Iron Horse Hotel (formerly Smyth)

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The Iron Horse Hotel is the transformation of a 100-year-old warehouse into a one-of-a-kind Milwaukee hotel that delivers an authentic Milwaukee experience. As the industry’s first upscale hotel geared for business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike, we meet the distinct needs of both corporate and leisure guests with special services.

Please join us as we say farewell to Smyth and reopen the space as a brand new restaurant. During this time we will be featuring our new Branded menu, featured specials, and our new ala carte brunch Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 2pm.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best patios and ambience in Milwaukee! Food, service, and drinks were great!

SP
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not impressed. Went because of the outdoor seating however, the DJ playing music was extremely loud and difficult to carry on a conversation. I ordered the seasonal omelette and it looked very pretty but lacked flavor and was very cold. The potatoes were extremely greasy and over cooked. Love the hotel and location but will not be back for food. The bloody Mary was not great which is surprising with all of the great bloody Mary’s in Milwaukee

JK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! The server went above and beyond to clear up an issue we had with our reservation. Thank you for the great service!

C
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was superb. The scrambled eggs and rabbit ragout were very good, as was the Iron Grate Ham Benedict. The Yard was perfect, with heaters and a roof to keep the rain out.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waitress was terrible

BT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch outside was great. Food and service was good.

E
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for the Soul Sessions brunch and loved it. The DJ was sooooo good. I went on social media and recommended this Sunday brunch to all my friends.

JC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every part of it. Great bloody Mary’s and brunch items were the best. You can even bring your dog.

SK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not a roof top it on a patio

f
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Soul Brunch. The DJ was spinning some great tunes and it was very relaxing out in the yard.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place looking for a dog friendly place to brunch and we loved it! The live DJ was fantastic. Such a cool place with great food.

L
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was AMAZING and enjoyed the DJ during Sunday brunch. We did however wait 23 minutes before any wait staff acknowledged us and came to our table while they made multiple visits to tables around us. (not a short-staffed issue). We were also the only table fully in the sun so 23 minutes is a long time when all you want is a glass of water. We ordered drinks and food right away and that all came at a reasonable pace. Then we received the check and they had items wrong and had to change that. If the food hadn’t been so amazing, we probably wouldn’t consider going back due to the poor service. We will be back though because that food really was that good.

CM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The patio is beautiful but the service is SLOW and food only ok. I expected more from the new management.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday brunch was phenomenal! I will be back!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!!! Waitress brandy was a joy

KB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were sat at a dirty table. There was hair from the person before me all over the booth, crumbs and drinks rings on the table. We left...

EC
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic and the grits dish I had was seasoned to perfection!

J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

When I made reservations, it was for the Smyth restaurant. We went under the pretenses that the brunch was buffet style like it was previously, especially for an occasion such as Father’s Day which is a common trend amongst restaurants. Very disappointed when we found out it wasn’t buffet style. Not to mention it is no longer the Smyth restaurant, it is under new ownership and I was not made aware of that as my reservation blatantly stated Smyth Restaurant, not the now updated “former Smyth”. The menu is extremely limited, but the portion size was good and overall food was okay. It’s extremely noisy with the music they play. Would not go back nor recommend this place as I had previously.

FN
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We will not return. Worst service and food. Waitress was clueless. Tables had food stuck in the crevices. We were there for Fathers Day. Never again.

ML
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Maybe, I was really disappointed when I arrived and found out their was no longer a brunch buffet. I had been to the buffet less than a year ago and loved it, which was the reason I made reservations for Father's Day, as brunch buffet's are my husband's favorite. We were seated in the bar area which wasn't awesome and our food was only average, not as good as I remembered it.

P
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We met some friends for brunch at 10am when they opened. We dined in the Yard which looks great after the update. The food was excellent. I had the chicken and waffles which was outstanding.

Despite the food being really good our brunch was soured by the fact they had the music blasting the whole time making it hard to talk. Soon after being seated they turned the music on and cranked the volume up. It was loud enough that I could barely hear the person talking to me across the table. We asked three separate times to have the music turned down and it never was. There were probably three other tables in the Yard it was kind of weird they had the music turned up at 10am. We ended up leaving after we were done eating instead of staying for more drinks.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Brunch, it’s a little expensive but worth it for a special occasion. I went for my birthday, the food and service was really good and gotta love the bottomless mimosas!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Birthday. Too loud, service poor, food mediocre

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was terrible and very limited. As a frequent foodie and restaurant enthusiast, I would not recommend Smyth restaurant to anyone.

MA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The patio was beautiful, food was delicious, and the service was great. We’ll definitely be back soon!

CM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

You know, I so rarely leave bad reviews for a resturant but this one has disappointed me both times I've come here. Here's the deal. I often eat alone. I enjoy going out and savoring a meal.

I made a reservation last night for a table for one. When I get here I am told it's actually for bar seating. Mind you, there are tons of tables open for seating and I have a reservation. I explain that I want a table and they say sorry, we are full. I shouldn't have to explain that my legs go numb when sitting on a bar stool because of the fractures in my back.

