Carl's Tavern

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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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Houston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal! Crispy Brussels were amazing! My 11yo chose those over Mac and cheese for his meal! My husband is a Ruben afficianafo and says it was o e of the best he ever had. The kale salad was spectacular and I am not on the kale bandwagon. My other son had the wings which were also amazing! We’ll be back!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, especially the cornbread. Great selection of bourbon but a little pricey.

J
Dallas
76 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch NFL games and other sporting events.

OT
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

HH
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We decided to try Carl's based on the reviews and were not disappointed. The Crispy Brussels Sprout leaves appetizer was so good! We decided to split the Buffalo Meatloaf and wedge salad (lots of bacon!) and really enjoyed both. Most impressive was their whiskey selection. Two pages of it. Our server was knowledgeable and explained the whiskey flights for my husband. He was excited to try something not available where we live. I had the Blanton's Old Fashioned and it was very, very good. Would definitely return if in the area.

B
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not a lot of choices for someone who does not eat meat.
Soggy French Fries and soggy chicken wings.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on August 26, 2019

Beth...we are sorry to see such a marginal review. Our "comfort food" features burgers, prime rib, meatloaf, rotisserie chicken, salmon and more...our offerings include [4] different salads, veggie burger and numerous vegetarian appetizers. We apologize that your fries and wings were not prepared to your liking. We are always willing to make things right when brought to our attention. Feel free to reach out directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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S
Grand Rapids
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

If you like to watch sports on big screens while you eat food that is mediocre, at best, Carl's is the place for you.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on August 22, 2019

Spot...We are sorry to see such a poor review. Yes, we are indeed a destination sports bar in Steamboat Springs and one of only 3 places with the NFL Ticket!!! We also have a very diverse menu with homestyle entrees, sandwiches, burgers, salads, wings and more. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience. This feedback will allow us to address the areas where you believe we have fallen short of your expectations....CHEERS!

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JG
Omaha
23 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers were great and also had great recommendations. This is one of our go-to places in Steamboat and its always very good.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on August 22, 2019

JonG...Thank you for the fantastic review. We look forward t having you join us again soon. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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U
Los Angeles
314 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ribs were delicious!!! The Manhattan was also very good was pricey

Carl's Tavern
Responded on August 22, 2019

Upscalehealthynatural...Thank you for the review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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A
Indiana
53 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to visit. The food was fantastic. The waiter was spectacular and the drinks were perfect. Best place around to have some great Bourbon. The owner came to check on us and spent time with us. The friendliness of the staff was perfect. A restaurant that not only feeds you but gives your an experience is so much more important. These people really try to create a great experience. Thank you

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 30, 2019

Alan...Thank you for the fantastic review. We are always thrilled to see recognition of our overall efforts to deliver an unexceptional experience. We do hope to see you again soon at Carl's Tavern. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for a group of 7 that included many adults and a 2 year old. We all enjoyed our food -- good vegetarian options and non-vegetarian options. Friendly fast service and great food.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 30, 2019

MichaelM...Thank you for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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GM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was great. We were seated immediately and were offered drinks within a few minutes. The only criticism I have is that the noise level could be lower to facilitate better conversation.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you for the fantastic review. We are thrilled to see that you had exceptional service, as this is our primary objective. We are sorry about the loud atmosphere, but this is a result of being a very busy restaurant. We are always happy to accommodate to the best of our ability at a quieter table when asked. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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DN
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful meal. The buffalo meatloaf was outstanding.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you for the fantastic review. Our meatloaf, which is a mustard based creation rather than a traditional catsup base is a very popular item. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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K
Austria
93 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good....we just ordered appetizers and drinks but the appetizers were delicious. Brussels Sprouts were awesome! Service was good also.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 18, 2019

Kimberly...Thank you for the nice review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Last night of our Steamboat trip with friends. Took 15 minutes before someone took drink order. Brought out wrong order twice for an entree and never brought more bread for our appetizer after three requests. Food tasted good - only good thing about this experience.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 18, 2019

We are terribly sorry to see such a poor review. We do hope that you brought these concerns to our management while you were dining with us. We do try to address issues with our guests immediately by trying to fix any issues that may arise. We sincerely apologize that your experience did not meet your expectations. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We sat on the patio and it was nice. My wife and I both ordered burgers and her’s was very good. Unfortunately mine was severely under cooked and our server did not return to the table until it was time to pay. Therefore I was not able to re-order and had to send everything back.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 18, 2019

