from the valley

Thank Thomas P
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

The artichokes do rock, so definitely get them! We had a burger, bbq chicken and panfried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. We were 3 hungry customers. The portions were huge but we did manage. All the dishes were good with the exception of the...More

Thank evmerkwurdigliebe
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Wow! Local (Castroville) artichokes were featured three ways on the menu. Grilled with Balsamic Tarragon marinade was unbelievable. Portion size on everything was huge--consider sharing. Red Snapper was two large filets. Cobb salad with Calamari filled a platter. Decent wine for reasonable prices made the...More

Thank Barbjefts
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Running Iron is kind of an institution in Carmel Valley. Everyone would tell you that it's a good place to go to get some drinks and that it stays open pretty darn late. I also like to snack on what I would consider bar food...More

Thank Teresa F
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Bruce C
31 December 2017|
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Response from cvtcss | Reviewed this property |
Pretty much anything you can imagine. It is an eclectic menu with all those described in the previous answer. This is not an upscale place, just a basic old time cowboy kind of bar/restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9753
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carmel Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 831-659-4633
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