Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint

4.7
1166 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steak
With its rustic feel, hardwood floors and abundant photographs capturing historic Beloit, Merrill & Houston’s has branded itself to tell a great story, but, most importantly, its focus is on the classic steakhouse. The highest of quality steaks and seafood with down-to-earth and attentive service make you feel like you are at your best friend’s home.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Join us for our famous Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, including a complimentary glass of Champagne for Mom! Expect all of Mom's favorites, like the made-to-order omelettes and pastas, fresh seafood, the chef-manned carving station, and more. $38.95/adult, $15.96/12 & under

What 1166 people are saying
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Cynthia
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday with friends and sat out on The Porch! Beautiful sitting along the river with fantastic service and the food was delicious. Highly recommend this place, especially for special occasions.

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MindyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience. Geronimo Group is the best! We celebrated my Dads birthday there. He felt so special. Thank you

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KatalinaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great. We had to wait a while especially for drinks. It was pretty busy but it was nice

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DaleP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our 25th wedding anniversary with you. Thank you for making our time memorable.

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DarcyR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food service very enjoyable date night when my husband and I dont get out much.

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AndyM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We are surrounded by Super Clubs and we always say that Merrill and Houston has been the most consistent even if the price is a little higher. Friday night was my wife's birthday and we were looking forward to our experience, but we left disappointed and unsatisfied.

Our waitress was horrible, her inexperience in the service industry was apparent and for an up scale place shouldn't have even been on the floor. She slapped our bill on the table and didn't even offer dessert. She only checked on us maybe 2 times.

We ordered Crab Cakes for appetizers and they were cold. We ordered a steak medium rare and came out rare and cold. Our waitress never came back to check on our entrees.

Completely disappointing and we will think twice about visiting again because there are more choices in our market.

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RobertL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best place for a nice romantic dinner for two.
Always has been and remains the premiere place for a formal or informal date night.
Highly recommend.

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Countrygurl323
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated out on The Porch and we LOVED it!! It was nice to have natural light I didnt need my phone flashlight to read the menu. The food exceptional as always!! Thank you for such a great dinner and our date night was so nice.

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jenak
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place to celebrate a special occasion. Upscale food in a inviting atmosphere.

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JRWisco
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a gem for the City of Beloit. The service was remarkable down to the server refilling water, politeness was definitely on key. My wife and I ordered two sides to share the cauliflower au gratin and the creamed spinach we couldn't decide which one we liked better. Compliments to the chef and team for an excellent meal we will definitely return in the future.

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SteveJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ratings say it all......
Hits them all and great awareness for social distancing

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect at M&H!

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ArthurA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best steaks ever !!! Great date night !!..wine was excellent !!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was spot on. The steak was perfectly prepared. The scallops in the seafood alfredo were delicious. We were well attended to during our dinner.

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EileenD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Alex, was very accommodating, personable and efficient. The food had great flavor and taste. We ordered the crab cakes and stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer. The mushrooms were hot when served, but the crab cakes were lukewarm. Tasted good, but would prefer the temp to be warmer. We both had steak, delicious and done perfectly. I'm not sure if they plate the onion rings and potatoes prior, then plate the steak, the potatoes and rings were lukewarm. But, the steak was done perfectly. Overall, I would return, the service was great and food tasted good.

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TinaS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim, our waiter was great! His service was outstanding, & fun! Food was great! Just wish we could of picked the table! Maybe next time! We will be back!! Thanks, Merrill and Houston's for making our Anniversary special! ❤

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vipDavidC
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Lovely experience for a first time visit. Waiter arrive quickly. Menus had many good and variable options. Drinks, Apps, dinner and dessert was served at a nice cadence. My one comment - the ambiance / atmosphere was lacking for a higher end steak place. I felt like we were sitting in a large conference room for a wedding that was converted to a restaurant. I understand spacing limitations due to covid and maybe that was the case here. As a first timer, perhaps we did not see the actual area of the described restaurant. We will be back again soon.

