Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

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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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lucke
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The patio is nicely shaded in the afternoon and evening. Usually a cool breeze off the river keeping temperature nice even on the hot humid days. The tables were widely space and distant from each other. The service was great as well as the ambiance. Unfortunately the food was mediocre which could be said for both the burger and fish fry.

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vipDavid
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I have been to Motor a number of times and always enjoy it. Food is good, love the ambiance. Sat outside and it was wonderful. Menu is currently limited due to COVID but still some very solid options. Would definitely recommend.

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MichaelL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view, sitting on East patio. Restaurant doing good job of social distancing and having staff wear masks. Great tasting food and good service.

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Responded on July 1, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here. Thank you and we hope to see you again soon!

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lisar
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service was excellent. They were dealing with reopening after Covid and everything went very smoothly.

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Responded on June 29, 2020

We are so glad you had a great experience and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

There are no vegetables only a veggie sandwich. Better food choices not a lot of selections ...more selections better venue...more and different is better. TY

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Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback. We do have various veggie options available - from our vegetable sandwich to a number of salads. As our team continues to evolve our menu, we will keep our guests' comments in mind.

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vipMark
Milwaukee
48 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice place for pub-style food. They had a good band that didn't overpower the restaurant.

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Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went for the BBQ and Blues event. Food was good for the price. It was extremely loud due to the live band. If that’s your thing, then you’d like it. However it was too loud for our preference

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Responded on February 24, 2020

Than you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal, but are sorry to hear you felt the band was too loud. We do our best to monitor the volume with our guests' experience in mind. We hope to see you again.

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AndreaP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff was extremely friendly and timely. We had cheese curds for an appetizer and they were amazing. One person had a bbq pulled pork sandwich and the rest of the table had salads. Two of the salads were the bbq salad. Both came out missing the black bean corn salsa and one was missing the onion straws. When notified, the server took their plates back immediately and fixed the issue. The last meal was the Smokehouse Chicken Salad, which had good qualities (e.g., the balsamic cherries, candied pecans, blue cheese crumbles). However, the chicken on the salad was not freshly made to order and was not very good. Overall- the bbq items were outstanding. Having never been here before, I am guessing BBQ is what this restaurant is known for and does well. And that is true- our table loved the bbq pork.

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Responded on February 25, 2020

Hi there! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at MOTOR. We hope to see you again soon.

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DanielD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

ribs were delish, brisket and Mac had way to much Fat on it, but waiter fixed that which was nice. Sat to close to music, to talk but overall a very good time. will go back!

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Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NatalieD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. Especially the Oreo mousse. We didn’t realize there was going to be a band. Nothing again them but had we known, we not have picked Motor. It was pretty loud.

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DawnF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Day

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Responded on January 2, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Glad you enjoyed your time here.

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Angie
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was fast, friendly and very attentive.

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vipDinnerbeforeshow
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food is good but very casual. Ambiance is too dull for us - not lively at all on the night we eat there.

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Responded on December 30, 2019

Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your food. We're really sorry to hear you did not feel the restaurant was lively. Every Saturday night from 5:30-8:30pm, we have a live blues band for our BBQ & Blues event. Check out our website for the lineup of upcoming bands. We hope to see you again!

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Kathy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waitress was very slow, we had to ask for her twice. The fish fry was over cooked & dry. The salad could have been good if there was something other than plain iceberg lettuce in it.

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DonK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food, slow service.

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HeatherD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We loved Motor. It's a super cool space, tons of natural light right on the river. Lots of super cool Harley stuff and fun vibe.

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Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed it. It was a slow night so not too noisy. Friendly enough service and a decent value.

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Responded on December 20, 2019

Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal!

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LoriJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

would have preferred the live music would have been a little quieter; kind of hard to hear at table of 6 once it starts. Food was amazing and will be back.

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Responded on December 10, 2019

Hi Lori! We try our best to remind our Saturday night bands to keep their volume down so our guests can still chat with their table. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JayG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a good, American food restaurant in a great location that overlooks the river. The beer selection was good and the food was also good.

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Responded on November 4, 2019

Thanks for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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Moonbeam
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Loved that we could get a reservation for a Saturday night. The music was very good but overpowered the room. Hard to talk to others at our table. Food was good, especially the brisket!

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Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. We try our best to remind bands throughout the evening to keep their volume at a reasonable level. We hope you'll join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. All 4 meals were amazing. Great ambiance. Can’t get a better menu for the price

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Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal.

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colins
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great! Scenery was fantastic! Live music, lake front, beer and a burger, what else could ya ask for?

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Responded on October 2, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Come back and join us again soon.

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BrianS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience1

Great Food & Service
Terrible Noisy Acoustics made conversations difficult.
The Harley Davidson Cafe in Las Vegas, with Harley's going around a ceiling track has a much better ambience.

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Responded on September 20, 2019

Hi Brian. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience here at MOTOR.

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AmandaR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great exerience! The food was delicious, the best grilled cheese I have ever had! Great atmosphere, either dinning inside or outside. We enjoyed going through the museum then this great dinner as Thursday Bike night was getting started. It was our first visit and highly recommend to anyone interested in Harley Davidson!

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Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you! We are so happy to hear you had a great experience here. Come back and join us again soon!

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LindaD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the Motor for my husbands Birthday. I cannot say enough about it. The food and the service was amazing. I would recommend this restaurant

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Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We're honored you and your husband chose to spend his birthday with us. Come back and join us again soon!

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vipBlahswig
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food beautiful day on patio

Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you!

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Kirk
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buena, todo muy rico

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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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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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Responded on July 12, 2019

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

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KennithK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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.

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PaulaI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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.

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CinduV
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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NancyA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipJason
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipJoeK
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time here!

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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

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Eye2020
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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