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#162 of 7,599 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
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Noblesville, Indiana
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had Ribs, Cornbread, a garbage salad, Augratin potatoes and mixed drinks. Ribs, delicious...Cornbread, awesome..garbage salad, great, potatoes, not a big fan, mixed drinks, good and strong. Would recommend. Wait staff was very nice.

Thank amhaj
North Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We are fans of Carson's. Went with husband and millennial daughter (who had not been there in many years). We all loved it. We ordered the bone-in rib eye, the ribs and the pork chop. All delicious. The greek style potatoes & double baked potato were wonderful too. Only disappointment was the salt and pepper crusted baked potato. Last time... More 

Thank vascubhab
Skokie, Illinois
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142 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The missus and I are no strangers to Carsons, having dined at nearly all of their locations past and present. There are things that we like and dislike about their Wells Street location. First and foremost, Carson's food is fantastic. If you like meaty ribs that do NOT fall off the bone, do NOT taste like a chimney, and are... More 

Thank FoodFight101
North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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243 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The best of Downtown comes together here. Full diner or lunch, can't be beat. Full or half slab of ribs are great, BBQ Chicken just as good. The potatoes are beyond good. Parking is tight, use their valet for a charge, about $10. Dim lighting inside but not to worry about tripping. Clean restrooms. ADA accessible.

1 Thank Captnslow
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Probably the best dinner we had in 1 weeks stay in Illinois and Wisconsin. BBQ ribs and steak (turf and turf) was excellent, good selection of beers and a nice, old fashioned spot. Would recommend to anyone looking for a real American BBQ experience.

Thank Jolanger
Grayslake, Illinois
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148 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped by on October 8,2016 to pickup two orders of ribs to go for my bro. and his roomate in physical rehab downtown around 2 p.m. Place was fairly busy,waited at bar for them to take order. Waited quite a while,ready to walk out and a waiter named Christian saw us and saved the day! Got us on our way,... More 

Thank 160cheese
New Jersey
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The ribs and side dishes were very good. The place needs a refresh. It's old, dark and dreary. We sat at a booth with a floppy back; the kind that moves back and forth with each movement of the folks behind you. The service was abrupt and charmless. It's too bad these aspects don't live up to the quality of... More 

Thank NJtraveler48
Wrentham, Massachusetts
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235 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This establishment has been here for years and still serves some of the best ribs around. Accompaniment are also very good. the real drag is that this place is still like it was many years ago and the style has lost some of its luster. The service is "OK", reminiscent of the times when surly old men in white aprons... More 

Thank william z
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

The rib tips bucket was really good. The menu says that it feeds 2-3 people. It fed about 4-5. You get a lot of meat. They were very tender too. The cole slaw was delicious too. I will definitely order from there again. I wanted to give an excellent rating, but my order was wrong and missing an item.

Thank pghcutie72
West Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This was our first visit to Carson's! We were looking for a great restaurant that would suit everyones taste. Join our party....we had an 18 month old in a stroller, (as we had walked 4 blocks) they offered to assist with storing our stroller and brought a high chair. We then noticed the relaxed atmosphere and that there were other... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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