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DeniseB
Armenia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful steak dinner and Pete the waiter was nic. We will be back.

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Shawn
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was perfect for a nice dinner for two. We had oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer and they were awesome! Also the baked French onion soup may have been the best I've ever had, and I am a WI supper club junkie so that is saying a lot. The brandy old fashion was also very well done. The steaks and seafood were very solid. Overall, was a very good experience.

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CameshaM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service from our waiter was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our first visit. Everything was amazing! We will be returning for more. :)

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vipWMinnow
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Alex was excellent server . Food was fresh and appetizing but noise is a detractor need to soften up the room so it isn’t so loud

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I come here often, and every time the food and service are excellent. No complaints. If you are thinking about trying this place out, then you should definitely go ahead and make your reservation. You won’t be disappointed!

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DavidC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dining experience. My wife and I celebrated 20 years of marriage at Merrill & Houston's, and I think we will return soon! Our server was excellent, and the whole staff made us feel loved. We even had a Happy Anniversary card waiting for us at our table!

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frank
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere good food and delicious drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch. There where 3 of us and we enjoyed every minute of it. Will be back next year

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RodneyJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food prepared to perfection. With great choices. Just wish the drink prices would come down a bit. The Argentine wine Tekal they have is out standing.

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CraigT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Mashed potatoes were cold.
Prime rib was warm at best.
Apple desert was cold. The ice cream was warmer.
Pancakes were cold.

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Vanessa
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great. This is a go-to restaurant for us.

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JesseA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place. The staff was very accommodating and helping my fiancé celebrate her birthday weekend. The food was really good and we go back to eat there again and probably well.

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JessicaC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere! Came with my husband for my 30th birthday. The food was delicious and the dessert was a sweet touch. Will definitely be back!

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JacquelineF
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night out Good service and yummy food. I would recommend

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say it’s the best place to go out for steak & lobster!!! It literally melts in your mouth 😋 great drinks!you must try the baked French onion soup!! I recommend this place 💯

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Docdor
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night. Was seated on outside porch, nice ambiance but had a plastic burning smell, i'm assuming from heat device??.......otherwise great!

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ChaniM
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner. Atmosphere was great for a romantic night out to celebrate a birthday. Food was excellent and staff was very attentive!

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DSE13
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The fish special was delicious as were the appetizers. Bruschetta and Calamari. One in our party had the cowboy steak. For the price it was only ok. Wouldn’t get it again. Would like to try other steaks once lent is over

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid food and drinks. Prices could have been lower for the portion sizes.

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PatMiller
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the back room, so it was a lot quieter than the other dining areas.

Our server was cordial and offered the many “specials” for the day. NOTE TO SELF!!!! ASK HOW MUCH THE SPECIALS ARE!!! We neglected to, although this wee little voice in my head said I should...incredibly surprised when the bill came and it was almost $500 for 4 people. We then asked...how much was that add on lobster tail, which was delicious, by the way. Server replies, $71!!! LOL. Which made the “special” entree with add on lobster tail $116 for a plate on a Tuesday night.

Overall, the food was great! The ambiance is intimate, the brandy old-fashioned is so good!!! Highly recommend!!! I ordered a couple of appetizers for my entree. This is the way to go, for sure. Baked French onion soup, the shrimp d’jonghe, and the Italian steak bites. My own little surf and turf.

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GeorgeG
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this wonderful place a number of years ago. A friend suggested we try it, knowing we were steak and salmon lovers. Since the first dining experience was so wonderful, we gave up our "go to place" in Rockford for Merrill & Houston. This dinner was no exception. The steak was perfect, the salmon was outstanding, the service was first rate, and we loved what was done to the old patio!!

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ColleenT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We will definitely be back! The food was amazing.

FAQs

Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 313-0700.

Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint is rated 4.7 stars by 1166 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.