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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

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$30 and under
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Barbecue
YES! Carson's is OPEN for patio dining! From everyone at Carson's, we are excited to welcome back our beloved guests. Thank you for your loyal support.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carson’s was amazing, I love the new location

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vipJulie
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was wonderful to dine inside again. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the food was great as always.

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TashaM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to dine.
Beautiful new location!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Our steaks were unfortunately overcooked to the point they were charred on the outside. The manager was very nice enough to bring us newly cooked steaks that were less over done but still pretty overcooked. Just wish the food was a little better since we were celebrating a special event

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We had a reservation but a table wasn’t available. We choose to sit at bar so we wouldn’t have to wait an additional 20 minutes for a table. The bartender was very attentive but it’s hard to have a conversation when sitting at the bar. It was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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ChicagoDee
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. This location is
beautiful!

Great social distancing practice

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so good. The service was excellent and they were great in taking covid into consideration.

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vipHectorR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to get out again and enjoy a dinner with family.
Food and service was great. Staff wore masks and social distancing observed.

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vipJMac1
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bone in pork chop is the greatest and potatoes au gratin is a must have!!!

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vipDeniseK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening to celebrate my mother’s 80th Birthday. Thank you

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vipStuart
Chicago
128 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Waitstaff was excellent very efficient

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HannahM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sampler (pork chop, ribs & quarter chicken) and salmon!

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vipPattyO
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Carson's every year to celebrate my husband's birthday. We have lost count on how many years, but it is a never to be missed outing. As always, everything was wonderful!

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vipDennisG
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific food. Well run restaurant. Excellent service.

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DrEthel2014
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my first visit to the new location and I LOVED it! Much bigger, loved the fireplaces, and the decorum of the restaurant made you feel like you were at home! And as always, the ribs are the BEST in Chicago! You can't come to Chicago without visiting Carson's Famous BBQ!

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vipWilliamS
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy their ribs and good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Although I hate to post this, the food was just mediocre. The ribs were very dry and because we were so hungry we just ate them. Yes I regret this and I have to admit the manager did ask if he could get us more (our bad). My point to posting this is "don't stay quiet" and YES they are good people and YES I will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like the location. Parking directly across the street for $10 with coupon given at restaurant. The view on the river side is awesome. The ambiance is appropriate especially on a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! The food was great, I wish they had more locations.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you for the great review! We currently have two other locations. One is in Deerfield, Illinois at 200 North Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL 60015. The other is in Milwaukee at 301 West Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203. Come back soon!

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BenL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, ambiance, food. I’ll come back again and again!

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vipShed
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant and Chicago classic. Ribs are always great, but don’t miss the chicken.

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Mirza
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome waitress. Food was pretty good. I don't understand the one onion ring thing, but other than that great place.

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vipPrincess1
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always come to Carson's Ribs but, this time my Greek Chicken wasn't tasted like no seasoning was on it! I was very disappointed because I was looking for some delicious food as alway when I come to Carson's Ribs. I was so upset with my Greek Chicken I took it home and try to reseason it.

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ErinI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing drinks. Fast service. Great for date night. We got the steak and cake, which was everything! Also, the sampler - the pork chop and chicken were phenomenal.. the ribs were just alright. We will definitely return but next time hopefully get a better seat (we were across from the kitchen window where you can see extra linen piles and people taking a quick break.. just kind of an eyesore). I guess I’m just complaining about nothing because literally everything was amazing! Also, where can I buy a gallon of their bbq sauce!!!

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DanO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested a quiet table for business meal during a busy All Star weekend. They were so accommodating despite us being late. All around great meal and will definitely be coming back.

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WymanD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great, very close to our hotel, A Loft and the plus was I was able to go shopping at the Target a block away. Lol.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. The staff were pretty nice and the ambiance was comforting and intimate. There was also half price bottles of wine, so I was fortunate to stumble in during this special. I placed a reservation on open table for a birthday date. The waiter was well knowledgeable of the menu even though I've been here once before. They even brought out a sweet birthday treat at no charge. Very courteous. Parking was also a breeze since the garage across the street was $10 for three hours if validated at the restaurant.

Overall, the food was great and I couldn't find anything to nitpick about the restaurant. Highly recommended if you're near Navy Pier and are in the mood for Chicago barbecue or steak.

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DanielleT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food, drinks, services and prices! I will be back.

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vipGiovanniL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is good. Ambience is pleasant. We had a reservation but it seemed to count for nothing. Still saw a lot of people being sat before us and were made to wait a considerable amount of time past our reservation. Other than that it was a good experience.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hello Giovanni. Thank you for your compliments on our food and ambiance. We are confused however about your reservation comments. I researched your reservation. Our system is computerized and detailed which shows you had a 7pm reservation and checked in 16 minutes late at the desk. You were then sat 14 minutes later a 7:30. Unfortunately when you are late on a busy Saturday night this could happen if we don’t know if you are coming still. Please give us a call next time you are running late.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection on the the restaurant week menu. The food was as amazing as I remember from our first visit there at the previous location. This time we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and the staff knew thanks to the reservation details from open table and even brought us Champaign and said happy anniversary to us. The start of our 3 course meal was served very expediently and each course afterwards was perfectly timed. The ambiance was spectacular, very upscale looking but very inviting. Still even have the original Carson’s bibs.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and service

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vipcheirH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love food and service!

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vipGray
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Carson’s for lunch.....full menu available, slightly lower than night time, and same pristine execution of food and friendly staff . Love my new home away from home

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JemillexB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing lunch experience overall. Thank you for our server I forgot her name she mentioned about Chicago Restaurant week.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Carsons never disappoints. I haven’t been to Carsons in about 2 years and almost forgot how delicious their food was. Peggy was our server and she was awesome. Very attentive and great with conversations

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vipEatalot
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, except my wife thought her ribs were burnt and wound up scraping off most of the burnt sauce.

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vipLadiair23
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They ran out of pork chops ( the main reason for coming) and desert. Was not that happy

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FoodLover
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

The food was not good. We wanted a well done stake and porkchops and the waitress recommended for us to order medium well. The food ended up being way too raw and we did not eat it. The side of broccoli and the side of mushrooms was tasteless we did not enjoy it. The salad was good and the cornbread was delicious .

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and we enjoyed it so much!

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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 280-9200.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago is rated 4.7 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

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