Carlos' & Charlie's

(512) 266-1683 | View Website

5973 Hi Line Rd, Austin, TX | Directions   78734

32.781043 -96.645686

 
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More Categories: Ethnic Goods

Tags: Bar Scene, Group Dining, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Family-Friendly Dining, View Dining

Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Traditional American, Mexican, Seafood

Payment Methods: Travelers Check, MasterCard, Discover, Visa, American Express

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Carlos' & Charlie's
Carlos' & Charlie's
Carlos' & Charlie's
Carlos' & Charlie's
Menu
Tortilla Soup, Fried Pickles, Monkey Dip, Frog Dip, Changitas, Fajita Nachos, Señor Carlos’ Wings, Quesadillas, El Loco Platter, Garden Salad... more

Reviews for Carlos' & Charlie's

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

nice place with nice staff – I found this place when i moved to austin a couple years ago. Since then I go in for happy hour and lunch sometimes. Never had a problem with the food, the cheeseburgers are my favorite in town. B.S. with the bar staff and the day manager often. forget the oasis I will never go back, This is the place for me to relax!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Fun night with friends! – Went to Carlos & Charlies to meet friends & had a great time! Enjoyed the food, party atmosphere & the band! (newcomer to country music Brian Winfield & band put on quite a show) Lots of fun people (all ages) were there. Service was good, nice waitress, & friendly staff. Want to

go back another time & see the sun set on Lake Travis.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Your usual lake side dining – We live by the lake and I have noticed lake people move on a different schedule. So do not go to CNC (Carlos and Charlies) if you are in a hurry, the food is not fast but drink service is great. I have found every waiter or waitress there to be very nice, fix things that were wrong, they are just moving at a lake (slow) pace.

Stick to beer and wine as I agree with other reviews that the drinks are weak and a little on the expensive side. They do not have good wine, but its drinkable.

Order an appetizer the moment you are seated. Frog dig with chips is good and comes fast.

Have low expectations on the food and you will be happy. While I saw some reviews saying the food was expensive, its actually reasonably priced food for a lake place.

If you want great food on the lake at a reasonable price with lake views, go to Iguana Grill. But it doesn't have the party atmosphere of CNC although it does have good live music.

If you want fantastic views, go to the Oasis (where drinks are overpriced and food is too and so so food). fun, but because there isn't lake access its a different sort of dressed up place, you wouldn't show up here after a day of partying on the lake without cleaning up first. It is also full of tourists as it is famous for its sunsets.

If you want good food and are willing to pay more cafe blue is really good, but it is a more calm atmosphere and I have never seen live music here. you can drive up with your boat and look kind of messy and still fit in.

All these places are family friendly, but don't sit at the bar area with your kids and expect it to be family friendly, we take our kids to all these places.

I enjoy CNC but my expectations are exactly right on what to expect.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst Lake Food and Expensive – The only thing i like about this place was leaving. yeah the deck is kinda cool but between the price of the crappy food and the average service i was less than impressed. I have worked in the service industry pretty much all my life and this is far from the 2nd best place in austin

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Birthday Ever – I recently moved here from out of state and was told I had to go out to Carlos n Charlie's... I was not let down, even though it was really cold we had a great time! Our waitress was great and spent time with us, giving us tips on other austiny things to do. She recommended we try their Chicken Changatas, I was surprised, she didn't suggest the most expensive items, she suggested what was good!!!! The dipping sauce was the bomb too!

I would recommend it to anyone, the views were unbelievable, the atmosphere and staff were awesome, the band was good too!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Disappointment here – With all the advertisements, we expected this place to be GREAT but it wasn't. We had the Frog Dip appetizer, which we liked. My husband and I are so used to generous-sized portions that we always share one entree. We ordered the Ranchero Chicken Breast dinner. We found the portions here are smaller than most places and the food is mediocre. Our service was on the slow-side as well. We were very disappointed. To us, the best thing about this place is the view. We had our first visit and doubt we'll go back.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

THUMBS DOWN! – One star is too much to give this dump. I will never eat there again. Not even if it was free.

The food was over priced for what you get on your plate. The beer was not cold.

Not a family restraunt. Definately a not a place to spend any time bothering with. There are much better places on the lake to enjoy. Places that make you feel comfortable and your family can enjoy.

Carlos & Charlie's is a place to AVOID anytime. Arrogant staff members. There were only about 60 people there, not the popular spot it used to be, or that is depicted on their web site, which shows a fun place, jam packed with people, that however is not the case.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Bad Service, Bad Food, Overpriced Avoid – So ok, we just got back from CNC in Cancun, we found out that there was a CNC in Austin, and since we had such a wonderful time in CNC in Cancun we figured we try it out even though the reviews were not so good. So first of all, the place was not very clean, we went on a sunday afternoon not lunch time and not dinner time in between, the service was horrible, the waiters did not want to be there and it came through, NOTHING like CNC cancun. They serve you water in plastic throw away cups, cheese, the drinks were very lame, don't even think they had any alchol but they did charge for it. The food, was not so good either, I had the fajitas, the pieces of meet were sliced so big I had to ask for a knife to slice my on pieces, the tortillas were cold even though it was over 100 degrees outside. Flies were everywhere, could not eat our food without flies landing on our meal. What else can i say this place was just horrible, nothing like the CNC in cancun. This was our first time to CNC austin and will be our last one.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Good fireworks, worth the trip at least once a year – As many others have mentioned, the food is less than stellar and tends to be rather pricier than what many of their competitors charge around the lake. However, there is one very good reason to go to Carlos' N Charlie's at least once per year: the fireworks around July 4th. The show is never on the Fourth, typically taking place on either the day before or after, but it is well worth the trip. C'nC's orders the same amount of fireworks as the Austin Symphony does for downtown Austin, but they are shot in half the time. The sky is never dark during the show. It's also possible to see the show from the lake on a boat, but the best view is from the deck at C'nC's.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Intellectual Dishonesty – A group of friends and I visited C & C Friday night, October5. I ordered a Mexican martini to share with a girlfriend. We received our drink with two cups (plastic, squatty). When pouring the martini out of the shaker, there was not enough liquid to fill the two small glasses. The shaker was basically full of ice. Considering the outrageous price of the beverage, I asked to speak to the manager (to determine if this is common practice or an anomoly).

The manager approached our table and we politely asked if this portion was standard. He said "Yes, it is." We then commented that the shaker was only full of ice. To which the manager stated, "Next time you can order one with less ice." I was blown away. 1) I can't believe this guy got promoted to manager given his lack of empathy for/with the customer. 2) He insulted my intelligence. How was I supposed to know to order my beverage with "less ice"????

The manager must have reflected on his ridiculous response as he sent over another martini "on the house." This one too, was basically just full of ice.

I understand that the beverages and food are overpriced, given C&C's location. The customer gets more than just the food; they get a view of the lake ,etc. However, I believe the customer should be treated with honesty and respect. I simply cannot understand the "order it with less ice" response of the manager. Again, it insulted my intelligence. I guess next time I'll order my martini with "NO ice."

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