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For 2
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Wed, 1/17
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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

4.5
1032 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Steak, American
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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
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Phone number
(312) 280-9200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kim Baldwin
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Private party facilities
Private dining room holds groups of 20 to 50. A variety of dinner package are available
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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.
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Cross street
Ontario
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Public transit
Clark St bus, LaSalle St bus, Grand Avenue bus.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1032 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

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

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redheadfoodie (Chicago)
2.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
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.

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Beakus (Chicago)
5.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
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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SpecialK57 (Chicago)
4.0
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.

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