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612 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
+1 312-280-9200
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (205 reviews)
“coleslaw” (40 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
612 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Revisited Carson's with my husband to relive our 80s great ribs experiences there and were shocked that they were better than ever and still the Best Buy in town. Casual, comfortable, generous portions and just excellent in every way. Must try the corn bread appetizer....More

Thank Candace H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is known as a steak house but there are many more things on the menu as well. Service was excellent with a very good waiter (Garth) and that made the experience even better. The entry to the place looks a bit like you are...More

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is out of this world good. The servings are also huge. I've tried several different dishes and they were all awesome. They also have the best Key Lime pie I've had anywhere!

Thank lgerhart420
Reviewed 24 April 2017 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
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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...More

Thank MarshBruce
Reviewed 22 April 2017 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
Reviewed 11 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...More

Thank Merrill O
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank ChicagoTraveler08
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...More

3  Thank Wohali50
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank John S
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Pamela F
Kids menu?????
27 February 2017|
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Response from Michelle F | Property representative |
Yes we have a kids menu! It includes ribs, chicken, and salad.
Pamela F
Kids menu????
27 February 2017|
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Response from Michelle F | Property representative |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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