If this was an isolated incident I wouldn't be super concerned. However, the last time I came for for a 5pm reservation during the week - the entire restaurant was empty. I was told the same thing by the same hostess. I insisted and thankfully I was seated at a table.

It took an entire year for me to try this place again.

So I'm sitting here enjoying my $35 brunch with a bitter taste in my mouth. I shouldn't be relegated to a bar stool for eating alone. I shouldn't have to explain why the bar doesn't work for me to get seated at the table I reserved to eat a meal I am paying for.

On the bright side, my server Carter is kind and very helpful. My water glass is full and I'm content.

Iron Horse Hotel (formerly Smyth)
Responded on May 23, 2019

Hello, thank you for your review. First off I want to apologize if you felt relegated to the bar for brunch due to dining alone. unfortunately the day you joined us was graduation day brunch and our location had been reserved out for weeks in advance. That left only bar service to customers who were unable to make an advanced reservation. I am so happy that we were able to accommodate and get you to a table and I'm glad that Carter was very helpful.

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OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time. Pricey buffet — but quality foods and endless mimosas: worth it.

j
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My husband and I took our parents to Smith for an early Mother's Day Sunday Brunch. We went the Sunday before Mother's Day. The restaurant and food itself was very good, however, I wish they would have offered more vegetarian options in the cooked food section. Everything had meat. :( Also the service was unfortunately terrible. Our server never once asked if we needed water or drink refills, or wanted to order anything off of the brunch made to order menu. We had to flag the server down for anything, then had to remind the server that we needed something, every single time. Very disappointing when you are shelling out $35 per person, plus drinks, plus a tip. This was not my first experience at Smyth, and the previous visits had all been excellent. However, based on the service we received last weekend, I would be hesitant on going back.

M
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

In fairness, we arrived for brunch at 1:00, so should’ve expected some limited options because we ate late. That said, it seemed they were short staffed, as one poor guy was trying to refill all the buffet stations, coffee station, dishes, etc. on his own. Our server was very pleasant, but must’ve had a lot of tables because we’ve had more attentive service there. Made to order omelet was great, as was the prime rib. I was disappointed that their menu listed short ribs, but they substituted shrimp?! We’ve eaten here before and we’re impressed with brunch. This visit was a disappointment.

M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food is fantastic, the ambiance is so very cool. Just an overall good experience.

LI
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The rustic industrial decor was warm and inviting, however, at times the noise level due to a live singer drowned out all conversation. Staff was not interested in balancing Easter brunch ambiance over musical entertainment. Would expect this during evening happy hour, but not noontime. Food was very good. All-on-all a good experience.

s
Seattle
50 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

It’s good this place is closing. The service was terrible . I sent the $32.00 pork chop back and told them
to take it off my bill .

l
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our server was lovely and kind, especially having two kids in tow. However, the food was sub-par. The pork was overcooked, my grits were underseasoned, and our kids’ burgers were inedibly salty. Not worth the money.

JR
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, friendly host, efficient waitress. I had the Wisconsin breakfast which was delicious, and my husband had the French toast which he thought was almost too sweet, but still good. I look forward to going back for the Sunday brunch.

MG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were so disappointed. The brunch has received very good reviews so we chose to go for our anniversary. The food was less than mediocre. Brunch runs from 10 am to 2 pm. Our reservations were for noon. First, they could not find the reservation in the system. They finally found a table for us - 15 minute wait when the reservation was made with Open Table weeks ago. By 12:30, they ran out of desserts. All they had were very bland yogurt parfaits and slices of kringle. I can buy kringle myself and cut it up.
I understand they are closing and the owners of Dan Dan will be taking over. I'm hoping for the best!

RF
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Once again, great brunch. Love the vibe! Good selection and quality food. The small plates from the kitchen are a must.

N
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner, sad to see Smyth closing in a few weeks.
I got the 30 day dry-aged ribeye, and it was fantastic. My girlfriend got the filet, and that was even better!!
Server was attentive and beyond nice.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Food was cold or not replenished. No coffee cups at station. Seated in the bar which has no sound buffering so we could barely here each other. Mimosas were served from a pitcher but must have had ice because they were watered down and unappetizing. Several items were available “made to order” from the kitchen and they all came out cold. We reordered one of he items; that one came out cold too.
One person manned the omelet, waffle and carving station. The poor guy was not yet trained up enough to be efficient in making omelettes, let alone be manning all three stations. Omelette was raw in center and burned on the outside. Staff was great but I wouldn’t go back for brunch.

KS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We were visiting my daughter at college, and went for Sunday brunch. The first thing we noticed upon entering the restaurant, was that it had a really strong smell of bad cologne. It was not good in a public place. The seating was uncomfortable, and the food selection was poor. There were no bagels, or muffins, or even bread.

GR
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the brunch, great selection of delicious food. We brought our dog and sat in the comfy couches, it was such a great atmosphere and great service

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