Oak Barrel Public House

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Contemporary American

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American cuisine in Milwaukee. Come a stranger and leave a friend! Join us for delicious food and a tasty beverage.
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JL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was very good but the food was pretty terrible.

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

Excellent food and even better service. My only complaint is that we were seating by the door. I bit chilly and loud.

m
Milwaukee
39 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe how good the brunch menu is. I think this place gets a bad shake thinking it's a typical 3rd Street bar. The menu here is so creative, and the food is great. We had the panko crusted bacon this time which was amazing. I am a fan of the chicken ranchero omelette. The maple syrup is delicious. This menu and everything about the brunch experience is fantastic. Worth considering for a top Milwaukee brunch location.

JM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family had just celebrated a Friday evening wedding and we were looking for a venue to host a Sunday farewell brunch for those who were leaving town to head home. Oak Barrel Public House was the only venue that was able to accommodate our reservation for 12 people. The food, service, and ambiance was perfect for our gathering, and everyone commented as to what a great selection that your venue was. Thank you for your help in sending my family members home happy!

DG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We stopped in for dinner before a show at the Fiserv. Great service! Menu has a good variety and all our meals were very good.

c
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They dropped the ball on food and service this time. Ordered 2 GF pizzas and a salad, which of course I said no croutons, please. Salad comes out covered in croutons and pizzas are barely warm. Asked for a different salad and the waitress couldn't figure out why. I pointed out the croutons, she still looked so confused. I stated we ordered GF pizzas, why would I want a plate full of croutons!! Luke warm pizzas were gone before the replacement salad was delivered. Service was extremely slow. This was not a good visit.

T
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing Brunch! Our 10am reservation wasn't necessary, we were the only one's there when they opened, but we weren't sure, so glad we had a reservation. This is elevated food that you wouldn't expect from a 'bar' on 3rd street. The menu was very tempting and we had a difficult time choosing. We ended up with the big breakfast, french connection omelette and the caprese benny. We were still talking about our food a day later. The caprese benny had all the flavors of a great caprese and the balsamic glaze was the right amount, it did not make the english muffin soggy and married well with the egg yolk. The french connection was a proper french omelette, light and fluffy and the truffle oil and cheese were the right amount. The big breakfast was ordered with eggs over easy-cooked perfectly. The french toast w/ maple bacon syrup was outstanding and we all commented how nice it was to see a fruit cup that was not cantaloupe & honeydew-it was blackberries and pineapple. We will definitely be back to try the other things that looked so good!

DO
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience overall. Great atmosphere...service and food outstanding. Will be back again soon!

b
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun menu selections. A great Bourbon Flight and good beer selections.

CD
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Our waiter was really nice and attentive. They were out of the first two beers I ordered so that was a little disappointing. But they have a good selection so I found something else. The pizza was good but nothing out of the ordinary. I would go back.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome place, awesome food, our server must have been new, she did not know the menu very well. Did not pre bus our dirty dishes while we were having more cocktails.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for dinner before shows at fiserv!

m
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creative and well done. Server was attentive and friendly. A pet peeve of mine is restaurants using oddball plates. Our food came out in wide bowls, a waffle doesn’t need to be in a bowl. You can’t cut your food with the side of the bowl in the way. One other thing all four of us agreed on was the herb butter flavor was too strong and did not go well with sweet dishes. But we will be back

BP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub atmosphere with excellent service, awesome selection of beers, amazing cheese curds, and great food.

b
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The lovely ambitious menu didn’t deliver as expected. The bourbon syrup tasted like warm Aunt Jemima. The chicken tenders on my chicken & waffles had the taste and texture of pressed meat. Bacon was practically incinerated.
However the staff and service were great. Maybe the kitchen had a bad day!

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Every new thing I try wows me.

OT
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good vegan choices!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised by how great the food was and how many options they offered to provide healthier versions of menu items.
Staff was super nice and just the right level of attentive. I went for lunch during the week w a group of people. We sat outside, so I’m not sure what the indoor area is like.

M
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Didn't realize it was right downtown. Food was very good as was the service. The amuse bouche was bacon popcorn which I'd never had before. Delish! Though that should have been a given, as bacon is always good. :)

SM
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

There early on a Saturday. No chicken pot pie, no Nob Hill bourbon and no spakling water. Waitress great. Felt bad she had to deliver consistent bad news

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate before the John Mayer concert at Fiserv Forum. Very close, great service and a cool restaurant. Brought my daughter and had a perfect dinner with spot on service. Bacon grease popcorn was over the top good. Thank you Oak Barrel you helped a father deliver a special night.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. We got our food the same time our initial drink order came. Nice place, perhaps just understaffed with everything going on in Milwaukee that night.

SK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate dinner here before a concert at Miller High Life Theatre. Great food and drinks. Service was fast and friendly. It was very busy, so noise level was loud, but that was the only negative.

RE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The burgers were spectacular & the apps had great variety. Everyone in our party of 4 would return.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The popcorn that they pop in bacon fat is ridiculously good! We had mac and cheese with chicken and the PBJ&P Burger. Both were very good. The waitress we had was attentive and gave great menu suggestions. Would definitely come back!

ST
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! The fried bacon is to die for! Bartender served us at a high top and was amazing. Will return!

AN
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Wasn't very crowded for a Saturday night. Waiter was nice but busy. Chicken sandwich was good but was disappointed with the homemade chips. Chips were burnt and too salty. The environment was nice.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a late night reservation after a long day of travel delays. We were told upon arrival to “just sit wherever we wanted, the servers were done, but the kitchen was open.” We sat at a table that was dirty, waited a few minutes and left to find another place to eat.

JG
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

It was very noisy

JF
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selections! The jackfruit tacos were excellent and the perfect portion. Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was good but we were seated upstairs basically on top of another table who was talking loudly. Very dark up there too. But food and drinks were great.

RR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My bad taking my in laws there because it was too noisy but the food was not great either. The cheese curds were the best ever had but the entrees weren’t that good.

DJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food. Nice atmosphere.

CY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food for our family of 6 was very diverse, but everything was wonderful. We had a terrific time and will certainly return to try some of the other wonderful options.

JK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!! It’s our go to in Milwaukee

NB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was poor and food was mediocre

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

We made a reservation because we had concert tickets. Our reservation was for 6:00 and we got a table at 6:30. We ordered immediately. At 7:20 our food was still not ready and our concert was at 7:30. We had to leave without dinner. We were thankful they were understanding that we did have to leave and the drinks were on the house. My past experience was much better and would definitely try again.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and bottomless mimosas can’t beat it

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok but several of thier menu items they were out of ingredients and one of my guests had to order three different meals before she found one they had all the ingredients for and they honestly were not very apologetic or offer anything for the trouble. It was also a birthday even in which they stated they would ‘do something’ for when a friend asked and then they stated later they ‘don’t do birthday things’. So overall thankfully we enjoyed the meals but was a bit disappointed in some aspects

SP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for Downtown Dining Week and shared all three choices. We couldn't decide which one we liked the best--they were all wonderful. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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