Ward's House of Prime - Delafield

Ward's House of Prime - Delafield

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 2623379199
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tues - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Tues - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Prime Rib
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Ward's House of Prime - Delafield
Collectively, we’ve been in the steakhouse business for as long as you’ve been craving a truly unique dining experience – maybe even longer. At Ward’s House of Prime, we learned what you wanted from a steakhouse and then we designed a restaurant where high-end entrees are served at a reasonable price in an atmosphere that’s upscale yet relaxed.

At our steakhouse, we want you to feel just as comfortable ordering full-plate entrees in the main dining room as you would ordering from the bar menu and watching sports in the lounge. While prime rib is our specialty (served every day), we also give special attention to seafood, chicken, veal and vegetarian entrees as well as our lighter fare of appetizers, sliders and stonefire flatbreads. And we offer a variety of martinis, beers, cocktails and wines by the glass – as well as an extensive list of 500 wines by the bottle, all at a fair price.

We hope you’ll dine with us soon!
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Ward's House of Prime - Delafield reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (35)great for outdoor dining (21)romantic (20)notable wine list (19)neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (8)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great for business dinners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Good food and service. Menu is broad, but prices are a little higher than other local places. Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-So
    WIFoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although I made reservations weeks before went, we were seated in the bar instead of the dining room. The bar was extremely loud and we would have preferred the dining area, especially since this was a special occasion for us (birthday). I had the prime rib which was flavorful but very chewy. My dining companion had the veal marsala which was very good. The food wasn't worth the prices charged and we won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    ski4life
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Tried Wards for the first time this past weekend for our 30th wedding anniversary. Prime rib was the best I have had. Had the 24 oz prime done rare ++ at waiters recommendation. Finished the leftovers this evening. Not quite as good as the night it was prepared, but still darn tasty! Staff were all pleasant and truely were happy that you were there to share your evening with them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We recently enjoyed our dining experience at Wards. The wine list is outstanding and the craft brew selection is like nothing I've ever seen. Nothing is on tap - only bottles which allows for a wider selection including my husband's favorite Two Hearted Ale! The wait staff was attentive, enthusiastic about the restaurant, and very knowledgeable regarding wine a food selections. A member of our party had the filet and had it butterflied - it melted in our mouths - was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Looking for Prime? Keep looking...
    bjs539
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was good, the ambiance was "ok" once we got upstairs (the downstairs is just like a neighborhood bar). We dressed based on menu prices, and found that we were overdressed. Apparently t-shirts, shorts, and sandals are allowed at this 'fine dining' establishment. No worries, we were there to eat some delicious prime, not attend a fashion show. Unfortunately the delicious prime was nowhere to be found. we were served prime that did not appear to have been slow roasted, and was nothing but fat, gristle, and vein. Also, it's bone in, So my $83 piece of prime have probably 16 ounces of terrible tasting consumable meat on it. The twice baked potatoes were fantastic, and the South African lobster was tasty, but overcooked and rubbery.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced for the experience
    AgingGracefully
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Prime rib was okay but not exceptional. Expected just a little bit more based on $$ and inviting restaurant appearance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Filet and Veal Marsala!!
    JRAndAll
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had the Veal Marsala and my wife and sons all had the Filet. Every bite was awesome! I love steak and I love Italian food, and Ward's knocked it out of the park on both counts! Not sure what the tables upstairs were like. We were on the ground level - tall chairs (I would have preferred to have my feet on the ground). It was a bit loud, but we were there at 7:30 on a Saturday night, so... Loud but not obnoxious. All in all, it was great!! We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JRPMDVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a party of six. Our table was well cared for by the wait staff. We all had salads, either Caesar or wedge, and liked them. Four had prime rib which was very nice. One had a strip steak that satisfied him. The salmon special was delicious. We did not get desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    MartyDinner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I had decided to celebrate my Wedding Anniversary with dinner at Ward's - Delafield. My Wife and I enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    2beagle
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    RESERVATIONS: I made an online reservation (super-easy) to guarantee we'd have a table for our anniversary weekend dinner. FOOD: The hubs had a 24 oz prime rib, salad and mashed potatoes. I had a 14 oz bone-in filet, twice baked potatoes, salad. Excellent--very tasty, and the meat was cooked perfectly. DRINKS: My hubby had some Spotted Cow ale, and I had my first ever martini! Cory's Cosmopolitan--yummy! We also had some fantastic coffee with dessert (see "SERVICE"). SERVICE: Impeccable. I waffled between 2 desserts before making my choice, and when the server or mgr. decided we waited too long to get it, we were brought both--ON THE HOUSE! It was a lovely evening on the balcony outdoors!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Left Much To Be Desired ...
