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Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

4.5
883 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Prime Rib
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This Milwaukee steakhouse is legendary for its high-end entrees served at reasonable prices in an atmosphere that's upscale yet relaxed. Ward's succulent prime rib was named by Food Paradise as "The Best in the USA." Ward’s is equally famous for its Wall of Fame, which proudly features the names of conquerors of large cuts of prime rib, ranging from 40 ounces to 360 ounces. Steak and seafood are also standouts at Ward’s. Ward's offers an impressive list of martinis, cocktails, beer and wine by the glass; and boasts a selection of scotch and bourbon that will thrill any whiskey drinker. Its wine list has earned the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 2015. Private Dining is also an option at Wards with three rooms available for groups of 10 to 88. With three dining rooms, private dining options, lunch, happy hour, a bar menu available in a lively lounge and an award winning wine list, Ward's has something for everyone.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Prime Rib, Steakhouse, American
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Hours of operation


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

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 223-0135
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bill Baumann
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jackson
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 883 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

A truly exceptional birthday celebration for our son. The food was perfect. The service was excellent, warm and personal. One of the best meals we've had in Milwaukee. Wards is truly a treasure.

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DevannH 
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Definitely wasn’t impressed based off the reviews we had read prior to making a reservation. Had calamari and it was so bland. My steak was over cooked and way smaller, like it was butterflied and cooked in microwave to get it medium well. Even after I indicated I didn’t want it butterflied. Thank goodness for the dipping sauce as the steak had zero flavor and the sauce wasn’t good either . The baked potato was some tiny shriveled thing out of the microwave. For a Steakhouse I’d never think to serve such a thing to a customer. For as little as we get out for a nice dinner, what a waste of money! Will never return!!

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MelissaA 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The food was better than expected. Mussels were some of the best I e ever had. I recommend the lobster bisque instead of the salad. Best soup I ever had. Prime rib was cooked perfectly. I will be going back sometime soon!

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MikeS 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great food, comfortable seating, and fantastic service!

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Dave 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We had the filet, medium are, they were outstanding. Very tender.
Floor tables are a little close to each other, so expect your neighbor to listen in some.

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Wilee72000 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding prime rib and lobster. Awesome cocktails. Great service. Very friendly staff . Will always come back for more.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had an amazing dinner. We took our daughter who is going to college in the area out for her birthday. She and my husband had the prime rib, I had the Roasted Chicken Breasts (w spinach in a parmesan cream sauce). All 3 dishes were so delicious. The service was perfect. We loved our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Had an amazing experience. The entire staff was very nice. The food was amazing and the way everyone went above in service, I will be back again and with more guests.

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JuanitaM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I must say I brought my fiance 2 Ward's Steakhouse and she was very amazed it was a Valentine's Day gift the steak was good the Lobster biscuits good there's nothing bad I can say about this place it was a nice location for my limousine driver and yes I'll recommend you to all my family and friends into my business associates and we planning on booking another date there again thank you for the well Service the bartender was wonderful and all I Staffing Services

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JayS (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

I was disappointed with the taste or lack there of of my steak. Was a little under cooked for whay I wanted and extremely bland. We have eaten there 2 other times and the food was excellent, this time was disappointing...

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was Valentine’s Day and we enjoyed a nice dinner .

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NORAP (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I absolutely love this place! The food is always amazing! Wards has never let us down! Julia, the manager, isn’t always so pleasant and making sure our expectations are met!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I had been to the restaurant previously with family. This time it was my husband and I only. We had an early reservation so the place was not busy. Even so the waiter seemed unable to get a drink order when we sat and swung by twice to say they were waiting on bread and would come to explain the menu. About 20 minutes in we finally got the important bread and the drink order was taken, but before we could say we are ready to order now, they left the table. The food was good and the place is nice, but the service was pretty poor and we were glad that the hockey game we’d previously had planned to attend had been rescheduled - we would never have made the game.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Horrible... We spent $115 on two plates one of which was the daily special (30oz prime rib for $40). We tried to use a $25 gift card to pay for a small portion of the bill and we were told by a boisterous waitress that “you can’t use a gift card if you got the special”. What??? This is unheard of. A gift card should have nothing to do with what you ordered. It’s just a payment method. Plus the waitress was so loud about it the 3 tables behind us were all having a conversation about our embarrassing interaction. I could tell the waitress was well rehearsed and had used that tactic on others. Save your money and go to a steakhouse that can actually fill their seats on a Friday night. Wards was 40% full. Not surprised in the least given the poor management. I’ll never go back after that embarrassing incident.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Although the soup was good, I had never seen a cup of soup so small at a restaurant. The banana cake was absolutely wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

The service was perfect, the food was everything we wanted.

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DarryllF (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Overall great experience. Ended up being in a hurry to get to another event so had to be in and out in 45 minutes. Our server, Adam (I think) did a great job gettitng us apps and dinner. I sent prime rib back to get more temp and they did so quickly. Happy Hour was boomiby also!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Phenomenal dinner experience. Group of 5 guys and they put us in a private room. Prime Rib was delicious. Prime rib chili was out of this world. Service was great. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very comfortable atmosphere, good food, awesome staff

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arcangel1 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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.

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Benni (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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+

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Super Prime Rib and the soup tonight was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  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.

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Meyooow2 (Milwaukee)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 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.

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DSmall (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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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Glenn (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on December 29, 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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