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About 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.

700 Yampa Ave. #103
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Southern, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner:
Monday: 2pm - 10pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
7th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 761-2060

Website:
http://www.carlstavern.com/

Entertainment:
Steamboat's best ambient music including JJ Cale / Johnny Lee Hooker / Allman Brothers / Jerry Garcia Band / Dire Straits / Funky Meters...and more

Catering:
Carl's offers on site and off site catering options. Let us discuss all options with you to customize your event.

Parking Details:
Immediately adjacent to front door at corner of Seventh & Yampa. Resort shuttle stop even closer - on corner by the alley!

Public Transit:
The Free Bus Service has a stop one block from our front door.

Executive Chef:
Jason Serdar

Private Party Facilities:
We are able to accommodate up to 175 people for a full restaurant buyout. Additionally, we have various areas of the restaurant that can accommodate groups from 6 people to 45. Our Antler Room is a private area with four large TV's with seating up to 45 people.

Private Party Contact:
Scott Engelman: (970) 761-2060

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Carl's Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

Live Sports (4)
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Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
People Watching (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Thank you to the Hostess for getting us in earlier then our reservation and letting us add two more people! Her service was outstanding especially since it was Homecoming for the High School.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Live Sports
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Server forgot about us multiple times. Food was mediocre at best.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Carl’s has always been a great place to eat. The service and the food never disappoints.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This is a reasonably priced restaurant with a good menu for comfort food. It also has a list of reasonably priced wines and plenty of beer selections. We can especially recommend Tuesday night for prime rib.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Live Sports
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Carl's has gone downhill. It used to be a good place to go for bar food with some healthier options. Now, the menu is dumbed-down. There are no healthy options- the trout was just a big ol filet drenched in butter. The kids menu is bizarrely the other extreme- full of healthy options like salad that most kids wont eat. What happened, Carl?

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was efficient and helpful. Price was reasonable for the quality of the food. The booth was among the most comfortable we have sar at. Menü had great options.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We miss the old Carl's tavern - the menu has shrunk significantly and things have clearly changed. Perhaps once the new ownership hits their stride with that concept things will improve -- nothing was bad, mind you, but there are far fewer options and the place is missing some of it's old charm.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Overall this was a great little place to grab a casual, but tasty meal! (And great drinks)
I was just disappointed because the menu online differed from the one in the restaurant.
I was really looking forward to a Lamb Burger there...but it was sadly not on the menu...so overall it put a damper on my visit.
Also the kids menu was really lacking....
My husband really enjoyed his burger though!

Tags: Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 5, 2017

My wife had the steak salad, but it came out unsliced, without a steak knife and very poorly presented. Also the salad dressing / chimichurri came out very oily and in a cup on the side – the salad was undressed.

My friend ordered the crab cakes which came out lukewarm. She thoroughly enjoyed the asparagus dish.

We ordered the carrot dish to share at the table and the flavor was good, except the carrots weren't blanched before cooking in the sauce, so they were mostly uncooked.

My burger was excellent, a tad undercooked for medium-rare, but very tasty. My fries were room temp, but crispy.

We met Scott (owner) who was quite charming and hospitable. He was keen to receive feedback and suggestions since we're locals. Our server seemed to be new to waiting tables and kind of aloof. The female manager that came to speak with us was attentive, professional and explained that Scott agreed some of our suggestions about the aforementioned dishes.

As locals, we will be back, and look forward to continued improvement.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

They were closed when we got there for our reservation!
I did the review based on past experiences

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Best place we ate at while visiting Steamboat. Wish I had a bigger stomach. Great beer and wine selection. Wide variety of choices for food.

Tags: Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Overall a great place to have an upscale bar/tavern style meal. Deviled Eggs not to be missed; burgers are great. The Pork Chops are very good as well. Portions big enough that we had take out bags for lunch the next day.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Each time I eat at Carls, I receive a different response as to whether the fryers have cross-contamination regarding being gluten free. Sometimes they tell me that they use a dedicated fryer to keep the fries and other items gluten-free, and other times they tell me that chicken tenders are fried in both fryers.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great meal for our last night in Steamboat. Delicious steaks and casual fare, good service, tasty cocktails all in a local watering hole atmosphere with reasonable prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

all around wonderful experience - such great food, service and atmosphere!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Live Sports
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Recommend a reservation during peak hours. Food was excellent. Service was the downer. Tried to order appetizers and delay dinner so that we wouldn't get both together. Despite us trying, the waiter and/or kitchen STILL brought both out within a few minutes of each other. I guess a pet peeve of mine. Kevin our waiter was too busy and couldn't remember items we asked for. Water refills were sparse. Despite the service and timing of our meal it was still worth the evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

I cannot say enough good things about this place. For the exception of getting sat 15 minutes or so after our reservation everything about this place was fabulous from the food to the drinks to the server! We had a party of seven and everybody cleared their plate. The food is awesome! I absolutely love the veggie plate! We visit steamboat about once a year and we always make it a point to eat at this restaurant. The only thing I would say that needs improvement about this establishment is the hosts/hostesses. They seemed a little frazzled when I called and also frazzled trying to get our table together.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We go to Carl's every time we are in Steamboat so my overall score was higher than this individual score. This visit wasn't as good as usual. Our order wasn't correct and our server disappeared for a long period of time so we went ahead and ate anyway. A little disappointing this time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Surprisingly good vegetarian sampler and really great service. I wasn't expecting the multiple tv screens, but it was March Madness so it was fun to keep track of the games. Brussel sprouts were fantastic.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Carl's food was excellent - the Brussel Sprouts are a must have, just delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 15, 2017

In downtown Steamboat, large portions could be meal for two. Chicken Fried steak spicy and awesome. Hamburgers are very tasty and steak salad great. Salad needs a bit more dressing. Veggie are family style. Carrots are some of the best I have had.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2017

The experience was just ok. Waiter was attentive. Food selection was ok, limited mainly by price. I just couldn't bring myself to pay $25 for shrimp & grits that I could get at a high end restaurant in Denver for $15. Settled for the chicken club which was so so. A note to staff: don't suggest cutting the crusts off the Texas toast grill cheese on the kids menu ("we'll even cut the crusts off for you") if it's going to be an issue. Waiter told us "the kitchen doesn't like to do it, and I'll try if I have time. Otherwise, I'll bring you a big knife".

Tags: Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 12, 2017

We book Carl's every year when we come to Steamboat but this trip was disappointing. We got seated promptly at our reservation time but they seemed under-staffed, waiter had too many tables, slow to clear tables. Food was ok, not great and the steak were burnt Disappointing experience this time.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Corn bread was yummy but ribs weren't our favorite. Steak salad was awesome!! Nice location right offf Lincoln ave and near shops.

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 10, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in Steamboat. They never disappoint.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 9, 2017

The place felt disorganized. Our waitress was serving a large portion of the restaurant on her own so it was difficult to get her attention. We had to walk up to the bar to get drinks. The food was fine but there was also a sewage smell in the Antler Room which made it less appetizing.

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 (Montana)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Good food and service, would definitely go back.

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 7, 2017

This place is one of the best in Steamboat. Seriously good food, with interesting twists on old favorites. The only problem I had was deciding what to order, everything looked great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Make it a stop every year when out in Steamboat. Was not disappointed. Don't pass up the brussel sprouts- they are amazing!!!

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Love the food and dining experience! We will certainly return and recommend to all

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Despite being very busy, service was prompt and friendly. Good home cooked style food. A bit noisy but it is a pub type place. Have been several times. Always has met expectations.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 26, 2017

This place never ever dissapoints. Food and service is a 10+....just incredible ....every time I have a ski trip here we go the first night and the last night. Very well managed place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2017

We ate at Carl's on a Thursday night and the place was packed. Only downside was we were sat next to the kitchen, the bar, and with a 65" TV directly above our heads. The service and food were good. The only knock on the food was the Rainbow Trout which was great came with somewhere around 4 pounds of risotto. Who can eat that much? Just a waste and unnecessary.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2017

great dry rub wings and awesome lamb burger. this just made our restaurant list for our annual
trip to the boat

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The steak was tough, the service was very very slow, and the featured margarita was way too sweet. All in all, very disappointing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Sports
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This is a busy place with great food. Just know that if you want a Moscow Mule you have to leave an ID (the copper mugs must be disappearing).

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great food and atmosphere!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We love to eat at Carl's. We recommend a reservation because we have been sorely disappointed by trying to just walk in. We have come for lunch and dinner and have enjoyed every bite.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Super fun. Came with two kids and had a great time. Fun menu, lots to choose from, and all cooked well. Would definitely recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2017

great time ,good music, fun for all ages,the ride up in the gondi at night was a real treat.
buffet was delicious !

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Fun
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