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About Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

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.

401 W Canal St.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Open for lunch and dinner daily. Museum admission is not required to dine at MOTOR.

Open Sunday-Wednesday 11am-7pm
Open Thursday-Saturday 11am-9pm

Cross Street:
6th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 287-2778

Website:
http://www.motorrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Great space. Great food. Great people. Plan your next event at MOTOR. Harley folks are famous for knowing how to party. This spirit of celebration and camaraderie will be plain to see when you host your next gathering at MOTOR.

Parking Details:
Free!

Executive Chef:
Chef Josh Peterson

Private Party Facilities:
Every visit to MOTOR Bar & Restaurant is an event. And it could all be yours. Like the Museum, MOTOR serves up the best of American culture in an inspiring setting. Plan your rehearsal dinner or corporate gathering in a location as unique as you are. MOTOR is a seamless blend of industry and refinement - perfect for casual or formal events. Expand your party into the great outdoors on MOTOR's riverfront patios, complete with custom fire pits and lounge furniture. Sounds like a recipe for a truly successful event.

Private Party Contact:
Annie Champeau: (414) 287-2707

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Bike Nights every Thursday mid-May through September

Full event list at www.motorrestaurant.com.

Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.7

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (5)
Waterfront (5)
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Good for Groups (3)
Scenic View (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was quite busy and service was slow - didn't seem to be enough servers for the number of people in the restaurant.

My bill was not correct and took a while to correct.

I go to Motor often for the music on Saturday nights. I will continue to go but hope that the service issues improve.

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Live Music
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very poor waitress, didn't bring us water after asking. We felt ignored.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent fish fry

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Cold food, inattentive server, ambience was good, music was good

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great place. The brisket sandwich was really good. I was very surprised that was not crowded. The live blues music was a big plus. It reminded me of Nashville.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Waterfront
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Had a great night at Motor. We both got barbecue platters and they were very good. Perfect early autumn evening on the patio- couldn't have been more relaxing. Very reasonable prices for very good food, and good beer selection. Was kinda dead there for a Saturday, like folks don't think to go there! Just well done all around.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had made a reservation as part of our anniversary celebration after touring the Harley-Davidson Museum. We were seated immediately and then we waited an inordinate amount of time for wait staff. The live music was excellent but a bit too loud for the small space. We had difficulty communicating with the wait staff because of the high noise level. The food was served promptly, was of adequate proportions, and was priced fairly. The main course was fine, but we regretted ordering the peach cobbler for dessert. It was too tart and was not cooked long enough. Management did compensate our bill for that. Although it would probably be fine to stop into the bar for a sandwich at lunch time, I would not go out of my way to eat at this restaurant again for a special occasion.

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great food. Excellent service. Great outdoir dining

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food and atmosphere pleasant; a little pricey but we expected that. Thought would be a little more comfortable seating...a little loud and it wasn't very busy while we were there,even though was at 5:00pm...clean.

Tags: Great Beer, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Fun, People Watching, Waterfront, Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I've been to Motor several times and it has not disappointed. Good service and food. And you can't beat its location - right across from the Harley Davidson Museum. Great place to bring out of town guests. Motor's design and special "H-D" touch are also worth the visit. The whole "Harley" thing is a fun experience. And outside there are lots of (privately-owned by visitors) bikes to gawk at.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Motor is being renovated right now so things are a bit unsettled. The servers are trying to deal with it but they don't seem to be paying attention to the customer.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food and service were stellar! Came from Chicago and would highly recommend Motor to anyone going to or in the Milwaukee area, even if they are not Harley-Davidson fans. The restaurant is right on the water with beautiful scenery. They have an outstanding outdoor patio! Food was delicious I recommend the fried pickles and the loaded BLT sandwich, both very good!

ENJOY!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I go to Motor a few times a month to hear music on Saturday nights, which is great.
If they are really busy, service can be an issue and with the renovations going on, it's understandable.

Tags: Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We sat outside because, for a group, it is too noisy to easily converse. Lovely patio and wonderfully attentive and pleasant staff...sorry don't remember her name. We love eating on the patio with all the marine traffic.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We had reservations after going through the museum. We were done earlier than expected and they were able to accommodate the change. Service was fantastic and the food was excellent!

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Fun, lively, good beer. If you enjoyed the museum you will enjoy dining here!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I have had good experiences overall at Motor,however, this particular instance I was allowed to make a reservation at Motor only to arrive there and find a sign on the door stating that the restaurant was closed for a private event. Please make sure to update online reservations when planning to close your business for private parties. Luckily we were able to get a table down the street at Soblemans for burgers and bloodys

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great outside casual venue for a quick lunch or dinner

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I go to Motor nearly every Saturday for live music - am so happy they have it. Since I'm there so often and have dinner, it would be nice to see a few more options on the appetizer and sandwich menu. And also having individual pizzas with meat or pepperoni would be great. They do one flatbread pizza but with no meat.

