About Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor

Contemporary American Cuisine
An eclectic American restaurant featuring a wide array of American favorites: Prime Rib, USDA Angus steaks, chicken, pork, fish, seafood and a variety of fresh salads. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces and patio seating available.
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2000 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Vegetarian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 10pm, Friday: 4pm - 11pm
Saturday (Dinner only): 4pm - 11pm
Sunday Brunch: 10am - 3pm
Sunday Dinner: 3pm - 9pm

Happy Hours
Saturday Extended Happy Hours
(In the bar & lounge only)
Monday-Friday - 3pm - 6pm
Saturdays - 4pm - 6pm

Cross Street:
Plymouth Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 622-0533

Website:
http://carsonsamericanbistro.com/

Public Transit:
AATA public transportation system

Executive Chef:
Jeffery Basta

Private Party Facilities:
Carson's in Ann Arbor offers a great location for private luncheons or dinners for up to 30.

Private Party Contact:
Scott Behler: (888) 456-3463

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
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Good for a Date (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Casual (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Cozy (7)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Romantic (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Live Sports (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Prime Rib was excellent! Victor at Bar provided great service

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Corn chowder was Luke warm. Same thing happened two weeks ago when I ordered the corn chowder. Delicious soup but you need to heat properly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

My family and I enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and kind. The restaurant was comfortable and not too loud. We all said that we will go back again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good food, good service good prices. Best corn chowder I’ve had. Will be back.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were guest and we all ordered hamburgers. They were ordered medium and theycame rare. The cheese was cold and so were the sautéd onions. The food was very disappointing. As we were guest we did not complain to the manager. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great service and food. Very enjoyable evening even though we didn't have a lot of time to relax, our server was prompt and very efficient. Never felt rushed yet we needed to be out in 75 minutes. Great experience for a group of 8 on a Saturday night. We were seated the moment we arrived with our 6:00 reservation. Half price bottles of wine on a Saturday evening was also a great and pleasant surprise!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a great time at Carson's. The service was outstanding and the food was very good. It was New Year's Eve and I thought even though we had a reservation we would have to wait. We got seated immediately to my surprise. It was a very nice experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The four of us all very much enjoyed our entrees, although my pork tenderloin was missing the maple-bourbon chili sauce listed in the description and shown in the menu photo. The lower score was due to the inattentive service. We consistently had to get our waiter's attention to get him to visit our table when we wanted to order or needed something, starting right at the beginning to order beverages and an appetizer. Our dinner for 4 ended up taking 3 hours, mostly our waiter but it seemed the kitchen was also slow also. Worth a try again for the food but hope the service is better.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I went to Carson's for New Years Eve. I requested a quieter area as my only personal choice and it was fulfilled. We were pleased with the atmosphere, the selections of wine, the menu and the attention from the staff. I prefer non-intrusive staff but helpful with questions and knowledge of all facets of what is offered. Our waitress met all requirements. Our food was well prepared and proved very pleasing to the palate. Portions were priced fairly.
The negative side; I ordered Vodka and Tonic. I believe the Tonic was a poor quality Tonic that influenced the taste. It tasted similar to soda's served at a bar or hall where they use a button for various selections, more like a 3 dollar vodka and tonic ( the price of this was more than double). Although Carson's can't control the weather outside, we found the inside to be chilly and uncomfortable. Admittedly we were seated window side and could feel the cold from where we sat and we did request a quieter location. It was old enough jackets would not have been out of the question for any diner seated alongside a window. There is a seat for 2 right by a glassed in fireplace that would be a good choice but may be difficult to secure without requesting when making a reservation. We will know better next time, and yes we plan to go again to try other menu options (excluding the Vodka and Tonic).

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been here many times before. The filet was so tender we could cut it with a knife. Best meal yet!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been going here regularly over the last five years and this was a holiday meal with out of town family. We were beyond disappointed. Drinks were slow to arrive, as was the food. The prime rib was cold, equal portions meat and fat, and a difficult to cut and chew. My wife's whitefish, a dish she has enjoyed there regularly in the past, was also cold and her salad was limp. When the waiter asked the perfunctory question of "how is everything," I said my meat was cold but he seemed not to hear me. Among the five of us, only one person felt his meal (the pot roast) was enjoyable. When it was all said and done we paid around $200 for a meal that was just flat out bad. Despite the fact that it is convenient, I'm not sure we will be back any time soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a lovely dinner on Sunday! This is our third time at Carson's and we will return again.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service is always top notch!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I wish that we got served more water, we asked like three times and got it once...it would have been nice if the waiter smiled more

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants to meet friends at. Great appetizers and signature cocktails. Classy, festive atmosphere yet very warm and friendly. The service has always been wonderful whenever I go.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Sunday brunch! Bacon and cheese omelette with hash browns and pancakes on the side!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very thoughtful and respectful wait staff. Food was delicious and medium done rib was in fact medium! It was relatively quiet and pleasant lighting. Definitely a good place to enjoy 50% off on your birthday!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It took well over an hour to receive our dinner. Not the dining experience we were hoping for when eating out with a toddler. There were a couple bigger parties but in general the restaurant wasn’t super busy. Disappointed.

Our waitress was wonderful. The food was very good except the kids grilled cheese...cheese wasn’t even melted.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Kayleigh served us very capably our tasty meal that we split .. lobster shrimp bites, prime rib, mashed potatoes & cheesey bread. It was nice to see so many veterans taking advantage of the complimentary dinner offered by Carson’s

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Carson's is good for lunch or dinner. But their brunch is not very good at all.
Be careful with your bacon order--the maple bacon is really just like pork belly--all fat, no flavor, and kind of disgusting. Our waiter was not very attentive either.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I don't wish to write a review or have my nickname published.

Tags: Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent brunch with great service. We would definitely eat there again

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Really nice place that we just happened on to... I would definitely go back

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

restaurant was average. The food was average. It had an opening on parents weekend so we went with it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We have dinner here relatively often, and for special occasions due to the relatively quiet ambience -good for conversation- and the dependably good food. This time was the first for Sunday brunch. We arrived right at opening. The service was spotty - coffee delayed on refills, etc, and waitstaff needlessly interrupting conversation and then disappearing for a long time when service was actually needed.

The food itself was good - the Eggs Benedict and omelets were excellent, and the coffee good.
The biggest problem was the brunch menu seemed unnecessarily limited. For example, it was surprising that the only bread available was the same yummy cheese-bread as served with dinner. In particular, one of us wanted eggs and pancakes, but the only way to do this was to get one of the full-size egg dishes and add the pancakes as a side order, making a very pricey, and more seriously, an oversized breakfast meal. However, for some of the dishes you could order the eggs cooked any style, so the kitchen was apparently ready to make e.g. fried eggs. Why not have a brunch menu item of say two eggs and a side - for a price comparable to the other items?

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love the corn chowder soup! The Reubens were quite good as well.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a delicious meal while watching the college football games on the big screen TVs. The whitefish dinner was exceptional and the side salad was definitely worth the extra cost. Our waitress was excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I always enjoy my time at Carson's. This time was no different, although I rated them a bit lower because for some reason the kitchen (and maybe the bar) were VERY slow.... Our waitress was very good although also a bit slow to get to the table, but once she did, she was on point the rest of the evening.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I almost didn't try this place out because there was a long wait (3 hours) through Open Table to reserve on a Friday night. It was close to where I was staying, though, so I gave it a try. I ordered the prime rib, which was wonderful. It was cooked perfectly. Creme brûlée with fresh berries on top for dessert. The only reason I didn't give ambiance five stars is due to the lighting which was a little bright, but they were fixing a short, I guess. They did move me to another table, though, so it was nice. I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Warmly greeted. Started well. Main course came out too soon. Then forgotten about, while those around us were being served by other waiters. After a long wait, one dessert came out. The waiter forgot to place the order for the second dessert. The dinner was in celebration of our 45th wedding anniversary. Frustrating experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Love the bison burgers. We drive cross town just to partake. Great friendly wait staff too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We were there for a business lunch with a special purpose: A thank you for good project work by an intern whose contract was up and she was moving on to other things. Carson's is always our restaurant choice when we want somewhere relaxing, with great food to go to!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Overall Carson's was good, but unfortunately not as good as I thought reading the reviews. The service was attentive and friendly, but we felt the food was just okay. I has the ribs and found them to be over cooked and a bit dry. My wife had the French dip and didn't rave about it. I had read some pretty good reviews on Yelp prior to making the reservation, so maybe we just didn't catch them at their best?

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

We were pleased that the greeter at Carson's had our reservation request for a quiet table, and he did his best in an overall noisy restaurant to find relatively quiet seating in the bar area -- at least we were not seated near crying children. In addition, we were seated almost immediately with very little wait on a weekday evening.

Items on the dinner menu are expensive. The presentation is very good, but the food quality was good to mediocre. The fish was a bit overcooked and smelled fishy, which should not be the case with a truly fresh catch. The ribeye steak contained more grissel and fat than I would have liked, but the lean portions were cooked properly to order and the sauce was good. The shoestring potatoes were too salty. Vegetable choices are few, but the dinner salads are large with a good variety of greens and tomatoes. The fried calamari was an excellent appetizer adequate for two. We were not offered breads or dinner rolls, but we are cutting back on carbs and did not miss them.

Wine selections were limited but included some solid serviceable labels at reasonable prices.

The creme brulee was excellent. Unfortunately, espresso was not available and the coffee was sub-par.

Service was excellent -- appropriately attentive without overbearing friendliness.

Parking is adjacent to the restaurant and ample. Carson's is a popular place and reservations are recommended. It is the best of its kind in our neighborhood, and we will definitely come again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Easy getting a reservation for 6 on a Friday night. Service was good. Ate here once before and entrees were a mixed bag. This time most got the bison burger and everyone who ordered it liked it. I got the perch blackened. I didn't know it was going to be so spicy so I couldn't eat much of it and there were a lot of either scales or bones still in there. We got 2 orders of the cookie sundae which was really good. Unfortunately one person got ill later in the night after having the chicken and waffles. If it weren't for that, I'd rate the experience higher.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 26, 2017

A special dinner with an old friend. I requested an outdoor table near the fireplace, and that was honored..
we both enjoyed!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The rock Music did not fit the beautiful ambience of the outdoor dining area. Beautiful setting, annoying music. I like rock 'n' roll, but not in a setting like that where you're trying to enjoy a nice dinner and conversation

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

While the food was good, the appetizers' quantity was significantly smaller than other similar restaurants. Otherwise, the steaks were great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

My husband had the prime rib. Said it was the best he has had in a long time. Great flavor and not a lot of fat!
I had salmon, it was good, maybe a touch over done. Green beans were really good. They had a touch of sweetness to them!
Great meal overall!
Will definitely go back!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We were meeting for a business lunch. I was pleased with how they handled our last minute request to be seated outside on the patio, which was lovely. The host was very friendly and accommodating. The food is consistently good, which is one reason we come back repeatedly, even though it is not inexpensive. I would rate it 4.5, but that is not an option. The service is also consistently good.

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