Prodigal Gastropub
Prodigal Gastropub

Prodigal Gastropub

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.prodigal240.com/
  • Phone: (414) 223-3030
  • Hours of Operation:


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

    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm -9:00pm
    Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

    Happy Hour:
    Tuesday-Saturday 4:00-6:00pm
    Reverse Happy Hour:
    Thursday-Saturday 10:00pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Van Luu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Prodigal Gastropub is the perfect location to host your event. Contact Aimee today to reserve your date.
  • Private Party Contact: Aimee Loyd 4142233030x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Water
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Prodigal Gastropub
Industrial-era chic meets modern culinary exploration at Prodigal, the place where you'll always feel at home. Set in a former heavy equipment shop, Prodigal features contemporary American Cuisine made from scratch with fresh local ingredients. Sunday brunch offers an extensive menu from 10 am to 3 pm. Let our award-winning bartenders mix you a specialty craft cocktail, or choose from a wide selection of micro beers and bourbons. The rustic wood, steel beams and exposed brick hearken back to an earlier time. The vibe though is 21st century comfort. Just look for the four big garages doors - they'll be open in nice weather.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Prodigal Gastropub reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The Food was great, service good. Ordered dinner, would have liked a side dish to go along with my salmon. The desserts were fabulous! Chef stopped by and asked how the food was (nice touch). Wine and beer list had nice choices. A bit spendy but since the food was so good I didn't mind too much ;).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It is her second time at this restaurant. We love the location easy for getting to the theater on time. We love the ambience of the restaurant. The service is efficient and friendly. The food is delicious and a very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Ruth
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It was nice to have the owner and chef come visit each table, very personable. The food was decent and fairly creative and the service was good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drevdiners
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Nothing special for brunch, and really disorganized staff. The staff seemed surprised by our arrival despite our reservation, and offered us coffee to begin and told us the buffet was not quite ready. While we waited, a man in an apron kept sweeping the dining area...weird. We had three different servers wait on us. The brunch was buffet style only, which I could have found out had I looked online (my fault, as I prefer to order off a menu). Notable items were the fried chicken and steamed mussels...both were delicious. The rest was fine, but really unremarkable...and trickled slowly out of the kitchen over the hour and a half we were there. The desserts were, in fact, still frozen when we sampled them at our table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but service is mediocre
    Mkealphabetfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been here twice, both times were when they happen to have just reopened after "reorganizing". The food is good, but the service was quite subpar. We were one of maybe 8 total tables and they were so slow you would have thought the place was slammed. Our waitress had no energy, no personality, no excitement about the place either. She seemed confused on whether this was fine dining or casual. It's such a cool atmosphere with so much potential but the staff needs an overhaul.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    ellagartoVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    but on a Friday night....no customers. so will they survive?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as last time...
    Blueskies51
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ate here 3 times last winter. Menu was varied, food was superbly cooked, the place was packed, and there was a vibrant atmosphere. On 2 other occasions we were unable to get a table as it was so popular. This time, despite it being a Friday, the place was almost empty, there was no ambience and the food was very ordinary. Steak, mussels and scallops were all just ok. But the fries (cooked with skins on which I love) were rubbery and tasted like they'd been reheated. Not sue if this was because it was the start of a holiday weekend, but it was very disappointing. Couldn't fault the service which was friendly and timely.
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  • Good experience
    Epicureans
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Overall we had a good experience at this restaurant. Lovely place and as others have mentioned, its even better when the large doors open to the outside on a warm night. The food was great, we tried the sauasage and the pate to start...both amazing, then the pork chop and the scallops..also good, and finished off sharing a rasperry pannacotta, which was super. Good drinks too. Plus a very nice server. Just a bit surprised how quiet it was for a saturday night, which did not bother us at all. Would come again for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • surprising delights!
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had heard that Prodigal was good, but weren't sure what to expect. What a pleasant surprise! Reasonably priced drinks from a great bar selection, and the food was outstanding. The brined pork chop was succulent and masterfully presented, and the scallops are to die for. We had no room for anything from the short but wonderful sounding dessert list. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prodigal has full plates too!
    CatLady
