The Iron Horse Hotel - Featuring The Lobby, Ash & Branded

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$31 to $50
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American
Ash is a fiery new dining concept by regionally acclaimed chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite. Ash plays homage to simple, seasonal dishes and features a statement centerpiece hearth. Wood-fired dishes are shareable and paired with decadent sides. It’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel.

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Goodie
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal. Servers were very friendly and welcoming. Service was excellent. I gave 4 stars for the food simply because I don’t personally use much salt anymore, so I felt items were a bit over salted.

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vipJoseT
Milwaukee
48 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pit in restaurant - as it provided a cozy and aromatic !

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Kiki
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was welcoming and attentive without being overbearing. The music was fun but did not overwhelm our conversing. My seasonal omelette was delicious. Be sure to try the fingerling potatoes at brunch if you go- umami sauce was yummy!

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RobertW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food but pretty noisy. Service was somewhat slow.

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vipTimothyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was outstanding, but the wait staff was terrible. Even the cooks seemed annoyed by them. She never checked on us to see if we needed more drinks, water or to see how we were doing. Ran out of water but she never stopped by for us to ask for more. This is similar to the experience we had at brunch here recently.

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Eatouters
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Will return soon so we can try more menu items. We had the advacado spread appetizer and marinated chicken and skirt steak for entrees with carrots and Brussel sprouts and fingerling potatoes all delicious!!

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DeborahM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Have tried the restaurant twice- and same experience every time.
Long wait time for cocktails- drank pitcher of water before drinks came, and super hot inside due to open grill.
Service is slow-
Food is good, not great.

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DavidF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, just a bit pricey for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for a date night. The skirt steak paired well with a glass a Cabernet and the mashed potatoes. I’d recommend the avocado toast for a starter.

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Raym
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Yes, I suppose I'd recommend them for a visit, but I would advise my friends to take a close look at the menu. The food offerings on the Ash menu are not for everyone's taste buds. I wasn't a big fan of the food, mostly because I'm not much of a meat eater anymore.

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KatleenS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were really impressed by the flavors of Ash. We’ll be back for sure!

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MKElove
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the vibe at Ash. The open hearth and flamenco music was fabulous. There was a great wine selection and plenty of options for a group with varying taste buds. Our server was extremely knowledgable and helpful. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not a typical hotel restaurant at. The food was absolutely delicious, service was great (thank you Inga) and the ambience was perfect. Try the Brussel sprouts, you will not be disappointed. Out of five of us no one had a bad thing to say. It was a perfect choice for a business dinner!

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Ktsocki
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Ask for Sawyer, he provided exceptional service with great recommendations and was very attentive to all of our needs. Will definitely be back!

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Karin
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it! coming back on Thursday for my daughter's 21st!

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JH18
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Entrees were amazing, but the rest of the food was very average including the appetizers and sides. Mushrooms were very dry and overcooked.

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ChristopherD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was absolutely blown away by the food, ambience, and overall experience. The combination of the grill and open flame cooking 15 feet away with an acoustic set of classic rock in the other room only made the head-on shrimp and potato fingerlings taste better. The food was truly phenomonal.

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SarahH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dined at Ash for Valentine’s Day. It was our first time there - the ambiance was great, the food was good (I will note they were out of two bottles of wine but it was Valentine’s Day). Our server, CJ, definitely made the evening. She was super friendly and helpful with the menu! Definitely recommend for a great date night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Craft cocktails were outstanding, but the food was too salty! I do not mean a slight preference too salty, but my husband and I almost thought it was a joke. Everything was over salted to an extreme. Both of us ate about 1/3 of our meal and requested the check. I let the waitress know and she didn’t seem very surprised by the complaint. She did comp the food and we paid for the drinks.

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viprebeccag
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant! Great ambience and food. Very unique.

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Jake
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

When we arrived, the table that I reserved was still busy so they offered to seat us in the lobby. We agreed as long as the wait staff didn't forget about us out there. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. We felt our waitress forgot we were out there for stretches of the night. The food was great as always but the service this time left much to be desired.

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Foodie
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service on point. Cocktails tasty. The food was fine, I don't need to go back.
I thought for the price of the mains it was a tad too high for what you get. The sides and apps were all tasty and worth the splurge. The duck @ $70 was not what we hoped it to be. Fry bread was fantastic!

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JAEH1
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shannon was exceptional as our server. Avocado was a great starter. Get the brussel sprouts and au gratin. Once cream sandwich is amazing too.

