Ash

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$31 to $50
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American
Ash is a fiery new dining concept by regionally acclaimed chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite. Ash plays homage to simple, seasonal dishes and features a statement centerpiece hearth. Wood-fired dishes are shareable and paired with decadent sides. It’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not a typical hotel restaurant at. The food was absolutely delicious, service was great (thank you Inga) and the ambience was perfect. Try the Brussel sprouts, you will not be disappointed. Out of five of us no one had a bad thing to say. It was a perfect choice for a business dinner!

K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Ask for Sawyer, he provided exceptional service with great recommendations and was very attentive to all of our needs. Will definitely be back!

K
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it! coming back on Thursday for my daughter's 21st!

JH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Entrees were amazing, but the rest of the food was very average including the appetizers and sides. Mushrooms were very dry and overcooked.

CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was absolutely blown away by the food, ambience, and overall experience. The combination of the grill and open flame cooking 15 feet away with an acoustic set of classic rock in the other room only made the head-on shrimp and potato fingerlings taste better. The food was truly phenomonal.

SH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dined at Ash for Valentine’s Day. It was our first time there - the ambiance was great, the food was good (I will note they were out of two bottles of wine but it was Valentine’s Day). Our server, CJ, definitely made the evening. She was super friendly and helpful with the menu! Definitely recommend for a great date night!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Craft cocktails were outstanding, but the food was too salty! I do not mean a slight preference too salty, but my husband and I almost thought it was a joke. Everything was over salted to an extreme. Both of us ate about 1/3 of our meal and requested the check. I let the waitress know and she didn’t seem very surprised by the complaint. She did comp the food and we paid for the drinks.

r
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant! Great ambience and food. Very unique.

J
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

When we arrived, the table that I reserved was still busy so they offered to seat us in the lobby. We agreed as long as the wait staff didn't forget about us out there. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. We felt our waitress forgot we were out there for stretches of the night. The food was great as always but the service this time left much to be desired.

F
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service on point. Cocktails tasty. The food was fine, I don't need to go back.
I thought for the price of the mains it was a tad too high for what you get. The sides and apps were all tasty and worth the splurge. The duck @ $70 was not what we hoped it to be. Fry bread was fantastic!

JA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shannon was exceptional as our server. Avocado was a great starter. Get the brussel sprouts and au gratin. Once cream sandwich is amazing too.

J
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ash has the potential to be great. Unfortunately, we hit it on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant was loud. The service was ok. The waitress was simply over extended. The main courses were all delicious. Perhaps a note to the kitchen to NOT cut the pork chop for presentation, as all the juices ran out. Leaving it whole would have retained its moistness. The sides fell short. Two potato dishes were under cooked as was a side of cauliflower. An attempt was made to remedy the under cooked dishes but they too fell short. The potatoes and cauliflower were just not ready for serving.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. The service and food were amazing 2nd time there and it was fantastic

c
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great ambience, service was excellent. Food was...decent. Simple salt seasoning a bit too simple.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While flavors were great, Ash was too heavy-handed with oils/butter. Slightly disappointed that everything was drenched in oil regardless of what they were.

MV
London
39 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good with clever dishes. Chicken and waffles was very good. Grits meal was quite tasty as well. Would like to try the rabbit dish next time, and perhaps the smoked trout toast. Cool environment, will be back!

JT
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent ~ wood stove adds ambience & rules the menu for 2 ! We enjoyed the Straus Lamb & Duck !

Kudos - Dan / Dan for the hits !! 🙏

NB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

DM
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best new restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. Nice open dining area yet, it felt warm and cozy. The open kitchen produced a great smoky wood smell through the area. Kit our waiter was wonderful. Gave great suggestions on the wine as well as our entrées. Food was outstanding for all 4 of us. Haven’t had an overall great experience like this very long time! Congratulations everyone at Ash...you’re doing it right!

SJ
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful food. The Peking duck a must try. Room a kittle noisy, but it’s all part of the scene. Only slight negative was a less than helpful waitstaff

VG
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. The Spaetzle starter was amazing. They need more classic salads though. Waitress did not tell us our meat didn’t come with vegetables or starch, and needed to be ordered separate. I’d definitely go again though.

