All Purpose
All Purpose

All Purpose

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.apbarandkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (414) 672-6000
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Peggy Magister
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: National
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from All Purpose
Urban Rustic North American Restaurant. Located in Milwaukee's Historic Walker's Point Neighborhood.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
All Purpose reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (61)hot spot (56)special occasion (51)notable wine list (34)good for groups (27)romantic (26)vibrant bar scene (21)late-night find (15)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • If you haven't been...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We recommend AP when our friends ask for a new restaurant to check out. It's hidden, which adds to the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Loved this place the first time I went in November 2013. Just went back after much anticipation and it was nowhere near as good. Quality of food was average and our service was dull. Very disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Explore your palate!
    Sas22sy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    All Purpose is a great place to explore new foods and tastes that you would not normally find at a traditional restaurant. The dates are awesome and would recommend two orders for sure. We had a variety of dufferent small plates and cannot say that one was bad! If you are a foodie, this is your place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood treasure
    MMoonVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was delicious, and service was attentive without even bordering on intrusive. The variety of menu options is just perfect from a herarty bolognese to delicate scallops with short ribs. cannot think of anyone who would not fine the perfect choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Purpose (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a wonderful time at All Purpose, we tried about 6 different small plates, from Bolognese to snail risotto. The dishes were innovative and delicious. The service was great, not rushed, even though the restaurant was busy. The server was knowledgeable, unobtrusive and friendly. The atmosphere was upscale bar casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YES!
    Jhm783
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Don't hesitate to try this restaurant, everything about it is wonderful--decor (industrial with touches of retro glamour), service (very attentive, extremely informative but not annoying), ambience (energetic, fun, unpretentious) and food (even if everything else fell apart, this is all you'll need). AP might not be the most romantic spot just because of the noise level and close proximity of other diners, but PLEASE don't let that deter you from visiting this fantastic restaurant. Coming to this place might have convinced me to stick around the Midwest a little longer...Polar Vortex and all :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great job AP!
    BoolooBadgerVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went to All Purpose to celebrate my dad's 64th birthday. It was a wonderful evening - the staff was very attentive and helpful with providing information about the menu. We tried a total of 11 dishes (including desserts) and every single one was practically licked clean... AMAZING food, unique flavors, and delicious. The small plates format allowed us to try so many items (we had a party of 4 - so 9 plates was just about perfect) - be sure to save room for dessert! We had the molten chocolate cake as well as the best bread pudding I've ever had - great texture and a caramel sauce to die for. Thank you AP for a wonderful evening, we will be returning as soon as possible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • carpenterjim
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    had a fun time with my siblings here for a reunion celebration. I don't drink wine but enjoyed the beer list. We ordered lots of different plates and loved most of them. The food kept arriving promptly as we ordered it. We shared all of our plates so it was tricky for my vegetarian sister. Small but comfortable dining room, great for a special occasion. Overall we had a great night and when the bill came it was smaller than I thought it would be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Stick to the small plates.
    JRianG
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    So happy I found this place by accident, I wanted to go to a different place around the corner. ;-) The cheese and charcuterie playes were amazing. As we're all of the small plates, from the top half of the menu, we shared. We should have skipped the entrees. Most were over-seasoned, the scallops were especially salty. But overall, this place was fantastic and I'll go back. I'll just stick to the shareable small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Marc
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good here is outstanding. I have been several times and it is consistently excellent. Menu changes daily which is a plus. Only "negative" is that when crowded it can be very loud and hard to carry a conversation. Would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    Lisa
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    As always, AP was outstanding. I am very excited to have this restaurant in milwaukee - they have an interesting and ambitious wine list and the small plates are creative and well executed. We particularly enjoyed the burrata on this visit, the textures on the plate were so interesting and not what we expected (in a good way!). Best bacon-wrapped dates in the city as well. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    Epicureans
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our second time at AP, this time we brought some friends. It certainly didn't disapoint and as we were more we could share more of the dishes. The food was just great, there was not one thing we ordered that we did not find delicious. Service was excellent . We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great small plates
    pogo
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Astounding. Small door but great interior. Diverse small plates. One can eat at a table or the bar. Sophisticated atmosphere. Fantastic, unusual flavors and combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new favorite
    diningBA
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Since AP made the top 30 list for dining in Milwaukee, we decided to try it. Everything was perfect from the minute we walked in the door and the hostess greeted us. Food and service were wonderful. My only negative is the tables are very close together tho the noise level was fine. Maybe everyone was so busy eating the exquisite food they were not talking and laughing very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe!
