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

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Deerfield

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ribs.com/
  • Phone: 8473748500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Dine-in and Carry-out customers park free in our large self park lot
A word from Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Deerfield
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Deerfield reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (13)good for groups (12)special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (11)kid-friendly (8)fit for foodies (8)great for lunch (7)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Food was OK, service was SUBPAR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Was there for a 50th wedding anniversary. We told waiter at least twice (and online through opentable) and it was not recognized at all by the restaurant. The reservation was ready for us when we got there. It took about 20 minutes for the waiter to come by, and actually get our order. We did not get any bread until we asked (which usually you don't have to ask). His response was "oh, it's in the oven", which was about 25 mins after we placed our order. When we got the food, it was almost as if we were rushed to eat our food. They were taking plates, when we haven't even finished our meals. No refills were asked for wine, or water. Just an overall lackluster of service, and not a great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's as good as I remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been gone from the area nearly 20 years ago and decided to meet friends for dinner. The food was as good as ever!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    StevePVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food and super service on a very busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    NMR6
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We hosted a birthday dinner for my husband here and it was great. The hostess seated us right away, the service was excellent and the food was very good. Great drinks (try the sidecar) and excellent appetizers & sides.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyplace is entitled to a miss...
    chibuilder
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We typically love this place and have been many times but this time, our group of 7 all felt the same....a miss The service was just ok. We had to ask for simple things over and over (olives for the martini, handi-wipes after eating the ribs, potato substitutes, etc.) and the ribs were just "ok" Typically we all love the ribs here but on the evening of our visit this past labor day, something was "off." The ribs were less smokey, much more chewy (as in fatty) and the flavor was way more sweet than in the past. Everyone is entitled to a bad night so we will chalk it up to that but considering the prices charged at Carson's, we expected better as the combination of the absent-minded server and the off-par food was a bit of a bummer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the ribs
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had wonderful service and delicious ribs! I came early just to eat the chopped liver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Highly Recommend
    Pricey
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Eight of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Carson's. Great food and wait staff attentive to our needs. We drove 21 miles to eat there. We enjoyed the ribs, pork chop, steak and chicken entrees.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • villaggio
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    without a doubt, the best ribs around. They are always meaty and do not fall off the bone. The sauce is also fantastic. They are happy to split salads and entrees in the kitchen. Don't miss the chopped liver while you are waiting or take a plate to your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty ribs!
    ErloVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great ribs, cole slaw is excellent. Consistently tasty. Prefer their ribs over anyone else's in the Chicago area.
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  • one word delicious
    BigP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Have not been to Carson in 20 years. It was outstanding! Waiter was topnotch food was piping hot. The memories off all the dinners in the past at Carson. The meal was 10 stars plus. I enjoyed my birthday even more with family and a wonderful dinner. First time in a long time all 7 dinners delicious and nothing was missing. We will not wait 20 years to go back. We use to live in Chicago now we are in Lake Villa it was so worth the short drive! YUM :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not nice appitzer but great dinner
    outoftownerbirthday
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We took my husband here for his 40th birthday. The service was excellent. We did not get our bang for the appetizer. We paid $12.94 for a shrimp appitizer and only received 4 shrimp. But overall, the service was great and we enjoyed our entree's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just don't care
    Aimhigher13VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    If you are up for a staff full of people that just don't care then ce here. They are not interested in the customers or how bad the food may be. This place has seen it's day.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Deerfield reviews archive.
  • Quantity of food
    fooff
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    First we ordered cornbread. Server comes back to say they just ran out but will be able to make more. Then My daughter ordered BBQ chicken. He comes back to say they just ran out but they had Greek chicken instead. Then I order salt and peppered baked potato and he brings a regular baked potato. I tell him I ordered th Salty one and he says they just ran out. Really. On busy Father's Day when they know it'll be busy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Accomodating
    jmsg8girlVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was a strange night. We were in from out of town and thought we had made plans with friends....but somehow all the dates got mixed up. Ended up only being 3 of us when we had reserved for 6, but Carsons staff didn't hassle us about being at a larger table than we needed. The food, as always, was great. Our go to place when we're in Chicago. Just wish we could be eat there more often!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best tasting ribs!
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We hadn't been to Carson's Ribs for ten or more years, but decided to go there for a Father's Day dinner. We were pleasantly surprised. Everything we ordered was delicious -- even the salmon. We are not going to wait ten years to return. Congratulations Carson's for keeping up high standards of food quality throughout the years!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Happy Birthday Dinner
    SetTheTable
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had six people for a birthday dinner. Four of us were observing Passover dietary restrictions. All of us had plenty of food choices, including Matzah, and all the food was delicious especially the barbecued chicken, ribs and steak. Even the salads and coleslaw were great. Our 7:00 reservation was honored right on time and the service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone Was Satisfied
    HighlandParkBrian
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Our family had a wonderful outing at Carson's. Six of us ordered steaks, Seafood and the yummy charred pork chops (their specialty). Prices are on par with the surrounding steak joints - but the service and friendliness of the entire staff was significantly better than their peers. We were seated immediately - and never felt rushed............a first for the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wunderbar!
    GypsyD
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The table was set and ready for seating when we arrived. We've eaten here previously, but don't always order the same items each time.Our server was not fazed; she waited patiently for our drink orders and our dinner requests. The kitchen was up to the task of preparing our food without rushing us. Would we go back? Definitely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Food was great service was fair, they should change the burned out light bulbs. We ate in total darkness.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night with good friends
    happyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Everyone loved their food. Large portions. Great restaurant and evening to celebrate Valentines day....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over rated
    jcbh
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Every dish was dry and not a lot of flavor. We had scalloped potatoes, double baked potatoes (returned), broccoli, ribs and pork chops. The ribs were skinny and dry without much taste. Disappointing. Bread was good. Desert was fine. Hard to mess up ice cream.
