Where to Eat in Carson City: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Darleen Reid

A city of natural beauty, charm, history and western hospitality, this state capital derived its name from Kit Carson, the legendary trapper, scout and explorer. A trip to the city is a living history lesson. One need only jump on the Kit Carson Trail downtown, which passes old mansions, courthouses, a depot and a brewery, to experience a taste of life in the Old West. Also downtown, the State Capitol, built in 1870, offers a look at the birth of Nevada as a state and Carson City as its capital. Other historic landmarks, cultural heritage centers and museums dot the landscape around town, but don't forget your clubs. The city is well-known for the Divine Nine, a group of top-rated area courses designed by pros such as Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller and John Harbottle and set amid the magnificent Sierra Mountains. After a little golf, gambling or sightseeing, spend some down time at the Carson City Hot Springs. You will emerge feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for more exciting endeavors.
Things to do in Carson City

1. The Basil

311 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-4203 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 33 +1 775-841-6100
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

The Basil

Authentic Thai Cuisine in a dining room setting our service staff is here to aid assist your dining pleasure. We offer the freshest food prepared by our wonderful Chef Nan who puts love and attention into every dish.

Reviewed By robren88 - Carson City

Decided to go Thai Basil after a long absence . Nicely decorated restaurant located in historic downtown Carson City. Greeted and seated right away. There are plenty of choices and spice levels. The Bangkok spring rolls are great and nicely presented. Tempeh was offered as a choice for vegetarians. Service is good not intrusive.

2. Adele's Restaurant & Lounge

1112 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-1200 Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 46 +1 775-882-3353
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Adele's Restaurant & Lounge

Reviewed By Cynthia L - Oakland, California

Although this is a very good restaurant, and everyone in Carson suggests it, I personally believe it to be a bit over-rated. Although the ingredients are locally sourced and fresh, I've found the dishes that I've ordered to be "hit or miss." After trying several items on the menu, including lamb, steak, salmon, I've come to settle on the schnitzel as my favorite dish and this is primarily what I order if I go to Adele's. The bar is well stocked and nice. My partner and I like sitting at the bar rather than in the stuffy indoor seating area. We've never had the chance to sit outside as that area is small and has always been full when we've been there.

3. Ole Ole Restaurant & Cantina

2171 US Highway 50 East, Gold Dust West, Carson City, NV 89701 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 775-885-9000
Excellent
79%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 377 reviews

Ole Ole Restaurant & Cantina

Reviewed By Anniecurry - Woodinville, Washington

The margarita tasted like the prep before a colonoscopy, and the food was bland.
The smoke from adjacent casino was prevalent, and may have contributed to the tastelessness of the food.
The servers were polite and kind.

4. The Grille

2171 E William St, Carson City, NV 89701, Carson City, NV 89701-2723 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 21 +1 775-885-9000
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 284 reviews

The Grille

Reviewed By edwardhowell51 - Carson City, Nevada

every trip to the Grille always is a wonderful dinner excursion...Prime Rib, Shrimp, Short Ribs, it doesn't matter....you will always get attentive ,friendly service...Roberta ,the hostess is the most friendly and caring worker in the Casino,like having Mom take care of you! Great pies as...MoreThank you for your 5 star review. We greatly appreciate it and we will share your feedback with our staff. See you again soon. Frankie Shy Food and Beverage Manager

5. Cracker Box Restaurant

402 E William St, Carson City, NV 89701-4030 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 775-882-4556
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Cracker Box Restaurant

Reviewed By ajfred - boise

Read reviews and thought it sounded good. Sundae special biscuits and gravy. There were big chunks of sausage throughout the gravy. The homemade biscuits (tasted like made with bisquick) were good and right out of the oven. No complaints for a big plate of food $5.00.
Coffee decent and lots of refills. Waitress busy but friendly. If I lived nearby I’d eat there a lot!

6. Red's Old 395 Grill

1055 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-5209 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Southwestern, Bar, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 775-887-0395
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 578 reviews

Red's Old 395 Grill

Reviewed By Cynthia P - Windsor, California, United States

We experienced another grrat dining experience at Red's Old 395 restaurant.
We took our 3 grandchildren, my husba nd and me and everybody found s something they loved. The people are very friendly and, even though it was busy, very accomodating. Our food took a little whike to receive but we'll worth the wait. The portions,were generous, even for the kid's, and very delicious. If you want a great meal, excellent service and friendly atmosphere, I highly recommednd dining at Red's Old 395 restaurant.

7. The Fox Brewpub

310 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-4754 (Formerly The Firkin and Fox) Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, British, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 20 +1 775-883-1369
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 230 reviews

The Fox Brewpub

The Fox Brewpub, is an English-Style restaurant, brewpub and gathering place that was established in 2007 in the heart of the recently revitalized downtown corridor of Carson City, NV. The Fox is located within the Historic St. Charles Hotel which was built in 1862. A local restaurant… operated by locals!

Reviewed By JediSushiChef - Austin, Texas

Came here several times while I was in Carson, mostly because there aren't many options in the small downtown area within walking distance of where I was staying, the place is affordable, and it has that brew pub feel to it.

I had a few items, and really liked the steak salad. The meat loaf was also spectacular, maybe the best I've ever had. There's lots of seating options....outside, inside, or you can cozy up to the bar....AND there's a 2nd bar in the "back area" along with a private party room between the two areas, but it doesn't seem like it would be that private since the access to the bathrooms also shuffles past the space.

It seems like a popular local joint, with merchants shuffling in and out. The staff is friendly, attentive and chatty. "Gingerbeard" the bartender is really funny, he should do standup. We'll try to forgive him for being a Dodger fan. I said "try." :)

8. San Marcos Grill

260 E Winnie Ln, Carson City, NV 89706-2251 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 775-882-9797
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

San Marcos Grill

775-882-9797

Reviewed By 523SM523 - Reno, Nevada

Flavorful and tasty Mexican food. Attentive service. The manager/?owner? went around the tables asking if all was ok. Colorful atmosphere. Can easily accommodate large groups. We arrived mid-afternoon. There were quite a few people considering the off hour. Located in a non-descript strip mall. Well worth a visit.

9. LA Bakery

1280 N Curry St, Carson City, NV 89703-3849 Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 775-885-2253
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

LA Bakery

Serves high quality and homemade foods and baked goods

Reviewed By traveling2_9 - Carson City, Nevada

LA Bakery just opened their new building and is now busier than ever for lunch. Love all their sandwiches and salads. If you have room for dessert, eat half and take the rest home for later. It is great to have a little bit of Italy in Carson City...

10. Bodines Casino

5650 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-6703 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 775-885-7777
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Bodines Casino

Reviewed By 46JimH46 - Casa Grande, Arizona

We don't know about the casino because we don't play slots. But the food was very good. Ate breakfast. Omelet was very good and eggs Benedict could use a little more flavor. We returned for pizza later and it was great. Very flavorful and don't to perfection. Staff was wonderful

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