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About Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee

A dining 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!

301 West Juneau Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:


Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 - Midnight, Friday & Saturday: 11:30 - 1:00am

Cross Street:
N Old World 3rd St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 223-3311

Website:
http://www.ribs.com/

Catering:
Please call 414.223.3311 and ask to speak to a manager.

Parking Details:
Valet $7 available after 5:00

Executive Chef:
Kim Baldwin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for Birthdays (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Romantic (17)
Casual (17)
Business Meals (16)
Fun (16)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Cozy (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
People Watching (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Authentic (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Live Sports (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Tapas (4)
Scenic View (3)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2017

San was an amazing waitress, very attentive.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Everything was great. The only item I would say wasn't appealing, was the overall price yeah. I purchased a Groupon for about $73 and I still paid over 150 for the whole meal. Our server Samantha was awesome I left her a very good tip. We were celebrating a birthday, and Samantha even gave us a free Sunday and sing Happy Birthday even though she said she normally doesn't sing. Overall it was a great experience but next time would need to plan to spend at least $150. The food was great.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

First time at Carson's. Food and service were good, but parking was horrible and unexpected. Parked across the street as parking is limited due to construction. I get charging for parking but $30.00/ Bad business even with the $10.00 voucher from Carson's for a drink. Would not have even know about the voucher but had stopped in at Carson's to find out where to park and they told me.....NOT the Parking attendant. Then when we went to get our car the parking had went down to $20.00. Very sad to have to end a nice evening like that.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food, even better service. Our go-to restaurant for bbq. There's nothing to not like about Carsons.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Filet was good, service was nice and casual, not a huge crowd on Thursday night. Wine was ok. Pretty pricey though, obviously.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Ribs were so-so ... Tough, I could barely cut it off the bone and would prob break a tooth if I picked them up and ate them off the bone. Tiny side of this so-called famous cole slaw. Potato was good. Music was good .... I wouldn't go back. Waaaay over-priced, and for what? Not the food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nate was our server on Saturday 11/25/17 and he literally went above and beyond the second we sat down at our table. He greeted us with a warm and energetic mood and went above our expectations. The food was great but having a great server makes it break a restaurant. We were in town visiting for a relaxing getaway and we highly recommend this place based on his service alone! We haven’t been treated like that in a long time! THANKS NATE!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I would highly recommend a visit to Carson's. The waiter was able to adjust our selection to include the brisket with the half-rack. The ribs were outstanding!! The brisket was ok but go for the full rack of ribs. My next visit will include a charbroiled steak which looked excellent. Our other guests had something off the sandwich menu and they were also very pleased with those selections.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

I call it perfect one of my favorite places to go

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Never been here, but now know a place to come back to many times

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great spot for pre-Bucks, Marquette, etc. Just secure a reservation in advance

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

First time at Carson’s. Loved it. Delicious food and excellent service. Will be back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent as usual... our server was very attentive, very personable, prompt ... a real expert at her job. thanks.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My experience overall was great. My only problem was that when my date and I️ entered the restaurant, the greeter at the reservation table had her back to us, and was on her cell phone. My date knocked on the counter to get her attention. Once I gave her my name and reservation time, she escorted us to our table. However, later on she returned to confirm my name again. Why ?

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our server was awesome! I wish I remembered her name. I ordered a steak and my date ordered the rack of ribs. We were not impressed with the ribs and potatoes. We ended up sharing my steak and potato. The corn bread was amazing! We will definitely go there again for the service and steaks.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The ribs were as good as in Chicago. The best part of the whole experience, though, was the excellent service provided by our waiter, Carlos Romo. He went out of the way to make sure that we got everything we wanted. He was unbelievably good!

