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
120 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (38)fit for foodies (36)great for lunch (27)kid-friendly (21)romantic (19)great for outdoor dining (16)hot spot (10)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Food Good, Service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    Foodie
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and Bar Service
    excellent2dineatVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service was excellent, the food came out cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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".
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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........
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Niteout
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I enjoyed eating here as the food specifically their barbecue is just great and always good
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A timeless restaurant with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much value here
    dave
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Not much meat on these ribs!! Sides and salads were ok, but better values for BBQ elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Ribs
    LMSarbachVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Felt rushed by the wait staff but the food was very good! Drinks were skimpy...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ribs
    glory
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good...not great.
    yoandccVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place for ribs in Chicago
    Marshmellow
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    jeannipVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    ClarenceandVernita
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6/6/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A great lunch with a colleague who had seen Carsons but never experienced Carsons. All were pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.