I also feel the wine is terribly overpriced.

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Quite disappointing. Mixed drinks tasted odd and appeared only 1 bartender servicing bar and wait staff orders. Once at the table all meals brought to table except 1. It wasn't until I went looking for the 6th persons meal they realized 1 was still missing . They had no idea they hadn't served the table complete. Meals were nothing extraordinary.
All in all over rated.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The BBQ was great and we were there for the live blues music night which was fabulous.
The band plays on the bar side so we could still talk without shouting and yet sing to every song if we wanted to. I would highly recommend Saturday night dining!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront, Live Music
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Came for the music and dining...reserved a high top table so we could dine
and enjoy the music...none were available, so they put us in the dining room
not ideal.

My meal BBQ was good, my wife's BLT sandwich was ok at best.
They have room for improvement when it comes to overall quality of food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 7, 2017

The meal was excellent and the service prompt and friendly. It was just a bit too chilly to eat outside when we went, but Motor boasts a great view of the river and has a wonderful river-walk that runs along the Harley Museum grounds. The bar is fun and features some great specialty beers. The monthly specials are always interesting. Highly recommend this place for bikers and non-bikers alike!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Went on a Sat. evening for a dinner date. Date attempted to order several different drinks (on the drink menu) but they were out. Took 3 separate times before they actually had something she wanted. Very frustrating for a bar not have it fully stocked and having date reorder several times just to have waitress come back to advise they were out of that. Overall Food was good and so was atmosphere.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Excellent service, great food and energizing venue!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Experience was great. My family got together for my husband's 71 st Birthday. Kimberly was our server and she was fantastic. We've been at Motor several times, and the service is always consistent. Please go and enjoy the sites and the view of the city. It's all good, even if you don't ride!

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Really good food. Great ambiance. Able to talk, watch the Brewer game and enjoy the company. Waitress was really busy, but attentive and fun. Not our typical Easter meal - but very memorable. Thanks.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Visited the museum across the street and stopped here for dinner because we had a deal.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We were looking for a Fish Fry and I remembered Motor. We arrived early and they seated us right away. Yay! Our server was awesome and very attentive. The soups were very good and the fish was delicious. The only thing I didn't like was the fries. They were way over salted. $13.95 for a fish fry is a little steep for my Milwaukee mindset.
Other than that, we had a great experience.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great service. Great food. Highly recommended. We've gone 4 or 5 times now for the BBQ and Blues night.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

The service is top notch and the food is always delicious. I was impressed with the fish fry as the breading had such a wonderful seasoning that complimented the fish perfectly.

Tags: Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Everything was great...service good...great view & food

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Made reservations for a fish fry Friday nite at 6pm. I expected a crowd, but the place was not too busy. Plenty of parking very close to the entrance. Got there a few minutes early and was seated immediately. Waitress was cordial and attentive. Had a couple drinks before we ordered. Food arrived within a few minutes. Fish, fries and coleslaw were good. The waitress brought more fish before my first plate was finished. I appreciated not having to ask / wait for a second helping.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 7, 2017

The staff was welcoming and inviting and the food was delicious. Our waitress was amazingly friendly and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We went with friends for a Friday Fish Fry.
We have tried it may times over the last few years.
Fish and fries were very good this time!
All you can eat is a nice feature for some of our group.
Remain disappointed with the corn bread. IN the past you got a square of warm, honey glazed with jalapeno bits slice of corn bread. They have not had this the last couple of times. The cold muffin was not even close.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Good food and service.
Weird, No one there on New Years Eve.
BRIGHT BRIGHT overhead lighting could give you a sun-tan.
Overall good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The food was good. I love the motorcycle theme of the restaurant. Lots of parking too!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fun, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 27, 2016

My friend suggested MOTOR for our reunion luncheon. Neither of us had been there. I think the atmosphere was timeless motor stuff with heavy chairs! I had a stuffed baked potato and a bottomless ginger ale. Good prices. I'll be back next week.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2016

I always enjoy the food, beverage and service at Motor. It's a fun place with an open air feeling. I'll be back again next week but it's a great place to meet or take clients and or friends to lunch, dinner or just a beer at the end of the day.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 27, 2016

We had the chili, a steak sandwich and the BBQ brisket plate - all where fantastic!! Our server was amazing and we really enjoyed our visit!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Fun, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, People Watching
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