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

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (10)
Casual (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Live Sports (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

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 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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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Foos is always good. The atmosphere is pleasant, classy. Comfy seating areas. Wait staff is professional and polite. Lunch prices are good value n happy hour but pricey for dinner and what you receive.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Brought my son for his birthday. He demanded the crispy Brussels sprouts since he had them on a business lunch and loved them. They were delicious as was our entire meal. Definitely will be going back again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Don't bother. Food was awful. Fish and chips were doughy and fries soggy. Chicken sandwich was average. Sweet potato fries were good. Drinks were average and definitely not worth the price. Best part was the fresh bread basket.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great service great food!!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 21, 2017

It's our neighborhood restaurant. Food is always good. Don't go there if you're in a rush. Every step from ordering drinks to receiving drinks to ordering and receiving food took forever. And they weren't even busy.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

This was our first visit to Carson's - we were given a gift card and decided to try it out on our anniversary. Salads and bread before dinner were just okay. Ordered Prime Rib, which was really good. Had the cheesecake for dessert which was also excellent. We will be back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our food was excellent and the ambiance was very pleasant. Comfortable and quiet. The waiter was very likeable and he did a great job. Appreciate the birthday special, but we also come at other times of the year for the menu options and high quality.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Took quite a long time to receive our food and restaurant was not busy. My friend and I had the prime rib sandwich - it was not good at all. No flavor in the meat or the au juis. Husband's had chicken sandwich and fish and chips. They enjoyed their food. Waiter kept interrupting to clear table. First it was the plates and then the silverware. Sort of annoying. I would not recommend due to the fact that there are way too many other restaurants to choose from.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We usually dine at Carson's for dinner, but had lunch there on this occasion. Just as good for lunch as for dinner. Good food, reasonably priced, nice and efficient service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Wonderful place for a professional meal!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Bob provided great service!! The house Caesar salad is outstanding. I asked for plenty of cheese and got it! The bean chili soup was said to be excellent by one of our group. Everyone enjoyed their meals a great deal. There were so many great options the only challenge what choosing. There are plenty of menu options!! We will go again. For a group of up to 7-8, I'd love it if there was a round table...it's hard to talk to everyone for a group outing. Otherwise, great place to eat!! Thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This was only our 3rd visit & each time is not like the first experience. The first time was excellent. Second time for a Valentines Special in which we experienced all kinds of issues. This last visit was for Fathers Day. It was not very busy around 1pm. I was looking forward to trying the brunch menu, but when my egg dish arrived, it was cold. We had to track down our server for a second cup of coffee. Very disappointing, especially since I picked the restaurant hoping for a nice meal with my dad. I should have taken to heart the mediocre reviews I read before booking my reservation.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 18, 2017

One of our favorite places!

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