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Oak Barrel Public House, Milwaukee, WI

Oak Barrel Public House

4.2
4.2
429 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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Booked 18 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–10:45 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 897-8320

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Zach Zarling

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

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

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What 429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Wisconsin

    Hot Spot

  • Wisconsin

    Late Night Find

  • Milwaukee

    Kid Friendly

  • Milwaukee

    Hot Spot

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  1. SF

    SuzanneF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    It took a LONG time to receive our food and the place wasn’t even busy. The music was loud making it hard to hear conversations amongst ourselves. I thought it was pretty pricy just for burger/finger food.

  2. RJ

    RJ109

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    They seemed really disorganized, and weren't really into serving dinner. I ordered a beer that they happened to be out of. That happens, no big deal. However when I asked the waitress about comparable beers, she said she was only 20 and didn't know anything about them. She really wasn't very helpful. The food was all right, but it didn't stand out. This restaurant is also adding credit card surcharges, but they don't tell you in advance. You find out when you get you check, and they have already applied it. This is our second and last visit here. They are a lot of other restaurants within 1 to 2 minutes walking distance.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    The food was okay but for the price it's not worth it. Our waitress wasn't very attentive and up charged us all to fries without us asking for it. My spicy chicken sandwich had zero spice to it so that was disappointing. The ambiance is fine, overall I would say this place is fair and you can find much better places in the area

  4. JO

    JOHNK

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    We had reservations at 5:45pm, and we were seated at 5:50pm. We didn't get our bill until 7:10pm. We waited far too long for our food as we ordered immediately when we received drinks and asked for our bill as food was served. It shouldn't have taken nearly an hour and a half to have supper. The burger was cooked well done and the spicy chicken was black on the outside. Overall, everything looked and tasted overcooked. It was our first and last time.

  5. DE

    DyannE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    The restaurant was out of chicken and 1/2 of our party of 6 ordered chicken sandwiches (1/2 the menu is chicken sandwiches of some kind). So that was disappointing, but the burgers ordered instead were tasty. Service was fine. Restaurant was kind of loud, but to be expected as a sports bar.

  6. F

    Fred

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    I think our server was new, very disorganized, Food was average for bar food. Sat outside and it was pleasant.

  7. AM

    AMills

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Food is always great!!! Small critique: It was Mother's Day and we took the time to RSVP so we expected a better table and not getting crammed in a corner.

  8. SA

    SandraA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2

    This is a decent sports bar. The atmosphere is dark and it feels gritty. We were hoping for a different vibe for my son's graduation brunch.

  9. FB

    FeedBag

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great brunch menu and excellent service.

  10. WC

    WhitneyC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat on the third floor which was less busy but still attended. Beautiful ambience and comfy seating. Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. Bacon fat popcorn that they give you for a table snack is to die for. Great beer selection, food was everything we wanted it to be (Nashville hot chicken tacos were unique and super yum). Overall would 100% recommend.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service. Just a bit chilly sitting by the front door. We will be back.

  12. T

    Toos

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun pub serving great sandwiches and pizza. Broad drink menu met everyone's needs. Service was friendly and fast.

  13. j

    jljl

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Even though the restaurant was not crowded at all...the service was amazing. I only wish I remembered our server's name!

  14. B

    Bobbi

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to grab a drink and food before an event at Fiserv!!!

  15. BB

    BeancaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    As someone who is not a fan of large crowds, this place is the exception! It’s usually jam packed for brunch, so I would definitely suggest making a reservation the day before. The bottomless mimosas and breakfast pizza are always must haves at my table. The service is good and the cooks are fast, and that’s why Oak Barrel is my first choice brunch spot!

  16. L

    Lisa

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    MacKenzie was the BEST server! She provided great service, awesome personality, great ideas for places to visit while in Milwaukee! MacKenzie made my 13 year old son Aiden's night!! She showed him a Bucks NBA ring and gave him a great Bucks gift bag! The Bucks are his favorite team. Thank you so much!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our server was amazing! We always enjoy Oak Barrel!

  18. M

    Molly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The burgers were pretty subpar and the fries were cold and hard. The service was good and it was a cool space inside.

  19. M

    Mallrae

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Food was okay- service was great. Reserved a high top and then was told we couldn’t sit there.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    They don’t have any paper menus, so if you don’t have a smartphone or your phone isn’t loading the menu, you’re out of luck. The service and food was decent but not above and beyond. I liked the atmosphere though. I’d give it another try in the future.

  21. A

    Addison427

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Cheese curds were off the chart good!

