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Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

231 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Waterfront (10)
  • Casual (6)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
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Phone number
(414) 287-2778
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Josh Peterson
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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.
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Private party contact
Annie Champeau: (414) 287-2707
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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.
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Cross street
6th Street
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Special events & promotions
Bike Nights every Thursday mid-May through September

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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
What 231 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We made a reservation for a specific time. When we arrived it was not busy. We had to wait to be seated because they only share one computer system and someone was taking another reservation. (No big deal) We were then seated and waited at minimum 10 minutes to order our lemonade. We then had to keep asking to order our appetizers and then our meal. After we received our food we were asked if we needed anything else and we said yes, the waitress said you’re welcome and walked away. We decided to forget it. The waitress checked on us once during our dinner before we asked for boxes. We could not hear anything because the band was way too loud for such a small space. When I tried to pay immidiately the waitress put the bill on the table and I asked her to take it but again she walked away. We felt ignored repeatedly, and it wasn’t even busy. Perhaps only come here to drink and listen to music because it reminded me entirely of a bar that served food. The service was not at all what I would have expected from a franchise like Harley, but I’m glad I was able to experience it and deter any fellow patrons. Poor service. Mediocre food. Good music. That’s it in a nutshell.

5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Came to grab dinner with some friends before a concert - it was about 6:00pm and was a great time to be there. Not many people dining, service was spectacular, food was ready quick, and tasted delicious! We will definitely be dining again soon!

5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Probably a blast in the summer as it looks like outdoor dining. Will be sure to go back. Phenomenal menu and atmosphere. Iconic Milwaukee at its best!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great time once again at Motor. Went with friends for the first Bike Night of 2018. Our waitress, Brooke, was fabulous! She was attentive, brought a sample of a beer for my friend to ensure she liked it before ordering a full beer (did that on her own, we didn't ask for it), food came out really quick. Ordered cheese curds and fried pickles for appetizers, which were hot and delicious (and gooey for the curds!). Around the table for dinner we had Kale salad, cheeseburger, brisket stuffed potato, flatbread pizza, sliders, and brisket salad. Everyone loved their meal. Great job, Motor!!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Cold food. Slightly less cold when remade. (MAC and cheese). One server for whole dining room for first twenty min of sitting down.

vipARB1968 (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Go here for drinks and The Blues on Sat evening. The food is just ok, nothing spectacular. I would eat somewhere else and then come for the music.

vipMarsha (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful staff and good food! We celebrated the new year and really enjoyed it.

Jean (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

The menu descriptions and food choices were appealing. The french fries were hot, but the meat was just warm and the barbecue sauce was okay tasting. The waiter was friendly but didn't check if we needed any refills or how our food was until we finished eating.

dddd (Milwaukee)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

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