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

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ribs.com/
  • Phone: 3122809200
  • 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: Steak, American, Barbecue
  • 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!
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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (50)neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (33)special occasion (30)great for lunch (22)kid-friendly (19)great for outdoor dining (15)romantic (14)hot spot (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • What happened to this place?
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We walked in & waited at front desk. Male server looked at us & approximately 10 min later yelled around corner "people up front" Hostess came out, obviously annoyed. We mentioned we had a reservation- she just started walking us to an unwiped table. I asked if she could check our reservation in, she said "yeah" & walked away. Someone came to wipe table & brought waters. Our server brought menus & took drink & appetizer order. Said crab cake was not fried, it's baked (it was fried & cold in middle) ordered BBQ pork chops & AFTER 15 MIN we were told they were out of pork chops- Ordered filet med & it was extra rare. Staff sat at bar watching Football telling drunk stories & cursing. 3 dirty tables around us entire time. Terrible
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  • Milwaukee visitor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Carson's was recommended to us by one of the locals on a recent visit to Chicago. Upon entering the place smelled of smoked barbecue and we felt the recommendation was going to be good. We ordered 1/2 rack of ribs, salad and baked potato. The wedge salad was great but it's really just lettuce with tomatoes and dressing. The baked potato was huge and nicely cooked. The ribs were very disappointing, smelled great, looked great but very tough and not very meaty. I actually thought I was eating ribs left over from the previous day and just re-heated as we ate on a Sunday evening. The group was sorry we wasted an evening here with all of the other great restaurants in this city, we will not return.
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  • Deludente
    Giandomenico
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Avevo letto che facevano tra le migliori ribs di Chicago. Invece ribs deludenti con addirittura odore di grasso tendente al rancido
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  • Good as before
    knuckles
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I grew up in Chicago and would go to Carsons a couple times a year - usually when out of town guests came to visit. Everything was just as I remembered - the ribs tender and delicious, the corn bread cooked just right and still warm and the beer cold. We arrived about 15 minutes late for our reservation due to weather, but our table was ready. Thank you for the delicious food and great evening
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    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • It was alright
    pspauly63
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Not the best Ribs I've ever had but it was right up there with the tastiest. Sauce was Devine. Our server knew his stuff. Poitned us in the right direction.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    camkingVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had the BBQ Sampler with a garden salad instead of coleslaw. Everything was lovely. The quarter chicken was larger than I was expecting - it must have been a very big chicken! The service was great, and the whole dinner experience rounded off my day in Chicago nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LarryVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One can always count on having an excellent dinner, great food, great service, friendly and warm company. We both had the ribs which we are partial to having frequented this restaurant for over 30 years. My wife loves the creamy garlic dressing. We had to catch a show and it worked out perfectly after a torrential storm delayed us about 30 minute.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice ribs& beers
    Doris
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I ordered one bottle of the goose island beer under the recommendation of waitress, it taste sweet and a little bitter. And, the casaer salad was also surprisingly good, especially the fresh pepper and the cheese. The ribs taste soft, it is the best ribs I ever have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Midwest
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best ribs in Midwest. Black skillet cornbread reminds me of my grandmothers. Best coleslaw around. If i lived in Chicago, i would be a regular. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food Good, Service not so much
    Serviceinthedetails
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ribs were great, atmosphere was nice. Appetizer, under cooked and service very below standard. Not attentive and seemed really bothered and unhappy. No bread or bagel chips served, unless that's been discontinued. Had to request wine list 2x's and paid for item that were sent back without acknowledgment. Poor greeting and no exit goodbye from server or at the front hostess/greeting area. Not sure if I will return.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Ribs Ever
    motorguy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    While living in Chicago, Carson's was THE rib place and we ate there fairly often. Having been away from Chicago for 15 years, we had the opportunity to go back and we had to have Carson's ribs. We weren't disappointed. The ribs and cheese potatoes were as great as ever. If you want ribs in downtown Chicago, Carson's is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night
    Luvribs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first trip to Chicago. Carson's was recommended as a place to go for dinner. It did not disappoint. If we ever make back to Chicago we will definitely be visiting Carson's again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome 5 stars
    Jose28
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything was great. The server was awesome and amazing. Love the food the last time I eat at Carson's was when I was 15 I'm now 28 that was 13 years ago and when I was there my mouth was watering and I just could not wait to eat the rib tips and fries with the awesome BBQ sauce just like when I was a kid at the location in chicago on Clark and Peterson.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We arrives early for our reservation but were seated promptly. Our server was efficient, took our order right away. The quality of the ribs was excellent however I prefer a spicier sauce. This is a sweet BBQ. The coleslaw was delicious. I opted for fries but wish I had gotten the au gratin potatoes. Overall it was delicious and had plenty to take home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diners!
    Tarheel98
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation and were taken to our table immediately, which was nice. We had the bone in prime rib and half slab ribs barbque/pork chops combos. Service was friendly and the food was delicious, my wife and I both really enjoyed our meal and went home with full bellies to fall asleep in food comas! We'll be back!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mistacoconut
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We came to Chicago for the day from Michigan and have dined at Carson's before. Our reservation was for 7 pm but they seated us without question early and put us in a cozy booth. Our dinner was so good we kept talking about how delicious everything tasted and we had plenty to take home for highly anticipated leftovers. The restaurant was a little noisy due to a large group that came in after us but we didn't care once the food was served.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    always delicious...started with the chicken liver pate-awesome!!!then the ribs & augratin potatoes. could eat here every night!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Carsons let me down.
    ronnVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent Service and Bar Service
    excellent2dineatVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service was excellent, the food came out cooked perfectly.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich1
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great ribs corn bread was delicious, will try the prime rib on my next visit
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meatfest!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We have been going for over 25 years! GREAT place for a meatfest!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Old time favorite
    MsAndrea
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VisitCarsonsRibs
    LuvChicago
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Incredible food and service! The reservation was prompt and the atmosphere was perfect for children.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great Food, Great Pleasure
    EccentricMan
    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!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Always Looked Forward To
    sheehy1125
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Carson's never changes, which is to say it is consistently excellent. Whenever we go to Chicago, we plan on visiting Carson's.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • 10th Birthday meal
    Foodie912
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    booboo13
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good casual dining
    GrubOK
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roland
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good food!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant for BBQ lover
    Takechanman1
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SallyVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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".
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  • Nothing Special
    JoeDee
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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  • diner
    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)
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • very poor service and junk food
    paek
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Very un-kind server and junk foood...we will never go this restaurant and never recommend.. ......mm..m...m....m.mmm........
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    hot spot
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  • Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    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.
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  • Yum, yum!
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The ribs are divine, and the cole slaw is so delicious you can't stop eating it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our go to place for ribs, but never knew how wonderful the steaks were. If you can eat outside, ah
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick to your ribs
    ChefCJ
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Love Carson's ribs! Enjoyed the cornbread and potatoes au gratin as well. Usually packed, but not this time due to the holiday.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I hoped
    Foodie86
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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