Carl's Tavern

Carl's Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carlstavern.com/
  • Phone: 9707612060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Monday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Southern, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Collin Kelley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Seating for up to 25 guests in a comfortable semi-private, elevated area of the restaurant. 55" HD LCD Screen available for presentations, videos or everyone favorite game.
  • Private Party Contact: Noella Kelley 9707612059
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday! Steamboat"s newest tradition - Bluegrass Wednesdays at Carl's Tavern! Enjoy live, local Bluegrass acts while you dine. Every Wednesday from 6pm till 9pm, our musicians will get your toes tappin' to old favorites and mountain inspired originals.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Immediately adjacent to front door at corner of Seventh & Lincoln. Resort shuttle stop even closer - on corner by the alley!
A word from Carl's Tavern
DASHING GOOD LOOKS AND A COOL FOREIGN ACCENT. OH, AND HE COULD FLY TOO! THE ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT OF CARL HOWELSEN IS OUR INSPIRATION AND CARL’S TAVERN IS A PLACE FOR ADVENTUROUS SPIRITS TO CALL HOME. THE HOSPITALITY IS GENUINE. THE BEER IS COLD. AND THE FOOD IS MADE FROM SCRATCH. SO RAISE A GLASS TO THE MAN WHO TURNED WINTER INTO A PLAYGROUND, AND SKIS INTO WINGS. THEN GO AHEAD - RAISE ANOTHER FOR YOURSELF. WELCOME TO CARL'S.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Carl's Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since March 25 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (22)hot spot (21)neighborhood gem (21)kid-friendly (13)fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (8)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (6)notable wine list (5)scenic view (3)special occasion (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Food excellent, service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We are frequent visitors to Carl's and love their small but interesting menu. The last few visits however seem to indicate a restaurant that while very successful may very well be slipping into the abyss of complacency and inferiority. No water at table until the meal was half consumed, many items on the menu that weren't available etc.. I hope we just stumbled onto a bad day because my wife and I really like this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant!
    Vacationdiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We ate here while on a weekend getaway to Steamboat. Food was excellent and the service was great. There were a couple issues with forgotten items on our order, but our server was very friendly and helpful so overall we were still impressed. The hostess went out of her way to accommodate a reservation time change for our party of 13, which was very impressive for such a busy restaurant. The food was unique and very well thought out. We had 7 kids in our group and they loved the place as well. It was loud enough that we didn't feel like our kids were distracting, but not so loud that it was inappropriate for kids. Great place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    MaryleeVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food and service great. The pot roast and the chicken fried steak are the best. The green beans better than anywhere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner and Concert
    coloradofamily5
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I came to town to visit my daughter. We were planning a late dinner when she got off work she suggested Carls because she loves the fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. BONUS...we found out Cody Canada was performing at Carls that same night. We are fans from the Cross Canadian Days. The food was excellent and the concert was amazing. We had a great night!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    So delicious we went back the next night to try other entrees. It is a sports bar so the restaurant is loud but festive. Very welcoming staff, but food is the real star. Best onion rings ever. Fresh salmon was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoy Carl's!
    Patsgirl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Very consistent - great service - nice ambience - just a good all around dining experience
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I keep going back...
    Cowgirlmil
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Every time we go into Steamboat, we make a point to eat at Carl's. The food is very good and the atmosphere is energetic! There is something for everyone on the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish I could write a review.
    goodeats
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We made a reservation and were seated with a menu. That's it. No one came to take a drink order, food order or even acknowledge we were there. We got to watch the people that arrived after us get drinks and order food. Very disappointing. We are locals but won't be dining here again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summer local
    Cheri
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Love Carl's. Nice people, great food, but it is LOUD! It doesn't seem to matter what time you dine, it is always energetic and loud.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Was Great
    vacayDining
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Went there with the family and the food was just awesome. Very delicious. The atmosphere was a bit much for our crowd, but the other patrons seemed to be enjoying themselves. The food, however, made the noise level bearable.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't recommend
    Moose
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We were in Steamboat for Memorial Day weekend and wanted to have dinner with live music. Since we planned to hear the band for the whole evening, we ordered drinks, appetizers, and dinner. We planned to get dessert, but after the dining experience, skipped it. I ordered the soup of the day, so bad that I sent it back. Mind you, I am not one of those people who send stuff back on a whim. My husband's onion soup was luke warm and sweet. My shrimp and grits were ok, a little heavy on the red pepper, but fine. My husband ordered chicken fried steak that was good. It filled the plate. It seemed that a $16 chicken fry should at least come with one side. The manager did come and apologize about the soup, but choose somewhere else to eat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice restaurant, great location
    DianeM
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We were visiting Steamboat Springs for the week and were directed to Carl's for dinner on Wednesday as there is live bluegrass in the evenings. We made a reservation at 4:30 for a 6:30 arrival. GOOD THING as when we got there it was an hour wait! Food was better than average as every item seems a bit different in terms of preparation. All in all, a highlight of our Steamboat visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great oysters!
