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About Black Sheep
Housed in a turn-of-the-century industrial building, Black Sheep boasts exposed brick walls, original wood flooring and a soaring beadboard ceiling — all enhanced by tasteful, eclectic modern interiors — creating a cozy chic vibe.
Featuring a rotating selection of 16 unique bottles tapped from a self-serve dispensing system, Black Sheep offers three sizes of pours for sampling and pairings. We offer inventive crafted cocktails and an beer list that appeals to true enthusiasts. Black Sheep's menu offers casual yet inventive food selections including plates to share, salads, desserts including pairings from Indulgence Chocolatiers and our gourmet haute dogs. Sunday Brunch brings Milwaukee's first DJ brunch, with music from noon to 4 p.m.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Frank Harroun and Valerie Stafford
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Black Sheep Ratings and Reviews
Had Brunch at Black Sheep, loved the décor, menu was very interesting, coffee strong and delicious. The service was a left a little bit to be desired as there was only one waitress on and she was running like crazy to service the entire restaurant on her own. Hostess filled water and cleared tables, but wasn't very prompt with coffee refills.
This was our second visit to Black Sheep. On our first, about 6 months ago, we thoroughly enjoyed the food---it was imaginative bar food. But, our server was rude. This visit, our server was very friendly and pleasant. We thought the menu had been cut down quite a bit. The food was OK. The real problem was that we had to wait a very long time for our entrees, and when we did get them, half of them were lukewarm at best. It was a disappointing experience all in all, and enough to prevent us from returning.
This place is different than when it first opened. I get that places change, but why get rid of your gourmet hot dogs!! Those were seriously the best! I'm a little disappointed in that. Love the serve yourself wine bar though. Also, the waitress was super rude to us, which kind of ruined the night.
I had high hopes for Black Sheep but it did not deliver. The "wine bar" had a limited (undesirable) selection and the food was mediocre at best. Our group had the mac and cheese (dry), the mussels (basically onions in some sour broth), the burger (ok), the Wooster (also ok) and some salads. The sangria and the hummus plate were the most redeeming aspects of the meal.
The restaurant gets very lively on Friday’s and Saturday’s around 7 pm. It is a great spot for a group of 4-6 people. There is something on the menu for everyone, and great large appetizers for sharing. Black Sheep does a great job at taking old favorites, like a Hot Dog, and making them “gourmet” by adding toppings and cheeses that you might never have tried, but always make a great combination. The staff is very attentive. When we arrived our table was not ready, and we were finally seated after 40 minutes. However, Management comped us a round of drinks at the bar and 3 appetizers, which is so much more than most restaurants do.
It was a fantastic experience. The menu is so fun and you won't believe what they can do with a hot dog. Everything was delicious and the portions are certainly not skimpy..Expect to leave satisfied. Also, be sure ask your server about the wine bar. It's such a clever concept!
If you are leaning towards the more adventurous side of the scale when it comes to your wieners, leave the ballpark behind and get down to Black Sheep. Haute dogs are not to be taken lightly. The Trailer Park Dog is a pure slice of americana unabashedly prepared with a food genius level of execution. The Armada takes chorizo to a whole new world. And the poutine, a delicacy not easily found in Milwaukee, is worth trashing any diet for a day.
Wine on tap is a unique experience that any wine lover will appreciate, especially if indecisiveness is ever an issue. The knowledgeable staff can guide guests through the options with honesty and enthusiasm and the craft cocktail list does not disappoint.
Black Sheep is a must visit destination for anyone that is intrigued by the idea of Milwaukee's most gourmet hot dog experience.
We stop by last Sunday for brunch, it was really good so we wanted to try it for dinner, I was not disappointed, was very good, it tasted fresh, just wish our started was a bit more hot, beer was good and chicken pot pie was nice and steaming, will definitely come back.
I dined at Black Sheep with a group of 5 total and we really enjoyed our visit to Black Sheep. The menu was great, lots of interesting items that were well thought out. The 'Haute Dog' I had was very good - the closest thing to Chicago's former encased meats champion, Hot Doug's (RIP) that I've ever had outside of that establishment. The other app type food we had was also quite good. The place had a fun vibe to it and seemed to have good spots to accommodate many medium sized or small groups.
My only complaint was where we were seated was a bit dark. At one point, I actually used my phone to help me read the menu. Other spots seemed more well lit, so just try not to be stuck in the inner corner booth if you'd be off put by this as well.
The atmosphere was great as was the food! The "haute" dog I had was delicious and the two people I dined with ordered the poutine and mac & cheese--which were served family style making it easy to share. The only downside was we had to wait for our wine to be chilled--twice--and we ordered the same bottle. Being a server myself, I would have put one on backup right away just in case, but it really was not a huge deal at all just more of an observation.
The food menu is good, but limited. Only three traditional entrees. Drink menu is fun and unusual. You won't see some of these cocktails anywhere else! Good for small groups to share food as well as nice seating for couples. Service was friendly and responsive.
Overall, I would go back here. Just know that if you go on a weekend evening it gets very loud in the space. After yelling with some friends for two hours, we left feeling a bit hoarse. Otherwise the food was great. We tried the tots, scallops and Beal St. Dog, all things I would get again. We also tried the pretzel which was forgetable, but have high expectations for pretzels.
