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A place for the hungry. The thirsty. The legendary. Some people actually think the Wright Brothers perfected human flight. Around here, we all know better. Carl Howelsen turned Steamboat into a playground, skis into wings, and mustaches into an art form. His adventurous spirit is our inspiration - and Carl’s Tavern is a place for adventurous spirits to call home. Here, the hospitality is genuine, the beer is cold, and the food is made from scratch. So come as you are, make yourself at home, and share a few of your own legendary stories. Just don’t try to one-up Carl; you’ll hurt yourself.
PRICE RANGE
$4 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Reservations, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This seems to be a very popular and crowded pub/restaurant. My wife’s mac & cheese was cold. My ribs & fries were good. Service was good. I know there is inflation, but the menu seemed pricey. It was loud & crowded especially since a large...costumed pub crawl group showed up. Noise level went way up and we couldn’t hardly exit when it was time. Won’t be backMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chose those highly recommended tavern to watch a football game on our first visit. We informed our waiter we were here to watch said game. Food was amazing. Drinks were excellent. Service was professional & friendly. Unfortunately, we were not informed of management’s 90-minute maximum...table time rule until we were asked to leave just before half-time. In response to this action considering the money we spent, we will not be visiting again.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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TPIG_Owner, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Let’s us not forget SIR that we explained that we had a large party coming in that could only be accommodated in that area where your table was. We offered to move you to another table to continue watching the game but you closed your...More

Reviewed August 13, 2022 via mobile

Enjoyed happy hour and had loaded fries called “the bisinwss” which were skinny fries with chopped up bacon, scallions, ranch and cheddar - nice ooey gooey mess. Also had the steal your face and regular buffalo wings and steal your face left my mouth definitely...hot and burning. Tried the gazpacho which is puréed and pretty good and heavy cucumber flavors too. Lots of TVs for watching sports. Enjoyed a draft beerMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022 via mobile

The Happy Hour from 3-6 is a great deal, so do take advantage of it. I tried the pork sliders which were delicious. Wine by the glass is half off. Large menu, limited draft beers, big food. Nice sports bar atmosphere in a central location....The bartender could have been more friendly.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 22, 2022 via mobile

Excellent food, service and selection of bourbon. What more could you ask for? Highly recommend making Carl's one of your regular stops. We enjoyed dinner so much last night we are back for lunch today!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022

Rude, inattentive female bartender that didn't even lift her eyes or say hello when we sat at a nearly empty bar on a slow early Sunday night, probably 4:30-5 pm. I had to say "hello!" to get her attention even though she walked past us...at least a dozen times. Even after I said hello she ignored us for a few more minutes, looking down constantly or just walking in circles around the bar doing busy work. We still don't even have menus. Eventually she walks up, asks "what do you want"...ummm...menus so we can tell you what we want? We'd been there for at least 10 minutes with zero acknowledgement. She gives us menus and walks away again. The bar was half empty, lots of open seats. The restaurant was also empty. When she finally returned, I ordered a beer. She poured half of it at the tap in front of us then walked away with it sitting there. I know it takes a moment or two to pour a nitro beer, this ain't my first rodeo. But to walk away and watch the head of it go down, it was ready to be topped off and she still would not finish pouring the beer. Worse was that the tap was right in front of us. Yet another 5 minutes go by. What is she doing? Not looking up at any of her customers, that's for sure. I looked at my better half and said we don't deserve this, especially after looking at their outrageous prices for bar food that we were actually willing to pay had we got even just mediocre service or attention. We live here year-round and have for more than 2 decades, the prices didn't used to be that high. $9 for a domestic beer in town? I know inflation exists yada yada but only at certain restaurants, such as this one. No thanks. We walked out and went across the street where we usually go. We were served promptly and with reasonable prices and a bartender that actually makes eye contact with his customers. Shame on us for trying to go to someplace different for once. lesson learned. I realize there is a shortage of service employees but surely Carls can do better than that, right? Apparently not. That person behind the bar needs to find a different line of work. They clearly are not there for the customers. Just awful. Not a good representative for our town, let alone Carls. The downward slide continues... And to clarify, I would have gladly paid higher prices for the food and beers had we actually got acceptable service. When the person behind the bar doesn't even greet you when you sit down, doesn't look up at their customers who clearly want more beers, or napkins, or a menu...that's a sign to go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

