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#190 of 7,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Near North Side
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612 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Ontario)
+1 312-280-9200
11:30 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoy eating dinner here. Nice atmosphere and great location for visitors that come to Chicago everything is good but I like the Pork chops and Ribs combination so when in Chicago good restaurant to visit

Thank Bhall63
Chicago, Illinois
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928 reviews
698 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Valet parking right next door. Nice interior which has recently been changed. No longer has the bar scene with the great snacks. For a change, I had the rib eye steak, which was superb. Ribs remain great. Certain sides are now extra. The wait staff and manager dropped the table to ask how things were going and quickly kept moving... More 

Thank MarshBruce
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous BBQ is a must, if you are in Chicago. Don't forget to put those bib on because it can get messy. Meat is very moist and not over priced. My trips to Chicago will always include Carson's rib.

Thank pejenn
Chicago, Illinois
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181 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We went here for a friend’s birthday dinner the other day. Prices were certainly decent….service was good…the dark old-school Chicago vibe was cool….but I wasn’t really wowed by our main courses. Our starters, on the other hand, were excellent. We got the corn bread (hot greasy deliciousness slathered in butter) and the crab cake (the only breading in this bad... More 

Thank Merrill O
Chicago Suburbs
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108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Guess I didn't remember it was this bad. Dry and sparse meat on our ribs. Sauce was OK, but not the best. Tiramisu was the bright spot and saved the rating a bit. Server was gruff to my spouse, OK with me. Don't need this when there are better choices. Try Urban BBQ if you're in the north burbs. Best... More 

Thank ChicagoTraveler08
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Can I just say that I have been coming here for over thirty years. I hadn't been in a while since retiring and moving away. I was back in the city to celebrate my birthday and I asked to come here. I was surprised that it was so dead. We were able to be seated immediately. We ordered drinks and... More 

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Puyallup, United States
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

My brother and I visited Driehaus Museum this morning then walked to Carson's in downtown Chicago. I had the rib tips, fries, and coleslaw. The coleslaw was probably the best I've had eating out. I could only eat half the ribs and will have the rest tonight. Carson's is known for excellent ribs and I wasn't disappointed.

Thank John S
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Seated at 7, our orders were placed at 7:20 with the food arriving at 8pm. We were rarely checked in on, drinks were never refilled unless asked for and while friendly, the overall service experience was mediocre. The food and ribs were excellent. 3 stars if it wasn't for the history of the place

Thank Tomas M
Zachary, Louisiana
1 review
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

It's been two years since we've been here and it's was worth the wait! The baby back ribs and pork chops were truly AWESOME!

Thank Stephanie T
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

This was the first time I had visited Carson's for about 20 years and I'm pleased to say that the food was every bit as good as I remembered it. Cornbread, ribs and coleslaw are all excellent. We didn't have room to sample the deserts!

Thank Donshear

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 612 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Public Transportation: Clark St bus, LaSalle St bus, Grand Avenue bus.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighbourhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-280-9200
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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