Envoy
Envoy

Envoy

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.envoymilwaukee.com/
  • Phone: (414) 345-5015
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:

    Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am,

    Sunday: 6:30am - 10:00am

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm


    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm


    Dinner:

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Lounge Menu:

    Daily: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Long
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Envoy has an intimate private dining room that can comfortably accommodate 25 people. Other facilities within the Ambassador Hotel can accommodate up to 120 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Eve Mattheis 4143455021x
  • Special Events: Private dining is available.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our well-lit, secure, private parking structure and surface lot,makes parking effortless. Located directly behind the Ambassador Hotel. Parking is complimentary.
A word from Envoy
Since its opening in 2005, Envoy Restaurant in the Ambassador Hotel has been charming guests with its nostalgic 1920's ambiance, world class cuisine and impeccable service. Envoy's menu showcases artisan regional ingredients while fusing recognizable American cuisine with global influences.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Envoy reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (22)neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (18)fit for foodies (17)good for groups (12)romantic (11)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great brunch
    BFielder
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Three of us went after church last week for brunch. Food was great and all staff were wonderful with the exception of our waiter who did seem to be a little disinterested in our table. We had to flag him down several times for coffee refills, food items and even our check. But we had all morning and were not in a rush so it was not an issue for us. Their small plate idea for brunch is perfect. There is no standing in line spooning thru the same old warmed over eggs and bacon. There is an omelet station and other items are prepared fresh. We would definitely return again, soon. Can't wait to come back for "Wine Wednesdays."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I don't know where to begin. It appeared the wait staff was not sure who was supposed to have us. we had two come up to us and introduce themselves. then once it was a specific one, he was never there when we needed him and then when he did appear he was inconsiderate - tilted my plate to have the silver ware fall off so he could take my plate. Additionally, we were trying to put our coats on and the second water decided to clear our table at that time thus making us wait until he had stacked all of the dishes on the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for leisure lunch
    lewi
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My friends and I talked for a long time. No one tried to rush us, as they were not very busy in the middle of the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Best brunch spot in the city. Great for a big group or just two. Just make sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kevin
    Kevin
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Ideal setting, great food always a pleasure-for dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fish fry milwaukee
    Food2Lover
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Retro atmosphere and art deco look was great. Hostess was friendly as usual. Overall food was a nice change from the typical fish fry. First order of fish excellent, second piece dry. They offer a different twist on the fish options. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    presentation was great -- food very tasty. Not sure about the "supper club" theme -- doesn't seem to fit, but then I'm used the the supper clubs "UP NORTH" :) Miss the pumpkin cheesecake and the 2 for $40 menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, very slow service
    spuds
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The ambience is really cool, like stepping back 90 years. While the food was good, the service was really slow and somewhat inept. Our server was slow to take our order and after waiting, we finally asked about our salads. We were told that the change we made to the salad order was holding it up. We had made no change, so clearly the order was placed incorrectly and had to be fixed. The main course also took a long time. A side sauce that was requested in the initial order was not delivered and when we asked for it, it did not arrive until we were finished eating. We ended up rushing through the main course because we had show tickets. We arrived on time for our reservation and had allowed >1-1/4 hours for dinner, but that was not enough.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stef
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant is located inside the Ambassador hotel. It use to be a run down late hotel in the 1990's. Wow it is fabulous now !! Renovations were done in the 2000's. Food and Service was great and most of all the ambiance is fantastic. Envoy is geat. The hotel is beatiful bringing back the orignal 1920's Art Deco style the dining experience is elegant it takes you back into that era. Had a great experience dining there and plan on definitely going back thank you Envoy !!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Envoy Dining
    Geri
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the service, food are excellent...I'm glad I found this place I go at least 4 times a year....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Envoy the hidden gem
    rlloyd1951
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food and atmosphere are carefully set and service is paid to every detail You will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so hot
    Heyblueoc
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Completely understaffed....long waits for drinks, food, etc. had the fish fry...no consistency in the frying of the fish.....my first three pieces that came with my order were super small....my next two pieces were larger, but we pre both burnt...took 10 to 15 minutes to get a refill on fish....fries were ice cold....restaurant would also not accept coupon they emailed me
