Carson’s American Kitchen

4.3
160 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Carson's American Kitchen is a lively restaurant and gathering place offering satisfying American fare and spectacular views in Sunriver, Oregon. With a Pacific Northwest sensibility, Chef Travis Taylor's seasonally-driven menu is a whimsical, fun and delicious dining experience for everyone.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation


Breakfast Daily: 7:00am-11:30am

Lunch Daily: 11:30am-5:00pm

Dinner Daily: 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(541) 593-3740
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Travis Taylor
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Private party facilities
The Hearth Room is a beautiful venue, with spectacular views of Mt. Bachelor. It is perfect to host your next special occasion, family celebration or holiday get together. It is adjacent to the restaurant, and has a beautifully large fireplace for all to enjoy.
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Private party contact
Carson's Group Reservation Coordinator : (541) 593-4824 ext. 4824
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunriver Resort
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking is available at the front of the Lodge. Self parking in the resort parking lot is also available.
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Entertainment
Live music in the adjacent lounge, Twisted River. Check with facility for current schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 160 People Are Saying
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LG
Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious sea bass and outstanding service! Special treatment for our anniversary.

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JM
Detroit
10 reviews
5.0Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food, reasonable price, great service

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CB
Hawaii
1 review
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything exceeded our expectations!
The wine, the trout, the veggies- and especially the service!

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GL
1 review
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took big group and all commented on how great each of their meals were. Will be back.

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PB
San Antonio
1 review
4.0Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed the service. There is a beautiful atmosphere and the food was amazing. Even tho it was late, they still got us a table, which was a great gesture. Thank you.

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M
San Francisco
32 reviews
1.0Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Clueless in the kitchen! No excuse for food this mediocre/poor.

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LR
Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A local meal out. Terrific!🤗

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Portland
1 review
1.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Bad service. Really disappointing. No way around it. Thought we were on an episode of "What would you do?" or something. We had a party of six and sat for nearly 20 minutes before anyone came to acknowledge us. After that... it got worse. Simple requests ("Can we get an extra plate?") weren't honored. We felt like we were in the way. The food was very good but I can't give anything more than one or two stars for a place that is poorly managed and doesn't understand basic principles of service.

Greet guests.

Take drink order.

Take food order.

Deliver food.

Check back.

None of it went smoothly.

Epic fail for a place that doesn't plain understand how good it could be. We had a spilled glass of water that nobody ever realized was spilled. We asked for a spare plate and had to go to kitchen ourselves to get it. We had to walk around the place, serving ourselves. Literally bad service... the bill was slow. We sat, and sat, and waited, hoping to see if the server would bring the bill.

Maybe it was a bad night. But I have too many options to give it another chance.

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LR
Portland
1 review
3.0Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We came here expecting fine dining but found that the view was spectacular but the food was expensive and lackluster. We had the Thyime rubbed chicken which is basically an adult size chicken nugget - reconstituted chicken breaded. The watermelon salad had promise but was odd and not an appetizing presentation. A big disappointment. My mom and sister got the Carsonara pasta and enjoyed it. Overall it was very expensive for a mediocre meal. Hope they can improve the menu.

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Palm Springs
1 review
5.0Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very prompt and friendly. The ambience with the view of the golf course, the patio and activities going on was incredible! Food was unique and extremely flavorful. Loved the new beef ribs dish they chef had just introduced.

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JO
Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were excellent. Our server, Bethany, was just great. She went above and beyond to make sure our drinks were just the way we wanted them, and gave suggestions on the food. Had the beet salad, and a side salad, both of which were fantastic. Our main dishes were also wonderful. We will be back!

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SF
Portland
10 reviews
5.0Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the beautiful view. So good to our children, treated with respect and care. Will definitely be back!

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Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The service was excellent.

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New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly and attentive service, food was prepared and presented well, prices fair for the quality of service/food.
Rustic upscale ambiance with beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains. Recommended.

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RC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great birthday dinner with my wife. The server, Frank, was fantastic. The manager checked on us twice to make sure everything is all right. Got a complimentary dessert for my birthday. Had a great time as always.

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LM
1 review
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. I will recommend to my friends!

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Beautiful, green views, eclectic menu with interesting ingredients. The Strawberry Rhubarb mule was a little medicinal tasting. The grilled artichoke was over charred with a slightly too spicy dipping sauce. Side salads were basic. The trout was excellent. My son and I shared the Lava Butte Bowl and both had major stomach issues that night...Desserts were good, nothing special. The Marion berry dessert was like eating an entire jar of warm jam...kind of delicious, kind of too much all at the same time. Servers were very accommodating and attentive.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family dining. Good options for kids.

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KJ
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Arriveda bit early for dinner but waitress and chef accommodated us nicey with ribeyes which was just what we wanted. Would recommend to all!

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RL
Portland
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend the pulled pork benedict - it was absolutely delicious! The view was unbeatable! Sit outside if you can

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T
Portland
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here for dinner and brunch recently-both were amazing!

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Phoenix
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciate the Gluten Free menu options as wife is Gluten intolerant. Bethany (waitress) was very good and very friendly.

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BS
1 review
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

There should be bread that is dairy free. Difficult for someone with a dairy allergy. Same comment re the black bean burger.

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PF
Portland
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Overall service and ambiance was good but the food execution is where this experience went south. I ordered the evening "special entree" described as 6 oz filet served on cauliflower puree with grilled broccoli spears and topped with Dungeness crab... ok sounds pretty delicious right?

What arrived was a sous vide fillet gray in color as it was not grilled before serving literally dropped into a bowl of stone cold puree (imagine a rock dropped in to a muddy shoreline). The crab was flaked and served to side of the filet also on top of the cold puree. The broccoli was over-cooked albeit the only warm thing left on the plate by the time it was served.

