Upon entering this restaurant the first thing that jumped into my mind was, “now this is a steakhouse.” Dark colors and limited lighting give this place the classic steakhouse feel. The restaurant itself is located on the first floor of the Milwaukee Hilton Hotel. It is literally blocks from the Bradley Center and a short walk from the theater district. While it is located in what appeared to be a prime location, the atmosphere was quiet and subdued during our visit a couple of weekends ago.
The restaurant has a nice bar area and although it can be a little tight if there are a number of people present, it is a very nice spot to have a cocktail prior to sitting down.
This place has the usual steakhouse appetizers available. There is a Caesar Salad ($8), a Chophouse Salad ($8) and an Iceberg Wedge ($7). The restaurant also offers Clam Chowder ($8) which was well received. However, I was really impressed with the raw bar. We ordered Oysters ($14) and Shrimp ($15) and were very impressed. The seafood was fresh and a great way to start the meal.
When it came to selecting entrees for our group it was a relatively simple choice. We were in the mood for some steak. As a result, we ordered the Filet (8oz for $36), Rib Eye Steak ( 18 oz for $38), and the Strip Steak (16oz for $36). The filet was literally “melt in your mouth” tender and I must say was a very nice portion size for only 8 oz. My personal favorite however was the Rib Eye. The steak was extremely well marbled and flavorful. It also was quite tender and cooked to perfection. Certainly something worth ordering if you consider yourself a steak connoisseur. The Strip Steak was also very well done and received rave reviews from our table.
One of our favorite dishes of the night was actually a side dish. The Lobster Mac and Cheese ($12) almost did not make it all the way around the table. This was definitely a treat and although I am sure it is not the most healthy menu item in the world, you are not going to a steak house to “lay up.” We had some mashed potatoes ($7) and Creamed Corn ($7). The potatoes had a nice kick with a minor horseradish flavor and the Creamed Corn is just another must have at a steakhouse.
The service we had throughout the night was great. My only wish was that we could have ordered sparkling water as opposed to having our glasses filled immediately with tap water. Although that it is getting a little picky. The wine list was pretty standard and we were able to find a good bottle at a very reasonable price. Unfortunately, we were all very full and did not have any appetite for dessert. However, the menu looked great and we will have to stop back soon.
The Chophouse is a great restaurant for a nice night on the town. The meal and service we had was top notch and we will definitely go back soon. As far as pricing is concerned, this rates on the more expensive side of the scale. However, in our opinion this place is a treat. And don’t we all deserve something nice every once in a while?