Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee
Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://wardshouseofprime.com/
  • Phone: 414-223-0135x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: Bill Baumann
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee
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 Milwaukee, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (74)romantic (53)notable wine list (28)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (15)great for lunch (12)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great service
    Ktcake
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Server very attentive, the night flowed flawless. Food was very good and came out in timely manor.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the specials.
    Tiggerlove
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wards has always had the best prime rib and this time was no exception. Our server was great, attentive but not intrusive. We went after work on a Fri. around 5pm and had the dining room to ourselves for most of our meal. The bar had a lot of people chattering away, enjoying themselves. We even got to park around the corner, close by. A very pleasant experience altogether.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    SLH1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Freezing cold. Very loud since almost empty. Everything else pretty average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ward's House of Prime
    AmaG
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The only thing I'd be hesitantly critical of is the Noise Level. The group across from us was incredibly loud. I recognize that the level of noise generated by customers cannot be controlled by the restaurant. But maybe some consideration should be given to separate areas for groups of 6 or larger. Putting 2 customers at a table across from a large group made our conversation very difficult to hear. Everything else and I do mean absolutely everything else was excellent. I hadn't been to Ward's for a while and was delighted that the quality of food and service has not diminished. It is apparent that Ward's prides itself on quality of food and servers. The Hostess was equally delightful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food!
    Shell
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The best steak and prime rib dinner I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Things could have been worse
    masdumas
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was good (even though I've never had carpaccio that thick or cooked before) Cocktails not so much, as you don't put orange juice in a sidecar, especially when the menu calls for fresh lemon juice. Olives are never in a manhattan. service was attentive, so there's that
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    tomo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Bread was over toast, butter smelled refg. The prim rib was nothing special. Once is enough.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey but great food
    CBielins
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was awesome, but a bit pricey. We received a $25 gift certificate for our anniversary, that is the only reason we attended Wards. I'm not sure we would have ate there. The prices are not for your average pocket book. We would probably have to save for 6 months to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Katie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Steaks were underdone and underwhelming. I expect far more from food that costs that much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prime Expectations
    2foodies
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One of the top dinners I've had anywhere....lobster chunks and Ahi tuna appetizers were excellent. Had the best prime rib, hands down, I've ever had with a great salad and asparagus side. Terrific service, nice wine list, and excellent cab recommendation from the waiter. If you like a prime rib treat a couple of times a year, make both of those events at Ward's. You won't be disappointed. The crème Brulle was quite good also and made up for the errant fire alarm that serenaded us for about 10 minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good date night for steak
    NewGirl2Milw
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    In the mood for steak, well this is a no-brainer. Amazing steak (5+ star), however twice baked potato was sub-par, dried or uncooked, same for the table bread. Good staff & decent amt of wine options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The prime rib was excellent.
    Tinman
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The rest of the food was good. The service was very good. The overall dining experience was very good. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • menue issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    was there a 2100. They were out of prime rib. unacceptable for a place that specialises in prime rib
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Husband's Birthday
    WHPfan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Amanda was wonderful. She's an awesome waitress. Very kind and helpful. Attentive without being a pest. The food is amazing. My husband is now on the wall of frame for 3 different size cuts of prime rib. They brought my husband a delicious chocolate cake for his birthday.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    outoftowner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food, staff, selection..this place has it all..a must visit if you're in town
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and classy
    love2eat
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Went to Ward's for our anniversary dinner. This was our first time at Ward's. We were both very happy with our dining experience. Food was great. Server was friendly. Definitely will enjoy this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prime rib
    innuendo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I loved sticking their hot meat in my mouth. I'd recommend everyone puts Wards in their mouth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Steak
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The steaks arrived and both were done to perfection. A great selection of wine and beer. The waiters were great and very outgoing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was our first visit to Wards. We saw it on TV and it looked great. The resturaunt is nice but the food did not live up to the hype. We all got the prime rib in various sizes. The meat was cheawy and didn't have much flavor. The side dishes were good. We get a better quality prime rib dinner for a third of the cost at our neighborhood Italian restaurant. I'm glad we had a groupon to help with the cost because it was not worth what we paid. Would not go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good prime rib
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The prime rib was very good. Sides were ok had a baked potato and wife had the twice baked with she really enjoyed. We went later on a week night and it was not busy at all which was kind of nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    jabkVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoy going to Wards for a special occasion dinner and have not been disappointed. Superb service from the valet, waitstaff, and management and the prime rib is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prime time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    All 3 of us had prime rib and it was DELISH! The carmelized brussel sprouts were outstanding and so was the banana cake and red velvet cake! What a fantastic dinner - can't wait to eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellant Prime Rib and location
    Exceptional
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was the first time I visited the restaurant and I was extremely satisfied with the food, service, and beauty of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    MrsBe
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food at Ward's was super! The only thing I did not like was the salad ... just lettuce & dressing. The prime rib was wonderful and the walleye was so delicious. Both cooked to perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Very relaxing - not noisy and the food was not rushed. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steakhouse with pizazz
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Visiting steakhouses can be very intimidating. Most seem to be kind of snobbish on the ordering of non-steak items on the menu. Plus most are ala carte. Ward's idea is totally different. They give you a meal with your dinner. Included is salad or soup and a side, and for no real difference in price than the other steakhouses. We were more than pleased with all of our dinners. I highly recommend the lobster bisque and if they have a dry aged steak for a special to not hesitate ordering it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    crash0veride
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Best prime rib I have ever had and great service to boot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service!
