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Carl's Tavern
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Price range: $4 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 7th
Description: 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.
Reviewed June 3, 2014

Get there for HAPPY hour $2 beers .50 cent wings , get dry rubbed wings, sweet and little spicy . Howelsen burger , chicken blt and kids tender all excellent . Service was great as well .

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Thank markhG9502CE
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

To counter balance some of the poor reviews...

First of all, the name has "tavern" in it, so those expecting a nice, quiet, family meal should check their expectations.

Secondly, the food is all made from scratch - even the BBQ chips, the pickles, everything! So you are paying for quality.

Third, yes the sides are separate but they are family-style and huge portions!

Fourth, this is mostly a reservations-only place. So if you walk in and think there are tables "open" and wonder why you're not being seated, it's because those tables are reserved for someone else for the time before you will be done with your meal. The staff is not being rude! That said, make sure you make reservations! Or don't be disappointed if you stop in and they tell you they are booked.

Now, for the review. This is the place the locals go. That should tell you something; it always does! It's a sports bar type place so expect it to be loud, or there to be live music, etc. You may need to walk as parking is usually a premium. It's right off the river and across from the ski jump and rodeo areas, just off the main street.

The food is fabulous! Make sure to share sides! And don't let the Brussels sprouts scare you off! These are not typical. They are individual leaves that are deep fried and sprinkled with seasonings and parmesan cheese (or something like that). This is the only way I will make them at home now - buy them fresh and prep them like Carl's!

The kitchen is an open area where can watch your food being made, oysters being prepped, etc. There is also a huge bar and a lovely patio. It's on the corner of the condo/retail building so a great place to people watch.

I don't drink alcohol so I can't comment on those drinks. But everything else is fantastic! Be sure to have dessert, too!

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1  Thank JCinCO
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Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

We made a reservation and were seated with a menu. That's it. No one came to take a drink order, food order or even acknowledge we were there. We got to watch the people that arrived after us get drinks and order food. Very disappointing. We are locals but won't be dining here again.

5  Thank Samantha B
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Good food and good portions. Their Margaritas were good and their food was delicious. They have a veried menu and I liked that their food was local.

Thank Carol H
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Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here for beer and appetizers. The "sausage" appetizer was great! Beer choices were plenty and our server Rachael was friendly and personable.

Thank msrock1978
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