Carlos' Bistro

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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.

We are proud to now offer Japanese kobe and wagyu steaks plus burgers and kobe sausages made with kobe, wagyu, and prime meats at Carlos' Bistro as the state of Colorado is now a member of the Japanese Kobe Club.

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vipChristinaW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We were shocked at the prices in this restaurant. We enjoy fine dining all over the world and the prices here are just not in line with the food. Yes, Carlos provides very good service and the food is good. BUT, the prices are just over the top. While in Colorado Springs we have enjoyed other restaurants and the pricing and quality are so much more reasonable and in line.

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vipNancy
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. So many options to choose from and an extensive wine list.
Loved it!

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vipTiff
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal meal! Incredible service! Our best meal in Colorado!

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Llgmeme
Houston
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with excellent food! Owner is very involved in greeting guests and was a great nite! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration.

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JoeL
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a phenomenal place
I have eaten duck all over this world and this is without a doubt the best
Five star service

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vip27altoids
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For those of you scrolling through OpenTable reviews looking for quick bites of information, this is for you: Carlos' Bistro is, without hesitation, one of the ten best restaurants I have been to in this country.

For the rest of you reading, Carlos' Bistro is easily the best restaurant in the Colorado Springs area, and worthy of being on your agenda to visit if you're in town. How a free-standing restaurant in an unassuming parking lot houses such a diverse menu, team of friendly professionals and charming decor is something akin to a modern day miracle. That they also had a radio station tuned to 80s music is even better. (Sometimes a man wants to drink martinis while Billy Idol is playing, you know?)

Carlos, himself, is just about the most personable restauranteur you will ever meet, emphasizing a formal, yet relaxed, atmosphere. Our server, Molly, was just as delightful, filling us in on the favorite dishes and sharing her recommendations on everything from cocktails to desserts.

The three of us enjoyed absolutely everything we tried, from the lobster salad through the lamb chops, from the first round of cocktails through the "cigar" dessert that was deceivingly filling. The menu offers more variety than your neighborhood steakhouse, and I could see trying a new dish with every visit.

If you've made it this far into the review, chances are good you're ready to head to Carlos' Bistro... and the chances are also good you've done your research and seen the general price point. Yes, the pricing could catch you off-guard if you just walk in on a Wednesday night, but I'm a big believer in the concept of, "you get what you pay for." This isn't a place you visit every week like a regular; this is a place for those special occasions that mean a lot. And in that regard, it is worth every penny.

Believe the hype and consider Carlos' Bistro. It's an outstanding dining destination and deserves to be a "must visit" spot whether you're a local or an out-of-towner.

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OpenTable Diner
Springfield
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, highly recommend the Kobe steak!

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CocoAugust
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place sources their protein from specific farms in Nebraska, all organically-grown and hand selected. The food is AMAZING! Delicious as I have ever had! Waitstaff was as attentive as I have ever seen! I think they have the fear of Carlos in them as he's always hovering around, asking people how their food and service are. Carlos is super-friendly and just wants you to have the best experience possible. The ambiance is chill, laid back and very romantic. Cocktails and wine selection were on-par with a 5-star restaurant and the waitstaff were quick to help select a drink to go with your food. The pisco sour I had was top-notch! Not cheap by any means but well worth it. Keep it up, Carlos! You're doing a great job in Colorado Springs. We'll see you next time we're in the area! Thank you so much for such a memorable experience!

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MichaelJ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos Bistro is one of the rare dining experiences you can experience in life. The dining experience is beyond perfection; from the amazing food, both from a taste perspective as well as presentation, to the ambiance, the wait staff and the comprehensive and amazing wine selection. The entire evening was absolutely enjoyable.
Carlos' affable personality as he greats his guests begins the evening in a delightful manner and the wait staff have the perfect balance of attentiveness without hovering or being over bearing. We had one of the most enjoyable dinners of our lives with unequivocally the best bottle of wine we have ever had.
What a magical way to celebrate our anniversary.

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vipRobertC
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I had a delicious dinner at Carlos’ Bistro. I had the halibut special and it was perfect. My wife had the veal schnitzel—also perfect. Desserts were the perfect finish to our meal. I had key lime tart any my wife had a bread pudding combination—2 kinds. It was a very generous serving! Enough for 2 people really. Bottles of wine (other than champagne & other sparkling wines) are 1/2 price on Wednesdays—we had a delicious bottle of Pinot Grigio. Our server was fun and Carlos stopped by frequently to check on us. We can’t wait to go back to Carlos’!

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carlos Bistro. The staff is on top of everything and, are very inviting. We always have a great time celebrating special occasions there.

