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Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

4.5
4.5
364 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Come for great food and drink, stay for great American stories. Like the Harley-Davidson Museum, MOTOR Bar & Restaurant serves up the best of American culture, camaraderie, and comfort food. In a hurry? Just come for the food. No Museum admission is required to dine at MOTOR.

MOTOR’s bold American classics celebrate the taste of life on the road. Road House Chili that tastes like it’s fresh from a Texas diner. BBQ redolent of a Little Rock smoke shack. And, fittingly, plenty of Wisconsin favorites: Fish Fry, Mac and Cheese, and mouthwatering Hamburgers.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 287-2778

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Great space. Great food. Great people. Plan your next event at MOTOR. Harley folks are famous for knowing how to party. This spirit of celebration and camaraderie will be plain to see when you host your next gathering at MOTOR.

  • Private party facilities

    Every visit to MOTOR Bar & Restaurant® is an event. And it could all be yours. Like the Museum, MOTOR serves up the best of American culture in an inspiring setting. Plan your rehearsal dinner or corporate gathering in a location as unique as you are. MOTOR is a seamless blend of industry and refinement - perfect for casual or formal events. Expand your party into the great outdoors on MOTOR's riverfront patios, complete with custom fire pits and lounge furniture. Sounds like a recipe for a truly successful event.

  • Private party contact

    Annie Champeau: (414) 287-2707

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    6th Street

  • Parking details

    Free!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Friday Fish Fry - It's a Wisconsin Tradition!

    $15.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    ALL YOU CAN EAT FRIDAY FISH FRY Beer-battered and golden fried with crispy french fries, fresh jicama slaw, cornbread and tartar sauce for $15.95

Offers

  • BBQ & Blues - Presented by Bulleit Bourbon

    Multiple dates available
    Sat - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Every Saturday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM join us for BBQ & Blues! Reservations available by calling the Restaurant @ 414-651-7400. Walk ins welcome.
  • Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Join us every Sunday for our Bloody Mary Bar! $12.95 per person, featuring Tito’s Vodka. Paired with our special SUNDAY BRUNCH MENU this is a weekend event that’s not to be missed!

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What 364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Hot Spot

  • Wisconsin

    Great for Lunch

  • Milwaukee

    Hot Spot

  • Milwaukee

    Great for Lunch

  • Milwaukee

    Scenic View

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  1. DE

    DavidE

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Headed to Motor for the Friday Fish Fry. The restaurant was quite busy so it was a bit slower than normal, but we completely understood. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. Very fresh and tasty. $16 for an all you can eat fish fry is a great deal now days. Highly recommended.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We had the Friday Fish Fry which was good
  3. WE

    WENDYM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our dinner - wait staff was great and enjoyed the music and ambiance
  4. r

    robertn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. The services was excellent. Overall it was a 10 stars experience
  5. D

    Diner

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A good find. A nice setting.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, not very busy. Food was tasty and came out hot. Slightly overpriced but we plan to go back again sometime
  7. S

    Smati

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Four of us had dinner on a Friday night. Really cool ambience and excellent attentiveness by our server. A great variety on the menu. Two of us feel we should’ve chosen some thing else off the menu. The brisket BBQ plate was very fatty and the fish fry didn’t agree with someone’s digestive system. Drinks (alcoholic and non) were fairly priced. Overall we’re going to give it another chance and come back during the day to also see the museum, the shop, and the grounds.
  8. v

    vanessar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Verry good food and prices, loved the layout and the parking available.
  9. K

    Katie

    Milwaukee

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good, and even though they were close to closing for the day, the server did not make us feel rushed and was really nice. I wish it were open more for dinner during the week!
  10. CP

    CathyP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there was impressed with the grounds and the restaurant. Great food. Our waiter was wonderful.
  11. JG

    JeffreyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall surprisingly good food for a cafe and good seating and view inside and outside.
  12. KL

    KristinL

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside. It was beautiful and the food was excellent.
  13. LW

    LeeW

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had never been there and didn't know what to expect. The ambience was very nice. There was a blues band playing and they did a great job. The food was good and the prices were reasonable. We'll be back.
  14. m

    mipmipmip

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    we’ve been to motor several times prior to our recent experience and loved it. when my family member decided to go here for her birthday, we were all excited because we have had nothing but great experiences. however, the hostess clearly did not look at our reservation, as we requested a high top. she placed us a different table until we asked to move. next, our server did not seem knowledgeable at all. he gave one guest in our party the wrong meal. by the time the server replaced the meal, everybody else was finished eating. the server had the audacity to ask “did you want to eat it, or should i just box it up?”. that was so inappropriate and rude, as our guest did not eat anything! we waited over 20 mins for their correct meal to come! to top it off, motor did absolutely nothing for my family member’s birthday. after having a request on the reservation through open table, along with addressing it to our sever. why do you have a section asking if you are dining in for a special occasion if you are doing nothing about it? the only good thing that happened is that there was a biker meet up and live music outside the restaurant. it is to sad to say that we most likely will never come back.
  15. B

