Located on Mason Street, Ward’s House of Prime is a nice steakhouse located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.
The first thing that always impresses me about this location is the bar area. Tall glass windows and a nice high ceiling give diners the feeling of a ton of space. It is a great spot to have a drink before or after dinner.
One of my favorite things to do at Wards is to stop by prior to Jazz in the Park on Thursdays during the summer and have a small dinner at the bar. This is one of the best bar menu’s in town and I really appreciate the fact that you get a lot of food at a very reasonable price.
The restaurant has the typical steakhouse staples and they are all very well prepared. For an appetizer we splurged a little bit and went with the Lobster Ravioli with white truffle cream sauce ($13.00). While eating this some of us at the table literally remarked that it could be a mean unto itself. It actually turns out Wards had figured that out. It is offered as a meal for ($27.00). For the seafood lover we tried the Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna ($17.00). The Tuna was well prepared and had a nice Teriyaki flavor. Finally, we tried the standard wedge salad with lettuce, bacon and tomato ($8.00). It was well done and is one of my favorite parts of a meal at a steakhouse.
For dinner, we had to try the Prime Rib (8oz $25.00). The Prime Rib is some of the best I have ever tried. In my experience, I have had prime rib at weddings, country clubs, and lower end restaurants. I was not entirely sure what to expect, but Wards obviously has the figured out. I would not consider myself a “prime rib guy” but this is something that everyone will enjoy. It was cooked to perfection, had very nice flavor and was tender. It might have been the best piece of Prime Rib I have ever tried. We also went with a more typical cut of beef, the Filet (10oz $39.00). The filet was well prepared and received rave reviews as well. For our non carnivore table mates, the Butternut Squash Ravioli ($19.00) was a huge hit. It was served in a great cream sauce.
I also have to mention the sides of Cajun Mac & Cheese ($7.00), Truffle Cream Corn ($8.00), and Sweet Potato Fries ($7.00). Simply put, they are as good as they sound.
I did want to comment on the fact that the service at Ward’s during our two visits was very good. They were not necessarily busy nights, but the quality of the service was noted during both of our recent visits by members of our group. That does not always happen and when it does, it bears mentioning. This restaurant flies a little under the radar when it comes to the steakhouse world in Milwaukee. I think most steak lovers would enjoy this establishment and I highly recommend it as a change of pace. The quality of the food is good, the service is great, and it is in a tremendous spot in town. What else could you look for in a top restaurant within Milwaukee?