    TimandKathy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We both had steak and scallops. First, let me say that the steak was tender and flavorful. It was the highlight of our meal. The noise level was very high; we had trouble carrying on a conversation. The scallops were overdone and almost soggy. The double baked potato was mushy, lacking the crust on top the way that I like it. The presentation was nonexistent; the food was simply thrown on the plate with little thought given to the way it looked. For the prices they are asking (our dinner came to $130 with 2 glasses of wine and no dessert), I expect a lot more value for my money. I won't be going back any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Steak and Seafood
    WalesSummerGirl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a great experience at Ward's. Downstairs is a very vibrant bar with wood paneling and wine lockers. Dining is upstairs. Formal but comfortable with white tablecloths, wood floors and local art on the walls. Our server was very nice and gave good feedback on our questions. My husband had the sea bass and he said it was one of the best he has ever had. Huge piece cooked perfectly. I had steak and scallops and all were delicious. Nice wine list - reasonably priced and you will find all of your favorites in there. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Foodiedude2
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a great time. Great food and wine. A bit loud. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jflanagan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    2nd time dining. Much better than the first time. Good food, great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Parada2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We tried this looking for a steakhouse out by where we live in Lake Country. It was our anniversary and we wanted to go to a nice restaurant to celebrate. We were impressed with the wine list & quality of the food. When we made the reservation we wrote that it was our anniversary & were surprised with a large piece of cake for free! We will be back & have already told others about Ward's in Delafield!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    jse218
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service was very good, with a very nice waitstaff. We did order an appetizer which never came. Food presentation was very bland. Steak on a plate...that was it. No garnish whatesoever. A 6 oz filet on a giant square - with nothing else on the plate looked very awkward and like a giant rip off. Food tasted good, however, for the money I would try another place next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Lexus
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went to Wards for our Anniversary it was fabulous The food was outstanding the service very good We will be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed
    Doll
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The wait staff was good, but our steaks weren't very flavorful. I've had better. Plus it was quite pricey for what you get!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bobstastebud.com
    Bobstastebuds
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great Prime Ribs - little fat through the meat, well seasoned - any cut, any size. Great Service. Good wine list. Full review on www.bobstastebud.com.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Surprise
    DaveB
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We dined at Ward's this past Saturday. We arrived early for our dinner reservation. The bar staff was very friendly & helpful. Dinner was excellent. I had the Sea Bass, my Wife had prime Rib. The Bass was as tasty & flavorful as any I have ever had. The Prime was very good. We thought it was overpriced for its size. (8oz.) Overall a most enjoyable evening. We will be going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Alfresco
    McFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    It was our first time at Ward's and it won't be our last for sure. It was a beautiful evening and we were able to dine outside. Our server, was very friendly and helpful. Two people in our party ordered the Prime Rib which was cooked perfectly. One person ordered the Lobster Ravioli and she also said it was very good. My husband ordered a New York Strip which was excellent. We ordered the mushrooms, dinner salads, and Brussel Sprouts and all the sides were very good. We never went inside so I can't comment on the bar area. We also loved their great wine selection. The restaurant Manager, (I think) came over to say hello and thank us for dining with them. I appreciate that little gesture. It was a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly great...
    Plavis
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wife & I were pre-celebrating Fathers Day with the hope of finding a superior prime rib. Everything was exceptional except the prime which was wonderful looking but lacked taste. We're still searching. Only downside was the upstairs seating. My wife walks with a cane but negotiated the stairs with effort. After dinner we discovered that they do have an elevator but noone offered that option on our arrival.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful time!
    Dee0478
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had never been to the restaurant in Milwaukee, but if it's anything like Wards in Delafield I will be going back to both! Gotta have the a prime rib of course which was excellent, ask for the horseradish sauce if that's your thing cause it is good. Our salad with house vinaigrette was very nice. Sides were good, my twice baked potato needed a bit more pop, kinda bland. My party ordered asparagus, it was cooked well but our hollandaise sauce was a bit broken. The wine lists was robust and had a lot to choose from. Overall, it was a bit on the expensive side but it's not to far from what you would expect for a quality meal in Delafield. Service was excellent and ambiance was nice, a little loud in upstairs dining area, not to bad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good but lacked WOW factor
    Paemj
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Was there with my wife for our 22 anniversary. This new restaurant is in our community. I would like it to succeed. I have never been to the original restaurant downtown. My first test for all steak restaurants is comparing their seafood/lobster/shellfish bisque. This was a disappointment. Was it created from a stock canned broth? It was very bland, thin and simply boring. Don't get me wrong, it tasted pleasant but not what I would expect from a high end steak place. I made a similar note with my steak. Just needed a little more seasoning. However on a very positive note, I ordered my steak rare, which I usually do. For one of the first times in my life I was actually served a rare steak. That was truly a treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Creme Brûlée Ever
    hpowers
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The lobster and prime rib were both cooked to perfection. The Creme brûlée was the best I've ever had. Is go back just for it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drew
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Very pleased. Have been to the Ward's downtown, and the Delafield location did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    wbeats
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My wife and I wanted a high end restaurant to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We were disappointed with the taste and presentation of our streaks. Average at best with no presentation. Just a piece of meat on a plate. We expected much more for a $42 steak. There are much better pubs in the LC area.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinning Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderful meal- steaks perfectly done, sea bass spectacular. Pace of service just right. The waiter could see we very having great conversation and reacted perfectly. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    No ambiance at upstairs dining room...Food was overpriced for the quality of the food. Downstairs was really really loud when we thru to leave. We always enjoyed the restaurant before it was changed. Who likes to eat upstairs almost alone except for a table of 10 loud businessmen. Wards downtown is great...What happened?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The place is great , will come back again and again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Ward's House of Prime - Delafield reviews archive.
