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Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

4.7
4.7
1771 Reviews
$31 to $50
Prime Rib
At Ward's House of Prime we are known for our Prime Rib, especially our big cuts. Our Wall of Fame features eaters from 40oz to 360oz. Can you beat the champion? We offer a variety of steaks, seafood and pastas for you to enjoy.

For reservations of groups of 5 or more please call us at 414-223-0135 to make your reservation.

We offer carryout. Menus can be found at our website. Order by phone, 414-223-0135.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Prime Rib, Steakhouse, American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (414) 223-0135
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Peter Snow
  • Private party facilities
    Ward’s House of Prime offers an upscale – and relaxed – event venue for your next intimate gathering, corporate event or private party. We have private and semi-private spaces for cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, large or small business dinners and special occasions. The rooms are elegant, the service topnotch & the food delicious. 414-223-0135
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Cross street
    Jackson
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,771 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Good for business meals

  • Milwaukee

    Good for business meals

1,771 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent dinner. Best prime rib around. All around good experience.

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  2. randy

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Would recommend but with reservations. Twice baked potato was dry and really not that good; gratin potato much better. Wife had 6 oz filet with scallops and liked it. I had special: 16 oz boneless rib eye on onion strings toped with mushroom ragu. It was good but not what I'd call excellent. Thought the meat was a little tough for a rib eye and, much as I like them, I found the mushroom topping sauce (really a gravy) too heavy on the steak. Overall, not a bad experience but not in the "best in the city, much less country" category. I, quite frankly, have had better steaks. I'll have to try their "best in the US" prime rib next time.

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  3. OmaH

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my husbands birthday at Wards. My husband ordered the prime rib and he said it was the best that he had ever had. I should have taken a picture of it. I have never seen such a beautiful cut of meat in all of my life. I had the veal piccatta and it was heavenly. Our waitress was attentive yet didn’t hover. She brought out a complimentary dessert to help celebrate my husbands big day. It was HUGE and so delicious!! We will be back. Thank you Ward’s!

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  4. MauriceM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were sat down at a nicely made table as we waited for the rest of our party to arrive. Our server Lilly was really nice and attentive to our table. The food was as delicious and well laid out. Our drinks were perfectly made as well!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I did enjoy my time, although I felt that the food could have been a little better. Took my date here for Valentine’s Day and my salad was a little crummy. Brown lettuce eh , just not what I expected and we visit five star restaurants often. It wasn’t the worst but it just didn’t exceeded my expectations.

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  6. DebraH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My hubby and I love this place! Great people! Great prices! Great service

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  7. DeniseG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had top notch service and our food was served to perfection!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food always excellent. Our server (Sidney) who has taken care of us before) was her usual phenomenal. Despite the restaurant being packed, she was pleasant, extremely attentive, staged the meal perfectly and really contributed to us having a wonderful overall experience. A great reflection both on her abilities and the business at large.

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  9. paulF

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress (Melissa) was mediocre at best, the wine steward (if that was his title) was not knowledgeable about the wine list or if or how to decant a young red wine. Service was slow and uneven.

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  10. BarbaraV

    New York City

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Franc always is very attentive; we love coming to Ward's, treated like royalty.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent but the service this trip outshine the food. don’t get me wrong. The food is amazing but from the minute we walked till the minute we left the service was just impeccable. Cheers to the staff.!

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  12. GeorgeH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome service, our waitress was wonderful. Food was so good definitely would go again.

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  13. Joleen

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding once again. This place never disappoints. If you love prime rib, make your reservation now!

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  14. Patience

    Milwaukee

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I have been coming here at least once a month and it never disappoints. Steaks are always done to our liking. Food is always fresh and is great quality. Service is always great.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool place! Wait staff was very friendly and attentive, would definitely dine here again

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  16. bootyboo

    Milwaukee

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this sone of the premier places to dine in the milwaukee downtown area, easy to get to and parking is relatively easy. Also in a well lit good traffic area!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service. This is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for amazing prime rib! 10/10

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great prime rib great staff love to do date nights here

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  19. CathleenL

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very cheery and her recommendations were great. The food was delicious. No complaints

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  20. Jacq

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic prime rib, salad was fresh and delicious. Service was outstanding.

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  21. ThomasB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My parents dined at Ward’s to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Katie (General Manager) and team were very professional and took great care of them. It was a memorable evening, and they would love to return soon. So would I!

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  22. muriel

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating my birthday and we received what seemed like special attention. We did not know that it is a family owned and run business. Service was outstanding, the food exceptional, and the atmosphere perfect.

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  23. Patience

    Milwaukee

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh and great tasting as always. Nice sized portions. And the alcoholic beverages are strong! Great service. Overall great experience once again.

