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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago, Chicago, IL

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

4.8
4.8
1323 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
A Chicago institution since 1977, Carson's is the place sought by millions of BBQ devotees year after year. Our dedication to hearty portions, homemade family recipes made daily from scratch, and our no-holds-barred attitude toward the finest quality makes it no wonder why Carson's is America's #1 BBQ.

Our authentic slow-smoked BBQ baby back ribs are the star attraction at Carson's, but other must-try items include BBQ or Greek Chicken and Chops, USDA Certified Black Angus and Prime Steaks, exceptional salad dressings, scratch-made potato sides, Award-Winning Cole Slaw, shrimp, and salmon.

Located conveniently just steps from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue, Carson's is situated on the beautiful Ogden Slip of the Chicago River in a cozy and tastefully renovated warehouse space with exposed brick and wooden beams that are over 100 years old.

Come see why Carson's is a quintessential Chicago landmark restaurant for over 40 years.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 11:30–23:00 Sun 11:30–22:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 15:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    (312) 280-9200

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Kim Baldwin

  • Catering

    Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue now has a beautiful event space to host large parties. Our Classic Chicago River Room can be reserved for large private events for complete sit down dinners with a private bar. The River Room has lovely views of Ogden Slip and City lights, exposed brick, wood beams, picture windows, tablecloths, waiter service, full bar and wine list. Aside from our River Room, we have a fabulous large stand alone private dining room table perfect for elegant celebratory occasions. Carson’s is an authentic Chicago family owned and operated restaurant since 1977 which delivers a PERSONAL TOUCH hard to find elsewhere. We serve Delicious Award Winning Barbecue, Prime or Angus Steaks, Chops, Chicken, Shrimp, and Salmon. Desserts, side dishes, and cornbread are also HOMEMADE. Large carry out orders are available for pick up. Please contact Party Planner Nick (323) 540-4888 You may also feel free to contact owner Dean Carson at 773-310-1000

  • Private party facilities

    Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue has beautiful event space to host large parties. We welcome you to contact us to discuss your party needs and reserve your important date.

  • Private party contact

    Nick Herrera: (323) 540-4888

  • Area

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross Street

    Lake Shore Drive

  • Parking Details

    3-HOUR SELF PARKING AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $10 at Downtown Chicago in Streeterville. Self-park directly across the street; enter on Illinois Street at Parkview Garage - 456 E Illinois St. The garage is UNDERGROUND below One Bennett Park. Please validate your ticket at Carson's front desk at the end of your visit. For questions, call 312-280-9200.

  • Public Transit

    CTA 66 Chicago Bus - Eastbound toward Navy Pier | Take the CTA Red Line "L" to Grand & State, then walk or bus 7 blocks east on Illinois Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,323 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Sheek

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is top tier! You’re water is filled every time you take a sip and the warm wet towels after dinner is AMAZINGLY satisfying. Food was amazing and the River view gives a nice vibe.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Let me start off by saying the food was wonderful as always. We have been here many times as we live a few blocks away. Our waitress was also amazing! Cannot say enough good things about her. However, we were a party of 11, and were seated in the main dining area. A party of 11 people is going to be at a certain noise level. The host came by in the first half of our meal (before we even got our food) and said we needed to keep it down and we were being too loud, that we could have a good time but on a quieter level. It was just very awkward and kind of rude in the way it was brought up, there was no real apology for it and our entire group felt incredibly awkward for the rest of the meal. We felt we could not actually enjoy ourselves because we were going to get in trouble again for being too loud. I’m not sure why such a large party was not seated in the back corner (there was space). It just felt rude and confrontational, and soured the experience for the entire table.
  3. H

    Happydiner

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was good and food was great! Have already made a reservation to go back soon.
  4. m

    mikeb

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ribs were great but the biggest surprise was the Greek lemon potatoes. They were crispy, and full of flavor. Didn’t think I could get them all down after a full rack……but I did. Lol The service was attentive, polite and informative. Will definitely eat here again on another trip to Chicago.
  5. VB

    VinceB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the Best place in Town for steak and BBQ!!
  6. TK

    TomK

    Chicago

    100 reviews

    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food service and getting better
  7. CJ

    CuyahogaJan

    Cleveland

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. This is an iconic restaurant.
  8. JH

    JulieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Carson’s was great! The food was super hot, service was exceptional, and prices were fair for downtown Chicago. Beautiful setting, close to Navy Pier. Would definitely recommend!
  9. RR

    RuckRecommends

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Awesome server and service and damn good bbq. Also, best wings We’ve ever ordered. Would def eat here again! It’s not brilliant, just really good. Can’t go wrong.
  10. C

    Chenise

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance.
  11. DM

    DeenaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great experience!! Food was delicious, staff great , restrooms clean!!
  12. NM

    NigelM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, great service, great food. Pricey, but with generous portions and great service it's well worth the trip. Strongly recommend for bbq or any special occasion. Numerous vegetarian/vegan options as well.
  13. D

    Derek

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed my Father’s Day meal! Great size portions. I haven’t been here in 30yrs, it’s always had a special place in our family. Glad to be back!

    Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - ChicagoResponded on 20 June 2022❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Love this post Derek! Happy Father’s Day from ALL of us at Carson’s Ribs of Chicago. We really appreciate your coming back to enjoy a great with us! 💯 Thank you for your 5 stars ⭐️ and compliments ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing! Great service as well!
  15. SS

    ScottS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal served by friendly and professional staff. They accommodated a late arrival on one of their busiest days and we appreciated it very much!

    Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - ChicagoResponded on 21 June 2022Thank you so much for this excellent review of your Father’s Day experience at Carson’s Chicago. We are thrilled you had a 5 star time with us and complimented our service staff so nicely. As a family owned and operated restaurant, it makes our day when our guests compliment our workers. Thank you again Scott. We really appreciate it and your business. ❤️

  16. H

    darbiH

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service!!!!
  17. F

    Fig4food

    Austin

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Another excellent early dinner at Carson's. French onion soup, crab cakes, garbage salad, cheeseburger, au gratin potatoes, Greek potatoes. Food delicious, service on point; absolute great value, especially when compared to other places downtown. One of my faves. Have been g there for 25 yrs and will continue to do so.
  18. S

    Stuart

    Chicago

    151 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The host - guy who seated us acted like he was doing us a favor. Very indifferent demeanor. We live about two blocks from the restaurant. Not even a thank you when he left. To be honest he really was not doing us a favor. I know the female hostesses very cordial. Frankly we were with another couple from out of town. If it were the 2 of us my wife would have done an about face and walked out of the place. It showed that he didn’t want to be there
  19. k

    kellyeb

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The staff was exceptional. Bonita the Waitress was very nice, patient and helpful. We had to wait a while to be seated but it was very well worth it. They were very apologetic and nice. I will be visiting again. Kellye B
  20. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excelente comida y relación precio calidad. Muy recomendable.
  21. F

    Fritz

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Carson's provide a nice selection in its menu. Food was good and not overly expensive. Service was quite good. For a Sunday evening the music was a bit too load and made it difficult to communicate across the table. One annoyance, they added an automatic 18% tip. While our service was good and that level of gratuity was in order, I would like to choose the level of tipping for myself. It starts at 15% and then adjusted (up or down) for the quality of service, not starting at 18%.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food- ribs were delicious. Loved the ambience too. Will definitely make this restaurant a tradition for our yearly trip to Chicago!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food excellent, as always. Gabriel and the serving team were superb.
  24. r

    ryanw

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in Chicago, & that is saying something! Only recent development I don't care for is the 18% tacked on to every table, regardless of the number of diners. Point being, I always tip at least 20% here but, without realizing as I had a few or 3 martini's I almost wrote in a 20% tip ON TOP OF the 18% already included by Carson's...on a $150 ticket I would have added $30.00 on top of the already included $$27.00 already on there!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to enjoy the delicious pork rib and steak with splendid atmosphere.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  28. w

    williamr

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great ribs
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service with great food and drink recommendations! We got the ribs of course, Mediterranean grilled wings, and miso salmon. Everything was excellent!!
  30. PD

    PeggyD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our son's graduation from the Chicago Fire Academy. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. They even sent over a complimentary dessert congratulating my son.
  31. v

    valentinf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome. Food was great! staff very friendly. parking was convenient with parking validation
  32. WS

    WilliamS

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great service! Always dependable!!
  33. F

    Fig4food

    Austin

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been eating here for years. Food is always delicious. Service was great,
  34. JS

    JarrettS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks, and great service! You will not be disappointed with choosing Carson's.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ribs is soooo good! I will go back for sure!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome date!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as usual. Very consistent. Hard to find that kind of continuous excellence
  38. AH

    AnnaH

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Classic dishes, such as the ribs, steaks, pork chop and shrimp. Make sure you try the au gratin potatoes.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food and service were not what you would expect for the money.
  40. LW

    LatashaW

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very attentive and made our anniversary experience wonderful. The food was hot and cooked just right

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago using the Order Online button. Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 280-9200.

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago is rated 4.8 stars by 1323 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

465 E. Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Lake Shore Drive

  • Area

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 11:30–23:00 Sun 11:30–22:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 15:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    3-HOUR SELF PARKING AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $10 at Downtown Chicago in Streeterville. Self-park directly across the street; enter on Illinois Street at Parkview Garage - 456 E Illinois St. The garage is UNDERGROUND below One Bennett Park. Please validate your ticket at Carson's front desk at the end of your visit. For questions, call 312-280-9200.

  • Public Transit

    CTA 66 Chicago Bus - Eastbound toward Navy Pier | Take the CTA Red Line "L" to Grand & State, then walk or bus 7 blocks east on Illinois Street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Kim Baldwin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 280-9200

  • Catering

    Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue now has a beautiful event space to host large parties. Our Classic Chicago River Room can be reserved for large private events for complete sit down dinners with a private bar. The River Room has lovely views of Ogden Slip and City lights, exposed brick, wood beams, picture windows, tablecloths, waiter service, full bar and wine list. Aside from our River Room, we have a fabulous large stand alone private dining room table perfect for elegant celebratory occasions. Carson’s is an authentic Chicago family owned and operated restaurant since 1977 which delivers a PERSONAL TOUCH hard to find elsewhere. We serve Delicious Award Winning Barbecue, Prime or Angus Steaks, Chops, Chicken, Shrimp, and Salmon. Desserts, side dishes, and cornbread are also HOMEMADE. Large carry out orders are available for pick up. Please contact Party Planner Nick (323) 540-4888 You may also feel free to contact owner Dean Carson at 773-310-1000

  • Private party facilities

    Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue has beautiful event space to host large parties. We welcome you to contact us to discuss your party needs and reserve your important date.

  • Private party contact

    Nick Herrera: (323) 540-4888

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