    Bill

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't remember servers name but she was excellent!
  16. K

    Koj56

    Milwaukee

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow the food was so good lots of comfort food what an amazing venue well done Harley Davidson
  17. E

    msEmjay

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My husband and I visited for a fish fry. We had a nice time!
  18. MM

    MarcoM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch options! Loved the Chili! Service was terrific too! I'll definitely be back
  19. MK

    MichaelK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Whoever thought of the brisket stuffed potato is a genius. Definitely returning next year.
  20. M

    Miyagi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been there quite a bit in the last few years. Always nice and pleasant to deal with. Great atmosphere
  21. BB

    BrendaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    BBQ &Blues event was fun! Nice setting, good music, good food, good value
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The brisket was fantastic. The service was very good. The only thing that would’ve made it better would’ve been a sunny day.
  23. SV

    ShawnV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Both had the bbq plate was all good but was not very Smokey more like just a bbq sauce on it but was good
  24. g

    gracie

    Milwaukee

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only complaint is parking. Do you really have to close it all down for bike night?
  25. LF

    LindaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were great. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. Loved the band. Leroy Airmaster never disappoints.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was awesome they had a live band on Saturday night we happen to attend the food was amazing and even being packed and the service was still great even though they were short staffed food was delicious amazing job will be back here. Also a shout out to the management who fixed our table because ours was a little wobbly thank you.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was both of our first time there and we really liked it!
  28. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated in view of the band, the music was great, the drinks were tasty and the food was delicious. I couldn’t ask for more.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was absolutely the BEST trust me you won't be disappointed..excellent drinks and food... and please ask for Kimberly she was our waitress she will take good care of you from the drinks to the food service..im definitely going back...a million times more.
  30. JS

    JackS

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine. Very good food and the cheese curds are to die for.
  31. BW

    BriW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food and music. Service was a bit slow due to lots of people and maybe band. Enjoy.
  32. CS

    ChristyS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice view of the Milwaukee River, friendly waitstaff. Best to make reservations so you’re insured a seat.
  33. RR

    RRofRL

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chili Mac was great, and so was the brisket salad.
  34. AE

    AnthonyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food. food. Great service. Awesome atmosphere
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were hungover looking for a place to grab brunch before heading to the Brewers game and this was perfect.
  36. DC

    DC11

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was my first visit and I was pleasantly pleased!! The food, view, and service was great. I will be returning!
  37. j

    jknmom

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Was looking for somewhere different to eat. Thought we’d try Motor. Liked that they had some different foods, like baked potatoes, and gluten-free options. Enjoyed that they had a band. Would be a great place in summer to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Food was good, but not great.
  38. JP

    JanetP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We had a 5 pm reservation arrived on time and it was not crowded. So we choose to sit at the bar and dine at the bar. Bartender gave us no greeting did not offer drinks brought a few menus and never came over for a drink order or food order after about 30 minutes we left and went to the iron horse . Better service
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice crowd and lovely food
  40. RS

    RondaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Nice ambience. Live music on Saturday. Very convenient parking right by the door.

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

Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum is rated 4.5 stars by 364 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 6 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

401 W Canal St., Milwaukee, WI 53203

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 287-2778

  • Catering

    Great space. Great food. Great people. Plan your next event at MOTOR. Harley folks are famous for knowing how to party. This spirit of celebration and camaraderie will be plain to see when you host your next gathering at MOTOR.

  • Private party facilities

    Every visit to MOTOR Bar & Restaurant® is an event. And it could all be yours. Like the Museum, MOTOR serves up the best of American culture in an inspiring setting. Plan your rehearsal dinner or corporate gathering in a location as unique as you are. MOTOR is a seamless blend of industry and refinement - perfect for casual or formal events. Expand your party into the great outdoors on MOTOR's riverfront patios, complete with custom fire pits and lounge furniture. Sounds like a recipe for a truly successful event.

  • Private party contact

    Annie Champeau: (414) 287-2707

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