Steenbocks on Orchard

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126 reviews
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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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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

b
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

E
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complain. It was good

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

SP
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

B
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

BJ
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

M
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delish! Wonderful unique salads and great service!

RL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

A
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

SF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

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.

B
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

DE
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TL
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

VC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

PR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

B
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

MA
Milwaukee
32 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

l
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place good food

D
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

CL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

c
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, great service. Parking close by. Nice variety on the menu and diverse wine list.

JC
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food , excellent and reasonably priced wine list.

LS
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have never been disappointed when dining at Steenbochs on Orchards.
It's quite modern with an open environment. The service was wonderful and the food fantastic.
The 3 course dinner for Valentines had really nice options and the price was right.

m
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place is very pleasant, quiet, and comfortable. It is possible to have lively conversations without having to shout. There is food for every taste. The quality is always good and well prepared. My husband and I wanted to honor a dear friend. It was lovely. We drank some very nice Malbec at a reasonable price. The service was excellent. I have been at Steenbocks often for lunch but never for dinner. I was not disappointed. I will certainly keep visiting!

CR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Steenboks is close to work. We really appreciate having an upscale place to dine in the middle of the day. Our occasion was to celebrate graduation of one of our staff. The restaurant offers a delightful menu while also accommodating individual dietary needs. The food was delicious. Two of us had their beef burger while two had a salmon burger. Another had the hummus plate. The atmosphere is open and has a good urban feel to it. I have a suggestion, not just for this place alone, offer drinking water that is not frigid. There truly are people who don't like their drinks freezing. Can you tell that I am one of them?! Thanks.

j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is always a good place for a group lunch.. creative food, nice setting, good service

CY
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to eat here at least once a week because the food and the ambience are great.

L
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful. Staff very accommodating for a large group. Beer and Wine only

c
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, we had a splendid lunch at Steenbocks. I so enjoy their risotto dishes and was not disappointed with their roasted corn risotto. Outstanding!

Very attentive service and always fun to watch the UW students bustling about.

L
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was tasty although some items came out missing elements(ie grilled romaine salad was definitely not grilled.) Service was quite slow and there were only two other tables in the restaurant. We were most disappointed by the atmosphere. We thought we were going to an intimate, romantic setting and instead it felt like a high end cafeteria. The food did taste really good though.

MU
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent Selena took good care of us

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten here several times. It is very quiet at dinner time which is great as you can enjoy the conversation with your guests. The food is very good, in particular the risotto special. The service is also very good.

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