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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TJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The Hostess and Valet Driver were VERY RUDE!! I eat at Carson’s often and I’ve never experienced customer service like this. My waiter was the best that’s why he received a gracious tip, however the blonde in the front and Valet driver really had poor customer service. This wasn’t my first time eating there but it was definitely my last. Which is very disappointing because the food and drinks were awesome!

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee
Responded an hour ago

Hello Toyette. Thank you for your business and feedback. Mr. Carson has his name and personal direct phone number on every single menu. He is very consumer centric. Please feel free to contact him directly to discuss. 773-310-1000

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B
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect!! The best Key Lime Pie in Milwaukee. The Crab Cakes amazing. I could go on and on. Carsons never disappoint.

G
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience and the wait staff were very pleasant and made the meal plan that much more enjoyable!

MR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal. My wife and I had dinner at Carson's on February 15th., before going to a play at the Steimke Theater. Had reservations for 6pm, arrived 15 minutes early and were immediately seated. After looking at menu we decided to split a BBQ sampler of: 1/2 Rack of ribs, 1/4 chicken and 1 pork chop. Added extra side of potato. Meal was delicious, everything done to perfection, and enough food to share. Will go back again to sample other meals on the menu.

OT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, service, location! One of my favorite spots downtown.

FM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day date, it was our 3rd time and we still
Love it

L
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Glad we got there for the last of the prime rib. This visit was better than the last visit (2019). Something has changed for the better. Big thanks to the manager.

DC
Milwaukee
87 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

From our booth next to the window... the only music we could hear was the annoying “boom” “boom”of the sub woofer base. Crab cake was the best anywhere. Good barbeque sauce on the slightly fatty beef sandwich..

CB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We arrived significantly late due to unforseen circumstances, the staff could not have been more gracious and accommodated is without rushing. Will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. We were in town for a concert and wanted a quieter place to eat a nice meal. The Ambiance was exactly what we were looking for and Jessica made our experience that much better. She was so friendly and knowledgeable of the menu items. She took excellent care of us.

NC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Pros: I love this place. Great food, a very relaxing and cozy atmosphere. I have been here twice and will definitely be back again.

Cons: No parking, but they offer valet for $12, expensive. Also I made reservations and I was running behind due to parking and the walk to Carson's was far. I tried to call to let them know I will be in but the phone was busy for over 15 mins. My table was given away. The wait however was not very long and they were attentive to keeping us updated on the wait.

On a scale of one to 10 overall I'll rate Carson's a 9.5.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a great location to meet up with my brother before the Bucks game at Fiserv. I would choose this place again

L
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to celebrate a birthday. Had the Greek salad which was excellent. Lots of feta cheese and other toppings Had Greek chicken and it was delicious also. Received a birthday sundae for dessert. I would highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning soon.

CF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great place. Food was amazing... Especially the corn bread. Service was great also. It's all and all a really good place for a night out. It is on the loud side when full as it's all open space so sound gets around.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We went before a Bucks game so it got pretty busy, but the food and service was still great! Best steak we’ve ever had!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was outstanding!!

N
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Carson's before a Bucks game. Everyone there makes you feel so welcome.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was back in my hometown for my grandmother’s funeral and I definitely had to show my husband one of my favorite spots in Milwaukee. Carson’s never disappoints!

D
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I typically enjoy Carson's and look forward to their soy-ginger salmon. This meal was disappointing. The salmon was grilled and had a nice char, but lacked seasoning. If it wasn't for the soy-ginger on the side, I would have rated this experience a 1 star. Service was ok - she had a lot of tables and the place was busy. The GM should include the valet hours on the website. We had reservations for a late lunch only to find out valet doesn't start until dinner time. Had we known this we would have selected a different restaurant based on our time constraints.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and came out at a reasonable time 👌. My waitress was wonderful and funny .We really enjoyed ourselves and the food.

RW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My wife and I decided to give Carsons a try this past weekend. I checked and there was no Bucks game so thought it was safe to try. They advertise valet parking for $12 and will comp you back $10. My wife and I arrived and there was no valet. I dropped her off and was told the valet was sold out and that I would have to just find some place on my own to park. Found a spot about a block away and paid $20. I asked about the $10 comp and was told that is only available if you use the valet which I would have used if it was available.
Our server was pleasant and attentive. We asked to move our table due the the guy at the next table reeking of weed. Was catching a little buzz sitting so close to him. I ordered the rib eye steak which was pretty good but was a little tough. My wife ordered the special which was a tenderloin with crab and bearnaise sauce. Her steak came out with out the crab and the bearnaise. They added it pretty quickly. It would have been nice to get some bread with the meal.
Overall it was pretty average and nothing special. Might be worth a try before a Bucks game due to its location. I would not count on having valet parking.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello Rich. On 1/18/20 the night you dined with us there was indeed a Bucks vs Nets game was underway at Fiserv Forum and valet parking was full by the time you arrived for your reservation at 7pm. We are sorry this got you started off on a bad note. We do not own any valet business and your $10 credit issue for a different valet lot is new one to us. However, we agree you should have been taken care of. Please call the owner Dean Carson at 773-310-1000 to correct.

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W
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Wait staff very helpful with gluten free knowledge.

MB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shaina was a delightful server - pleasant and very attentive to us.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. I would like to particularly give shout outs to Eduardo our waiter and Benny the host!

CJ
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shawn was our server and he was FABULOUS! will always ask to be seated in his section now.

RS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Enjoy all the variety of sides you offer to give an overall great dining experience.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was cooked perfectly and the staff was very friendly

J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we’re in Milwaukee we always stop here since we stay at the hotel across the street. It’s always a great time! Great food, great people. All around great place!

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and ambiance was perfect! Good experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Amazing food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends just getting together for dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time going to Carson’s! Everything was perfect. The staff was really nice and made our anniversary one to remember. If you are getting an appetizer, the Mediterranean Chicken was amazing! We will definitely be going back!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Carson’s to celebrate my birthday with my husband and son and it was a great! Menu has something for everyone. I had the ribs and they were the best I’ve ever had. My husband had the 12oz filet and said the same. Our son had the cheeseburger and fries, and he was super happy. Our server was great - extremely attentive and helped to make the evening special with a birthday treat at the end of our meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food/drinks were impeccable as usual.

K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was excellent. Husband said best ribs he’s ever had. Pork chop with Mediterranean seasoning was tender and flavorful.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Was seated right away. Very friendly staff, however, Ribs were very dry. Burger was overcooked. Waitstaff forgot part of our order. I was expecting better. Disappointed overall.

Q
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spot in from arrival to the take away!

DK
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and really nice lighting and environment. We will definitely go back here with family and friends. Also nice-sized portions.

JD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Carson's in Chicago many years ago and just started eating here in Milwaukee. The meals are just exceptional and the experience is like no other!!!! Go get some for yourself!!!

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