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Permanently Closed - Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

4.5
1054 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great food! Great service!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Awesome evening as Carson’s wraps up their time on Wells Street!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Our 29th anniversary was so special thanks to Olga and everyone else at Carson’s. I booked on Open Table, left a note and EVERYTHING I asked for was waiting when we got there! They even bought us the cutest and most delicious hot fudge sundae EVER! The food was great, and the service was incredible! Our next trip to Chicago will definitely include an evening at Carson’s.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Love the staff, especially Breana the bartender 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾💜💜💜💜

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great service and food! A little pricey but worth it!!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food service and drinks

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The wife and I have loved this place for years...Most times she gets the French onion soup, 12 oz filet and I get the 26 is prime rib. Never forget the cole slaw and get the warm bbq sauce with some bread as soon as you sit down.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Carson 's Ribs food was delicious and I will be back. The customer service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food great service great prices great place to eat ribs!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the very best meals we have had in Chicago in the past seven years of living here! Olga was awesome and so attentive! The meal was amazing, my husband had a rack of ribs and I had the Mediterranean Shrimp...what a great place! Loved it!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service, delicious food. A great dining experience. This was my second visit, but it won't be my last.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service and food.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Love this place, been coming here long time. Great service. Love the fireplace in the bar and the chicken liver and onions.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

No lie, this was the best dining experience of my life. Came in from out of town with no expectation, but food was great, service was top notch, environment was great. Will definitely recommend to anyone in the area.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

My husband and I have been coming there for 30 years. We always feel like it’s a special occasion to come there. We love the ribs. They never have been a disappointment. Service is always excellent

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

My steak was charcoal. Med well does not equal burnt. Very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Overall was a good experience. Have been there several times over the years and we keep coming back so that is a good thing.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

I took my boyfriend for his birthday and no one recognize that it was a special occasion even though I had it in tfhe notes. Didn't say anything cause I didnt want to cause a scene.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

The food here is amazing, so is the service, I called because we were going to be about 15 minutes late and they were so great about it, make sure to try the coleslaw!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great as usual!!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Server was young energetic and extremely polite despite being fairly new to the job.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

💜💜💜💜💜 the ENTIRE STAFF, especially the BAR STAFF

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on January 8, 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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5.0Dined on January 7, 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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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 2, 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 29, 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!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food
Best coleslaw

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5.0Dined on December 20, 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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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

The food was outstanding!

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Always excellent.

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