    Jbird
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went to Ward's for my husband's birthday. Everyone was happy with their food. The server was attentive, knowledgable and friendly. Service was fast and food was very good. The kids enjoyed their steaks too. Great family dinner. Will go back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend getaway
    Foody153
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Upon arriving at Wards the service was terrific. I made the reservation on line with no difficulties. We were immediatly seated and our waiter Tim was quick to attend to our needs. Tim was engaged and friendly and very informative of the nights specials and recommendations . Our food arrived in a timely manner, hot and cooked to our exact specifications. Fresh and delicious! I would not hesitate to recommend Wards and will definitely return when we are back in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not great this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our service was great, the drinks were great, but the food wasn't as good as previous visits. I asked if they could check on the availability of rare as it was later in the night. The server came back and assured me there was rare left...and my prime rib came out medium. It still tasted good, though it was quite over done. I didn't say anything because I was too hungry to wait for something else and I didn't want to disrupt the conversation I was having with my friends. It won't deter me from returning, though. I just might go earlier in the night (although I am usually a later diner). That I usually eat rare and I could still enjoy the flavor of the over-cooked hunk of meat--that says something.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service very bad food good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    for a downtown place would like a better dresses bartender not one with all tatoos
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a nice time
    Youthinkofaname
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The rolls and steak were great. I was a bit disappointed with the crab and avocado salad as I expected chunks of crab atop, not crab paste. My husband mentioned it was my birthday in the reservation--they did nothing, not even expressing good wishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Have not been to Ward's in aboutba year. Food was excellent, service was good but server did not have much personality, but she did a good job. We were down at Bastile days and were worried we would be under dressed in T-shirt and short. Fortunately we were welcomed. They may want to clarify dress requirements as casual on their open table posting, we almost did not go because we were unsure. Overall we were very happy. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MidwestMomBC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Lobster bisque starter was flavorful and hot. I like my soup hot so this was important. Prime rib was tasty although it was more on the rare side than medium as was ordered. Service was very good and the quiet elegance of the room was soothing. Over all a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food!
    mssnappy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    They cater to food allergies, and I've never had a problem. Food is always consistent, and service is always great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    SteveandMary
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Just wanted to say what a great meal it was! Food was incredible and I will be back over and over! And Kudos to Tim our waiter one of the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chelle
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was wonderful, as always, and the price was very reasonable for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great meat, good soup, terribly overdone potato, less than average dessert. Best waitress service in years!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Mediocre Service
    PhyreVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I have been to Ward's on several occasions, and I am usually not disappointed by the food. My last visit was no exception, but I should say there probably should have been a little more barbecue sauce on the pulled pork sandwich. The service could have been a little better. It took about 5 to 10 minutes before the waitress came to our table after we were seated. After that, she was somewhat scarce. Fortunately, there were other staff that were able to take away the dishes as we finished our courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience but...
    aongus
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    ...nothing over-the-top. The food (prime rib) was cooked perfectly. Great taste, ok/good wine list, nice atmosphere. Good service (which is great, considering it was during Milwaukee's Downtown Dining event). Dessert was a little lacking (we were taking advantage of "Downtown Dining" with the limited menu... we had the flourless chocolate cake and a key lime dessert... I believe - not 100% on the latter). Both were just "ok" in our opinion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.