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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Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent BBQ food from Chops to Chicken you cannot go wrong. Fabulous service like we all want to always receive. It's perfect in our case before a Bucks game or just to have a business meal which I have enjoyed both. Make reservations as it takes the hassle out of waiting for a table to open. I loved it while in Chicago and it is as good as that in their Milwaukee location. A great owner who understands what we want as customers. ENJOY!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the famous cornbread as a starter. It was divine, a must have.

B
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary at Carson's. What a wonderful time we had. The food was delicious, the drinks perfect and the service was awesome. You have to order the cornbread.

DC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Staff was very friendly and accomendating. Celebrated my Sister's birthday and she said; "It was a great night!" I do recommend you give them a try. Classic Burger was very tasty, and ribs were great as well.

JR
Milwaukee
260 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a good steak and then a short walk to the Marcus Center. Our waiter kept the pace of the meal on point so we were out on time. I found the New York strip, even though US Prime, a little chewy.

M
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very nice. Table was a bit tight to fit in.

P
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Came here because of proximity to hotel. Food was OK but not fantastic. Overpriced in my opinion. Service was good if not a little annoying for being persistent.

FJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for my birthday and enjoyed my meal and the service was exceptionally great that evening!

BH
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers, specifically Sam, were awesome. Couldn’t ask for better service or food.

SS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet, to the host, to the wait staff, to the bartenders....exceptional service. Food is always great. Portions are generous and served how you requested. The new wine list has many known favorites. You can't go wrong dining at Carson's or recommending as a dining destination.

A
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Tried this restaurant to celebrate a birthday.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! Everything was delicious!

SN
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Ribs and excellent service! Try the Shrimp appetizer.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat at Carson's for our 38th anniversary and we were very happen with the services and the food was great. I would highly recommend Carson's an look forward to our next trip.

JP
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat at bar watched brewers game ...
Good service !

p
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Second time in a row our $42 pork chops were burnt… We won’t be going back anytime soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager and waiter were both hospitable. The food was fantastic and I left stuffed with left overs. We had ribs pork chop, and chicken. I definitely reccomend the augratten potatoes and greek salad. The oblmbviance was romantic modern casual. We will definitely be going back.

h
Milwaukee
303 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Well worth a visit. Fish options are limited, no vegetarian options

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hello. Although not on the menu, we will upon request prepare and serve a vegetarian meal. Please feel free request it from your server or a manager next time you visit. Thank you for your business. We appreciate it.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always!

m
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the pleasant valet to the knowledgeable waitstaff to the delicious food and drinks. My husband and I had a phenomenal time. It was his first time there and it was part of my evening of surprises for his birthday. We really enjoyed ourselves.

D
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I liked the location. My brother took me to dinner for my birthday. It was nice as a splurge but I don’t normally eat that much meat. I will tell people that if they like barbecue and a lot of meat Carson’s is the place to go.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hi Brett. You are correct we serve generous portions of bbq meat, steaks, chicken, and shrimp for the price and many of our customers love the excellent value of portion size to price. We are happy to hear you like the location and will recommend us to people you know. Maybe next time your may prefer our half rack, cedar salmon, salads with homemade dressings, grilled chicken sandwich, or bbq brisket sandwich. All the best to you and again happy birthday from all of us at Carson’s. 🎂🎂🎈🎈🎈

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GC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy Carson's. Nice location, good food and great service.

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
9 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.

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