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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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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“steak” (52 reviews)
“chicken” (5 reviews)
“will's fargo” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
16 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924-9585
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

I'm not the type of person who order sandwiches, I usually go for the big plates. But this time I ordered the New York Steak Sandwich (half), wasn't hungry. Best ever! My medium cooked steak was supper juicy. Perfect proportion of bread, cheese, meat and...More

Thank Marcio A
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

I hate having to write this review but I have no choice. We came back after a hiatus because of poor service last visit. We were avid regulars too. The food here is simply outstanding and once again the food did not disappoint tonight. However,...More

Thank Renee C
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

Hello Renee, Im so sorry as well that it came to this and I would have loved the opportunity to talk with you about your experience on Sunday night. I received your Yelp review that same evening and Ive had a pit in my stomach...More

Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Great steak sandwich and burger for lunch with very large side salad gorgeous large paintings for ambience, elegant road house feel Concerns: the top 40 music did not match the ambience of quaint road house because it cheapened this potentially elegant experience, they didn't have...More

Thank willietino
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

Hi There Willie, Thank you so much for your review and for the constructive comments. My apologies about the music. We run a Pandora based business audio system that is programmed to play the appropriate music for our atmosphere. Every once in a while Pandora...More

Reviewed 30 November 2016

Such nice people, we felt right at home. We had a wonderful dinner, relaxing after a day of travel. Besides great food, they have a nice selection of local wines.

Thank Sasa323
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

Dear Sasa, Thank you for taking the opportunity to share your nice thoughts and my apologies for the delay. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Will's and we will look forward to your next visit. Travel weary or not!

Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

It took too long to get our drinks and then too long to get our drinks refilled. The customer service could have been better. I think the food took too long to come out but it was tasty. I think the menu should say the...More

1  Thank Jennifer F
Holman R, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

Hello Jennifer, Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you. Im so glad you shared your experience with us and I am sure that your next visit with us is cause to come back again and again. We are always trying to...More

Reviewed 27 September 2016

I attended an evening event of approximately 50 local women in attendance. We had a choice of two entrees with a salad starter and dessert included for the price of $50. And I might add, a relish tray. The salad was a wedge of romaine...More

1  Thank Sharonlee311
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We know Will's well as guests in the early 2000s and again as locals for the past 3 years. The folks that bought it a few years ago did some renovations which were needed and the interior is fine. They completely lost the charm of...More

1  Thank Noosa16
Hlowder34, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

First, I am so sorry to hear of your experience and disappointment. Leaving our restaurant with those feelings is definitely not our intention. Second, thank you for your constructive criticism. You have given me a lot of food for thought. I would love to talk...More

Reviewed 24 September 2016

I love steak. The four of us enjoyed our meal so much, but I loved the filet - never had better, Recommended

Thank edward w
Hlowder34, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal. Please come back and visit us soon.

Reviewed 20 September 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 PJNinAZ
Hlowder34, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

I am so terribly sorry to hear of your experience. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the food and service. I have addressed your concern with the chef and mangement and we are working on improving the steps of service and menu consistency and...More

Reviewed 31 August 2016

We made reservations because our hotel didn't have a restaurant. And given that we were able to get a table for 7:30 on a friday night only an hour or so beforehand we should have been forewarned. But we went anyway and were offered seating...More

Thank Tony D
Hlowder34, Owner at Will’s Fargo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Thank you for sharing your experience. I am very sorry to hear that the food was underwhelming and service was a nuisance. That is not our intention. I have discussed your concerns with the chef and our general manager and they are taking steps to...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
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.
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