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

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

🥰 Dad’s favorite family dining tradition. Delicious Father’s Day Meal at Carson’s Ribs! 🕺🏻Reserve your table early. Reservations for this special day go quick. Please call Carson’s directly for large groups 414-223-3311 👨🏽‍🦰 Carson’s is family owned and operated with love 💞 RIBS.com

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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MV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

My prime rib was burnt when it came out. It tasted burnt. I did not say anything because it was late and my appetite was ruin already. I’ve been to many steak houses and this one by far a disappointment.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Rekindling date. That went great!!!

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S
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Celebrated a birthday during Restaurant week. The ribs and filets were cooked everyone's delight.
Service was very good. The restaurant is relatively small and the noise level is a bit too much for me, both from patrons and the music background level. I wouldn't suggest going there for a business meeting.

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TS
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was awesome and Chelsea was a great server! We will be back!

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ML
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carson’s was once again excellent. We enjoy the location, great service and great food.

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SB
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I usually have great service but on this day it was a bit off. We waited for about 10 mins before we were greeted. Once we were seated, we had a waitress that wasn’t very attentive. I’ll just blame it on the fact that it was downtown dining week.

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was gracious, as was the host! The food was great and a good value. We came early and were seated right away. We were never rushed.

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DN
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation, were greeted by an outstanding, friendly host
and we were seated upon arrival. Our lunches were almost dinner size!
I was almost full after the huge Cesar salad!!!
I enjoyed the most tender fantastic Greek chicken and potatoes. My husband
swears the barbecued ribs were the best he has ever eaten. Serving sizes were huge, take-out boxes offered, we really enjoyed another meal the next day! WE WILL BE BACK !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great deal for Downtown Dining!

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LK
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ventured in for our first visit during Downtown Dining week. The food choices were outstanding! Our group chose the steaks and the ribs, different potatoes and salads prior to the meal. We were all more than pleased with our choices and generous portions. Great service, excellent food....we will be back!

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MO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Let me begin by saying how fantastic the food was. I didn’t care what anyone thought about me sucking the sauce off my fingers. I nearly licked the plates clean too. (See pic)
Me eating the food was a great experience! My experience at Carson’s not so good.
The one good thing was the lunch host. She had a spot waiting for me at the bar with a place card that said reserved. When I was sat, I noticed the heads turning to see who that spot was reserved for. TBH, it felt good. From there on the ball was dropped, several times. I was disappointed that they were only offering the limited menu. When I asked if I could see a regular lunch menu anyway, it was never brought to me. You see, I didn’t just want cornbread or a salad as an appetizer. I wanted something different. However those were my only 2 options. Now my server never introduced himself to me and never gave or offered me water. I finally asked for it and got it with my dessert. When I placed my order, It took 10 minutes for the cornbread to come out. Then a minute later the entree arrived. If I was really having the cornbread as an appetizer (it’s not an appetizer it’s a side) it would have been an issue but I was having it as a side anyway so it was fine. Oh and don’t say you’re offering 3 courses when it’s really just one course with 2 sides. I don’t consider a side of potatoes or broccoli an entree. (That was offered as a 3rd course but came out on the side, because it’s a side not a 3rd course)
After I finished my meal I sat there for 8 min with the dirty dishes still in front of me. Then the check was dropped off without a single dish being removed or being offered dessert. I had to tell the server I wanted to see a dessert menu to which he replied, “we don’t have one,”and rattled off my options. I ordered the cake that came straight from the icebox. I took it to go so it could thaw out for me to enjoy at home. I did.
Upon leaving neither of the 2 at the host stand bothered to look up or say a word.

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BZ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

had lunch with co-worker during downtown dining week. it's probably the best value out of all restaurants during DT week. food is delicious and the meal can easily feed 2 people.

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S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our downtown dining experience at Carson’s was great! We had friends from out-of-town that joined us, and no one was disappointed! We were all happy with our menu choices and the waiter was very attentive! We will be back!

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JW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went during Downtown Dining week, so the menu was a pre-set menu. My husband had the BBQ ribs, which were a little dry, but otherwise good. I had the filet and it was cooked perfectly and one of the best steaks I've had in a long time. The side items were delicious. We finished our meal with a piece of Tiramisu, which was wonderful. Our waitress was nice. We sat near the bar, so the ambiance wasn't great, but it wasn't too loud either. Overall, I would go back and recommend to a friend.

