Rumpus Room
Rumpus Room

Rumpus Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rumpusroommke.com/
  • Phone: (414) 292-0100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar Hours
    Sunday to Thursday 4pm to 9pm
    Saturday and Sunday 4pm to midnight

    Kitchen Hours
    Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 9pm
    Saturday and Sunday 5pm to 10pm*
    *Kitchen stays open 30 min after curtain at the Marcus Center
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Guy Davies
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Enter parking garage on North Market Street, one block behind the restaurant.
A word from Rumpus Room
Rumpus Room is a great restaurant with some great tap beers and a huge whiskey
selection set in a beautiful room.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Rumpus Room reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)vibrant bar scene (58)good for groups (41)special occasion (39)hot spot (29)late-night find (21)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (17)notable wine list (14)great for outdoor dining (11)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great service, food OK
    Dixie
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Our server was outstanding. Very friendly, knowledgable and provided just enough attention throughout our meal. I had the "shiparski" burger because it looked interesting on the menu. However it was very difficult to eat. Saw someone at next table who ordered it and had the same problem. Piled too high on such a small bun. It fell apart when held, became messy and needed knife and fork to eat it. Not how I like to eat my burgers. Also fries that came with it were warm when served but became cold and tasteless within a few minutes. My companion ordered the Farro which was very good. Drinks were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Ktsocki
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food and drinks were decent, nothing to write home about. We were one of the first tables to be seated in the dining room so service should have been expeditious, however there were a lot of lags. Drinks took at least 10 minutes, entrees at least 40, and payment wasn't very smooth. Definitely not a horrible experience, but not one I'll be rushing back for again either.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredibly long wait
    AArndt2219
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We arrived at 6 p.m. on a Friday night. Our reservation was for 6:15. We were seated promptly and were served our drinks and appetizers in a reasonable amount of time. Our dinner, however, was not served until 7:25. We needed to get to a show that began at 8 p.m. The food was pretty good, but we had to devour it in ten minutes in order to get to the show. There were other groups at the restaurant that did not wait for their food and left just before we were served. We were just about to join them when our food arrived. I realized that Friday night is a busy night, but there really was no explanation as to why our food was so late in arriving. Very disappointed after looking forward to this all week.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too quick and too noisy
    eatouterVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food very good, but meal not well paced — not enough time allowed to elapse between courses. Also, the noise level was very high — interfered with conversation and with overall enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rumpus Room 11/8
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was disappointed with our dinner at the Rumpus Room. We had reservations for seven and were seated at a very large (too large) horseshoe shaped both. Given the size of the table and the noise level (very loud) of the restaurant, it was nearly impossible to care on a conversation. The food was mediocre. The snacks were great (cheese curds and fries) but the entrees lacked flavor. Service was less attentive than it should have been. I would recommend the Rumpus Room for snacks or lunch, but not dinner. I expected more from a Bartolotta restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very Good Food but Noisy
    tastymorsel
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, but noisy. Food is very good. Service is great and restaurant manager is terrific - very welcoming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great before a concert or MSO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great selection of draft and bottled micro brew beers. Tasty and creative signature drinks. Highly recommend the Cider House Flip and the Pear-ly drink. Bar is perfect for drinks and apps before dining. Recommend the Scotch Egg and the Rumpus Room cheese and sausage chefs choice platter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could do better...
    kady
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Having been to several of the other Bartalotta's restaurants, I thought Rumpus Room would be a few steps higher in terms of food quality. We had a group of 8 adults dining, which was accommodated just fine in terms of seating. A few of us ordered the braised pork shoulder which was ok but nothing to write home about. The sweet potato mash that was under my pork was on the colder side and my pork shoulder had quite a bit of fat in it. Several of the guys at our table ordered burgers and they all complained that their food was cold. The restaurant was not tremendously busy for a Friday night, but the place was very loud. Service was ok - nothing special. Would I return? Maybe, but none of us would go running back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FRANCIS13
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Tables too close together - felt uncomfortable - I wish the server was better versed on beer selection . Food was good nothing over the top- overall okay experience .
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Dinner Out
    Milwaukee
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Took the family out for a birthday dinner. The service was great from the start. The server ask if we were there for a show ( quick two course meal options are on the back of the menu). We were not and ordered drinks and appetizers. Classic appetizers with some fun items mixed in. We all ordered a house specialty. Pork shoulder with sweet potatoes and a side of brussel sprouts is highly recommended. Reasonable pricing is also a bonus. Will visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Time!
