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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee

4.5
4.5
1285 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
For dine-in reservations, please call (414)-223-3311. For take out, please visit us at ribs.com.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 223-3311

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kim Baldwin

  • Catering

    Contact our Party Planner Nick directly at (323)540-4888 or email him at nick@ribs.com

  • Private party facilities

    Contact our Party Planner Nick directly at (323)540-4888 or email him at nick@ribs.com

  • Private party contact

    Nick@ribs.com: (414) 223-3311

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    N Old World 3rd St

  • Parking details

    We offer $12 Valet. We also credit you with a $10 beverage credit. Validate with the manager, please.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,285 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. M

    Michelle

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The waitress was very good & accommodating and we were in a window booth. It was lovely but there was a trio at the bar and the woman was too loud and often in the aisle bothering patrons, some wait staff & my husband and I. The food was just okay. My steak was very good and hot but the ribs & side were good but lukewarm. No real excuse for that as we got there before really busy. It was not up to its reputation this time.
  2. D

    Deano

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous server- would go back just for that ! Manhattan was outstanding as was the Wedge Salad. The Prime NY Strip I ordered was more medium rare than the Rare Plus I ordered- the steak was trimmed well and a truly great looking piece of meat. Unfortunately it lacked flavor and the texture was a bit off. The onion rings were subpar. I have had the filet there previously and I will go back for that and the Wedge Salad for sure.
  3. CG

    CharlesG

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Made us feel like the restaurant was open that day just for us!
  4. r

    ruruchicago

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thanks to the on duty manager, Ben? and our waitress Chelsea for making our dining experience very enjoyable. It was evident there was a lack in service personnel and we waited for over an hour for our food, however there were 15 persons in our group, the manager accommodated us within the same section, checked on us regularly to ensure everything was going well, wished me a happy birthday as we were departing and assisted with serving our tables. Food delicious. No valet parking available on Saturdays and Sundays, difficult to locate.
  5. CD

    CollegeDad

    Milwaukee

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Carson's has been my family's goto place for quite sometime whenever we craved meaty ribs, large porkchops or Salmon. Tonight was my fourth visit in just this year alone. I can eat a lot of food and typically a half slab of ribs has been plenty, especially since the meal includes a side and coleslaw and our family typically starts by ordering either a soup or a side salad. Even during COVID and with past shortage of servers, Carlson's had always kept up its service, portion sizes and quality of food. Tonight was a lot different. The portion of my half rack of baby back ribs was tiny compared to any prior visit. 3 of the tiny little baby backs in the rack had no meat. My wife ordered a Caesar salad with Salmon and was disappointed too with the portion size and quality of her Salmon. I would have complained but we were out with another couple and we had picked the restaurant. As for our service, our meals were served while we were still eating our salads so I and our guests had to move our salads onto our dinner plate because there was no room for another plate. Between food deliveries, nobody approached our table to see if we needed anything. I had to ask another waiter who was serving another table for another glass of soda at least twice. Please note that I did see a lot of servers, and the place was half empty. I am not sure if this is a one off, but I am now very unlikely to return which would be sad because we have always enjoyed our meals here and have been repeat customers.
  6. MA

    MarkA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A perfect "10" until the bill arrived. Total was approximately $200, but an 18% tip was already added to the bill. There was another line on the receipt to add a tip. We almost added an additional $50 until we realized the tip was already included. This is deceptive and borderline sleazy. Regardless of the food and service, we will NOT be back. Ever.
  7. D

    David

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service is always great!
  8. m

    mandy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Grown up with Carsons, love their ribs. This trip was disappointing, One of our slabs was not edible, they fixed. However, Service was so bad that it ruined trip. Ordered bread, all good. Ordered entree asked if want salad. My husband ordered and they asked if want before food. He said yes. It came out 30 seconds before food, then we were not checked on. Had to flag someone down for everything. To go box, waited for 20 mins for check, had to flag someone. Never asked if wanted refill or another glass of wine, dessert, was a mess and then automatic 18% tip on bill, maybe that's why no service.
  9. BS

    BrianS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service was great, unfortunately the food was cold
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Experience
  11. RW

    RozW

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Everything was great!! Server was excellent and accommodating. Mediterranean shrimp was excellent! Didn't care for the lights going so dark. Although we had candles. Would visit again!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  13. T

    Turtle9275

    Naples

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Brought entrees before salads, had to send them back. Then brought entrees back while still eating salads. Felt like we were being rushed. Pace of serving was too fast, though it was friendly and professional.
  14. CM

    CorrieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a nice dinner before an event at Fiserv service was great food was wonderful.
  15. N

    Nina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, atmosphere was like no other and our server Jacob was outstanding
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    When we arrived we had expected to be seated at.a table. However we were told we had booked four seats at the bar. That surprised me as if I did it was not my intention. The four seats at the bar were right by the entrance and was difficult to have a conversation. Disappointed as Carson’s is our favorite restaurant in Milwaukee (and Deerfield) always a must stop!
  17. CN

    CarieN

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    had an amazing meal Steak kabab, creamed spinach not something i would ever pick however i would order it again every time!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The steaks were unbelievably good. They just had a birthday party that was kinda loud. Besides that it was fun.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  20. L

    Lmw22

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good ambience and food!! Will certainly come back.
  21. JT

    JoeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived at 5:30pm; restaurant not very busy and quiet (very busy when we left at7:30p). First, service was excellent. Waiter (did'nt get his name) was very knowledgable of menu which was very important to us being first time diners. Both my wife and I are very light eaters and therefore order smaller portions. We were visiting with our nephew a 2nd year student at MSOE and a big meat eater. My wife ordered the crab cake and corn bread which she said wasdelicious & excellent. I ordered a combo BBQ rib (about 7-8 ribs) and an 8 oz filet mignon. My meal was also excellent and the steak was cooked to my liking, medium rare. Being a light eater I ate all of the filet but coudn't finish three of the excellent ribs which my nephew took to finish at his dormitory. I've had a hard time getting my steak cooked to my liking at many steak houses. My nephew really enjoyed his meal, the 16 oz strip (prime) also cooked to his liking, medium rare. All in all a very great dining experience for the 3 of us.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a great time! Our server was the best part of the experience!
  23. JD

    JasonD

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We love Carson’s! The Crab Cakes are absolutely phenomenal!
  24. GB

    GailB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went last week for downtown dining and enjoyed it so much we made the reservation for yesterday while we were there the first time. I will definitely dine there again, even without the fabulous downtown dining week prices. That was a wonderful wonderful lunch. I was nervous to try salmon at a steakhouse but it did not disappoint to the point of ordering it both times.
  25. t

    torbie65

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was quiet. Very nice. Classy place. Excellent food well done.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific meal and great service. It was a perfect evening.
  27. DB

    DeannaB

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Day date for downtown dining. The service and food were all outstanding. Could have done without the loud people near us and wish we had been seated elsewhere but we didn’t let it ruin our experience.
  28. f

    foodie

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a pleasure eating at Carson’s. Great to go on Friday or Saturday when they have valet! Otherwise almost impossible to find parking nearby.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service was great but the food was incredibly average which was disappointing as it’s certainly not an inexpensive spot to dine.
  30. K

    Kathy

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening/dinner at Carsons. Our favorites are the ribs and the Mediterranean pork chop. We went for Milwaukee downtown dining week this time which was great value. Our server Steven was very friendly and we had a chance to talk a bit (probably because we went earlier dinner to avoid the crowds/noise). Also highly recommend the edge salad and Caesar salads - the salad dr4essing are very yummy/flavorful. Food cooked to. perfection.
  31. XW

    XWFK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The food was disappointing especially due the price. Famous Dave's is better for cheaper. The dessert was really good and customer service wonderful.

    Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - MilwaukeeResponded on September 12, 2022Thanks for giving us a try and compliments on service and dessert. For the record, Famous Dave’s sells st. louis style rubbed spare ribs which are a lot fattier and half the cost of baby backs then charge $31.50 in a casual atmosphere. On the other hand, we sell loin racks of slow smoked bbq babyback pork ribs in an upscale dining experience with no preservatives, chemical, or rubs for $34. It’s not really a fair comparison, but we wish you well in your future dining.

  32. MS

    MargaritaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    The food wasn’t great. Service was not there, server didn’t ask if food was good or anything. Didn’t get all food off we ordered. Wouldn’t come again.
  33. N

    Nancy

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We choose Carson’s for dinner because I really wanted ribs. Best decision ever. The ribs just fell off the bone. The entire meal was very satisfied. I would highly recommend Carson’s for dinner it’s amazing! ❤️
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I really like coming to Carson’s. I usually prefer to go alone but it was a really nice date. My date’s steak was a bit overdone, but he really enjoyed the crab cake and his manhattans. I had the caesar salad which is classic, and the Kim Crawford was also a good pair.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. It was not too busy and the waitstaff was attentive to our table. I would return there. The only issue was that the steaks were ordered medium plus but came out rare-ish. They went back in for a few minutes and came out perfect.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My mom’s birthday
  37. p

    pmargi

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at Carson's since the pandemic. Food was great and service was awesome! Our server, Steven was amazing and made our birthday dinner extra special. Looking forward to my next visit.
  38. CB

    ChristineB

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Salmon was delicious. Chicken was great. Loved the Caesar salad. Bread ~ delicious. Beef Brisket was fatty and a skimpy portion. Service was very good.
  39. Y

    Yummy

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I wish our waiter would have brought out the bibs with the salad to avoid have olive oil spatular over my dress from the Greek potatoes. I ask for one after that happened. Lol That was the reason for the 4 Star on service. Otherwise I love, love, love Carson! So yummy and nice dining experience vibe!
  40. I

    Ilka

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent. The service was lean, however. Out waiter started the evening by telling us he is actually a bartender, so patience was needed. He did fine. He was able to mix excellent drinks.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee using the Order Online button. Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 223-3311.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee is rated 4.5 stars by 1285 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee

301 West Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Old World 3rd St

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer $12 Valet. We also credit you with a $10 beverage credit. Validate with the manager, please.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kim Baldwin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 223-3311

  • Catering

    Contact our Party Planner Nick directly at (323)540-4888 or email him at nick@ribs.com

  • Private party facilities

    Contact our Party Planner Nick directly at (323)540-4888 or email him at nick@ribs.com

  • Private party contact

    Nick@ribs.com: (414) 223-3311

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