Punch Bowl Social - Milwaukee

3.5
49 reviews
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Punch Bowl Social cultivates an eclectic approach to the new concept of eat-entertainment. In a design–forward environment described as “dirty modern,” Punch Bowl Social effectively combines a diner-inspired scratch-kitchen, craft beverages, and social gaming.

Interested in elevating your weeknight happy hour? Punch Bowl Social’s mixologists focus on serving up well-balanced craft beverages. After all, great stories never begin with, “Well, it all started with this really great glass of water…” #WinningAtAdulting

Our scratch-food and craft beverages are perfectly complemented by a generous selection of social gaming that make us a true #unicorn when it comes to having an authentic, customization experience.

Activities that will set the vibe for your tribe include: bowling, ping pong, billiards, arcade games, giant wall scrabble, shuffle board, private karaoke rooms, and dart boards.
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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Punchbowl Social and will definitely be back. The punch was just alright - next time we would get drinks instead of an $80 bowl of mediocre punch that gets watered down in about 5 minutes. Other than that it’s an awesome place.

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Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Potential for great meal, however, with only 4 tables occupied in the restaurant, waiting 45 minutes for the kitchen to prepare 2 salads was VERY disappointing. Ordered one of the special punch drinks only to learn after waiting 15 minutes that the special punch for the day was not ready yet. Previous experience here had been great so brought a friend to celebrate her birthday - how disappointing. Won't be heading back any time soon.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Pre concert at the Fiserv, food took forever to come out and instead of apps and dinner they just brought all the food out at once. The waitress was very good and very attentive, the kitchen was clearly the problem. I also cannot believe there is only single stall bathrooms on the first floor which easily seats 80 people. Poor design.

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ET
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Mediocre service and high prices take away from the tasty food. Seems very understaffed for a space this large. Entrees were all about $5 more then they should be-$15 for three tiny tacos. And drink prices were outrageous- add a shot of tequila to a grapefruit soda and you’ll be charged $15. Bowling is $10/person for an hour. Come here if you feel like wasting money on what is little more than an Applebee’s.

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MC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Pre concert dinner. Appetizers took 30 min

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AM
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cool place. Definitely need to make time for the games. Great for drinks. Food decent enough.

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B
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Punch Bowl Social last Friday night. Our server, Kiante, was awesome and did an excellent job checking on us to be sure we had everything we needed. Drinks were good, food was tasty. We will definitely go again.

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DM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It is amazing that a place this new next to an ideal location, Fivserv forum, that the place is this bad already. Making reservations for a Sunday at noon was almost impossible even though the place was at 39% capacity. Our food waiter was good, young, and tried very hard. That is the highlight. Getting a channel changed to brewers game was unsuccessful. The staff in the gaming area were pathetic. It’s too bad. It could be a great place.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Went to watch the bucks playoff game and our table of 8 had a view of one small tv and they could not figure out how to get the sound to play. Got to hear an episode of triple d while the game was on. Highly disappointing.

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Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went to Punch Bowl before a concert at Fiserv. They have now been open for almost two months. Made a reservation (highly recommend if going to an event) and was sat immediately. After being sat our server came quickly with menus and water. However, we then waited 15 minutes for him to say he’d be right with us again. He finally came over and we ordered drinks and food immediately since we had somewhere to be. Drinks came in a reasonable time, but it took about 40 min for our food to come (which was only a burger and some tacos with no special requests). By the time our food came, the place was nearing empty bc the event had started (re: opening act). So most people had eaten well before us. And there were a ton of employees standing around. Food wise, it was okay. I liked the pickled cabbage on the burger and the sauce (but they could go a lil easy on it). Overall I wasn’t going in expecting much, and it met that expectation. It has rockstar location for an event, let’s hope they can get to a rockstar service level.

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m
Milwaukee
55 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food is delicious, but it took 25 minutes to get our drinks and over an hour to get our food. Wait staff hustled, but the bar and kitchen were completely backed up. Plan for a very leisurely dinner. There was a "mix up" with our reservation through Open Table, and was told either we were double-booked and/or the previous reservation was still sitting at our table. The host staff seemed to have no clue what was going on. They also did not check us in through Open Table, prompting an email asking if we truly no-showed.

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SD
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I look forward to coming back when they have improved their staffing and service model. At the suggestion of a friend, we ordered immediately when we sat down and our food (pretty simple orders) took 45 mins. Drinks were very slow to arrive as well. We heard other guests say that the food they ordered never arrived, or that a server never came to their table to even take an order. Punch Bowl- you have a lot of competition open now in the Deer District. You really need to figure this out...

