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Carl's Drive In

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9033 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63144-2623
+1 314-961-9652
11:00 - 20:00
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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

This place is stepping back into another time. It is an old fashion burger joint with a very simple burger that has a great taste. Nothing but time can give you that type of flavor from an old flat top. Great old fashion root beer. The place has about 10 stools and is probably standing room only. It took a... More 

1 Thank montysean
Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I went for dinner. I ordered the burger. I also ordered onion rings. I ate slowly because I wanted to savor the flavor. Every bite was paradise. I would HIGHLY recommend this establishment to any one who is in the Brentwood/ Richmond Heights area or anyone who is not in that area. Great prices. Great food. A great experience.

Thank traveler34343
Saint Louis, Missouri
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115 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

went with grandkids. they love it. good hamburgers and shakes. the real thing. retro plus. kelly excellent server

Thank susan T
Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

It had been a long time since I'd had the opportunity to enjoy a burger at Carl's. I was in the area and thought "TREAT" time. With a double cheeseburger and onion rings, I was WELL satisfied. I had some banter with the staff. They were funny and slightly bickered amongst themselves. I made the statement "I think y'all have... More 

Thank Bill B
Birmingham, Alabama
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233 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

We picked up burgers and fries on the way to our hotel room (and if we stayed all 6 of us would have taken up half of their seating.) The cheeseburgers were very tasty. The onion rings were average, and the fries were not that good. We usually like to get ice waters at all restaurants, but the staff at... More 

Thank amyw2012
McKinney, Texas
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88 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

This was my high school hang out. It was good then and still is. In those days the stools were really outside and it was closed in the winter. Now it is enclosed so it can be open year around. But the inside is the same as are the stools. The food is as great as I remember.

Thank Gary C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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125 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Maybe the best burgers in St Louis, but $4.95 for a double was kind of high. I had a small (excellent) draft root beer and a small chili and it was $9.15. More than I expected and the tiny chili bowl for $3.95 was overpriced but very good.

1 Thank Mike W
Saint Louis, Missouri
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170 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Great burgers. I had a cheeseburger with bacon and onion rings. All cooked amazingly. The hamburgers are the squished ones and the buns are toastes. Only about 12 seats in the very small restaurant but worth the wait

1 Thank lorinjer
Columbia, Missouri
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Along the lines of the "soup nazi" of Seinfeld, you better know what you want to order & don't expect many smiles. That's all part of the persona of this tiny but very very busy diner. All cooked to order. Seating is extremely limited. All that said, they have burgers a person will drive 100 miles for (I do). They... More 

Thank fossil5775
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

carl's is a unique place in our part of the world - a place with only 12 stools and often 36 or more customers willing to eat standing up or wait for one of those stools. on the menu is burgers, foot longs, chili dogs, a few other items on the menu that i've never seen ordered, and some ice... More 

1 Thank jd w

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast food, Diner
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9033 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63144-2623
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Saint Louis
  • Phone Number: +1 314-961-9652

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?