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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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4.5

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4.6

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4.2

value

4.3

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (31)
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Cozy (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Romantic (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fun (14)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Kid-friendly (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Late-night Find (7)
Live Sports (6)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Always excellent.

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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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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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 (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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