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We have dined at Punchbowl in Minneapolis and had a fantastic time. The food is great, the atmosphere fun and the drinks are unique and tasty. Milwaukee was the opposite. We had reservations and were seated immediately. It was not too crowded for a Friday night. There were still empty tables. Our server checked in but then didn’t come back for a drink order for 10 minutes. He apologized and said they had just called him in. Ok, short staffed maybe? 10 minute after that he came for our food order. Our drinks came a few minutes after that. My husband ordered a whiskey double. I tasted it and it had absolutely no flavor. He sent it back and our waiter said they were not able to make a double so that was a single. When our drinks were brought to the table, it should have been stated that this was not the drink he ordered. Our reservations were at 5:30, our food arrived at 6:30 and when our daughter’s dish was placed in front of her, the waiter’s drawstring from his hoody dragged through the top of her dish. He noticed and apologized and said he would have it remade. He brought it back within minutes and we saw all that had been done was that the top was broiled to cook it longer- it was the baked Mac n cheese. If we had more time, we would have sent it back but we were going to a concert and couldn’t. When we got the bill, we had been charged for the drink we sent back and anther drink as well. Just overall the service was extremely poor. The food was good but I am very hesitant to come back when there are so many other places to support.

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IH
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

It took us almost an hour to get our food. Our waitress never checked on us, we had to flag her down. Even though we had a reservation they were not able to handle all the reservations they took. We even had to cancel our second round of drinks because it seemed like they were never coming and we needed to leave for a concert. Food was great but don’t go there if you need to be somewhere.

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C
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overall concept is fun and was excited to check it out, but the food was overpriced and not that great. We initially received the wrong burger we ordered for my son and then was charged twice for it. I ordered the world’s smallest chorizo tacos. I don’t like cilantro so asked that it be left off. Apparently I misunderstood that by asking for no cilantro also meant no chorizo. My tacos were basically slaw, salsa and sour cream with the blandest black beans on the side. Service was slow and I found it weird that you have to give payment BEFORE you order. The place is large but there is only 1 individual bathroom per gender (and one family stall). Must be a total nightmare when it’s busy with only 3 toilets. Was excited to check it out, but won’t go back. Was very unimpressed.

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of fun, and a great, creative menu. We loved the punch bowl, and the siracha fries were awesome.

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r
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This may be a great place when things are happening at the Fiserv, but for a date downtown not so much. We had two girls check us in and waited ten minutes for one of the two waitresses to say hello. The place was empty. The girls at check-in had people randomly coming in to visit loudly. This is a new location and seems to need new management already.

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LV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there and we had a phenomenal waiter and trainee that took there time with us regardless of how busy the place got. But, they helped us out and gave us recommendations. Customer service was great.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

That punch bowl drink we paid 40 bucks for was not worth it and had more ICE then liquor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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TC
Milwaukee
36 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The restaurant is not set up to handle the large crowd that was there that night. There was a concert plus the Bucks playoff game was being broadcasted outside. They sat us on the first floor. The flow of people made serving us challenging. They should have kept the first floor for walk-ins or bar service only.

The first round of drinks took over 10 minutes to get. Our waitress was nice and apologetic. But again they weren’t prepared for the crowd.

The first floor bathrooms are single stall only. Ridiculous for the size of space. We had never been there before so we didn’t know that upstairs was huge. The bathrooms upstairs are multi-stall.

The food was okay. One ordered the chicken and waffles and that was large and he liked it. I got the Mac and cheese with pork belly, which was very good Others ordered sandwiches and they were just okay. One was difficult to eat with crispy on the outside and then gooey inside.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

The food is amazing! We had a reservation and sat at our table for 15 mins and saw no server. When she did finally come we were ready to order everything, she came back to deliver our drinks and we didn’t see her until we flagged someone down to get

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Very trendy place. Appreciated the ambiance and overall feel. Drinks are overpriced. Food was ok.

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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I have been to Punch Bowl twice now, once with kids and once without. Both times were not great experiences. Bowling does not work well, set up of the place is really odd, food is overpriced for quality. Would not go back. I told the manager about our experience and nothing was really done. They have some nice people working there but lots of problems!!