Trying be positive as the rest of table was happy with their entrees I suffered through it but now regret not sending it back after I received a bill for my $45 special entree. Sadly a poor kitchen execution and major plating problem turned a "what-could-have-been" dish into this review.

Unfortunately we executed the special x 2 for us at the table... When we voiced our concerns to the server they said they could not refund the entree (ok, I get that we ate it) but then offered to remove/reduce a $25 corkage fee... we'll let's just say we received a $15 dollar discount on our corkage fee which pretty much did me in. Seriously, you can't waive an entire corkage fee...

@Carson's Kitchen, sadly we will not be back. We are long time residents in the area and for the past 20+ years visited the SunRiver lodge for special dinning occasions. I love the lodge but if you had to compete in the Portland market you would be closed in a matter of weeks. Please, don't rely on a captive audience, instead raise the bar and give the folks in Bend a reason to make the 20 minute drive and dine in what could be a great establishment.

Signed, disappointed on my b-day.

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Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Reunion with friends.

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Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's day brunch was great as usual. Been doing it for years!!

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Portland
5 reviews
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The view looking out of the restaurant is beautiful! We enjoyed sitting in a booth against the glass looking into the kitchen, so our three year old was amused by the friendly kitchen staff behind us who even sent out a few complimentary donut holes which were the best part of the meal. The rest of our meals were all bland, although they did give generous portions of salsa and guacamole with the burrito which was nice. Our server was mostly absent and the unimpressive food, especially for the price was disappointing.

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M
Central Coast
2 reviews
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location at a great resort! Loved the location and the scenery! I'll be back to do more things and will definitely stop at Carson's.

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MD
Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal and great service as usual. First visit for our guest who also had a great experience.

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SW
1 review
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s 80th at Carson’s America Kitchen, and it was a delightful experience for all 15 of us.
The ambiance was lovely, the food was delicious and offered a nice variety, with dishes to please any diner. And the service was superb!

We would highly recommend this to friends, and look forward to enjoying the experience again on our next visit to Sunriver!

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r
Portland
1 review
3.0Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Stayed at the lodge and made reservations at Carson's for the first night. Not really necessary as the place was virtually empty, although in fairness it was a Sunday evening. We were given the menu as well as a "Specials Menu". There were two specials and we were told that there was only 'one' prime rib sandwich left. The dinner hour had just started. My husband had the pulled pork pasta which he said was fine. I ordered the burger and was really disappointed. The bun was cold, not toasted and honestly wasn't worth the $17.50 they charged. We went the next night to Village Bar and Grill and had excellent food at a fraction of the price.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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B
Portland
49 reviews
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was really good. The portions were large & service was excellent. We especially enjoyed the Bloody Mary cart!

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GP
1 review
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was great. I had the Oregon Bounty Benedict and the truffle Hollandaise sauce was awesome. My daughter had chocolate chip pancakes and loved them.

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Portland
2 reviews
1.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

DISGUSTED!!!!!!!!
VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE FACT THAT A DOG IS AT A TABLE ...EVEN BEING FED
PEOPLE WITH DOG NEED MANNERS ...DOG KEPT BARKING LUNGED AND GROWLED AND SNAPPED AT WAITER .. NOT GOOD!!!WAITER WAS VERY GOOD AND DID HIS BEST TO CONTROL DOG AS OWNERS DIDNT SEEM TO CARE.
YES WE WERE AT A RESTRAUNT NOT A DOG KENNEL OR DOG PARK
DOG HAIR IS NOT HEALTHY ... I AM SORRY BUT WE LEAVE ANIMALS WHERE THEY BELONG OUTSIDE
IF RESTRAUNTS CATER TO FEEDING DOGS THEY NEED A PEOPLE ONLY SECTION..
I HAVE A THERAPY HORSE SHALL I BRING IT TO DINNER WITH ME. BET THEY WOULDNT ALLOW ME IN WITH MY THERAPY ANIMAL.
THIS DOG WAS NOT MARKED AS ANYTHING "IE" THERAPY AND WAS MEAN SPIRITED
WHAT ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO THE DOG DO THEY NOLONGER HAVE RIGHTS..... WAS NOT A TRAINED DOG NOR TRAINED OWNERS

NOT AT ALL HAPPY THAT THIS WAS ALLOWED... DOG WAS VERY DIRTY AND UNCARED FOR.A

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Portland
1 review
1.0Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing evening. Limited menu is one thing but overall quality was very poor.

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San Francisco
1 review
2.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The prefix dinner was disappointing. Everything felt like it had been sitting around on a food line waiting for the next order. Definitely not cooked for each person. Slightly warm/cold. Vegetables overdone and it was not worth the 85.00 person.

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AE
Portland
3 reviews
2.0Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We booked at Carson’s for a family dinner while on vacation in SunRiver. Based on the menu prices, proximity to our vacation home and overall star rating we anticipated a fine dining experience. Instead we had okay service with not so okay food at an expensive price. The setting was lovely but the quality of food will keep us from returning.

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Palm Springs
1 review
4.0Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was excellent however the food was marginal at best. Prime rib was undercooked and not very tasty and my wife’s only vegetarian option was an expensive large chunk of cauliflower with a couple other small vegetables sprinkled in. Will not go back. The Mexican restaurant in the village was much better and way less expensive.

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JH
Tampa
1 review
3.0Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Mediocre food. French onion soup tasted like canned broth and rubber cheese. Salads, though nicely presented, had no dressing. Herb butter was too overbearing. Candied walnuts on salad tasted rancid. Did have a pleasant server.
Enjoyed the Christmas lights

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