We found Karl's to be average at best. The service was great, but the food was average. There were 6 of us and the two that ordered the Chicken alfredo were the only ones that said theirs was really good. Two of us got prime...rib. It was over cooked and the cost was way more than the quality of the food. One got a BLT and it was dry and not very good. One got the half a chicken and it was just ok. Happy hour prices for wine and beer were great.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 12, 2022

Got us in early for our reservation. Waitress was fair, she was extremely concerned for the 2 young gentleman behind us that were possibly some locals. We tried the cornbread and the pimento cheese to start and they were ok, nothing special. My boyfriend had...the Bison meatloaf and he said it was great. I had a burger and it was good, just not cooked as I had requested. I would recommend this place to try.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 19, 2022 via mobile

Conveniently located just off the main road through Steamboat (Lincoln) on the street that runs along the river. On a clear day a window booth offer an excellent view of the mountain. Great burgers dressed in a half dozen pre-determined way or freestyle if you...want to select the condiments and or garnishes. I had a delicious pre-determined Nortic based on the waiters recommendation. It was delicious.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 17, 2022

Off Main Street (Lincoln)- great happy hour prices and great food. Service was fine. Good menu - try the cornbread in skillet. Nice with plenty of seating.

Date of visit: February 2022
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TPIG_Owner, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2022

norajillw...Thank you for the great review. We invite you to share more information about your experience by reaching out to us directly at Info@carlstavern.com Cheers!!!

Reviewed February 9, 2022 via mobile

We came here because it had been mentioned by a few people and it was in the building we were staying at. The old fashions are not to be missed. Food was good and the staff was nice.

Date of visit: February 2022
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TPIG_Owner, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2022

biking mom...Thank you for the fabulous review. We invite you to share more information about your experience by reaching out to us directly at Info@carlstavern.com Cheers!!!

Reviewed January 24, 2022 via mobile

This was our first time to Carl's. We enjoyed the atmosphere. Everyone started with Manhattans except me, I had a pilsner which was good. I'm not a Manhattan fan but my husband and our friends really enjoyed them. For dinner I had the chicken sandwich...and my husband had the Stella Blue burger. My sandwich was ok. The rotisserie chicken was quite moist but it had a subtle flavor. The other parts of the sandwich added some flavor but not a lot. My husband liked his burger but asked for it to be cooked medium. Instead his burger was well done. We also had the Brussels sprouts hash which was pretty good.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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TPIG_Owner, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2022

Seetheworld...We are so sorry to see such a mediocre review. Our sincere apologies that the burger was not cooked to the expected temperature. This is certainly not the norm with us. We hope you brought this to the attention of your server or management so...More

Reviewed January 8, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic drink and dinner menu so interesting we need to come back. Corn bread is a must order. The Steal Your Face Sauce on wings is almost hurts. Large whiskey selection. Good vibe. Friendly staff.

Date of visit: January 2022
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TPIG_Owner, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2022

ash...Thank you for the stellar review. "Hurts so good"...we hope! We invite you to share more information about your experience by reaching out to us directly at Info@carlstavern.com Cheers!!!

Reviewed November 6, 2021 via mobile

Great tavern food. Lively place with a nice staff, good service, and delicious eats. Clean and modern. Our table got burgers, shaved prime rib sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and more; delicious comfort food.

Date of visit: October 2021
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TPIG_Owner, Owner at Carl's Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2022

SuzFF...Thank you for the amazing review. We invite you to share more information about your experience by reaching out to us directly at Info@carlstavern.com Cheers!!!

Reviewed September 26, 2021

Had a nice dinner here with the family. Staff was friendly, cocktails were very nice, food was good. Atmosphere was relaxed. I'd definitely come back here again and even recommend it to friends.

Date of visit: September 2021
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tinman...Thank you for the review. We invite you to share more information about your experience by reaching out to us directly at Info@carlstavern.com Cheers!!!

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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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Yes, Carl's Tavern offers takeout services.

Carl's Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4