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Reviewed April 3, 2024

Was looking forward to Carl's and it was such a disappointment unfortunately. Front of house were friendly and happily moved us from the table by the entrance to a less draughty spot when we asked. Server was smiley and took our order efficiently. That's where...the good part ended sadly. Ordered Buffalo Wings, Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich and 2 'Medium' Burgers. Wings were tough. The chicken tasted old, definitely not fresh rotisserie. The end of the baguette was also hard - again not fresh. Our 2 'medium' burgers arrived 'well done' and 'rare'. The server didn't check in to see how the food was .... maybe she knew?! We offered our thoughts when asked if wanted more drinks. Solution offered was to put the rare burger back on the grill. Not ideal. No discount offered. I know it's coming to the end of the season but this is fundamental stuff. Won't be returning or recommending this place unfortunately.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 16, 2024

Spectacular! Were lucky enough to get a lunch reservation during their winter carnival! We had a large party of 8 and were all able to sit together. The service was great, food was even better, grateful dead music was even better than that!! We ordered...drinks, several of their delicious appetizers including, deviled eggs, wings and I can't remember which other ones. Then we each ordered a lunch.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 3, 2024

Terrible place. Very uneducated manager and staff. I travel all over the world and eat out at least 3 times a week. They didn't wanted to serve us food since my wife had a small complain over the seating. I would give them 0 but...this is not possible If you don't want to fell bad please don't visit this place There are more restaurants in the area with wonderful personnel and foodMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Scott Engelman, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2024

augustinp...we are sorry to see your poor review. Please know that our team conducts themselves with the utmost professionalism. It is when customers become disrespectful to the business and the employees that our management team will push back on a customer. Unruly behavior is not...More

Reviewed October 18, 2023

Colorado Bison meatloaf . Unique and flavorful . Liberal portions all around Nice quiet table in the corner was perfect. Good care for customers and prices are reasonable . The location is very convenient to walk around the main part of town as well.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 18, 2023 via mobile

Great casual place! Loved that they are Deadheads too! Hubby had the Stella Blue Burger and I had a Caesar salad with shrimp. All the food was fresh and the portions were large. The bar menu looked great! Definitely recommend and will come back again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 5, 2023 via mobile

Very good looking place. Big bar. Lots of tvs’s and variety of channel options. The grilled cheese and green chili are scrumptious. Comfy atmosphere.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 20, 2023

I usually don't, do this, but here we go. Sat down right away, Host very kind. Not really busy. Waitress, came to our table about 5 mins, later. Ordered a beer and a Mule, she said we're out of that beer. and have no cucumbers,...for the mule. She came back awhile later, and they had cucumbers. I ordered the prime hot italian beef sandwich, husband ordered a wrap. My sandwich was, a big dry roll, with one piece of leather, beef. Husbands sandwich was ok. Definitely should have sent mine, back. It was $25.00. Our bill was $75 bucks. Way not worth it. Then this happened, which has never happened to us, before ever. Our waitress. gave us a piece of paper, and told us to go on the website, and give her a 5 star review. Crazy.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 8, 2023

We walked in with three young kids at 6:00 on a busy Saturday night without a reservation—not advisable. In spite of that, Jess and her team at the front desk bent over backwards to get us seated, (and ultimately place a takeout order). Could not...have been more helpful.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed May 6, 2023 via mobile

We came in on a spring day with our pup when the cold rain was popping out here and there and the wait person was great and made a shade spot on the outside patio. The beers came out fast. Unfortunately, the rain kicked in,...we parked the car in the convenient 3 hour parking right in front put the dog in the car and moved the party inside. The place was pretty full on a Thursday afternoon. A great clean place and good service. We headed out along the raging Yampa River right outside and the sun came back out.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 5, 2023

The food is fantastic. My bartender Tia was especially helpful and intentionally start conversations

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed March 20, 2023

Service was slow. Wings were cold. Burgers, ordered medium, were bitter/burnt and served rare. Rotisserie chicken on sandwiches tasted like it was made last week. Manager provided a discount for burgers, but still disappointed.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 3, 2023 via mobile

First things first - the waitress was terrible. She listed the flavours of vodka and when my boyfriend asked her to repeat them because he didn’t hear her mumble, she said “are you serious?” Our food was mediocre at best. I got the Alfredo fettuccine,...the portion was unnecessarily big, the chicken that costed an additional $8 was slimy, pretty sure it came out of a can. The Italian sandwich was greasy and it came with a watered down “jus”, not sure if it was supposed to be a soup.. Overall, drinks were great food was very disappointing.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 25, 2023 via mobile

Arrived on time for our 5:30 reservation. We were excited to order a couple of Happy Hour items as our meal, and told our waitress (won’t reveal name publicly) that we were ready to order. She told us she just had to get some Happy...Hour items out and she would be back. We said quickly Could we at least have cornbread and loaded fries. We were told the oven was broken and we couldn’t have those. She could take a drink order tho. We ordered drinks. When she brought them, she told one person in our party of ten that she could take Happy Hour orders. Most of us didn’t hear as that person was ordering an appetizer. We wanted Happy Hour as our meal. She was confused. I nicely went over to her to let her know that we would all like to order. She whined that she “was doing the best that she could “ and had to get Happy Hour out first. I said that we had reservations and why did we have to wait to order until she was done serving happy hour tables and that we would like a couple of happy hour items for our dinner along with many full priced items. She started arguing that “the lady” (person who ordered the appetizer) said we didn’t want any. I think she is confused with the words appetizer vs happy hour. Asked for separate checks she said she would figure that out at the end. Much chaos ensued. Checks were incorrect- shuttle had to wait while we corrected her…. Moral of the story- don’t go to Happy Hour at Carls unless all you want is Happy Hour food. Hmmmm, I Would think they would rather cater to people willing to pay full price . Food was actually really good. Maybe waitress would be better doing dishes. Oh yea 18% tip added so she didn’t have to be nice. I often leave extra….not this time!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 10, 2023 via mobile

This place used to be pretty good but its now mostly packaged, precooked. Had wings - pre cooked processed Ribs - same taste Burger was ok but fries came out cold, over cooked and were just poor quality. Order wings appetizer, salad then entrees -...everything was brought out at the same time. This place is a bar providing sub-par food. Ive been going periodically since it opened. It started out really good but has steadily gone down hill. It's nothing more than cheap chain restaurant with one location.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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TPIG_Owner, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2023

HW...While Carl's Tavern is an extremely popular dining option in Steamboat Springs, we are obviously not for everyone. Thank you for gracing us with your patronage periodically over the years. Yes, the concept was different back when it first opened. The concept has evolved, much...More

Reviewed December 27, 2022 via mobile

Arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and they were ready to seat us. Service and food was good. Very busy on Christmas night but thankful my family and I had a place to go. Thank you Carl’s Tavern.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Dog friendly outside. But the food is not good. Except the corn bread. Mostly all processed out of a package. Nothing really fresh in my opinion. Great location. But really just a bar.
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I just did the take out and was very hay with process and food. The carrot cake was amazing and a huge piece! Frosting was perfect cream cheese style.
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Carl's Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4