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About Morel

Rustic Elegance

430 S. Second St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 897-0747

Website:
http://www.morelmke.com/

Parking Details:
There is a private parking lot located across the street from Morel.

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Manyo

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Morel Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (31)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Romantic (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Authentic (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Casual (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Seasonal (12)
Cozy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Organic (6)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious and interesting food. Great wine and beer selections. Will go back often

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 3 days ago

Phenomenal food and apps...parking not the greatest .. dessert nope. Overall grea t place tho

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

I'm in Milwaukee often and have tried most notable restaurants here. Morel is the best meal I've had so far and I'm planning on becoming a regular here. I had the ham biscuit to start and the pork shoulder as a main. The ham biscuit was the best biscuit I've ever had. It also carried the best ham (non prosciutto style) I've ever had. The draught beer I ordered was amazing and complex. The server was attentive, kind, and passionate about the work Morel does. The pork shoulder was delicious. I could've used a bit more greens on the plate, but that's my only complaint. The pork shoulder came with a housemade sausage. This was another showstopper. I mentioned the glorious ham biscuit to every single person I came into contact with for two days following my meal. It's that good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. We had lamb carpaccio and duck. Both were excellent. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great meal and ambiance!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Nice. Business Casual. We went on a Saturday evening for our 6 p.m. reservation and you could have said at that time a quiet conversation but as the restaurant filled it was less so. May sound a bit odd but after eating at different restaurants in the area we greatly appreciated that Morel had their own parking. No driving around hunting for a space.
We moved here recently and it has been challenging finding a good restaurant. Morel is definitely a keeper and one will not hesitate coming back. :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food and service was excellent. We had long lovely meal with good friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Years Eve to use one last city tin coupon and were very impressed, the staff was professional and knowledgeable, the ambiance is understated and trendy, and the food was delicious.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We’ve been to Morel three times, and this time it was to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We were happy a server recognized us from our previous visits. The duck confit was great. We ordered a bottle of wine to share and the service was prompt and courteous.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A bit noisy but the food, drinks, & service were outstanding. Starter portion sizes were smaller than anticipated but entrees were plenty big.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

At Morel my fiance and I received the best treatment we have ever experienced in a dining area of any kind. I made a silly request that the greeter wish Erin a happy birthday, and the greeter, the bartender, the baker, and our server all did; they likewise offered us complementary champagne to celebrate.

Morel could easily be a snooty, highbrow place with all the snobbish rigidity that places serving high-quality food deserve to flaunt. But they didn't. Instead they maintained all of the quality and grace of a snooty restaurant, while also emanating a generous, human warmth that is usually only found in the humblest of country diners. I would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

First time visit, excellent food and service. They got busy, full house, but service never slowed and food was timely. Been to many places in area and this is way better than others that are more expensive. The rabbit with pasta was fantastic and our table had it spiced up and it was seriously kickin. Overall great vibe not a huge place but we like that. Parking across the street was convenient. Go and have a great dinner, we will be back there definitely.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was best best in the city

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Second time eating here, introducing it to a friend. The herb spaetzle was loaded with rich flavor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Organic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Unexpected delight - we used a City Tins coaster and were pleasantly surprised by the friendly and helpful staff, the outstanding food and the trendy atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Morel was an excellent choice, and we brought new friends who hadn't tried the place before. My duck, although cooked past the medium rare I requested, was delicious and tender. The flat iron steak was a great choice. Two of us ordered lamb chops, and both were "blue" and not medium rare. Additionally, the lamb is a very small portion for the price IMO. My husband, who hates to make trouble, just ate his as is. My friend's husband sent them back, and it took quite a long time for his order to arrive. I think it would have been nice to offer him dessert. But overall, the food was excellent and we love the ambiance.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food is great! The service is great! The only problem is noise level.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Outstanding every aspect of our experience exceeded expectations

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food options and cocktails were innovative and outstanding.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was excellent, service was great too. Wine list is a bit short, but we found a tasty bottle.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Exceptional service and food. Starters, a mushroom special, beet soup and pork belly were outstanding. Sausage included with the pork shoulder was a unique addition. Trout was prepared to perfection. Servers suggestions were very helpful. Excellent coffee to complete the meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Dec 7, 2017

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Ambiance was really cool. I had the pheasant and it was delicious. Service was top notch. The two downsides were the noise level and it was hard for me to picture the entrees from the description on the menu

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first time at Morel, and we'll definitely be back! The food was AMAZING, and the ambiance was lovely! We had a great server as well!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent service and meal, two exceptions. Delicious lamb ragout had scanty lamb. Rhubarb bread pudding “OK”, but was NOT bread pudding, misrepresented, as such. Most disappointing to all 4 of us. And, alcoholic beverages pricey.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Staff was Amazing and the food was delicious. Only critique is the portion size. We shared an app and all 3 had a main entree. No one left full I say either reduce the price so it is more like a small plate restaurant or increase portion size just a bit to be more filling.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Frankie was a great server. Attentive without crowding. He made thoughtful recommendations and was pretty much spot on. Well done. I will be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was delicious and everything we ordered had so much flavor. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and the drinks were nice and strong!

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Morel was outstanding in every way. From the lamb carpaccio appetizer to the entrees, dessert and wine. Couldn’t have been better.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Came here for my husbands birthday as it is one of our favorite places to eat. We love the atmosphere, drinks and most of all the food.
Great portions and love that there is always something different on the menu to choose from.

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Disabled Access
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 1, 2017

When Morel first opened we had a meal there with friends on a Saturday night. It was so noisy that we could not talk with each other at all. Therefore, we did not return until this recent visit, hoping that a weekday would be quieter. The restaurant has also consistently been considered one of the best in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, we found Morel to be almost as noisy on a weekday than a Saturday, and that took away a lot of the pleasure from our visit. The food was good. In particular, I had an appetizer with flatbread and burrata which was excellent. Our friends enjoyed the grilled fresh peppers. My husband considered the duck confit he ordered excellent, but my friend and I had the rabbit ragout, and although it was good, we thought the ragout a bit sparse. Service was good. If we could have more relaxed conversation at Morel we might visit more often in the future.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always a solid meal and experience! Thanks Joe and John for an always great night!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had an appetizer, soup and entrees. All were fresh and fabulous not to mention beautifully arranged on the plate.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Phenomenal experience! Great restaurant! If you are considering, GO!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Organic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our meal at Morel was simply fantastic. The food was phenomenal, as was the service. My wife and I came across on the Lake Express from Michigan primarily to eat at this restaurant after reading great reviews. Morel simply excelled in every facet of our experience. They even brought out complimentary champagne for us after hearing that we had come all of the way across the lake to visit them. The food and service was fantastic. We couldn’t recommend Morel any more. We will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Pleasantly surpised fromt eh whole farm to table concept. The food in overall was very good, could be spiced a little bit more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent!!!! Great food, great service all around great!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We came here with friends from Phoenix who wanted to try farm to table food. Terrific experience from the moment we walked in. Ralph and the wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Helpful and attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent; the short ribs melted in my mouth! Dessert menu is to die for.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent! I had the rabbit rague paired with Machete cabernet. My wife had trout, which was equally great. The only shortcoming was that our table for 2 was too long, my wife and I felt like we were sitting 4' far apart.

The host who seated us suggested the Machete as well as the carpaccio as an appetizer! The waitress seemed a little green, but nothing a few more shifts won't cure.

We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fabulous place, fabulous food, fabulous wait staff and bartenders.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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