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The Social American Tavern, Milwaukee, WI

The Social American Tavern

3.4
3.4
35 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Wisconsin’s strong heritage of family-owned and small farms is reflected in The Social’s seasonal menu. We offer farm-inspired American food, prepared with local and sustainable ingredients obtained from a 200-mile radius. Traditional, rustic Wisconsin ingredients are given a modern interpretation by adding creative flavor combinations. Our mission is to serve honest, local ingredients, with informed service, in a comfortable setting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (414) 271-6611

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Outi Hanesakda

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    Broadway & East Michigan

  • Parking details

    Valet is open at the hotel, metered parking along the streets, and two pay to park lots one block south

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Brunch with Santa

    $17.95 per person

    Dec 10 - Dec 18, 2022
    Join us on two wonderful weekends to enjoy the magic of Christmas with our amazing selection of Brunch delicatesses

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Join us from 4-7 PM every Monday-Friday for good drinks, food, and company at a special price. 🍻

What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.4
3.4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. R

    Ries

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    The service was great. Very attentive, prompt, and friendly. Food was mediocre and not worth the price. The food reminded me of something from a hospital cafeteria.
  2. BS

    BeckyS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We went out to a Thanksgiving meal with a reservation so we didn't have to cook and clean. Got there and it wasn’t very busy so it should have been straight forward and relatively quick service as they were only serving the Thanksgiving plates dinner. They but they only had one server and it took almost 20 minutes to get our plated dinner. When it arrived the plate and the food was cold so we sent it back. After another 15-20 minutes she brought new plates. The food was a decent temp but the plates weren't so the food cooled pretty quickly. Then I found a piece of blue plastic in my food. ☹️ They ended up comping us for my plated dinner and giving us three free desserts but we weren’t impressed. Lastly, I ended up sick in the bathroom within 45 minutes of dinner. Not good!🤢 We won’t be going back.
  3. M

    Megdres

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It was extremely busy for a Monday evening. There was some convention there, so the noise was probably louder than normal, which is fine! There was minimal staff, so they were running around with their heads cut off! The food was, overall, good. I'd go back.
  4. SB

    SuzB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    This was not a great birthday experience. I will say our server was sweet. They were out if “anything with chicken”. Also hamburger. Our Brussels sprouts app was clearly microwaved as it was soggy,undercooked, and missing ingredients listed on the menu. My sandwich was not great. Served room temp and lacking in main ingredients. My sons wings were dry and not much warmer. My husbands meal was the best. He had the steak frites. Will not be back.

    The Social American TavernResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for taking the time to let us know the details of your experience. Please have my deepest apology for how things developed during your visit. We can assure you our team is consistently working on pursuing excellence, and we hope you can join us again in the near future so we can have the chance of showing you our best. Miguel Jauregui Director of Food & Beverage

  5. K

    Karen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Presentation of the food was lovely. Service was excellent. The table / booth was comfortable and atmosphere was inviting and contemporary. The noise level was low and made for easy conversation, though the space was sparsely populated the evening we dined there. The portion size for the appetizer and my cubano sandwich were modest for the price. The sandwich was mostly bread, which though appealing to the eye because of its shape, was tough to chew, without much flavor. The making of the reservation was frustrating. I was asked to choose between booth area #1 , #2 and #3. While I appreciate being given the choice, I could not find a description or map showing the differences. Since I had invited out of town guests I wanted the best available for them, so I called the tavern to inquire. The phone number on the site did not go to the tavern, but to the hotel it is located in. No one at the hotel knew the details of the tavern and was not able to put me in touch with someone who did. So I picked #1 and hoped for the best. I made the reservation online since it wasn't possible to reach the tavern. In the notes section of my online reservation I asked if it were possible to arrange a small desert with a single candle on it for after dinner, as one of my guests was celebrating his birthday. Despite leaving my email address and cell phone number with my reservation, no one contacted me to let me know and once at the tavern no one approached me to ask about my request, despite it being a slow evening. Lots of potential for this establishment.

    The Social American TavernResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for taking the time to let us know the details of your experience. We are very sorry to know that your experience was less than excellent. We can assure you our team is consistently working on pursuing excellence, and we hope you can join us again in the near future so we can have the chance of showing you our best. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon, Miguel Jauregui Director of Food & Beverage

  6. NR

    NicoleR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived at the restaurant with a reservation. The place was not crowded, one larger table and a couple people at the bar. We got one drink and ordered appetizers and entrees. Never once did the waitress come back to check on us. After 55mim we finally got up and left. Terrible service without communication, ambiance felt like a hotel restaurant, menu looked ok but never got to try the food. Won’t be back

    The Social American TavernResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for taking the time to let us know the details of your experience. We are very sorry to know that your experience was less than excellent. We can assure you our team is consistently working on pursuing excellence, and we hope you can join us again in the near future so we can have the chance of showing you our best. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon, Miguel Jauregui Director of Food & Beverage

