Carson's American Bistro - Ann Arbor

4.1
736 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Contemporary American Cuisine
An eclectic American restaurant featuring a wide array of American favorites: Prime Rib, USDA Angus steaks, chicken, pork, fish, seafood and a variety of fresh salads. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces and patio seating available.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Vegetarian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 10pm, Friday: 4pm - 11pm
Saturday (Dinner only): 4pm - 11pm
Sunday Brunch: 10am - 3pm
Sunday Dinner: 3pm - 9pm

Happy Hours
Saturday Extended Happy Hours
(In the bar & lounge only)
Monday-Friday - 3pm - 6pm
Saturdays - 4pm - 6pm
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Phone number
(734) 622-0533
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Carson's in Ann Arbor offers a great location for private luncheons or dinners for up to 30.
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Private party contact
Scott Behler: (888) 456-3463
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Plymouth Road
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Public transit
AATA public transportation system
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 736 People Are Saying
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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Korinne was our server and was outstanding made our date night great!

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a good experience but not the best. The food was sub par and the service was slightly awkward. I love the iPad menus. It’s great that you can see mouthwatering photos of the food before you order it.
Unfortunately, the Pancetta Boursin Chicken that I ordered looked nothing like the photo. The chicken tasted good but the rest was just not good. The server didn’t service the table very well. She did not remove empty glasses and plates. She also did not ask if we wanted additional drinks. I would have ordered another alcoholic beverage but instead the server brought out the check mid-meal. We were prepared for a nice relaxing meal on a Friday night but fleet like we were rushed out. We will probably pick another rest next time.

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D
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food, convenient location, good value and nice ambiance. Looks like a major staff turn over recently and it seems they need to hone service a bit. Would go back!

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MT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent service and great food. I had the prime rib which was done to a perfect medium rare.

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Went Saturday night after the PSU game. Very busy. We had reservations and our table was ready on time. The appetizers we ordered were outstanding. Everyone enjoyed them. Wine list was nice. The entrees were hit or miss. I ordered crab cakes. They were fine but not really hot. The mashed potatoes were school lunch level. Cold, stiff, and served with an ice cream scope. Very little flavor. The vegetables were meh. Could have been frozen for all I could tell. My wife did really enjoy her fish tacos.

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service - they take great care of you! Especially with their great birthday deal - giving the birthday boy/girl their dinner FREE! The food is delicious; presentation and service are excellent! Highly recommended!

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s
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place. Nice staff

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SV
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed great food in an ambient setting on a Friday evening. I would highly recommend Carson's American Bistro.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Reserved a party of 5 for a birthday. We were seated at a table in the bar area, our waiter was so busy all night he really didn't have any time to pay attention to us. Everything took a long time, my wife ordered a glass of wine, which he forgot. We had to ask for more water after there were 5 empty glasses on the table for a long time, then never came back to check after that time. Our potatoes were actually cold, but I had to go up to the bar and wait to get waiter's attention, by the time more were brought, our food was gone, and the new potatoes were at room temp. We tried to still enjoy ourselves, keep things light, and enjoy the company, but by the time we were done, it was a relief to just be able to leave. It was quite a disappointment. I was told "it's busy because we have a party of 25 in the other room". Not very satisfying customer service at all. The food tasted good, but not enough to overcome everything else that just fell flat. Sorry.

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D
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good happy hour specials for appetizers and drinks

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NG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was quite good and the service was excellent-truly a successful experience.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Slow service - but good food and attentive waiter

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The staff was very nice. The food just wasn’t very good and it was pretty expensive for the quality that it was.

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AT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I did not feel like the quality of the food or taste was worth the price that we paid.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience as always! Service and food is exceptional.

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ND
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Really disappointing. Party of 2. Sat down at 6pm-didn’t receive our dinner until 7:15pm. We ate half and then had to take the rest to go to make an 8:00pm theatre curtain. If you go out to eat and don’t actually get to eat, that’s a fail.
The appetizer “tots” were under seasoned-wouldn’t order again. The fish entree? Fish was fine, fries were lukewarm, and their horrible blue cheese coleslaw lives on. Enough already.
Floor manager apologized and brought us a free beer while we were waiting for our food. Server was useless.
No need to go here again until they make major improvements.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was half empty at 8:15 on Saturday when we arrived. After being seated, the server took a long time to greet us. We ordered drinks. The server again took a long time to bring our drinks. While we waited we could see a majority of the waitstaff simply standing in the back and chatting it up, our server included. We ordered and proceeded to wait over 45 minutes for our meal; which was ribs (precooked), prime rib (precooked) and a salad. The server was nowhere to be found during the wait to even get an update. The food was hot and decent, but the lack of service and extensive wait already ruined the mood. The Prime Rib with Brussel Sprouts, Blue Cheese cole slaw and Salad were great, ribs were tough and mediocre. The issues with this restaurant seem like managerial problems, the potential is there.