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was the forth time I've been to Pordigal with a group. I continue to be impressed with the creative menu choices and their ability to handle groups. We were especially impressed with the popcorn polenta, the prosecco braised cabbage that accompanied the evening's sea bass special, and the perfectly cooked egg atop the asparagus side dish. Decent wine list and very helpful server. The garage-style doors were allow a nice outdoor feel without the wind. The only negative review of food came from the two mussel eaters. Mussels were very small and tough (sourcing issue??) and did not come with crostini or grilled bread to dip in sauce, possibly because of accompanying fries. The fries are so flavorful, they competed with wine sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    RhodeIslandGirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I were given a gift card to Prodigal. We used it on a Saturday night. It was not very busy at all, almost too quiet. The food is mostly small plates and they were very good. We ate at the bar so service was easy. They do have 3 TVs at the bar and we were able to watch the Brewers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bone Marrow for dessert? Absolutely
    SueBC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Every course was great, but the bone marrow dessert chocolate ganache was a special treat. You have to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    dining102
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and service. A lovely place to eat with family and friends for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service, worse food
    JTTC
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Second time there and it was still awful. Won't go again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Prodigal Gastropub reviews archive.
  • Nice place to try...
    KJJS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    ...but not a place I would go out of my way to go to again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll return to Prodigal (get it?)
    WaltzMaker
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were @ Prodigal on a quiet Thursday evening. Our server, Andrew, was impeccable - very attentive and knowledgeable; he answered all of our questions to our complete satisfaction. Our foursome was not rushed and we thoroughly enjoyed our two-hour time together at the table. The bartender made one of the best manhattans I have ever had. Our dinners (and appetizer) were not only beautifully presented, but also they were delicious; everyone cleared her/his plate. My only concern is that the space would be overwhelmingly noisy when it was filled with diners and drinkers, making table conversation difficult. [We are vibrant folks in our 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s!] Well done, Prodigal, and thank you for a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    On the hottest night in milwaukee this summer we dined at Prodigal. They had NO air conditioning in the restaurant. We sweated through are meal which was very average. Very dissappointed after waiting to go to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Visit to Prodigal
    wifeisdiningspotmaven
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I picked up my wife (who had come in on a long flight) and had reserved a table at Prodigal for some late real food and unwind. Location and time (after dinner/before night scene) was perfect. Food was better than good pub grade/service was politely engaging, efficient and funny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere but food was ok
    MKElvr
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The atmosphere was great with the wall opening up to the outside. Very fun server and the bartender even mixed up a delicious NA drink for a pregnant friend. Unfortunately the food was average at best. Not worth the $20 price tag for the the fish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were impressed by the thoughtful selection of beers and had a hard time choosing an entree. We ordered the Scallops and the Gnocci and both had well balanced tastes and texture. It was a bit of a cool night to have both garage doors open, but it was nice to look out on to the street. We will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place
    Vino
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food , atmosphere and a fun bartender. We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great meal, avoid dessert
    Doc86am
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food is amazing but the desserts fall short. Banana bread is very bland. Seemed like there was no effort put into the dish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so great
    Sigh
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was disappointed by the food at Prodigal. Even the best-rated-by-my-table cheese platter was confusing - was I supposed to eat the marmalade and yummy yummy quark cheese with a spoon? The worst was a small, $12 (really?) panzanella salad with hard croutons, drowning in a pool of 70's green goddess (really?) dressing. The Goat cheese gnocchi itself was delicious and unusual but was overwhelmed by the beet sauce, and I couldn't taste the fennel that was clearly there. A beet salad was really good. The hostess was charming and she called ahead to let us know that if we wanted more quiet we could come a little later. Our waitress had a great personality; she was fantastic. I had been looking forward to Prodigal and it wasn't great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food; service needs work
    DiningD
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent food and presentation. Really unique dishes with great flavor combinations. Server needs more training though. She did not offer to tell us about any specials or anything about the menu until we prodded with questions. More importantly, she did not mention dishes that were not available that night until after we had already ordered. It would have been nice to know that upfront when considering the options. When we were asked if we wanted desserts, we said "Yes. Absolutely. What do you have tonight?" She didn't say anything but just handed us menus. The service needs to come up a notch to match the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch only on Sunday
    hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food was very good but on the cool side when served. We were promptly seated. Our wait person was friendly and attentive when we saw him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Satisfied
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Urban atmosphere with great food & service! I would definately recomend Prodigal Gastropub...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not mind blowing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was average, drinks were above average, and service was as it should have been. Nothing makes this place stand out over other neighborhood eateries that would be lower in cost.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The scallops were delicious. The chocolate mousse was a lot of fun and great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 21st Birthday Celebration
    Dbunk
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Called ahead and Prodigal accommodated us nicely. Food was good, service was okay a bit slow but very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diningwiththeboysVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food is interesting and creative. Well prepared and served with flair. Great space where indoor meets outdoor with a wall of overhead doors that open. Perfect for dinner or meeting friends later in the evening for drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MUWarrior
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had high expectations...and they were met. Food was great as was the presentation and service....will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Chickybby
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We came here after work for happy hour drinks and an early dinner. Everything that we tried was amazing and very friendly service. Great variety of taps, and cocktails. We were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Handicap Access
    Haje
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    In addition to great food and service, I came on Father's Day with my mother in a wheelchair and they were very accommodating! And Andrew gives terrific service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First timers!
    BayViewDiners
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This was our first visit to Prodigal and we liked the venue...especially the old cranes hanging from the rafters! The Poutine was a great choice...very tasty, though it sure had a lot of potatoes in it...very filling...couldn't get it all down. The duck was delicious. My wife's scallops were very good and the dish came with layers of flavor that she much enjoyed. The jazz quartet played as we were finishing our dinner, and though we are not jazz oficianados, the music was not overpowering and we could still carry on conversation. We'll likely return...perhaps with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs some work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    May not be representative of all staff at this place, but we went for brunch and the server had no clue what was gf on the menu and what wasn't. Food was good, but pricy. Drinks were good as well. This place has a great location, but lacks some small details in service and menu separation from other places in Milwaukee.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great repurposing of location!
    DebitK
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Visited for the first time May 31 and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Fun menu with some unique twists. Loved the warehouse/garage ambiance and the ability to transition easily from indoor to indoor-with-fresh-air dining. The chocolate mousse with cayenne pepper was a little too peppery, but all of the other food choices were well prepared and tasty. Our server was attentive and responsive without being intrusive. Great newer place to try if you haven't been there yet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elise
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was terrible and the service poor. The menus should be organized in a way that the customer knows what is a small plate portion vs meal portion. Our server couldn't explain the dishes very well. None of us had a good meal and will not go back. We had been to Prodigal a couple of times before and had very good experiences, but something has definitely changed, and not for the better.
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  • Absolutely Fantastic
    FredVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    As always, our meal was perfect: delicious, well presented, and unlike anything served elsewhere. The unique combinations and flavors confirm that we are not at a supper club...and make me wonder whether I really am in Milwaukee.who else serves a burger made with braised beef? My wife loves it! Their craft cocktail and tap beer menu will blow you away! I haven't found one to beat the Dutch Relic which is garnished with a freshly burnt lemon peel. The hostess welcomes us as if she has been awaiting our arrival, and our waiter was excellent, both in knowledge of the menu and professional service. Making selections is difficult....leaving is even harder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Steve
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was only fair. Service was fine and the place is neat but the food was disappointing. I think they try too hard to be 'different'...stick to basics and do them well.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The menu is a little complicated if you're new to the "gastropub" scene, but the items we ordered and saw served to other tables tasted and/or looked fantastic. Not for people watching their weight or with dietary restrictions! The duck confit poutine is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate