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Steenbocks on Orchard

107 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(608) 204-2733
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Swenson
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Steenbock's on Orchard is the exclusive caterer for the Wisconsin Institutes For Discovery on the UW Madison Campus. Our outstanding staff and facility provide the perfect setting and experience for guests who wish to host business meetings, celebratory dinners and weddings.
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Cross street
Orchard & Johnson St
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Parking details
Ramp Parking: Lot 17, Lot 20,

Union South Parking-Heated unground parking
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Badgerette (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

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!

vipMADISONIAN (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on May 9, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on May 3, 2017

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.

lepton95 (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on May 1, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on April 7, 2017

Great place good food

Disappointed (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on March 20, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

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.

choeper (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on March 2, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Very good food , excellent and reasonably priced wine list.