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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

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Comfort Food (10)
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Fun (9)
Happy Hour (8)
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Kid-friendly (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Great Beer (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

Great tunes:

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 7, 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 6, 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 4, 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 4, 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 2, 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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 30, 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 30, 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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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food. Great service

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 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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·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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·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 28, 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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 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 23, 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 22, 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 20, 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 17, 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 14, 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 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!

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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.

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vip
 (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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