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Carnevor Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carnevor.com
  • Phone: (414) 223-2200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jarvis Williams
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Carnevor
Milwaukee's premier steakhouse, Carnevor is one of Wisconsin’s most acclaimed fine dining destinations. A restaurant consistently topping year-end “Best Of” lists, Carnevor has been lauded for its variety of culinary tastes – from our luscious barrel-cut beef to mouthwatering New York Strips and bone-in fillets. Our steak menu offers exquisite wet- and dry-aged USDA prime beef – a distinction afforded to less than two percent of all American beef – as well as daily selections of the coveted Kobe, imported from Japan to guarantee the most succulent and tender waygu. And with a wine list featuring more than 400 selections, you’ll always find the perfect bottle to uncork with your meal. But it’s not merely the “meal” you’ll enjoy at Carnevor. It’s the entire experience: service, music, menu, and more. To top it all, herbivores are always welcome.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great, both my boyfriend and I had petit fillets and loved them-- some of the best meat I've ever had. We ordered the mac n cheese to start; I'd had it previously and remembered it being wonderful. This time around both my boyfriend and I found it quite salty... Enjoyable nonetheless though. Our meat and side dishes were also on the salty side. It worked for the meat, but would have preferred less on the veggies because it drowned out the delicious flavor. I will definitely be eating there again. The wait staff was courteous, our waters never got below halfway before they were refilled, and our drinks were top-notch."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We dined at Carnevor when we were in Milwaukee. The food and overall experience was great. The seafood platter appetizer (shrimp, crab, oysters, mussels) was fresh and delicious. We had steaks and scallops for entrees and they were cooked perfectly, great presentation and taste. We also enjoyed the lobster mashed potatoes. I would say this restaurant is upscale yet comfortable. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "You go to Carnevor for fabulous steaks and to see the Milwaukee Brewer players and staff. Expensive but worth for a special occasion. Menu is a la carte but the "sides" are huge."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The food was incredible. The steak was done to perfection the lobster was soft and cooked better than some of the seafood places I have been to. I'm normally a medium person, chose to get medium rare, the steak was so tender it cut like butter and melted in my mouth."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Chose this downtown restaurant for it's food, but was pleasantly surprised with the added touches and super friendly service. Menus came with a Happy Anniversary note on each. Coomplimentary desserts and great attention to details. Made the evening special for us and our out of town adult children (California & Minnesota) were ablle to participate with sending champagne, selecting desserts and a special steak knife sent to our table."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at Carnevor for our anniversary, and the restaurant truly lived up to its tremendous reputation. The food was great. The service was outstanding; and the atmosphere truly enduced the romantic experience that was sought after. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We drove down from Beaver Dam, WI. thinking we would have a nice dinner and wander around downtown. We were really disappointed! The food was just ok...I ordered a bone in Rib eye, medium Rare...it came cold and Rare, while at 1st glance it appeared to be done,(it is VERY Dark inside) after further cutting it was just to rare for me to even eat, the waiter never came back to the table until it was time for the check. My husband ordered the bone in tenderloin. we also had calamari which was excellent, the asparagus and twice baked potatoes were also great! but we have had better steaks. my husband and I both agreed it was overpriced and that the food was better at Korpers 5 o'clock. We will NOT return here. We even dined early"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "When I made the reservation, I put "It's Pam's Birthday" in the notes. To my delight, when we opened our menus it said "Happy Birthday Pam". That was just the start of the excellent service we received. The food was outstanding. I highly recommend Carnevore"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great service from Joel, he is the best! The steaks are phenomenal and cooked perfect. But don't forget dessert the deconstructed s'more is the best."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We asked for a quiet table in our Open Table reservation for 9:15 on a Sat night. When we arrived at 9, they tried to seat us at the very first table when you walk in the restaurant (which is also right beside the bar). When I asked if they had a better table available, she moved us back 3 tables, right beside the restrooms and beside a table with a Bachelorette party - not exactly the quiet, romantic, upscale restaurant experience we were hoping for. Our waiter took forever to come to our table - although, he did apologize and gave us a free dessert because of it. The food was very good - as we would expect at that price level. This was the first non-Dining Week visit for us and our last - lots of good steaks in MKE with better service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The steak was perfect and the scallops the most tender we have ever had. The waiter was exceptional and made sure that EVERYTHING was exactly as we wished. Anxious to return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Some of the best service I've ever had going out to eat with the best steak I've ever eaten. Took my husband out for his birthday and was very satisfied with the evening. Some of the other diners we a bit too loud but that can't be helped."