Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

4.6
290 reviews
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Come for great food and drink, stay for great American stories. Like the Harley-Davidson Museum, MOTOR Bar & Restaurant serves up the best of American culture, camaraderie, and comfort food. In a hurry? Just come for the food. No Museum admission is required to dine at MOTOR.

MOTOR’s bold American classics celebrate the taste of life on the road. Road House Chili that tastes like it’s fresh from a Texas diner. BBQ Ribs redolent of a Little Rock smoke shack. And, fittingly, plenty of Wisconsin favorites: Fish Fry, Booyah Stew, and the best sausage and cheese in Milwaukee.
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K
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not as good as I remembered it. BBQ was a little fatty. Beer prices are high enough that I wouldn’t order a 2nd, even at the cheapest one. Cool place though.

Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi Kirk. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We apologize that your experience here at MOTOR did not meet your expectations. Our Chef and his team have been made aware of the BBQ being fatty and are looking into how we can continue to improve. We do hope you'll give us another chance. If you have any additional feedback, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (414) 287-2778.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buena, todo muy rico

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cory was an awesome server, thank you so much for all the help.

Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words. We are beyond thrilled to hear about your positive experience at MOTOR and hope you will join us again soon.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic, food was delicious!! Will be back!

Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I would recomend only if you have never been. It was boring, no music no customer's. We were 2 of 6 people in the whole place on a Saturday night, staff was closing at 8.

PI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We visited Motor with friends, their first visit. Disappointed in a few things. My husband ordered a side salad instead of fries..... didn't get it (we forgot to re ask for it). He was served a Guinness beer in a can, no glass. By the time we were able to ask for and get a glass, when poured, the beer didn't have a head on it like a Guinness should.

We will give Motor a try again as prior visits were all good.

CV
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here before and they never let me down. My group was a little larger than expected as several people did not RSVP. The folks at Harley were able to accommodate us without a problem. Great folks!

NA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate the mac and cheese, sliders and pork or brisket stuffed potatoes. I had the pork. Really didn’t care for it, but was really out of my norm. Pork bbq was ok. But not in a potato. Mac & cheese was huge to share and really good The sliders were good and so were the fries.
We were too stuffed!
Which did not keep us from returning 4 hours later for creme brûlée cheesecake and jar banana cream pie. YUM!!
Ask for Cory’s section! He was wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a fun place, we were there on a Saturday there special was "Blues and BBQ". They had a bbq plate on special and there was a blues band playing. The band was a little loud for the space but the tunes were great. All in all a good time is what we had just was hard to talk during dinner with the volume level of the music.

J
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wasn’t expecting to enjoy this place as much as I did! Amazing food, great drinks. Can’t wait to go back!

JK
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time here!

JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu options all provide mouthwatering choices and no matter what you choose you will enjoy a satisfying taste sensation. Add the top notch service and friendly staff, as well as the overall ambiance into the mix and you have a great go-to place for lunch or dinner!

SP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

My family and I usually love coming here to eat but this day was a huge disappointment my Caesar salad tasted more like mayo then Cesar. My son have pancakes and eggs, the pancakes were rubbery the eggs tasted like powder

E
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I work in downtown Milwaukee and Motor is a great place for lunch especially if I have visitors from out-of-town. Good food and good service.

JZ
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a fun place to eat with or without Harley riders. Staff members are friendly and personal. Especially the hostess and our server Abby. We will be back again. Hopefully on our bike if it ever warms up.

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place to eat at. An American icon. Great decor.

M
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little too much mustard on the Cuban for my tastes but it was well prepared and delicious! I always enjoy eating at Motor, especially in the summertime on the patio.

KE
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent excellent food - all 4 of us enjoyed our meals. A little pricey.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is just average but high priced. We ordered 2 of the rum drinks and I even mentioned to the waitress that they were really watery and tasted like they forgot to put the rum in. The response was “they’re all pre-measured so it’s right”. For $9 per drink, it was NOT right. The music was great, service was fast, extremely clean, but just not worth it.

ST
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I came for the music but stayed for the food I don't know which I like better

C
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went to the Motor Bar for the BBQ & Blues. The food was very good and the portion sizes were great. The prove was reasonable and the band that was playing that night was very mice and mellow which contributed to the whole atmosphere.

JW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, I stop here for lunch every chance I get.

S
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

While Motor is a nice place, I think the food is mediocre at best. We were there on a Thursday night where they had live music. It was one guy singing and the music was beyond blaring. I asked the waitress if the music could be turned down and it was tweaked but I can’t believe how loud it was. There were maybe 20 people in the restaurant and you would’ve thought there were 200 based on how loud this guy was playing. My friends and I had to lean over the table to try to hear each other. We quickly ate our food and left.

JM
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was not busy and the noise level was great, very quiet. We were at our table for 2hours, eating and chatting and never felt rushed. Excellent food and service.

d
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The beer was great, fresh, great choices. Our food was very good. My chicken, avocado and bacon sandwich was quite good. My husband had the beef brisket and was happy with his choice. Generous portions. The atmosphere is very cool, we’re looking forward to coming back in the summer for outdoor dining. Service was great and there was live music. Would definitely recommend !

CS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family brunch for my husband's birthday. Cory, our server, provided excellent service and was on top of everything. We had a combination of things from the brunch and regular menu and everything was delicious including the make your own bloody mary bar. Will definitely be back.

DS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good with some creative twists on classics. Not busy when we went.

LA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was a little lacking. We were never asked if we needed additional cocktails. The waitress was nice just not very attentive.
It would also be really nice if you could see the band that’s playing while also dining.

S
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok. Very hard to have a conversation. Had a musician and was extremely loud.

JG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, very good experience. Service was friendly and nice, just lacking in a few matters of getting the details correct. Food was good to very good. Prices were a little high.

BF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was really happy with our meal and experience on Friday night at MOTOR. The fish fry was awesome, very crunchy coating which I prefer. The smoked chicken salad was soooo delicious, too! Thank you for a great date night meal!!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine but we were surprised to know that they close at 7 pm. What restaurant closes at 7 pm ???

KA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

In Milwaukee for the marathon. Great food, exactly what we were looking for dinner. We ordered so many things that we took food home. Tried the motor beer flight- highly recommend to try different beers. Live blues band was lovely.

PL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I dined at Motor during the 115th anniversary celebration. The only reason I didn't rate everything outstanding is because it was packed to the rafters, and a little noisy. but the food was VERY good. Our order was taken promptly, and the food arrived hot. I recommend this place to anyone who would enjoy a relaxed dining experience.

TW
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a nice meal and great service. Would definitely recommend.

BB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Been patronizing the Motor for 10 years. Always friendly. Like a second family to us. Keep up the great work.

g
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a beautiful day. Generous portions. Great turkey burger!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not even an enthusiast but appealed to my family seriously great food

ML
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Extremely noisy! There weren’t that many customers in either and it was very loud and distracting

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