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The restaurant is attached to a Hilton and was not crowded. So, I was a bit surprised at how long it took to get our order. Some of the food we ordered wasn’t good (taste, temperature, etc.).
  8. V

    Vanessa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, service was just ok. To be fair I think our waitress was new. My husband and I enjoyed an anniversary dinner there. The food was delicious, the ambiance was decent, and the prices were reasonable. I thought their specialty cocktails were tasty and creative. Luxurious velvet couches provided cozy yet elegant seating. All around a good find!
  9. MC

    MarciaC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My friend and I visited for Downtown Dining MKE. The starters, edamame salad and the mushroom ceviche were both quite good. I really enjoyed my Korean style chewy noodles, they had a very nice flavor, somehow both sweet and savory at the same time. The manager came and explained some things to us about the food, he was interesting and quite charming. I had asked for a change that wasn't possible (something pre-assembled) but he had a different entree ready to go for me and immediately had it brought out. My friend got the same dessert as me, although she had ordered the other one, but they were both yummy. Service was prompt. I would like to go back and try more items on the menu.

    The Social American TavernResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you Marcia for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're sorry you didn't get an accurate order with your desserts. We promise you next time we will get everything right. Our team is working restless on pursuing excellence. We're looking forward to your next visit! Miguel Jauregui Director of Food & Beverage

  10. VE

    VERAF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Restaurant was quiet, relaxing and not rushed. Portions were good. Salad was bland. Needed more in the vinaigrette dressing. Loved, loved, loved the Monte Cristo sandwich. Will be back again to try something else.

    The Social American TavernResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! We're sorry your salad was not on point. We will continue pursuing excellence and you have our promise, your next visit will exceed your expectations. We agreed! The Monte Cristo is SO good! We're looking forward to your next visit, Miguel Jauregui Director of Food & Beverage

  11. TB

    ToddB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    of the two appetizers, they only had one. of the two entrees, they only had one of the two desserts, they only had one.

    The Social American TavernResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for taking the time to let us know the details of your experience. We are very sorry to know that your experience was less than excellent. We can assure you our team is consistently working on pursuing excellence, and we hope you can join us again in the near future so we can have the chance of showing you our best. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon, Miguel Jauregui Director of Food & Beverage

  12. H

    Hw11

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, would go to the Social again.

    The Social American TavernResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you so much for your review! It means a lot to us!

  13. AM

    AMFood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were exceptional! I would return again and again!

    The Social American TavernResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Your words are the best reward for our team! We're looking forward to your next visit! Miguel Jauregui Director of Food & Beverage

  14. MS

    McmarkS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    prior to making reservation for mother's day I inquired about the menu and was satisfied. when we got to the place we still had to wait 30 min past our reserved time. then when my Family and I go to the Buffett the only meats were "chicken tenders and ham". not many choices for sides,deserts were dry, and on top of that staff were arguing amongst one another. we saw what we thought was a manager throw his keys and say he quit . they were understaffed . 4 of my family members didn't eat because they didn't want to pay 40$ for what little food was offered. This is the worst buffet EVER!! my Family and I have attended Hilton buffets at the park place location and it was great ! The staff was courteous and did the best they could.
  15. M

    Midwest

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Disaster of a restaurant…photos and online are encouraging while in real life this is the hotel restaurant for Hilton Garden Inn. We went for brunch and the service was BAD….food quality was BAD…restaurant was not clean or inviting. If this is the only restaurant that is available then I would consider fasting!
  16. JH

    JoeH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The food was very good, but the staff clearly needed help. We attended mothers day brunch buffet and there was a set menu. Several items on the menu did not come out at all during the hour or so we were there. Moreover, I heard more than once two staff members arguing on where they needed to go. This was in the middle of the restaurant. Overall good food, but they need some serious staffing help.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The Mother’s Day brunch was horrible. The service was terrible. We had three different waiters that we barely saw. The chef is completely unprofessional and aggressive. They asked how our experience was and we were honest. The chef got very defensive and rude. The waiter told us it was on the house so we started to leave and the chef made a huge scene like we were trying to skip out on the bill. Horrible. Will never go here again. Way overpriced for the quality of food.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Went on Mothers Day and am so sorry we did. We experienced poor service and will not be going back. The food that was supposedly to be hot (even warm would have been fine) was cold. The new server we were given told me she wanted to get us “f****d up” as an apology to the poor service we received before her, and then proceeded to bring over numerous very strong beverages as well as a bottle of champagne, despite not getting the food we asked for of even our check. What was most discouraging was observing numerous tables around us experiencing the same service: I observed a customer attempting to speak to the head chef about the situation to which the chef said, “your feedback means nothing to me,” and walked away. Lots of work to be done on the basics, including being kind.
  19. F

