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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

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4.9

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4.7

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4.3

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Romantic (41)
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Good for a Date (38)
Notable Wine List (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Cozy (19)
Authentic (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Business Meals (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Tapas (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I’ve been to Carlos Bistro several times over the last 10 years. The food is always AMAZING!

It’s a fairly small restaurant and in a neighborhood that you wouldn’t expect a restaurant like this to be in. The menu options are abundant considering the small size.

Carlos is a true Chef! Fresh, local, interesting, diverse.

This place is not inexpensive! He is proud of his food, and isn’t afraid to charge for it. But for those occasions where it’s ok to step up, you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

As others have noted, Carlos is a very gracious host. The service was actually a little over-aggressive. They tried to clear plates twice during the meal before we were finished with them. But the attitudes of the servers were warm and inviting. The food, however, for the inflated prices, was very disappointing. The foie gras with brandied cherry sauce was the one exception. It was outstanding. the signature lobster salad was a huge disappointment with the lobster tasting overly salted and tough. My wife had the mussels and clams and the char. She thought both tasted less than fresh (or flash frozen). I'd suggest skipping the seafood, which isn't a big surprise in an inland town. I had the lamb chops, which were okay, but not undercooked (which is hard to do when I ordered medium-rare more on the rare side. I wanted the middle to be "blue" but it was almost raw throughout with only a 1/16" sear on the outside). At $25/chop I expected perfection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs!!!! Top notch service...food...everything.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Way over rated and very pricey. Food good, but not great. Owner very accommodating, but not worth the price. There must be a better place for a special occasion.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We've been to Carlos Bistro quite a few times and have been pleased every time. It's been awhile since our last visit so we were excited to see that a 5pm reservation got us an early bird menu. The portions were a little smaller but perfect for us since we almost always bring leftovers home. I got a martini, the Paul and Mari. YUM! We had the early bird shrimp cocktail and we each had a salad, all were amazing. Dinner was phenomenal! I got the crab alfredo and my husband got the crawfish tails. Both were presented beautifully and tasted fresh and wonderful. We absolutely love this restaurant and it's so perfect for a date night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The place is great. Owner is very welcoming and informative. Highly highly recommend

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Carlos's has been my favorite treat of a restaurant for years, but this time it was just not good. I'll never go again. The prices have tripled, the hours and days have been reduced, the early bird dinner has more restrictions, and the service was only "okay." I ordered a pesto pasta dish for $50! Very expensive but I knew it would be wonderful and sucked it up for the sake of our friend. Instead, the pasta was starchy and stuck together. The calamari was not especially tender...or plentiful. The pesto flavor was not fresh and lively. Several vegetables were scattered on top, including randomly chopped fresh carrots. This would have been a bad meal at a fast food Italian restaurant.
The restaurant knew we five women were having a birthday dinner, but no celebratory dessert was offered to our friend.
Something must have burned in the kitchen because my eyes stung from the time we entered.
To top if off there was a loud table of gentlemen nearby who made it difficult for the five of us to hear each other.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We went to Carlos Bistro (repeat Customers) for my wife's birthday. We took advantage of the early bird dinner and also got lucky and her birthday fell on Wine Wednesday. We love Carlos bistro for the special dining experience we have always had there. Carlos knew our names, seated us and came by to visit during our meal to ensure the birthday dinner was going well. We shared both raw and fried oyster appetizers, wife had the scallops grilled and husband had the steak Oscar. We also had a fabulous bottle of wine from the extensive list of choices that are normally $50.00 but were half off due to Wine Wednesday special. Definitely recommend if you want a personal dining experience, great service and food that does that does not make you feel like you are compromising! Thank you Carlos and our server Stephanie for the excellent service. Always a treat!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The Food was absolutely amazing. The service was on point all night. The owner was hands on talking to everyone and helping the servers when they got busy. The drinks were perfectly balanced cocktails. The portions were larger than I expected for such a high end place. A bit expensive but you get what you pay for and if you want to experience this level of dining you have open up the wallet.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was our first time at Carlos but we will see definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This was our first visit to Carlos's. A number of people told us to go and that it is amazing. We were not disappointed. Carlos met us in the parking lot to welcome us in and was totally charming. The food is indeed amazing. We had fried oysters and the lobster salad for appetisers followed by the filet mignon Oscar and veal marsala. Everything was excellent, including the service. We will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

awesome as always. High end food. Great service and staff. Our favorite place for special occasions

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Exceptional service and food and lovely ambiance. It's always fun to have Carlos personally greet us outside as we drive up to the restaurant. His attitude is reflected in his staff's wonderful service and delicious food. Every dinner at Carlos' Bistro is a special event!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Carlos' Bistro provided an outstanding anniversary dinner. The atmosphere was very nice and the service was among the best I've experienced in Colorado Springs. The menu was creative and inspired. Truly among our favorite restaurants in the area. The staff was very attentive but not intrusive. The fact that the owner was present and assisting the staff and patrons showed that the restaurant and its patrons are a labor of love. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Carlos' Bistro was amazing. Their pairings are unique and you can tell they use very high quality ingredients. Carlos himself greeted us outside and showed us to our table. He was very friendly and gracious. We will come back I'm sure!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Spectacular service. The owner met us in the parking lot to greet and meet. Classy.
Wait staff was equally accommodating and friendly. The pride in the workplace is evident through their boasts of how Carlos prepares the components necessary for the meal, then migrates to the front of the house.
Excellent food choices, and I'd be surprised to hear you left hungry. Generous portions.
Creative takes on traditional bistro menus.
Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