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vipJodie
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ash has the potential to be great. Unfortunately, we hit it on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant was loud. The service was ok. The waitress was simply over extended. The main courses were all delicious. Perhaps a note to the kitchen to NOT cut the pork chop for presentation, as all the juices ran out. Leaving it whole would have retained its moistness. The sides fell short. Two potato dishes were under cooked as was a side of cauliflower. An attempt was made to remedy the under cooked dishes but they too fell short. The potatoes and cauliflower were just not ready for serving.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. The service and food were amazing 2nd time there and it was fantastic

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christopher
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great ambience, service was excellent. Food was...decent. Simple salt seasoning a bit too simple.

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vipAlias5
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While flavors were great, Ash was too heavy-handed with oils/butter. Slightly disappointed that everything was drenched in oil regardless of what they were.

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vipMV88
London
39 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good with clever dishes. Chicken and waffles was very good. Grits meal was quite tasty as well. Would like to try the rabbit dish next time, and perhaps the smoked trout toast. Cool environment, will be back!

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vipJoseT
Milwaukee
49 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent ~ wood stove adds ambience & rules the menu for 2 ! We enjoyed the Straus Lamb & Duck !

Kudos - Dan / Dan for the hits !! 🙏

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vipNBNole
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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vipDanM
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best new restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. Nice open dining area yet, it felt warm and cozy. The open kitchen produced a great smoky wood smell through the area. Kit our waiter was wonderful. Gave great suggestions on the wine as well as our entrées. Food was outstanding for all 4 of us. Haven’t had an overall great experience like this very long time! Congratulations everyone at Ash...you’re doing it right!

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vipStephenJ
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful food. The Peking duck a must try. Room a kittle noisy, but it’s all part of the scene. Only slight negative was a less than helpful waitstaff

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ValerieG
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. The Spaetzle starter was amazing. They need more classic salads though. Waitress did not tell us our meat didn’t come with vegetables or starch, and needed to be ordered separate. I’d definitely go again though.

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vipKatieB
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Ash, and we loved every minute of it. First, we were seated by the hearth/open fire, which would have been quite warm, but on the cold winter night was quite welcoming. Our server has the best memory and remembered us from opening weekend, order and all! So impressed. We shared the beet tartare, the grilled avocado, the Brussel sprouts, the scallops and the Bavette steak. The beet tartare was wonderful. It is definitely our new favorite way to have tartare. Grilled avocado should be the new thing. Seriously. Try it. Our entrees - the scallops (4 large ones seared perfectly) and the steak - were great compliments to each other and the smokey flavor from the open fire was definitely memorable. The only criticism we have is that the plating of the steak was pretty underwhelming. Finally, the brussel sprouts were charred to perfection. This was a perfect meal and we will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Ash at The Iron Horse is pretty great. So great that I glanced up at one point to see San Antonio Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich eyeing the menu. Have the Short Ribs for Two, Gregg! I’ve just added it to my Death Row Meal. (In other words, the short ribs are so tender, I’d DEFINITELY have it as my last meal.) In any case, this place is awesome. Ask for the high top in front of the fire. Dinner and a show! 👏🏼♥️🍽

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was tasty but it was lacking a bit. For instance, crab dip was available but no crackers or any type of bread was available. Smoked salmon was available, but no lemon slices. Only dressings available for salad were ranch and blue cheese (both cream based). For $55 a person, even kids who don’t partake in bottomless mimosas, it was lacking that extra 10% that would’ve made it 40% better.

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vipCatherineG
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

8 of us went to Ash for New Years Day brunch. Food was delicious. We loved the unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary bar. The only suggestion that I would have is to put omelet station away from the buffet because it held up the whole line. It would also be better to have more than one person cooking the omelets because the man was overworked but he made incredible omelets. We would all go again for brunch. Loved it!

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Ljtfoodie
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had New Years Day brunch buffet at Ash. The food was delicious, our server very helpful (unusual yet welcome in a buffet setting), and the music/ambiance just right. My only suggestion is to some re-engineer the layout so that the line moves faster, and/or people can get what they want without poking through the line (I.e, stuck in the omelet line just trying to get to the waffles).

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BrittanyM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was an awesome New Years Day Buffet where we were allowed to grab food and drink at our own lesuire instead of having a server. It was a perfect way to kick off 2020 and would go again. Because the mimosas' were included, this was a great set deal!

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The Iron Horse Hotel - Featuring The Lobby, Ash & Branded offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 831-4677.

The Iron Horse Hotel - Featuring The Lobby, Ash & Branded is rated 4.5 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

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