Very loud place. Menu is a bit odd. Salad was over drenched with dressing and the "special" my husband ordered had sat under a lamp for quite a while. Wonderful strawberries on the salad and generous gorgonzola. Would have been better with a grilled chicken option. Chicken and biscuit=Wonderful! Waitress recommended the house-very good, but overpriced and over iced. everything took way too long.Not just for us either. Everyone around us was waiting with an empty table. But she was quick to process the check. Not sure we'd return.Hostess was a bit rude as well. Like we woke her up. Seemed suspicious of our last minute reservation via Open Table. Anyway, cute place. Some tapestries would cut that noise though, like 10 of them.
Food great -- service very poor. They seemed extremely understaffed in my opinion. This contributed I'm sure to the feeling we got that we were "bothering" the wait staff. We were told we could order all at once but our food would come out in stages. Instead, all of my food arrived at the same time while my husband waited 20 more minutes while I ate alone -- then all his food came out at the same time even though he had specifically asked it not - then he ate alone since I was finished. It even took about 15 minutes to get more bread/crackers for cheese.
Upon entering, the decor is pleasing to the eye: clean, hip and ample space. The bartender was very nice, energetic and engaging. It was our first time in the bar and there were about 8 people total. It doubles as a bar restaurant. They have a cool menu with some very unique offerings. First, Haute Dogs with some wild toppings to choose from: I had the Beale St. Dog with Swiss Cheese, Pulled Pork and Fried Onion Rings (very good). We also had the Tater Tot Nachos which were topped with nacho cheese, sour cream and salsa (these were fantastic). Lastly, we ordered the grilled asparagus garnished with cherries and pecans (also top notch). They have a pour-your-own wine bar which is a novel idea and a good beer selection. Will come again.
We went there for a friend's birthday dinner not knowing what to expect. Our server Keyona was funny and entertaining. She was also attentive without being overbearing. I have told many people about Black Sheep in Milwaukee already. And I will soon return. The food was outstanding.
We were there early (6pm) on a Saturday and the music was way too loud. We felt like we were in a club. While the food was pretty good, we will not return because of the loud music. Not sure if this place wants to be a bar or a restaurant, but they are definitely going to lose food customers with the strong bar vibe. Also, the wine list could use some work. Half of the list are very pricey bottles. We would never consider paying over $50 for a bottle of wine at this place.
Loved this find. Didn't think I would eat "Haute Dogs" for dinner, but our whole group did! I have been telling everyone about this place. Can't wait to go back and try the small plates. Drinks were also exceptional. Prices were great. A wonderful experience without breaking a budget. So tired of going out and spending a lot of money on average food and drinks.
The experience here was very different. Even with being able to review the menu ahead of time, your mouth may not be ready for the very different flavors this place has to offer. This is not necessarily a bad thing and we enjoyed everything we ate. We highly recommend going between 4 and 7 pm Mon-Sat for their Happy Hour. They discount several drinks, appetizers and entrees. We recommend trying the Mac and Cheese appetizer if you like flavors of bleu cheese and garlic. They sure know how to make lamb chops! These were some of the best I remember for a long time. This place has some gourmet "Haut" Dogs that we plan to go back for. The staff is also very casual in appearance with visible tattoos and piercings.
I made reservations for 11:30am for brunch, when we arrived (it was my first time) no one greeted me and I sat at the bar to wait for my party to arrive, still no one greeted me and they were not busy at all. The staff gave me looks and finally the bartender came over and I had to ask if I just sat anywhere or what. At first our waitress was quite rude but she did loosen up and was quite pleasant and funny. I did not need to make a reservation as the place was not busy at all. I would go back, food was good and the space it self is cool.
while the food was good - it was still hot dogs....and really expensive ones. The whole idea about "serve-yourself" wine bar was lost on me. If that's the case, the cost should be far less. I have a hard time paying $15 for a 9 oz pour, when I know the retail on the bottle is $20....and yes, I understand the whole mark-up in a restaurant.
Plus the wine credit card was not cleared before it was given to our table...so we had 4 glasses of wine on it that weren't ours. Sorry....the restaurant itself was nicely appointed, nice vibe - we had reservations, but no hostess stand - and sign reads seat yourself.
Hope they figure it out....it could be great.
We were a party of 5 and sampled many things on the menu. We thought everything was excellent! Also,the cocktails were thoughtful and delicious. The space is hip and inviting. Our female server was barely friendly;and while the food was great,the wait was far too long. That coupled with the fact that parking is a nightmare in the neighborhood may prevent us from returning.
What a pleasant surprise! We had an awesome server at Black Sheep, she made our evening. We tried the Mac and cheese, delicious. Our entrees were good, meat and vegetables, not a lot of starches. Dessert was very yummy. The place is nicely decorated. Parking would be the only concern ... A little challenging, be prepared to walk a little. Nicely priced as well.
Let me say this first - I love the atmosphere and the food. I will keep going here. BUT - I've been here three times in the past month and each time at least one staff person (server or bartender) has given off the vibe that they resent me for showing up and quite frankly, prefer I'd drop dead. For the time being, their "badittudes" are entertaining and make me giggle. That being said, I haven't really had to wait for a beverage or my food (which I would not be able to overlook).
We ate at Black Sheep for the first time last night and we really loved it! First of all, the decor is so great, unique pieces all over and just a very well thought out theme. Very visually appealing atmosphere. The menu is very unique and not overwhelming with choices. That's my hint that the food will be very tasty and then you read the combinations and it's hard to decide because it all looks good. We had the wooster dog from the happy hour menu. Wow, fabulous combination of salty, sweet and blue cheese bite! The pomme frites and truffle aioli, GET THEM or you're just a fool! And for dinner we did the scallops with risotto and the sugar charred steak...oh boy, both wonderful! We will go back and bring friends.
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