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The steak from the owners farm was all fat...couldn't eat it. At our table we also had a filet was was great...as usual. I usually love this restaurant and they did remove the bad steak from our bill. I will be back..."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Cannot overstate what a great meal we had at Carnevor! Food was delicious - one of the best steaks I've ever had (at the price, it better have been). Nice wine at a reasonable prices for such an upscale place. The best part was our waiter, William, who was a real pro and took obvious pride in making things work right. He just had the knack for knowing when this was taking too long or that might be rushing things. Wow, it makes a difference when you're shelling out big bucks to have such perfect service! I don't know why I would ever return to Milwaukee, but if I do, dinner is a no-brainer."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "In making the reservations I mentioned we were celebrating an engagement - opening the menu it was printed "CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT " and the complentary desert was fabulous - still talking about it"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Simply the best restaurant in Milwaukee. Great food and great service."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "For my money, Carnevor has the best steak in town. I have eaten here 4 times and everything has been phenomenal each time. I'd highly recommend the truffled mashed potatoes as a side."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "WE went there for dinner, very busy place. There are a couple of levels so it does not feel crowded. Steaks were fantastic and so were the 2 sauces we tried them with. Wine list is pretty extensive. Service was excellent. It was a great night out!!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The evening was very well done. It is a very dark atmosphere and a flashlight was requested for older guest. We were only second reservation of night and we were literally sitting on top of other customers. A little spacing would have been more comfortable. Overall food more than compensated! Excellent meals!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Carnevor is our favorite restaurant to go for our anniversary every year. We love the atmosphere, the service, and everything on the menu. You can't go wrong, honestly! I was so full the next day I did not eat until dinner! I am pregnant and could not enjoy my usual few glasses of their awesome wine, but the bartender was able to make me a virgin mojito that was stellar, completing my dining experience. They were very accommodating on checking on a few things due to my pregnancy and things I needed to avoid like unpasteurized cheese, and it was an amazing experience as usual that made our night very special."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The whole night was a great experience. It is pricey but you get what you pay for. Food and service was Fantastic! Great for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This may be the best steak house in Milwaukee, but I wouldn't say I was overly impressed. IMHO I find their pricing to be about 20-30% more than what they should be charging. This is not BTW a classy or romantic setting; pretty loud, more nightclub/lounge ambiance than a fine dining experience. We were well taken care of, and I was not upset at by any of the food, but simply put, my mind was not blown. The only stellar dish was the Creme Brulee, which was the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've eaten at Carnevor several times and they are usually outstanding. This time I left feeling like I overpaid. - The cream corn had too much of some kind of herb; probably an accident. - The exotic mushrooms were a bit on the dry side, but still very good. - The first bite of my med-rare fillet was a bit charred, but the rest of the steak was fine. - Lobster mac & cheese was excellent. - The fries were fries. - The service was good, but there was a time out waiter was caught up in conversations at the bar causing a longer than normal wait once we were done eating. Wasn't horrible, but there was an unmistakable feeling of being de-prioritized. The first guy that waited on us was great, though."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dinner was awesome, wine and beer selection was pretty good, service was excellent, even the valet service good. The food isn't cheap but you get what you pay for. The ribeye was cooked perfectly and the wife said whatever seasoning they used on her lobster tail made it the best lobster she has ever had. We will definitely be going back there again."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Stan always gives world class service. He really transforms a good resturant into a great experience. The steaks, seafood, sides and desserts are all chef quality."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It was our Anniversary and I mentioned it in the reservation notes, the staff took special care to ensure the night was very special for us. The food and service are exactly what I would expect from this caliber of restaurant. Simply put, it was fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "From the start with varied cocktails, an extensive wine list (two pages of pinot noirs) and a menu with great aged steaks and other signature dishes Carnevor intends to please. Our waiter also happened to be the wine director, who gave us great insight and recommendations. My brother chose the bone in ribeye and I chose the King Crab legs. They were both up to the standards of any restaurant I've visited. A nice (but small) selections of desserts was a great way to finish the evening. We used open table to book which gave us a choice of 5:45pm and 8:15pm when we ask for 7:00pm. This was a glitch because they had a 60 person private party that limited the reservations. If you don't get the time you want call direct."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My fiancé and I had one of the best dinners of our life. The restaurant was lively but still very conducive to conversation. Our server Will was amazing and all the patrons were very nice and respectful to each other. An absolutely amazing dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Probably the most expensive place in Milwaukee but excellent food and service. The tables by the front window are very close together though s0 I would suggest sitting towards the rear of the place on the second/third level"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I came here for downtown dining week - which can be hit or miss. This place is dark and intimate, so it was nice for a date night. The service was good- they were very open to having us try some wines before we ordered a glass. The food was also very good. My only gripe was the cut of salmon I received, which can be personal preference. Mine was thin and crispy, whereas the diner next to me had a thicker/softer looking piece. For the DD price, I had a great time."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I have always wanted to go to carnivore for dinner but have not been able to do to the price. I figured what a better way to try it then the dining week in Milwaukee. Boy was I disappointed! The food portions were so small that I actually had to go out to dinner again AFTER dining at carnivore. The salmon I ordered seem like it was cooked in grease. It was not a 4 ounce piece as I was told. The service was too slow and we were one of the only tables in the restaurant. I will never go back. The ambience was poor it was so dark in there I felt like I was in a cave. I can't believe the prices of this restaurant with the tiny portions."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The restaurant was nicely decorated, the food was ok, I wasn't thrilled about the price. But what I was blown away with was the service. Our waitress, Gina, was incredible. The most positive & nicest person was genuinely cared!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The special menu was wonderful. Food was exactly as ordered. We can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We tried Carnevor as part of downtown dining week. Everything was great and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The service to me was bad. I had 6 o'clock reservations and they seated us at 6:15. They called me multiple times to confirm my reservations and still sat us late. There was multiple seats available and I sat in the basement. There was no airflow. It was hot and muggy where we were seated."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Visited during Milwaukee's Downtown Dining Week. What a fabulous experience! Our servers were friendly and very knowledgeable. Our drinks were fantastic, and the food was superb. The restaurant has a very hip, cool vibe which we loved. My husband had the salmon--some of the best I've tasted, and I had the filet which was velvety tender. We will definitely be visting again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had been excited to try Carnevor, and booked a reservation for 8:15 p.m. on a Friday night. When we arrived, the hostess seated us in the basement, despite numerous open tables on the main level. The ambiance was awful. We felt like we were being banished from the main dining room, and in the nearly two hours we were there not a single other party was seated downstairs. We just sat down there alone in a silent, empty room. Even the wait staff treated us like an afterthought. I finished my drink just after the food arrived, and the waiter never came back to offer another. The food was quite good, but the experience as a whole was pretty disappointing. Not sure I'd go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Only drawback was how dark it is. Prefer more lighting in a restaurant. Tenderloin was the 2nd best I've every had (to Dickie Brennan's in NOLA, sorry!). Waiter very helpful. Would definitely recommend and go back. Only thing I wonder is if the portions are enough for my husband. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "the staff was very attentive. We were seated immediately. Service was very quick. Food was excellent. Couldn't have asked for more."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Returned for Downtown Dining week before a concert and was not disappointed! Service VERY friendly though we waited a bit too long to receive each course. Filet was delicious, as recalled from previous visits! I asked for medium rare and got rare, but that was OK. Side dishes unique and delicious. Nice wine list, great picks by the glass, and interesting cocktails. A fun, lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/6/2014