We are so sorry that you had an unacceptable experience. It is our practice to check on all tables after they receive their food. Not checking on you is a significant error on our part. We do hope that we took care of you when you ultimately brought it to our attention. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Went in on a Sunday evening for dinner. The place wasn’t crowded however the service was slow. My husband and i ordered burgers and swapped the fries for side salads. They have inventive burgers on the menu.. we asked for them medium but they came out rare.. since it was kobe and seemed freah we didn’t complain. The spicy diablo sauce wasn’t really spicy.. almost like a buffalo sauce.. tasty but not the punch that was advertised.
We would go back and have a drink.. and maybe the wings.. the table next to ours ordered them and they looked delicious.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on July 6, 2019

We are sorry to see such a marginal review. We are truly sorry we didn't live up to your expectations. The Steal Your Face Sauce is Buffalo Sauce with Scorpion Pepper mixed in. If you didn't think it had a kick, it may have been regular Buffalo instead of the SYF...if that is the case, we are very sorry. If not, your Scoville heat tolerance is very high :-). The Kobes do "appear" underdone, but are normally cooked to correct temp. We are always happy to bring temps up upon request. We apologize

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C
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar food..

Carl's Tavern
Responded on June 29, 2019

Charlie...Thank you for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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DC
Washington DC
394 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

My prime rib was so salty it was inedible.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on June 29, 2019

DCDiner...We are very sorry to see such a terrible review. We certainly hope that you brought the seasoning of the Prime Rib to the attention of one of our staff so we could address the issue. Seasoning is subjective, so it is hard to nail perfectly, but we are always happy to try and fix any concerns. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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B
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good go to spot in Steamboat!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on June 14, 2019

Blanchette...We are dory to see such a marginal review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience. This will certainly help us to make any necessary improvements...CHEERS!

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m
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best corn bread ever! Salmon is also delicious. Monster carrot cake for dessert!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on June 14, 2019

Marsh...Thank you for the fantastic review. We have won several awards for our Cornbread, but the salted honey butter is a big component. We are thrilled to see that you indulged in our GIANT desserts. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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r
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Carl's is consistently good. Our server, Reed, was great. BBQ chicken special was tasty, but should come with a little cup of sauce. Brussels Sprouts app is great, but Pimento Cheese app was boring to us. As a local, we'd like to see some menu changes and/or specials. Pretty much been the same items since opening years ago.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on June 14, 2019

Rockinrnb...Thank you for the review. It looks like you joined us on a Monday night when we feature the 1/2 BBQ Chicken. We did a full menu revamp 2 years ago and we change the menu slightly every three months to stay in tune with the seasons. Come on in and join us for specials featured daily that are off menu. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't expect to have dinner conversation - it's too loud & the food is too good!!!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on June 14, 2019

JuliaH...Thank you for the clever review. It does certainly get loud in here when it is busy, as it often is. We are thrilled to Scott Engelman that you enjoyed your experience. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, we ate here twice on our spring break ski vacation! Started off with some apps. Cornbread skillet and some loaded cheese fries “the business” ........ Dinner we had skillet ribeyes , wings , and wraps! All very good . This was our favorite place to eat out of all the Steamboat Restaurants! Recommend !

Carl's Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for the fantastic review. That 'Business' is a crowd pleaser. Fries loaded with melted cheddar, crispy bacon, green onions and ranch drizzled on top. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience. We hope to see you again soon...CHEERS!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Lovely ambience. We were there on Tuesday night for dinner which happened to be TUESDAY Prime Rib special for 19.99. When we got our dinner the prime rib was thin and did not look like a traditional prime rib. Very disappointed. It looked like a thin cut of ribeye which was over cooked. Would not recommend the Tuesday Prime Rib special.

A couple positives... My nephew got the burger and loved it. My salad was great too!!! My son loves the wings!

The appetizers were good. Would possibly go back for drinks and appetizers.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2019

We are sorry to see such a poor review. Although we offer three cuts of Prime Rib...a 12oz cut / a 16oz cut and a 24oz cut...The Tuesday Prime Rib Night is limited to the 12oz cut for 19.95. It can be perceived as thin, but we assure you that it is the correct size. We certainly hope that you brought your concerns to the attention of our management team while dining with us. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience. CHEERS

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food varies in consistency night by night, drinks are always dependable. Waiters are not the friendliest or most attentive - typically found grabbing a runner gets you what you need. Still recommend for folks with kids

Carl's Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2019

JamesC...We are sorry to see such a marginal review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience. This detailed feedback will help us to address the shortcomings that you have brought to our attention...CHEERS!

