Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

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Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue is THE AUTHENTIC Chicago classic dining experience. Family owned and operated with love since 1977. Carson’s serves hearty portions of delicious 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 and Wine Menu. The interior is lovely~ exposed brick, Fireplaces, Cozy booths, Window tables of Ogden Slip Riverfront. Perfect location for date night, family dinner, business meal, or BIG wonderful celebration venue! Come see why Carson’s diners include Presidents, Athletes, Movie stars, and Countless LOYAL Barbecue devotees for over 41 years. America’s #1 Barbecue RIBS.CO
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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

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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 620 People Are Saying
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CJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I travel to Chicago I will definitely make plans to have dinner at Carson’s. Simply splendid!

P
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really appreciate the regular lunch menu on a Saturday rather than being forced into a brunch menu like so many other venues.

PP
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was terrible. Expensive and no flavor. Too many good reswtaurants in Chicago to eat here. Overpriced

AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great overall experience! First time at their new location & our server, Betsy, did a great job taking care of us. 👍😊

M
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Ribs were delicious as always. The ambience is very cool. Service was excellent. My only issue was the drinks. The pour was probably the among the weakest in Chicago. This is my first visit to the new location. The bar was very friendly before at the previous address. This is Chicago and Carson’s is known for steak, ribs and chicken- give a generous pour!

C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my Grandson’s Birthday. It was during lunch and everyone was very nice and great service.

SB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is an absolute must if you are visiting Chicago and you are looking for authentic Chicago cuisine. Carson's has been around for decades and hasn't varied from their roots beyond enhancing their menu with a few new items to complement their beloved staples. You won't find better ribs, steaks, crab cakes, or chicken anywhere. The best cole slaw I've ever had AND basically any type of potatoes who would want. My favorite are the au gratin which are tender & cheesy and baked in their own individual serving dish. Nice drink menu and bar area, comfy booths & a water view overlooking Odgen Slip. If you don't have room for dessert consider taking it "to go" for later. They are outstanding as well. I can't wait to return....

EA
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered their Mediterranean pork chops and they were the best we have ever eaten! Great combo of EVOO and seasonings. Highly recommend them.

EO
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, friendly service and outstanding ribs and au gratin potatoes.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was wonderful. The booths felt very private without being stuffy or uptight. My only complaint was that my ribs were very dry. The steak was delicious though!

CC
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still the best ribs in Chicago. Friendly atmosphere, excellent sides and very attentive staff. Visiting from St Louis, had not been there in ten years, very happy to find my food memories were fulfilled.

E
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing place. Perfect steak, beautiful ribs and those crab cakes!!! Rounded out with excellent service and great venue. Thoroughly recommended!

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You always receive a good quality meal at Carson’s. My must stop when in Chicago.

JH
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to Carson's for a 2-person business meal at 5:30 PM. The food was good (but not outstanding), and the service was good. As the restaurant became more crowded, it was a little difficult to hear.

EC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

BBQ is too over sauced. It would be great if sauce was served on the side

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hi Eric. Feel free to request with your waiter your bbq sauce on the side and or your ribs served dry anytime. Plenty of customers do it that way and we are happy to accommodate our guests preferences. Thank you for dining with us and we hope to see you again to accommodate any special requests you may have. It is our pleasure.

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RN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another successful birthday at Carson’s! The ribs ARE THE BEST. Definite Chicago jewel.

JI
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary. Staff was very attentive.

C
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Little family party for my birthday,everything was great! I am a life-long fan of the old Carsons on Ohio and this was my first time here to this new location -will be back for sure!!!

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

One of our best dining experience near navy pier! The carb cake and rib are delicious. Love the taste of the mushroom. The portion is very generous and the price is reasonable. But nothing can beat their tiramisu. We finish it in 5 minutes! Will be back to try the other desserts!

J
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ribs in an upscale environment

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best of the best local landmark restaurants. Carson’s has always delivered an exceptional BBQ Dining experience.