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  • Consistently excellent Barbeque,
    BlueDukeVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Consistently excellent Barbeque, ribs, chicken, pork chops. Delicious au gratin potatoes. Pleasant casual atmosphere. Sports on TV (without sound) if you want it. Long standing tradition. Very consistent. A fine family experience or, if preferred, an adult dining opportunity. I rate it an A!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait wait wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Arrived at our reservation time but had to wait 30 mins. for our table. Then seated and had to wait 10 mins. before server approached. Bad experience, good ribs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond disapointed
    SuzyVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Not enough worts to describe our horrific experience at Carsons . While celebrating our sons birthday the service could not have been worse .waiter, bus boys and management were all to blame . Don't want to discuss it further if Carsons does not improve they will go out of business north shore people which I am notwill no longer stay loyal on name alone . What a waste of a lot of money .
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  • Dinner visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    BBQ chicken was lukewarm and not cooked well done as requested. To me, charring it for a few seconds more on the outside doesn't make it "well done." Wife's birthday was mentioned when reservation was made, but no recognition of this by staff. Maybe that's the fault of the hostess.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy eating here.
    PinkyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We always enjoy eating here. They honor reservations and their food is very good, especially ribs. We definitely will return in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    NORTHWOODS25
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    WE'RE FROM OUT OF TOWN AND MADE THE RESERVATON ON-LINE. WE WERE GREETED WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM AND SEATED IMMEDIATELY AT OUR TABLE EVEN THOUGH THE ENTIRE PARTY WAS NOT THERE. WAIT STAFF WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND ACCOMADATING. THE FOOD,AS USUAL, WAS EXCELLENT. WE HAD A CELELBRATION CAKE FROM OUTSIDE AND WERE PROVIDED PLATES FOR SERVING. WE WERE NOT RUSHED OR HURRIED OUT THE DOOR AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ribs
    Frank
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The ribs and sauce are exceptional. Potatoes augratin are out of this world.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we enjoyed it , food was deliciuous
    suzie
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    we enjoyed it , food was deliciuous, the waiter was attentive and we were not rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brilliance during adversity
    jmsg8girlVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    There was a problem with the water in Deerfield the night we were there, but the staff handled it brilliantly. And the food was amazing as usual. This was our second trip to Carson's this week....we have to get our fill while we're in Chicago and this is a favorite with friends and family. Ribs are great, pork chops (huge!) and amazing. And can't get enough of the au gratin potatoes and cole-slaw.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ribs!
    jmsg8girlVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    This is our go to place when we're in Chicago - usually eat here multiple times on one trip. Great ribs, great au-gratin potatoes and coleslaw! The staff is friendly, service is great and they even give you free crackers and cheese if you have to wait. And, if you have to wait....the food is worth it. Never a bad meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Chicago's best ribs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    A few days ago, our friends and us decided to take our kids to Carson's and to get together as couples. Each adult was excited that it was Carson's. Three of my four children have food allergies, dairy, egg, nut, and Celiac with the other. The waitress made sure to get us all of the answers needed. All was great, the kids were happy and our ribs and cole slaw were AMAZING. Its as if I forget each time what a GEM Carson's is. I was a little less than enthused about the reservation process. Perhaps I caught an employee on a bad day and the service was slow. Too slow with 5 children between the two families. BUT, it is worth the wait. The potatoes, several kinds, the veggies, so fresh, and the main courses you cannot beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Meeting
    StuartVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Nice for business meetings at lunch. Our server was great. Perfect! Food is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Fair Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Somewhat disappointing dinner there with the family. Initially, service was inadequate with the waiter failing to bring fresh ground pepper for the salads, and the one of the steaks being overcooked. Service improved dramatically later on. The ribs were not as meaty and tasty as they've been in the past. The Shrimp de jonghe could have been prepared in a sauce, whereas here there was a covering of bread crumbs. The Salmon in a ginger glaze was very tasty, light and well cooked, although the portion was small. Salads were large and very filling. Do not order the key lime pie, as the filling is very artificial and the crust was not very good. We've had much better meals in the past at Carson's and I hope this is just an aberration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a group of 9. We all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    We had a group of 9. We all enjoyed our dinner and our time together. Love the round table so everyone can see/hear everyone.
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  • Good food, good service.
    NMRosado
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Excellent service from the hostess. Our table wasn't ready when we got there, so the waitress bought my party of 6 a round of drinks - for our 5 minute wait! There were appetizers for people waiting for tables and the staff was kind and courteous, though a bit slow. The food was generous and excellent. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carson's is always superb
    JDG953
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Carson's is always superb and the food is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOT REAL PLEASED WITH OUR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    NOT REAL PLEASED WITH OUR EXPERIENCE MADE A RESERVATION WELL AHEAD OF TIME AND WHEN WE ARRIVED THEY STUCK US IN A BOOTH THAT MAYBE SAT 4 PEOPLE AND WE HAD 6 PEOPLE IN OUR PARTY THE UTENSILS WE RECEIVED HAD DRIED CRUSTED FOOD ON THEM.DONT THINK WE WOULD EVER RETURN
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  • The food was excellent; large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    The food was excellent; large portion sizes at a reasonable price. Will be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had requested a table away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    I had requested a table away from high traffic and in a warm area as we had a 99year with us. All was accomodated, and was a wonderful experience.....thank you...L Ornoff
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    • Noise LevelModerate