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All reviews onion rings steak roast duck shrimp cocktail service was excellent an appetizer medium
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Reviewed August 22, 2022 via mobile

I used to go to Jake’s all the time. But after the younger Jake took over, everything has gone downhill. They took off favorite fish entrees and the cheese dip is so overpriced nowadays. I get that due to health concerns that they can’t offer...it for free anymore but for something that is whipped Merkts cheese dip whipped with cream cheese and pecans added it’s SO overpriced. The steak is overrated, the onion rings were soggy and for the price you’re better off to cook at home. Save yourself the trip and skip this place. Jake jr. has ran two restaurants (Haute taco and Jake’s burger) into the ground and he’s doing the same to Jake’s. They only have customers because of the older clientele that don’t know where else to go.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 14, 2021 via mobile

10 of us enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship and fine dining. The service was excellent as well as the food and ambiance. Many of us had the outstanding shrimp cocktails as an appetizer. The steaks were done to perfection. We are now planning our...next visit to this upscale steakhouse.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2021

Jake's was always a place for a great steak and onion rings. Well now a 6oz. steak is $44 and does not come with onion rings. Steak quality was more than disappointing. Not edge-to-edge pink medium. I can make a better steak from Costco tenderloin....My wife's roasted duck was excellent, but forget getting their filet mignon. It is a total waste of money.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed October 26, 2020

Jake's is a charming, rustic restaurant that reminded us of the National Park lodges out West. We had the best seat in the house as we were in the main dining room and faced a roaring fireplace. There were a few secluded dining areas adjacent...to the bar suited for more private service, but we enjoyed the atmosphere in the bigger room. Social distancing of the tables was well done without removing so much furniture as to make it feel abandoned as some restaurants have done. The menu was extensive featuring steaks and seafood , but the prices were more what you would find in Las Vegas or New York. The cocktails were well made but almost miniature considering the glass was almost filled with a giant ice ball. It hurts to pay $12 when you can buy a fifth for a few bucks more. Our server, Adam, was very cordial and professional and took time to chat with us. Our New York Strip was very good as were our onion strings and bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Jake's is not quite on par with a Ruth's Chris steakhouse but the prices are just as high. But we enjoyed our evening as we don't mind paying a little extra for the atmosphere that we gravitate towards.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 9, 2020 via mobile

Very disorganized, the hostess at least realized it and apologized. Service was beyond slow and it’s not like the place was packed. We sat down at 7:05 and didn’t even see our waitress until 7:20, finally got our drinks at 7:40 and appetizers at 8:00....The food was ok, no complaints there. The cooks definitely have their temperatures down. If you tell them rare, rare you get! Creamed spinach was ok, cheese spread was average at best, baked potato was barely baked. French fries should really be advertised as shoestring fries. Due to the speed (or lack thereof) of service we won’t be back. I’m all for a leisurely dinner but 2:15 for 2 people?More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020 via mobile

With 5 PM reservations we arrived to find the restaurant without power. Manager Andy met us in the lot and said power was on but to wait 20 minutes as the AC needed to catch up to cool the place. We waited in a hot...parking lot and were finally seated. Another manager would but you a glass of wine or an appetizer but not here! By the way the food was superb. Steaks- fantastic! Onion rings are the best! No bread, though. An odd excuse by our server said no bread at the table. We had been to other places and bread was available. Too bad. It easily could have been 5 stars. Try harder, Andy.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2020

Good food. Good drinks. Good service. But it's so dark. Im all for some good ambiance, but it was so dark in the dining room that EVERYONE in the place was pulling out their cell phones ifor light in order to see the menu. If...you want it that dark, at least add some candles, or wall sconces or something. But this took away from the experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed December 7, 2019

We go to Jake's a couple times a year to celebrate with friends and family. We always ask for the private room because we are usually 10+ people. 3 times in the last 1-2 years, we have been assured the private room only to find...out when we arrive that they have no recollection or record of that. This is very disappointing when you have a large group planning to spend a lot of money and a different experience in mind. I can understand a mistake, but the last 2 times we have gone (once was on a Monday evening, not even a weekend) planning on the private room, we were not able to be seated there. The staff is always apologetic and accommodating, but it's frustrating. The food and service is very good so we will likely be back, but I do think they cater to their "regulars" as the restaurant has been around a long time.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

We booked a table for 5 at 7:45PM on 10/19/19. Arriving on time we were asked to wait for 15 to 20 minutes at the bar. Bar was crowded, full of people waiting to be seated, no place to seat. Standing with our 2 young...child’s, we did not get the chance to order anything. At 8:30PM, we eventually decided to leave as nobody came to take care of us. Disappointed by the level of service and this overbooking situation.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019

This restaurant has been around for a very long time doing steaks (and other food) very well. The severs are all very experienced and fun, the food is great, and the wine list has great wines to pair with their food. The haystack (or mole...hill if there are only one or two dining) of onion rings are delicious, and the steaks are second-to-none. One of my favorite entrees is three tournedos of beef, which are each a 3-ounce filet, but each with a different topping. Cozy fireplace, can dine in the bar area, two private dining rooms, a great place.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 13, 2019

Absolutely the most over priced ever. They cater to old regulars. Tables open but forced to eat at the bar or wait over an hour. Ate the bar and over priced crap. I orderee their best steak and prepared terribly. At 630 out of my...favorite side. Sent steak back. Next version was rare. They suck.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

The service was good and being Jakes, it was on the pricey side. The atmosphere is nothing really special but is ok. We will go again for their Friday Fish Fry, it was very good.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

Went there last night. Had not been there since it was located on North Avenue. Pleasant surprise. Still just as good as it always was. The onion straws were as they always were. Will be back.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 27, 2019

First we started with Appetizer's and Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc on the patio at Jake's. What a way to start a dinner on a beautiful summer evening. Then we (10 of us) went into the restaurant for dinner. The place was almost totally filled up!...And in Milwaukee on a Friday night, that usually means Fried Fish Fry, but not here. And, all the customers must have known that and that is why it was filled up. They had Walleye and a Salmon on the menu, but no fried fish fry here! Not needed. We had a wonderful evening, and with our group, they had two waitress's that took care of us. We all ordered individiually and from my end of the table, I could see a huge Porterhouse a the other end of the table. That was one son's dinner and he shared it with his wife. They loved it! Others had the Roast Duck, another the Walleye and I had the 18oz Cowboy Rib Steak that was aged around 35 days. I first started with a cup of the house soup that was just outstanding. Cream of Corn, but made a little different that I have ever had. They put in a few kernels of fresh corn and some other items and then poured the Cream Soup over those items. The soup was outstanding. Loved it!! And then the salad which came with the dinner, was also very good, but had to only have half, as I had much more to come. Double Baked Potato and the big Rib Steak. They were all just great. The staff really did a great job. As said earlier, the place was packed on a Friday night and yet, the service was outstanding. I learned that the two waitress's we had last night, had both been working at Jake's for well over 20 years each! The young server and assistant also did a wonderful job making sure everyone had a full glass of water and a clean napkin. My steak was outstanding and it was again today for lunch as I had too much food for one meal. But, then again, I had a great lunch today too! Jake's was a wonderful place for my birthday and even without a birthday, it is a wonderful place to go for a great evening of dining. 5 Star from this guest!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 10, 2019

Unfortunately it appears Jake's has gone downhill. The food overall was very salty. The service was slow...maybe the waiter forgot to put in our order but other guests that came in after us were served first. They used to include a salad and a side...and now you get a salad or two sides. So since I took the salad and a baked potato was an additional $4.50. The steak was slightly over cooked. We were seated in a side room with 2 low hanging lights that several customers hit their head on while we were there and the waiter was ducking around. Maybe they are cutting back on staff because our waiter was also bussing tables and refilling water. For the price unfortunately there are better restaurants out there. I won't be rushing back to Jake's and it used to be one of our favorite restaurants.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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