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“Delicious - strong seafood”

Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel
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Ranked #32 of 1,504 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$55
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Walker's Point
Cross street: 6th Street
Description: The quintessential experience in Rustic-American cuisine. From individual dining to groups of all sizes - lose yourself in the comfort of the finely appointed dining room, the warm and friendly service, and the beautiful Iron Horse Hotel.
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Delicious - strong seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

My fiancee and I visited Milwaukee and decided to have dinner here based on reviews. We were not disappointed. The ambiance was lovely - although admittedly somewhat dark. First they bring you fresh made bread with honey butter - the butter was so delicious and took the bread to another level. We ordered a salad to share - the Smyth Green. This was a unique and flavorful salad. I can say that I have never had anything like it; that being said it wasn't my favorite flavor combinations. It was somewhat bitter. That didn't stop us from eating most of it. My fiancee ordered the trout, which was beautifully presented and the best seafood that he has ever had. I ordered the chicken which was unbelievably tender with a very dynamic and flavorful sauce. We decided not to order dessert as the options just didn't appeal to us at the time, but I am certain that they would be just as good. I would recommend this place definitely!

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Autumn R
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Jason C, Manager at Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Autumn,

Thanks for sharing your visit with us and pleased to see you and your husband really enjoyed your dining experience. Our Trout which is locally sourced is one of our most desired items and certainly one of the prettiest presentations. It really is a great example of that true rustic Wisconsin cuisine we strive for. We hope to see you back very soon and if I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out directly. My contact info is jcotton@theironhorsehotel.com

Warmest

Jason Cotton
Director of Food and Beverage
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Racine WI
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Certified Food Snob”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

We are, admittedly, HUGE food snobs. We like to eat at places with Michelin Star and James Beard award winners. We were very impressed by this restaurant. Now I am writing this after only one trip so ~ I cannot speak for consistency yet.

We had the Crab Cake for an appetizer. I have had too many in my life to count. But this one was exceptionally light and almost sweet. It slightly lack seasoning but was still delicious.

We split a pear salad. Again it was near perfect. All I would suggest here would be pine nuts (for example) for a nice crunch. Otherwise it was well dressed and very tasty and a nice size even for two.

My wife had the Lamb Shank which was as delicious as it was beautiful. And the same could be said of my Pork tenderloins. Simple but very well executed dishes.

While there was no "blow me away" creativity, it did not matter because food does not alway have to dazzle to be exceptional. This food WAS exceptional.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Bob L
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Jason C, Manager at Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Bob L

Thanks for your review and for going into detail regarding your experience. The attention to detail across our menus both on the food and beverage side are what we pride ourselves for each and every day. It is always a great benefit to us when self-designated “foodies" take the time to share their perspective since we ourselves are foodies. We look forward to having you back soon and keep in touch as we change all our offerings seasonally for diners just like you. If I can ever assist you in any way please don't hesitate to reach out directly jcotton@theironhorsehotel.com

Cheers

Jason Cotton
Director of Food and Beverage
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

Excellent service, great job allowing us to customize our appetizers, entrees perfectly prepared, wine list very solid - we brought our own but we also sampled a few.
We are not desert eaters so no comment on that front. Only minor disappointment was they do not carry any Taylor Fladgate 20year tawny port or Illy coffee, otherwise excellent.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Jimzorba
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Jason C, Manager at Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Mr. Zorba,

Thanks for letting us know how great your experience was in Smyth. We never get tired of seeing positive reviews from our loyal guests. Thanks for the tip on your favorite port. Next time you’re coming this way send me a note and I'll be sure to have a bottle brought in just for you. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance in the future with dining reservations or special touches. We hope to see you back soon!

Cheers

Jason Cotton
Director of Food and Beverage
jcotton@theironhorsehotel.com
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Milwaukee, WI
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Brunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Had a great brunch experience today. Food was very flavorful. They were quite accommodating to my food allergies. Several excellent choices to choose from. We thought it was a a little pricey for the experience. We think $28 would be a fairer price. We will be back but not a place we would visit often.

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Thank ktwostark
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Jason C, Manager at Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
ktwostark,

Thanks for you feedback regarding brunch and very happy to see your experience was a great one. Next time you’re coming this way please send me a note as I would love to meet you and do something special for you. Thanks again for taking the time to share your review and I hope to hear from you soon.
Cheers

Jason Cotton
Director of Food and Beverage
jcotton@theironhorsehotel.com
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Monterrey, México
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“I just love everything about this place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Everything about this place is incredible, the vibe, the service, the facilities, I just LOVE it!... Perfect if you are a relaxed/alternative/upscale type of person.... I stayed at the hotel for a week so I had the opportunity to have meals several times, and I have to say that they never disappointed me, perhaps is not the best food ever, but the overall concept and service, in addition to the food, was just extraordinary... if you are into the typical type of restaurants, then this is not for you, but if you want to enjoy a good time with friends, in a very original place, then I recommend this 100%!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank GAM081783
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Jason C, Manager at Smyth In The Iron Horse Hotel, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thanks for letting us know how great your experience was in Smyth. We never get tired of seeing positive reviews from our loyal guests. You hit the "nail on the head" when speaking about our intuitive service model. It really does bring everything together for our guests alike. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance in the future with dining reservations or special touches. We hope to see you back soon!

Cheers

Jason Cotton
Director of Food and Beverage
jcotton@theironhorsehotel.com
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