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Carlos Bistro

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1025 S 21st St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3705 (Hw 24)
719-471-2905
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Hours:
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 109
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Carlos is the best part of Carlos Bistro

It is rare to be greeted so warmly at a business as we were at Carlos Bistro. Carlos was at the front door with a very welcome smile as he agreed to seat us, without reservations, on a busy Saturday evening. Carlos Bistro has been on our list for years and somehow we had yet to try this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
ScottandJanelle
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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147 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It is rare to be greeted so warmly at a business as we were at Carlos Bistro. Carlos was at the front door with a very welcome smile as he agreed to seat us, without reservations, on a busy Saturday evening. Carlos Bistro has been on our list for years and somehow we had yet to try this highly-rated, revered... More 

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Newtown Square
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Carlos is hospitable and gracious. $50 entrees- filet mignon and vension were excellent. More "moderate" priced entrees, ~ $30, lacked flavor and subtlety. Starters- avocado eggrolls-bland and unimaginative, shrimp cocktail-excellent quality shrimp but not chilled to optimal temperature, shrimp and scallop salad-protein was overwhelmed by the over dressed greens. We really wanted to be blown away by this Zagat rated... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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176 reviews 176 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Lived in the Springs for a few years, and we were always curious about this place. A recurring theme in the reviews is "good, but not good enough to justify the prices". Having finally visited, I would now have to agree. I wanted to try their signature steak, the Filet Oscar. Can any steak dish be worth $60? Well...not this... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and I had the absolute pleasure of dining here on Saturday May 9th. We had reservations at 8pm. Based on the reviews and the fact that we had yet to try, I now regret not being here until now. On one of our amazingly rainy evenings, Carlos (owner), without even knowing us, arrived at my car with an... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We come from LA and were incredibly surprised to find such a delightful restaurant in Colorado Springs. What is not surprising is that Carlos is a professional and really works every angle of this restaurant to make it such a treat. The waitstaff was very professional and the food was delicious! It had such a nice variety of items on... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

I have traveled throughout the America's, Europe, and Southeast Asia over the last 50 years and have NEVER had a better dining experience to compare to Carlos Bistro in Colorado Springs. The quality of the food in both it's presentation and taste is second to none. I do not say this lightly, as I do not give praise lightly. Of... More 

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Carlos himself helped make sure my group had a top notched experience. We approached this large varied menu different than most to take the greatest advantage of the many delicious sounding selections - 7 apps and 3 entrees for 5 people! Everything from abalone, lamb, foie gras, frog legs, 2 salads, fillet, escargot, gizzards and duck! All superbly prepared, but... More 

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Seabrook Island, South Carolina, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

CARLOS AND HIS WIFE own ,work and manage the finest restaurant in CO. Springs FOOD is incredible, service is outstanding and CARLOS provides the warmth and attention , all other places are lacking, to each and every diner. We choose it repeatedly above all other eating places in COLORADO SRINGS

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went on my birthday. Ordered a 'special' - they had ahi tuna and I was sooo looking forward to my meal! Not only was my tuna only 1/4" thick, salted to death, it was priced at $60! My husband got something equally salty. The couple behind us also complained about their salted meal. I will NEVER go back.Honestly, Carlos has... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Food is excellent in a sophisticated casual atmosphere. Out of downtown but don't be fooled by the area...simple can be elegant!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1025 S 21st St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3705
    (Hw 24)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  El Paso County  >  Colorado Springs
  • Phone Number: 719-471-2905

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?