Steenbocks on Orchard

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138 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in the beautiful Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building, our menu is designed to highlight local and seasonal ingredients at their best. We source local meats, cheeses and vegetables.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciated that they were able to email my receipt after forgetting to take it with me to file a reimbursement. Very efficient and good food.

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Asterios
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was good. Service was friendly. Not particularly cozy but noise was low.

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vipGoodTipper
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Steenbocks, especially for lunch. Late afternoon cocktails and dinner are intimate and fine!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great spot to have much better than expected food. Not that we were expecting sub par food, just wouldn't expect high level cuisine at the discovery building. But I got was that's eggs in my face. Maybe could use a larger cocktail list, but b other than that quite good!

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diningly
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere at Steenbocks and the food is very good. Staff is great too.

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doublehelix
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistent, tasty, close and fun....what more can one ask for?

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vipPatriciaH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed fresh inventive dishes, with seasonal vegetables. The salmon is a favorite.
Also, the corn chowder is a flavorful starter.
It’s a perfect dining location, if you’re attending a concert on campus.

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Josie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Simply outstanding food. The mushroom quesadilla was so delicious, we just had to talk with the chef. Once Shawn explained the process for creating this dish, it was apparent he didn't just toss together a few ingredients and hope for a tasty outcome. Fortunately, he must be a culinary artist, as everything we ordered was excellent.

The waitstaff gets a 5 star rating as well, they worked as a team; attentive, friendly and professional.

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RobertM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great place to visit. Good food, quiet setting after our late football game. Nice place to settle. We will be back. Must be on foot, without too much parking.

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Rachel
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Our first clue that this wasn’t going to be good should have been when we were the only people there on a Saturday night right after a home football game. The menu is extremely limited, and honestly the meal was way below expectations. Not a restaurant we will ever return to.

Steenbocks on Orchard
Responded on September 20, 2019

Dear Rachel, Thank you for providing an Open Table review of your recent visit. I take our guests' feedback seriously and am sorry that we did not live up to your expectations. I am very interested to hear more about your dining experience. If you are willing, I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss this in greater detail with you and invite you back to exceed your expectations. Please reach out to me @ mstapleton@foodfightincdotcom. Most sincerely, Michael Stapleton General Manager

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JulieT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Little disappointed with the food taste. Eaten there a lot and it was always really delicious. This wasn't so great. And the waitress gave me chicken instead of shrimp so that was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I visited with family that were touring the UW as possible school for their daughter. I thought this would be a nice place to relax and cool off after walking around campus. It was that but the service was slow and the food took forever to arrive. This was a weekday late lunch and there were only two other tables occupied but we waited 30 minutes for two salads and a burger. That plus two iced teas and a coke came to $51 not including the tip. It is a nice location but the combo of the service and the price will not get me back any time soon.

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bozo
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

always busy at lunch and quiet and peaceful at night. really nice choices for restaurant week!

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LoriM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food... nothing disappointed. Quiet ambience with lovely background music.

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DHDoyle
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Steenbocks on Orchard. The food here is always unique and delicious. They do a great job of coming up with new tastes, and satisfying my pallet. And wine selection is yummy too! Wish I could get here more often. Always pleased!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here for restaurant week. When we walked in they seemed kind of understaffed with only two waiters, but the two kept up pretty well. Overall the food was very good, and the waiters were super friendly, even though they were very busy. The favorites were the dessert options of raspberry creme brulee and chocolate mousse. The creme brulee had a nice crack when you hit it with a spoon, and it didn't taste overly sweet. The chocolate mousse was nice and velvety and the cocoa nibs were a great addition.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complain. It was good

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MeganH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is good. Portion was a little smaller than I expected for the cost (green goddess). Service was good.

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SusanP
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

There was confusion at check in because the restaurant had canceled our reservation but they were able to seat us quickly. The grilled cheese was very garlicky, unexpectedly, and that was unfortunate for someone who was hosting a number of outside visitors to campus events that day.

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Bj1824
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Best kept secret on campus! The prices are great, the food is creative and tasty, the service is excellent and it is convenient.

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BrendaJ
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food was wonderful. I really liked the large windows as it was a beautiful day.

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Mmacc
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delish! Wonderful unique salads and great service!

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vipRyanL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This is probably my third time here, but my first in 3+ years. The waitress informed us that they were out of multiple items on their already small menu. We got the Wisconsin Cheese Board to share, very underwhelming. (3 small pieces of cheese, board was dominated by nuts and berries) We also got the cheese curds to share, which were actually good for being a little different. Then we got the falafel for dinner. Pita was very dry, broke apart when trying to fold. The fries were good though. Overall, nothing notable to make me want to come back.

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Annon
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service hasn't always been constant. I've had good servers and hosts and not so good server and hosts. The special was disappointing and not very comparable to other places around the area. Overall, it was not a stand out experience but location was good.

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SemiFoodie
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

My wife and I went for Valentine's Day dinner for our first (and only) visit. Ambiance: Steenbock's is a section within a very large, open space, separated by a curved wall topped by a hedge of the tall upright plants known as mother in law's tongues; the small tables are close together and arranged in front of the wall. The plant wall does little to warm or enclose the space. The ceiling is high and the overall impression is of bright cavernousness. The lighting is strong and uninviting. And from my seat, facing in, my view was of a row of windows into a staff area, and on a shelf there - facing me, unfortunately - was a thing that looked very much like a boar's head. Papier maché? Real? (I hope not!) A staff joke? Valentine's Day dinners require a little extra in the way of ambiance and presentation, and that was NOT it. The food was good; my wife's salmon "burger" with pistachios and fennel slaw was very nice. My trout in white wine sauce with pesto arrived as a smallish piece of fish in a bright green pool of broth that was neither visually appealing nor especially tasty - I didn't taste either a white wine base nor any pesto, which was presumably the course of the color. The soup - sweet potato and apple - was a pleasure, thick and balanced. Our young waiter was slow to take our order, especially given that there were only a couple of other tables occupied, but was pleasant, and the host was personable. But with so many better restaurants in Madison, I will neither return there nor recommend it.

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Bret
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great atmosphere for conversations with job applicants, very nearby for convenience.

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AnnB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Restaurant week menu: we chose the roasted veggie salad.Yummy and interesting. Crunchy.
We then had the meatball bomber sandwich. A great roll, crispy. Meatballs a little too spicy for me. I ordered the sauce on the side and didn’t even use it. Can’t eat a lot of tomato. But my companion loved everything about the sandwich!
Dessert: chocolate budino in a cookie crust. Delish but very
small. Nicely garnished though.

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DEBORAHC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful! The restaurant was quiet even though there were other patrons. A very enjoyable meal.

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TristanL
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining experience. The food was terrific and each course arrived promptly from the kitchen. All staff were friendly and efficient. I highly recommend Steenbock’s to anyone, especially those on campus due to its convenience.

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VCR2DVD90s
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

First of all, this place is way more hyped up than what it really is. The soup was did not taste good, it tasted like it was out of a bag or a can. Sounds better than what it tastes (SN, there is only one soup on the menu). Second of all, the "cheese curds" should be called something else. Frying a battered ball of shredded cheese does not make it a cheese curd. We live in Wisconsin and when we say cheese curds, we have to mean what we say and do justice. The "pork sauce" keeping my cheese curds afloat was way too overpowering and it absolutely did not look like bacon. Whatever it was, it was enough flavor to flavor 3-4 pots of collards. Sheesh. Finally, I know it got super busy after I sat down but no one came after the first few bites to ask if we needed anything. I could have surely used some water to wash down what I wasn't enjoying. My cup sat empty for while.

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PeterR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding local and seasonal menu! A real culinary treat! The flavors just explode in your month, to die for...

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Badgerette
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasure to enjoy good, interesting food and have pleasant music quiet enough to enjoy a conversation with 10 of your friends around one table! Our wait person was very upbeat and managed our number with no issue. Go, Steenbock's!

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vipMADISONIAN
Milwaukee
37 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We let substantial time go by since our last horrible experience at this restaurant. Despite a reservation, we had to search for some 5 minutes for anyone working here to tell us where to sit, give us a menu, etc.
A chair back fell off! Server said, "They're supposed to do that so we can stack them" presumably the chairs not the diners. Salad was good. My entree (trout) was served in a small cereal bowl with ingredients seemingly thrown on though there were so few roasted vegetables and such little rice maybe there was no other way to present the dish. Fish was way overcooked and poorly seasoned if at all. Sauce was awful. Pickled vegetable side dish for the other entree was rediculous. The pieces were too small to use a fork. Is supposed to use fingers? Grilled cheese is grilled cheese ... though Steenbach would do well to emulate Hubbard Street Diner's (also a Food Fight). What started out as a white tablecloth high end place is now on a par with Union South across the street. The Sett here we come!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and service was fine. I mark this visit down because the glassware was not clean. Each drinking glass has spots on it. Then a coffee cup of hot water coffee stains in it. Blechhh. All stains/marks were easy to wipe off with my napkin. That's what the dish people and other employees should do before serving to the customers. The wait person blamed the problems on the water. Well, I've worked in restaurants in Madison. We always had clean glassware and clean drinking cups because during the slow times we busied ourselves with making sure the things were CLEAN to the eye.

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lepton95
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is the best and only place on the west end of campus to get reasonably good food and elegant table service for lunch. I think the quality, presentation, and value have somewhat deteriorated over the years (soup used to be poured from an ewer, water used to have citrus or cucumber, salads would come with rolls) but it is pretty much a captive market. The University Club offers a better value and a bigger menu, but service can be slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great place good food

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Disappointed
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a terrible experience. Got there 5 minutes before our confirmed reservation and the restaurant was closed. Not sure if the problem was with opentable or the restaurant.

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CarolynL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed great service at Steenbock's on Orchard. Two out of three of our meals were great. Steenbock's version of Ramen was a bit bland.

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choeper
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I waited too long to make reservations on a Friday night. This was the only place that had all times available. Not sure how they make it because the place was dead! It awkward and uncomfortable to be one of only three tables in a huge space. The food was good and this place would be good if you were at the Institue of Discovery for something but I would not recommend for a couples dinner.

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Steenbocks on Orchard is rated 4.6 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

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