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Milwaukee Ale House, Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Ale House

4.4
4.4
61 Reviews
$30 and under
American
**Our last day of service is Sunday, September 11. We are not accepting reservations during our last week.
We hope to see you!**

Founded by local home brewers on October 17, 1997, the Milwaukee Ale House serves up fresh music, live beer and great food to the good people of Wisconsin and travelers from all over the world. Located in a brick and timber warehouse building downtown in the Historic Third Ward, we offer indoor and outdoor dining, six or more hand crafted beers, lunch and dinner everyday with late night food on the weekends.

Our seating on the Milwaukee River overlooks downtown and our 6 public boat slips create an atmosphere that offers our diners a unique connection to the roots of the city that made beer famous! Schooners used to dock in front of our building to get fitted with new sails before heading back out to Lake Michigan.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Brewery, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 276-2337

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    N Water St between St Paul Ave and Chicago Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 61 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Milwaukee

    Kid Friendly

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  1. R

    Randall

    Milwaukee

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a reservation for 7 then had 5 additional people join. Staff was very attentive and accommodating.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was not cooked right
  3. m

    mike4all

    Memphis/West TN

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    All kinds of great beer. Sandwiches good as well. On the River with a great view.
  4. N

    Ncg09

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Cheese curd app and beers were great, but the entrees left something to be desired. Sort of tasteless honestly and just meh. We got burgers, a breaded chicken sandwich, and a salad between the four of us and we all felt like they were just ok. I don't think I'd go back, and if I did I would stick to apps and beers. I did read a good amount of reviews before going and saw they were very mixed, but wanted to give them a shot anyways and decide for myself how I liked it. I feel like they sort of take advantage of customers as in they have the location on the river and cool ambiance, so they just serve mediocre food cuz ppl will come anyways. There's no drive to improve the food.
  5. B

    Bieds

    Minneapolis

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great location on the Riverwalk - great food and of course beer!!
  6. T

    Toni

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ariel, our young server along with the few others, provided us the BEST service possible being that the afternoon was quite busy and servers were limited.
  7. JP

    JessicaP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped by the ale house prior to attending a show at the Am Fam amphitheater. We were running late and they graciously held our reservation until we arrived. They had a large party but our food came out quick. Our server was great. And the sweet potato fries were amazing. Wish we could have sat outside but the pending storms kept us in.
  8. JC

    JillianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Loved the nachos. Nice family friendly atmosphere. Cool view of the river.
  9. KI

    KIMZ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Father’s Day brunch and it was perfect! Sat on the patio and people/ boat watched while enjoying some good food and drink.
  10. JW

    JulieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic! The food was delicious and we had a great time.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great but very loud
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I got weird vibes from the bartenders, who could’ve at least greeted us while we waited to be seated instead on what appeared to be just gossiping. After that, everything was great! Our server treated us kindly and was attentive. The food was fairly priced - we got the nachos and a pizza to share. The variety of drinks was great. We didn’t stay for trivia, but it looked fun and inviting!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was beautiful, sat outside, we had a great table, the drinks were fabulous, our waitress was excellent, the Bucks were on the tv, the vibe was awesome, great night with girlfriends ❤️
  14. k

    kermit7

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Our server was really friendly and we enjoyed ourselves!
  15. KB

    KristinB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. The service was quick and the server was fantastic. I highly recommend this lovely place on the river. The neighborhood is amazing and we had a great time!
  16. MH

    MichaelH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Slow paced even lethargic ambiance at 12:00 afternoon
  17. CL

    CandaceL

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations were easy peasy, service was fantastic, food was good and plentiful, and the birthday boy got a lovely slice of chocolate cake to top it off! Throw in good beer and a view of the river and it was great!
  18. l

    lcsh

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    They were understaffed, so the server had trouble getting to us enough, but he was super friendly and tried hard to make sure everything was right. Salmon was amazing!
  19. A

    Australian

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I visited MKE Ale House on Thursday April 21st. The place was not overly busy but had a number of patrons dining in. We were served by Ariel. She was always prompt to take food and drink orders. The food came out hot and the few who ordered the chicken tenders really liked the batter they were cooked in. Great place along the river. I would recommend this place to someone visiting Milwaukee.
  20. P

    Pink

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Live music was great but ear shattering loud!!!! Service was awful. Was ready to go hunt down our waitress a couple of times. She would literally be at the table next to us, never glance over to see if we needed something. Could be a deal breaker on ever going back.
  21. GD

    GwenD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The only negative was that some items ordered did not match the description that was on the menu, but the management did refund those items. Very happy.
  22. AL

    AmandaL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Pizza was so good! Service was good as well!

