True to its reputation, Carson's
True to its reputation, Carson's does serve great ribs and, as it notes, not the falling-off-the-bone type. You need to eat them with your fingers, just ask for enough napkins. Excellent drinks, attentive waitstaff. Great atmosphere.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Houston TX guest heard of
Houston TX guest heard of Carsons and wanted to compare to TX bar b q. He left stating the "best" bar b q he's ever eaten...
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Some of the best BBQ nationwide.
Some of the best BBQ nationwide. Awesome sauce, great chops, steaks. Starts off great with cornbread. Cole slaw great. Grew up with Carson's, since I moved away, always hit it when I come to town.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall food and experience
Overall food and experience was good. Corn bread and roasted greek potatoes were AWESOME. Cole slaw is really good. Pulled pork and ribs were very good, however, I would not rate them as standout over other places I've been to for these same items. They were as good, but not necessarily the best I've ever had. Still would definitely go back!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect combination of barbecue
Perfect combination of barbecue and fine dining. The ribs are delicious, perfectly cooked and not smothered in sauce so you can taste the meat. While a menu that lists "Famous Au Gratin Potatoes" appears to be hyperbole, it is not since they are served in individually baked dishes that have a baked topping that give credence to the claim of being famous.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exactly what you would exact
Exactly what you would exact from an upscale bbq restaurant- great bbq and sides, including double stuffed potato, cole slaw, and sauteed veggies.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Carson's food is just absolutely
Carson's food is just absolutely delicious. I've been going to Carson's since I was a kid and their recipes still stand up as classy, refined, and delicious -- even while you're wearing a bib.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed it! The birthday dinner plate was so nice!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
What Delicious Ribs?
This is the place! Fantastic, tender, and tasty barbecue ribs!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Food & Service
Dining at Carson's is alway a treat. The food is amazing!!! I highly recommend the corn bread, au gratin potatoes, house made salad dressings and the BBQ beef sandwich! The service was excellent and the staff was very accommodating about our three month old. The host even tucked our stroller into a cupboard while we ate! This restaurant is truly one of Chicago's gems!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still as GOOD as Ever
It has been about years since we were in the Chicago location and th food and service were as great as we remembered. We don't get into Chicago proper much anymore, but when we do, IT has to be "Carsons". We really do miss the old Carsons in Lombard, which we went to at least monthly and ALWAYS took our out of town guest to. We only wish that they would consider placing another in the west suburbs. Really Loved their corn bread, which was new since the last time we were there, IT was Great..
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still a solid Chicago standby
We hadn't been to Carson's in awhile. Well, we were not disappointed. The steaks are as good as ever and the ribs may have even improved a bit. The salads are terrific and the sides of cole slaw and Au Gratin potatoes are heavenly.
Some nice wine and beer selections added to the pleasant evening.
Service was friendly, but a bit uneven. A few times we had to ask for a few items that should have been on the table already.
We will definitely be back!
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
great ribs....slaw to die for
Had my sons graduation lunch here.....everything was exceptional....service was kind fast knowledgeable....always one of our favorite places....much more than just ribs
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
1st Anniversary Dinner
My husband and I went to Carson's to celebrate our 1st anniversary. I had been many, many years ago with family and remembered how good the ribs were, so I HAD to bring my husband in to try them!!! ......We were NOT disappointed!!! I ordered the prime rib and it was so amazingly yummy! My husband got the 1/2 rack of ribs and pork chop dinner. I knew the ribs were going to be excellent, but we felt that the pork chop and prime rib were maybe even more excellent than the ribs.....and that is hard to accomplish!!! Great atmosphere and very attentive & friendly wait staff!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
carson's great as ever
carson's has not only been consistent all of these years, they have even gotten better, the new caesar salad, and corn bread are winners. i love going to carson's, food alway,s great.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always SO GOOD...
I've been going to Carsons for years and the food is always incredible. We were just there to celebrate my Dad's 78th birthday...Carsons is one of his all-time favorites. The house salad dressing (a creamy anchovy) is so good that even if you don't like anchovies, you'll love this dressing! The ribs, chicken, and pork chops are perfection, the au gratin is decadent... I could go on and on. No, this is NOT the dinner for the health-conscious: it's a dinner that's heavenly indulgent, but well-worth the splurge!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lots of food
They couldn't seat me in time for my reservation so they comped my beer. The portions were huge!! But everything was delicious. Some guy at the bar working there (though not in a white lab coat type shirt the other bartenders wore) was VERY obnoxious. Seemed high or something. Didn't catch his name. My waiter was nice, though, very attentive.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great BBQ, very generous serves. A warm and comfortable ambience and friendly, attentive staff.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Carsons-best waiters on the planet!
Of course the ribs are fantastic, but try the pork chops
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
best bbq ribs
best bbq ribs ever. slow cooked. great sauce. zesty cole slaw. consistent over decades. worth a visit when you go to Chicago.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time experience
We went on a recommendation from a friend. The food is top notch, the atmosphere is classy but casual. Our meals were delicious-we tried the grilled shrimp dinner and it was the best we have ever eaten, the barbecue sauce on the ribs and chicken is wonderful, the augratin potatoes are superb, and the corn bread is wonderful. We were too full to even look at the desert menu.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is excellent at Carson's and we just found out that you can still get their famous cheese spread and liver pate (if you want), all you have to do is request it. It's no longer in the bar as you wait for a table. I was just there in December and I was very disappointed that the one pork chop was literally HALF the size it was then. It was a very impressive size for $17.95 in December and this time it was, quite literally, almost the size of just the bone before. It was just as tasty though. If the prices are going to be so high, the food really should stop shrinking.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and lots of it!
You better come to Carson's with a healthy appetite! The food is not only delicious, but you get more than you can eat in one meal!
My wife and I dined with another couple. We all drove into Chicago from the Southwest suburbs because the food is THAT good!
Thanks Carson's for never disappointing and making a long trip very worth it!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellence and Consistency
Consistently excellent service and food. Quiet ambience. With all the new gimmicky restaurants coming and going and loud, noisy, expensive places with expensive liquor and only passable food, Carson's really stands out as a wonderful dining experience and a terrific value.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
we loved it
We had the baby back ribs and barbecue chicken which were excellent. The coleslaw was delicious and the au gratin potatoes were scrumptious. The waiter was friendly and helpful. Just a really pleasant dining experience.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
ROCK SOLID AS ALWAYS
NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THIS RESTAURANT SINCE THEY OPENED THEIR DOORS MANY, MANY YEARS AGO. RIBS ARE EXCELLENT, YOU HAVE TO FIGHT WITH THEM, BUT IT IS REALLY WOTRTH IT. PEOPLE WHO LIKE FALL OFF THE BONE SHOULD STAY AWAY, BUT THAT'S OK, MORE FOR ME. COLE SLAW IS AMONGST THE BEST YOU WILL EAT. GARBAGE SALAD IS OUTSTANDING. AU GRATIN POTATOES ARE AS GOOD AS IT GETS. DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE DESSERTS. I NEVER GET THAT FAR. LOTS OF RESTAURANTS CHANGE, NOT ALWAYS FOR THE BETTER, BUT HERE IT IS THE SAME, AND THEY JUST KEEP ON ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
not for those with a limited budget
The experience was exceptional both the food and the service was outstanding. However without a promotion you can expect to spend including 2 full slabs of ribs, salad and 1 drink each with tip and tax around $130.00. Forgot to mention $ 8.00 for valet parking and their tip as well. So if you are in the mood for ribs go here but it will cost you. The drinks were a bloody Mary @ $10.00 and a glass of wine was $ 12.00. Bottled beers are less. So let us say, you order only the full slab of ribs x 2 and drink water. The tip at 15% with valet parking you are still looking at $ 80.00. This is why I marked it as a special occasion.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricy but excellent
We had to wait approximately 15 minutes even though we had booked our reservation one day in advance. The food was worth the wait.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Carson's is a Chicago gem
We love dining at Carson's. The food is wonderful and service always great. In a city that is serious about its barbecue, Carson's ribs, pork chops and chicken are hard to beat. Their au gratin potatoes are fabulous! We have loved Carson's for many years and will continue to go back again and again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took the kids out for dinner for an after school treat. Great food and great service! Kids all voted the food was great.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best restaurants
One of the best restaurants in Chicago and THE Best for RIBS!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very traditional steak and
Very traditional steak and ribs house, but reasonably priced, with terrific service. Bring an appetite - the smallest Prime Rib was 18oz.and all the sides were fine. Best cornbread ever!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been going to Carsons since
Been going to Carsons since 1986. Great place great food and my kids love it. Just wish bar staff dressed like the other staff members. Our server had on a t shirt and gym shoes. Nice guy but not appropriate attire for this type of place.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience! Haven't been there in years. I like the changes they made. Everyone was polite. Our waiter was great. Very attentive! My girlfriend and I can't wait to go back.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
server did not bring beer
server did not bring beer that was ordered even though it was sitting on the counter waiting to be served less than 10 feet away. one of the rib orders was under cooked.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night to remember
This restaurant was recommended by friends who'd been there when they visited Chicago so we decided to book for our last night.
We chose the half ribs with shrimp and the gratin potatoes. What a meal and certainly appetizers not needed and dessert not possible !!
It was a fun night and very much a memorable one--for all the right reasons.
I would definitely recommend this as a place to eat even if not staying in the area --well worth the cab ride.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great 16 Years Ago, Even Better Now
Live in Kentucky, almost never go to Chicago. Went sixteen years ago on very short overnight visit. Ate at Carson's that night and loved it. Had a three day trip with wife visiting cousin just south of Chicago recently. Four of us went to Carson's for dinner. Three of us had the ribs, wife had the salmon. Everyone totally enjoyed the place and the food. It was even better than I remembered it.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had tickets to a comedy show and Carsons was right around the corner. What a great place. Food was very good. It was saturday night so there was a bit of a line so reservations are helpful.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Coming from Texas, we were skeptical about Carson's. But the pork chop and the baby back ribs did not disappoint. Wonderful flavor. Service was very attentive. Our waiter was spot on with his local beer recommendations. A great dinner!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wanted a Chicago experience
Coming from NC I can tell you our party of 5 thought the BBQ and ribs were A plus! I had the salmon and it was great as well. Authentic Chicago feel and atmosphere, we really enjoyed it and would go back next trip.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, our meal was fabulous. We always request Nestor as our server and he is wonderful. He remembers what we like and is always checking on us to see if we need something. Drinks are a bit too pricey, but food is amazing!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old memories still good
I used to frequent Carsons a bit more and it was good to see that the place was still going strong.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Family Dinner
We have returned to Carson's for dinner with our family because the food is great and the atmosphere lends itself to a family conversation. I hate going places where we have to shout across the table because music or TV's are too loud.
Carson's has become one of our regular sports.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a family favorite and has been for many years - food is GREAT every single time. Appetizers are great especially the pulled pork minis. Whether you have ribs, barbecued chicken, pork chops or a salad, you cannot beat the quality of food. They have the BEST RIBS EVER and my wife absolutely loves their creamy garlic dressing. Our sons grew up with Carson's since they were 2 years of age starting with BBQ chix and now will not have anything else but ribs! The warmness, friendliness and the great service of the staff makes you feel at home for any occasion.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a birthday celebration for my husband and he had a great time. Our waiter was fanatastic and very friendly. We really enjoyed ourselves we will be back definitely.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
An old standby place that has really good steaks and chops. Forget the ribs, they are not what they used to be.
The salads and desserts are still the same high quality. A small, but decent wine list is well priced. Service is friendly, but can be a bit uneven at times when they are busy.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
DINNER FOR FIVE
GREAT SERVER, NESTOR WAS HIS NAME. ASK FOR HIS SECTION, HE IS REALLY FUN. GREAT FOOD, PERFECT!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been going to Carson's
We have been going to Carson's for years and years and it's consistently good. The food was amazing...as always! They have added items to the menu over the years but kept the classic favorites. The only reason it got a "fair" for service was the server. We hardly saw her...she couldn't get the wine open (we had to open it) and she forgot items we ordered. It's the first time in the 30+ times we've eaten there we have received fair service. I would still highly recommend Carson's.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and several other people I know claim these are the best ribs anywhere. I usually don't eat ribs, but they do make a decent pulled pork sandwich. The cole slaw is delicious and creamy. The onion rings have way to much bread on them for my taste. Come for the ribs. Given the number of people I know who swear by them, you can't go wrong. Reservations a must.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still the Best Ribs in Chicago
If you like to eat your ribs off the bone, this is the place to go. Always been my favorite place and still is. They are known for their steaks and chops, but I always get the ribs. Also, the cole slaw and au gratin potatoes are to die for. Bring an appetite and enjoy the finger lickin good dinner.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM