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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

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4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (31)
Comfort Food (26)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for a Date (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Cozy (17)
Business Meals (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Authentic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Romantic (14)
Fun (12)
Kid-friendly (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Live Sports (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Awesome as usual! Always the first stop on the way through Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Really good baby back ribs, excellent potatoes au gratin - friendly staff

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Carsons has the best baby back ribs around, the steak is superb, better than any local steakhouse, and their au gratin potatoes are to die for!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We go here several times a year for the EXCELLENT Service, the reliably delicious food and sides. The portions always allow leftovers! I know that the ribs are the main meal that people come here for but I love their steaks!! However I am never disappointed!! Thank you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Romantic, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Live Sports, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

excellent au gratin potatoes go for the bbq sampler you wont be dissapointed

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Carson's always gives an abundance of excellent food at reasonable prices!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Best prime rib I have ever had! Ribs are excellent as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Since we moved out of Chicago, we missed Carson's. It was a favorite, we love the chopped liver and cheese appetizer and the ribs are always amazing.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was amazing, as always. Our client always requests dinner at Carson’s when in town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Carson's has always been one of my favorite restaurants. Most of its staff, including some of the waitresses and its friendly bartender, have been there since it opened. From the fall off the bone ribs and huge, tender pork chops to the au gratin potatoes and the skillet corn bread, you can eat until your hearts content and bring the rest home for lunch the next day. They are known for their delicious coleslaw which is served with each meal. Tall, large booths that are great for talking and TVs on the walls perfect for watching the game. It doesn't get better than this.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food quality has changed- rubs were not as tender as I remember.
Also, my salad dressing had a different quality-
And the agratin potatoes were made with a different recipe or ingredients
Do NOT try to fix something that is not broken!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

BOY OH BOY!!! I have been sleeping on Carson's. I never went when I lived one block away, but today (9/27/2017), I decided to treat myself for my birthday. And I could not have been happier. From the moment I stepped in until I left, I was treated beautifully even though no one knew why I was there.

My server was pleasant and very helpful. She saw to it I got what I wanted and got it piping hot. She was even understanding when I explained my financial dilemma (had the money in my account when I arrived at the restaurant but had an unexpected bill come through that took most of what I had. Was blessed a friend was able to send me enough to cover.)

As for the food - AWESOME. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. It was cooked to perfection. I normally would have had a doggie bag but it was all so good I ate it all, including my dessert - Tiramisu. All I had to take home was half the cornbread.

I cannot wait to go back there!!!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We try to go to Carson's every couple of months and as always the food and service was great and we had enough leftovers for several more meals.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Nice place to eat and my waitress was a nice and wonderful lady and the food was good for the price and tasting will return again

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food everytime. Good service, nice outdoor patio.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I've been dining at Carson's for years but this last time I was there for my birthday celebration along with 23 others who joined me, and my service was terrible and when I complained to the manager she brushed me off and my brother and daughter caught her frowning at me as I walked away...They definitely need to follow up on their servers with their poor customer service... As always the food was great...

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

At Carson's, the food is all about large portions for a great price -- without letting go of quality. From homemade corn bread to BBQ baby back ribs, your hands might get dirty but your stomach will be happy. No matter what, make sure to leave room for dessert. There's key lime pie, chocolate cake, and the not-to-be-missed "Gold Brick," which is vanilla ice cream coated in a chocolate pecan shell and topped with fresh whipped cream.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great atmosphere and food. Large portion sizes. The memorabilia around was interesting. Great value.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Was disappointed in the famous ribs they were very tough needed a knife to cut and it wasn't easy. Not fall off the bone.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was outstanding!!! Service was great. We had to wait a few minutes at the bar for the table and a free round of drink was offered for our troubles. Salmon and ribs were incredible.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food and service. Got the type of table I asked for in the room I wanted. It is conversation friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

You just can't beat the OG restaurants that are still doing it right!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great place, everyone was very professional, service was great and the Food was fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday and he LOVED IT! Always a GREAT meal, friendly service and big portions! Delish!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great place it was our 12th year anniversary
We both enjoyed it!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were seated immediately, received great service from Britteny, and the food was delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The ribs tasted baked and old. Cornbread was undercooked, gummy and fell apart.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The service was fantastic, the steak was cooked to perfection, we loved the soup, wedge salad, au gratin potatoes, and key like pie. However, this was the first time the ribs were overcooked. They seemed hard and weren't falling off the bone. That was disappointing.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Excellent as usual. Food great and service great . A true institution!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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