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About Carlos' Bistro

In the beginning there has been one word in Carlos’ Bistro, Beautiful. The excellence and the experience of the best in Colorado Springs. Carlos (Owner, Executive Chef, and Matradee) provides a warm and welcoming experience to all of our customers, making everyone feel special at home and relaxed.

1025 S 21st St
Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3705
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Winter Hours (September - April) Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Summer Hours (May - August} WED-SAT: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Hw 24

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(719) 471-2905

Executive Chef:
Carlos Echeandia

Private Party Facilities:
Carlos’ Bistro is the perfect location to celebrate any special occasion. From weddings to birthdays and private parties, Carlos’ Bistro has a large dining room or an outdoor patio to accommodate your group.

Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: (877) 278-5798

Additional:
Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Carlos' Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (43)
Special Occasion (42)
Romantic (35)
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Good for a Date (31)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Notable Wine List (28)
Worth the Drive (23)
Authentic (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Cozy (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Business Meals (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Good for Groups (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (4)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Ecquiaite food, incredible libations, wonderful service. We greatly enjoyed every aspect of our evening.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing place, amazing menu, amazing service, amazing food, amazing hospitality. Definitely going back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

The special service begins in the parking lot when Carlos personally comes out to greet each guest, welcoming you to the restaurant. The food, the wait-staff service, the ambiance...from start to finish this place is a class act. Best restaurant hands down that we've been to in the Springs, and frankly, one of the best restaurants we've been to overall in all our travels.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 3 days ago

Nothing more to say than “fantastic!” Everything on the menu is prepared with excellence, even though there are many items on it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Carlos is great! Food was fantastic!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This restaurant is always our go-to place for special occasions. It’s quiet, the food is outstanding and their staff is top notch. Carlos is so nice and we thoroughly enjoy ourselves every time we dine there.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was impressed from the moment we walked in the door and were greeted by Carlos. The service was great. The food was exceptional. I can say enough good thing about our experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As always, Carlos’ personal touch, from meeting you at the door to multiple checks at the table make this such a pleasant experience...Superb menu and great wine list

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Carlos was great and engaging. Jennifer, our server, was wonderful! She added to the fun of the evening. The food was fabulous as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Carlos was amazing. The experience exceeded my expectations. I booked the restaurant based on reviews and was dazzled.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is a really up scale restaurant. They have a very extensive menu. The prices range from very reasonable to super expensive. One of the better options is to go on a Wednesday when they have a large selection of wine for only $25 a bottle. The service was first rate. Our wait person Jennifer, was very knowledgeable and Carlos, the owner checked on us a number of times. We appreciated all the attention.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Carlos never disappoints! The food is the best in town, hands down. Service is great and every time we've been in, Carlos has said hello and checked to be sure everything is perfect. The menu has something for everyone, I enjoyed an old fashioned, hush puppies and duck on my last visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was an awesome dining experience for our 50th wedding anniversary. Our server Jennifer was attentive but not hovering and her recommendations were spot on. We were greeted with Happy Anniversary from Carlos and everyone we came in contact with. The food was truly a culinary experience as it was the first time we visited the restaurant.
We were treated like royalty as were all of Carlos diners with Carlos visiting our table checking to see if everything was OK.
I would highly recommend the experience of dining, the food and service.
Thank you Carlos and staff

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Carlos' Bistro is a true gem. We were greeted at the door by Carlos. He was asking what the occasion was, how our day is going, and provided us a great first experience. Sometimes restaurant owners can be too talkative, or too engaged with their customers. Carlos had the perfect balance of interacting with customers, and leaving them alone.

The waitress did an amazing job of explaining the menu, specials etc. She was thorough, calm, zero pressure.

Many of the items on the menu are expensive, however, my fiancé and I appreciated that Carlos also has lower priced options if you're not looking to spend as much. We selected several of the premium menu items, and a couple of the low cost.

When the food arrived, it looked great and tasted even better. We got the Alaskan King Crab as an app, the duck and the filet with crab for mains. The crab was cooked perfectly, great flavor, and there was much more actual crab than other high end restaurants typically offer. The duck was delicious, was not dry, and seasoned perfectly. The filet was cooked exactly medium rare as ordered, tasted better than any steak I've had at other steakhouses, and like the duck and crab was a good portion size.

I highly recommend Carlo's Bistro due to the world class customer service, great menu options, and delicious flavors.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Over priced by a mile. The veal massala was over wrought and tasteless. Good presentation and good service, but bad food at high prices is a bad combination in any one's book. Disappointing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was fabulous as usual!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

This was my first time at the restaurant and i was very inpressed. Carlos offers very personal service, and the food is outstanding. I think this is the best restaurant in Colorado Springs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Carolo's Bistro never fails to impress friends and relatives. My brother and sister in law were in town. Rather than dinner at the Broadmoor where they were staying I got us reservations at Carolo's. They are both extensive travelers and are very familiar with a number of good restaurants around the globe. They were both impressed and BOTH completely cleaned their plates which they almost never do. They were both impressed and I am always impressed. It is expensive but worth it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is a wonderful place to eat at. If you have a special event to celebrate, or just want a very nice date, then Carlos Bistro will not disappoint. Carlos is very attentive to all his guest and tries to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Our waiter was fantastic. He knew his job and was very personable in his delivery and service.

Be sure you are ready to spend some money if you go here though. This is not a cheap outing or quick meal. You will want to take some time to enjoy the entire experience, and you will also be paying well to do so. That being stated, the meal was worth the money as every single item we had was top notch.