    Milwaukee Ale HouseResponded on April 2, 2022Thank you Amanda, glad you enjoyed yourselves!

  23. BC

    BeeC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! The service staff was attentive and recommended great drinks and food. Fair prices, great vibe overall. Would recommend for a group for sure because there’s lots of large tables with access to the TVs for games. Also, beautiful deck overlooking the river.

    Milwaukee Ale HouseResponded on April 2, 2022Thank you for the kind words Bee!

  24. VJ

    VictoriaJ

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    The food was okay, not my favorite, overall me & my sister had a good time talking. The drinks were good.
  25. JF

    JodiF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good drink selection and yummy apps. Fun live music. We will be back!
  26. EL

    EileenL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We went on a Saturday night and we're happy to see that there was live entertainment. The food was great and so was the entertainment, however, it was so loud that we couldn't hold a conversation.
  27. L

    Luvwine

    Kansas City

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Fun place. Live music was good but a bit loud. Great beer selection.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great place to get together with friends ! Loved the atmosphere.
  29. m

    mattk

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Great beer. Plenty of social distancing space. Live music was awesome the night we went.
  30. R

    Robert

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    I ordered a pizza and it was very overcooked. The crust was burnt, dry, crunchy, and without flavor due to being cooked too long. The food was extremely salty overall as well. I've been here before with a better food experience.
  31. f

    floydster

    Milwaukee

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Friendly server and good live music by Evan. Chili was just lukewarm tho
  32. LB

    LeahB

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had live entertainment during our dinner. The singer, Evan Christian, was very good. The food was delicious and beer selection was extensive. We ordered the hummus appetizer, and grilled Buffalo chicken, Patron sandwich, salmon, and turkey burger. If you enjoy craft beer, you will like this place because the beer is inexpensive ($5-8) for a pint pour.
  33. JH

    JodyH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    This is a potentially fun and lively place to be. The service was excellent and the food was good. the music, though, was way too loud!!!
  34. D

    Dinnerbeforeshow

    Milwaukee

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience- expected service to be slow due to staffing shortages but it was the opposite. We had a great waitress and food was good. Only complaint is the music was too loud. Great singer but too loud. Overtook the entire dinner experience since we had to shout to all our friends.
  35. v

    vickyc

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Walked out without getting drink order after waiting 30 minutes. The speakers were so loud on the live performer that everything was vibrating and no one could have a conversation. When we asked to move to a table not in front of the speaker with three kids, the hostess rolled her eyes at us. Waitress acknowledged us once and then never returned. No wonder they were only half full on a Saturday night in the ThirdWard. Worst restaurant experience I’ve had in years.
  36. M

    Michael

    Milwaukee

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beers and food.
  37. LT

    LeTUMBA08

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Highly recommend this property; uniqueness of the beer brewed is only one asset. The venue is exceptionally attractive if you appreciate old, solid craftsmanship. The menu has a good offering for most any pallet. Service is good at a table, but if you require having your schooner topped off more frequently, I suggest bellying up to the bar...
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great location and a cool spot by the river. Food and beer were ok. Not the best but not the worst!
  39. HM

    HollyM

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Our service was very very slow. Our waiter forgot to put in our order for our apps so the entire meal ended up poorly timed. I would stick with ordering beer or wine. My gin and tonic had flat tonic. The food was acceptable -- frankly the sides were the best as were the cheese curds. Skip the meal and just get drinks and apps.
  40. C

    Ceeng

    Milwaukee

    173 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We did get seated in the requested booth so a hearing impaired diner could hear. The food was basic bar food. Our server was very nice and attentive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Milwaukee Ale House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 276-2337.

Milwaukee Ale House is rated 4.4 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Milwaukee Ale House

233 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5761

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Water St between St Paul Ave and Chicago Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Brewery, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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