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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.

Executive Chef:
Kim Baldwin

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

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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
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Pre/post Theatre (16)
Casual (16)
Business Meals (15)
Fun (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Romantic (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
People Watching (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (7)
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Notable Wine List (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
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Organic (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our fourth time eating at Carson's. As usual, amazing. Food and service were great.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our first time at Carson's. Steaks and ribs were very good. We enjoyed the food and the experience. We're likely to return again at some point in the future.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

What a great place, waiter was very good, nice seating, when there to have the chargrilled pork chops that i kept hearing about. When they came out it was like WOW, 1 lb each and cooked perfect! Could only eat one and one went home with us. What a great chop, will be back for that again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great location. Consistent good food, oood fish of the day. and service. Very good desserts. Of course don't forget the ribs

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Our food ticket didn't get to the kitchen until an hour after we ordered. So the waiter and manager apologized and told my date and I that our food would come right out. However, due to the "rush order" on our food, the meal was "over-cooked". I kindly asked our waiter to have them remake our meal and the chef kindly did (with better quality and tenderness). SOo, even though the date started off rough - the staff and management went above and beyond to make things right!! My date and I left, very satisfied with our meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was my first time at Carson's.
The food was very good. I had the Steak and Crab Cake. I am not rib eater;
but my husband is and he said they were cooked to perfection. Our waitress Sam had an energetic and polite personality. She was very good at her job. We need more waitresses like her.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Way over priced! Not impressed at all. The water was outstanding tho.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic ribs and steak. I would highly recommend this place if you are in the downtown Milwaukee area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good time, but very cold in bar area. Also, it would be nice to offer valet service for parking.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

We went out there for Christmas dinner never been there all we had was a nasty tasteless steal me and my fiance augratin potatoes that was cold as ever and one drink our bill was $114.00 Applebees would of been better and for only 40.00. Only nice thing was out waiter and I would never recommend anybody horrible just horrible worst Christmas we had

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We visited on Christmas Day for dinner. Carson’s had a good vibe and was pretty crowded given the day.

Food - much better than expected after reading reviews about tough ribs and so-so steaks. Our ribs were smoky, and flavorful with a perfect texture. The prime NY Strips were excellent although they lacked the char that a 1,500 degree broiler can provide. Still a very tasty steak! Salads, apps, and drinks were all very good.

Service - our waitress (Sam) was wonderful. Our party of six included a one year old who was not interested in sitting quietly throughout dinner. Sam was very accommodating without making us feel like she was being put out.

Experience - we thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas Dinner at Carson’s. If we are in town again next year, I wouldn’t think twice about a repeat visit!

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was a Christmas eve dinner and was very nice. Service was great by staff and we had a great night

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 21, 2017

dressings are so good they should bottle and sell them!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was decent. Service was solid. Definitely more expensive than it should have been.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a very nice lunch and the food was fabulous. The server was very helpful and offer great food suggestions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We came early and thankful we did as there was confusion with our reservation. Luckily the staff did not skip a beat and actually sat us early. The service was by far the best I have experienced in Milwaukee in a very long time. I went with my son, celebrating his birthday and we had plans to see a show after. We did have a Groupon and they were more than happy to help us with that, and cater to our dietary needs (dairy free). I thought the steak should been seasoned a tad more, but overall the cut and cook was good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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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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