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the rotisserie chicken with smashed potatoes! Really good flavor! Appetizer cornbread skilled ........ very good! Huge piece of the chocolate cake, this thing could feed 4! Would recommend would go again , menu had ribeye steak , prime rib , bbq ribs and many other items i wanted to try ! We will return .

Carl's Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thanks for the review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Carl’s to watch NCAA basketball & eat dinner. The food & drinks were awesome! The staff made us feel so welcomed, never rushed. We were in town on vacation & they made us feel like hometown customers. Look forward to going back again & again!!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thanks for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS! We appreciate the side note and will pass this on to our team.

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F
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Brussel sprouts and the spicy burger were outstanding!!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2019

Fruition...Thanks for the fantastic review. The 'Punisher Burger' is a favorite of our owner as well. That 'Steal Your Face' sauce is certainly one to reckon with. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was loud and full of TV's. We had our kids with us & we do not prefer to have tons of TV watching at the table which was virtually impossible to do at this restaurant. The waiter kept selling things to the kids sodas/dessert and looking at them while talking not at the parents. He was not personable or friendly and was not working with us at all. Seemed to just want to make a sell. A good place to watch a game however not a great place for kids.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 26, 2019

Jennifer...We are sorry to see such a poor review. Carl's Tavern is a restaurant, whiskey bar and certainly one of the best destination sports bars in Steamboat Springs. We do sincerely apologize if you were soured by our service toward your children. We simply try to accommodate to the best of our ability, especially with families on vacation. Hopefully you have a change of heart and consider joining us again in the future.

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BT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome HH

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 18, 2019

BradleyT...Thanks for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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M
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my daughter and two grandsons with me! (Ages 5 and 2)...Our server was fantastic. The food was just right for what we needed. Thanks for the patience and fine service!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 18, 2019

Marylee...Thanks for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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BL
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good and reasonably priced. Bourbon selection was great. There were 12 of us with 7 kids and our waitress was incredible. She really made it a quick dinner without making us feel rushed. She was incredible.
We will definitely be back

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thanks for the fantastic review. It looks like you indulged in our selection of 300+ whiskies. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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PM
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carl's was a treat ... friendly staff and a good value. Proper pub!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 13, 2019

PaulM...Thanks for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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LI
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had 5 very happy people!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 11, 2019

Loveltalian...Thanks for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome cornbread!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thanks for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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JM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was exceptionally good, however the value in Denver dollars was poor. Seems everyone in Steamboat Springs charges more than $13 for a hamburger. Carl's takes it to the next level at $26 for their ultimate burger. Get serious. The downside to the evening was that, in spite of advertising a 10 oz. prime rib Monday - Thursday and any time, the server disavowed knowing anything about it. The ad was in a Wyndham hotels coupon book (it was not a coupon) provided as part of our stay at The Villages. Dining out in Steamboat is expensive, but since the restaurants and bars were all packed to the rafters, the problem is obviously ours, not theirs. We're just in the wrong socio-economic class. We'll leave Steamboat to the snobbish elite and ski somewhere else.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 10, 2019

Janie...OUr prices are quite fair here at Carl's Tavern. Our Burger is an 8oz Kobe Beef Burger and the $25 Burger you are mentioning is a Double Diamond, which is a one pound Kobe beef burger. Quite worth the price If you do some research...we are very serious!!! Our Prime Rib night is every Tuesday where our $29 prime rib is $19.95. Perhaps your coupon is dated. Steamboat is a very humble locale and we provide great value through out the town and resort. Cheers!

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L
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food not great, Friendly server but slow, Great atmosphere. Quality seems to have declined over the last year, menu options limited.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 11, 2019

Ldybug07...We are sorry to see such a marginal review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic family dinner! We were seated promptly, food came quickly and was delicious. Everyone was happy and we did not feel rushed at all. Something for everyone. Really fun!

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thanks for the fantastic review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food good,service good, table position rubbish.

Carl's Tavern
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thanks for the review. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at info@carlstavernDOTCOM to share more details about your experience...CHEERS!

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