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About Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

A Chicago institution since 1977, Carson's is the place visited by presidents, America's favorite athletes, stars of TV, the big screen, and literally millions of BBQ devotees. With hearty portions and a no holds barred attitude of offering only the finest quality available, Carson's promises to be a fabulous dining experience. For those seeking the best in an undeniably American dining tradition, Carson’s is a must!

612 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Ontario

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 280-9200

Website:
http://www.ribs.com/

Catering:
Catering available through our carry out store. We can package food hot and ready to serve in large trays so you can serve your guests buffet style.

Parking Details:
Valet only parking available in our private lot at just $9.00 per car while you are dining with us. Carry out patrons may leave their car with the valet at no charge.

Public Transit:
Clark St bus, LaSalle St bus, Grand Avenue bus.

Executive Chef:
Kim Baldwin

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining room holds groups of 20 to 50. A variety of dinner package are available

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.3

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
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Cozy (22)
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Neighborhood Gem (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Fun (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Authentic (12)
Romantic (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a great time at Carson's ! Ribs fall right off the bone.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Wasn't a huge fan, I made a reservation and stated it was my twins bday on the open table reservation-no one acknowledged that and when we arrived they said give us a few minutes we have to get your table ready and they were not even busy-it was Monday at 815pm. My daughter said the bathroom was gross and my son's ginger ale was watered down and had to be replaced (which I get it -it happens just trying to name everything that happened), I didn't get a friendly vibe from anyone really there. Not that there was bad service, but just wasn't the friendliest I've gotten. The food was pretty average, there was nothing that would make me dying to come back. Their fries pretty much stink. My daughters kid meal burger was good and the pulled pork sandwich. We had ribs and I've had a lot better. Small selection of appetizers and they're all 15 bucks and small unless you get corn bread or a soup. 1 crab cake is 15 dollars etc...That doesn't work well for a group or family. We went with two adults and 4 kids and they charged us the gratuity on the bill which I thought was odd, I've never had a restaurant do that if it was kids. Not that I wasn't going to tip her that amount anyways, but it kind of seemed like she was afraid to not get a good tip because we were a family or something like that. Like I said, I've never had any other restaurant add that on, but whatever. When we arrived I saw the parking lot and pulled in and parked and as we walked in the valet guy wanted our keys and said it's 12 bucks to park for valet which is a joke since the parking lot is literally right there and on the way out we had to look for him, he was outside sitting in a van. Kind of goofy because nothing seemed valet about it. The wine list isn't that amazing either. We tried it and aren't planning to go back. We like to eat out and try a lot of restaurants and this one just wasn't that great. I think if they made improvements, it could be better.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Like always, the food was great as was the service. this has been a favorite for many years and our last visit did not disappoint!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Kelly was a lovely server and Nancy was very kind as usual. Everything is always delicious!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server, Jo Jo, was wonderful!!!!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Second time going to Carson's and like the first time great service and great food. Bbq sampler is amazing! The Mediterranean chicken is delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Carson's restaurant has been around for years. I started coming as a child with my parents. Now I bring my family. The food is excellent! I have started exploring the menu more. They have great ribs and pork chops, but my new favorites are the Mediterranean salmon and chicken. I also enjoy the cobb salad. The sides dishes are delicious as well. The bar serves great drinks. The servers are very friendly and helpful. I always enjoy my dining experience when I come with family or date night.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic ribs! Mouth watering liver pate! Very tasty potatoes! The ribs are the best in Chicago and the best we ever had!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

One of the best meals we’ve ever had hands down. Starting with my delicious coke slaw & her salad with Roquefort dressing that was top notch , My wife went with the ‘Prime’ strip charred & literally melted in your mouth. My ribs were perfect, excellent BBQ, & the augratin potatoes were a cheese blended masterpiece of a side dish.

This will go down as a top 5 meal all time for us.

