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465 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-280-9200
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
465 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am writing a new review for Carsons do to the fact that they recently relocated to a new building. Not to worry - they STILL have the best rib tips in Chicago! The prime rib sandwich is also delicious. The new building is more...More

Thank Alb-517
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hard on the Chicago River...enjoy the view & watch the drawbridge...this commodious yet tucked away spot carries the dynasty of decades of ribs. They’re good and meaty, with tons of a tangy, slightly sweet sauce (some on the ribs, lots more on the side) —-but...More

Thank Julia O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended by multiple friends on occasion of a one-day visit to Chicago. We chose for an early weekday dinner. Light crowd when we arrived earlier than reservation ensured that we were seated immediately. Between the three of us we chose the BBQ combo and ribs...More

Thank Rich P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first experience with Carson’s and was glad I came here for dinner. I was greeted immediately upon entering and sat immediately in a booth near the bar area. I was tended to promptly by the wait staff and had a great meal....More

Thank EPF15
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Awful. Carson's is no longer the fabulous place it once was. First of all, customer service DOES NOT EXIST! Too forever to even place an order, despite the fact that restaurant was only 25% full. BTW it is also very hard to even find the...More

Thank peabodymac
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Having returned to our residence for a few days and needing good wholesome food for our visiting family Carson’s certainly provided the solution. We ordered the Greek Chicken(delicious!)and sufficient for lunch the next day. Plus the baby back ribs were very meaty and delicious and...More

Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 16 April 2018

FYI: this was a carryout experience. The Carson's just opened in our neighborhood, Streeterville in the past month. As transplants from Texas to Chicago, we'd been hearing about Carson's, so I'd been curious to see what all the hype was about? Called in our order...More

Thank soror0198
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Carson’s continues it’s excellent menu! The best ribs and double baked potato anywhere! Have eaten at this restaurant for decades and quality is always consistent.

Thank Scott L
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Very allergy knowledgeable and helpful. Barbecue is all made on site and delicious. Really enjoyed the corn bread and potato options from the fries, Au gratin potatoes, twice baked potatoes, fingerling potatoes.

Thank hammers1856
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

First, Carson’s on Wells Street has moved to a new location. Generous lunch portions. It’s been over 25 years since I’ve eaten at Carson’s, and the food is still as good as I remembered. The new restaurant is warm with comfortable booth seating for couples....More

Thank Lisa S
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Pamela F
28 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
28 February 2017|
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 465 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
  • 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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