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ZS
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is in a great location, the menu has a nice selection, ambiance good although the music was odd and too loud. Service very good although a lot of bumbling with wait staff. Overall very good.

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MT
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the prime rib. It was fantastic. It was the most tender prime rib I've ever had!

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RH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Appetizer were really good.
Main Course, Prime Rib large cut of Meat, but looked like it sat under Heat lamp to long, Meat
was very dry, Redskin potato were mashed but over cooked and very runny. Waiter said that looked normal.
(It wasn't normal) , Crab Cakes were ok, but also had Runny Redskin potato. very disappointed.

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RR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food! I tried the meatless hamburger and it was DELICIOUS!! The service was good. The waitress was fine, just I little slow in serving me. But overall, the ambiance is great and the food is excellent. A great place to sit at the bar and watch a game!

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JM
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Normally, golfing friends and I go to Carson's after a round at Leslie Park. The lunches normally are good so I suggested it for dinner with other friends during the week. The restaurant wasn't busy as most of us arrived around 5:30 p.m. I ordered swordfish with couscous. The swordfish was just OK, and the couscous had crunchy pieces in it. The server didn't bring the avocado/mango sauce that should have accompanied it, and I honestly forgot to ask for it. The wine prices were high for the serving size. Once the restaurant got a little busier, our server's attention diminished. I did tip her 20% but afterwards was sorry I did as the food and service didn't warrant it. I don't think I would go for dinner there again but probably still would go for lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Took my mom out for what would have been my parent's 64th wedding anniversary. Blissfully hers was the only meal that turned out well, even though she had to send back the prime rib because she asked for medium and it was rare.

My brother ordered the chicken and waffles, only to be told nearly 15 minutes later that the waffle machine was broken. He ordered the fish tacos instead. The result was gloopy, and according to him, "not very good."

My husband and I both order the shrimp and grits. His arrived hot, mine had a skin on the gravy and was cold. They obviously microwaved mine and then brought it back as the small sample I took out of the frankly underwhelming grit cake was evident when it returned. The gravy itself was overly salty and for a mushroom sauce, one pathetic slice of mushroom was included.

When the manager stopped over to ask how our meal was and I told him, he seemed pretty disinterested.

Overall not worth the $$ it takes to eat there.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service

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Y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

One of the better restaurants in Ann Arbor. The food and service were excellent.

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JM
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, great service, wonderful food, reasonable price

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C
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Always predictably okay. Location and wait staff seem to be best assets.

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoy Carson's very much! I highly recommend it.

Filet and Prime Rib are outstanding, as well as all the desserts!

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T
Detroit
49 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance at Carson's is as good as the cuisine. The only wrinkle in this particular visit is that it was my guest's first time there, and her prime rib really wasn't that good. Everything else, however, was great, including the waitstaff, Manager, etc. I would still return to this restaurant for special occasions. I just wouldn't take a chance on the prime rib again.

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J
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for our business lunches - and they have some of the best gazpacho I’ve had.

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BS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carson's American Bistro Ann Arbor is all around excellent, our favorite local restaurant. Great menu with something for everyone and very flexible on meal personalization, attentive and exceptionally friendly servers and staff, and great tasting meals. Our personal favorites are the prime rib, ribeye, chopped salad, bison burger, brussel sprouts, spinach and artichoke dip, chicken paillard, macaroni and cheese with bison burger, baked sweet potato, carrot cake and too many more to list here. Carson's is our first choice for both casual dining and special occasions, especially family celebrations for groups large and small. Enjoy!

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TJ
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The kitchen was backed up and we waited nearly 45 min for our entrees. Each of our four entrees was lacking flavor. The meat was dry and the sauces didn’t correspond well with the entrees. We have had better experiences in the past, but don’t recommend it at this time.

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OT
Toledo
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

First time - very good - we’ll be back!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and accommodated all 8 of us.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding are sever jace was outstanding also.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing special. The restaurant seems to believe they are a high end steak house. They are not. It is all OK, but nothing special.

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PK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Wish we had one in St. Louis. MO

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G
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We've been to Carson's many times and it's a regular place for us to enjoy dinner with friends and family. The recent evening that we were there, we must have had a wait person in training. He lost our drink order, or said that the bar lost the ticket, then When delivering our soup and salad, accidentally underbalanced the tray and dumped the two chocolate milks (in lidded styrofoam cups- thanks goodness) into the corn chowder. Fortunately, it only spilled some of the soup into it's saucer. My dining partner was good humored about it but the service suffered the whole evening. At one point, when we asked about our delayed drink order, we were told that a large party arrived and that's why no one was attending to us. The place was not crowded.
This experience will not keep us from going there, but come on, Carson's, you can do better!

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s
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I've been here several times and each time I've had some minor issue with their service. My list includes waiting a very long time to get the check settled, being inattentive about beverages, and the meal arriving just after the salad was served. Today the lunch fresh catch salmon was very good but the portion was very small, 3-4 oz. And the couscous side had zero flavor.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at a great price.plus the service was outstanding are sever was great

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