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Carl's Tavern
  • Address:
    700 Yampa Ave. #103
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
    Neighborhood:
    Steamboat Springs
  • Cuisine:
    Comfort Food
    Price: $30 and under

Carl's Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carlstavern.com
  • Phone: (970) 761-2060
  • 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 (970) 761-2059
  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Food and service great. The pot roast and the chicken fried steak are the best. The green beans better than anywhere."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very consistent - great service - nice ambience - just a good all around dining experience"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great beers in a town that could use help in this category. Also best burgers and fries in town."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Innovative menu, pretty good service and great food. I will definitely go back the next time we are in Steamboat Springs."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great ambiance and food. Staff all energetic and great! Food was great and well priced as well"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My second or third time here and the best yet. I actually did not realize how much "original", or scratch cooking they do - sauces, recipes, etc...they really go out of their way to have original/one of a kind dishes and recipes We had wings (fair), oysters (good), meatloaf (excellent!!!), artichokes (good), the fish of the day (excellent) and a burger (very good) The place was busy, but the service was friendly and attentive Definitely up a few notches on my list of local favorites!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Fun restaurant, good food and service. Table from reservation was ready upon arrival."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great food and service. We had oysters, fried artichokes, halibut dinner, burger and fries and we all loved every bite!! Oh and brownie with ice cream!!! YUMMY"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "If you are looking for great food in a relaxed and bustling atmosphere this is the place. Great menu of hearty comfort food (the pot roast was amazing), exceptionally good salads and plates for sharing. We were a group of six at a large booth near the bar on a Friday night. The place was packed and fairly loud, but an overall fun atmosphere. This is not the place to go for a quiet dinner, at least not on a weekend. The margarita with fresh squeezed lime and orange juice was delicious, and they didn't skimp on the tequila. Lots of local brews on tap and in bottles. The Olympics happened to be on all of the bar TVs and the crowd cheered readily for the local favorites. Great spot."
    Dined on 2/21/2014