  22. KS

    KimberlyS

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Delicious bacon fat popcorn. Unfortunately the cheese curds were so good that I had no room for my burger. DS got the pulled bacon grilled cheese and loved it.

  23. B

    Beth

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Did not like our location, too close to the bar. Quite loud and hard to carry on a conversation with my friend. Food was great!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Service person was very personable and knowledgeable about the menu. But food was very slow coming out.

  25. D

    Delaney13

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We visited prior to a concert at FisServ, There was a long wait for walk-up seating so I was quite surprised & impressed by the fact that we were seated immediately with our reservation. They clearly take this function seriously. We ordered cheese curds which were very good and (at our daughters urging) a Mac & Cheese pizza which was a bit over-cooked probably not the best choice. The burgers and other sandwiches we observed looked great though. We'd go back and it is a solid choice prior to any event at the arena.

  26. RJ

    RJclooney

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The food wasn't bad by any means just unremarkable. On the other hand,Our server, Paisley, was fantastic. The noise level was moderate. They have a decent beer selection.

  27. JF

    JamieF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    2 of the 5 meals we ordered were wrong. 3 of the 5 meals were good but the other 2 were very mediocre

  28. LE

    LangstonE

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good service snd high quality pub food.

  29. DK

    DonnaK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good and service great. Prices for food reasonable. Loved the bacon fat popcorn.

  30. DM

    DaveM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    Waited 40 minutes for a burger. When it arrived it was dripping with beer cheese couldn’t be picked up to eat. Waitress never came around to ask how meal was until I was almost finished and told her about the burger and no offer to fix it. Never asked if we needed refills on drinks. Place was not busy. So much oozing cheese I couldn’t tell if the burger was good.

  31. LM

    LauraM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Delicious! Loved the cheese curds and the Nashville chicken tacos! They had several unique items on the menu.

  32. AP

    AbbyP

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great spot to visit for 2 people or large groups, right by Fiserv and bars. The food never disappoints!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Ordered a beer. They didn't have it so they gave me a different beer that was "kind of like" the one I ordered, not even close. Ordered 2 appetizers, they came back to tell me they had neither. 45 minutes after the appetizers came out our burger and chicken sandwich came out. I ordered soup with my burger and it came with flavorless kettle chips. I was told they were out of soup so they substituted chips for me. I then ordered their famous bacon fat popcorn only to be told they were out of bags so I couldn't bring any home to the kiddos. This was at 7pm on a Saturday

  34. BC

    BillC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quickly seated, super nice server. Food was fresh & hot, overall awesome experience. A bit noisy, but it’s also a bar/Resturant so it fits the vibe.

  35. AD

    AmandaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yummy! Our server was great, and we enjoyed mimosas and eggs Benedict.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun drinks and the food was amazing

  37. K

    Kail

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Our reservation was made for 5 people, they tried sitting us at a table for 2. Once seated, we waited awhile for a server to greet us, but she brought water with. We then had to hunt her down to order other beverages. They were out of multiple things on their menu. Multiple other tables had received their food and were out the door while we waited for our food. We finally asked how long it would be and then it was brought out shortly after. The food we received was not great. There was a hair in one of the wraps we received, the Mac n cheese looked as if it sat under a heat lamp for awhile, another wrap had one tiny piece of chicken in it with a huge amount of lettuce & barely any dressing. We were in a rush to get to our event, so we didn’t want to complain & wait for different food. We got there around 5pm, didn’t get our dinner until about 6:25 and had to rush out at 6:35 to make it to our event. We had heard so many good things about this place and so many things looked delicious on the menu, but I don’t think we will be going back for awhile! We are so sad!

  38. MM

    MicheleM

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service with Kaitlynn F was very good. Some delays due to many events in area. Food was tasty with generous portions. Our table had the curds and smash burgers. Slight error in first effort to deliver entrees (incorrect sides) but issue promptly addressed. I will be back again to try additional menu items!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Good food…. Annoying fee for using a credit card.

  40. AB

    AmandaB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Waited a long time for drink order and when we got them (they did look similar) but the server said sorry they might be mixed up I don’t know who’s who’s. Then we waited another 20 minutes at least to have our order taken and food was not warm when we got it. Had to ask the bartender for another drink because no one came back to us for so long. Was super disappointed because I heard their food was great. I think it would be maybe in different circumstances but definitely not last night. Also FYI had to drive around for 20 minutes almost for parking so keep this in mind if making a reservation!

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 4.2 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Oak Barrel Public House

1033 N Old World 3rd St Milwaukee, WI 53203

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–10:45 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Zach Zarling

  • Additional

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

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