Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor
Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor

Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carsonsamericanbistro.com/
  • Phone: (734) 622-0537
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Carson's in Ann Arbor offers a great location for a private luncheons or dinners for up to 40. With flexible menu options and av rental equipment.
  • Private Party Contact: Jon Gould 888-456-3463

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Plymouth Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor
Contemporary American Cuisine An eclectic American restaurant featuring a wide array of American favorites: Prime Rib, USDA Angus steaks, chicken, pork, fish, seafood and a variety of fresh salads. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces and patio seating available. click here for special events and promotions information http://www.carsonsamericanbistro.com
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (20)great for lunch (15)romantic (12)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Review of Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor
    George
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had dinner on Saturday night after the Michigan/Maryland football and were very please with everything we encountered. My children and I all had the prime rib, which was cooked to perfection. We will go again to this restaurant!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to meet friends
    Friendly
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Food was excellent. Atmosphere was good for talking and catching up with our friends. We started with the Brussels sprouts and shared the lake Superior whitefish. Both were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and reliable
    wotanwiner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This bistro has much to commend it: good location, excellent facilities and comfortable seating, elegant but not stuffy atmosphere, and superb servers. The food is good but just falls short of being what it could be. While elegantly presented and well conceived, some entrees appear to be pre-packaged and made with frozen main ingredients. Case in point: coconut shrimp. Mine were edible enough, but a bit tough and overcooked. Some fishy elements gave away that the shrimp were not the freshest. My wife's chicken dish was better. For the money there are superior foodie & wine establishments in Ann Arbor; nevertheless I would go back if in the area and hope that cooking becomes priority one at Carson's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Deal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    You get a FREE meal on your birthday. Dessert was also included at no charge. The food was GREAT; side dishes awesome! Upscale but comfortable dining experience. The servers and hosts were friendly. PRIME rib was scrumptious! I try to eat dinner there several times/year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always enjoyable
    martae
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had reservations for 8:30 pm, they got us in earlier even though busy. Food was very good, service prompt, informative and personable. The bread is extremely good and fresh. Drinks notable and desserts very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual Poor Service, not the norm
    UofMMom24VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I dine at Carson's often both for business lunches & social evenings. Usually the service is excellent, but that wasn't the case for lunch this past Wed. Our server was very slow and forgot things that were ordered. We had to remind and request things a number of times. It was 30 min. before we were served anything. She was handling a larger group near us, and it appeared that she was slow serving them as well. This impacted the quality of the meeting I was holding and I actually didn't get to eat any of my entree salad before my one hour for lunch was exhausted and had to take my food with me. I had to leave quickly since things were running so late, so I didn't have time to talk to the manager. Not what I expect at Caron's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good bread, competent server, good food, basic American, pleasant enough. .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carson's is really underrated
    STaaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I think that this restaurant is truly underrated. We have been coming here intermittently for the last 4 years, and have yet to have a meal or menu item disappoint us. We just heard that as of October (this week) that they will be remodeling the inside - the antler chandeliers are going, as are some of the other "western" type décor. Per report, this will be done at night, and closures kept to a minimum. We look forward to seeing the refresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Football weekend find
    GoBlueFanVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a great early dinner before UM night game. Wide variety of choices on menu at reasonable prices. Lake Superior fish was particularly good. Not nearly as busy as restaurants in town, and service was good. Located 1/2 mile from park and ride at I-23, so getting to the game via bus was easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed a birthday with friends
    BdayGirl
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Just the right amount of attention from the wait staff and great food and beverage.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Time and time again Carson's leaves me with an urge to come back. Excellent food, friendly and efficient service are what makes it one of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TBMDiners
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Service was slow and waitress was not attentive to drink needs. Food was only OK this visit. Calimari was very tough. We are regular diners at least every 3 months and this visit was not up to par.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around good
    Jack
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We took friends out for a special occasion. Menu choices, food and service were great. Our beer and wine choices were also good and even unusual. Try the mad Hatter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Local Favorite
    fourthandten
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We always love our meals at Carson's. Great food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    Chez
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had been here once before, and thought we would try it again. Our waitress was very nice, and knowledgeable of the menu. Our food was served in a timely manner, and everything was great. We had the prime rib, and salmon. The chips appetizer was very good as well. Overall, very reasonably priced, good food, and easy parking - sure beats trying to park downtown in Ann Arbor on a Friday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem of the northside of AA
    chanyli
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    While Carson's is probably one of the few high-end american restaurant around the north campus vicinity, that is definitely not the reason why the northies are frequenting it. In my opinion, Carson's is really comparable to other notable steakhouses in town, with steaks that are succulent even when it is well-done (my mom likes it that way), and appetizers that will sure be able to satisfy the diverse desire for surf or turf, or both. Bread is always warm and tasty, making a good company while one waits for the entree to arrive. Not to forget that the complimentary salad that comes with the entree is really fresh. Last but the least, the servers are mostly courteous, but definitely not lacking any fun spirit.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Eddie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great service, food and atmosphere. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and service were very good. The ambience was nice and lended itself to a enjoying each course while enjoying the company of my friend. The noise level was mostly quiet, so it's a great place to get to know someone over a good meal. The only annoying factor was that at four different times, during my meal, the staff dropped something heavy, which resulted in a loud, startling noise. Once, I can understand; however four times in the span of one meal is excessive and annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All-round great experience
    natalie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fabulous food, great atmosphere, and attentive service to our group of 6, despite the extra-busy time due to the post-RealMad/ManU game crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One if my favorites
    Ariel
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Carson's is a Main Street venture restaurant without being on Main Street. I love that about it because the food is delicious, the service is top notch, and I can find ample parking without driving through downtown. They have an outdoor dining space that is enclosed so it feels quaint. Their baby back ribs were surprisingly good! Their corn chowder with bacon soup is soooooo good. I highly recommend ordering that to start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 317 reviews are from the Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor reviews archive.
