Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

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Barbecue
Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue is the authentic classic Chicago dining experience, family-owned and operated since 1977. Carson’s serves hearty portions of delicious, slow-smoked award-winning baby back ribs, BBQ chicken, pork chops, generous cuts of prime rib, filets, ribeye Delmonico, and Prime or Black Angus NY strip steaks. Favorite dishes also include cedar plank salmon, Mediterranean shrimp, crab cakes, homemade corn bread, award-winning cole slaw, old school shrimp DeJonghe, generous salads, homemade dressings, burgers, and decadent desserts. Full bar and wine menu. The interior is modern and warm: exposed brick, fireplaces, cozy booths, and window tables viewing the river front at Ogden Slip. Perfect location for a date night, family dinner, business meal, or a BIG wonderful celebration venue! Come see why Carson’s diners include presidents, athletes, movie stars, and countless loyal barbecue devotees for over 42 years. America’s #1 Barbecue is here. RIBS.COM
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LIMITED TIME 🤗 Carson’s Dinner and A Drink Special

Dinner and A Drink Special Back by Popular Demand! Carson’s Ribs Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue Restaurant of Chicago serves the Best Deal in Chicagoland! 😋 Enjoy a fabulous dinner of America’s #1 Barbecue for a limited time which includes a cocktail 🍹 or glass of wine🍷for only $23! (Tax and Tip not included) Make Reservations today: ribs.com/chicago or call 312-280-9200 M-TH 4pm-Close at Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 8, 2019

Ends: January 9, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-10:00PM

Fabulous Downtown Chicago Happy Hour Specials!!

Amazing Drink Specials M-F from 4-6pm. Enjoy Delicious (At BarTop ONLY) Food specials Daily Noon-Close. We also offer The Best Deal in Chicagoland -Dinner and a Drink $23 Special Menu Mon-Thursday from 4 to close. Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue located 465 E Illinois St (Streeterville) on Ogden Slip in Downtown Chicago. Ribs.com

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 19, 2018

Ends: November 20, 2117

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 751 People Are Saying
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WS
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy their ribs and good service

OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

P
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.

EI
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!!!

DO
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.

WD
Charleston
1 review
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.

OT
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.

DT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GL
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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OT
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.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and service

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

Love food and service!

G
Chicago
109 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

JB
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.

OT
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

E
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.

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

FL
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 .

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and we enjoyed it so much!

B
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for the ribs but the cornbread coleslaw and cheesy potatoes are also awesome!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun time and cute atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Our server Patrcia was fantastic!

M
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure. Perfect venue good food and of course ribs!

FD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local restaurant!

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DZ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambience, very clean, attentive staff.
A nice place for special occasions.

There was a slight miscommunication with my order, but it was amended to my satisfaction.

KP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A table with a view of the Chicago River was available and a lit candle for my bday were sweet touches. Great experience , great food.

G
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the backroom overlooking the river.....a room with a view. Fernando and Jason were attentive and entertaining and chef did NOT disappoint with the featured pork chop meal!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Birthday Lunch

A
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great contemporary space with moderate lighting. The ribs and sides are consistently mouthwatering. The drinks are mixed well and not watered down. The wait staff is always friendly, yet professional. Our only problem was that we were told our party of 9 was too large for the Monday special, even though we've enjoyed it in the past with groups of 5 and more. If there is a limit it should be posted on the website. It was a disappointing start to the evening.

R
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit. I decided to check them out for restaurant week. It was a pleasant surprise. They have a lovely traditional steak menu and they also have a great priced bar menu

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The cornbread was so delicious! We ordered the pork chop and ribs and they did not disappoint!

DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is great. The decor and bar area are outstanding. It looks like there is outdoor dining along the river when the weather is suitable. I’ll definitely return again.

MH
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wondering! Everything was great! Glad we went to try it will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location and view

P
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Can always count on a consistently good meal. My husband chose the restaurant week lunch special which offered quite a few selections. A shout out to our server, Betsy U, who was just superb. I have had thousands of restaurant meals and she is in the top 5 for sure.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Went here for dinner with fiancé and family for restaurant week. Food was fantastic, but service was slow. We were here for over 3 hours total, and though we did not specifically have anywhere to be, the food seemed to take longer to be served than it should have. Server was very nice and friendly and the manager even was observed checking on other patrons as well as us.

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