    MBSMilwaukee
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was a great spot for our date night! The fried cauliflower were delicious and I'd return for the fried chicken!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No sign outsidee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Unless you had the address you may not find this place in a nondescript location adjacent to Stenny's . Food was good (tapas) but portions were small for the price of each the tapas. Had the veal loin, scallops (2), and chicken. Soup and salad were excellent for the price.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was my first time dinging at All Purpose, and it was lovely all around! The space is very welcoming and the decor and set-up seems very deliberate and thoughtful. We started with signature cocktails, and both were wonderful! Our appetizers (bread service, wrapped dates, and fried cauliflower) were all delightful, although it was actually fried broccoli, not cauliflower. Then for dinner I had the kale salad (delicious!) and pork buns (very good--I loved the hot sauce on the side) and my friend had a steak, which she said was excellent. We shared the cherry bread pudding for dessert, which was really well done. Overall, it was a great experience and I will be back. The service was really outstanding, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Foodie12
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Absolutely loved it. My only regret is that it took my wife and I a year to finally dine here. Very imaginative menu. Flavors were amazing. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great quality, average value
    Brewtown82
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The quality of the food, atmosphere, service, and presentation were top-notch, all while maintaining a casual, neighborly feel. My only gripe is that you don't get much food for your money. If you're very value-conscious this is not the place for you. Still, a definite, unequivocal recommend for the sheer quality and enjoyment of the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Purpose Treat
    Yummo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I am a repeat customer to AP and continue to be pleased with the variety and consistently delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but not unforgettable
    MsGadget
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We consider ourselves Foodies, and we are just back from Seattle where we dined at the James Beard award winner, Lark (Extraordinary!!! and one of our top five meals ever in an International list), and were somewhat disappointed by All Purpose. We prefer the food at Crazy Water! while the dishes were good at AP, nothing stands out as especially memorable either in taste or presentation. Service and surroundings were excellent, however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Venison Delight
    BigEater
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My wife ordered a venison dish (served with some kind of carrot puree) that was out of this world. I highly recommend that entree, if it's on the menu. I had the duck, which was also good, but couldn't compare to hers. The atmosphere at "All Purpose" is fine -- pretty laid back and welcoming vibe -- but the food is definitely the star here. Enjoy! I'll be back...for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Pretty Good!
    nico
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a 930PM reservation and the place was full.As we walked in, the bar was pretty loud, and the hostess sat us in the dining area. The dining area was pretty small with one wall which was mostly covered in a mirror, and the other three walls of the room did the acoustics no favors.The dining room was so loud, I had to yell across a small table so my dining companion could hear me. There was a table of 14 near us, but everyone in this dining room was yelling and the room echoed all of the noise We ordered a stuffed Date/Bacon app which was excellent. I had the roast duck breast..perfect. My companion had venison with mushrooms and sautéed artichoke hearts. She loved it. If it was not as loud, an OK night would have been perfect
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We absolutely love this place for its food. We especially enjoy the small plates so we can try and share several different dishes. One of our favorite places to go. Service needs some improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun to share small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've been to All Purpose twice and enjoyed my experience both times. It's great for a group, but also for 2. It's fun to share different small plates, we really enjoyed the pork buns and the salad. A bit pricey though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was Fantastic!
