I had heard many good things about the Jackson Grill. I have lived in the Milwaukee area all my life and actually have heard very little about The Jackson Grill. Sometimes a small restaurant you haven't heard much about is like a gem that no one knows about.
We have a "guys night out" once every few months with a bunch of us guys. One of the guys said he has been going to the Jackson Grill as of late and said "it was one of the best meals he has had." He described the restaurant as a throw back to the old supper club days. He mentioned it was small and intimate and had a great bar. So, my expectations were formed from his description as well as the descriptions provided here on Tripadvisor.
My experience: I was really blown away by the Jackson Grill. I couldn't believe how small the actual restaurant was. I think my family room at home is larger than the dining area. But, this is what makes the Jackson Grill so unique. It's like having a dinner in your own home. The setting is unique to say the least. You just can't go to many other restaurants and have this intimate setting. It is so homey, quaint, unpretentious and frankly, very inviting and romantic!I
Our server was fantastic! I asked her what the recommendation would be for a steak. I mentioned to her that I usually get either a Filet or a Ribeye but wanted to know what she recommended. She stated "the owner/chef (Jimmy) always recommends the New York Strip"
I said, if he recommends the New York Strip, then that's what I'll get.
So, we all ordered and most of the guys got the filet. As mentioned, I ordered the New York Strip with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The New York Strip had a huge portabella mushroom covering the top of the steak. AWESOME! The aus ju sauce was flavorful and delicious. We ordered 2 of the rib appetizers and I have to be honest here: absolutely some of the best ribs I have ever had. The ribs fell off the bone and were just fabulous!!!!
The bar area is warm and inviting. I don't remember her name but the female bartender was super pleasant and friendly. She made great drinks and was terrific!
Overall, I can't recommend the Jackson Grill high enough. Whether you are going for a date, a business meeting or just going out with friends or family, the Jackson Grill is a unique little gem located near Miller Park. Make sure you get a reservation as the restaurant is very small with only about 8 tables total.
One other note: while we were sitting at our table, Jimmy the owner/chef came out and greeted us and asked us how our dinner was. Now, that's a class act! It just doesn't get any better than that!
This was my first visit to the Jackson Grill and I couldn't be more excited to go back to this fabulous little boutique restaurant. Don't miss the Jackson Grill if you get a chance. Also, some reviews had mentioned that the restaurant was pretty expensive. I totally disagree with this assessment as quality steaks are not cheap anywhere. The New York Strip I had was a 24 oz and was about $37.00 including soup or salad and bread. Very fair price to pay for top quality food and service!!
Thank you Jimmy for a great time at your restaurant! I can't wait to come back and visit as soon as possible.
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