    Robbie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was fantastic! My wife and I had an excellent time! Our waitress, Lauren, was super attentive and cheerful! We have spent more money in other places with far less satisfaction! We will definitely go back there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mix of pub and restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    As nice as the other Bartolotta restaurants are, sometimes we're just in the mood for something a little less formal but with the same level of quality and attention to detail. The Rumpus Room offers that perfect mix. In a pub atmosphere, we found a long beer and wine list along with creative and unique appetizers and entrees. Service was at the same, high Bartolotta standard. A great, relaxing anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    For me bartolatta restaurants I either love or could do without. Harbor House is my favorite. Rumpus Room is now also on my favorite list. First time having dinner, but have enjoyed the amazing bar selection on a few previous occasions. Beer cheese soup was perfection as well as our other appetizers. I am a vegetarian and had two options (standard for nicer restaurants) and I went with the grilled cheese as the farro did not look appetizing to me. My grilled cheese was just ok. You could taste the great quality cheese but it was a bit burned and greasy. Not sure what more you could really expect from a grilled cheese. I love the décor and ambiance. Server was really kind and I got an AMAZING birthday dessert. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Pre Ballet Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    An hour and twenty minutes should be enough time for two people to have a light dinner before the ballet. We ordered two appetizers and then a salad and burger for dinner. We specifically said, "We would like to start with A, and then have B." We waited, waited, waited some more. It did not appear as if our server was serving anyone else however either. Then after waiting almost 20 minutes we were brought everything at once. The fries that came with the burger were cold. My apple salad with ham used to be a favorite of mine, but perhaps they were running low in the kitchen because it was tiny, tiny, although delicious. Something needs to be done about the service though. This person hadn't a clue.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food=good, service=poor
    tryingnewplaces
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This place wasn't up to what I have come to expect from a restaurant in the family of restaurants. The service was consistent. By consistent, I mean consistently slow. According to our server, the wine list was undergoing an overhaul. We ordered the 6 year aged cheddar as an appetizer...they were out of it. No service recovery. Generally speaking the food good to very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar & ambience, limited menu
    MidwestTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Rumpus Room is a great, dark wood paneled restaurant with an old world feel. They have a very good bar, and I had a very well made Manhattan. For a genuine cocktail, this is one of the best locations in Milwaukee. The interior of the restaurant is terrific. Dark wood walls. Milk glass fixtures. Incandescent lights. Gives the entire space a cozy feel. My only down mark for the restaurant is that the food menu is very small. The food is locally grown, great tasting and well presented...just wish there were more options. We were with a group and there were a few folks that ended up with salads for lack of other options.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food/Service/Ambiance
    Foodycat
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My husband and I chose Rupus Room because of the proximity to Pabst Theater event we were attending. We are so glad we made that choice! We were hesitant because of the small food selection; however, the restaurant more than met our expectations. The food, service and ambiance were great. The steak sandwich was seasoned to perfection! The experience helped contribute to a great date night. We will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous
    trysomethingnew
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My Dad and I chose Rumpus Room based on location to The Rep, and because I had a gift card. The noise level was much more energetic than we had hoped, but our table near the window was a treat. The waiter was friendly, patient, and prompt. He gave us recommendations, and he was correct; the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great before SHOW!
    Msmackay
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went to Rumpus Room and then to a show at the Uihlein Theater in downtown Milwaukee. It is right across the street from the theater and extremely convenient. Food was great. We will DEFINITELY do again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No salted pretzels!
    thattravelguy3956
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    With a great specialty beer list, they ran out of pretzels (not the dry salted type, but the soft, fresh baked, warm, served with brewery mustard cheese type)! They also were tapped out of 2 of the beer types I requested off their menu. May have been a random fluke, but essentially by the third time the waiter returned to say "I am sorry, we 'just' ran out" I was a bit annoyed. Burger was fair, but many are better in Milwaukee.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating
    almquian2518
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a fairly large group, 10 people, to celebrate my birthday. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was all served hot and fast considering how many people we had. Have been there before and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dry cleaning needed....
