WISH - Wisconsin Steak House

4.5
191 reviews
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Steakhouse
The cornerstone of WISH is Prime aged beef and fresh seafood. This is the classic steakhouse but with an edge. We start from scratch and take no shortcuts.

The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional cuisine. The menu, along with daily specials will ignite your culinary imagination. Along with our Wine Spectator award winning wine list, yours will be a night to remember.
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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Took another couple out for a nice evening. The poor service started immediately as we ordered some drinks and it took 20 minutes to get those. After that we ordered our food and an appetizer. Our appetizer arrived another 30 minutes later. By the time we got our food almost 2 hours had passed and our waiter was not the least sympathetic. Our food was good but nothing you couldn’t have gotten at any other steak joint in the area.

RF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Poor service by the bartender and way too expensive

SP
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We sat outside, the food was good but the service... not so much. Maybe it was because we were outside that the waitress forgot about us ?? I will go back hopefully the service will be better

CM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We made our reservations on-line the same day close to the time we wished to dine. I recommend calling the restaurant directly as they do not check their online reservations later in the day. They were not expecting us. Bar service was especially slow as was our initial contact with our server (hostess had to ask twice for us to be addressed). We were seated over 20+ min before our cocktails were received. Fortunately, the meal delivery was well-paced and we were not rushed once our drinks did arrive.

AZ
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very high quality and delicious food. They do have some reasonably priced items, particularly appetizers and non-steak entrees. Will be back!

m
Milwaukee
89 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steaks. Friendly server. Save room for dessert as the brandy Alexander’s are worth the calories.

SB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked the ambiance and the server was very knowledgeable and kind. I thought the prices were abit steep but would go again sometime. The steak was awesome!!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in Central Wisconsin!

WC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was great. The food was phenomenal. Wouldnt mind going there again sometime

DH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and prime rib was perfectly prepared.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here often. We enjoy the Friday fish fry for its value—so very good. Thank you!

CD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Price is just about right.

b
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have started frequenting WISH recently.
Always friendly, efficient service.
Last time we had Vicki, and she was outstanding.
Magnificent personality and most accommodating.
(no, we didn’t know her) but she was a gem.

SS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is an upscale steak house with great food. They had good specials and drinks.

C
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was absolutely incredible! Service is a little slow for drinks, but the wait staff was great. Will definitely go back soon!

S
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Hostess and bartender both require remedial training. The bar will not transfer your bar tab to your dinner check--absolutely ridiculous given the prices. And having a single bartender given the level of traffic is completely inadequate. Drinks can take a while. The hostess will leave to seat the party in front of you and then disappear for 15-20 minutes leaving you to wait to be seated--even if you have reservations. We observed this repeatedly. When she is present she is splitting her time between sort of paying attention to guests and doing her paperwork--this on a Friday night in prime time. The decor is basic. The table service is generally good. The food, while not adventurous or particularly creative--is extremely good for this market. All that said, this place has been open for a while now and it still doesn't have its act together. It continues to operate largely due to the even greater incompetence of its local peer group.

FD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous experience....The food was terrific and cooked exactly as desired. The waitress was cheerful and efficient.

c
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Will go again, steak was fantastic and service was great!

RB
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had their special, halibut. They are expanding their tastes and doing very well at it. Keep it up.
Nice atmosphere, easy to visit with the others at the table. Very friendly.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant known for their fabulous steaks also has a delicious fish fry on Fridays. It’s not on the menu so you have to ask about it. The $14 price includes a salad, not just coleslaw (the house balsamic dressing is tasty), choice of potato of course as well as a refreshing homemade sorbet or scoop of ice cream for dessert. I enjoyed having a vegetable option instead of a potato. The $3 Hand muddled Old Fashions are also a plus.

CG
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I always hate a small table stuck in the middle of the dining room, as we were.
Our server seemed to favour letting us know about the $80 /32 oz steak 'special' over other things. Two of us ordered the baked cod which when it came was 3 very tiny pieces of fish swimming in a liquid, I'm not sure what it was. It was not particularly tasty, one of my dining companions left most of his.
Everything else was okay.... a nice little salad. The Brussels sprouts were excellent!. The sorbets were very good.
Service was average.
This was my experience.

