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Carson's

#369 of 8,465 Restaurants 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.
(312) 280-9200
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Today
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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food

I've always heard of the venerable Carson's and it was okay. Their ribs are good -- but I like my Texas style barbecue better. A bit pricy too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
drawknob
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Dallas
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Dallas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I've always heard of the venerable Carson's and it was okay. Their ribs are good -- but I like my Texas style barbecue better. A bit pricy too.

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Evanston, Il
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89 reviews 89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I have been major fans of Carson's Ribs for years. Our only regret is that two locations closer to our house closed, and it's now a bit of a schlep to get to Carson's. The ribs are extraordinary, the au gratin potatoes are wonderful and the steaks and chicken are very good. If I'm in a non-BBQ... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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138 reviews 138 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Sorry, but I was expecting better. These aren't the best ribs. Service was mediocre, menu was average and the atmosphere was so harsh...didn't feel comfortable at all.

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Was in for Sox fest 2015 with a good friend of mine from Phoenix. We decided to head over around 7PM and sat at the bar. Dean Jr pours a very good drink and has a complimentary chopped liver and a cheese spread plate placed in front of us with some fresh rye bread and crackers. The food is top... More 

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Three of us went to dinner. I had ribs, they were very flavorful. One had beef brisket, still raving about it. One had steak and ribs, enjoyed both. Server was attentive and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Arrived early, no real bar to wait in. Seated promptly at reservation time. Decor is more traditional and comfortable, not modern and trendy. Friendly service. Salad, ribs, tiramisu were great. Carson's Cosmo was fantastic!!!! Worth going for alone.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

had an excellent meal here with my wife a few days ago. Char rusted rib eye was fantastic. Service good. Good atmosphere. Felt a little uneasy walking there from mag mile. Get a cab..

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Monza, Italy
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Every year, this grill represents one of the main important chicago restaurant of my coulinary trip, where to find a different variety of beef! The ribs and black angus New York strip represent the best course of this restaurant and each plate is combined with the best coleslaw of Chicago.....SHOULD BE TRY! The price is not too high considering the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

For the last 5 years, we have met friends at this restaurant for dinner on the 1st Saturday of December on our way to the Moody Church's Christmas Carol. Food is always good but the service this year was poor and it was not the fault of the lady who served us, the problem was that she was also in... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Ribs were great, the waitress lovely, the price not too high. The place is a little too dark, for my taste, but just my opinion ;-)

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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: (312) 280-9200

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?