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Oak Barrel Public House, Milwaukee, WI

Oak Barrel Public House

4.2
4.2
463 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
American cuisine in Milwaukee. Come a stranger and leave a friend! Join us for delicious food and a tasty beverage.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–10:45 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 897-8320

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Zach Zarling

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 463 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Milwaukee

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. k

    kkparsons13

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I treated my sons to dinner here on Saturday night and it is now our favorite restaurant in Wisconsin. We are bacon lovers so really enjoyed the Kentucky Fried Bacon, bacon pasta and pulled bacon tacos. Love the unique food and drink options. Our server was prompt and attentive and gave us good menu recommendations. We'll be dining there as often as we can!
  2. BW

    BWL12

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always great. Food is awesome and the staff is so welcoming. Their burgers are amazing and their wedge salad is a wonderful delight.
  3. DJ

    DavidJ

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cold outside but nice and comfy inside. Our server Skylar was super nice. Recommended a couple of items we all loved. My favorite was the breaded fried bacon. Soooooo tasty!!! Great atmosphere. Saw they were doing a take and back thanksgiving package for customers. Next year will definitely consider doing it since we’ll be in town.
  4. DH

    DaveH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    First, it took forever for the waitress to come over. Then, they didn't have mushrooms or green peppers for the pizza we ordered. Seriously? Have they heard of a grocery store? So, the waitress asked if red peppers were alright and we said "yes." The pizza came out with red onions and no red peppers. Finally, I had to ask a different waitress where my beer was because our waitress wasn't around and didn't bring it to me. I truly hated having to pay for this experience. We won't be back. This seems to be more the norm than the exception nowadays.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Oak Barrel public house prior to an event at the Miller High Life Theater. Our waitress was excellent, food and drinks were timely and very tasty! We had burgers and cocktails. Would recommend this restaurant for a pre-event dinner.
  6. KG

    KellyG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Fish fry was lackluster, coleslaw was rancid and was overcharged a beer.

    Oak Barrel Public HouseResponded on November 18, 2022Hi Kelli, we are sorry to hear about your experience. We greatly appreciate you sharing your feed back, we take these things very seriously. Its the only way we can grow and coach our staff. We'd love for you to come back and try us again. We have recently changed the fish and the way it's prepared. We are really proud of this dish and think it will be a big hit as well as a massive improvement. we hope to see you soon!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Casual menu with a gourmet twist.
  8. LS

    LydiaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Family friendly! Great staff! Would definitely go back!
  9. DB

    DianeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!! Waitstaff was wonderful. Definitely will return’
  10. JM

    JoeM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Sat upstairs. Food and drinks were ok. It was drafty at our table.
  11. K

    Kimberlea

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    First time there and the food was great! The atmosphere and service were wonderful. Will definitely be back soon!
  12. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here…had read really good reviews. Food was great, reservation seemed unnecessary there were alot of empty tables and people just walking in. All in all it was a good dining experience and we would definitely come back! Thank you.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual!!!! We will be back.
  14. KG

    KristenG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, fun atmosphere, and great service. We had a great experience.
  15. KB

    KimB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Food really good! Staff friendly but not well trained. Really need to hire a mixologist. None of the mixed drinks were at or above average.
  16. BW

    BWL12

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always! Fun atmosphere. Great food and service.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We sat outside and ordered drinks and food quickly. Our food was given to another table and we waited about an hour for 3 entrees. Server did not check back with us; food was not hot. When our checks were brought they were all incorrect. No apology was given not anything discounted for the long wait. Very disappointing. My heated up leftovers however were delicious.
  18. BB

    BreBre

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, great service! Great for date night or watching the game!
  19. KL

    KharaL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    It was a great place for the venue that night, however, they were literally out of everything I tried to order and we were there at 5:30
  20. BW

    BWL12

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! That popcorn WOW! They were busy but things came out fast. Jason, the manager, stopped by the table and walked us through the menu. Guess they were on the food network for their Wisco Burger. We didn’t know. So good. But wow it’s heavy. Awesome time 10/10.
  21. DJ

    DavidJ

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in on a Sunday for food and check out the packers game. Got a table with a great view of the TV for the game. The vibe of the place was really cool. My server was very nice, she suggested the Kentucky Fried Bacon which was sooo good, definitely getting that again next time. Overall we both loved the food. Service was quick, definitely coming back. Especially during Bucks season before heading to a game since it’s so close.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in for dinner and got served right away. The server recommend one of their specialty drinks with strawberries and lemonade which was perfect! Loved the food. Will definitely be back
  23. KS