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We dined here on a recent Monday before a Bucks game. Food was very good and pork chops and filet are both outstanding! Salads come with homemade dressing are excellent. On the down side our server, though friendly , appeared young and inexperienced so was a bit slow, especially with the first visit and first round of drinks that took ten or fifteen minutes. While the food is pricey ($280 for dinner for four plus a couple drinks each) it is exceptionally well prepared and tasty. We will be back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food is not worth the price. The pork chop lacked flavor and was very tough. The food took a very long time to arrive and the server kept forgetting to ask one of our party members if they wanted a drink. I will not return.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Parking is a problem. Will probably not come in winter or rain.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

HAD THE RIBS SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED, HOWEVER THE WAITER DID TELL US UP FRONT THAT THEY WERE NOT EASY OFF THE BONE, BUT THAT THEY WERE TENDER AND NOW I KNOW THAT I PREFER EASY OFF THE BONE RIBS

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food was great. Our seating was next to a window. The weather was nice outside so there was a lot of activity outside which was distracting to the meal.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Pre theatre dinner: Absolutely delicious meal. Very tender and tasty filet mignon and barbecue pork chop with sweet, not too spicy sauce. Like the choices of the a la carte menu. Smaller but good selection and prices on the wine list. Welcoming and friendly service. Plenty of time for our dinner, never felt rushed. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

I was absolutely pleased in every aspect of my visit.
I was running late because of traffic and they held my reservation for the duration.
The waitress, Missy, was incredibly helpful and kind. She recommended food and took great care of us with her service and checking in. She even got me a great substitute on my meal (Gorgonzola sauce for blue cheese).
The food was outstanding! Corn bread, shrimp, ceaser salad, au gratin potatoes, steak, crab cakes, and BBQ pork sandwich. I would highly recommend it all.
Very clean and friendly too.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Very delicious ribs, I like them because they don't have a lot of fat on them. The potatoes au gratin are the best ever too! And the beet salad is also very delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great place for a delicious meal.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Been here several time before. Food, service and atmosphere are always very nice!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This was our 2nd time visiting Carson's Ribs. The service is outstanding and the food is fantastic . We have found our new favorite restaurant when visiting Milwaukee. The servers and management team is great. Love this place. Hopefully will be back soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Consistently awesome! Great food, drink and service

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Carsons in Milwaukee was really good. The Mgr. John, took very nice care of us and the owner Renee Carson was a pleasure to meet. Would highly recommend and look forward to going back. Never had the greek chicken prior, because usually go w/ ribs...but the chicken was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent choice. "Jordanl was our server and he was great! Great service, good drinks, and overall very good!
Highly recommend

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We had a Groupon. It was well worth the money. It's down town in Milwaukee. Parking was right next to the restaurant and reasonable price. The food was great. The service was spot on. Everything was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Our waiter, Jessie was wonderful! Food was delicious. Definitely will be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Carson's is one of my favorite dining places in downtown Milwaukee. Great food, friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere. I had the filet, my wife the filet and crab cakes, both excellent. Mushrooms and au gratin potatoes, we started with the Wedge and Garbage salads. Simply outstanding!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Cow a bunga this place rocks. Absolutely the best place in town for charcrust steak. The asparagus, cheddar potatoes and extra slaw rounded out a great meal. Our waiter was super attentive with endless water refills. Never felt rushed. Sunday night was great for parking tho we have been offered a discount for paid parking in the area. Nestled right near the new Bucks arena.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The ribs were SO GOOD!!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was fantastic as always!! One of my favorite spots!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Went to Carson's for our anniversary and had some wonderful food. Great steak, very good shrimp appetizer and delicious au gratin potatoes. Then the TalkLoud group walked in. There must have been 12-15 people in this business type group and not a one of them knew how to use their inside voice. And the more they drank, the louder they got. And to add insult to injury our up to then wonderful server, "Missy", was drafted to help serve them. So, we ended up waiting a looong time to get our check.
This isn't the first time this has happened here so I'm really on the fence. Is the food good enough to put up with not being able to have a conversation with the person across the table? Should the management have put them in the empty private dining room? I'm leaning towards the "it's not worth it side". When you get seated near the bar you go through the same thing and we had to specifically ask not to be seated near the bar and then we got the TalkLouds. Oh, by the way parking sucks, really bad, because of the construction.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Everything was outstanding! Super salads, fabulous ribs and sides, and a gigantic piece of tiramisu for dessert. Wonderful experience all around.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Fantastic Groupon deal. Thoroughly enjoyed the Cosmos, Caesar Salad, the steaks with char-crust, cheesy potatoes and massive fudgy chocolate cake. Klinker Brick Zin was a perfect accompaniment to both the steak and the chocolate cake. Our server,Christi was good as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

EXCELLENT !! Love the "no rush" atmosphere. The food was amazing, too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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