  • Out of town guests
    Newintown
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Dined at Ward's with out of town friends visiting from Denver. Very quiet Monday night so hardtop judge normal flow. Food was fabulous. well prepared, nicely presented. We shared calimari and ahi tuna appetizers. Everyone had steak or prime rib. Overall a wonderful experience. Pricey but then this was a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VERY DISAPPOINTED!
    badgers1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    MY HUSBAND AND I HAD A RESERVATION ON SATURDAY NIGHT, AND THERE WAS SOME CONFUSION AS TO IF AND WHEN OUR TABLE WOULD BE READY. WE WAITED IN THE BAR AREA AND FOUND THAT TO BE TOO LOUD. WHEN WE ARRIVED AT OUR TABLE OUR SERVER GREETED US AND SHE DID A WONDERFUL JOB. MY HUSBAND ORDERED THE SPECIAL (FILET AND RAVIOLI) HE FELT THE STEAK DID NOT HAVE ANY FLAVOR AT ALL. THE MASH POTATOES HE HAD BLAND AND COLD. I ORDERED THE PRIME RIB AND FELT IT WAS FAIR AT BEST. IT WAS NOT VERY SEASONED AT ALL. LASTLY WE FELT IT WAS OVER PRICED FOR THE ENTRY AND $12.50 FOR A SCOTCH WAS TOO MUCH.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food; mediocre service
    alcokaVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Wanted to try a new place for our anniversary and Wards hasn't been open long. We arrived early, planning to have a drink at the bar before dining, but the bar was packed, and our table was ready. We were very disappointed that our small table for 2 was in a corner jammed next to the stair case. First thing we noticed before being seated was the noise. Horrible acoustics. There was a loud table of 4 next to us, and a party of 8 nearby--we literally had to yell to each other to be heard. Took a long time to have a server acknowledge us. Did nothing special for our anniversary--didn't say a word even though we noted it on Open Table. Outstanding food, even the house salad. Too bad the service was average at best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What was the manager thinking?!
    Lori
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had a lovely quiet table for four upstairs but knew trouble was brewing as behind us was a table set for 20! And of course they arrived just before our food was served. We told our waiter that we didn't think this was going to work. But he brought our food amidst the very loud party of 20! We were not happy and had to remind ourselves that this was NOT the waiter's fault. What manager would put a group of 20 right in the middle of other diners? Even if the group did not request a private room, a restaurant manager should know a party that size would be a disruption to other diners!! The owner tried to make it alright with a gift card. As a business owner we know anyone can have a bad day. We will give it another try.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spent $175.00
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Steak was very tender but had no flavor, did not even have salt and pepper, the grilled shrimp appetizer was overlooked, the ceaser salad that I paid extra for was too wet. With The amount of money we spent, I expected better. We told our server that the grilled shrimp was overlooked, he said sorry but he should have deducted from the bill.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Food
    SEA1VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Our party of 6 was seated at a round table which was nice for conversation but the room was so loud we could not hear each other across the table. Four in our group had the prime rib and two had filets. The filets were luke warm and all 4 prime ribs were very full of fat and not very tender. One prime rib had to be sent back as it was cold in the center. The wait staff was quite pleasant about taking care of that request. The twice baked potatoes were like something you would buy frozen in the store and put in your oven, not what I would expect. I do have to say the service was very good and the staff was friendly. We will not be going back as there are too many other great restaurants in Milwaukee at this price range.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place birthday celebration!
    Senior
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Service was prompt. Attentive but not overly so. Management checked on us several times to see if everything was to our liking. Nice touch. Food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nearly Perfect
    Makingmehungry
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Only a few months in business and this place has it all right! Great layout, great food, awesome service. Very happy to see that they were able to take their downtown Milwaukee format to the lake country! Bar is a bit small, with too much area devoted to dinners (save some tables for waiting before dining). Upstairs is cozy, bit quieter dining experience. Can't wait for outdoor seating. Food was great too! Would be nice to see some unique items as compared to downtown menu. Give me a reason to drive out there more often!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Phenomenal portions of prime rib. Service initially took a little longer but our server later was great and the food was excellent
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Worth checking out, but meat was not exactly as good as it should be for the cost. Overall experience was great, but filet and prime rib were just good.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.