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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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

Valentine’s Day

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·Dined 3 days ago

Parking was easy. We were seated immediately (at our reserved time). Service was prompt and server was attentive. House salad was fresh and large. The Fillet Mignon with Cabernet Demi-glace was very good. The mashed potatoes were delicious and the vegetables were fresh/crisp. Almost forgot, ask for bread sticks! Floor is mostly open with some booths available. The dining room isn't noisy, music could be heard and conversation wasn't difficult.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This is a fabulous restaurant convenient to UM North Campus. Lots of fish options and vegetarian appetizers. 1/2 price bottles of wine on Saturday night was a nice surprise! Our server, Brandon, was terrific! Will highly recommend to people visiting Ann Arbor.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food , amazing service and good price , nice wine selection

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of our favorite spots for birthday celebrations

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Awesome, well prepared food at an excellent price! Right near our hotel! I came in not expecting much and we were blown away. The Brussels sprouts were amazing, the spinach artichoke dip was some of the best I’d ever tasted, my salmon was cooked to perfection, salads were crisp and fresh and lightly dressed. My son’s lobster Mac and cheese was excellent. Our waiter was as prompt and entertaining. The fireplace was a nice plus. The carrot cake was a bit overdone in terms of heavy sugary icing and syrup as well as a side of ice cream, but on the whole this was an excellent, well-prepared, comfort food on a cold winter’s night meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service. A bit long to receive our brunch items. Wonderful choice of tasty breakfast..something for everyone! Incredible tasting extra thick bacon!

Tags: Vegan, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very slow service and not very good food. My chopped salad had the driest salmon I have ever had and the whole salad just didn’t taste fresh.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We we visited Carsons because some friends of ours told us they had recently gone and the prime rib was excellent.

I was very disappointed. I’ve got a very thin slice of prime rib that was tough. It was 50% fat that had to be cut off because it was inedible.

Our server was nice, but a little scattered and he gave us incorrect information about substituting items.

For the amount of money we spent I would have enjoyed a better dining experience.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had a reservation for 6 people for 7:15. Waited an hour while others were seated. Was repeatedly told “just a few more minutes”. Still liked the food but felt management could have done more to find a table or don’t accept the reservation!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Carsons is usually one of my go to restaurants. I made the mistake of going during restaurant week and it was one of the most disappointing meals I’ve ever had there. There were two entrées available for restaurant week, salmon and prime rib. I was excited about the prime rib and that’s why I made the reservation. We had an early dinner, 6:15, and they were out of the prime rib with no alternatives offered. The service was its usual, which is excellent. It’s not the wait staff fault that they ran out of one of their specials so early. It was just extremely bad planning by management.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Asked for a seat away from windows, because it is chilly there in January. Got the table next to the fireplace and it was wonderful. Service and food were great. Value of restaurant week plus birthday discount was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Prime Rib was excellent! Victor at Bar provided great service

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (Tampa)·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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Detroit)·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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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Detroit)·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 16, 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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vip
 (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 8, 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 3, 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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 (Detroit)·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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vip
 (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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