    PickyEater
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love going to Carls for oysters and grilled artichokes! Most recently, we had a group of 7 and every dish was delish. And, the service was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service has Improved!
    Cregano
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Carl's is always a favorite, but you go know the service may not be that great. Well, there has been a turn around in performance, without a turnover of staff. I think that should be a compliment to the management! Overall the Carl's experience is quickly becoming the best there is in town. Great food, good staff, and fun atmosphere. The live bands are always entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Graduation Celebration
    denmorga
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The place is very nice. The menu is ok but needs to be explained better. Had to ask what the soup of the day was, didn't realize when order certain items that was all you would get. Chicken Friend Steak was terrible. Spaghetti meatballs were not cooked. The waitress was good. The place was not busy at all during the day but have also been here at night when it is. Crazy place then. Good wine selection. The noise was due to a hockey game being played on tv and people yelling at it when scoring was happening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best beer selection
    HughJorgan
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great beers in a town that could use help in this category. Also best burgers and fries in town.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant - Great Food
    BadgerState
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Had a great experience at Carl's. Group of 10, including kids had a good time. Food was amazing. Portions are plentiful. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Waitress even took time to come back and take some group pictures for us, celebrating my sister's 40th.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love those deviled eggs!
    rwh204
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Always a fun spot for a group to eat drink and watch sports on the tube. Consistent comfort food with acceptable service and modern fun surroundings.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Evening with Friends
    Cregano
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We were a rowdy group of seven women! The food was great, the service was amazing, and the atmosphere could not be beat. The live band played upbeat and fun music, and we were able to hear everyone at the table. A fun local spot in Steamboat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Burgers!
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We made last minute reservations on a Saturday night after a hard day of skiing and although the place was packed, we were seated within 10 minutes. We both ordered burgers which were fantastic! Great atmosphere with live music, good food and although very busy, the service was good as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Travelerskier
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We tried to eat here a couple of weeks ago but could not get reservations...it's that busy! When we had an opportunity to go back to Steamboat, I immediately made reservations for dinner so we could give the place a try and see if it was as good as people say. We were glad we went. Our server was wonderful; she was attentive but not always hovering. The food was great! We had an appetizer (the business), country fried steak and the 1/2 rack of ribs, and then we enjoyed the banana bread pudding for dessert. Everything was delicious! We will definitely return here when we are back in Steamboat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Steamboats best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is always a great place to have dinner, enjoy the bands, just an all around great place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jennifer
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My husband and I both enjoyed our food and drinks here. We had the grilled artichokes and each had a burger (the mother in law and ski jumper). We also had the rocky mountain mule and modus hoperandi which was great with our food. We will come back here when we visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent comfort food, as always!
    Hvand
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Thanks for consistent yummy food. The spicy shrimp and grits are my personal favorite, as well as the fruit cobbler. But there are so many great options. This is a fun place to go often and find more favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local place
    gladiator
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Innovative menu, pretty good service and great food. I will definitely go back the next time we are in Steamboat Springs.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Third time was not a charm...
    Yummy
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We LOVE this restaurant and make it a must on our annual trip to Steamboat. Each year we take the families that join us on the vacation.We waited 20 minutes from our reservation to be seated (uncontrollable by Carl's). Our server was assigned multiple other tables and a large group right next to ours. She tried, but we waited quite a while for our drinks and at least 20 minutes to take our order. Not a charm is that once the food came, it was in spurts and our sides, as well as soup -doesn't that come before the meal, didn't come out until we were near done eating. The waitress apologized, offered a single dessert for 3 mix-ups, AND the manager came by - we mentioned it - he said it didn't happen and WALKED AWAY! crazy STILL - amazing food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since March 25 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 131 reviews are from the Carl's Tavern reviews archive.
  • Carl's in Steamboat
    yummydinner
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This place was packed on a Tuesday night and I heard the hostess telling people without a reservation that the wait would be up to 2 hours. We were seated promptly at 6 which was our reservation time. Lots of food choices on the menu and we were all very pleased with our food choices. The wait staff was friendly, helpful and attentive despite how busy the place was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had it going.........
    Fire2Tom
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Great ambiance and food. Staff all energetic and great! Food was great and well priced as well
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Make a reservation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Carl's Tavern is quite the hotspot. If you want to get in (even for lunch) be sure to make a reservation. You will not be disappointed. The food was incredible! They have great sandwiches and burgers and their appetizers are to die for. Their prices are quite reasonable too compared to some of the other restaurants in Steamboat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carl's Taver
    COFoodie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Had reservations at 7:45 but couldn't make it. Hostess was able to accommodate us at a later time. Restaurant was still hopping at 8:15. We were greeted promptly and food was expedited surprisingly quickly for the amount of diners present. The portions were substantial. Really enjoyed sharing the mixed green salad with mach, arugula, raddichio, chèvre, and apples. Brussels Sprouts and Shrimp and Grits were awesome. Both very rich. The filet was good but could have been warmer. And we had to wait for a steak knife after it had already arrived. They honored our free coupon for dessert which was divine, banana chocolate bread pudding. You won't go hungry here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST DINNER IN STEAMBOAT!
    foodie4
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We loved our dinner at Carl's. I only wish we'd found it sooner- would've eaten there more than once during our vacation. Make a reservation to secure a spot. The Sunday Fried Chicken was fabulous! Very tasty and crunchy outside, yet tender and juicy on the inside. The mac&cheese and cornbread were amazing! My husband and older son had the pot roast and thought it was delicious -very tender and flavorful. My younger son had the meatloaf.but thought the sauce on the outside was a little too spicy for his taste. The earliest reservation we could get was 8:30 pm, and the chicken fried steak was sold out by the time we arrived. That would be my only complaint. If ever in Steamboat again, I will absolutely go back for the Chicken Fried Steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live music, very busy!
    manhattanVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Live band, country tunes, a little dancing in front of the stage, a large bar packed with people - great lively scene Deviled eggs: Not worth the $7 price tag! Served 3 different ways (6 total pieces). None of the variations were fantastic Brussel sprouts: Best thing we tried from all the sides- delicious! Artichoke: I may just not be really into it Grits: Go for it if you want comfort food Cobbler: Not too sweet, which to me is great Bread pudding: Takes the full 10+ minutes beware, need a scoop of vanilla Would rave about this place if I paid half the price or if the service was better, but even in NY the best burgers are usually under $15 and they are definitely on a whole other level!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud at Dinner
    rockinrnbss
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Carl's has a great layout and the food is good to very good. The only downfall for us is when they have live music, you really can't hear anyone at your table except for the person sitting next to you. I think that's just an inherent downfall of live music at a restaurant without an offset bar area. Just keep that in mind when going-not a good choice if you're wanting to enjoy your family's or friend's company.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spring break 2014
    David6472
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    The restaurant was packed, dining by reservation only. However, service was friendly and efficient and food was excellent! We visited during Spring Break 2013 and loved it enough then that it has become a "must return" every year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Kens
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We had made reservations a few day in advance, when we arrived we were told our party of three had to sit in the bar because the booths are for larger parties.. We skied all day and had hope to sit and relax to an enjoyable dinner, we decided to walk across the street to the E3 a fine restaurant, and received what we were looking for. A relaxing dinning experience. Now I was asked to rate the food and service so to be fair I could not do that but had no choice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun restaurant
    twheele
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Fun restaurant, good food and service. Table from reservation was ready upon arrival.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the average Tavern in Steamboat
    Rick
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Eventhough it has a tavern / sports bar type atmosphere, the food quality was outsanding. It's a great all around restaurant for family and friends after skiing. The wait staff was very friendly and accomidating. It also had great Gluten free options. The wine list is not extensive, however, the selection was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual dining on a Saturday night
    BoatNewbie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We went to Carl's on a Saturday night, used Open Table and were glad we did. Friendly hostess and server. I had the shrimp and grits and would recommend it! My husband and a huge burger, son tried the club, and his girlfriend had the French dip. The portions are huge and the fries are excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meals. It is noisy, so be prepared for that. Always a safe choice when casual dining in Steamboat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the Beaten Path
    foodfreak
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    If we didn't venture off Lincoln, we wouldn't have found it. But friends of ours frequent Steamboat, and we happened to hop in after a day of snowshoeing. Hostess was very polite when we walked in. We were 45 minutes early for our reservation and she informed us she didn't have our table yet. No worries....we just went window shopping around the corner. We came back at around 6:40, our table was ready when we walked in the door, and she was very pleasant. The food was awesome! Our waitress, Jamie, was a sweetheart. I had the Elk tenderloin and my husband had filet. Both items were cooked to perfection, and oh so good! We also loved the brief singing entertainment in the kitchen! They were hopping like nobody's business and enjoying it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time
    birthdayboy
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    It was our first time at Carls and we had heard lots about it from the local... quite impressed we sat in the extension if you will the new addition (shop next door) so this was great for our group as it was away from the noisier section...especially for this night as we had new friends in town and wanted to talk ... food and service was good and the ambience was great... overall would recommend Carls
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.