Butcher & Barrel Gastropub

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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Fine dining in a modern Pub. High quality seasonal ingredients prepared from scratch including prime steaks, fresh seafood and delicious comfort food items. An excellent selection of craft beers, select wines, and hand crafted cocktails to accompany your meal. Butcher & Barrel brings fantastic food, drink and high quality service - without the stuffy fine-dining experience. A restored 120 year old building located in the heart of downtown Racine, just blocks from Lake Michigan.
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AR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch. Loved the ambiance/environment. Food was amazing and service was excellent.

DN
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drinks were on point. We made reservations and were immediately seated which was nice. But the Staff was immature and the level of camaraderie was at an all time high. It didn’t seem like there was a manager on staff and also one waitress left her vape and switchblade at the vacant table next to us. The mushroom soup was overly salty, the wings were mushy but were of a nice size.
The one thing that really put me off was the moldy water cap on the bottle. I was instantly put off as sanitation is something that I look for in places. I really hope they change and don’t turn into the next envy... it seems like Racine can’t keep anything nice for long.

JH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. Cute place. Seating was a little tight.

KJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were excited to try this restaurant as Racine is in need of dinner spots. We both ordered the fish- both over cooked. Portions were really small for the price. The tables are uncomfortably close. We hope the owners rethink their plan and make some changes to keep us coming. It has a ton of potential.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Service was wonderful and barramundi dish was delish! Would definitely come back when in Racine!

KJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Corporate dinner here (12 people)- everyone raved about the food! Great apps and entrees for all preferences. Super high quality for Racine WI- perfect for upscale meal in a casual setting!

WM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food at Butcher and Barrel is good, but it's not a good value. For that price, I expect great. The service is friendly enough, and they are willing to answer questions, but the staff definitely does NOT go above and beyond to make the experience great. At a higher-end restaurant, you expect higher-end quality and service. Also, the tables are VERY close together - close enough that you could join in their conversation if you chose to do so.

There was an incident that should have been handled differently. As I said, the tables are very close together. A customer at the table next to me was trying to get back to their seat, and in squeezing between the tables, knocked a full glass of ice water all over me. Now, it wasn't their fault, but their party still purchased my cocktail for me (which was very nice of them). The restaurant, however, did literally nothing. We had to ask for napkins and clean the spill up ourselves. The floor was soaking wet, they did not come wipe it up. I had to eat my dinner with my feet in a puddle. They made a few jokes along the lines of 'at least it wasn't a full glass of wine!' Yeah, it's January and I'm doused in ice water and soaked to my socks - but go ahead and make jokes that at least it wasn't wine. They did bring me a dry menu, but since the table was still wet, it also got soaked.

They also did not do anything to try to salvage my experience. They could have comped an appetizer or dessert. They could have brought us an extra something. They could have given us a voucher to use on a future visit. But they did nothing at all. I reached out privately to the general manager to explain what happened, and he half-heartedly apologized that I got spilled on, but took no accountability for it. This all tells me that they don't actually care about their customers. There are a lot of really good restaurants in the greater Milwaukee area. I'd rather spend my money at one that cares about delighting customers.

KI
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal! Great service and even better food!

OT
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!! Food was delicious. Drink specials superb. This time we sat at the high top table which is preferred over the standard seating. Great dinner with friends!

h
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went for dinner on NYE. Food was great! We had the filet and beef medallions au poivre. But although the service was pleasant- our drinks were low/gone and we were not asked if we cared for another, and silverware arrived after our food was set at the table. At those prices in Racine, I'd expect better. Maybe NYE crowd too much for service to handle.

SJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot in Racine, make a reservation for dinner

JS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We've been here several times before and the value and quality of the food this time was truly disappointing.

OT
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and we were really impressed. The cocktails were well crafted and the food was amazing!

RC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I highly recommend Butcher & Barrel Gastropub! My husband and I went to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and it exceeded our expectations. The food is outstanding, on par with anything you'll find at a similar price point in Milwaukee. The charcuterie board is the best I've had anywhere, ever. And the aesthetic is perfect, just what you want in this type of establishment.

HR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great pick. The drinks were fun and tasty! The food was delicious. We got there an hour early so we could cocktail. We reserved high top table. We sat at the bar drank and ate right there when we were ready. It was great! No muss no fuss! They wanted us to be comfortable. Everyone was wonderful! We will be back!

