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About Rumpus Room

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.

1030 Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub

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

Cross Street:
State Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 292-0100

Website:
http://www.rumpusroommke.com/

Parking Details:
Enter parking garage on North Market Street, one block behind the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Koser

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit https://www.bartolottas.com/events/restaurant/the-rumpus-room/ for details on our upcoming special events!

Rumpus Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (48)
Good for a Date (44)
Casual (32)
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Bar Seating (31)
Great Beer (31)
Comfort Food (29)
Special Occasion (29)
Cozy (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Fun (23)
Happy Hour (23)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
People Watching (11)
Romantic (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Authentic (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Live Sports (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

This meal was disappointing at almost every level.

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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

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All was good

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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 (Minneapolis)·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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was great! Will be back.

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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Cozy
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Relaxing and food very good

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 (Des Moines)·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!

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 (Milwaukee)·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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·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.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were in and out before a show. They were able to easily accommodate our large group of 9 with reservations. Great service. Waiter was very friendly!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fun, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our server was great. She was very personable and was able to describe and recommend wines and menu selections.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Overpriced average food. Wait staff was great. Cool bar

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic food ... service was incredible. Everything we ate was delicious!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We eat at Rumpus Room often, and the food has always been excellent. This time I tried the lamb stew, which was thin, soupy, and had less than an ounce of lamb in it -- not a stew! When the server asked about the stew, I said it was mediocre. He responded, "Then I'm taking off the bill. We want you to like what you eat here." And he did. Now that is good customer service!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was average but definitely not worth the price. Cod had heavy dull batter on it that was not good. Blackened chicken sandwich was ok.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great, fun spot. Can get loud. Needs a more varied beer selection. Of the 24 beers on tap, more than half were IPA beers! Very few pilsners and lagers.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was the most amazing food I have ever had in my life. My boyfriend and I want to come here from Chicago just for this restaurant. The scotch egg I still have dreams about! Definitely a must try if you are visiting Milwaukee.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Just wanted to compliment Nicholas, our server. Her was very knowledgeable and attentive.
I enjoyed the cheese platter and the hamburger that I had along with a glass of Pinot.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner very much. The mussels and pork schnitzel were excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

good food nice service. little pricey. great place to eat before theatre.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great meal. Sitting was a little too close, I felt in top of our neighbors. Serves was prompt and friendly.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Large selection of beers on the menu and an interesting option of whiskey flights. The food was delicious and arrived faster than expected.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was excellent, and it was a good value. It’s nice to see a Bartolottas' restaurant with value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great location if you have an event downtown. I find it a bit pricey.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were seated at our reserved time. The wait staff was very good. Food was excellent. A little noisy. Great night out

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Was such a fun cozy spot for our anniversary dinner! We will for sure be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were a group of 4 dining befor going to a play. We were happy with the service and had time to spare. We all enjoyed our meals-2 burgers and 2 lobster mac and cheese. Everyone remarked how good their choice was that evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Had a pre-theatre meal. Loved the pretzel with beer soup and burger. Noisy, but was very busy so understandable...

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Had dinner prior to a show at the Marcus. Very convenient location, timely to reservation and good food at decent prices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Everything was great. Service was excellent. Just wish there were more choices on the menu.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I live closer to Chicago than I do Milwaukee. I find reasons to go to Milwaukee to eat at Rumpus Room. One of my favs!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

2nd visit. Last time we had a group of 6 so had a nice booth away from other tables. This time it was just my husband and me. We were seated at a table that was very close to two other tables. Felt uncomfortably close, almost as If we were joining them for dinner. The service, food and drinks were great. Just didn’t feel like we could converse without others hearing as well as us listening to the conversations of the people next to us.

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