First let me say what an amazing host Carlos is. As a restaurateur myself, I always look at the attention to detail and this Bistro hit it out of the park. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like family. The ambience is cozy, the menu amazing and the food was a perfect "10"! The wine list also most likely the best in the area. Our server was a delight and new all the nuances of the menu.
If you are every in the Colorado Springs area, Carlos' Bistro is a MUST.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Carlos and his restaraunt is amazing! Worth every penny. Best food I've had in a long time!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always a welcoming experience for dinner. A very pleasant environment, sophisticated yet comfortable. Carols always makes you feel like a long lost special friend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food and service were excellent.


The 50% discount on wine helped, since the wine menu was somewhat pricey.

Didn't mind paying for somewhat expensive meals, since the quality was high, but thought the prices for coffee and a normal dessert were excessive.

All-in-all a nice place for special occasions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We would highly recommend this amazing gourmet experience
It’s romantic quiet impeccable staff
And one of the most amazing meals ever!
Dr. B and Britt

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This place is incredible! From arriving at the restaurant and being greeted at the front door by Carlos himself with a hand shake to walking out after the meal and having the door held for us we felt like royalty. Throughout the whole meal the service was nonstop. Never did i feel i had to wait for anyone. Brian our waiter was on top of his game the entire time, and with Carlos checking on us and cleaning our table, i felt like a king.
Now the food..
We were celebrating my girlfriend's birthday. We ordered a red wine, suggested by Brian, it was perfect for our meal. For our appetizer we had the fresh oysters, very good! The main course was the steak filet for her and I had the lamb chops. We were both very pleased with our meal selections. The lamb chops were so tender and delicious, and the sauce that came with it was over the top! Her steak was cooked just right, and the cut of meat was perfect! For dessert we chose the key lime pie, and let me say, one of the best I have had!
I complimented Carlos personally on how well he ran his restaurant. I never felt so welcomed. As a business owner myself, i really like to see the owner being involved with the employees.
What a memorable experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were greeted at our car by the owner who was very friendly and learned our names and why we were there (for a 26 wedding anniversary). Later he remembered our names and how many years we had been married and escorted us to the door when we finished. He checked on us several times during the meal. The server was very knowledgeable of the menu and seemed genuinely happy when we we're happy with the food. Very friendly and attentive. The service was the best we have ever had in town. The menu was extensive with many unique choices . We were almost overwhelmed! We had salads, soup, drinks, the main entree, and they brought us two different kinds of bread with unsalted butter that they sprinkled with sea salt. We also had dessert. All the food was delicious with a beautiful presentation. The drinks were served in sparkly clean glasses . These were not simple meals but had many ingredients flavorfully combined. It was also served very quickly and one was followed closely by another. 8The ambience was improved by a fire lit out in the courtyard and sparkling lights. Overall it was a fabulous time out. Some of the food disappeared before I could get pictures.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Carlos bistro is outstanding. He met us in the parking lot with a personal greeting and led us to our table. He even checked with us during the course of the meal. Stephanie was an excellent waitress and did a fantastic job of helping us with recommendations. The food was outstanding and the wine was superb. Oh, and the desert was heavenly. We will definitely will come back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Took a friend to the "early bird" dinner for her birthday. We really enjoyed our visit. The server was very friendly and informative. The food was delicious (I had the pork chop). The lower prices for the early bird dinner did not mean our meals were skimpy. We had decent plates of food and with the lower meal price were able to get salads and a shared dessert. We will be going again sometime.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Loved the food and service. Carlos is a very enthusiastic host and is great at building relationships. Great food and a real find. Deceiving from the outside. As good a place for excellent meal as there is.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

What a great meal! Traditional fine dining fare, and everything was just great. Service was some of the best I've ever experienced. My father-in-law said it was the best bread pudding he's ever had!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Quite an amazing find in Colorado Springs. Carlos is ALWAYS on hand and he sees to it that the restaurant has the VERY best in whatever it offers. The service is impeccable. The menu is extensive with several unique offerings. My husband goes for the lamb chops and says they're the best he's ever had! I'm a fish eater and there are always several choices. Don't miss the lobster salad - YUMMY! Worth the $$$

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Everything was excellent. Appreciated that most everything is gluten-free or can be made to be.
The lobster salad and special of the night (halibut) was delicious, but a sticker shock when we got the bill. But those two items were among the more expensive. Also, the drinks are priced higher than most any other place we've been. But for a special occasion, it is worth it if you want something special: delicious food and great service.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have been going to Carlos Bistro for several years now. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding every time we go. Carlos is always at the restaurant to ensure you have a great experience. When it comes to fine dining in Colorado Springs, we put Carlos Bistro at the top of our list. Enjoy!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food, highly recommended!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect based on reviews. But after tasting the martini, I became a fan. Excellent beverages, food and service. I wish I lived closer so that I could enjoy more dinners at Carlos' Bistro.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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