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Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee

4.5
911 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 911 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
service
4.4
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Out party of four all ordered the prime rib. The temp was correct on all but inconsistent in portion size. Flavor was good but extremely wasty. More than half of my 16oz portion was fatty. Table size for four people was way too small, service was good but server brought me the wrong glass of wine plus we had to have him figure out the bill twice. Overall experience fair at best.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great experience enjoyed every second!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I was extremely disappointed by the prime rib. I never complain and am very flexible on food and taste. However we ordered 5 prime ribs and there was no taste. No seasoning what so ever. The horseradish sauce was OK but nothing to rave about. The service was mediocre for what you pay. The bartenders seem like they didn’t want to wait on me and my children at all. The restaurant was not busy and we should I got better service. I would not go back to wards house of prime I would try another Milwaukee restaurant. The valet parker however was extremely awesome and nice. That was the highlight of the evening. We also went there to celebrate a birthday that was never knowledged by the staff.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Ward's worked out great for a business dinner with out of town guests. The location, the menu, the food and the service were all top-notch.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We went for lunch and there wasn’t many people in the restaurant so it was quiet. I got the lobster ravioli and it was tasty. I had a great time here and definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Celebrated our anniversary at Wards. Everything was great. They not only accommodated my many food allergies, the meal was delicious & included a complimentary dessert. We will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good old fashioned steak / chophouse. Food was very good. Staff very friendly. Nice atmosphere and experience.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The prime rib was excellent and what we were hoping for. The entire wait staff took great care of us.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Best Prime Rib Ever!!! The drinks were great with wonderful surroundings. Will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My wife and I decided to try Ward’s for the first time and we didn’t regret it. Everything - from our drinks to the appetizer, soup, and main course - was absolutely perfect. We each had the prime rib and it was well seasoned, cooked exactly as ordered, and priced reasonably considering the quality. The service was good as well, and while we enjoyed the ambiance it got quite loud when the dining room filled up. I would highly recommend Ward’s to anyone looking for amazing prime rib.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Service was excellent as we went on a Monday night at 6:30 pm. we were seated immediately. it was our first visit so we stuck with the Prime Rib, since that's their specialty. the prime Rib was tasty, not stellar. I ordered a too rare one, as I knew I could not eat it all. ( leftovers), my partners was smaller and tenderer. service was excellent. he timed it perfectly. next trip we will do the combo, and go later in the week. stick with the medium rare. they get it right. I'm pretty sure my cut came from the Ribeye steak roast, it would be cut and charred..( just a tad chewy)..I probably should have told him to char it to medium rare. my fault, we will go back. I Have a theory about beef as I BBQ smoke it, and how restaurants age the beef and pick the cuts for that night. that's why I need to go on different nights. I learned that beef is a fickle meat a long time ago.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We have been here for our birthdays for the past two years. Mike the bartender is great! Everyone is very friendly and they provide great customer service! We’ll be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Awesome prime rib
Awesome service

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nice place great location and the food was great and priced right. Would most definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The steak was great, the martinis were tasty and dessert was sumptuous. My first time in Wisconsin and if I come back thru this place is definitely on my list if I come back. The waiter was attentive and gave great suggestions on where to go during my visit.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We have been there twice. First time, don't remember, but remember the quality of food. Second time, steaks were very good and prepared as ordered. However, service lacked. Server was friendly, but unattentive to small, but expected details for a restaurant of this caliber. Examples were, not greeted at the table for nearly 8 minutes of sitting down, (they were not packed by the way) forgetfulness in bringing out premeal bread and butter and had to ask, water not checked on for refill, and highly probable that cooks prepared spinach in butter even though we advised them of my wifes dairy allergy. We believe My wife had complications next morning. Also, and no fault on waiter, but he arrived to inform us they couldn't accept our gift card, because she ordered their "special 12 Oz prime rib" which was in their eyes, Co mingling coupons. Assistant manager handled it with professionalism and made up the difference. Prices were a bit steep in our opinion and almost close to Chicago steak houses, but overall, food was 4 star and would go back one more time to gI've it another chance.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Ward's never disappoints. Food is always delicious

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great date night atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was great, service was very slow for our group of 8.
The manager and chef both stopped by.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great food, but it was freezing by the window. Server delayed our food, so that took longer than expected given no one was in the restaurant. Overall great place to go

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic prime rib and the hand made cocktails were prepared perfectly.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was good but service wasn't on par with the prices. I asked for the sauce on the side with my $50+ steak and it came covered with sauce. Also never got the glass of wine I ordered.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

All the food was delicious. Prime rib is our favorite cut and Ward's didn't disappoint. We will definitely return

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We ordered two 12oz prime rib specials on Friday night, both medium rare. They were on the rare side of medium rare and the cut of meat was not near what I would expect from a restaurant that is known for it's prime rib. The outer edge of the cut which is traditionally the most flavorful, was inedible - too chewy to enjoy. The meat itself had strings running through it with a lot of inedible fatty parts. I think the cut would have been easier to eat if cooked to medium, but even with that it would not have been near as good as I had expected. I am sorry to say that the atmosphere was what made the night special, not the food (though the potato soup and the lobster bisque were amazing!).

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This was my second trip to Wards House of Prime and it was just as enjoyable as the first visit. I drove over a hundred miles, crossed state lines and it was worth every mile traveled. The Prime Rib was sublime, the appetizers and side dishes were excellent and the service was flawless. Even the Valet had my vehicle ready before I walked out the door. It was a great dining experience and the City of Milwaukee looked so much better to me because of it. Great Job Wards!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The food was excellent but the knives were very dull. Wouldn’t expect that from a top end steak house.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Great steak. Could cut the prime rib with a spoon. Cocktails are really good too. Would recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food, comfortable seating, and fantastic service!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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