Detroit >Food & Dining > Carl's Chop House
3020 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI | Directions 4820142.339633 -83.066867
NO STEAK But you're welcome to try the Salmon! – DECOR-The place DOES feel like Austin Powers should be jumping out at any moment with some groovy 60s comments and the outside looks like it's been closed for years. You walk in and you can tell nobody really cares to keep the place up. Worn wood panels, an old gold lobster thing missing most of the lobster parts remains right when you walk in, as well as some junky weathered pictures and other dated artifacts that I would pass up at any garage sale. SERVICE-Had a grouchy waiter who asked us what we wanted without giving us any menus/options. Oh well. FOOD - Butter arrived 15 minutes before the bread. Bread was junk wonderbread style rolls - nothing special at all. Soup was pretty good, it was some sort of beef vegatable. Salad nightmare arrived-TERRIBLE. Looked like it was created the night before, or morning of the luncheon, saturated with dressing and left to sit for hours. It looked dreary, tasted ordinary, and some of the cucumber was cut WAY too large - it's not my job to prepare this salad. STEAK- An hour after we ordered and everyone else was starting to eat, the oh-so-nice waiter came back to ask our group if we wanted anything else (again with no options), since they they were out of our sirloin we each ordered. AN HOUR LATER THEY FIGURE THIS OUT. So, while all the other attendees of the meeting are eating, including those that came well after the fact and sat exactly where he told us we couldn't sit - he's asking us if we'd like something else?! His option? 'Well, we're out of everything - we only have the Salmon'. So there we are at Carl's Famous Chop House est 1925, and they're out of Steak for a small luncheon that has 10% of the restaurant occupied. The place was freezing cold inside, they forced you to use their dumb valet service even though the whole parking lot is empty (the valets were even late - so they had abuse our car to get us to stop because we were following our colleagues which had already parked themselves and were walking in.
Don't Go To Jail – Close this place! I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I have visited Carls since 1972, I encouraged my friends to go here for dinner whenever they are in Detriot. I visit this place inspite of the filthy carpet, bad smell, dirty menus, and crappy valet parking. On August 15, 2008 in-company with two other friends I had the visit of a lifetime, after being seated we were shocked to find out that most items on the menus were not avaliable..prime rib, shrimp, frog legs etc. So we ordered what was there. I ordered pork chops and my other guests ordered perch. Perch at market price I thought was supposed to be Lake Erie Perch NOT Ocean Perch. Well my guest tasted this item and decided that they did not want it, and to our suprise the owner refused to acknowledge our request, became loud and boisterious (maybe because he had too much to drink) and called the Detroit Police on us. At no time did we ever refuse not to pay for our meal we just wanted an explaination about the quality of the food we were eating and an adjustment on our bill for the Market Price PERCH!!! After a lenghty talk with the police who were very understanding they decided to pay out of their pockets the $25.95 for the PERCH to resolve the issue. At know time did the owner ever say what can I do to make this right, after all we have visited this place for years. I will never visit this place again and will tell everyone to do the same.
HOR-RI-BLE!!!!!! – Upon arrival my husband & I should have had a clue that Carl's puts the C in CHEAP. We pulled up & they had a bum in dirty street clothes telling us it was mandatory that we pay 3 dollars for valet parking in a parking lot that was unpaved and had no cars. When we entered I thought we we're in the movie Casino with cheap out dated carpeting and a odor that was absolutely horrible. We had to seat ourselves (and the place was empty) & had a bum of a waiter came to our table with dirty menus. We were served hard grocery store bought bread that was cold & looked as though it was sitting out all day. He neglected to ask if we wanted a beverage soda, lemonade, etc. We were somewhat baffled at this because normally that is one of the first things they ask you at a restaurant. We asked for a pop only to have a reply that was "I THINK we may have some". He went to the bar and got out a 2-liter pepsi that was a fourth full and packed our cups with ice and served it to us. I was so shocked! It tasted as flat as a pancake, though it was sitting open all day. He came back to our table and asked if we would like any appetizers & told us the only thing we have is wing dings & shrimp. We ordered the wing dings & at $10.50 we thought we would be getting gourmet or restaurant style wing dings. They came out & they were Coney Island wings, next the salad (if that is what you would call it) came out which was a clear iceberg lettuce that was chopped and a small slice of tomato & some dried out chick peas served with Kraft bleu cheese that they charged a 1.50 extra for.
When he took our order he immediately told us what they didn't have which limited us to their T-bone steak 33.75 & lamb chops for 32.00. He then pointed out that they are not responsible for well done steaks. What type of sh#t is that! Our dinner got served an hour later & it what so bad we refused to pay for it! That same night we ate really good at Outback & at half the price. Overcharging 4 trash. Horrible at best!