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JasonSzelest
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience we have ever had, anywhere. The lobster fra diavolo was fantastic and the scallops were even better. And it only gets better from there. Our server was knowledgeable about any questions we had and was very friendly. She went above and beyond to make our experience special. I don’t remember her name to give her a shout out, but it was the brunette woman in her 30s. She was fantastic. And then there was Carlos. Wow. Not only does he wake up early every morning to prep all the fantastic food his restaurant serves fresh daily, but he also finds time during dinner service to connect with every table and make them feel special, whether it’s their 100th visit, or 1st like ours. The ambiance was beautiful, and they even had a water bowl prepared at our table on the patio for our pup. Simply blown away. They also have 50% wine bottles through November, as if this place wasn’t already too good to be true. Biggest mistake of your life not visiting this place, and we will probably be making more than one visit next time we are in the area. It is expensive, but worth more than every penny. 10 stars out of 5

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KimW
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!!! Expensive but well worth a date night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carlos greeted us in the parking lot as we arrived! Not only is he the owner but a master French chef who attended to every request. ZERO disappointments. If you are looking for a dining experience not to far from the Broadmoor this is it. A menu with something for everyone. The lamb was outstanding the filet perfect and the appetizers tasty and all served in a plate you’ll want to take a picture of. And jeans were perfect so it’s casual too.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos is an amazing host with an amazing staff. The food and service are outstanding. Overall a superb experience every time we have been to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carlo is an amazing host. His staff is on point with service. The food is beautiful to look at and makes your tastebuds dance! Best fine dinning in Colorado Springs. Leaps and bounds above the rest.

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vipChristineS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos’s Bistro is an amazing dining experience. The food, service, ambiance and Carlos himself were wonderful. Could not ask for better and we have been fortunate to have dined around the world. What a gem! We will be back.

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JaredM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great staff! Looking forward to going back again!

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BethH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos’ never fails to disappoint. From the personalized and friendly service to the top notch quality food and beverage options, absolutely worth every penny.

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AnnetteC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AmyF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What's there NOT to say about Carlo's! Food, atmosphere, staff and especially Carlos himself is Fantastic. It's a bit pricey, but a Great way to celebrate your special occasion, or just go out for a Fantastic dinner. Top Notch Restaurant. I HIGHLY recommend going there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I’ve ever had

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Covedaddy
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Colorado Springs! I would recommend Carlos Bistro to everyone.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great , but I think the prices are way overrated for what you get, awesome service ,very friendly

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Bemiss
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Carlos' Bistro. Carlos is such a gentleman and was very patient with my crew. I was concerned during the appetizer round because I found the crabcake offputting. I could not eat it. However, I decided it might be a difference between the breading and frying of crab-cakes on the east coast where I've lived most of my life. I went for it and found the filet to be out of this world. Veggies and risotto were perfectly flavored. Key lime pie and coffee topped off the night and it was fabulous.

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vipJR1949
Denver
71 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back to Carlos bistro since COVID shut everything down. It was so nice to see Carlos, his wife and the same staff. Our meal was delicious! He has such a variety of food, it’s always difficult to choose what you want because it’s all outstanding. I cannot wait to go back.

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only our second visit to Carlos' but felt like a regular. Carlos' personal greeting in the parking lot and attentive staff made us feel very welcome. We started with several appetizers -- Oysters Rockefeller, fried catfish nuggets and crawfish nachos. All were excellent and large enough for sharing. The entrees were amazing. The swordfish steak was perfect. I loved my chicken curry pasta. My son went for the half price Kobe burger and was not disappointed. My oldest son wanted a whiskey to pair with his lobster fra diavolo and Carlos' recommended the Basil Hayden bourbon, which turned out great. Highly recommended for anyone looking to have a unique, high end culinary experience.

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I went there to celebrate my wedding anniversary. Carlos was there in the parking lot to greet us and wish us a happy anniversary. I ordered the Filet Mingon and asked for it to be pink on the inside. After my 2nd slice it was blood red. Very disappointing for that price. I sent it back to the kitchen to be cooked a little longer. Carlos brought it back to me still undercooked but I wasn’t about to send it back again. Carlos acted as if everything was perfect. No apologies. Also, most restaurants give you a little something (a cupcake or slice of cake) when you make them aware that you are celebrating an anniversary. We got a lit candle in my wife’s dessert. I guess the $475 ticket for 3 of us barely covered his costs and didn’t allow for a small gesture of recognition beyond the lit candle.

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DavidZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos & his staff are the ultimate when it comes to helping you enjoy your dining experience. My wife & I enjoyed everything, from the time we pulled in the parking lot to the time we left. Be ready to spend a little money, but this is a dining experience unlike you hardly ever see. Carlos is top notch host & a great chef. His deserts are wonderful as is all the food

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Scotty
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos never disappoints. Food is amazing, service is outstanding. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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WesleyL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I(both male) had a great time here. This place was very accommodating to everyone regardless of race, religion or LGBTQ+. The staff and owner went out of their way to make us feel welcomed. The staff were were diligent with their food handling safety measures. The food came out great and it ended up being a great evening.

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DanielH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing was outstanding. The food is top notch and the service was fantastic. The price is extremely high however.

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Blandfood
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here to celebrate my youngest son’s college graduation.
My son is a foodie and has loved Carlos’ Bistro for years.
We were overwhelmed by the attention, help with food and wine selection, quality of the food and drink. And most of all by the very attentive staff.
Carlos, you and your staff deserve a standing ovation!
Thank you so much for a delicious and memorable evening!

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vipElizabeth
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Carlos Bistro! So great to get together with friends, enjoying great food and an amazing atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to have this great restaurant back open! Wonderful service and tasty food.

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JimC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is by far our most favorite restaurant to go too. Especially for special occasions!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic celebration made more special by Carlos and his excellent staff. When we learned he is from Peru, we knew we had to have the Latin specialties, Lomo Saltado and Ceviche (and other things!). Wines were excellent as was the bread pudding dessert - heavenly! What a gem to have in our city. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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PaulS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the wait staff are awesome, Stefanie, Brian and Molly were working that night. And of course Carlos is the best.

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