    Jonesy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was great, our bartender was fab, the vibe in the place was nice. But what Rumpus Room completely lacks is ventilation. There was an overriding scent of fryer grease and smokey, over cooked something. When we left, we all smelled like we'd been eating jalapeño poppers and hot wings in the neighborhood tavern. I know they're going for English Pub, but some things are better left unreplicated. I'd just picked my coat up from the cleaner and it's headed back Monday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly Staff Mediocre Food
    occasionalDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Immediately upon entering the bar I was greeted by a friendly employee who directed me to the restaurant host, who also welcomed us warmly and showed us to our table. In addition to the menu, we also received a printout with the seasonal selections and specials with the list of currently tapped beers. This made it easier to consider the entire variety of choices, rather than having the specials verbally listed by a server. Once we ordered, it did seem to take a long time for the food to come out of the kitchen, and when it did it was good, but not remarkable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slightly disappointed
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The special request I made on open table (for our anniversary) was not fulfilled or even acknowledged, which was very disappointing. I had high expectations given we have had great experiences at other Bartolotta restaurants in Milwaukee when making similar requests through our OpenTable reservations. The kitchen staff then tried to bring our main entree out before we had even been given the 3 small bites/appetizers we ordered. They rectified this immediately, but it was clear our entrees were then just sitting back under the warmer while we ate the appetizers. (This was clearly indicated by how dry the bone-in chicken was.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show dinner
    luvtoeatinMKE
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went to Rumpus Room for a quick dinner before a show downtown and the service and food were great. Our server kept things moving along without making us feel rushed. Though this is a more casual Bartalotta restaurant, it sacrifices none of the service you'd expect from them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roasted Chicken-Mmmmm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Roasted chicken is perfection. Knowledgable server added to dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great and service is better
    Drakon
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food and our server was excellent. Great place to have an early dinner befpre catching a show at the Riverside. They have a ton of craft beer to select from as well. Everything we ordered was fantastic! This is a little higher end restauraunt but unlike other places I have been to it delivers 100% with high quality food that is cooked to perfection! I will go back again and again and you will too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food fast service
    pomnian
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were in a rush and the staff was very helpful. Food was very good but not excellent, although we tried quick sandwiches type food but the entrees sounded very interesting, so probably going back to try the rest
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for pre-theater or concert
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service is friendly and remarkably efficient, making the restaurant a great spot even on busy nights before concerts and theater in the Wells/Water Street area. There are lots of different options on the menu and the food is consistently well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Patrick
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I ate here before going to the concert. The staff knew it was a concert night, so they were ready for the rush. The food was fantastic, our waiter was absolutely excellent(Kevin), drinks were great. We were not rushed, the food came out just the right temp, and it was great. We Would recommend this place to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Dinner at the Rumpus Room on Saturday, 10/4, far exceeded my expectations. Everything about the experience was great. Would definitely recommend as well as return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was ok
    TravelDiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The menu is limited but the food taste and quality is good...once you get it. The server was good BUT it took over 40 minutes for us to be served once we ordered. Too long. And this was at the beginning of the night..can't imagine what it would be like with a full restaurant. Nothing special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sundays best for the Rumpus Room
    crowbar01
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Last Sunday was quiet--perfect for people watching and celebrating an anniversary. Menu had a wide range of choices--all tasty!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    DennisG
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    They need some acoustic dampening to lower the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Safe bet
    Epicureans
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We use this place quite a bit especially pre events like we did this Sunday,for an early bite and a drink before heading to the Pabst. Dependable is what it is, love the small share type plates and always have to have the fries. The menu has not changed much since we started coming, thats good and bad in a way, but there is a bit of variety and its always really great food and drinks, love the beer varieties. Great service, well it was quiet so no rush. Will continue to be our Go-to place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too noisy to consider returning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Although the meal was adequate, hamburgers good, menu limited, I would not consider returning. The noise level was so bad as to be uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food okay service
    fridayfun
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Ford was delicious but service was slow. My husband's order came incorrectly. When the right entree came it wasn't perfectly cooked. My food was excellent! Got a delicious free dessert for the mix up. A little too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • boquet2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were running late do to freeway traffic. We called the restaurant that we would be late. They were very understanding and still kept out reservation. They also accomodated our request for prompt service as we had symphony tickets. The menu has great choices for those wanting something not filling to those whose appetite is for something more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great scallops
    Musicfoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The menu is best for red meat eaters. The pan-seared scallops are worth the trip though. A huge beer selection and a decent wine list. It was fairly loud and the piped in music did not match the ambiance. Close to the Marcus CPA and parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RussVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very nice overall. The menu is a little unique, which is good for me but no so good for my wife. However, we both liked what we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic