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The Original

2498 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4301
+1 414-763-4811
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Overview
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good12%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (2 reviews)
“pork cheeks” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
2498 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4301
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten here twice in the last month (September) and have had such tantalizing combinations of craft cocktails and tasty epicurious delights I had to post about it. Pig ear appetizer. I was dubious, but was thrilled with the slaw, sauce and actual pig ear!...More

Thank 45ericac
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for the great review and compliments on our food and cocktails! I agree on the breadcheese presentation, but it is a bit the nature of the food (and we haven't figured out a more elegant presentation, not for lack of trying!). The breadcheese...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This new restaurant is off the beaten track and is small and quaint. Owners are on the job (two brothers) they are there working the bar and the floor. The food is Michelin quality and was truly enjoyed. We're so happy to have found this...More

Thank edward w
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for the compliment and great review. My brother and I enjoy being a very active part of the restaurant and we are always pleased when others notice! We are glad you had a great experience with us! Cheers!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in Milwaukee for a conference alone and because of where the conference was I had been eating rubbish all week and was feeling a bit lonely and I walked in to this place and was immediately looked after. I was served a plate...More

Thank BethanyK133
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded today

We are so pleased to have been a highlight of your trip! Thank you for the great review. Meeting people that are visiting Milwaukee and sharing our hospitality is something that our entire staff enjoys. Cheers!

Reviewed August 20, 2018

This was our first time here and coming from Racine, a 40 minute drive, for the Sunday Brunch. The outdoor patio is really nice and our server was excellent (in-training). The menu is limited but offers some interesting items along with some unique cocktails and...More

Thank panielsen
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for the review and the feedback. We are sorry that you were disappointed with the Ham and Asparagus Skillet. We would have been happy to make something else for each of you. We hope that you give us another try if you are...More

Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Great, friendly place to have some excellent food with friends. The owner was very gracious and welcoming. The food was outstanding, drinks even better. Fairly priced as well, I would highly recommend a visit with friends

1  Thank Jason B
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Thank you for the great review, we are glad that you enjoyed a great meal and cocktails with us! Cheers!

Reviewed June 24, 2018

We've eaten at the Original a couple of times now and with both visits we were really pleased with our meals. Love that there are interesting appetizer items like crispy pigs ears and grilled octopus along with more traditional choices like a charcuterie plate, salad...More

1  Thank Jim H
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Jim, it is always great to see they two of you. Glad you enjoyed dining with us! Thanks for the great review, we always look forward to having you as a guest with us! Cheers!

Reviewed June 10, 2018

So, to start off, I live around the corner from this fine establishment and they're ensuring that Gold's Gym membership is well utilized. I've been to the Original since its opening. I've had dinner there several times, brunch at least once, and more cocktails than...More

1  Thank Jessica E
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Thank you for all of the kind words and stopping is to see all the fun food and cocktails that we are making! It brings us great pleasure to be innovative in the kitchen and behind the bar, it is especially nice when others enjoy...More

Reviewed May 1, 2018

I don't think we were at the same place as the other reviewers. Strange menu with absolutely no salads as an appetizer. Plates all come with specified side dishes so you have to like all of a plate. Quail was boned - a good surprise...More

1  Thank hobbes63069
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry that you did not enjoy your dining experience with us. We do offer two salads as appetizers the Octopus and the Asparagus. We would have been happy to resolve any of these concerns when you were dining...More

Reviewed March 31, 2018

I have been to a number of amazing restaurants in MKE and I find my lucky to say that, fortunate you might say, but thru a great friend, who recommend we all do a group dinner at this establishment, I jumped at the chance, why...More

1  Thank Jeff L
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2018

Thank you for the great review. We look forward to having you dine with us again, We are pleased you enjoyed your experience with us!

Reviewed March 3, 2018

Tucked away in a residential neighborhood in what was briefly the Red Dot poutine house (and, by the looks of it, what was probably originally a tied house in the late 19th century), the outside is both misleading and unassuming. Misleading because the building is...More

1  Thank WI-diner
Eric R, Owner at The Original, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Thank you so much for the eloquently written review. We are so pleased that others are able to enjoy what we have created. It brings us great happiness to hear an outside perspective that our vision has come to fruition just as we imagined it!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $34
Cuisine
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2498 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4301
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-763-4811
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Description
Great food. Great people. Great conversation. Quality, leisurely, upscale, casual and a unique dining experience. Offering the finest hyper local talent, food and spirits in Milwaukee, you will feel at home at The Original. Dinner Sunday - Thursday 4pm - 9pm Dinner Friday and Saturday 4pm - 10pm Craft cocktails and full bar service till Midnight daily Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm
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