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

Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee Details

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

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

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Prime Rib, Steakhouse, American
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Best prime rib I have ever had and great service to boot!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "for a downtown place would like a better dresses bartender not one with all tatoos"
    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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "They cater to food allergies, and I've never had a problem. Food is always consistent, and service is always great!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, as always, and the price was very reasonable for the quality of the food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great meat, good soup, terribly overdone potato, less than average dessert. Best waitress service in years!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "...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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We visited during Downtown Dining Week. The bread basket was plentiful and tasty. The Ceasar salad was ok - a little too tangy for my taste. A little disappointed in the desserts. The desserts offered were the banana cake with cream cheese frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Neither cake had a lot of flavor. In fact, they almost tasted the same. While I enjoyed my experience, (except for the dessert) there are other places I would go before I would go back here."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "With another couple, we decided to give Ward's a try for supper. Not only was the meal great and the service likewise, but we were able to enjoy our conversation despite very healthy background buzz. While perhaps a bit expensive for regular dining with friends this is a great place for special occasions and for business entertainment. I'd expect the same to be true at lunch as well."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I was here for downtown dining week. I can't say I was overly impressed with the items on the limited menu. My salad was very standard, the steak had no seasoning on it so it was rather boring, and the banana cake was not impressive at all. The cake was large, very heavy, and lacked any distinctive flavoring. I noticed other tables had barely touched their cake. Perhaps it was due to downtown dining week, but I feel that the restaurant missed the opportunity to really market themselves for this occasion."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Professional in every aspect of dining: service, atmosphere and most importantly FOOD!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Quality food and service each time we dine there! The lobster bisque is to die for! This time had the sea bass and it was very, very good. We are always pleased to come to this restaurant every other month. Great neighborhood find!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We took advantage of the downtown dining. We were seated right away. The prime rib was delicious and cooked perfectly. The sea bass was also. Really enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere. Appreciated the valet parking service which was reasonably priced. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Your Pulled-pork sandwich was very tasty, good sized portion and not over powered by the bread. Well done."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Visited fot downtown dining week. The steak was delicious. Also had the sea bass which was fine but the ambiance if the ate was lacking. White fish on a white plate with a white sauce. My white baked potato with white sour cream was also on a white plate. Not eye appealing. Desserts were so so. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our experience was very good. The value for the dollar was excellent. When I was disappointed in my wine selection the wait person went and got me a taste of something he thought I'd like better Only one thing disappointed. The dessert with the dinner was so dense . . . . it disappointed . . . but what can I say it was a great experience."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great service - Great Food (we had the prime rib, along with the caramelized Brussels sprouts and mushrooms - house salad notably good) - No problems."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The prime rib, for which the restaurant is noted, was excellent. Probably the best I've ever had, if not very close. The wait staff was a mixed bag; they were attentive, but unwilling to make a substitution for a low-carb item for a side. Also, from the time we got our check and my card was returned to me, no one on staff said a single word between that time and reaching the exit. Normally people will wish you a good night, etc., but no one said anything. They weren't terribly busy either, so that's no excuse. I have a suspicion that it was because my wife and I were not as well dressed as others, given that we had both just come from work. My money spends as well as anyone else's, so I wasn't real happy about that."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Never disappointed here. Great food and great service. Happy hour!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Prime Rib was excellent! Ambiance was great! Nice waitress and hostesses! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was great, we each had steaks which were perfectly prepared and presented. Wine list is extensive and pricing is comparable to other higher end restaurants. Will be back"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Took Mom and soon to be Mom in for Mother's day and they were greatly impressed. Simple menu makes selections easy, drinks were spot on, and our waiter was top-notch. Thank You!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My significant other and I went to Ward's to celebrate an anniversary. We arrived 40 minutes earlier than our 6:30 weekend reservation, and decided to have a drink. There was a mom, dad, and their 2 kids at the bar having root beer floats while waiting for their take out dinner. They were the only other people at the bar, and the bartender seemed to make them feel welcome too. Our appetizer (Seafood Platter) was very good, the Scallops were the highlight. We were a little concerned with the "Wall of Fame," meaning, that if their gimmick is to sell larger and larger cuts or prime rib, would the quality suffer? My concerns were unfounded, as I chose the 24oz cut -- The flavor was exceptional, texture was tender, temperature was spot on. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Prime rib was very tender and the side was good. Nice for a romantic dinner or special event. Prices seem a bit expensive but I would have to explore other entree options next visit to see if it's worth the price. Overall I was very pleased with the food and service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I brought a client with me and mentioned in my reservation that this was an important client. They had us setup in a private room and my clients were very impressed. The dinner was fantastic, and I really felt like they went the extra mile to make my experience great!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Observations after repeated visits - #1 service is outstanding - it's the little things like refilling near empty wine glasses which many waiters ignore but somehow still expect to get tipped on the price of a bottle of wine - BTW the wine list is reasonably priced - meals are well paced too - food is fairly straight forward steakhouse fare but consistent and well presented - would be nice to have a veggie choice if you don't want one of the potato options "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "It was a last minute reservation for dinner on a Monday evening. I didn't think the restaurant was even open on a Monday so we took a chance. Didn't mind sitting in the bar since the dining room was apparently full. Even thought my daughter was 17, she had no problems dining in the bar either."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My wife and I aways enjoy Wards prime rib and other choice steaks. They're fantastic when paired with scallops. Wards defiantly make a point to provide a high level of service a a good experience to their guests. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great prime rib and the mushrooms and brussell sprouts are incredible."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went in for lunch in the middle of the week, got there right at noon. There were six other tables or so, not at all crowded. I had a prime rib sandwich and my friend had the 8oz. prime rib. My sandwich was dry and didn't have a lot of flavor. My friend's first reaction to the prime rib was "it's a lot bigger than I expected!", but it was really salty. The service was top shelf and the waiter was super friendly. We came away disappointed with the food, but willing to come back and give Ward's another try for dinner."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were having a nice and romantic dinner and suddenly they seated a group of six near our table. They were very loud and we had to talk loud to hear each other. I would hope in the future the host do a better job seating guest. I would suggest keeping couples group together and large parties group together."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Salads and Appetizers-very good Service was very good as well. Dinner-We had Filet Mignon and Prime Rib. The filet was not very good. Not much taste to it and a lot of fat. The Prime Rib was dry and tough to eat. I had the chocolate cake desert. It was not good at all. It was dry and not much taste to it. We were looking forward to eating there but left very disappointed."
    Dined on 4/19/2014