    KateS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Sat at our table without service for 20 minutes, before we eventually had to ask for our waitress. Then multiple parts of our order never arrived or were incorrect. The food was standard bar food, not disappointing but not special. The bacon fat popcorn was delicious though.
  24. CA

    CAR28

    Hawaii

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nothing amazing. Nothing bad. It was empty. Food was ok. Ordered chicken taco bowl and chicken was dry. But flavor was good. Cheese curds were also good not amazing. Music was maroon five for entire hour there which was weird. Server was nice but not over friendly.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We arrived for our reservation for a high top table. They didn’t have any high tops available, but a tiny table for 2 randomly situated among high tops (which we empty). We chose to sit at the bar instead. Everything felt sticky, and our food took over an hour to arrive. Food was average, but nothing special. It was a disappointing experience and a place I would not make a return visit to.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for a bite before a Saturday night show at Fiserv, show started at 7:00 and our reservation was for 5:45. We got there around 5:40 and were seated right away, then greeted by an extremely friendly and attentive server, put in a food and drink order right away and didn’t wait more than 15/20 minutes for everything to be on the table—incredible!! Food was absolutely outstanding, would highly recommend the spicy chicken sandwich or the BLT which was to die for. We were able to eat, pay, and make it to fiserv by 6:30–cannot recommend this spot enough for a pre-show dinner, or really any occasion.
  27. BW

    BWL12

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was outstanding. I wish we brought some of that bacon fat popcorn home with us. The Wisco burger should be on national TV. That Mac sauce is amazing. Fries were awesome. My daughter raves about her pizza. 10/10.
  28. M

    Max101

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time trying out the restaurant and it was awesome. The food and drink selection had a good variety. The service was amazing, our food came out quick. The staff we’re also super nice. Will definitely be coming back.
  29. L

    Levi

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good, but it took over an hour. Server covered our drinks for the delay.
  30. P

    Pecaros

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We needed something tasty and quick before heading to the theater with our family. Our server, Avery was incredible and helpful. We will definitely return!
  31. AR

    ARB1968

    Milwaukee

    124 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Second time here. Our group ordered chips and dip, pretzel with cheese. Cheese curds, wings, burgers, chicken sandwich, and mac and cheese. Everything was good, the cheese curdswere my favorite, plus the duck fat popcorn they gave us.
  32. j

    jksdiningout

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place to eat, service was timely on a holiday.
  33. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was awesome! The food was great too!!
  34. SF

    SuzanneF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It took a LONG time to receive our food and the place wasn’t even busy. The music was loud making it hard to hear conversations amongst ourselves. I thought it was pretty pricy just for burger/finger food.
  35. RJ

    RJ109

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    They seemed really disorganized, and weren't really into serving dinner. I ordered a beer that they happened to be out of. That happens, no big deal. However when I asked the waitress about comparable beers, she said she was only 20 and didn't know anything about them. She really wasn't very helpful. The food was all right, but it didn't stand out. This restaurant is also adding credit card surcharges, but they don't tell you in advance. You find out when you get you check, and they have already applied it. This is our second and last visit here. They are a lot of other restaurants within 1 to 2 minutes walking distance.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was okay but for the price it's not worth it. Our waitress wasn't very attentive and up charged us all to fries without us asking for it. My spicy chicken sandwich had zero spice to it so that was disappointing. The ambiance is fine, overall I would say this place is fair and you can find much better places in the area
  37. JO

    JOHNK

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We had reservations at 5:45pm, and we were seated at 5:50pm. We didn't get our bill until 7:10pm. We waited far too long for our food as we ordered immediately when we received drinks and asked for our bill as food was served. It shouldn't have taken nearly an hour and a half to have supper. The burger was cooked well done and the spicy chicken was black on the outside. Overall, everything looked and tasted overcooked. It was our first and last time.
  38. DE

    DyannE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The restaurant was out of chicken and 1/2 of our party of 6 ordered chicken sandwiches (1/2 the menu is chicken sandwiches of some kind). So that was disappointing, but the burgers ordered instead were tasty. Service was fine. Restaurant was kind of loud, but to be expected as a sports bar.
  39. F

    Fred

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I think our server was new, very disorganized, Food was average for bar food. Sat outside and it was pleasant.
  40. AM

    AMills

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great!!! Small critique: It was Mother's Day and we took the time to RSVP so we expected a better table and not getting crammed in a corner.

FAQs

Oak Barrel Public House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 897-8320.

Oak Barrel Public House is rated 4.2 stars by 463 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Oak Barrel Public House

1033 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–10:45 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Zach Zarling

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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