KB
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Ash, and we loved every minute of it. First, we were seated by the hearth/open fire, which would have been quite warm, but on the cold winter night was quite welcoming. Our server has the best memory and remembered us from opening weekend, order and all! So impressed. We shared the beet tartare, the grilled avocado, the Brussel sprouts, the scallops and the Bavette steak. The beet tartare was wonderful. It is definitely our new favorite way to have tartare. Grilled avocado should be the new thing. Seriously. Try it. Our entrees - the scallops (4 large ones seared perfectly) and the steak - were great compliments to each other and the smokey flavor from the open fire was definitely memorable. The only criticism we have is that the plating of the steak was pretty underwhelming. Finally, the brussel sprouts were charred to perfection. This was a perfect meal and we will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Ash at The Iron Horse is pretty great. So great that I glanced up at one point to see San Antonio Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich eyeing the menu. Have the Short Ribs for Two, Gregg! I’ve just added it to my Death Row Meal. (In other words, the short ribs are so tender, I’d DEFINITELY have it as my last meal.) In any case, this place is awesome. Ask for the high top in front of the fire. Dinner and a show! 👏🏼♥️🍽

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was tasty but it was lacking a bit. For instance, crab dip was available but no crackers or any type of bread was available. Smoked salmon was available, but no lemon slices. Only dressings available for salad were ranch and blue cheese (both cream based). For $55 a person, even kids who don’t partake in bottomless mimosas, it was lacking that extra 10% that would’ve made it 40% better.

CG
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

8 of us went to Ash for New Years Day brunch. Food was delicious. We loved the unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary bar. The only suggestion that I would have is to put omelet station away from the buffet because it held up the whole line. It would also be better to have more than one person cooking the omelets because the man was overworked but he made incredible omelets. We would all go again for brunch. Loved it!

L
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had New Years Day brunch buffet at Ash. The food was delicious, our server very helpful (unusual yet welcome in a buffet setting), and the music/ambiance just right. My only suggestion is to some re-engineer the layout so that the line moves faster, and/or people can get what they want without poking through the line (I.e, stuck in the omelet line just trying to get to the waffles).

BM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was an awesome New Years Day Buffet where we were allowed to grab food and drink at our own lesuire instead of having a server. It was a perfect way to kick off 2020 and would go again. Because the mimosas' were included, this was a great set deal!

OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a table for 4 on NY Eve, the food was decent, the wait staff was very good, the wine list is marked up beyond what would be expected from a restaurant of this caliber. There’s better options out there.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was outstanding! Highly recommend

c
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Ash - service (Brandy) was great!! Food was good especially our Grilled Avocado appetizer (highly recommend it!!). We thought the dessert selection could have been a little stronger but overall we loved our experience and will definitely return.

DB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice taste.

JL
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A very awkward experience. The menu is hard to order from, especially if you have a table with different tastes. Not vegetarian or vegan friendly. A bit overpriced. Ordered my favorite cocktail - a sidecar - which was very sour. Food was just okay. Service was very slow and sloppy. Restaurant was not busy (a Thursday night). No glass served with a beer - just the bottle! Didn’t feel special at all. We have always liked the venue, and still do (the Iron Horse Hotel is great) but Ash is not anywhere near as good as Smyth, which was a warmer, more complete, well managed, executed and enjoyable experience. So disappointed in Ash, especially after we booked it for a 60th birthday party. We won’t go there again.

R
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was Christmas Brunch. We have dined at the restraint in The Iron Horse HoTel for the last five years, a type of a that ended today. The waitress was not attentive at all. Too many mistakes to list here. When she presented the check after asking for it a few time, I reminded her she did not bring the coffee requested. She commented that that was ok.
Food very mediocre. Nothing at all special. The dessert table looked like they almost forgot to have it. Only drinks included were mimosas. You had to get them yourself and the lines we're long.
The cost of this mishap was $55 per adult and $25 for children. Defiantly not a good value .
We are looking for a different place for next year already.

CA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

High expectations for brunch at Ash based on reviews of the restaurant but was terribly disappointed in food selection presentation and safety standards. Many foods that should have been on ice were not like the shrimp and there were many foods that had no tongs for serving meaning people were touching everything desserts crackers. Spinach strata was way undercooked and liquid in the bottom. Sausages were cold but overcooked and dry. Mimosa line was set up so that there was a constant line of people running between two of the brunch tables causing everyone to bump into one another and was very very disorganized. All in all it was very overpriced for $55 and will not be dining there again

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here for brunch multiple times before it switched to Ash- always high quality and excellent service ! The mimosas are a plus. We will be back

EC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved a table for their Christmas brunch, best brunch I have ever had! Great spread, staff was friendly and helpful, live music created a great ambiance, and the food was excellent. Even if it's not Christmas, I will eat there again!

OT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve. Wonderful meal. We sat at the high top table facing the fire/chefs. Entertaining and fascinating to watch them cook and prep the meals. Everything was delicious!

TK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and space were fabulous. Had the head on shrimp and pork collar and would go back for both! My only negative would be the bar. They are not able to substitute a booze in a drink and the bartender didn’t know how to make a very common drink. The waiter was very knowledgeable and helped guide us on what to order. Loved watching the guys cook the food in the fire from our seats.

J
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time and the service was fantastic. From the moment we arrived, the hostess was very sweet. She asked if we're celebrating anything and I said I recently got a new job. About 15 minutes later, she brought over champagne for us! Our server also got to know our names and used our names everytime she came by. We loved sitting at the chef's table. One of the chef's even came by towards the end to see how everything was. Little details like this really made a difference in our experience. Thank you, Ash!