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Envoy for lunch
    Billyo
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have tickets for two theater groups with afternoon performances, and ALWAYS make lunch reservations at the Envoy for those days. No matter what the soup that day, it is always excellent. A lighter lunch works great before theater too, as I am not inclined to doze off from too much food. (Ever had that happen to you after too big a meal?) We love the Ambassador and Milwaukee is so fortunate that it was 'saved' and remodeled back to its glory days. Thanks to the owners for this great favor to us all!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Irish59
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Once again Envoy met every expectation. The food was superb. You cannot beat the décor. Our guest loved it so much that she is taking her out-of-town guests there this Sunday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Prime Rib
    Scooper
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Once again, we enjoyed dining at the Envoy. The service was attentive & friendly. The prime rib was very well prepared, one of the better prime ribs I have had in a while.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An impulse decision
    dontwakethebear
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had about a 50 minute drive into MKE on a Fri night and Open Table had multiple seating times available for Envoy. We checked in w/hostess about 20 minutes early (noting the dining room was more than half empty). Hostess did not offer to seat us; asked us to wait in the (SRO) bar area. Hostess did not let us know when table was ready, rather we had to go back and inquire how much longer the wait was going to be. The Bar would not let us txfr our drink charges to the table, so we had to check out before we moved into the dining room. The dining room was lovely and the food was outstanding. Our servers were professional in demeanor but it was evident they were short staffed and overwhelmed. We'll definitely go back, but not soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but could be better
    eagl3sVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    when I ordered chicken milanese, I did not think I was getting a 'wing' with bone-in....disappointed at size of this entree.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art Deco gem
    Darla418
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Not our 1st visit and won't be our last. Only blemish on the meals was that my husband's truffle mashed potatoes were cold. However that was offset b the 2 thick pork chops he had that he said were great. I had Cajun seared scallops with fingerling potatoes and everything was perfect - Cajun seasoning did not overwhelm the mild scallop flavor. Have been to Envoy many times & will go back again as they always have unique items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    greateats
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Delicious food and a diverse menu in a lovely Art Deco setting. It's all you can eat but you don't have to stand in a buffet line - they bring the food to you. The service is great too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Enjoyable
    CRAW
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always enjoy dinner at the Envoy. Wonderful architecture, atmosphere is unique and wonderful, and the meal seldom disappoints. (The bar for a light meal is an enjoyable alternative also.) Perhaps it is not one of the "hot spots" of downtown Milwaukee, but it is a GREAT alternative......one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Both food and ambiance are a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Envoy is the lovely restaurant in the art-deco Ambassador hotel: pretty pink linen tablecloths, flowers at every table and art deco details throughout. Be sure to use the complimentary parking in the private and protected hotel lot as the neighborhood is a bit uneven. Our lunch was delicious -- seared sesame tuna salad and a hearty Milwaukee cheese steak sandwich. The service was excellent, helping us select our order and offering to tailor our order for our tastes. One of our favorite dining experiences while on a 10-day vacation in Wisconsin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lana
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is my sixth time at Envoy in the past year. Love the place. Have been their for dinner, but mostly lunch. Outstanding service and a great menu to choose from in every category. Worth the time to enjoy a great meal. Talked about trying their Bruch, heard it was outstanding also. You will not be disappointed in thie neighborhood gem. Lana
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch in Town
    dschup
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was outstanding. The entire table agreed...best brunch in town. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MUSOD
    MUSOD
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As always, the Envoy provides us with an excellent choice of fine foods, we have never had an menu item that did not please the diner! Excellent service by the staff who are very attentive without being obtrusive. We look forward to the changes of the menu and the enjoyment of new foods!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    averageguysthoughts
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Recently celebrated my wife's birthday with Brunch at the Envoy. It was our first time. The food was very good, and the price is reasonable. The small plates give you an opportunity to try several different things. We would definitely go back there for brunch again in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 367 reviews are from the Envoy reviews archive.
  • Great experience!
    waxstax
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    During our very enjoyable stay at the Ambassador, we took in dinner at Envoy, and were pleasantly surprised. A wide variety of menu items included several salad and appetizer choices, and many specialty entrees. It was immediately obvious that the "fresh and local" claim was adhered to, as everything we were served seemed freshly picked and prepared. Wedge salad was INCREDIBLE, cream of mushroom soup OUTSTANDING and not over-salted as it so often is. Steaks prepared and cooked PERFECTLY, no over-seasoning here, either. Breakfast the next morning was also a treat, with eggs benedict over crab cakes that were DIVINE! VERY courteous and knowledgeable staff served us in timely manner. HIGHLY recommended! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch
    Randy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great service and free off street parking just a couple of blocks from Downtown Milwaukee. Great for business lunches and more. I was running late and my guest were comfortably provider for in my tardiness.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific for traditional food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had a great dinner at Envoy. My expererience has been that there are two types of "foodies". One likes classic dishes prepared well without surprises. The second likes innovation and unusual combinations - tasting menu types. I fall into the first type and so does Envoy. Our party had fish, meat, and duck and all were excellent. The restaurant is in a neat Art Deco hotel and looks great. Check out the lobby before or after you eat. The noise level was low for us because there were not many diners at the time, but I can see it getting a bit noisy if the room is full becasuse of the hard floor and other surfaces. All in all, the four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would (will) go back anytime we are in Milwaukeee.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been to Envoy four times now and really love it. It's my new "go to" place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best brunch in town!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have had brunch here several times and each time have left saying "It is the best brunch in town"!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    If you are looking for great food, a charming setting in a restored historic hotel, and an environment that you can easily hear conversations then you should definitely go to Envoy. The food was great, the service was outstanding ( thanks Jae!) and since we were going to an event at the BMO the shuttle was brilliant. A great overall experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it!
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Love the art deco style and how they have kept the chandeliers and tile ssnd glass. The food is wonderful and the 2 for 40 is an awesome value. Nice wine choices too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Back in Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Entering the bar is a step back in time - beautifully restored 1940s vibe. Single best cosmo I have ever tasted and the bartender made my son a sidecar without blinking an eye. Restaurant is equally beautiful. We would not hesitate to go back for date night or a special event. Food was top notch - even foodies would fine the menu interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Service OK
    DeeCathryn
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We came here for Mother's Day Brunch and were pleasantly surprised at the options. I am a vegetarian that doesn't eat eggs so brunch can be hard for me. They had a full buffet including waffles, pancakes, fruit, sausage, omelettes made to order, salmon, shrimp, carving stations and desert table. In addition, they had a shortened menu of their typical small plate brunch that you could order was included in the cost of the buffet. The endless coffee, tea, juice and champagne was also a plus. We had a very nice waiter who was relatively attentive. At times he seemed annoyed that we were ordering more which was kind of awkward. The way the tables were set up with the buffet it was hard to get around, but worth the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint neighborhood gem
    lisak7001
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is our third year coming here for Mothers Day brunch. We love the buffet, the small plates and the unlimited champagne/ mimosas. It's all very well run and the food is always very good and priced right
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    Scooper
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mother's Day Brunch. My wife & I have eaten dinner there a few times, they have not disappointed. The brunch was very good. The selection of food was a lot more than I would have expected and it was all excellent. We would do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    RooshieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had the salmon dish and it was excellent! Roasted fingerling potatoes were awesome.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch in Milwaukee
    MissT
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The small plates give you the opportunity to try many dishes in one visit. This was my second time at Envoy for brunch and everything I had was amazingly delicious.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Place
    REDHEAD
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The Envoy is one of those gems you read about in restaurant guides. The moment you walk into the hotel you are taken back in time to a place where service is number 1. The atmosphere reminds me of a movie set in the 1940s. I expect to see Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall sitting at the bar.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for vegetarians
    Kinsey
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    50% of our diners were vegetarians. For those not, the menu was very satisfactory. The pork chops were rated great, though why you would serve 2 of those giants is a mystery when one would satisfy most appetites. The seafood meal was also rated great. But alas, it seems you have no kind thoughts for those who don't eat meat of any kind. Vegetarians are not a tiny fraction of weird folks protesting against something. They are normal folks who should be catered to.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.