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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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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Romantic (37)
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Good for a Date (35)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Notable Wine List (28)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Authentic (18)
Cozy (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 31, 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 29, 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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·Dined on December 29, 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 28, 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 28, 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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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful food and great atmosphere.

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·Dined on December 24, 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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·Dined on December 21, 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 17, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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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·Dined on December 10, 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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·Dined on December 10, 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 10, 2017

Always amazing!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 8, 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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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Definitely the best restaurant I've been in the Springs.Great atmosphere, small crowd, delicious food and the presentation was like being cooked for by Gordon Ramsey

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

What a find. Professional service. Extensive, classic menu. Well priced wine list.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was good but overpriced, in my opinion. We don't regret going to Carlos' but I'm not sure we would go again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Absolutely the best service you will find anywhere. Food is excellent. A bit on the pricey side but overall, very worth it in taste, quality and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent! Filet Mignon, risotto and vegetables were so good! Also have great food and outstanding service. Carlos you and your staff are amazing. Will continue to come back and will highly recommend your restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Found a place worth going back to! Excellent food. Excellent service. Even met in the parking lot by Carlos.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We love eating here. The staff is great and the food is excellent. Carlos makes a point to personally greet everyone which really sets the tone for a great night out.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and service. Unique menu As usual Carlos met us in the parking lot and escorted us in to a great experience

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I love Carlos Bistro. It is by far the best restaurant in Colorado Springs!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful hosts, atmosphere, and food! Need to visit more often.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was very nice except that our steaks were overcooked.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

You cannot beat the service at Carlos' Bistro. The food is authentic, delicious, and beautifully plated. Early Bird dining (5p until 5:30p) is a pretty great value. We are able to have smaller dinner portions which allows us to splurge on apps and desserts. The restaurant is quite dark. My only complaint is about how dark it is, even my husband had a difficult time seeing. Too dark.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As always, Carlos' Bistro delivers fantastic cuisine with every imaginable detail just perfect. You can't go wrong dining at Carlos'

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We travel a lot and eat out often and enjoy really good food. Carlos’ Bistro was a great find. Excellent food and service. We’ll go back. If you haven’t tried it ....you must!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

We have enjoyed dining at many fine restaurants in the US. Carlo's is the absolute best. The food is superb and the service is flawless.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Fabulous evening with Carlos as always. Our server, Mandy, was the best, the food was creative, deliciously prepared, beautifully presented. Perfect anniversary dinner. Thanks, Carlos. Have followed you since 1999 and it just keeps getting better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Attention to detail, superb! Server was very knowledgeable on every detail of the menu and wine. Sad I didn't heed her advice that the Lobster was spicy.....figured it'd be fine as a pasta, but it really was TOO spicy for me. The red pepper flavor just overwhelmed any other flavor in the dish. Don't recommend that one, but EVERYTHING else was delicious. Shared a crab cake appetizer and plenty to share. Served over enough salad that we didn't even need the salads we ordered, but they were great too. My husband's steak was cooked perfectly, tender and tasty...loved the tarragon hollandaise sauce. We'll be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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