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m
France
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

There was some confusion or overcrowding at the beginning of our arrival so our exact reservation time could not be accommodated however the manager made it right server took great care of us food was really good there's a real Buzz about that place but the two women in our party of five complained about the booths felt they were being swallowed up disappearing from the table because of the cushions or whatever on the booths

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JB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I wasn't impressed on this visit. It was restaurant week and they were busy, it was noisy and I needed to send my steak back.

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P
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner at Carson's for Milwaukee Downtown Dining week and tried one of the specials. Had an excellent charred 10 oz fillet with wedge salad and Greek potatoes. Service was exceptional and the meal was great. Drinks are a little pricey but it evened out.

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Our server Dave was most outstanding. Thanks again and see you soon.

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OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Carson's in Milwaukee. We had a terrific experience. The service was great and the food was wonderful. We will be back. Would highly recommend Carson's for Ribs or Steaks.

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TG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We only went because we remember the last time we went it was amazing. Very disappointing never got the drinks we wanted. Very small menu when the website has a full menu so my husband and I looked at that before coming in. There should be communication if small menu. It consisted of nothing we wanted. Food was very bad tasting very upset that we paid 35 per plate. Will not be going back after that

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TQ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, I ordered the 1/2 Greek chicken, so tasty with the green and red peppers and the seasonings was on point, my spouse enjoyed the BBQ baby back ribs, and the sauce was delicious. Oh my, the cornbread and cheesy augratin potatoes are soooo good. We will dine their again.

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RP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we always enjoy the food at carsons. The ribs are tasty and chewy and the sides coleslaw (very fine), corn bread, au gratin potatoes (yummy) and broccoi ( could be cooked at little more) Service was good an timely with refills up to date

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E
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The choices for Milwaukee dining out week were excellent. I really liked them all and grateful for the healthier chicken entree.
Service was excellent . The quality was huge. I took the ribs home for dinner that night so I had a double enjoyment. I definitely
Will return especially when I am super hungry.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended the ballet downtown.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Good food, I ordered a medium rare steak but it was very rare, the flavor was still good. The waitress was unattentive (despite the restaurant not being busy) and left our first course on the table when delivering the second course (which came out immediately after) there was no room on the small table for everything, she had a hard time setting anything down but didn't offer to remove any dishes either. The atmosphere was strange, kids running around and very loud obnoxious guests yelling and facetiming in the restaurant. Overall a mediocre experience, it was not worth the price.

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best steaks I have every had. could not get enough

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CL
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitors, but not the last time. Ribs were nice and chewy. Perfectly seasoned. Can’t say enough about the potatoes au gratin. They were a waiter recommendation. So creamy and cheesy. My only gripe- wish the ribs came with a couple of wet wipes.

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DP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Our waiter even brought hot towels to clean up after ribs.

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The lighting in the ladies room is to dark. I can hardly see myself!

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BB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is consistently outstanding 😋

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service!!

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t
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to go. Food was high quality. Atmosphere was very pleasant.

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a
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Han absolute wonderful meal. The Pork Chop was amazing only outshined by the Ribs. Coleslaw said Award Winning and it was one of if not the best I had ever tasted.

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AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!!! The Caesar salad and hamburgers are great!!

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i
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I visited for our anniversary. It was a Sunday night and a bit early so it wasn't very busy and relatively quiet. We started with cocktails and appetizers - the crab cake and french onion soup and both were amazing. My husband got the steak salad which had a generous portion of steak and a ton of bleu cheese, while I ordered their giant prime rib (available only on the weekends), with a side of scalloped potatoes and coleslaw. I couldn't event get through half of the prime rib, or the sides, but thought they were all excellent. We finished up with coffee and key lime pie which was the perfect end to a wonderful dinner. Our server was attentive and very friendly.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee
Responded on May 29, 2019

Hello. Thank you so much for dining with us at Carson’s Milwaukee and taking your time to write an awesome 5 star review of our food and your dining experience. We are thrilled you enjoyed it so much. As a heads up for future reference, please note we prepare our delicious prime rib fresh EVERY day and serve it until runs out. Feel free to call in advance of your visit to have some saved for your table if you plan to come later at night. Thanks again for choosing Carson’s. Happy Anniversary 🥂💕

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Mediterranean pork chop is unsurpassed.

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved our Anniversary Dinner at Carson's. The food and service was outstanding.

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M
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Wish we were seated closer to the dining area instead of the bar area since it was a special occasion. Will try it for more casual dining.

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SK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet was delicious! As were the bbq ribs and NY strip. Our waiter was great! Celebrated our daughter’s graduation from UWM.

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RE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really the best food I had and at a Reasonable price. The wings where exceptional and pork chop was the best I ever had. For a pleasant time and great food you should try it.

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