  • First time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Celebrating our wedding anniversary and chose Carson's after a recommendation from a friend. We wanted a place with good wine and nice steak selection. The wine was excellent but was told that they were out if prime rib. Had to pick a chicken dish that was mediocre and the filet which was very good. Expected more from a steak house. How can you be out of prime rib at dinner time? Would have finished the glass of wine and left but it was storming out. We may give it a second chance later. The staff was very professional and nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Previous server remembered us (from previous month) and came say hello. Restaurant has emphasis on service which I think emanates from the management staff outward.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous birthday evening
    martae
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had 7:30 reservation on a Friday evening. Seated within 5 min of arrival. Manager took drink orders and had to concock peach daiquiri, but excellent! from crabcakes to unbelievable cookie sundae, everything was fantastic. Only our third time here, but we love it!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trouble under pressure
    NWinA2
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I'm usually a big fan of Carson's, but I took my family to eat there during Art Fair weekend and our experience was pretty disappointing. The food was good (as it always is), but the entire place seemed completely overwhelmed by the crowd. We had a reservation for a larger group and it was clear that nobody thought about where to put us until we walked in the door. The wait staff was frazzled and less professional than usual. The kitchen was running out of things and as a result our first courses came out staggered... which is awkward. Our main courses took forever to come out. I'd think a big restaurant that's part of a group of multiple restaurants in Ann Arbor would have been better prepared.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice average restaurant for area
    BFFdiners
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    First time using tablet menus which was cool. You could see pictures of all the menu items. Waitress was very attentive but her perfume bothered my dining partner who has a chemical sensitivity. Restaurant within walking distance of hotel. Food was good not memorable. Crème brulé was the best part of the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic done well
    StevefromYpsi
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Enjoyed a birthday dinner for my brother. Service was excellent. Great oberon on tap (hard to find a good tap for oberon). Dinners were cooked perfect. I had salmon and small potatoes. Potatoes were cooked perfect crisp outside, tender in side. Veggies were al dente. Ribs were done great. Love the oven bread sticks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Gail
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We both enjoyed fish for dinner, I had the swordfish with couscous which was delicious. My friend tried the perch. Wonderful wine list and IPA beer on tap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time dining here
    A2novice
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    First time dining here, food was very good and great list of different food items, reasonable pricing, good service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate
    Chrissy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We came here for my sister's graduation and moving celebration. We sat in a booth and we were very comfortable. We enjoyed our drinks and dinner and the waiter was very attentive to our needs. I will definitely come back to have more celebrations and date nights. Also, there is parking available, and in Ann Arbor this is a hot commodity!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful outdoor eats
    Schrodster
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great dinner on a beautiful summer evening. Brussels sprouts were fabulous; crisp parts with excellent balsamic twist. Fish tacos were good. A very nice surprise: bottles of wines are 1/2 price on Saturdays. Wow!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time
    bliwienski
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was the first time that my Wife and I have dined at Carson's and we were very impressed with all aspects of this restaurant. The Food was incredible and more important to me was the fact that the staff was excellent. We will be back to further explore the great menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DeeDee
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was great and it was comfortable to dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has become our local favorite
    STaaVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We hadn't come here since around the December holidays, and Father's Day was coming up, so I chose Carson's. Our visit reminded me of why we need to pick Carson's more often. Prices are moderate. Their crispy fried Brussels sprouts appetizer (and that is also a side dish) is reason enough for me to return soon - what a great dish! Excellent salads - the wedge salad is superb (that was my choice). Two of the four of us ordered fish. The portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Gluten Free Friendly
    conductor
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    In addition to having a generally wonderful menu for anyone to choose from, Carson's is without a doubt one of the very finest restaurants for Gluten fee eating. Excellent choices with a very well trained staff regarding gluten issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    umichgrad
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The birthday special is great for getting your group a meal discount. The food was excellent and the service was awesome! The King of Roasts prime rib is so tender and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local place
    Foodywithfriends
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Carson's is a staple in the area. If you are looking to eat out in A2, but not venture down town this is a great place. Service is always excellent, food is good and wine list is excellent. Burgers and prime rib sandwich are wonderful! Some of the food can be a bit bland, but over all the place is a solid place to get a meal that I have ate at many times.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Neighborhood Restaurant
    MikeH15
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    If you just want to have a good comfortable meal this is the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carson experience
    Momsdayout
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Atmosphere was very nice. The waitress was very good. The bread served though was tasteless, and the blue cheese coleslaw seemed dry and old. The crab cake appetizer was way to expensive and the Parmesan crusted sole and grilled vegetables had to much butter or olive oil. All the other entrees we had were were very good. (Ribs, Fettuccine Alfredo, salads and sides) I would still come back because I have had another experience that were good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sprouts
    ChiAC
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Make sure you get the brussels sprouts! It's like there's a party in your mouth and everyones invited!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Bummer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Only 1 of 4 thought their dinner was good. Waiter did not help come up with a dessert the birthday person would like so we got cheesecake for others. Two people took a bit and pushed it away it was so bad. Waiter did not ask if we liked our dinner. I wasn't even sure who our waiter was we so him so infrequently. My "whitefish" dinner was 2 small squares of fish. Broccoli was not cooked. Wish we would have stuck with original plans to go to Real Seafood, but too late since you only get discount on your birthday.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic