Anchorage - Holiday Inn Riverfront

3.3
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26 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Anchorage is steeped in history and newly renovated. The Anchorage Restaurant delivers delicious food featuring upscale seafood, steaks and premium cocktails! Additionally, Anchorage offers catering and welcomes private receptions on their outdoor patio.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner:5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 962-4710
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard "Chopper" Leidy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hampton Avenue
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Parking details
Free off street parking
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Entertainment
Live music Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5:30-8:00 on our beautiful patio overlooking the Milwaukee River
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 26 People Are Saying
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3.3based on all time ratings
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3.8
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3.2
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55% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MP
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good to very good, except the three cheese truffle flatbread, which was very plain, missing any truffle flavor and seemed to be topped with the cheapest grated parm. Service was ok, could be better. I don't think a single finished plate was cleared until we left the table. Service was courteous, at least. Admittedly, I was annoyed that they claimed not to take reservations, even though I had a reservation on OpenTable. It just wasn't a good look for our birthday dinner, kind of embarrassing and awkward. We enjoyed the outdoor area; firepit, giant jenga, giant Connect 4, bag toss, comfy seating, live music. Overall, good.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took mom and family for Mother’s Day brunch. The food and service were awesome.

Y
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was great, service was good but with the open concept, it was very loud. We sat at a bar height table that was long and wide. With only 6 of us, it wasn't very conducive to conversation. However, as I said the food was great and the service was good so I would definitely go back. Everyone had something different from the menu and we all liked our food selections a lot. I would definitely recommend it.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff did a great job of accommodating our group of 7 with short notice, and even opened up a room they don’t normally use for a Friday night. Server was very attentive and made sure we were well cared for with some delicious food. Overall, a very good experience.

LA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open table took our reservation but when we arrived they were just cleaning up from a funeral celebration and there were no tables EVEN SET up. I think Open table did them a great dis-service as we left immediately for another restaurant.

KZ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This is not the Anchorage of old. Very limited menu. Ordered the Ribeye @ $32. I got steak and potatoes (not even a salad or dinner bread). I could have made better potatoes at home.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, had reservations and was told the restaurant was closed to a private party. Service was ok but only one server and was told we could not use patio

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Bad service and low quality food

A
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not super busy on a Saturday night, but that’s a shame because the service was wonderful and the food was delicious. Yes, it’s not the Anchorage of old, but the pared down menu still has plenty of options and the entrees we ordered were all well prepared. I could eat the succotash under the crispy trout every day.

My only criticism is they were playing the same music at the same volume in the bar as in the restaurant. I think a slightly different selection in the restaurant would be better.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

was very disappointed in the menu. We haven't eaten here in awhile and were surprised to see so little choices for food. The chief did a great job everyone was happy with their food. Other customers sat down looked at the menu and walked out. You might think of adding more selections to keep customers returning.

T
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We are outside which was very nice. Our server was very attentive and helpful. I ordered the fish tacos and they were delicious. My son and husband ordered the cod dinner and it was only okay. My other son ordered a hamburger with additions and was quite pleased. We ordered two appetizers and they were okay. Both boys ordered dessert, one the bread pudding and the other a chocolate cake- both delicious.

MB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

I wasn't very impressed. My husband and I ordered fish and chips. $16 a plate for 3 tiny pieces of fish and a handful of fries. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but we could have eaten elsewhere and received more food for far less money.
The only saving grace was our awesome server Laura. She was funny, efficient and knowledgeable but I can assure you, we will never eat here again.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and the waitress brought us a desert for the birthday person, so very kind. The restaurant is very clean and the service was excellent. The waitress was very nice.

OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Fish fry average. Disappointed that a restaurant that used to be known as a go to seafood restaurant is now just a hotel restaurant

s
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Anchorage used to be a favorite special occasion place for my husband and me. He suggested we go there with a friend. It was our first time back since the remodel. I read several reviews before making the reservation & was a bit leery, as they were all over the map, but tended to be on the negative side. Unfortunately, our experience was on the low end, as well. My friend & I had the red snapper soup. It was good, but they no longer serve it with a bit of sherry, which definitely added an extra dimension, so that was a disappointment. We also had the perch dinner with potato pancakes, which turned out to be two very small pancakes, and an extremely small portion of coleslaw (same size container as tartar sauce). My husband had the all-you-can-eat fish fry. He originally was served two pieces, which were not very hot. Then we waited and waited and waited - even after my friend got up and tracked down our server - for him to get more fish. Eventually, he brought four more pieces, which ended up being too much, especially as my friend & I were already done with our meals. He apologized saying the kitchen was backed up, which we didn't exactly find believable, as it was not very busy - perhaps three or four other tables. Not sure we'll return . . . . . .

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

What menu has gone downhill since last visit. Disappointed in food

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We used to go to the Anchorage when the hotel was Hilton. Then they closed. The hotel reopened as a Holiday Inn and the Anchorage is now no way near what it used to be. it used to be a classy place with a good menu, great food and service. Now it looks more like a diner and the menu is one page. I would not recommend it to anyone.

BB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

This place is newly remodeled. The chairs are so low and hard that it is impossible to sit long because of back pain. The menu is small and the food was not good at all. I ordered some mozzarella sticks and you could tell what they were. My friend order wings and she said there was absolutely no seasoning on them.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We stopped by the Anchorage for a fish fry this past Friday. We had made a reservation online, but it was obvious that we didn't need it. . When we arrived, there was only one other couple in the restaurant at 5:30pm. The decoration of this place reminded me of someplace back in the early 50's. This restaurant is right on the Milwaukee River with large picture windows looking out over the water. It was clean and our orders were taken in a timely manner. I ordered an O'Doul's non-alcoholic beer, but was told that they didn't offer that brand, nor did the server offer an alternative. When our fish arrived, it was served with the smallest portion of cole slaw I had ever seen. We were also given a half a slice of rye bread without any butter, nor was any butter on the table. I guess that's how they can keep the price down to $12.00 a serving.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Inside was remodeled since my last visit a few years ago. Very sterile. Seats were so low at the tables you were right on top of the plates/food. Outside patio was nice - but inside was cold and uninviting. Food was okay - not stellar, but not bad. I won't go back. Too 'meh'.

BK
Milwaukee
98 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My business colleague and I had a very nice lunch. His salad was fresh and healthy, and my salmon sandwich was delicious. The actual restaurant was closed, so we ate in the front common area. No nice view and not as much ambiance as the restaurant, but our server made us feel very welcome and comfortable.

D
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had made reservations for our first time visit. When we arrived we were initially told the restaurant was closed due to Mother's day set-up. Then we were told they were honoring the two reservations that had been made for the evening. The food and service were good, but it was weird being one of the two tables being served. I do appreciate the reservation being honored. The patio looked very inviting and we plan to go back when the weather is warmer.

e
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our food was perfectly prepared, and we were served promptly, but not hurriedly, by a very pleasant and attentive sever. It was a very pleasant evening.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My server was very good but the food was mediocre. This was my first visit since the change of owner. The remodel is definitely a plus over the previous - but the menu is now just typical "hotel" restaurant - and very limited. My steak was okay - but the vegetables and baked potato were cold. My soup (potato/cheese) reminded me of when you try to heat up something cheesy in the microwave - the cheese separates and kind of curdles - and it wasn't even hot.

b
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The walleye and tilapia were super delicious.

e
Milwaukee
163 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anchorage changed hands from Hilton Hotel to Holiday Inn. Food was very good and service was excellent. The four of us had great meals and the prices were worth the meals.