Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint

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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The server hardly came to us !!! Couldn’t get a drink and food wasn’t cooked it was overcooked!!! I know it was busy but $140 for the bill I expect it to be better all around . Never will this place be recommended they didn’t care .

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JeromeW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the appetizer, fresh baked bread to the dessert was absolutely amazing. Our service was incredible and we cannot wait to go back.

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Lynn
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic! Server was great! Always a great choice for date night. Prices are on the more expensive side, You cant go as frequent as you'd like. You can go to some pretty good steak joints downtown Chicago that are less expensive.
But great to have a nicer restaurant like this in the area.

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Wiscowoman
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks were superb, staff attentive. Fine dining at his best

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BryanG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I wanted it to be so great based on the prices. The service was great but the accoutrements that came with my prime rib were so lackluster. The onionsrings were of course cold and flavorless. Then they give you a pile of mushrooms that were apparently not canned although I still believe they they just had to be. They were awful with such a aftertaste .

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MariaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the environment was beautiful. It was a little loud but I don't think that can be helped.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious as always! Love the atmosphere!

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DavidB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Live music was way too loud for the venue size. Service was rushed and impersonal. Server waited until he brought our entrees to tell us they were out of one of the two sides we ordered. Food was okay... but they'll need to step up their game if even a mediocre chain steakhouse comes to Beloit.

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AmyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kris and Madison were outstanding. Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, waitress was wonderful.

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LaurieG
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service! Tasty food!

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JessicaG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Love the atmosphere of the restaurant. Small but intimate. Great for a date night!

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MikeF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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DonM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I ordered the duck. If I owned the restaurant I would be embarrassed to serve this. It was one of the worst meals I have had. They are not afraid to charge a hefty price for it. The calamari we ordered was cold and it was a rather small serving. The other two people ordered steak and their meals were fine.

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Emhutto119
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding drinks and food. We loved the atmosphere and our server Rachel was very accommodating and friendly. We will be making this a regular stop!

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KathieD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

But............we are in Beloit, WI. Surf and Turf $99.00 is ridiculous. I had a guest from Chicago who was shocked.

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Chuck
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The back room they put a soon could’ve been a little dimmer
I thought the lighting was a little too bright and that’s the reason for the ambience level that was scored
the dessert was terrible we had the chocolate pyramid moose whatever
it was hard (half frozen) my opinion it should’ve been softer

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JhamaarC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I’ve ever eaten! Hands down way better than Ruth Chris

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KennethW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our steaks weren’t cook to our specifications. Our waiter wasn’t aware of the specials of the evening. The music wasn’t in sync with the mood.

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AmandaH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here!! It’s worth every penny spent!! We have been here three times and have requested Rachel to serve because she is so amazing!!! The food is delicious & our service is always on point!! We highly recommend going here! I have had the fillet & lobster twice and it just melts in your mouth!!

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My steak had no real flavor. Very disappointed in that. I've had steaks with outstanding flavor and this wasnt one

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HenryR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went for Valentine’s Day. They had special menu which advertised a Champaign toast. We were not offered a toast. The waitress forgot our salad until we said something when our main entree showed up. And I requested my steak be cooked medium. It was very rare. The staff came around multiple times asking if we needed a box while we were still eating. The pistachio crusted lobster was amazing though.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!!

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BonnieF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing. The best dining experience around. I love the atmosphere and the servers and staff are always friendly and attentive.

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KyleN
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our waiter was very nice. We have no complaints about him. My wife ordered a steak medium and it came out rare. They tell you soup is included with your meal but do not tell you that the french onion soup is an upgrade. We will not be returning.

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Stacy
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I went to dinner with a friend of mine .. I had a taste for a steak and I was not disappointed the tenderloin filet topped with blue cheese was excellent.
The appetizer Shrimp Dejong was good kinda pricey for the amount but it was good.
Desert ,, was chocolate cheesecake very decadent and delicious and we also had creme brulee it wasn't the best I ever had but it was good.
The service was adequate, we sat for too long before we were served, then it got better but when I am at a dinner for two and bill is close to two hundred dollars, I expect some fuss made about being there.

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very glad we went to Merrill & Houston’s. The food was superb! Our steaks and tuna were cooked to absolute perfection and the garlic parmesan au gratin potatoes were fantastic! The service we had was the best we’ve had in a long, long time. We will most certainly be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been there a dozen + times, best steak I’ve found in the country, all food is top end. Great setting, good waitstaff. Loud acoustics, bands play in lobby/ bar some nights, gets difficult to converse at tables. It’s a must go.

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DeandreD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and the service was GREAT... The waitress Rachel was very knowledgeable about the steaks and drinks. I would go back again for sure.

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GeorgeG
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merrill & Houston's Steak Joint has been our favorite for years. We know what to expect from the "Greeting at the entrance, the the wonderful Lemon Cake desert. Great service, great food, all while being enclosed in history.

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ScottL
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Appetizers outstanding. Perfectly cooked filet. Great cuts of meat at our table. # steaks and 1 rib. Cooked to perfection. 1 table there and sat us right next to that table with rest of the room empty. Kind of strange. Waiter took a while to get to the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Sent steak back twice to get medium, came back third time well done. Seriously... you can't cook two 6oz. petite fillets to medium.
Cold center and very rare first try on both steaks, second time medium rare (dark red middle) third time, new steak well done and dry. Very dissatisfied! How can a higher end restaurant totally screw this simple steak up?

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BETHB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked online for 7pm, showed up 30 minutes early (planned to have a drink at the bar) they were able to seat us immediately! I had noted that we were celebrating my brother in laws birthday, they acknowledged it a few times and offered him a complimentary dessert! Very good food, attentive servers/waitress - everything was fresh, clean, and great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Disappointed in the food and atmosphere. I had hoped for a nice evening celebrating but it was so noisy we could not enjoy our time. We asked to be moved and the hostess never came back. The food was cold and disappointing. This used to be my favorite place!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Seating was on time. Value for price. A little pricey. Steak was good. Not great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary and everything was excellent! Great meal. Great cocktails. Relaxed atmosphere.

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DenaW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

To loud! Service not any better than I would receive if going to another, more reasonably priced, establishment. Two of the four steaks ordered were some of the best ever. The other two were misrepresented and a big disappointment in flavor and tenderness. I expected it to be a step or two above my local supper club and it wasn't. I'd probably give the atmosphere a better review, but it was just too loud. I also came for the Tomahawk Pork Chop with Nueskes bacon, and it was sadly removed from the menu.

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MelodyZ
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food
Busy
Service is slower
Our Server was nice

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Gozzy
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing was the room was so warm and they couldn't fix it thermostat was at 80