Rumpus Room
Rumpus Room

Rumpus Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rumpusroommke.com/
  • Phone: 4142920100x
  • 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 WinnerAmerican
Rumpus Room reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)vibrant bar scene (40)good for groups (31)special occasion (30)hot spot (20)neighborhood gem (16)romantic (14)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (12)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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.
    • Food
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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.
  • Russ
    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
  • Great food
    ARB1968VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the flat bread and the pork schnitzel with a side of asparagus. The food was wonderful. We ate here before and tried alot of the small plates, enjoyed the entree alot more. Would like to come back for a burger. Only complaint would be the noise level. Great place to go before the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful service
    hsimmon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were there celebarting a special event. They took very good care of us and it was both a wonderful experience as well as delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first experience
    RacineFoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first visit to Rumpus Room. The snacks and entree's we chose were great. The bacon was delicious and the pork shoulder was awesome. The host and waitress were awesome. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • accomodating of our group
    dpartyof3
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A group of 11 adults dined for dinner for my husband's 32nd birthday. The host and our waiter were both very accomodating to our large group....we were seated very promptly, and our waiter had excellent timing to get us all drinks, appetizers, entrees, and after-dinner drinks and dessert. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and suggested some wonderful beers and cocktails. Food came exactly as ordered. Can't stress enough how great the staff were to our group. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow and Noisy
    SoMkeJoe
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It took 10 min to seat the 3 groups that had 8:00 reservations 4, 2 & 4!!! The noise level on Sat was so loud I couldn't even have a conversation because we were seated between two large groups.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Gem of the Bartolotta's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good quality food, excellent drinks, friendly service, all of it for reasonable cost
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place, nice food, good Beer
    ManWorkingHere
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We chose to come here because we had a gift certificate and had not been to this location of all the Bartalotta's yet. We enjoyed the time we spent there. The dining area is separated from the bar area by just a divider so if you wish to watch sports, stay in the bar area. We had a Rumpus Burger to split between us. A half pounder, tasty inside, thick bun. Shoestring french fries is their style so they are hard to keep hot before serving. The decor has high ceilings and not much to look at on the walls. Made for a simple dining experience with good food. We had a lighter beer and a porter from the long list of craft beers available. Lots of choices available. Matched well with a burger.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From museum art to menu art
    menumuncher
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Came from Milwaukee Art Museum Kandinsky Exhibition to the Rumpus Room for dinner. Menu offerings from appetizers to dessett so varied and each entree a masterpiece in its own right. Had taken my friend there as part of early birthday present. Our server Oval was friendly and knowledgeable about menu questions and we had the Roasted Chicken with simple salad. One of the BEST meals ever! Oval brought a special dessert with a candle on top for my friend (and a second fork for me!) Would go back just for that dessert! Needless to say it was a great evening, well worth the 3 1/2 hr drive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy anniversary to us
    sheilap819
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We could have just eaten off the "snack" menu and been satisfied. Started out with bacon and deviled eggs - awesome. For our meals we had a Rumpus burger and the Wisconsin grilled cheese du jour. Both sandwiches were good and were served with a heaping helping of crispy, delicious skinny fries. Finished off with the warm chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet - a rich and satisfying end to the meal. My main disappointment was that I had been checking out the cocktail menu online prior to going, and the one that I had picked out was no longer available. Also our waiter could have checked back a little more during the beginning of the meal - he was very attentive at the end though. Clean bathrooms also get two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken
    Leenme
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Best chicken and potatoes I have ever had in a restaurant. Great job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The busboy had to be asked to clear the table at least twice and we waited over 15 minutes for our check. I also experienced slow service during my last experience at the Rumpus Room so even though the food is very good, I would probably not return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service - Kitchen Struggled
    KANeumann
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a great experience with our exceptional server. They gave us 2 apps and we ordered one. We tried to send the second one back and they said, you might as well keep it. They charged us for both, which confused me. One of our steak sandwiches was burnt and had to get sent back as well. Most of the food was good but I was disappointed in getting charged for 2 apps. Not the servers fault but was unfortunate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was great. The entire staff was very friendly. I was very disappointed with the wine list. There are not any sweet wines available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Nonamer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Three of my girlfriends and I came here for a Birthday dinner before the Phantom of the Opera across the street. They have a convenient "Show" menu. It has a few appetizers, main courses, and desserts to choose from for a fixed price of $35. It's nice because then you can put all the orders in at the same time, not sure how much of a deal it is money wise. We ended up just got some sandwiches and drinks. I didn't much care for the french fries there. Normally I like skinny fries but these seemed stale. Our waitress was polite but very slow even when we let her know that we had a show to get to. Parking is bad, but it's downtown so that's expected. Overall, the food was very good, service, not so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration Gone Wrong!!!
    DowntownDiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Jam packed restaurant & bar. We had to clear our own bar table from previous guests, get our own wine glasses from the bar, and server was no where to be found. It seemed as though none of the waitstaff knew what was going on. It was 30 minutes past our reservation & we still were not going to be seated, so we ordered food at the bar table. After waiting 90 minutes for appetizers at our bar table, we finally cancelled our order & left. I would NOT recommended this restaurant to anyone!!! A waste of my time & money.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to Bartolotta standard
    beerguy75
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We went to the Rumpus Room on a weeknight before a show at the Pabst Theater after having been to several other of the Bartolotta restaurants over the years. Not sure if they were understaffed for the evening as it was very busy, but the service was inattentive and one of our entrees seemed to have been sitting for a bit before it was delivered. On a couple of occasions we were sitting at our table for 10-15 minutes with empty glasses and no food, waiting on part of our order or looking to order something else. We've spent many special occasions at other Bartolotta restaurants and had great experiences every time, but our first visit to the Rumpus Room ended being memorable for the wrong reasons. The food was generally good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pre-Theater Dining
    lg531
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went to Rumpus Room for dinner before seeing Phantom of the Opera. Had a great meal of Scotch Eggs and a Charcuterie platter. Was impressed that they offered a Phantom of the Opera menu too. Food was great and our waitress did a great job of making sure we were served and ready to go to our show on time! Highly recommend for anytime dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner before Phantom
    Glendale
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We chose this restaurant because of the proximity to the Marcus Center where we went to see Phantom. The waitress was nice, but slow and we had to wait too long for our check. The steak sandwich was excellent as were the drinks we ordered. The scallops were disappointing and my daughter did not eat them, so I shared my sandwich with her-no time to send it back. It was very busy, somewhat noisy but a pleasant experience. Pretty hard to ruin scallops, but they had a weird sauce/seasoning on it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    theaterchick
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Any Bartolatta excels with service. Consistant smiles and warm welcome are the reason I return over and over. The perfect spot pre-theater spot
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs some tweaking
    Notacomplainerbut
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    When one goes out for dinner, it is the total experience that is remembered. The appetizers were small for the price and the waiter forgot one of our items till close to the end of our meal. We could hear each other talk from across the table (and yes, our hearing is normal). The food was very good and we liked the draft beer list. People were very friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic