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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ribs.com
  • Phone: (312) 280-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Kim Baldwin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available through our carry out store. We can package food hot and ready to serve in large trays so you can serve your guests buffet style.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room holds groups of 20 to 50. A variety of dinner package are available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ontario
  • Public Transit: Clark St bus, LaSalle St bus, Grand Avenue bus.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet only parking available in our private lot at just $8.00 per car while you are dining with us. Carry out patrons may leave their car with the valet at no charge.
A word from Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
A Chicago institution since 1977, Carson's is the place visited by presidents, America's favorite athletes, stars of TV, the big screen, and literally millions of BBQ devotees. With hearty portions and a no holds barred attitude of offering only the finest quality available, Carson's promises to be a fabulous dining experience. For those seeking the best in an undeniably American dining tradition, Carson’s is a must! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Diner Reviews
  • "The famous ribs were not very good. The meat was not 'falling off the bone' AND THE sauce was too sweet. The coleslaw was very tasty and the service was great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food came out cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great ribs corn bread was delicious, will try the prime rib on my next visit"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We have been going for over 25 years! GREAT place for a meatfest!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It had been a long time since I had been here so I wanted to come back. My sweetie had never been here so I thought it would be good to bring him. He liked it; wasn't too thrilled with the drinks but other than that everything was fine."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Incredible food and service! The reservation was prompt and the atmosphere was perfect for children."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I took several good friends to supper at Carson's and we had a wonderful time. Great service, comfortable setting and...great ribs!! A perfect place for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Carson's never changes, which is to say it is consistently excellent. Whenever we go to Chicago, we plan on visiting Carson's."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We took my oldest son for ribs and had a great meal. Kids meals are a great deal for the under 12 crowd. They brought him a sundae with a candle at the end- a nice surprise."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I took some people from England there on Sat nite. The food was amazing+they loved it. Real hometown food+delicious. Our Waitress-JOJO was the best!!! We had leftovers+they were so happy to eat the next day for dinner.. Would definately go again+reccomend to others."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My salmon Caesar was fairly good, service was fairly good as well, ambience was acceptable, & I'd probably go back. My friends had ribs & chicken which they characterized as "great.""
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Steaks are outstanding and salad dressings are great. our service was wonderful we had a very relaxing and enjoyable time. we would defiantly return and recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were nervous after reading recent reviews, but my husband wanted to go back to one of his favorites. We were pleasantly surprised. The ribs are just as he remembers them. They are not fall off the bone, but it says they won't be right on the menu. He had a full slab and I had 1/2 slab - and it was plenty of food for both of us. We both thought the ribs were delicious and were happy we still went. Our server was also attentive. We had a lovely time."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "When we arrived the restaurant on time. And we are immediately assigned to the good table. It is pretty quickly your will get order from server. We order pretty simple their best offered menu BBQ rib with side dish. Their BBQ sauce is excellent and half slab is good enough size for adult. But if you are really hungry you should order full slab, you will be absolutely satisfied!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our server, Jeff, was fantastic. He made great recommendations, everything was served exactly as ordered and he was friendly, personable and a lot of fun. My husband and I had a great evening and really enjoyed our "date night"."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My husband used to do a lot of business in Chicago and frequently entertained at Carson's. He had often spoken highly of the food there and our family was anxious to try it, based on his earlier experiences. Wow. Were we disappointed. They note that they do not make their ribs "fall off the bone", but they still shouldn't be dry and tough! Nothing special about the sauce to make up for it and our sides were so dull that I don't even remember what we had. With all the great dining venues in Chicago, we won't make this mistake again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great comfort food; large portions, definitely good bar-b-q! Everyone enjoyed; we ate outside; nothing to really look at but it was nice to dine outside; seemed rather dark inside. Waiter was great! (Alex)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very un-kind server and junk foood...we will never go this restaurant and never recommend.. ......mm..m...m....m.mmm........"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Service was awful. Seemed like the staff hated working there. What a waste of time and money and it ruined a beautiful night."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The ribs are divine, and the cole slaw is so delicious you can't stop eating it!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our go to place for ribs, but never knew how wonderful the steaks were. If you can eat outside, ah"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Love Carson's ribs! Enjoyed the cornbread and potatoes au gratin as well. Usually packed, but not this time due to the holiday."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I both grew up on the NW side of the city near the carsons that used to be on harlem ave. That location closed many years ago. When we discovered that there was a location down town, we had to try it. Sadly, the food was barely mediocre and the service from Deanthony was atrocious. Very disappointing. If you're looking for a throwback skip this place. Bummer."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I enjoyed eating here as the food specifically their barbecue is just great and always good"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A timeless restaurant with great food and service."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Not much meat on these ribs!! Sides and salads were ok, but better values for BBQ elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Felt rushed by the wait staff but the food was very good! Drinks were skimpy..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "One of the best places I have ever been to for ribs. We first came here over 35 years ago just for the ribs and they are still great."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My mom enjoys the ribs so for her it was good. Me, not so much; the menu for Father's Day was lacking choices. The service was okay, but I'm not sure I would return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been going to Carson's for many years, but haven't been there for awhile since we live forty miles away. The ribs were cooked perfectly and unlike one of their competitors, you have to chew the meat off of the bone. The au gratin potatoes were delicious . We were not disappointed in any way."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food is very good, but service is awful. Seemed neither the waitress nor the waiter wanted us. Came here for 34th wedding anniversary and Carson's made no acknowledgement, although it was in our reservation. We don't need a cupcake with a candle, but a single "Happy Anniversary" would have been nice."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our first visit to Carson's was so very good. That barbecue sauce is addictive, and the side dishes were awesome. Our waiter, Alex, was very attentive, and patient with all of our questions."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "A great lunch with a colleague who had seen Carsons but never experienced Carsons. All were pleased."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is an old-school restaurant. We went for nostalgia. It delivered here. The decor is the same. The ribs are very good. The service was not."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Delicious bbq in downtown Chicago! Carsons bbq sauce is my absolute favorite. The celebrities know about Carsons! Can't beat the side dishes. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I went to the restaurant with my colleagues in NY. They were so impressed by your excellent rib!! we enjoyed sooo much!! Thanks!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was a highlight of my vacation. The food was perfect and my server Nelson or Nestor??? Was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My husband and I dine at Carson's often. We are partial to the salads, Greek chicken, and blackened salmon. Also, we recently discovered the chocolate cake dessert -- scrumptious. JoJo, Nestor, and Jimmy are all terrific servers. We always have an enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Not the greatest BBQ but it was OK and the prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I took my wife and daughter out to eat as we are newly moved to Chicago. My daughter and wife have a bucket list of places they want to go. Carson's is one and it was an awesome experience service atmosphere and food was great."
    Dined on 5/18/2014