Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee

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Located walking distance on the same block near Fiserv Forum in the Moderne luxury high rise. Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue Milwaukee is a classic American Steakhouse. Family owned and operated with love since 1977. Carson’s serves hearty delicious portions of slow smoked Award Winning Babyback RIBS, BBQ Chicken, Fabulous Chargrilled Pork Chops, Generous cuts of Finest Quality Prime Rib, Filet, Delmonico, and Prime or Black Angus NY strip steaks. Favorite dishes also include Cedar Plank Salmon, Mediterranean Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Homebaked Corn bread, Famous fresh Coleslaw, Old School Shrimp DeJonghe, Generous Salads, Homemade Dressings, Sandwiches, Burgers, and Amazing Desserts. Full bar. Wine Menu. The lovely interior has City Views, Exposed Brick, Fireplace, Cozy booths and Tables. Perfect location for date night, family dinner, business meal, and celebration venue! America’s #1 Barbecue RIBS.COM
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GC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ribs were excellent & loved their corn bread! We had a great dinner.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I walked in the door I was greeted by the Manager whom let me pick my seat by the Television so I could watch the game. My Waiter was on point recommending my entries. Food was excellent I ordered a To Go entree. I will be back.

m
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Carson's has consistently great food, service and ambiance. Wish they still served Caesar salad with dinner instead of cole slaw, though.

KG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, very pleasant visit ... great date night ... easy online reservations

J
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server was not very attentive or efficient. We go there quite a bit and I should’ve requested Carlos. Didn’t even ask us if we wanted a second drink :(. Food was good as always.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Our server was just perfect- she helped us decide wha to eat and did not miss a beat. Our meal was spectacular and too much to eat in one sitting (for us!). Steak or barbecue, this place nails it!!

CS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was very cold. The tables were very close together. My rare filet mignon steak was cooked too long. I would expect a steak place to be able to cook a steak as ordered, especially for the price. You could tell the twice baked potatoe was not freshly made. My guess is they make the potatoes days ahead of time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal

CB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent. Unfortunately, table conversation was difficult because of the noise level. Shannon gave exceptional service.

NC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food for the value. We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. Would return again.

EM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, better than the last time I as there and it was very good than. I had a combination plate.

c
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ribs!! I've been here several times and it never disappoints.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The last time that I was at Carson's was 35 years ago in Chicago. The quality of the food at the Milwaukee location was outstanding, reminding me why it had been worth the trip to eat at Carson's in Chicago so many years ago. Now we are lucky enough to have a Carson's right here in downtown Milwaukee. The service was great and the waiter was very accommodating when addressing a multitude of questions and special requests. The atmosphere is a bit sterile but that has little impact on the quality of the overall experience. I would definitely recommend Carson's to friends and family.

MC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food has really gone down hell. I ordered the pork chops and they were refrigerator cold inside. They must precook them and throw them on the grill to warm. Blech.

A
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious! We had the Cesar salad, ribeye, cornbread, and the bbq combo. All of it was fresh and tasty. The service was on point as well and the pace of the meal was great. Really enjoyed our date there.

JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time and I love it fantastic service and the food came fast

P
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner tonight was outstanding. Tried the Cedar plank salmon along with the steak and crab cake. Both dinners were amazing tonight. Probably the best coleslaw in town along with the best beet salad. Excellent food and service. I love Carson’s. I can’t wait to go back.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent. Looking forward to coming back

KA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I immediately did a mental calculation of the value of a group of four vs two at another restaurant: no comparison. The food was great and the service most accommodating.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We were celebrating with family from out of state and two of us wanted prime rib and the other wanted barbecue. The barbecue, sides, and drinks were good but the prime rib was over cooked. We both ordered medium rare and our server came back to tell us having them charred would raise the temp to medium well so we decided to forego the char to make sure our meat was medium rare. Both came out medium well. Barely pink, not bloody at all. We told our server who told us the tinted windows can make the meat look over cooked. I disagreed and pointed out I’ve never had medium rare meat that was grey and didn’t bleed. She got the manager, who looked at our meals and also said the tinted windows make the meat look over cooked and that he saw “plenty of pink.” I disagreed again and he replied that two things could happen: he could comp our over cooked prime rib or have them sent back. I’m glad he did the right thing and offered to correct their mistake, but I could do without the attitude and having someone try to convince me I don’t know what medium rare looks like. That will be my last time at Carson’s.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee
Responded on September 6, 2019

Carsons Loyal Fans: The owner fully investigated this matter. It was found this guest was an extremely difficult person to deal with and impossible to please no matter how we delicately tried. After complaining to her server and berating the manager, she was offered a choice - 2 brand new prime ribs or enjoy the ones they had for FREE. She accepted the 2 free $50 comped prime ribs and acted happy when checked on but now comes here to complain again. Please note we DO CARE about our GUESTS.

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S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughters there before they had to go back to school… Food was amazing as always… Staff and management top-notch

MM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. We both had the Mediterranean wings and cornbread for appetizers and loved them. For our entrees my friend had the steak sandwich and I had the Greek half chicken. This place is one of my favorite spots in Milwaukee

KL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee Wisconsin 🍷🍸❤🥩🍤🥗

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Steaks all over cooked but I ate it and was good anyway.

H
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and service! Will definitely be back on our next visit to Milwaukee.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our favorite place to eat downtown. Always excellent!

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak and salmon and asparagus were great. Ribs were dry and a little over cooked on the side. Not sure I would come back at this price.

L
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual, everything was outstanding for our anniversary night out at Carson’s. The service is excellent, food was delicious as always. I guess my only criticism is the restaurant is a little louder as you go to the back. It’s fine for groups, but avoid if you want a more intimate feel.

j
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, perfect service, my Birthday and they put us in their private room. What a fantastic experience. Had the filet with oscar sauce, it was awesome. One of our party had the pork chop and it was huge. Highly recommend this establishment.

SB
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance as usual. Two thumbs up!

FH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. We had a great time. Our server was the best, even though he was busy. The only slip up was when we got home and realized one of our twice baked potatoes was missing. I was looking forward to eating it.

A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and good food, along with a great server. Thank you Benny!

PG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As traveling foodies, our evening at Carson's was marvelous, from the hostess table to dessert. Our waiter was so fun and running wild to provide the best dining experience to not our table but all the others that were under his attention. The food was outstanding, my char pork chop was simply a bite of heaven. Memorable evening.

OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our daughter’s 13th birthday and had Sam as a server. She was spectacular and made it a great experience. She made our daughter feel like a queen. She was an absolute delight!

h
Milwaukee
300 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Timing of food was fast then slow. Pork slightly overdone. Waitress very friendly Had unusual approach

TG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with reasonable prices and excellent service

OT
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Groupon is a little confusing due to different values applied to drinks salads and entrees. Would be simpler just to subtract the $105 from the total bill!!

KS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

When at Carson’s previously I had one of their steaks, which was excellent. This time I tried their shrimp and was not impressed. The salad (Caesar), coleslaw and greek potato’s were all delicious. Key lime pie was better than what we ate in the Keys. My companion ordered the ribs and Greek chicken and described both as very good.

JP
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with excellent service from “Carlos”
Highly recommended

SH
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. It is kind of pricey but the ribs are amazing. I would recommend it for a date night.

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