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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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Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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
Saturday Extended Happy Hours
(In the bar & lounge only)
Monday-Friday - 3pm - 6pm
Saturdays - 4pm - 6pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
AATA public transportation system
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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