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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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4.5

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4.6

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4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Authentic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

reservation was at 6:45 pm and we were seated within 2 min of that. The hostess was accommodating and quickly moved us to a different table where there were no drafty windows. The server came to take our orders within minutes of us being seated. The food took a little while to get to the table though. The steak and prime rib were very good but need additional seasoning. The server made sure he came to check on us periodically. The ambiance was very romantic, quiet, and a great spot for an intimate date. We had a nice time.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation, and they apologised for not having our table ready. We sat at the bar, and I was very impressed with the world class selection of whiskey they offered. We both had prime rib. I ordered the 16oz, which was probably closer to 20oz.I paired it with a glass of 12yr old Red Breast. It was hands down, the best steak I have ever tasted. I wish I could remember our servers name, he was friendly, engaging, and made us feel like we were the only 2 people in the restaurant. It was a wonderful experience.
It should be noted that you definitely get what you pay for. If price is the first thing you look for on the menu, this probably isn't the place for you. Plan on a minimum of $100, depending on how thirsty you are.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food all around was amazing the wine list and drinks are exceptional. I was drinking the Apple Old Fashioneds omg so good. The price is quite high but the food is nothing to be scoffed at, at any rate in my opinion it’s pushing the upper limit of value but I will be going back, it’s a great once in a while place for someone on a budget like me. My check for 1 appetizer 2 meals 2 old fashioneds 2 sodas and 2 deserts was $150+

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Super Prime Rib and the soup tonight was outstanding.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were impressed with the service and environment offered by Wards. I ordered my prime rib medium and the meat was very good. The only problem was I've never liked the type of steak that has a amount of jelly-like fat that naturally comes with prime rib. Think I'll stick to filet mignon in future.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Eaten at Ward's four times before and was excellent each time. This time, the steak had no flavor and the medium rare prime rib was so tough, the steak knife would barely cut through it. The chocolate cake for dessert was awful also. Quality of food nowhere near what it was the last four times we have eaten there. For the cost of the meal, very disappointed and will not be returning. Service, however, was excellent.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Exceptional food. I had the 16oz prime rib with a twice baked potato. I also had shared the brussel sprouts and had the lobster bisque. The prime rib was fantastic as usual paired nicely with a horseradish cream sauce. My only criticism was the Bisque. While the flavor was good the lack of lobster meat was glaring (there were lobster bits but that’s about it). Other than that the food and the overall experience was great and I would recommend to beef lovers everywhere.

Adam.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was good, yet not as flavorful as expected.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nothing special about the New Years Eve menu, same items as regular menu. Salad and twice baked potato were very good but filet was very average. Should be better quality for these prices.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a very enjoyable dinner. The prime rib was great! The service, food and ambiance was spot on! We would definitely come back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Prime Rib was cold.
Was given a baked potato the size of a baseball. In fact both baked potatoes ridiculously small.
Atmosphere felt "depressed".
Comment after dinner "There's probably other restaurants in Milwaukee to try".

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very good. Server was excellent knew his stuff and was very helpful. Would definitely come again.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 25, 2017

we had dinner prior to christmas eve church service... very good atmosphere and great good and service.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was great. the Prime rib had good flavor but was very tough and 3 different steak knives could not through it

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As usual, Wards provided us an excellent way to celebrate Christmas Eve. The food was delicious and service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The bone in rib eye steak was superb. The salad was great. Of course the cocktails were delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Drinks were reasonable and good. Steaks and twice baked potatoes were really good. Banana cake was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great steaks and seafood cooked to perfection. The server forgot when I told him it was my sons birthday. He hurried to bring out a free dessert. Which we all shared. Even though the food was fantastic, it came with a high price. I would probably return in the future.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing food and exceptional service. Best experience I’ve had in along time.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent food and service. Always a pleasure to dine.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were spending a weekend in Milwaukee at the Pfister and Ward's House was just around the corner, so we could walk. We had not been there before, so assumed an "average" steak-house. Bottom line, we were very pleasantly surprised. Ward's is a gem, probably known best to a clientele who also took a chance. The menu was somewhat expensive, however, the food possibilities were nice, the food itself (from beginning to end) was dynamite!! We had seafood for one and steak for the other and both were superb; perfectly cooked and seasoned. The service was outstanding - the young man who waited on us was personal, attentive without being intrusive and made good recommendations as to food, wine and dessert. The room was not large, well designed without being garish - it was, in our minds, exactly what one would want for an upper-end upscale, yet casual, restaurant. The wine selection was excellent with opportunity to have a single glass, if we chose, while still being of top quality. Oh, and the coffee after dinner was great! Our experience was awesome and easily worth the prices.Our only complaint was that we over-ate, so the "waddle" back across the icy street was adventurous!! It is most definitely a place we will add to the list of Milwaukee restaurants we love to return to.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (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

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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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