Located on the east side of Water Street, The Rumpus Room is classified in the ever popular category of “gastropod.” It is centrally located with easy access to the Marcus Center, Pabst Theater, and the BMO Harris Bradley Center (although it is a little bit of a walk). This bar and restaurant serves as a great start point to the evening and they offer a special menu for patrons who are looking for a quick bite before a show. The restaurant is located in the former Eagen’s space and is operated by the Bartolotta group.
Upon entering the facility, the first thing most will notice is the large bar. Spanning almost 75% the length of the facility, it offers numerous spots for diners looking to have a casual drink before their meal or even eat at the bar. The second thing most Wisconsin diners will notice is the fact that The Rumpus Room has numerous craft beers on tap. While the number of beers on tap may seem impressive, the number of bottled beer available is quite amazing as well.
We went to The Rumpus Room for a meal prior to a show and as a result, the restaurant was quite full. However, it was very impressive the number of servers that were working. It is clear that they are prepared for busy nights and for the most part, food was served quickly. We decided to have the Pork Belly and peaches appetizer ($11) and were very impressed with the size of the dish. Although the meat may have been a little crispier than some of us would prefer, the pairing with the peach was a great idea.
We also sampled the Rumpus Room Burger. I must say, this was quite impressive. I don’t know if it is one of the best in town, but it is on the short list. The burger itself was great and the staff was nice enough to split the burger in two so it could be shared. They did this at no additional cost which was a nice perk.
While this restaurant is not the norm when it comes to the typical Bartolotta style, it keeps the tradition of great service and great food. If you are looking for a place to grab a quick bite before a show, or a nice spot to have a sandwich and a beer, be sure to check out The Rumpus Room.