B
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This place is ok. Food was good. Portions not so big. Prices...more suited to downtown Chicago than Racine. Three adults and one child $200+ ouch.

VR
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. Not a lot privacy and music loud

BL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and service in Racine. If you haven't been to Butcher and Barrel you have to go and try it.

TP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding first visit. Even the hamburger blew our minds. Not cheap but well worth the experience. Fan-flipping-tastic.

S
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place excellent food!

D
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I never miss this place when I am in Racine. It makes me relaxed after a long workday, music is good, food is great no matter what you choose, service is kind and friendly. Definitely the best in town!

BH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food & service was good. Table setting was pretty nice. Not really anything unique for food selection. Do love the bar area & the drink selection.

CP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Presentation was lovely and ambiance is great. The half price wine on Wednesday special was a great value!

MM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The prime rib was fantastic, but poorly presented. The place is really nice, but they had the overhead fans on when it was like 30 out. It cooled the food off quickly was the main issue. All the apps were good, the shrimp were nothing short of awesome. The chicken sandwich was lackluster though. The oil based sauce was not great. Overall, liked the food, but could have cut the fans to keep it at desired temperature. Service was fine, but she was a bit of a space cadet and required getting her attention a few times and we were there early while it was essentially empty.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony is always so welcoming and helpful. Juan’s service was perfect! And the food and drink were amazing. So delicious!

RS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place. Food was awesome, the restaraunt had lots of character. I would highly recommend it.

d
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go got the habanero matador cocktail! It’s really fun!!!! Very charming atmosphere with lovely Spanish guitar playing in the background. Steak medallions and short ribs were yummy.

AP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waiter was excellent and very attentive and a joy to work with. The food was great outside of the Butcher's Block - the amount of food seemed to be lacking. We did try the Duck Wings and they were really good along with the Peking Duck that I had for dinner. My friend had the Salmon and thought it was really good and I have to say, for a person (me) that doesn't eat fish, it was exceptional and I would come back to try the Salmon again. We ordered the chocolate cake for dessert and while it looked amazing, it tasted dry and if it was a day old. All in all, I would definitely make the trip back and would recommend it to friends and family.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great atmosphere!

MJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great! Service quick and friendly. There for our anniversary, it was nice!

RC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good; however, the portions were smaller than expected given the price. Our waiter covered our table of 7 on the main floor plus a very large gathering on the upper floor. He did his best, yet at times we felt neglected. The presentation of the steak knives was a nice touch.

TT
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
Def recommend.

R
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No matter what you order - you will not be disappointed.

W
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the salmon, scallops and filet medallions. All were delicious.

KP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit! The bar was so friendly, and the bartenders exceptional. I am a bourbon lover, and the choices were fabulous!
Our dinner was lovely. Each of the four of us tried something different, and everyone was very happy.
We will definitely visit again!

R
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just got to say WOW!!!
Been all around the country and what a pleasure to enjoy a place that take as much pride in what they do. Seriously a fantastic place and although I probably won't be back to Racine anytime soon I long to try the other items on the menu. I started with the Chipotle infused Shrimp that and from how it tasted and was presented made me exited for the entree and the Entree had me excited for dessert that I wasn't planning to have. When your meal is as excellent as mine was you just have to see what up their dessert sleeve. The Scallops was off the chart, like exquisite and I've never used that word, but not an overstatement. The dessert was some kind of Creme Brûlée with wine. I'm on a mission to find the best Brûlée, this was really good, but I'd rather have traditional truly, but I'll give them a 10 for originality. Everyone says there isn't much in Racine, but I'm telling you this changes everything. I overheard a guys telling someone this is the place to come and I agree and he has been traveling here for 4 months each week. Great job !!!
Oh btw, an incredible wine list, bourbons, whiskey, Vodka, tequila abs Scotch list at reasonable prices

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a wonderful time with family. The meal was great! Steaks were seasoned well and came out just as we ordered them. Waitstaff was very attentive. We’ll definitely be back!

KI
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and it was awesome! Great food and food options. Service was excellent and prices were reasonable. We will be back again! Have already told friends about our great experience.

JA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious food and cocktails. Noise level a bit high for my preference during a nicer high dollar meal. All depends on the clientle you are there with and how crowded it is. Had a jazz guitarist plying on Saturday evening. That was a very nice touch. He played very well and at a perfect volume for the space.

L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our granddaughters and had a fun time and delicious meal!