Milwaukee Sail Loft

4.5
73 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the heart of the trendy Historic Third Ward
The Milwaukee Sail Loft is a unique and scenic location for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine and an appetizer while visiting the unique and eclectic Historic Third Ward. While Cruising down the river, make our dock your stop along the way.

At the Milwaukee Sail Loft, our mission is to make each visit nothing short of the finest experience. With our friendly staff and waterfront location, we strive to provide you with seamless service and a remarkable experience. We have one of the best locations in the area to spend an evening watching the sun set or enjoy an afternoon relaxing at the water's edge.

Our team of chefs strives for excellence in preparing unique menu selections using the highest quality of natural and sustainable ingredients in our from scratch kitchen. Daily specials in both our restaurant and bar make every visit different than the last.

Safety precautions

Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
What 73 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jond
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and Service were great! I plan on going back soon.

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MarkH
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The place is great but food takes a long time. Don’t go completely starving. Everything else was awesome.

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TosaTy
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's day was perfect. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super friendly and on the ball. This was the first time taking the family here. Everyone had a great experience. We would definitely come again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Mother’s Day lunch at Sail Loft! We felt safe with other tables spaced 6+ feet apart, waitstaff wearing masks...
food was good! We enjoyed our day! Thanks!

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vipDaryl
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We didn’t get enough attention from the server but everything else was great!

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Wisconsinite
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Dinner food exceeded expectations. We have had drinks or lunch many times, but this was the first try for a nice dinner. All four were tasty and large. My beer batter cod was light flaky and sweet. Always nice to sit on their patio where the glass panels keep out the wind. Good service and COVID practices.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It was a great day to be out on the water. Unfortunately the service was VERY slow. Waited to order. A half hour after ordering, waitress returned to say they were out of something. We didn’t want to hold everything else up so didn’t order a replacement. Food came about an hour after ordering and the item they were out of miraculously appeared. No attempt was made to make anything better. Probably won’t return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food. Could not have asked for a better meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good food. Didn’t like that entree didn’t come with a side or fries, etc. you have to buy a side with your main entree. Example: I got the lobster roll but it didn’t come with fries. Great place thought definitely will go back!

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suncatcher
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a bit reluctant based on the mixed reviews compounded by the whole Co-Vid Terror Theatre in Milwaukee thing, but the experience couldn't have been better. We reserved through Open Table. We arrived a half-hour early anticipating time to have a drink before being seated and the host John welcomed us warmly and offered us our table or the option of waiting at the bar. We hit the bar for a drink and a few minutes later were met by the rest of our party. About 15 minutes later, John casually came over and said our table was ready whenever we were. Very laid back. We opted to share some small plates (crab cakes and bacon wrapped scallops) as appetizers and they were fantastic. The entree's were exceptional. Tremendous flavor, prepared perfectly. The food experience was deivered by our server, Maddie, who was, quite probably, one of the best restaurant servers I have ever had, anywhere. She was polite, friendly and exceptionally attentive. She actively watched over the tables in her station; coffee & water refills, food delivery and plate clearing all perfect. The entire dining experience was excellent, friendly and enjoyable from the moment we walked in the door and met John to departing, when two or three additional staff pro-actively thanked us for coming as we were on our way out. Excellent experience.

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WilliamS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ver good service, food was great. The view of the river was awesome. Thanks!

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vipGonetatahead
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome food and experience!

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DavidR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, casual atmosphere with a good location on the water. The food was excellent. We all had different seafood entrees and they all were delicious. The service was outstanding!

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vipJoeE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice place, location and food! Enjoyed the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service was amazing! The view was breathtaking. Will definitely be back

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vipRMR1957
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Sunday night dinner, food was not worth the money. Wanted lobster roll but was told they didn't have any. Ordered the fried oyster Po' Boy, first oyster was good, second was chewy. Didn't finish the sandwich which also seemed to be on a hot dog bun.

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Baconben
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had res for 7pm on Sat in March.
They were out of mussels when we sat down, which was going to be an app or dinner.
Had to adjust.
Didnt seem like they were busy that day or night, as we parked right in front and saw tons of open seats. Maybe Friday was busier and they went through mussels then.

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ruthm
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food choices - we all ordered something different and everyone was very happy with their choices. Service a little slow but worth the wait.

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AlexandraM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. The food was delicious and the service was friendly, efficient and helpful

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vipLC777MKE
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've never been to Sail Loft for their Fish Fry, but I am so glad I did! We got the panko breaded version and the beer battered version - both were delicious. What really made us enjoy the experience was the service; our waiter was amazing. He was happy and cheerful, very helpful and patient with a table of 6 people. The orders came out quickly and everything tasted delicious. I had a great time and enjoyed good food. Could not ask for more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the atmosphere and the look of the place. Food was good and service was very good, no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, wonderful staff!