    EricbMKE
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Ben Rocks! The wine was presented very well and the server made excellent food recommendations! Loved 3 out of the 4 dishes ordered, the octopus seemed over cooked other that that I loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Bridget
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Tried All Purpose this week after having been meaning to do so for a long time - it did not disappoint! The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was EXCELLENT. We shared the Heirloom Tomato Salad, the Pork Buns, and the Flank Steak, followed by the Molten Chocolate Cake, all of which was absolutely incredible. Additionally, the bread service is a must, as the butter is to die for. I will definitely be coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a great place
    Epicureans
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ate here for our Anniversary. Food was just delicious, we chose 4 small dishes which in fact was quite enough, plus bread and then a desert. We also talked and shared with some people at the next table which was fun. Our waiter was extremely good and so efficient as he seemed to cover quite a few tables. Wine and cocktails were just great and we had a super evening. Have promised some friends we'll take them there, so we' ll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    All Purpose consistently delivers great food, excellent personal service and a vibrant atmosphere, all at very reasonable prices. It's become a favorite of ours and we are planning to go back frequently. The grilled flank steaks, stuffed dates and arugula salad are exceptional. The bread pudding dessert topped of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don't judge a by it's cover book
    hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very surprised to find this restaurant! Everything was very good. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deewassVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great restaurant. Food was excellent with incredible attention to detail and preparation. The flavors of all the dishes were fantastic. Service was excellent and allowed us to order in waves and did not rush each set of courses. Will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was the second time I've brought in clients and have had great experiences and rave reviews from them! The ambiance is better suited for business/social event and the food is always wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just outstanding
    John
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had five dishes and were thoroughly delighted with all of them. Particular standouts were grilled octopus, pork buns, and duck breast on a rosemary risotto. When even the bread service had us rolling our eyes, we knew the All Purpose was going to get many return visits. Service was excellent, the room is wonderful, and our only (mild) complaint was that things were a bit warm on a late August evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superlative Small Plates
    Foodie4Fun
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    A few evenings ago, my wife and I went to All Purpose for the first time. We had a great experience and will certainly return. The staff were friendly and efficient, arriving when they were needed but not overbearing or intrusive. We ordered 4 items: the duck, the shrimp, the baby squid, and the bacon-wrapped dates. Each dish was delicious and full of wonderful and surprising flavor. For example, every small plates restaurant, it seems, has bacon-wrapped dates on its menu, usually with a sauce based in honey or balsamic vinegar. All Purpose takes this staple of the small-plates menu and makes it memorable: the sauce is made of red bell pepper and gorgonzola and it is so unusual but so absolutely delicious that you consider ordering 4 more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    davy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was great. Every small plate we tried was absolutely fantastic. Also, for being a smaller sized restaurant, they were able to accommodate a 15 or 16 person group that came in as we were finishing which I thought was impressive. The only negative thing was that there was no air conditioning and it was a horribly muggy and humid day. So, it was a sweaty evening. I have to assume it was just broken that day, so I wouldn't let that discourage you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been there twice before
    Beentherebefore
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    They should have notified us in advance that the air conditioning wasn't working. They emailed twice to remind of the reservation--and they knew of several weeks of malfunction. Will consider not going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible seating on a hot night
    Loveofquality
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We got in before other groups and were seated in the back. After sitting for a while, we realized the A/C was broken and it was HOT. Why didn't we get decent table by the front where it was cooler if we showed up first? Oh, that's right - because we're fools. The food was ok and I felt sorry for the waiter, but it will be a long time before I head back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Back room way too loud when it full. Perhaps consider sound dampening surfaces on ceilings or walls
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal with friends.
    WFBWI
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always a wonderful time at this innovative and popular spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of milwaukee
    drccdubsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A must-visit for any food or beverage lovers! Walker's point is the new go-to for the food scene, and AP is one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.