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#176 of 7,678 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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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Puyallup, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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
Centerville, Ohio
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147 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

The employees here are so welcoming, you feel like you are visiting family. We had a wonderful time - leaving with full belly's and good stories. The Ribeye was delicious - perfect cut. Ribs are the kind you have to 'fight' off - they are not fall off the bone. As long as you know this going in - they... More 

Thank Laura F
Noblesville, Indiana
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 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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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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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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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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261 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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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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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?