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BryanG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My kind of place. Modern,upscale.great service, we sat at the bar.staff were friendly. Beer and alcohol selection was good. Menu was great. Had the perch fish fry and it was fabulous

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AbeL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

There wasn't anything special about the food, it was just normal.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food my girlfriend loved it

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RandyS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it will most definitely go back and recommend friends 😀

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RachelW
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was small portions for appetizers especially for the price, entree was overpriced for quantity of seafood and my fish was over cooked. Drinks were weak and pretty much tasteless. It’s always good to try different and new places but I would not return.

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vipKevinB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for steak and seafood to celebrate an anniversary. The food was incredible and the views of the water are beautiful during the winter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, atmosphere was gorgeous and food was amazing 5 out of 5 for sure

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DetailsByBill
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good with service to match. Great view of the water. I'm looking forward to returning when I can enjoy the outdoor dining.

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Buffster
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food and service were good. Nice views of the lakefront. It was extremely busy when we were there (a Tuesday evening). The noise level from everyone's conversations at the bar area and at tables was deafening. Though we sat next to each other in a booth, it was still difficult to hear one another. I can't imagine how crowded and noisy it will be in the summer!

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vipFred
Milwaukee
222 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What more can we say about this secret gem? Even in the cold of winter, Sail Loft delivers as if you're sitting on the deck overlooking the river. The food is top notch and the service is great. Street parking is easy. The bar has plenty of seats. And the menu, both seafood and meat, is delicious. My wife enjoys the Friday perch, whereas I typically enjoy one of the gluten free options. We keep this on our short list!

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CP63
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I wanted to go somewhere we had never been before for Valentine's day and found this place online. We were very impressed, and have already made plans to go back. We had the special for the night and could not have been more pleased with the food. The staff was very friendly and accommodating! We are looking forward to going back when the weather is warmer so we can take advantage of the outdoor patio. I highly recommend this place!!

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Heddylyn
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Ordered the fennel pasta with scallops. Where are the scallops? My boyfriend ordered the lobster gnocchi. Good sauce. Nothing great. 2 slices of extra bread cost .75 per small slice. Dumb. Chocolate cake was great! Key lime pie was your average KLP. all and all it was an average meal. Thankfully we had a coupon. We won't be back though.

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viphappy
Milwaukee
91 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found Milwaukee Sail Loft in Living Social. It's a hidden gem with a nice atmosphere, great food and a wonderful view. I have been there twice in the last month and a half and look forward to enjoying the food, weather and view in the summer. Definitely worth visiting.

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vipmilwaukeebrian
Milwaukee
49 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I started visiting this location back when it was Riptide. Riptide was always mediocre at best. My first meal or two at Sail Loft were "just okay", maybe a 3.5 out of 5. I honestly hadn't visited the restaurant in a few years and was pleasantly surprised to see the new booths in the middle and the new large divider door that separated the space. On the night we went, there was a good crowd at the bar. I think I have to say that this restaurant made a comeback. The food was so good on this particular occasion that we went back a week later to see if it was truly a change. Well, happy to say that the 2nd meal was just as good as the first. I think this is a gem of a restaurant even despite Milwaukee having so many new and cool restaurants to choose from.

The garden salad, meatloaf with curried mashed potatoes, pork loin, and chicken pasta were all very good and worth coming back for. The current menu is full of great options and definitely worth checking out, either again or for the first time. I love the location by the water, even in the winter time, and am glad to see the quality of the visit match the awesome venue. Check it out!

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viphappy
Milwaukee
91 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time that I dined at Milwaukee Sail Loft. The food was excellent with lots of variety. The waitress was energetic and very attentive. Would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2014
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It was our first time dining at Milwaukee Sail Loft & I was a bit disappointed. I was surprised there was no bread for diners while they wait for their meal. Also I was shocked that only 2 scallops came with my entree when my fiance (whose entree was the same price) received a plate full of seafood (scallops, shrimp, fish, about 8 mussels, and more). Mine looked pretty pathetic in comparison and the sauce (Pecan crusted scallops) was very runny, could have been a bit thicker. There was only about 4 pieces of spinach. I've gotten 3 similar size scallops at fine restaurants as an appetizer for half the price as my entree, needless to say while the food was good I was left feeling hungry-not a good sign. Not sure we'll return.

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vipARB1968
Milwaukee
109 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my favorite patio restaurants. We started with the crab cakes, very good not to bready or fishy tasting. The entrees we ordered were shrimp tacos and fish fry. Both were very good. Would like to try the brunch sometime.

FAQs

Milwaukee Sail Loft offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 223-0100.

Milwaukee Sail Loft is rated 4.5 stars by 73 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.

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