Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Deerfield

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Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue is an AUTHENTIC classic Chicago dining experience. Family owned and operated with love since 1977. Conveniently located in Deerfield IL. Carson’s serves hearty delicious portions of 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. Wine Menu. Lovely interior has Exposed Brick, Fireplaces, Cozy booths or Tables. Perfect for date night, family dinner, business meal, and celebrations! Come see why Carson’s diners include Presidents, Athletes, Celebrities, and Countless LOYAL Barbecue devotees over 41 years. Carry Out - Catering available. America’s #1 Barbecue RIBS.COM

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💞 Everyone adores Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue Deerfield for Valentines.💕 Please book early via Opentable or by Calling direct 847.374.8500 for a delicious memorable dinner together. Our family owned and operated restaurant loves 💗 serving you. Thank you for your business 🌹 RIBS.com

Friday, 14 February, 2020

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JT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was delicious , table of six by the fireplace for our out of town guests . They loved it all !

W
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

As a frequent visitor to Carsons the food is Excellent usually, this visit the silverware was dirty, Chicken was undercooked and the waitstaff spilled a cup of coffee on me. Highly unusual for this to happen.
Just very very disappointed on this visit.

JO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We were looking forward to visiting an old friend, Carson's. The ribs were dried out, not much meat on them. Three of the 6 ordered ribs all bad. Salmon was sub-par. Even the au gratin potatoes were dried.
The cobb salad was the only thing decent after requesting some shorted ingredients. Perhaps eating at 8 pm was too late for them.

LK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter we had was impeccable! He was attentive, cheerful and asked thoughtful questions. He made our Christmas dinner wonderful. The food was outstanding. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas and Hannuakah. Thankful Carson’s was open on Christmas Eve!

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Ribs came out ice cold and waitress was never to be found

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Deerfield
Responded on 31 December 2019

Dear Carsons Fans and Friends, We sent a private message to this Anonymous person who left a 1 star review. We asked details and further information. The guest did NOT respond or reply. We are a family owned and operated restaurant and we care very much about our guests. Please don’t ignore us when we ask for info to improve your dining experience. As they say, “ If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We always appreciate useful feedback to improve and get better

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VP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best coleslaw!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service

AL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

We wanted pork chop and the server told us they were out of them. It was a Saturday night. Probably their busiest night of the week. Pork chops are also one of their top menu items. They should have had plenty more in house not to run out of them on a Saturday evening.

Also, we requested to sit in the bar area and it wasn’t available and they said we could wait. We waited for a long time to watch them seat smaller parties at tables that could have been pushed together for our party. It wasn’t very smart of them.

BH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I took eight friends for my birthday. Our table was ready when we arrived. Our server was ok not great but also not bad. All our meals came out at the same time and all were hit and correct. I thought $28 for a slab of ribs, potato and coleslaw was on the high side but they were very good. It was noisy but I do expect it to be quiet. Overall everyone in my group was pleased.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were able to accommodate our group of 15 and put our two tables next to each other. They also gave us individual bills with the tip added in which worked out perfectly.

T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Unfortunately we started off on the wrong foot.....when the reservation for 8 was made we requested the large round table to the left of the hostess desk. I also called that day to confirm that we would be getting the table requested. When we arrived we were told that we could not have that table as it now was reserved for a party of 10. So we were upset, but since this dinner was to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday & our upcoming 50th wedding anniversary , we accepted the smaller round table by the bar.
The hostess did offer a round of drinks on them to make up for the issue.
Fortunately the waiter kept clearing the table in order to make space for each entree & the gifts that were presented by my family for the occasion. Also unfortunately my son ordered the prime rib sandwich & was told about 15 minutes later that Carson's had run out of Prime Rib. It was a Sunday at just past 6:00 6 PM & the steak house already ran out of Prime Rib?? All things considered this was not the best Carson's Ribs dinner my family & I had experienced over the past 20 years of dinning there.
Most likely it will be quite a while before we book any "family dinners" there.
I will say that the food was great & our waiter was the best.

OT
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food. Excellent service. Group of 7. Treated like family. Birthday celebration and was made to feel special!!
Moderate prices. Easy parking.

SB
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall it was a great experience. Our server was great!

