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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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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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