Milwaukee Sail Loft

4.1
100 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
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RossA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great service excellent we will be back

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vipJoeE
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, there were four people in our party and we all enjoyed the appetizers and the meals. Amy, our server provided us with great service. This was our second time there and we would go there again if it wasn’t for our long drive! I would highly recommend it!

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vipRich
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent moderately priced seafood restaurant, on the water... Excellent clam chowder, and really good lobster roll

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FineFoodie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great seafood and view! Service and drinks we’re ok.

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RobE
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host, bartender and server were all very kind and helpful. Bartender recommended a new appetizer (mussels) that weren’t on the menu yet. They were fantastic. Our server knew the menu well and made helpful suggestions. The server was aware that we needed to leave at a certain time to attend a play and he made it happen! Overall, very impressive!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food was awful. The service was amazing

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BobbyeD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Visited after reading reviews. Server was good but not impressed with menu or food. Decided just to try appetizers first. Crab cakes tastie enough but very small. Shrimp cocktail shrimps were also small & tasteless. Didn't dare order an entree.. Not the quality I would have expected. Love & know my seafood. I can't recommend this spot. Sorry, just being honest.

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Gina
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, but our server, Blake, was amazing! He was so attentive and made some great recommendations. We had a table outside and enjoyed the beauty of the the water.

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JennyM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was really great, he didn't rush us at all & was attentive.
The appetizers were good but our main meals were not that great.
The blackened mahi had a good seasoning to it but the fish itself was overcooked & dry. The seafood diablo was not warm & not very flavorful. You know it's not good when you need hot sauce to help it out!
Overall we were less than thrilled with the food. Knowing how tough the restaurant business has been we didn't want to make a big deal out of it but we probably won't be back. It was $$$ for a less than stellar meal. Great location, fun atmosphere but the kitchen has to do better.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server was excellent, I wish I had his name. Bar was backed up so he made me a wonderful Lemon Drop. Food was so good. I had blackened mahi-mahi. Very nicely done. Parking was pretty easy and worked well for pre-symphony dinner.

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Juli
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the view and the food. Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed when we arrived on time on the 4th of July, even though Open Table confirmed and re-confirmed our reservation. Extremely disappointing. We had to scramble to find another restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people watching, great ambiance. The group enjoyed the food and staff.

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SamanthaW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious! Made a reservation through open table and noted we wanted to be close to a tv for the Bucks game and they did just that for us. We went outside to play bags and that was fun, the outdoor bar was open as well! Must try the ahi tuna as an entree or tuna for appetizer- both were fabulous! Only negative thing was we came in from the dock and there was no step to get into the patio area-A server told us it was getting replaced soon

Overall great experience!

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CathyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was perfectly prepared and delicious!!! Portions were a bit small for the price on the Chilean Sea Bass but it WAS melt-in-your-mouth tasty and fabulous. Our service was excellent and the vibe on the riverfront patio deck was part of a great summer highlight!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for our department dinner. The appetizers , the drinks, our dinners...all amazing. We had hoped to sit outside but Mother Nature did not have the same plan. We all agreed that we will be coming back again so we can sit on the deck outside and watch the boats while we eat. Oh, and do yourself a favor and be sure to order the chocolate chip cookie sundae...it was delightful!

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Sluggo
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The Milwaukee Sail Loft is a bit of a mixed bag. Obviously, the location and views outside cannot be missed. Awesome place to meet up with friends and/or family for drinks. The trouble is, the food isn't that great. Both burgers we received were heavily charred, to the point where the acrid taste of burning starts coming out. Lobster roll was the big surprise here as it was very tasty, would order it again. Sides were just OK. Service was good, but not great. Overall, I'd go back for some outdoor drinks and maybe the lobster roll but the rest of it was passable.

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Indytraveler
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant seemed a bit shabby and needed a good cleaning. Our table was sticky but it could be the sanitizer that left a sticky residue. The appetizers, ahi tuna tower and the snappy shrimp were average. One person in our group got the New England clam chowder and said it was “so, so”. I got the sea bass. It was tiny for the price and over cooked. The brussel sprouts were not as described on the menu and very plain. One person got the fish and chips and loved every bite! The shrimp tacos were fair. Overall, needs a good overhaul throughout and better attention to cook time and details.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Went there only for the brunch on Sunday and they didn’t have it for some event

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vipTiffy
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sail Loft is one of the most underrated restaurants in Milwaukee. Food is great and the staff is friendly. Love their soups, salads, seafood dishes, fish fry and burgers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Waited 75 minutes for our food.

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HlubPk
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the layout, great service and positive atmosphere. Food taste phenomenal.

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Lisa
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service was great!! Shout out to our Server, Blake!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food. Service was pretty good.

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jond
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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LisaK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was great, but service was underwhelming.

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MarkH
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's day was perfect. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

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Wisconsinite
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
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
7 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
19 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome food and experience!

FAQs

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

Milwaukee Sail Loft is rated 4.1 stars by 100 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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