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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.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Comfort Food, Southern, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner:
Monday: 2pm - 10pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Steamboat's best ambient music including JJ Cale / Johnny Lee Hooker / Allman Brothers / Jerry Garcia Band / Dire Straits / Funky Meters...and more
Carl's offers on site and off site catering options. Let us discuss all options with you to customize your event.
Immediately adjacent to front door at corner of Seventh & Yampa. Resort shuttle stop even closer - on corner by the alley!
The Free Bus Service has a stop one block from our front door.
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
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
Visiting from out of town, a local recommended Carl’s for game watching. We are huge Falcons fans and wanted a fun place to watch the playoff game. Carl’s staff completely hooked us up — gave us a booth with the perfect TV angle and did not rush us so we could stay for the entire game. We had apps, dinner, drinks and dessert. Food was fantastic, and the staff was awesome. We had our two kids with us, and thought it was very family friendly too.
We chose Carl's because of its reliable casual food and convenient location. All 5 of us enjoyed some variation on a burger and I also had a salad....all of which were very generous portions and done to order. Under new ownership, the service has improved substantially, though some of my favorite menu items have disappeared. The biggest problem for me is always the noise. We arrived at 8pm and the noise level was so high we had trouble talking across the table. It was slightly better by the time we left.
We were seated at a very comfortable high top table in the back. The noise level was fine where we were seated. When we left the front of the restaurant was loud and bustling. We would come back for the dirty business and cornbread appetizers. The stew was delicious, the Reuben not special. Double black diamond burgers were massive. Overall a fun night.
We have been to Carl’s many times over the years. It’s usually one of my favorites. We were a little disappointed this time. Menu is much more limited and the food wasn’t as good as usual. Miss the vegetarian option they always had.
The salmon had too much sauce on it which drowned out the salmon.
Steak was average.
We went to Carl's to watch an out-of-town football game. The staff was very accommodating with regard to putting the game up on a screen that we could all see. We sat there for over three hours before we were told that there were other reservations that needed the table. The staff was again super great about setting up a space for us to continue to watch the game.
Carl's is my first choice for lunch or to watch a game in Steamboat.
I have always loved Carl’s and always ate Sunday chicken which was on the menu daily. However, new ownership took over and now they only have fried chicken on Sunday. So after years of their chicken I had to order something else. Bring back fried chicken every day PLEASE.
Our adult family of 6 spent our ‘last supper’ in Steamboat Springs at Carl’s Tavern. Our reservation was for 8PM, we arrived 15 min early and were sitting at our table by 7:55PM on a very busy Friday night (great coordination by the host staff!). We had crab cakes and corn bread for appetizers and both were excellent (yep, we can see why Carl’s was voted best corn bread for 2017!). We had a mix of meals, from burgers to salmon to THE BEST RUEBEN that I have ever tasted. We had planned on sharing desserts but the food was so good that we finished our meals and were too full to eat a single morsel more. Wait staff was friendly and energetic- full of smiles and great recommendations (loved the Naughty Nordsmen cocktail). Overall, an excellent dining event that topped off an amazing week of skiing and snowmobiling at Steamboat Springs.
We had dinner at Carl’s. It was pretty crowded and a bit noisy. Good food though. We tried the cornbread, home made pimento cheese and crab cakes. They were good not great. My sons chicken was tasty but a little dry. The waiter had a large table he was waiting on and ignored us until I asked for another waiter. Then we got all kinds of attention. Overall a good experience though.
As always Carl’s doesn’t be disappoint. The staff and food are always consistently solid and you always feel like you had a good experience at a fair price. We will keep returning. Wings rock, burgers rock, Brussels are unique and delicious and solid variety of other options.
Usually Carl’s does not disappoint so we think they were just way off for the night. We were hurried through our ordering and dinner which became annoying. The chicken was dry, the mashed potatoes were not cooked right. The ribs didn’t have a ton of flavor. Not a great night.
We were seated at a table in the back by the high chairs and service station. There were plenty of tables open and we had reservations so not sure why such a bad spot. They’ve taken dishes off of the menu that were favorites. Music speakers were loud right behind our head. Disappointing experience - we have really enjoyed carls in the past.
Good, cheerful service (thank you, Genevieve), tasty cocktails, great burgers and fries, and reliable home-style entrees (pot roast, meatloaf, etc.). The Zirkel burger in particular, with avocado, pimento cheese, bacon, tomato and pickles, was decadently satisfying. Great appetizers, including the aforementioned pimento cheese, deviled eggs, and crispy Brussels sprouts with Parmesan. Nice whisky list, too.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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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