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SL
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here on a double date with friends and had a blast! We had burgers, fish tacos and amazing crafted drinks. The game area was great as we were able to play a variety of games (bowling, foosball, human sized jenga, cards against humanity and some arcade games). Overall, great experience and we will definitely be coming back!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Table not acknowledged for long period of time, drink order finally taken then waited another extended period of time before asking a manager. Food brought to our table incorrectly twice. Never asked if we needed anything else (would have liked another round), appetizer brought out as we had just finished meal. Error on bill. Tried to resolve with upper management vs doing a public review to try to give them a chance to explain if there were any issues that night (maybe short staffed, new staff etc) that we could understand as things happen but got stood up on a planned call twice. Would never recommend this place, super disappointed.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Spent two hours waiting for food, never got apps even and left

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

Nothing short of 5 stars! Such a fun atmosphere and amazing food and drinks! Perfect for date nights or with a group of friends.

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AL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, service was terrible. Will likely improve after being open for longer, though.

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W
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good and the drinks were okay. I got the strawberry daiquiri that only tasted like lime and rum. My friend got the old fashioned and it was not an old fashioned.
Our waitress stopped at our table 3x so we ended up being there for an hour and a half because when we ordered something it would take forever to come out. The working staff would sit at a table on the floor and eat then go work. I don’t want to watch on the clock employees eating. We had to stop our waitress to get more water when we finally saw her after 45 minutes.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Overall we really enjoyed Punch bowl... we went before a concert so expected service to be slower... which was fine... however, we made a reservation and were seated at the table directly next to the door... which caused us to be bumped into every time someone walked by... we felt, as we had made a reservation we should not have gotten THE WORST table in the entire place!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

we waited over an hour after we ordered to get our food. our waitress never checked in for more drinks...lost opportunity. hoping for a better experience.

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AF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

great food, great drinks and great ambience.

Service was extremely poor but manager felt bad and discounted our bill.

Being across from the stadium you’d think they’d be prepared for large crowds.

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m
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday brunch with my family. The kitchen still needs to work out their timing kinks - items came out very staggered. 35 minute difference between the first entree to the last. However, I server handled it like a champ and removed 3 entrees from the bill. I will be back.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We just went to a Punch Bowl Social in Indy and loved it, so we were excited when one came to MKE. This one is much louder than the one in Indy and not laid out as well. Our server couldn’t seem to get a Tito’s and Sprite order right and wasn’t very attentive or quick. We were carded 4 separate times throughout the night, two of which we were just playing the arcade games during and not drinking or trying to order a drink. A little over the top. But the food was great and the games were fun. Would go back again.

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WL
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We tried this for the first time prior to Friday’s Eric Church concert, and were disappointed by the slow service. I believe it was a training issue with the new opening. Food we had was good, although we were barely able to get across to Fiserv Forum in time for the concert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went before the Bucks game so it was super busy. Staff did their best to keep up. I feel because they haven’t been open that long they need more experience to get the flow down. Missed my daughters drink, we had to wave someone down, she ended up with two by mistake. We were also billed for a drink we ordered that they didn’t have in stock. Took awhile to get our bill. Staff was very nice and acknowledged they are having some growing pains. With time I feel it will improve.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed in the service. Very long wait to get a server and even longer wait to get a drink after placing an order. Everyone seemed very confused and not ready for a crowded dinner before the bucks game. Hopefully time will help as I will get it another shot.

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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Went previous Sunday with my wife and it was amazing. Yesterday our server disappeared for at least a 1/2 hour and when he was with us he was overwhelmed. We flagged down Meredith and she took over after our first round of drinks. She was wonderful and recovered the table nicely. Lots of staff that seem lost and confused wandering around at all times without much getting done. So in conclusion one visit was amazing and one was annoying. I understand that PBS is new but start weeding out the leakers so the service is consistent.

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D
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food took forever. I i understand it was prior to a bucks game and it was busy, however, with the extremely limited menu, it should not have taken as long as it did. The server told us that it would be 5 more minutes for our food, turned out to be 25. When food arrived, mine was wrong " asked for grilled chicken instead of fried, got fried ". Instead of waiting another hour, I kept it. Fries were also cold. The food tasted good, but 14 bucks for cold fries and a chicken sandwich is too much. If this place wants to make more money, try to Turn over tables in less than the 80 minutes we were there....we did not have appetizers either. There are too many nearby options that I am accustomed to being a season ticket holder that I don't see this place becoming one of my regulars prior to a game. I'll try it again in the future to see if they change things up.

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