Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

4.7
1178 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
A Chicago institution since 1977, Carson's is the place sought by millions of BBQ devotees year after year. Our dedication to hearty portions, homemade family recipes made daily from scratch, and our no-holds-barred attitude toward the finest quality makes it no wonder why Carson's is America's #1 BBQ.

Our authentic slow-smoked BBQ baby back ribs are the star attraction at Carson's, but other must-try items include BBQ or Greek Chicken and Chops, USDA Certified Black Angus and Prime Steaks, exceptional salad dressings, scratch-made potato sides, Award-Winning Cole Slaw, shrimp, and salmon.

Located conveniently just steps from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue, Carson's is situated on the beautiful Ogden Slip of the Chicago River in a cozy and tastefully renovated warehouse space with exposed brick and wooden beams that are over 100 years old.

Come see why Carson's is a quintessential Chicago landmark restaurant for over 40 years.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As usual you can’t go wrong dining at Carson’s

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pault
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was great. The occasion was an anniversary and carsons's made me and my husband feel very special. We will be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Best ribs in America

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vipLuisD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Dad’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience I had was AMAZING!!! From beginning to end everything was perfect. The drinks and food exceeded my expectations. They made my partners birthday very memorable. Will definitely go back.

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PauletteH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding. She made the experience even more pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was pretty quiet in the restaurant. Our waitress was super nice! The drinks were great!

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TiffanieC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing Bartender Jake! NYE dinner was sooo good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and the food is good staff are super nice

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itzsoeze
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to the staff and especially Tori for making our Birthday dinner special!

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JoshuaW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time since they moved to this new and comfortable location. Very pleased. Nicer surroundings but same excellent food and service.

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JONATHANK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Carson's is a classic established restaurant that maintains a family feel. It rarely disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from food/vibes/service was great. We started with the loaf of bread, then got the shrimp De Jourgne and French dip as our entrees with creamed spinach and twice baked potato. Everything was delicious. One of our new favorites!

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vipTmarie
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

My family and I had not been to Carson's in years and decided to patronize the new restaurant location for Christmas. The food was good, but the service was not. Our waitress/hostess was not attentive at all and the restaurant was not very crowded. We tried to be patient, but it was too much.

We couldn't get condiments in a timely manner, water refills, cocktails or side dishes. When it came time to pay the bill, we waited over 30 minutes. Eventually, I had to take the bill to the manager in order for it to be paid. I later realized I was charged an extra $5 on my bill.

Nevertheless, my family and I were disappointed . The manager gave us a free dessert, but we still left feeling dissatisfied. By the way, we were there for 3.5 hours. That's how long it took for us to get everything after waiting for our waitress to check on us. She came to our table every 30 to 40 minutes.

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JimW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the prime rib. The quality of the meat was excellent and it was cooked to perfection. The staff were very helpful and efficient. Everyone in our party really enjoyed our Christmas dinner at Carsons. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena comida a un precio muy adecuado ya que la carne en Chicago es muy cara. Es un local superior a la media. Buen ambiente, decoración y servicio. Muy recomendable. Las costillas buenísimas.

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JACKIE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and made better by our server. She was accommodating and on top of her game. I applaud Carson’s for adding the gratuity and look forward to the day they provide all their workers with benefits.

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GinaM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I have not been to Carson’s ribs since they moved from wells, I was very disappointed in the service as well as the lack of knowledge about their menu and what steak I ordered. The ribs were good as always. I don’t think I’ll be coming back with the whole family for Christmas Eve ever again.

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VanessaA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

They were out of several menu items. The steak was ordered medium but was over done. Very noisy when setting up tables but the staff was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement

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MarkO
London
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first night in Chicago and what a way to start. Steaks and ribs were both amazing. Very friendly service too and nice atmosphere. Thanks

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vipRuby1114
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I’m never disappointed by Carson’s. They consistently deliver wonderful food, perfectly prepared, beautifully presented, with great service in a gorgeous space. A true chicago classic.

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vipluv2skianddrinkwine
Grand Rapids
43 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate a birthday, picked this restaurant from reviews. The ambiance and staff were great. Be careful about calling your liquor because they were very pricey. I ordered a bbq pork chop and it was OK nothing to write home about. The creamed spinach had and unexpected kick, so we didn’t like and mentioned to our waitress. Her reply was I like spice…weird. My husband had bbq ribs and a twice baked potato both were good. They gave us a delicious hot chocolate brownie for the birthday celebration but brought it out way before my main meal was done. So we felt we had to indulge early because the candle was burning down and the ice cream and whip cream were melting. I’m not sure I would return when in Chicago again?

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vipHannahM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the ribs are great!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The Greek chicken was great!

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312dweller
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and our server was great. Food is consistently good every time I come here.

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CherylB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about this Restaraunt is great! You will not be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DaDiva113
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Christmas party

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MoeY
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always I winner!

We miss your comp chop liver appetizer!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The food was excellent and the service was too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

La mesa que nos asignaron estuvo buenísima, al lado de la ventana al fondo del salón, en un ambiente más tranquilo. Las costillas estuvieron ricas pero la carne no destacó.

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Leonor
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I love this place. My filet mignon wasn’t as great as the first time I had it. Gonna have to make another visit soon to try again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Is all you really need to know. If you aren’t eating here then that’s on you! You will not be disappointed!
Go gogogogogoogo!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere, good service and meal was very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great Experience. Food taste great even the next day reheating it. The ribs are alway good but me and my husband fell in Love with the beef brisket.

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PattiC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We arrived at 5:00 for cocktails with a 6:30 reservation. Did not get seated until after 7:00pm. One person in our party was a diabetic and could hardly wait another minute to eat. I saw a table for 7 empty at 6:30 and yet they gave it to someone else.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
Responded on December 5, 2021

Hi Patti. Customarily parties aren’t sat until everyone arrives since uninvited guests sometimes show up or fewer guests arrive and the table needs to be enlarged or reduced in size. I see in the notes 2 people came 1 hr and 37 minutes before the 6:30 reservation and sat at that bar until all guest arrived. At what time was your entire party complete? Please keep in mind we do serve full menu at the bar had you needed a snack for someone diabetic. Thank you for dining with us and the feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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vipSTEEL4140
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food as always

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