I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a fine dining experience for any special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always a great experience. The food was great, ambiance quiet and intimate, Carlos was warm and engaging. Thank you again for another wonderful experience!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was a pleasant surprise for the both of us. My date and I had never been to the restaurant before. The occasion was her birthday, and she was pleased. I heard about the restaurant from a coworker. I will/would recommend Carlos Bistro to anyone wanting nice dinning, without feeling an over crowded atmosphere.

Edward T.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and ambiance. The customer service and attention to detail is some of the best I’ve experienced. Carlos actually greeted us in the parking lot upon our arrival, checked on us numerous times during our meal, and bid us farewell when we left for the evening. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Carlos continues to provide near perfect execution of a well thought out menu along with absolutely extraordinary personal service. This is simply the best restaurant I’ve been to in Colorado.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Phenomenal doesn’t even come close. We dined here for the first time tonight because our old favorite was booked. I’m so incredibly glad it was. Every flavor in every dish was thought out and well balanced. Carlos wasn’t our server but was thoughtful and attentive as a host. Molly was equally amazing! We ordered the following dishes between 3 people, frog legs, crab legs, lobster salad, shrimp cocktail, mushroom soup, avocado rolls, caprese salad, flat iron steak, the Peruvian rib eye and the calf’s liver. Everything was amazing. We half expected something to be a lesser quality since the menu is so extensive and not one thing fell below our high standards. Before we even left we made reservations for 2 days later. I can’t believe we hadn’t heard of this place before then!!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Well worth the price and will definitely be celebrating more occasions here

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

My husband and I reserved a table for 4 for early dining and, as always, were greeted warmly by Carlos and his staff. We had brought my sister last year to try out when she was visiting and she was very exited about the GF options. Carlo's Bistro even has gluten free bread and is very tasty! On this visit, my brother-in-law was with my sister and she really wanted him to enjoy a great dining experience in Colorado Springs. Jennifer was our waitress, as she has been previously, and she is a delight! She is so welcoming, witty and is very knowledgeable with the menu and is happy to offer suggestions with the extensive wine list as was Carlos. Thank you Carlos and staff for a lovely evening!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

You can’t go wrong going to Carlo’s Bistro for your next dinner! The food, drinks and service are all outstanding. We would personally recommend you ask for Brian to be your server, he does an outstanding job!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Carlos is an excellent unique restaurant. The prices are high but the quality of the food, the service and Carlos himself make it all worthwhile. We went during the Christmas holidays. Carlos was as charming and helpful as usual. We had the halibut from Norway which was out of this world. My son loved his scallops. The service was perfect. The whole dining experience at Carlos is wonderful!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Carlos ‘Bistro has never disappointed. Food and ambiance are superb.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Never disappoints! Carlos welcomes you in to the restaurant like you are family. This time he even met us outside and showed us into the warmth on a cold night. We started with champagne poached king crab. Then the non-menu lobster salad. You think you are no where near water so maybe not a good option? Throw that idea out the window since they were both juiced and full of flavor. I had the beef filet with peppercorn sauce and cheese fondue sauce which was served with mashed potatoes and veggies. Every bite was a different flavor of deliciousness. My husband had the boneless ribeye with risotto and veggies. His too was a delight of flavors with each bite. We finished off with key lime tart and a mixed fruit in vanilla bourbon sauce. We make a special point to visit each time we pass through. We did splurge this time so it was a bit a hit to the pocketbook but every morsel was worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Best restaurant in Colorado. Carlos greets you in the parking lot and checks out how you like the food several times during the meal.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful food and great atmosphere.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great place to eat. My wife and I spent our 37 anniversary there couldn’t have picked a better place. Food was great, service was great, it was just all around a good idea. You have to eat here if you get the chance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This is our third time to Carlos Bistro and we are never disappointed. Carlos has a wonderful personality and chats with all the patrons and engages all of us. Anytime we have a special occasion such as birthdays or anniversaries, we think of Carlos first and foremost. It is a phenomenal experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was a hidden gem that I was very pleased to learn about and share with my group of friends. We meet Monthly to get together for food and drinks and always look to find new places to try. I am a firm believer in if you eat quality food you will pay quality prices. The food was worth every penny and so was the staff which were amazing. Carlos is a hands on owner and very engaged to every customer that walked in the door but it didn't end there. He visited every table assisting in any part of your experience which made the experience an outstanding one. I will be revisiting.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Outstanding dining experience thanks to Carlos and staff (especially our server, Stephanie). Exceptional cuisine and service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My husband and I chose this restaurant while on our honeymoon in Colorado Springs because it seems to be a winner among the locals. Ambiance was very romantic and quiet. We ordered a drink each, two appetizers and and two salads. Our appetizers were delicious and filled us both up so we opted for salads before venturing off to explore Colorado. The waitress was incredibly rude after we ordered our salads and scoffed at us ordering them as a main course. She made us feel unwelcome and out of place on a very special night for us.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This place was AMAZING! My husband had the Elk and said it was the best meal he has ever eaten in his life. I had this delicious lobster pasta!!! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always amazing!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Carlo’s is hands down the best restaurant in Colorado Springs. We were greeted by Carlo when we arrived and were taken care of the entire time we were there. The menu is filled with options you will not see on most menus. It is high end quality and you will pay for it but everything from a variety of appetizers and entrées were outstanding and worth every penny. Make your reservation for any Special Occassion and you will not be disappointed. Check out the menu online to see what fabulousness awaits you.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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