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About Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

Collectively, we’ve been in the steakhouse business for as long as you’ve been craving a truly unique dining experience – maybe even longer. At Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee, we learned what you wanted from a steakhouse and then we designed a restaurant where high-end entrees are served at a reasonable price in an atmosphere that’s upscale yet relaxed.



At our steakhouse, we want you to feel just as comfortable ordering full-plate entrees in the main dining room as you would ordering from the bar menu and watching sports in the lounge. While prime rib is our specialty (served every day), we also give special attention to seafood, chicken, veal and vegetarian entrees as well as our lighter fare of appetizers, sliders and stonefire flatbreads. And we offer a variety of martinis, beers, cocktails and wines by the glass – as well as an extensive list of 500 wines by the bottle, all at a fair price.



We hope you’ll dine with us soon!

540 E Mason St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Prime Rib, Steakhouse, American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Jackson

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 223-0135

Website:
http://wardshouseofprime.com/

Executive Chef:
Bill Baumann

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine

Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
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Notable Wine List (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Casual (5)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Comfortable dining but loud at holiday season because of the many large groups. Service has always been excellent, order some type of meat which is their specialty - prime rib chili is amazing - just a cup is enough with an entree.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious meal. Excellent service--valet Parker, hostess, wait staff. Will eat here again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service. Always a pleasure to dine.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was excellent and the service was great. Well worth the price ! I will certainly be coming back .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Most people say "um. . . . I've walked past it many times . . . . dunno if I've ever been there though". Go.
Just go . . . . reserve a table in the dining room. Classic fine dining with the best prime rib anywhere. I of course read other reviews. I find fault in all of the ones who claim it is not a value (it is NOT a "value" if yoiu are used to eating medium prime rib at Applebees on Tuesday nights . . . . I'm talking about REAL prime rib, made to order and served with class and style. Dinner, cocktails and deserts for four, in a fine dining establishment, costs less here than a semi-vintage bottle of wine.

The service was fantastic, at least four people attended us, without being intrusive.
Any restaruant who serves Red Breast (neat of course) as their "house" Irish REALLY knows food, and foodies.
I will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We visited when in town for the Nutcracker. We were there once before and they had changed their menu and we were not aware since it was still the same on OpenTable. Upon finding that they no longer had the item we came for, lamb chops, we were very disappointed, but not for long. After letting our server know how disappointed we were she disappeared and came back and informed us that the chef was going to prepare lamb chops for us anyway! The owner came out to let us know someone had run to the market to get lamb chops and the chef would be preparing them to our desire. Now That's What I Call Customer Service. Before we could finish our appetizer and salad the lamb chops were on the table and they were delicious and perfectly prepared! The scallops were also delicious.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Took my Grandma here before we went to the Celtic Thunder in Milwaukee. Couldn’t have been more pleased with everything. My husband and I dine out at high end restaurants quite often, and you can be quite sure Ward’s is at the top of our list for The Best Romantic setting, Steak and Seafood Restaurants in Wisconsin. My grandma and my friend who came along this time, both do not out at high end restaurants too often, but they could not stop saying how delicious every bit of food we ordered was, right down to the homemade dressing, and soups. Its in the little things that you can taste the details of good quality restaurant, and Ward’s is it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was excellant and we were seated promptlyThe appetizers and soup were outstanding,but the prime rib which is their specialty was only fair.For the price it should have been the best,or at least one of the best i have had,but it wasn't.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was very slow and I don't feel we got enough value for our money. This is the second time we've been to Ward's and I remembered it being much better than it was on this night.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service and food and wine selection.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I was treated to one of the most tender, flavorful filets I have ever eaten, unfortunately the other filet was just a little dry. The restaurant was decorated for the holidays which made it quite festive. It was quite noisy from an office (?) party going on in the bar area.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice place for special occasions. Great steaks but on the high end price-wise.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great service! Reasonable prices!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, great service, what else do you need?