    Friendoffood

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    15 minutes after our reservation we were taken to our seats. The place was empty but they were not ready for brunch. Nikiya came to our table five minutes later and said we can go up for brunch. The advertised brunch was missing Scrambled Eggs, Chorizo Strata, Waffles, Chilaquiles, Parmesan Hashbrowns, and Bacon and Rosemary Potato Hash. I went to the bar to get a couple of drinks and for our water refills. The brunch at $39.95 was way over priced. Then we were charged $25 for each drink. I questioned Nikiya of the charge and she said they were bottomless, which was never communicated to us.
  20. BZ

    BrenZ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The atmosphere at the Social is very comfortable. The staff were very pleasant. The bench chairs were too low to the table. I’m 5’8” and the table was at rib height. Two servers were confused about who’s table we were sitting. Our server appeared to be inexperienced which is OK to some degree. Our appetizers arrived in about 15 minutes, served 5 minutes apart and before our drinks. The bruschetta was good but not great. The brat wontons were different but good. One of the two meals (tacos) arrived 25 minutes later. We were told there was a mixup in the kitchen with the Cuban sandwich order and it would be up shortly. 10 minutes later I was told that the sandwich was dropped on the floor and they were making a new one and offered a free drink to compensate. That also reminded the server that my original drink had not been served and I finally got my soft drink. The taco meat was awful. The Cuban was Ok and the fries were good. Would not go back for food.
  21. SD

    SoloDiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It’s a hotel bar. Service was average. “1lb. of wings” had good flavor, but were less than a pound. It has potential, but misses the mark.
  22. H

    Holly

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We had a reservation for 3 people. We arrive 5 minutes before, were seated with menus. When the server came with water we ordered drinks. After 20 minutes, no drinks and empty water glasses we left. The were many open tables so busy is not the reason for this experience. I could have maybe understood if we did not have a reservation. Will not go back.
  23. RS

    RobertaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We couldn’t have our dinner. 50 minutes left and no food on the table. Terrible. Warm wine… terrible. I don’t recomend.
  24. OT

    OTHP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GET the brussel sprouts. Amazing. Had a cuban sandwich, which was delicious. Drinks were tasty. Service was great. Loved the atmosphere.
  25. N

    Nope

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    What a wonderful surprise this restaurant was. Great food, great service, very convenient since we were staying at the hotel. We had an excellent dinner and breakfast.

    The Social American TavernResponded on March 22, 2022Thank you so much for you kind review! We always strive to provide great a great overall experience and we very much appreciate your feedback and look forward to you coming back!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was mediocre at best. Overpriced for what tasted like a George Webb meal. Space is beautiful but would likely not return due to food experience.
  27. T

    Trev

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    The restaurant had a wonderful environment, modern architecture with a stylish design. However the food took a long time to get to our table and the service was extremely slow.
  28. TA

    TammyA

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were there for a bday weekend and had Sat night dinner at Social. It took 30 min for our pretzel appetizer to arrive after ordering. Drinks were not good and once our food arrived we didn’t see our waiter again for probably 45 min. The waiter never came to see how are food was or how we were doing. Food was either over or completely under seasoned. They were not busy and we couldn’t even get salt because he just disappeared til we’d given up and asked for the check.
  29. SW

    SuzanneW

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Hotel restaurant. Terrible service and food delivered cold. Server struggled with order and didn’t ask if we wanted drinks, etc. Brought wrong drink. Find a different place to eat!
  30. AG

    AntonioG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Food is not that good. However, I can’t complain about the service and the atmosphere
  31. m

    mkemouse

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made reservations a week and a half early. Arrived about 15 minutes early (7pm reservation). The place had one server for the entire restaurant, including the bar. Sat down, waited about 15-20 minutes, and server never came back. People were walking in confused since almost no one was there to help. We eventually left since no one was being helped and we weren't even sure if they had kitchen staff.
  32. J

    Jimmy

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a good experience with Steven and Chris. Very attentive and food was good. Burger, Cuban Sandwich, and Brussels Sprouts. It is an independent restaurant that is connected to the Hilton Garden Inn. Definitely check it out!!
  33. T

    Tamara

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience4
    Service was terrible considering there were only 3-4 tables of people. Didn’t realize the restaurant was part of a hotel. The George Washington cocktail was delicious. Salmon entree was dried out and they tried to cover it up by smothering it with sauce. My dinner guest ordered a green goddess salad and they came back and said they didn’t have the Ingredients for the dressing. Waiter had poor manners/people skills
  34. RB

    RosemarieB

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was excellent but it would have been better if the server did not wait so long between checking on our table. Also, it was not busy but it took quite a longtime to get our food. We love the atmosphere
  35. R

    Rocha

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Took forever to get our drinks. Me and my girlfriend ordered the steak with fries although they were cooked correct they were cold, dry and flavorless. The only thing that was good was the appetizer. Definitely will not be going back. Expected more for the price we were paying.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Social American Tavern is rated 3.4 stars by 35 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 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Social American Tavern

611 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway & East Michigan

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet is open at the hotel, metered parking along the streets, and two pay to park lots one block south

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Outi Hanesakda

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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