Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint

4.7
1134 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

Dine in
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

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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TinaS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Shawn
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service from our waiter was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipWMinnow
Chicago
93 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere good food and delicious drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 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
4 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
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
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
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
5 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.

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Post
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went there for fish. Out of salmon from the night before but failed to replenish the fish with local vendors . No other fish options other than $74 lobster tails. Seafood options (not fish but "seafood") all swimming in butter (shrimp scampi, shrimp dejonge, seafood Alfredo, seafood mac and cheese). Ordered seafood Alfredo without the Alfredo and without the pasta; asked for rice instead. "We don't have rice". So my dinner was a 4" lobster piece, 3 shrimp and 2 scallops with steamed broccoli; for $30.95.
Waitress very unforgiving and overall unwilling to accommodate.
I have declared this restaurant as being my most favorite for many years. Told all my friends and patients. This was our families first meal out since Sept. 2020. Really looking forward to it, but I was close to tears by the time it was over, I was so disappointed. Four dinners, 2 drinks, 1 appetizer, $173.00 . Not worth it unfortunately.

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DeanI
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Was not happy with this visit, Service was Poor. Did not get the order right waitress did not seem like she was with it, got several things wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

This place pretends to be high-end and offers very little in terms of quality or customer service. They’ve opened up a banquet room to increase the number of people it can serve. The owner must really be going through hardship. Don’t bother!!!

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CLKK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, service, and food ! A Trifecta ! Thank you !

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vipdiner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went on a Friday during lent for Fish Fry. Was disappointed to find out they no longer have it - seems they are just out to sell more $$$ entrees. Ordered the salmon and it was overcooked. Last time I ordered a steak there, it was also overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, great food and drinks. We will definitely be returning.

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DanH
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had steaks and they were done perfectly. Great atmosphere and staff

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RyanO
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening celebrating our anniversary! The food was outstanding and the service was top notch! Can’t wait to visit again!

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DNS1
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Anybody concerned about protocols re Covid need not be, excellent precautions. Service was very good, but not quite excellent. Server not able to answer questions regarding menu entrees. Glad to be back.

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BethC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a dinner for our 20th anniversary and we may make this an every year thing. Great food, great service.

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DarylO
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere for a date night. We had a great bartender (Kyle), awesome drinks and very professional but fun! The food was wonderful. The service was very good! Overall experience was a 5 out of 5. Will return again!

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TeriR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I had the scallops and filet. My meal was perfect and very delicious. My husband had the sirloin steak that was so tough that he was not able to eat. He left the meat on his plate that was also under cooked. We told waitress about it she did nothing except she told the manager. Charged us for entire meal my husband was not able to eat. Very disappointed. I got a copy of my receipt on open table it was not even the correct check.

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RockfordVisitor
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, appropriate spacing, good music. Food was delicious. My family had a wonderful evening.

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 1134 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.