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Carson's

#235 of 7,763 Restaurants in Chicago
#256 of 8,516 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Near North Side
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612 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Ontario)
Clark St bus, LaSalle St bus, Grand Avenue bus.
+1 312-280-9200
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A Chicago institution since 1977, Carson's is the place visited by...
A Chicago institution since 1977, Carson's is the place visited by presidents, America's favorite athletes, stars of TV, the big screen, and literally millions of BBQ devotees. With hearty portions and a no holds barred attitude of offering only the finest quality available, Carson's promises to be a fabulous dining experience. For those seeking the best in an undeniably American dining tradition, Carson's is a must!
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Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I call it upscale BBQ dining

You have many BBQ options, this one is a nicer establishment. We had a groupon and it made me feel guilty for all the food we had, so trust me the ribs are good leftover too. We had a combo of BBQ chicken, ribs and the charcrusted pork chop. I like that I could order a single serving of pork... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Ellis_NC_IL
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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65 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Went on a trip which also included the Willis Tower, this was as part of a tour group, so may not be a tour you can "buy". Go very hungry to this restaurant , husband had the "combo" ribs and chicken , I had the salmon. Both were delicious , I can recommend the Au Gratain potatoes ......really yummy. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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257 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

You have many BBQ options, this one is a nicer establishment. We had a groupon and it made me feel guilty for all the food we had, so trust me the ribs are good leftover too. We had a combo of BBQ chicken, ribs and the charcrusted pork chop. I like that I could order a single serving of pork... More 

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Pennsylvania
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Melt on you fingers? Well, stick on your fingers! Yummy, and it has been that way for decades. I really don't know what to say except when stuck near downtown Chicago, and hungry, Carson's for Ribs wins.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I lived in Chicago for two years and one of the tried and true is Carson's. It isn't overly fancy and for some it can feel too dark, but the ribs are outstanding and pork chops are fantastic as well. I certainly recommend it, especially for the ribs!

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My wife and I visited Carson's during our trip to Chicago. I got a nice half slab of ribs, which was delicious and moderately priced. She got BBQ charred pork chop which was cooked very well. We also had tiramisu for dessert which tasted terrific. Our server was very attentive and polite. While we were there on a monday night... More 

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Griffith
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

It was a nice dinner. Nothing spectacular. The BBQ was average. Family of four it was 120.00 plus add 10 dollars for parking. The ribs were good. The steak was over cooked. Chicken was okay. The ice cream sundae was good also. Nothing was amazing just good. Wouldn't go back but it was nice try it once.

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Folsom, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I had their ribs and they were really, really good. I usually don't eat ribs because of the mess but every other patron was clearly enjoying their meal so I ordered them. Part of the experience is the ambiance of some restaurant from Goodfellas. It is pretty dark inside with a lot of memorabilia on the walls. I was kind... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Worst service ever!! The waitress forgot about us and once I asked the waitress about the food she said she forgot and got too busy with other customers. I asked for the food again and she apologized and then went and helped out a different table. I was only noticed when I left and went up front to talk to... More 

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New york
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

I had high expectations, returning 20 yrs later to what I thought was the best ribs I ever had. Alas, I was somehow disappointed. Not that the baby back are not good, but the recipe seems outdated, with so many new chefs and restaurants giving a new twist to this american classic. I did eat well and licked my fingers,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Visiting Chicago for the first time from Sydney, I thought I will try the BBQ ribs here and went to Carson. The ribs and the BBQ chicken were really tasty and tender. The corn bread was hot and taste excellent. On the top of that the service was very good and professional.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 612 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
    (Ontario)
  • Public Transportation: Clark St bus, LaSalle St bus, Grand Avenue bus.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-280-9200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Families with children

Description

A Chicago institution since 1977, Carson's is the place visited by presidents, America's favorite athletes, stars of TV, the big screen, and literally millions of BBQ devotees. With hearty portions and a no holds barred attitude of offering only the finest quality available, Carson's promises to be a fabulous dining experience. For those seeking the best in an undeniably American dining tradition, Carson's is a must!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?