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  24. MicheleF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prime rib was amazing! It was so tender, juicy and flavorful. Lobster bisque excellent, Caesar salad with anchovies was great. We had their Bloody Mary that came with shrimp, a piece of prime rib and olives was one of the best Bloody Mary’s I’ve had. Service was great. No complaints at all. We will recommend to friends and family.

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  25. SteveM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Seafood starter came out cold and with lobster that was way overcooked. 40 minutes after asking for a bottle of wine to be opened, it showed up at the table unopened. When we finally got our salads, we were 1/2 through eating them when our mains showed up. Overall, a poor experience with mediocre food.

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  26. RoyD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great, food was good. I would go again.

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  27. EvelyndaY

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mash potatoes were cold, steak was fatty, greedy with the wine pouring.

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  28. MICHELER

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    So disappointing! We had a reservation at 5:00. Unfortunately they put us in the back room where I got to watch the fireplace on the video screen even though there were several tables available in the dining room. Our server, Jenny, was wonderful, warm, welcoming and attentive. Great wine list and we were satisfied with our choice of Cabernet. Food on the other hand was a total let down. Scraps of cold bread in a basket started our meal. Did those crab cakes have any crab in them? Not sure. They were small and consisted of mostly bread crumbs. Plating was lacking. Salad was greens and croutons doused in dressing. No tomato, cucumber, carrots, onion, nothing to make it interesting or extra tasty. My 6 oz filet was barely warm, flavorless and the béarnaise sauce was cold. I have never had to put salt and pepper on a restaurant steak before. Potatoes on the side were average. My husband liked his sea bass but not sure it was that special for $48. Again, both of our entrees lacked any plating. There are far too many great restaurants in Milwaukee to waste another dime at Wards.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal job by the waiting staff and the food was amazing. Definitely will be coming back again and will be recommending to others. The steak is to die for. Great wines. And our seating was just want we were hoping for. Over all the staff was very accommodating and friendly. Thank you for making our night that much better for our New Years dinner.

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  30. JohnS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very pleasant and helpful with our choices

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  31. NickD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, staff was good, Bourbon list is very impressive.

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  32. BruceP

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience on Christmas Eve, dining at Wards ! Tim our server was the best …. Friendly, knowledgeable and gave the best service! The food was so delicious too. We will be back …

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  33. JerryS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the entire experience of the freindly staff, fantastic food, especially the prime. Ward's is certainly qualified to be called House of Prime.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Anniversary dinner

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went out for date night and had the perfect meal. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and tasted amazing! Service was top notch! We will definitely be back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Every year my wife and I look forward to dining at Wards. We’re both nurses and enjoy our Christmas break from work and the house, we have had some amazing dinners and we have always recommended Wards to others. We always make it down to Wards when we are in town. This year was starkly different. We made an online reservation for 8pm. Parking was tough as people are getting out again. I dropped my wife at the door a few minutes after 8 and zipped around the block to park. The hostess(Ward’s sister) who usually is very nice shot a nasty look at my wife and didn’t greet her in the usual manner. Asked if we wanted a table or booth and then while my wife was still talking she rudely turned away and went to fix a table. While waiting for the table, the chef appeared and asked my wife if we were the 8 o’clock and proceeded to share with her that they close at 8.The hostess returned and suggested a high top table and placed us in the bar area. It was loud and the atmosphere sucked. The staff all huddled at the bar waiting for us to leave. I’m not sure why a restaurant would offer an 8 pm reservation if they were closing. Our immediate waitstaff was wonderful, Alena took the time to be kind unlike the hostess. We felt rushed to eat, we finished quickly got the dessert to go so we wouldn’t hold them up. Sadly, we will search for a new venue for next Christmas as there was nothing special about eating prime rib in a bar. Perhaps Ward’s sister should take some of that negative energy and update their website with appropriate hours so they don’t ruin anyone else’s special evening.

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  37. JohnM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Steaks cooked to perfection, all other food items were delicious and fresh. All around, great experience, will definitely be back!

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  38. MikeS

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love this place. Best prime rib and excellent service. Have eaten here numerous times.

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  39. BrianS

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You could easily call it the best steak house in Milwaukee, but there are plenty of other options that are equally excellent, so it would be a shame to narrow it.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service here continues to impress. Prime rib and a filet that cut with a fork, perfectly seasoned and including soup or salad and a potato. The bourbon and wine list is tops in town! Consider joining their whiskey club and participate in the monthly whiskey dinners.

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FAQs

Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee is rated 4.7 stars by 1771 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 12 times today
Google Map for Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

540 E Mason St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Jackson
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Prime Rib, Steakhouse, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Peter Snow
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (414) 223-0135
  • Private party facilities
    Ward’s House of Prime offers an upscale – and relaxed – event venue for your next intimate gathering, corporate event or private party. We have private and semi-private spaces for cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, large or small business dinners and special occasions. The rooms are elegant, the service topnotch & the food delicious. 414-223-0135
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