Thank you Carson’s for such a memorable evening!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were celebrating New Years Eve, food was excellent and service superior. Our waiter was informed and very friendly definitely enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fun, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Carson's is the only place in the city I will ever order a pork chop. It's hands down the best in the city!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food
Best coleslaw

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Good for any occasion, great food, superb service, an Evening out with the family for a fun holiday tradition. Thank you for such a fun night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food was outstanding!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

They have their own parking lot, yet it still cost $12.00 to use it. Service was slow, food was fairly good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Haven't been to Carson's for years, but the food is even better than we remembered. We live in Michigan but were celebrating our anniversary in Chicago for the weekend, and decided to try Carson's again. So glad we did. Food was great and it was a lovely evening.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

First time dinning in food was great but our waitress was not. Tables seated after we arrived received their drinks and food before our table. Had to hunt waitress down for simple things like forks, lemons & birthday cake.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always excellent.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Rather surprised the is clean and everybody was personable but I ordered the ribs that were always in my mind fantastic and I found them to be very average. The double baked potato was lacking in flavor. All in all I was disappointed

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great ribs and food with great atmosphere. Friendly and helpful wait staff. Chicago gem!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was good, service was just ok and they were disputing the fact that my child was of age to order off the kids menu.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The potato seemed under cooked and the food was just Luke warm and not hot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Some of the tastiest rubs out there, then add the coleslaw and agratin potato’s and I’m in heaven.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Carson's has been a favorite for years. The au gratin potatoes are a must, as well as the slaw. I skipped the ribs this time and ordered the shrimp (I think it was Mediterranean grilled shrimp, but not really sure.). They were excellent. Don't expect much in the way of food presentation....it's just good food, good service, and a fair price. We were there for a girlfriends dinner and they Kindly agreed to 8 separate checks. One friend was celebrating her birthday and they brought out a delicious complimentary dessert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We've been going to Carson's for several years. It's become a tradition for my daughter and me. The staff genuinely makes you feel like family and welcome and we always enjoy seeing JoJo, our regular server. We can't recommend the food and service enough. It's a fantastic place , with top notch food and service, and we have many great memories from visiting.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I booked this during a holiday trip to Chicago as it was a short walk from our hotel. It's a family-type restaurant with a very wide ranging menu not just steaks . The food is excellent and served in large portions. We were very well looked after by our waiter and enjoyed the quieter atmosphere even though the place was fairly busy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

While the food is usually amazing, I was very upset because there was a long hair in my food. I was devastated. The cornbread is to die for though.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great ribs and cornbread. Augratin potatoes needed salt. But, love this place, since 1979 when I started grad school. First time back here since 1983 and Carson’s is the first place I wanted to have dinner.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Buen lugar para comer costillas, cortes de carne
Precio regular
El pan de elote es rico

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a funny little waitress who has been there since the place opened in the 70s. The ribs were tasty and the au gratins never disappoint. Maybe the best tiramisu I’ve ever had. All in All a nice experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was awesome, love the new Mediterranean chicken wings. Our waitress Olga was great.

This is one of our favorite places to eat.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and service was fantastic. This is a great place to go to when visiting Chicago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Been eating here for 30 years! We always make it our go to restaurant when we are in town.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had our favorite waitress. Not sure of her name but I think she's been there at least as long as it's been there. She's a pleasure and very attentive. I'll have to remember to get her name

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

When you see BBQ, you wouldn't normally think of healthy but Carson's dishes can fis most peoples dietary restrictions; packed with a ton of flavor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was excellent. I paid more than 22% for tip. The portions were more than enough.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Although we were only four, Carsons charged us for a large group @ 20% tips. I complained and they apologized, saying it was an error. My wife ordered Prime Rib and they came up with the excuse that the machine cooking Prime Rib overnight was broken. There was absolutely no one in this restaurant. Barbecue ribs were dry. A disaster meal. They seem to have lost their customers. Really bad experience. Hearing us speak a foreign language with two Foreign friends, the waiter overcharged us and sneaked in an extra 20% for "large party" of 4 !!!!! No a way to do business. We will not go anymore

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a good family gathering there after a weekend based on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. Our group was able to select from brisket sandwiches to ribs to filet mignonette, so there was something for everyone’s appetite.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of the top 5 places in chicago for BBQ ribs. Classic.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food great service Jimmy was outstanding

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