Only thing I would change was to have some sort of music play softly (maybe a dinner jazz) in the dining area. The tables aren't overly close to one another, but with no other noise around, you can hear other people's conversations pretty clearly.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was very good. We both had prime rib. Very generous portions. Service was very good. Would definitely recommend. Bring your appetite.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

I took my friend there for her birthday. We were there for lunch. I mentioned we were celebrating a birthday when I made the reservation through Open Table and never mentioned it again. The restaurant was surprisingly empty when we were there. I'm not sure why because this place is awesome! Our server was very attentive and pleasant. We both enjoyed our meals tremendously and the lunch items are reasonably priced. At the end of our meal they gave my friend a choice of cakes to pick from with their compliments for her birthday. It was such a nice lunch and we weren't rushed. This is our favorite place to go. We know we will always have good food, service and everything is always very clean and everyone is friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time I have ever been here and will be going back. The Appetizer was wonderful(cheese and meat plate). We both had Steak and Lobster which were cooked perfectly to order. We also both had lobster bisque soup which was very good, but the lobster seemed a little over cooked. Overall, I would recommend Ward's to friends and family

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love Wards. Always great food and great service. I tried the filet and scallops, though I am normally a ribeye gal. Both were delicious! We had the mac n cheese with andouille as our side. We couldn't finish it, so brought it home to enjoy. So glad we did.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was absolutely wonderful and the service was great . It's our favorite place for our anniversary dinner

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our first visit to Wards was awesome. This time we ate at 5. The walleye was great but the potatoes were yesterday’s fingerlings wrinkled and reheated. Thank goodness we were given a double baked when I called it to their attention. The steak could not be beat. The strawberry salad was the best salad I’ve had all season. Our waiter was hard to find and the coffee was lukewarm at best. Nonetheless, I would definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The 9oz filet was wonderful. The service could've been a little better. Overall a great place

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our Anniversary , nice restaurant but the chairs were a little short and uncomfortable. Service was great and the prime rib was excellent.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service. Great bar area. Egg rolls. Soup. Salad excellent. Entrees average

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

the food and service was fantastic they remembered our annversary

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was our second time eating at Ward's House of Prime (WHoP). We were celebrating my husband's 56th birthday. WHoP has terrific food and service. The ambiance is quite lovely. If you love prime rib (or I had the Pan Seared Sea Bass) this is where you need to go.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was very good but the slow service detracted from the experience. (The food was served perfectly warm, etc. so I think THE SLOW SERVICE WAS THE KITCHEN'S FAULT. Also, there were several empty tables around us so the staff should not have been "strained" by the work load.)
Couple the slow service with the price....it is not good value for money.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Had a great dinner with my girlfriend.. I had indicated on my reservation that the occasion was a birthday celebration and our server brought out a piece of delicious cake with a candle on it.... nice touch

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our waitress (blonde) was FANTASTIC! She had just the right amount of humor, and was there to meet out needs.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

FANTASTIC! Best steakhouse. I've been to every top steakhouse in Chicago. None compare to WARD.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent high quality food with great service. Also potato and salad is included in the price of your meal. Rare find these days

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Super nice and our server Adam was delightful.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Ward's House of Prime had a great, cozy, dim-lit atmosphere that is perfect for date nights. The food was very well prepared and the service was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

our son chooses Wards for his birthday every year. Great spot, great service.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Calamari was hotel bar quality--nothing special, very basic dipping sauce. Prime Rib was incredibly good, great flavor. Dry aged NY Strip was not well seasoned, extremely tough (I know strip is not necessarily a "tender" cut), lots of stringy connective tissue etc to cut through; it was more work than it was worth to eat. Sauce was good, however. Filet was not well seasoned and "not even in my top 10". Bisque was great, mashed potatoes were great (both VERY rich), but the entrees really just didn't shine. I was asked for sweet or sour for my old fashioned--which really threw me off; it was probably close to a 10 oz drink and was pretty mediocre in flavor--again almost hotel bar quality. $5 valet was a great deal! Service was not very genuine and somewhat rushed. All-in-all I'd go back for the prime rib but not recommend any get any of the other meat choices.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good prime rib! But we wait long time even we had reservation. Recommend pork belly. It is great!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was tasty but the service was very poor. To make up for it the manager did take our drinks off the bill and give us a $20 voucher for our next visit. That's great and all but my time is valuable and service is key. There will not be a next time and we even gave the $20 voucher back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great Prime Rib, in the top 5 I have ever had and I eat alot of Prime Rib. Very nice and clean restaurant, great staff, very friendly and professional. Next time I am in Milwaukee this will be my first stop!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Wonderful staff, warm & friendly. Prime rib was the best ever! Filet was not as special, but good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The prime rib was fantastic. Portions are plentiful. Service is superb!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Everything was fantastic. First time here. Won't be the last. Our server was phenomenal . Friendly, informative, observant. Can't say any more.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups
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