GD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

Been here many times. I do not send food back. The server asked how I wanted my pork chop which I’ve had numerous times and I said medium rare. He said medium and I said again medium rare. It was practically burnt but still okay.

LH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I booked it as a birthday but when the meal was finished the waitress asked if anyone wanted dessert? No cake or birthday cupcake. Very disappointed

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and professional service. Very nice evening

RG
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Is is a classic smaller bar bbq, but nicer place. Great classic Carson’s liver spread cheese spread. Great service, most times we have gone. Great food and drinks.
Only draw back is limited large tables. And kinda close quarters. Would be much quieter, if we were not there😊

JD
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We had a great time, the food was as good as the first time we went to Carson’ Rib in downtown Chicago and every other time since then.

r
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Chopped liver a bit dry
Out of double baked potatoes
Ribs were good
Cole slaw was like soup

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Waitress did an outstanding job, made dinner very enjoyable. Food is consistently good but coleslaw serving size appears to get smaller and smaller over the years.

TM
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still the same quality ribs and au-gratin potatoes that have been served for many years. The chopped liver is always a treat.

MK
Tucson
82 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the service. We'll be back!

BD
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great. Server was excellent with 4 small children. Food came quickly and hot.

m
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food is always good. In the summer it is really nice to sit outside. Waiter was very attentive.

CH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious! Out for a friends birthday

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! We celebrated a birthday and could not have asked for a better meal and service! Wonderful!

M
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone did a fantastic job.

RT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

GREAT PLACE GREAT FOOD I WILL BE BACK.
Great place for things like birthdays

F
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

8 of us were celebrating a birthday. It was as good as always.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Food is still great, terrible waitstaff practically ruins experience. Get better waiters might as well been served by one that should be working at Steak ‘n Shake

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our large family had a delicious dinner. The service was great highly recommend

b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Carson's is consistently delicious. The ribs are not the fall off the bone type but they are flavorful and cooked to perfection. The sauce is the best I have ever had. I always get a salad instead of the coleslaw because I love the thousand island dressing but my family loves the coleslaw. The Au Gratin potatoes are perfect and very cheesy. Carson's is one my favorite restaurants.

SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

We had a reservation for 8, and 8 adults were squished into a table for 5-6, and our chairs were touching the chairs of the tables on either side. The bar was directly next to us where people were loudly cheering the Cubs game. There was no place to set down the huge menus when the appetizer arrived so we had to set them in our laps and eat over them. There was no room on the table for all the dishes without removing the bread plates. The food was good and served hot. Too bad we felt like sardines. I love Carson’s BBQ but would hesitate to ever go again with more than 4-5 in our party for fear that the same situation would happen again. Glad we didn’t have any elderly relatives with us.

TF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service , great food & healthy portions - everyone in the graduation party loved it!

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Deerfield
Responded on 18 May 2019

Hello TheFlow. Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue Deerfield really appreciates your 5 star review. Thank you so much for your business and taking your time to highly rate our service, food, and portions. As a family owned and operated restaurant, it means a lot to us when our customers are happy and enjoy memorable events such as graduations with us. We will definitely look forward to serving you again! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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L
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friends getting together. What a great place.

d
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No place like it! You walk in and the restaurant smells delicious. The ambiance says it’s going to be a great experience! The food is excellent...the service is fantastic! We go once a week and look forward to a wonderful evening. Best on the north shore !

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Made reservations for my Mother in Laws 70th Birthday. Was not happy that we had to be separated into two tables This was supposed to be a celebration and not sitting together to celebrate and all talk to one another was a huge disappointment. If I had known they would have set it up this way I NEVER would have made a reservation and had the party there even tho it is her favorite Made reservations for my Mother in Laws 70th Birthday. Was not happy that we had to be separated into two tables This was supposed to be a celebration and not sitting together to celebrate and all talk to one another was a huge disappointment. If I had known they would have set it up this way I NEVER would have made a reservation and had the party there even tho it is her favorite restaurant.

RP
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our food, service and table was great. The waitress was absolutely good. Would go back again and I will recommend this restaurant.

H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service as always. My in-laws drive in from Michigan just so we can take them to dinner here.

KW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Because of the reservation we got right in! The food and service were phenomenal. I enjoyed the Mediterranean Salmon while a couple other in my party raved about the pork chop. The ribs were also delicious.

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