Stay away...stay far, far away!! – I was 9 years old the first time I ate at this restaurant in 1976 and to my horror the interior has not changed one bit. Everything about this place reaps of a 70s Las Vegas movie set, including the red velvet drapes hanging on the wall. I tried to look beyond the filthy carpet, the chairs with holes in the seats, the doors falling off the hinges in the cabinet that sits in the middle of the dinner floor, the junk that was piled in the display cabinet (why not hide it with a red velvet drape?), and give the food a chance to counter-balance the lack of ambience.
The menu prices are outrageous, especially considering you have to read the prices through food-stained menus. To my dissatisfaction, the caesar salad dressing had so much garlic that I choked. The salmon had no taste, and I had to return the twice-baked potato because it was cold. The best part of the meal was the bread.
I thought I read that the restaurant had been renovated, but I am not sure where the money was spent. My friend used the restroom and the report was less than flattering...from the cleanliness to the falling ceiling. Carl's does not know what it wants to be when it grows up. There is mandatory valet parking, but when you get inside there is a big screen tv in the dining room...4-star restaurant or sport's bar (what do you want to be?).
This was truly an experience I will never forget, no matter how hard I will try.
The GREATEST place to go out and eat, excellant service at the table 24/7 – Carls Chop House is the perfect place to take a loved one or just to hang out with a bunch of friends to watch a game. The food is great and you cant find anything that tastes as good anywhere else. Grade A beef. The staff that works at Carl's Chop House are very nice and understanding to your needs. I went there for my anniversary and the service was wonderful. The filet cut perfect and the aujus sause is homemade and to die for. Not to mention the twice baked potato was great and it was the first time ive ever had it. The shuttle they had took us there and back from the baseball game, we only had to wait five minutes to get picked up. Anyone who has the guts to write anything bad about this resturant is insane.
Needs to Close – Went on Mother's Day as a Treat. Our first warning should have been the single page stained photocopied menu!
We should have paid attention when the waitress could not bring my husband's glass of wine because she was waiting for a "clean" glass. In a huge place with only 20% of the tables occupied and no wineglasses available??? Pickle plate and warm bread was brought immediately, but we had to ask for and wait 25 minutes for cutlery ,side plates and napkins. Completely downhill from there on!! Waited 1-1/2 hrs for our food. Only to be told that "the chef" took it upon himself to substitute my prime rib order for a much better quality Rib chop. I ordered medium well and got rare. To add insult to injury, we had to ask for steak knives and my meat was so full of grisel and fat, the knife could not cut through it. It was inedible and I asked them to remove it. If you have ever experienced a real Chicago Steak House , DO NOT GO to Carl's Place ....Speed away..... They are way past there expiry date and need to close ASAP!! It's dirty, dingy and priced about $25.00 per plate too high!!
LAMBCHOPS ANYONE? – Carl's has the absolute best lamb chops in the city! PERIOD :-) & don't forget to ask for extra ZIP sauce
Carl's....serving classic steaks, Detroit style. – Now when you plan on going to Carl's....you must not have the mentality of a Vegas 4/5 star steakhouse or the Bear-and-Bull in Manhattan, but what you should expect to get is a classic Detroit steak experience. Carl's delivers "Old World Detroit" in a fanshion other then on it exterior and interior...old world. But don't be fooled by the looks of the aging Grand River facility, the wait staff is engaging, responsive and experienced (ask for Marvin...he's a veteran and one of the best servers in Metro Detroit). The steaks are the best around, classically prepared and served with great potato options (stuffed baked is outstanding). Now if you're looking to get a 45 minute meal in before your evening event, try the Applebee's in your suburban neighborhood...but if you're looking to experience great steaks in an old world atmosphere, Carl's is the place.
50 Year Tradition – Overall, a very enjoyable experience. Made reservations since it was a Friday night. The atmosphere is great - very unpretentious, young crowd, and lively. Ordered the grilled calamari to start - flavor was great and a generous portion. For an entree, had the prime rib - this was the best I have ever had in my life. The meat fell right of the bone, the flavor was superb and the portion was huge! The salad with potatoes was also wonderful. I was stuffed! My wife ordered the lobster tails which I tried and loved. We shared a chocolate souffle for dessert which was very rich and I enjoyed it because it was not too sweet. I would definitely recommend this place it you're looking for a nice, enjoyable meal.
A Great City Landmark – This steak restaurant was fabulous! went here with my friends and we felt like we were the special guests! Ordered the porterhouse which was juicy, delicious and tasty, with generous portions of potatoes. Seafood was fresh. The JAZZ was pretty good as well. Very reasonable.
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