Jake's Restaurant

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1806 reviews
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Steakhouse
Opened in 1960 by Jake Replogle in a historic 100 year old barn, Jake's Restaurant has become known as a standby timeless American Steakhouse restaurant. Jake's Restaurant's Award Winning Wine List, Seasonal Classic American Steakhouse Cuisine, and Jake's Genuine service, while dining by our natural burning fireplace, will turn anyone into a Jake's Regular.
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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable birthday dinner celebration. We asked for a bit later reservation so there was a comfortable table just off the fire hearth for a romantic feel. There was new, fashionable table settings to set the mood. We were met shortly thereafter by Jackie, our server, who offered a pleasant greeting and who took our drink order. Our steaks were done to perfection and supported with mushrooms and onion rings as well as a double-baked potato, bread, and an enticing salad, . Coffee at the end of the meal was robust as was the drink that started the meal. Throughout, the timing and pace of the meal was excellent, comfortable and not hurried. This was great team work from the bar, kitchen and of course from our server, Jackie. Thank you all.

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AK
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Delicious octopus! Waitress was abrasive; she diminished the overall experience.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I’ve been here twice before and had a favorable experience; however, it was on a weeknight and we had a private room reserved. This time was a Sat in the dining room and we were disappointed. We were seated at a very small table in the middle of several others so we were really cramped. We ordered an app but we didn’t get to place our dinner order until an hour into the meal. The whole experience took almost 3 hours, and I wasn’t up for that. The food was pretty good, and they remembered it was our anniversary and gave us a yummy ice cream sundae with delicious toffee on it. I’m also a fan of their new old fashioneds. I would suggest sitting in the bar, though; much quieter and roomier.

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J
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was outstanding and the service was very good even though the servers were very busy with multiple tables. The drawback was what was included with your meal it was either a baked potato or 2 sides and if you chose the sides the potato in my estimation was overpriced.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Came here expecting a wonderful experience for a dear friend's birthday. Called twice to confirm and to get a nice table and a special "birthday" dessert. Was overcrowded, not the table I was told I would get, ignored by bartending staff, rude waitress, expensive but mediocre food -one could get an excellent meal elsewhere for the prices. They forgot about my friend's birthday as well. A total disappointment.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Our food was unfortunately below expectations. 3 of our 4 sides were cold. My husband asked for butter and no sour cream with his baked potato and the server mixed it up, no big deal, until she grabbed another patron's butter off their table. We both asked for steak sauce and she brought one dish for my husband, but none for me. We were shown desserts and asked for a minute to decide. No one came back for fifteen minutes. The waitress even offered to buy our dessert because she admitted to forgetting about us. By then we were disappointed by the entire experience and wished we would've gone to a different steakhouse that had better value, taste, and service.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I've lived in Pewaukee area for 20 plus years. I have heard of Jake's but never thought of it as a Steak House option. We LOVE Mr.B's I wanted to try something different took my two boy there for my Bday on 1/11/19. Where do I begin? I'm Foodie who is Obsessed with Excellent wine as well (horrible selection). We opted for the Charred Octopus Tentacle Appetizer. It came with the Overwhelming smell of burnt fish the boys refuse to try it. I'm so sorry so I did. Rubbery, fishy, nasty taste and smell. I had finished my glass of wine and only had water I had to flag the waitress down to bring me wine to get the taste out of my mouth. Meals 1-$56 Bone in Filet, Mac and Cheese and twice bake. 16 year old ordered his Medium Rare they way our family prefers their steaks. The first two slices were perfect when he cut closer to the bone it was RARE and COLD. He tried to eat it but could not stomach the bloody cold meat. The waitress offered to take it back and have it prepared as requested. It came back 1/2 the size and burnt. At that point the $56 In-bone very thick filet was not edible the Mac and Cheese was runny not one of us ate it. Meal 2-Ounce Filet prepared as ordered w/ COLD fries. Meal 3-No Bone Ribeye (mine) HOLY GRISTLE! I love marbling that is my favorite cut of meat and I felt like a coroner dissecting a corpse vs a Foodie enjoying a Med Rare delicious steak! My 4 thick Asparagus Stalks were under prepared and cold. My Brussels Sprouts were the HIGHLIGHT of the entire meal. I cannot express how awful and expensive Jake's was. If I can sway one person from going there after reading this HONEST review I'm be thrilled. AWFUL! $$$ GO TO MR.B's

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F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but expensive as compared to peers in area. 7 oz filet is $40 with salad on special, it was $45 the day prior. Waitress overcharged our meal by $10 and did not know the price of the food. Manager said they changed prices that day so that was why the waitress did not know. My husband.caught the error but manager, after admitting his mistake did not apologize or comp a dessert, a beer or anything. It was like we needed to apologize for correcting their error. For a high priced restaurant, the service was poor. Jakes Does not stand up to its peers when it comes to service. The bar tender was also aloof and very unfriendly. I was afraid to ask for a drink and when I got one the glass was dirty. And again I was afraid to tell him. Will not be back anytime soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and food. Server was excellent!

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MI
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was good...The food was just Ok...Extremely over priced for the quality...I don't mind paying $$ if the food is great...But that was not the case....Won't ever go back or recommend it to anyone.

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent, high quality food and service! I especially loved all of the seasonal special offerings and specialty drinks.

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SM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

For the price I wasn’t impressed with the food. Service was a bit slow

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MH
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake's is always excellent! Amazing specials, including their homemade soups and the crab dip appetizer! Our server, Jackie, was friendly, knowledgeable and recommended fabulous wines! She is a gem. We had steaks and the walleye and all of our meals were outstanding. What a great place with terrific staff.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We waited an additional 30 minutes past our reservation time. The steak and mushrooms were not seasoned and were on the bland side. It wasn't awful, but there are definitely better steakhouses in the area.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve with family, outstanding as usual

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M
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had to wait 45 minutes for our table and were told that we would get a complimentary appetizer. We were not comped for the appetizer. Our onion rings were tasteless and all of our potatoes were cold. One steak was under cooked. Very disappointing as we have always loved Jakes. Maybe it was an off night but we won’t be returning any time soon.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I would have liked another vegetable in the pick two choice with my entree besides creamy spinach. My wine braised ribs had two many bones and tallow.

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and the food was wonderful! Definitely will go again.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for New Year’s Eve dinner. Service was excellent as well as the food. Everything was soooo delicious!

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great b day celebration with our family. Food and service was amazing.

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EE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Eric our server was really great! The perfect balance of being attentive and giving us time to have great conversation with our guests. Great food but on the pricey side. The bartender didn't want to take our order, we were early (wait staff still in meeting)...but just wait for our table server in 8 minutes. That was a unique request I'd not gotten at an establishment of this caliber before.

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RI
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. We like it at Jake’s. Private room was perfect for our get-together (Birthday). Sat 11 with no problem. Nice wine list and great cocktails. Food was done to order, steaks excellent and chef did good job on Vegan entree. Service was top notch and that alone would make us return overall, fantastic!

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MB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite whenever we are in Milwaukee. Great menu and service.

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VC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Very nice service at an enjoyable pace

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KT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent steak and wine list!

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CT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody's food was excellent. Server was friendly and informative. I think they got one drink wrong, which was the only blemish on the night. I believe prices are in line with other restaurants offering quality steaks, which is to say fairly expensive, accounting for only 4-stars for value. Nevertheless, an enjoyable dining experience.

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o
Milwaukee
114 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jakes provided much appreciated attentive service at a semi-private table for a group of six friends. We all enjoyed our meals and our waitress was very accommodating to us. It was truly relaxing to enjoy a leisurely, well timed weeknight meal with friends in a cozy room off the bar. Great steaks, as always.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service this time wasn’t awesome, but food is always amazing!! One of our favs!

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NS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Only negative was tables were jammed together too much, felt like a sardine and conversations among tables mixed that is how close tables were.

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JW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Service, Always something unusual on the menu to try

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S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Stephanie was a great server. Food was fantastic and cocktails were perfect. We all had steaks and they were perfectly cooked.

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DM
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the food at Jakes. Great steaks, and always interesting nightly features.

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Jake's as my wife and I are new to the area. What a wonderful find for us. Although, it is a little on the pricy side, the experience and the food are worth the splurge. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Just wasn't as enjoyable as it has been in the past

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RI
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great, service, food and beverage. Planning a party later this month and chose the private room.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. If I had one disappointment, it would be that you can't get a salad AND a side. It's either a salad OR two sides. And the sides were mostly potato options.

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B
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake's always comes through with flying colors-food, service and ambiance.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed with the lobster dinners that we ordered. Awful
The filets had way too much pepper.
Asparagus was undercooked.
Service was slow. Slow to get drinks,slow food service.
Waitress was nice.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday for my 88 year old mother she loved it.

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U
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Had dinner with a girlfriend for her birthday, and we usually have a perfect experience at Jake’s. This time, our waitress was rather snarky. She was irritated when we asked for clarification about some of the specials, saying “I already told you about that before.” We ordered an octopus appetizer special, which had a lot of unpleasant grittiness to it – almost like there was sand granules between our teeth. She did not really respond to our complaint, or offer us anything. I understand everybody has a bad day now and then, but this time, I can’t give our experience five stars.

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