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Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor

653 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Vegetarian, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(734) 622-0533
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeffery Basta
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Private party facilities
Carson's in Ann Arbor offers a great location for private luncheons or dinners for up to 30.
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Private party contact
Scott Behler: (888) 456-3463
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Cross street
Plymouth Road
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Public transit
AATA public transportation system
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
What 653 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Princess89 (Northern MI)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service. We were down visiting U of M for Campus Day with our youngest son who was accepted for fall 2018.

bkuehn1952 (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

A nice neighborhood restaurant for our NE Ann Arbor area. In the summer they have a nice patio (but limited seating).

Grant (Detroit)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food was wonderful, and our server, Stephanie was most pleasant & fun!

DMDo (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

ddoi (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

vipRundje (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

vipJePRUSA (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

One of our favorite spots for birthday celebrations

vipRita (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 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.

Clarkston1210 (Detroit)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
2.0  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.

vipmrsh (Detroit)
3.0  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.

Steven (Detroit)
3.0  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!

ConnieB (Detroit)
3.0  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.

Lauraina2 (Detroit)
5.0  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.