Oak Barrel Public House

4.4
382 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
American cuisine in Milwaukee. Come a stranger and leave a friend! Join us for delicious food and a tasty beverage.
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vipwiscdance
Milwaukee
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service at Oak Barrel was friendly and we got our food in a timely manner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The same shrimp they use for the bang shrimp is the same shrimp they use for their po boy roll. Bread was dry. Toooooo much cheese on the burger. The drinks were terrible. No flavor in them at all, just pure alcohol. Didn’t even finish them. I don’t suggest this restaurant sorry

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vip19jo56
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good spot to eat before events at FiServe Forum. Burger and fries were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice dinner before an evening play!

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ToddW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Quality and quantity of the food needs to be worked on
Spending $175 for a family of 4
And the sandwiches looked very sad in the price point

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious - but definitely not “spicy/hot” like advertised. Drinks weren’t the greatest - out of many things for specialty drinks. Service was so-so.

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DarciG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & drink specials. Service was also outstanding.

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SamiKay
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious! We went there before the Globetrotter's game on New Years Eve and the waitress was very nice, checked back on us plenty. The food came quickly, it was great and much appreciated since we had plenty of time to get to the game. Very close if you want to grab a bite or a drink before going to Fiserv. We look forward to our next visit!

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MatthewB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Great food. Good service. It was cold in the restaurant, so we rushed to leave. We ordered coffee to warm up, but it was lukewarm at best, so not much help.

Not a failure by any means. We’d go back. It’s just that it is so close to hitting all the marks that it’s worth commenting.

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ToddG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink selection along with amazing service. Will go back soon

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willbback2CU
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Xmas group.

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JulieG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The amazing service and graciousness floored us. We were a little bit late for our reservations after the Nutcracker. When we arrived, our table already had water and a delicious basket of popcorn waiting for us. Our server was as sweet and accommodating as she could be and seriously, best cheese curds we've ever had. We all enjoyed the pizzas, apps, drinks and fun atmosphere, but honestly in this weird and uncertain environment where so many places are stressful - we give 100% props to this happy and relaxing and joyful place. I can't wait to return, thank you to the awesome staff for creating a fab experience for my family. xoxo

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Taylor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Food took an hour then came out cold and unappetizing. Service started well but progressively got slower. Really wanted to like this place, but sadly I will not return.

Oak Barrel Public House
Responded on December 21, 2021

Hi Taylor, I am Jack, GM of Oak Barrel and I also run one of our other properties. I am sorry to hear about your experience! This is not our standard at all! Please reach out to me directly so we can earn an opportunity to win you back as a guest. I sent you my direct email in a private message. I would like to chance to make this right for you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Average service, terrible food. Half was served while the other half waited. Some was cold. Won't do it again.

Oak Barrel Public House
Responded on December 21, 2021

Hello, I am Jack, GM of Oak Barrel and I also run one of our other properties. I am sorry to hear about your experience! This is not our standard at all! Please reach out to me directly so we can earn an opportunity to win you back as a guest. I sent you my direct email in a private message. I would like to chance to make this right for you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband and I had dinner here prior to a concert. It was a weekday so not very busy. I’d say in general that it’s a bar that serves good burgers and sandwiches. There are lots of beers on tap and many options in the can but there is only one kind of wine. I would consider this a place to have a drink and apps or if you are a burger person which my husband is, I am not. I did appreciate the attentive service.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was good e except they were out of several menu items - both wine and food.

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a huge space but they make the most of it, great drink selection and large menu, our food was outstanding. Service was friendly, we shall return!

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Jenny
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great pre-game spot, loved the pretzel sticks, and the waffle ice cream dessert!!

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Emma
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! We arrived early on a busy night and they were able to accommodate us. Food and drinks were delicious and came out quickly!

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AnKn
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great cheese curds!

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LynneS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Great food and Cassidy was a great server. We will come back again

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SamanthaZ
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We had two members of the party with food allergies and the staff was very accommodating. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food to kick off a Sunday!

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ToddB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique atmosphere!! Absolutely loved. Staff is friendly and great!!! (Very pretty also)

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Lindsey
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner before a concert and really loved the music selection Oak Barrel was playing that paired well with the concert! Food and service was amazing as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to Milwaukee and we were NOT disappointed. Food was amazing, staff was very welcoming and attentive. Couldn't ask for more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with my boyfriend. We had a great time! It is a causal bar dining setting. The server was attentive and kind. We had a couple of Cocktails and we both got burgers with fries. I got the signature burger that came with a garlic aioli 10/10. They also give you this delicious bacon fat popcorn right as you sit down. We will definitely be coming here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The craft cocktails were delicious. Everything on the menu looked amazing. Food was delicious and portion sizes were great. My go-to before every bucks game!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great just as it always is.

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JillC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The staff was friendly. There were 4 people in our party. Our appetizers arrived fairly quickly but it took 45 minutes to receive our entrees (burgers) after placing our order. The food was ok to good, but not great. There were several tables finishing their meals when we arrived, with only two other parties (of 2) placing orders around the same time. The bar was moderately busy. While it is a pub, the music was so loud that it felt as if we were shouting to have a conversation. It was not the worst service I have experienced. However, we only moderately enjoyed our food and service was a bit slow so I don't anticipate returning.

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Mattk
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Let's start with the good - service here is fantastic. Attentive, proactive, kind, you name it...our server had it in spades. The food is, and this is an understatement of great proportion, terrible. The "Kentucky fried bacon" is a horribly cooked pork belly, cut into fat slices, wrapped in panko, and served with what I can only assume was meant to be some kind of house ranch...it tasted like tartar sauce. Our table of 4 took a total of 3 bites and stacked our plates. Onto the brunch menu! The cook has seemingly never met something that they couldn't overcook. Breakfast sausage cooked to dry meal encased in leather, scrambled eggs cooked to styrofoam consistency, breakfast burger cooked past well done, breakfast potatoes (keep in mind these are clearly cubed from a freezer bag) fried to until they were like trying to eat a bouillon cube. The pancakes were tasteless, dry, and the syrup had settled back to brown sugar and liquid in a cup...this was the highlight of the meal...a sad state to say the least. We were glad to leave a hefty tip for our server - she deserves a bronze star - but left hungry and nearly $100 poorer. This place appears to be propped up by specials like bottomless mimosas and bloodies...Our recommendation: Go to drink and then get a meal someplace down the street.

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TheJakes
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server thought of everything before we did. She was excellent.

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We both enjoyed the food we had. Italian beef sandwich and Oak barrel burger with sweet potato fries.

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JayT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Need sweeter orange juice and better champagne for mimosas. They were sour n burning.

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DawneD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very cool place. We had to get to an event at the Fiserv Center and we had no problem eating and getting there on time. Set a reservation as the place is popular. The only real drawback was that they were out of bone-in chicken wings when we got there for a 4 PM reservation on a Saturday. That seemed odd since it is one of the items the place is known for. Maybe it's was due to "supply chain" issue like many restaurants are experiencing these days. Don't know. Otherwise, I would totally recommend this place.

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Jake
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wait staff, bartender and concierge woman were all wonderful!

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RochelleB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A couple of issues with the orders, but the manager solved them quickly. Music was a bit loud to hear conversation at the table with a big group, but overall great place!

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vipKathyF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

After waiting an hour and ten minutes for our food, we asked them to box it so we could leave. We had to wait an additional 20 minutes. One and a half hour wait for 5 hamburgers and a small pizza is unacceptable. The restaurant wasn’t even that crowded, many empty tables. Will not go back or recommend it. There was nothing positive about our experience.

FAQs

Oak Barrel Public House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 897-8320.

Oak Barrel Public House is rated 4.4 stars by 382 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.