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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great Beer (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
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Business Meals (2)
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People Watching (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place good food and easy going. Lots of TV’s as we watched the Olympics . Food is great. I would recommend this place for a casual dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Second time there with my teenage boys and I remembered why I hadn’t been back for a while. While the service was great and the food good we had to shout to have a conversation, and my boys are not quiet.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was great but my burger was over cooked and dry. Friends salmon was incredible!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great cocktails. Service was good food was good but didn't wow. Pricing was good for Steamboat. Will comeback for happy hour!

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We chose Carls while in Steamboat mainly because they take reservations for Super Bowl Sunday. The reservation required a 75$ pp minimum charge. Some thought this was a put off but I knew that would be no problem for us for ~4 hours of dining, drinking and enjoying the large group excitement of watching the game. Wasn't disappointed at all. Great atmosphere with large screens everywhere. Service was perfect. Interesting menu - only wish I had a chance to try some of the other sandwiches/ entrees. We had the burgers, they were very good but in retrospect, I can get a good burger many places. Shoulda tried something different; I'm pretty confident I would have enjoyed anything on the menu. The highlight for us were the crab cakes we had early on - nicely crusted with good proportions of breading/meat - delicious. Hopefully, we'll return to Steam Boat and if so, we'll return to Carls.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always Carls was very good. I would like to see them add ribs to the everyday menu. We enjoy Carls for a simple night out. The burger is great as well as the chicken sandwich and flatiron steak.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This is an annual stop on our trip to Steamboat Springs. We ran into issues of being out of menu items and poor seating last year as well as soup coming out after the entree in the past. We love the location, several menu items and our earlier experiences so we gave it one last try. This year was another bust. We were greeted and then waited as the host/hostess tried to figure out a table configuration for my husband and I... oh no, not again! This year was worse. We were put in the back corner behind a table of 10 against a wall. We asked to move the table out and they said there were other tables being moved into the area. We ordered the special Fried Chicken and our waiter then informed us that they were out (supply management... it was only 7:30pm). I ended up ordering the amazing Crispy Brussel Leaves and a Tavern Salad. Here's the cake - I ordered the blue cheese dressing on the side. It was warm and did not taste good. I asked for the citrus vinaigrette AND then was told I would be charged .50¢! OK, it is only .50¢ but seriously, the first dressing was bad. We've moved on and will branch out next year. Good luck in finding your new wings under the new management.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Chicken pot pie special was super tasty. It did feel like our server was rushing us....he kept coming over to remove items off the table while we were still working on our meals. It made it awkward to tell him no, please leave us alone for a little longer.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 22, 2018

One our favorite spots that we hit every time in Steamboat. Dry rub wings and Brussels appetizer are two regular faves. Wide ranging menu and consistently solid food offerings.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Business Meals, Fun, Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We always enjoy Carl's and must eat there at least once while we are in Steamboat Springs.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great tunes:

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great family dining experience. All enjoyed their dinner and we hope to go back before we leave.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Live Sports
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food & service were good. Menu at restaurant didn't match what was available online. Waitress commented that when it reopened, menu shrunk a bit. Still good selection available, but some desired options from online menu were no longer available.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

What a fun place for New Years Day (dinner) with the family. Alabama-Clemson on TV and happy, cheering fans. Two vegans in our party of 4, and our delightful server, Jorge, made sure everything came out perfectly. We'll be back...food was delicious!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Good food. Great service

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Live Sports
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Burger was requested to be cooked medium and came out bright red. Check your meat before you eat!

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were there during Christmas week and it was busy. For a while, we felt that we were invisible as every wait person passed by and did not acknowledge us. Finally, when someone was assigned to us, we were able to order. We enjoyed the food.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Terrible draft beer list, standard pub fare at REALLY high prices.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is more like a bar atmosphere, very casual. Not what I expected. Server was attentive and friendly.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had a great family evening for dinner. Young kids enjoyed the food as well.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We came for dinner/drinks and had a wonderful experience. The burgers were awesome, as were the cocktails. The prime rib was also cooked perfectly.

I highly recommend this spot!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Comfort food really describes dinner at the Tavern. I like the meatloaf and my wife likes several dishes. Both of us would highly recommend the Tavern for a casual dinner at reasonable prices.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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vip
 (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 19, 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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vip
 (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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