MT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant description mentioned great views....all I saw were leaves. I'm not sure where the tables were for great views. I asked for a table with a view and like I said, trees.... The baby back ribs are ok, I don't like a lot of sauce and the ribs had plenty of sauce. The twice baked potato was ok, not piping hot, just barely hot. The tiramisu was pretty good. The cornbread is served like a pie and very rich. It was good, just make sure you have plenty of people to share it with.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hi Michelle. I researched your reservation and found you did not request a window view or any view for that matter. I see you were sat at a booth in our river room across from our large picture windows with a view of Ogden Slip (which all our other customers love) since other tables on the window were taken when you arrived and you put in a request at the desk at that time. In the future, please feel free to let your server know your prefer your ribs dry next time. We can accommodate that also.

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AG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great Sunday night at the bar! Kevin (I believe) was very helpful in assisting us with our order and he was SPOT on! The pork chops were outstanding!

DZ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the newer location and he food is always fantastic.

FL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious but we were rushed through ordering and meal. No time to enjoy a drink before eating, dinner delivered while we were still eating salad, all food was on table at same time, bread came out with dinner rather than with salad. Server was very nice but overly attentive adding to being rushed. Floor manager stepped in to also clear table along with busboy etc. No need for this especially because restaurant not that busy. Three course meal and cocktails in one hour fifteen minutes. Not good for a $150 meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Everything was very good the atmosphere, the food and environment, however, our server was very indifferent not engaged,sort of going thru the motion. It made us very uncomfortable as if it was us that made him this way. It ruined that part of the evening for us.
Don't know if we will be back.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was great, the service was even better!! Chay is very friendly, engaging and wonderful to speak to. We enjoyed our time. Thanks, Chay!

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gentleman that waited on us was phenomenal! We'll make this date night destination number 1.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Carson's has the Best TIRAMISU ! The atmosphere is great and the food was excellent.
Chef Al

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Basic restaurant - if this is famous BBQ I want to know why? nothing special - ALSO make a rez - even if the place is empty they will not give you a table - I went there several times while I was in Chicago, I was working nearby and it was convenient - luckily after my first time going - I learned and would make a reservation on Open Table on my walk over to Carson's and did not have a problem.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago
Responded on September 17, 2019

Too funny. This customer states in their review they come to our restaurant over and over again. WE know EXACTLY why they kept coming back.... because our restaurant is AWESOME and serves delicious barbecue and steaks. They showed up night after night and even made reservations to guarantee a seat Sat night 9/14/19. Believe it folks! Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue is FABULOUS. Come see for yourselves! Reservations are accepted. It’s our pleasure to even serve crabby people.

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DK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Carson's Ribs. The new location is so open and bright and the staff is amazing!!

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites for Ribs. Our server was wonderful and so was the food. Thanks for another great meal Carson's.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Chicago and at Carson's. The food was delicious and full of flavor. I had steak and cake. The steak filet was juicy and tender. The cake had a nice crunch followed by juicy crab with a hint of some spices, maybe jalapeños 🤔 And, the cole slaw was definitely the BEST I've ever had. I now know why it's an award winning cole slaw. Ambiance and decor was inviting. I will be back and definitely reccomend it 😁

ST
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was one of the best recommendations I've ever received!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Salmon cooked perfect. Waitress, Helena was great. Drink, sidecar was terrific.

PC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took customers to lunch and we had a great meal in very nice area looking out at water.

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best meal I’ve had in a long time. You have to get the ribs

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!

ST
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carson's was beyond our expectations. Great Chicago steak and prime rib at a very reasonable price.

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not my first time eating at Carson"s and it wont be my last. The food is always good and the prices are fair. I have paid more at other restaurants and got less. I always take something home from Carson's. The ambiance is nice. It can be a classy or party type atmosphere depending on when you go and what events are happening. You can sit at the bar or sit at a table or booth. Very nice view of the lake. Parking is quite nice........$10 parking directly across the street for 3 hours. No need to drive around searching for a parking space or an expensive parking garage. If you go early enough Navy Pier is just steps away. The only downside is that the booths are very tight for someone with a belly like myself....lol!

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