Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor

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796 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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BC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had their pot roast for the first time. The meat was braised in red wine and perched upon garlic mashed potatoes. Also included were veggies and a few large, fried onion rings. The meat was tender, moist, and went well with my glass of red vino.

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LT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and the food was great! Kyle and Lisa waited on us and were very good! The host was not very friendly. When we arrived for an early dinner, he assumed we wanted to sit on the bar side for happy hour. When we requested a booth on the opposite side of the restaurant, he didn't seem very pleased. When we left, my fiancé said thank you very much, and he replied with a very stern good-bye! It was an older gentleman who was the host on 4/10/19 at 3:30 PM.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Although the atmosphere was enjoyable the food was tasteless. I ordered the prime rib dip with mushroom and onions extra. The meat was cold, the mushrooms were not sautéed mearly heated in a microwave and the bread looked like it had been manhandled or sat on. In addition the aujus was watered down and completely tasteless. Only good part was the sample size serving of coleslaw. Horrible!! Total cost, including tip $23.97. Won’t be back

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BE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Able to carry on a conversation without struggling to hear over noise level.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

my second visit. was very disappointed with the prime rib. tough and not tasty. service was a little slow. still enjoyed the ambiance.

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JG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday, and the experience couldn’t have been better. Our waitperson,
Andrew, was a very personable young man who did a great job. We’ve been to your restaurant many times
over the years and always enjoyed the great food and service. I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again in the near
future.

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IF
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

3/25 - Dinner/birthday celebration. Very enjoyable evening. Service and food both very good. The openness of the room does make conversation a little bit difficult.

I would certainly go to Carson's for dinner again, but I would ask for a booth if my group was smaller.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my twins 22nd birthday with 8 people. The experience was wonderful our server megan was superb and the food was amazing. Everyone at our table couldnt say enough about the food, also the cocktails were great. This is now my go to restaurant. Thank you Carsons Bistroe for making our evening there so incredable.

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FD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good place to sit and talk -- and have a quiet dinner.

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MF
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I use this as my best of everything restaurant. From personal to business events I am never disappointed. The staff works hard to make dining there a good experience for everyone

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DW
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Business lunch with client. Good food, good service, loved the signature corn chowder.

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DA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I now like it better than the Real Seafood Co. Their menu is great. We all loved how our food was prepared.

Their cushy white chairs are really comfortable.

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B
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Although our server seemed to be impressed that this restaurant is associated with a list of others on Main Street ( Ann Arbor), we were less so.
Exceptionally slow service.
Menu items not available.
Adding a sauce to an over cooked or stone cold item is not a cure all.
Huge disappointment, but lesson learned.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were outstanding. Nice wine list and they were halfoff that night so we had 2. The booths were cramped with four adults and the tabletop was too small to hold everything we ordered. Lots of hard surfaces so it is a bit of a noisy atmosphere. We continue to return for the reliably excellent food and service.

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BA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall fair experience at best. Server must have been new or relatively inexperienced seemed very uncomfortable. Brought the wrong drink and the wrong order. Was at the restaurant for lunch and ordered similar item (perch) both times one lunch menu this time dinner menu and received significantly smaller portion for dinner serving (and double the price). Three small pieces of perch which was cold/warm at best. Was going to return it but she never came back. Ordered a second drink and we were ready for the bill by the time it arrived. Would not return in the future. Very disappointing

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd visit and it was perfect. Food was great, service was great. Atmosphere was perfect. We will continue to patronize Carson’s Bistro.

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J
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a business lunch! Good food and nice ambience.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Carson's is our favorite restaurant for a nice, quiet meal. The service is always fantastic and the food delicious. My wife and I highly recommend Carson's. Thank you.

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L
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish tacos and Reuben sandwich were delicious!

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JM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ribeye and crab stuffed salmon was very good; however, meals were overpriced. Service was great. Went on a Saturday where wine was half-price. Wanted to order Pinot Noir. Only 3 choices on wine menu. Ordered top priced Pinot and was informed that it was not in stock. Ordered next priced bottle. This bottle was vinegary and refused. Settled for last choice. This was ok; however, not to my taste.

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BT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brendan was an outstanding waitstaffer. Attentive and friendly.

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DO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really nice dinner with great food, great service and plenty of choice. Highly recommend

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MS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Appreciated the gluten free options available on the menu and the willingness of the chef to adapt a dish so that it was free of gluten.

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and Food were Fabulous! Never disappoints. The menu has something for everyone and from Appetizer, Dinner to Desert everything is full of flavor.

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PW
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lobster shrimp bites appetizer were good, thai and chopped salads were good, too. Lunch portion was generous.Service was just ok.

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LH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had prime rib with coleslaw with blue cheese. Coleslaw was very salty. Prime rib was a bit tough but tasted good. Service was excellent.

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m
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were a little disappointed with the quality of the food here. My husband asked for the prime rib medium and got it well done. I got the ribs and they were not very tender and had very little meat on them. The mashed potatoes didn’t have much flavor and the chips appetizer was sparse.

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

the waiter was very nice and very good. I am hard of hearing, his voice was a little soft.
I didn't know the price of the special it wasn't on the menu. So I didn't know how much what I ordered cost. I split a salad with my friend. and the BBQ chicken was sweet but the salad was bitter
The tortilla soup was OK. It wasn't the best soup I have had. Usually there is alot of cheese on top there was a blob of white cheese at least that what it looked up. The tortillas were mixed into the soup and soggy.
I split a salad with my friend and we both had a cup of soup, She had a cup of coffee, and we both had a piece of carrot cake and it was $50. I thought it was very pricey. The carrot cake was really good. The main food was not. I didn't pick the restaurant, for the birthday party. I am not sure if I would come back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going to Carson’s since the restaurant opened. It’s one of our main “go-tos”!👍👍😃

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MC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here for birthdays. We had a lovely and quiet dinner considering it was Super Bowl night. Excellent dinner options.

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PF
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Husband's meal was VERY GREASY- a pool of grease in plate. Waitress knew it but served it anyway. Not good. She should be in charge of how food looks when it goes out.

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S
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Eaten here many times and will again. Music too loud but they toned it down in our section on request. Salmon over cooked this time but other items were good. Waiter and and service were exceptional.

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OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I visited this restaurant recently. The waiter was pleasant., he was attentive and our food arrived sooner than expected.

I would definitely eat here again.

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The stroganoff has a metallic taste and 2 of the 3 of us ordered it. We had to return it and get another choice. So it ended up with having to wait for another dish to come out.

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MM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The service was good, my stake was under cook and cold...

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MC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and received wonderful discount for my friends birthday.

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AA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was there for restaurant week, and the amount of food in the special was very worth the price. Also delicious! It was not crowded during a week day lunch hour.

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PK
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening with friends and great food and great service.

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L
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week menus can feel mass produced. The couscous in the salmon dish was lumpy and kind of bland. Service was adequate , but not outstanding. Hard to beat the birthday deal at all of the Main Street Ventures restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our waitress was very unfriendly. She appeared to be rushing us, and our order- and the restaurant was only 25% full!! We'd ask questions, and she appeared 'put off'. The bar tender was nice and helpful. Food was good- yet expensive. We may go back- we'll have to see...

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