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Rumpus Room

1454 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre (49)
  • Good for a Date (45)
  • Casual (33)
Rumpus Room is a great restaurant with some great tap beers and a huge whiskey selection set in a beautiful room. It's a European style gastro pub in downtown Milwaukee that combines adventurous but approachable, comforting food and one of the best craft beer and cocktail programs in the city.

The Rumpus Room offers a laid-back casual dining experience and features a spacious bar, an intimate dining room, a charcuterie area and a separate private event space. The menu emphasizes local, sustainable ingredients whenever possible, and the bar offers more than 20 beers on tap and more than 100 in bottles, plus a craft cocktail menu that changes with the seasons.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Bar Hours
Daily 4pm to close

Kitchen Hours
Monday to Thursday 5pm to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 5pm to 10pm*
*Kitchen stays open 30 min after curtain at the Marcus Center
Sunday 4pm to 8pm
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Phone number
(414) 292-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Koser
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Cross street
State Street
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Parking details
Enter parking garage on North Market Street, one block behind the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Visit for details on our upcoming special events!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1454 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mkeguy (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I enjoy Rumpus Room often, since we have season tickets to the theater across the street. Food is always spectacular! This time was no exception...first time having the braised pork shoulder, and it was great. Main reason for writing a review, however, was the service. Our waiter Nick was OUTSTANDING! They can be really busy on theater show nights, and in the past have gotten a little backed up. Nick had a full section, but he was completely on top of everything! Great attitude, very responsive. Overall experience was even better than usual!

Bayview (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very good as always!

ElizaBurbank (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Never had a bad meal here. I've come here 4 times a year for the last 5 years (special dates) and it's always a home run food wise. Never have to risk having a disappointing meal here, which is why I return. The atmosphere is excellent as well.

2.0  Dined 7 days ago

This meal was disappointing at almost every level.

3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

This was our first time eating at the Rumpus Room, however we have eaten at and enjoy other Bartolottas restaurants. The service and overall ambiance of this restaurant were great, however the food was mediocre at best. I had the scallops which was decently tasty. They were cooked just right and were served with carrots and a fennel paste. My husband and I always share our meals and he ordered the fish fry, which in both of our opinions, was gross. There were three large pieces of breaded fish, however the breading on the fish was overly thick and lacked flavor. I generally don’t peel the breading off of fried fish, but we both peeled at least half of the breading off. Also, the tartar sauce was very odd...I ended up eating half a piece of fish and a couple french fries and called it quits. We would not order the Friday fish fry here again. We will stick with the tried and true Lakefront Brewery or County Clare for that! Anyways, not great, we won’t be back, though the restaurant may be ok for a business lunch of something of the sort if you work downtown.

vipjcgsbg (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Fish fry was one of the worst I’ve had in MKE in 35 years, and significantly worse than the FFs we’ve been having at RR since it opened. Fish over-battered & under-seasoned, potato pancakes thick, over-battered & under-seasoned. They’ve been too thin on every other visit, now, they’re WAY too thick & taste like glue. Coleslaw good. In MKE, we commonly serve fish fry w slice of good rye bread. Beer vessels keep getting smaller: suggest you buy some pint glasses. RR seems headed in a very bad direction.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

All was good

5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was incredible and the staff was very polite and enthusiastic! Great place to eat.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The ambiance is great... Hip, chic, casual. Good cocktails, excellent food, and fantastic service.

carolec (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

we had a nice time. the food was good and the environment was conducive to fun conversation. the service was slightly obtrusive -- we were interrupted a lot to ask whether things were OK.

vipStar23456 (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was great! Will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We've been to The Rumpus Room a few times. We enjoy the atmoshere and the food is very reasonable. We live out of town so travel to come here.

vipEDDIE (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

excellent service good food we enjoyed our meal we will come back

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We visited Rumpus room before a performance.
Took advantage of the happy hour and had a wonderful time.
Staff was friendly and efficient.
We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We like to dine out on the occasions when our symphony night comes around. We discovered Rumpus Room is just across the street. Make our reservations and we are on our way. The service is great, the drinks come fairly quick & the food is delicious. Make your own charcuterie
is cool, every time we come in we are interested in trying something new! Everyone should try Rumpus Room at least once!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great steaks. The duck Mac and cheese was great as well. The deviled eggs are a must.

vipMelandErnie (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Relaxing and food very good

Desmoinestransplant (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great schnitzel and drinks! They had difficulty getting tables together for our reservation, had to wait 15-20 minutes with our group of 7 at the bar when we had arrived in time. After that, it was smooth sailing!

dhcdoc (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

What a complete disappointment! Service was abysmal, one waiter for 10 tables,only got better when the place emptied. Food was nothing to write home about. Got the impression this place has not figured out what it wants to be when it grows up! Noise was ungodly especially there was a high pitch squeal that bothered many.

Tigetr (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Rumpus room is one of my favorite restaurants and once again it did not disappoint. The pork schnitzel is incredible...but this time I got the sea scallops that were fabulous as well. Our waiter Kevin was fantastic and he went above and beyond. Love this place!