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“Improved Service - Limited Menu - Expensive” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel

Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204, Milwaukee, WI 53204 (Walker's Point)
+1 414-831-4615
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Ranked #51 of 1,338 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $55
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Walker's Point
Cross street: 6th Street
Description: The quintessential experience in Rustic-American cuisine. From individual dining to groups of all sizes - lose yourself in the comfort of the finely appointed dining room, the warm and friendly service, and the beautiful Iron Horse Hotel.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
“Improved Service - Limited Menu - Expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is a second review of this restaurant. Our first experience was poor - poor service, poor food, noisy - not a good dining experience in 2009. We were invited by friends to revisit this restaurant and things have changed. First, our service was very good and very competent. Some of this might of been because they weren't as busy or swamped as they were the first time. And maybe the lack of patrons is telling in some ways influencing service, etc. It was not very busy the evening we visited. Poor wine selection, and the mixed drinks were sent back for the bartender to add the booze on the return trip. Nothing worse than weak drinks - put booze in the drink - we'll pay for it. The menu has changed a lot. They are promoting small plates - a new trend - but they do offer a regular entree list too. Food options are very very limited, but everyone seemed to enjoy what we ordered. The beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin and scallops were properly prepared. Bread was fresh and good and served with a small dish and small spoon of sea salt - very cool idea. Bad for you - but very cool. Parking outside is challenging. Only one handicapped space. And parking is fee valet. Otherwise you can street park yourself. Overall we had a very nice dinner with good friends. It was an improvement from last time. It wasn't as busy - we think the initial infatuation has passed. We thought the prices were higher than average for menu items served. We may or may not return - I don't know. But this visit was a big improvement from the last visit. Not appropriate for children. All credit cards accepted.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Arlington, VA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Library: Great venue for engagement party”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We hosted an engagement party for our son and his fiance in the Library at the Iron Horse Hotel. The venue was perfect for allowing family and friends to congregate, converse, enjoy a sit-down dinner and toast the happy couple. The private room has lounge seating, ample room for setting up a open bar, and tables for dinner. The catering staff was helpful, but somewhat rigid with respect to options and upcharges. We served fillets and all had to be cooked to the same done-ness -- no special orders. In the end, while tender, they ranged from medium-rare to medium well.
But even after a year - guests still comment on how nice the event was.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Sunday Brunch was fab!! Unique, Fresh and delicious! Food was so good I forgot to get my Mimosa.

Visited July 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We ate at the Smyth bar since they said the dining room was full (it wasn't). Bartender was great. Food was slow and a C+ overall.

Visited June 2013
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“Great place in the summer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Came to the Iron Horse for the Yard outdoor bar and patio. We had a great bartender named Keegan and had a wonderful summer evening drinking perfectly made cocktails. Definitely a must do in summertime Milwaukee!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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