CL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a work party and food was excellent. I came back hoping for the same experience and got it. Prime rib was superb and the rest as well. Kudos to Wish. Will be coming back.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love wish! One of our most favorite places to eat!

DJ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The only concern was my dry aged steak, which I ordered rare was probably more medium well. My wifes Kobe steak, ordered medium rare was very rare, tender and properly rested. Like overcooking anything, my steak was dry. The first two cuts were a bit overdone, but I thought the center of the steak would be better. Nope. I could have returned it, but then, everything else on the plate would be sitting or needing to be held under lamps. And, by wife would be probably be close to done eating before I would be starting again. Taste was not the issue, only the over doneness.
Our server was very polite and knowledgeable about the menu and special items that evening and the dining area felt open and friendly. Would return if in area again, just will pay more attention to steak if I order it.

RP
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Wish. The food was delicious. Had a walleye special that was excellent. Also tried the smoked salmon appetizer and it was amazing. Our waiter, John was excellent. He explained the dishes to a tee and was very attentive. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting delicious food with excellent service. Awesome place. A bit pricey but the food is excellent!

A
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at WISH has always been amazing! We've had several work events here and everyone has loved it.

JF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Friday fish fry! The fish is very tasty and priced right for this area. Their steaks are fantastic as well but a little pricey. Love the truffle fries!! Haven't had a bad experience there ever.

A
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food but a bit pricey for what you’re getting. Overall though a fine place to go eat!

KE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress was very attentive and was able to assist us well on a very busy night. The food was fantastic and the drinks were better than average.

DB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waiter, John, was very nice. A few items were delayed for one order, keeping our son from joining us all from eating. But the food was fine

We had a group by us that was 'bar' loud many times, drowning out our conversation momentarily. I don't know how to avoid that, but it ruined the specialness of OUR occasion, which was our son's birthday.

Most places give a free dessert to the birthday person. A scoop of ice cream/sorbet is rather on the cheap side for such a nice restaurant as WISH.

JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing. The food was delicious, we love the Nueske bacon. We will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Short ribs and scallops were amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I would not recommend WISH Steakhouse as fine dining. The food was just mediocre if that. The service was slow, but the waitress we had was nice. Overall it was not anywhere near worth what we paid for. There are other restaurants that is considered as fine dining that are worth it in the wausau area.

L
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, good was delicious and John was a fantastic server!

SW
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and beverages, as always.

KA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We had reservations but weren’t seated until 15 minutes after our reservation time. The restaurant was busy but seemed to be short staffed. After we were seated, it was another 15 minutes before we were seen by another staff member. At the point, we had a waitress come and apologize. After she took our drink order, another server came to take our order. Once our food came, there were no complaints. It was delicious!

J
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was excellent! Everyone said there steaks were fantastic and well portioned! Service at the bar was horrible. Had a group of 9 people and had 5 empty drinks waiting at the edge of the bar, where they waited for almost 15 mins to get our second drinks. It was a Friday night and they were busy. Food Server was very polite, but service was not very timely for a higher end restaurant. Overall was a fantastic meal!

MA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wish is always a win. However a lesson was learned this time. If you have a reservation and arrive early they offer you a seat in the bar. This does not mean you are checked in for your reservation. And even though you see the hostess come and get other tables, that does not mean they will come and get you. Check back in with the hostess at your reserved time. Otherwise the wait staff was outstanding and the NYE specials were incredible.

W
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for New Years Eve. This was our 2nd time here. Had the NY Strip from the menu. I have had better steaks at other restaurants for $40 and less. It wasn’t bad just not as tasty or tender as I would have liked. The mixed drinks we ordered were not good. The first time we ate here we had a better experience.

KK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I received a gift certificate for dining. I have never been to WISH before and found that this was an elegant restaurant perfect for a 56 year anniversary celebration for my parents.

The only thing that was disturbing to me is that when the waitress asked if we wanted soup or salad, there was an extra charge for that. My parents are Log Cabin people and were surprised that the soup and salad was extra and that they did not come with their meal. I knew right away that they were extra but wanted my parents to have a good time anyway.I paid the bill and did not tell them how much the meal was.

Our total stay was 3 hours. 1 hour in the bar snd 2 hours in the dining area. WISH was super busy for a Saturday night. Considering the age of my parents, 78 and 83, they were very tired when we left and were stiff from sitting for so long. We left @9PM.

The food was delicious.

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