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John Hawk's Pub

100 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4107 (Downtown)
(414) 272-3199
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Ranked #381 of 1,393 restaurants in Milwaukee
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

There was nothing extraordinary about this place. Food was adequate. Place is dark. Staff was ok. We wouldn't rush right back, but we wouldn't stay away either. If you were downtown Milwaukee there were a lot of other places I would seek out before this one for a burger and a beer.

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Thiensville, Wisconsin, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

John Hawk's Pub has been around for a number of years and it is a great place for lunch or dinner or just drinks. A great view on the Milwaukee River and a walking area along the river in Downtown Milwaukee. If you live in the Milwaukee metro area or are visiting Milwaukee, a great stop for sure.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

NEVER COMING BACK. RUDE LYING STAFF / MANAGEMENT AND ROTTEN FOOD!!!! Save your money and your health and eat at the Rock Bottom across the river. Visited this place 3 times. The first 2 times everything went well, not so on the 3rd and last time. The sauce on the food my party including a pregnant woman received was left... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We come here on occasion, and the food is pretty good. My husband had the Rueben sandwich. It had a thick cut of corned beef, which was tender, moist and very flavorful. One of the best Rueben's in the city I think. I had the grilled chicken sandwich with swiss cheese and bacon. Again very tasty. We both had the... More

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Climax, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Looking forward to an early dinner almost started out as a negative experience... On a beautiful warm and sunny afternoon, 4:30ish, I decided to eat at John Hawk's Pub. Since it was so nice, the patio along the river was an ideal location to eat. Wrong. Evidently smoking is allowed everywhere! Not pleasant, especially when it's restaurant staff doing the... More

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Fun, casual place to sit outside and enjoy the Riverwalk and watch the boats go by on a sunny weekend afternoon. Classic pub fare, large beer selection, and arcade games inside.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We had a great experience dining here. The outside patio is right on the river, it's not sectioned off from public foot traffic though. Our food came out very fast. We loved the fried cheese curds. The bar inside has a lot of tv's with an arcade room. Nice place

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Mayville, Wisconsin, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This was the third time I stopped at John Hawk's Pub. Each time we stopped it was at a different time of day and different days of the week, but the end math equation slow service + good food = undecided rating? :) Part of the slow service from the bar's perspective is due to the overwhelming amount of drinks... More

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Hostess/manager was unprofessional. Service was slow. Wifes food made her sick. My food was very rare (I ordered it medium well). The manager claimed it was med well even though the meat was only lighly browned on the outside. The few french fries I ate upset my stomach. I would not consider patronizing that place again.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stopped in after a movie (Tuesday evening, 1/7/14) for a sandwich and some beer without a voucher knowing we would pay full price. On the basis of previous experiences perhaps our expectations were too high. The service was lousy and the food and beer was not what we ordered. We are always suspicious of restaurants that do not write... More

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