If you are looking for a special treat, the Mason Street Grill should be on your short list for restaurants. Located in the absolutely beautiful Pfister Hotel, this restaurant delivers in every category that matters. It is truly one of the most special dining experiences in Milwaukee.
Upon entering the restaurant from the corner of Mason St and Jefferson St, diners can head either into the bar or dining area. The bar is a tremendous spot to get a drink before or after dinner or listen to some music. There is almost always a small jazz band playing and the mood is perfect for a glass of wine or cocktail.
Service at this restaurant is top notch. It is clear that the mission of the entire staff is to ensure that your dining experience is flawless. On our last visit, our waiter assisted us in choosing a bottle of wine that we had never tried. As none of us at the table were wine experts, although we may pretend to be, his recommendation was very much appreciated.
For appetizers, we had the Barbeque Shrimp ($11.75) and the Seared Ahi Tuna ($14.75). Both of these looked great and tasted even better. I was actually a big fan of the shrimp, even though it sounds like a straight forward dish, the flavors were complex and blended really well together. The Tuna was prepared to perfection.
For dinner we tried a wide variety of plates. Personally, I had to go with the steak. I went with the 16oz Rib eye ($39.00) with Bearnaise Sauce. It tasted as good as it sounds. The meat was tender, but full of flavor. The Bearnaise sauce was creamy and the perfect compliment to the Rib eye. My dish was definitely a treat. Our table also went with the 8oz filet and it was very well received. The filet was extremely tender and it literally melted in your mouth. The Mason Street Grill uses an Open Hearth Cooking Method meaning that they use a wood burning oven and grill. As a result, there is a complexity within the flavor profile not found at restaurants that use a gas burning grill or other method of cooking. Finally we tried the Herb Crumb Crusted Chilean Sea Bass ($35.50). It was served with a Roasted Pepper Sauce and Jalapeno relish. This added a perfect bite to the dish.
We decided at the end of the night to have one last cocktail at the bar and listen to the band play some holiday music. It was an extremely festive atmosphere and one that we will certainly revisit in the future. It was clear throughout the night that whether we tried seafood or steak, The Mason Street Grill had it nailed down. The quality of the ingredients came through loud and clear as well as the skill in preparation. The friendly staff and great atmosphere make this one of the best dining experiences in Milwaukee. We highly recommend stopping by this fantastic restaurant. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.