Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

4.6
537 reviews
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Barbecue
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  • Good for a Date
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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

Special Offers

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 8 January 2019

Ends: 9 January 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 16:00-22:00

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: 19 November 2018

Ends: 20 November 2117

Availability: Mon-Thu 16:00-18:00

What 537 People Are Saying
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TK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food! Everything was excellent. The noise level was fine.

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GB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Well decorated, food was, service a little slow

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DG
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ribs were delicious. Enjoyable dining experience.

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CR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. Ribs outstanding. Wait staff attentive. Moderate noise level -- was able to hold a conversation across the table which was terrific. Unimpressed with potato choices -- a little bland. Overall a terrific experience.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place, best ribs in town. Fabulous service. First stop when in Bucktowm.

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall amazing (as always)!! This was my first time dining in at the new location, I’ve done the carry out. I’m convinced I’ve found a new venue when I want to escape the reality of life—the river view dining room is to live for! It’s a tropical escape.

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j
Denver
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Carson's was what I expected. Good food, a nice restaurant and a decent selection of types of food. The BBQ was excellent.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This was my first visit to Carson's and it was for my birthday. The ambiance was classy and the food was delicious! I definitely enjoyed the turf & turf w/ au gratin potatoes!

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TM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service & food was delicious. Will definitely be going back. Our waitress was very sweet & helped us get our food out fast because we wanted to see the fireworks show at the pier. We didn't make it, all because our uber driver was lost so we were late to dinner, but we honestly didn't mind because we enjoyed our time dining here.

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s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Food was good but not great.

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i
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We selected Carson’s to celebrate our 34th anniversary. They did not disappoint!

When I visit Chicago, this is one of the three restaurants that I try to visit.

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LI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Carsons in Streeterville! Awesome!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

quick service. Ribs were outstanding, hot but not mouth-burning

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The only negative aspect of the entire experience was the ownership's policy of refusing to issue separate checks within our party. There were four couples in our group, some were drinking, some were not, so the differences in each bill was significant. The waiter told us that they would accept separate credit cards, but that necessitated us getting out calculators and figuring it all out ourselves, a complicated and very awkward situation. We dine out quite frequently and have not experienced an establishment with a policy of refusing to issue separate checks in several years. In fact, many restaurants we patronize initiate the question. Otherwise, everything was perfect - the food, ambiance, reduced parking, value. We would have said that this was a perfect experience with this one exception.

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GB
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food for a treat
Nice atmosphere, excellent waitstaff

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was very nice . We were treated great . Food was excellent.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A ton of food and very well done. Service was phenomenal. Note to any lovers of well-done meat: don't go. Head to the nearest Applebees and save yourself the embarrassment.

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GG
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good meal and dining experience. Excellent menu selection. French onion soup outstanding! Went in thinking I would get steak, but ended up ordering BBQ, and glad I did!

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FW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Best cornbread ever. Also really loved the coleslaw. We all had the ribs which were cooked to perfection!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were late, the hostess seated us with no problem. The food was awesome, the quality has been the same for over 20 years.

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C
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Large pork chops, very well smoked. Ribs moist and charred nicely.

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JG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Family celebrating the Fourth

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Prime Rib especially good

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excelente muy rica la comida 👌muy amable los meceros, queríamos mirar el partido de soccer durante la cena y muy amablemente nos contaron donde avía un tv y nos pusieron el partido Chile 🇨🇱 vs peru 🇵🇪 excelente , regresaría mil veces y lo recomendaría 👌

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The same as it ever was...and that’s a huge compliment!!!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent, and the staff was very attentive.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Loved the atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a variety of food selections. Appetizers were delicious. They have a cornbread on the appetizer menu to die for.

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MS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wife s birthday, best ribs in the country

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Not very busy but initial greeting and drink service were slow. Beef was mediocre. I’ve been there before on a weeknight. Food was better.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have a guys weekend every year in Chicago. Every year our Saturday night is spent at Carson’s for dinner. Consistently an awesome time!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. Will go again next time we are in Chicago.

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VJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Vacation/family birthday

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S
Milwaukee
43 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Carson's drink and dinner special is amazing. You get to enjoy their delicious ribs on Monday and an excellent cocktail for a great price. I had a dinner salad and that was also amazing. They consistently deliver great service and food!

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful new location with all that we had come to expect from the River North location. We visit Chicago as often as we can (over the past 20 years) and when we can't make it, we order to have it shipped to our home in Buffalo.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Ribs were disappointing(not tender).wife's prime rib under cooked

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AP
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything we had was fantastic!! Food & service was impeccable....would absolutely recommend Carson's to everyone in Chicago!!

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JJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always top notch. Very great service.

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SA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sam our waiter was great

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was great as usual. Carson's always goes out of their way to make it a great experience.

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p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We ordered the half ribs, very tasty and it was just a perfect portion, with fries and coleslaw we didn't need take home container. They have a very nice bar too!

I do recommend

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