Milwaukee, WI 53233
Since its opening in 2005, Envoy Restaurant in the Ambassador Hotel has been charming guests with its nostalgic 1920's ambiance, world class cuisine and impeccable service. Envoy's menu showcases artisan regional ingredients while fusing recognizable American cuisine with global influences.
American, Contemporary American, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed for Breakfast (Caffe' Deco is open)
Tuesday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
LOUNGE FOOD SERVICE HOURS:
Sunday - Thursday : 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00am - Midnight
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a variety of catering and private menu options. Please contact Jeanne Garcia at 414-345-5021 for detailed information.
Our well-lit, secure, private parking structure and surface lot,makes parking effortless. Located directly behind the Ambassador Hotel. Parking is complimentary.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining and event planning is available. Please contact Jeanne Garcia, Food & Beverage Operations Manager, for detailed information. 414-345-5021
Envoy, located in the Ambassador Hotel, has several intimate private dining rooms that can comfortably accommodate up to 120 guests. Private rooms are located adjacent to Envoy's dining room as well as adjacent to the Ambassador Hotel's Lobby areas.
Envoy Ratings and Reviews
I always enjoy going to the Envoy at the Ambassador Restaurant. The staff is very welcoming and accommodating, and the decor and atmosphere are warm and inviting. The food is creative and delicious, and I have never been disappointed with a meal there. A gem of the Milwaukee restaurant scene.
My wife and I dined there Friday evening. We like to go there when we are looking for something a cut above in dining. We love Envoy, set in the restored Art Deco masterpiece, the Ambassador Hotel. The dining room is elegant, the staff professional. Business casual is the norm for dress, although we've seen patrons in t-shirts and jeans dining happily. You wouldn't be out of place in a jacket and tie. My wife and I both enjoyed the Friday fish selection, she the fried cod and the baked for me. The standard of quality is high. For example, we both had clam chowder. Now clam chowder is an offering many restaurants do well, but the Envoy's version sets the standard for flavor profile, incorporating bits of green pepper and other elements that deepens the soup into the sublime. The rest of the meal was as good. The serving size was generous as well. The servers there are, as I say, professional. Our waiter was pretty busy with other tables, but he was right there for us, pacing the dinner nicely, refreshing our drinks when needed, but always in the background. We are regular customers. You should be, too. You won't regret it.
Horrible service and food was mediocre at best. Went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my fathers birthday. Been here for brunch a few times over the years but as of late the food and service has gotten worse and worse. Let me add the time before this was Mother's Day for brunch and the service was horrible. The waiter (Ike) ignored us at times, served other tables and not ours and the worst part when he brought our food and sat the tray down he coughed over every plate and then he sat the plates on our table and walked away. Every other guest looked on in surprise. We had to ask for a different waiter and again wait for our food. We paid full price, was not apologized and the disgusting behavior by this waiter was disregarded by the manager. Now back to this past Sunday. We decided to give it another try and that was a bad decision. We asked for a particular waiter thinking that would help but it didn't. Our first food order was late and when it came it wasn't our order. When our order finally came it still was incorrect. The steak was bleeding over entire plate and the turkey bacon was uncooked. Then we noticed that the other waiter (Ike) would walk by us and cough loudly(not once, not twice but three times he did this). My mother got so upset she told our waiter and he jokingly said she should punch him. (What!?) then our waiter goes over by Ike and the two are smiling. We call Ike over to ask him what his problem is and he says he remembers us and Happy New Year then walks away. We were so upset we paid and left. We will never go back to this restaurant and I suggest you don't either unless you like horrible food and service for $20 per person.
I discovered the Sunday brunch about 4 years ago and have returned approximately 12 times since then. Whenever we are looking for a Sunday Brunch we look no further than the brunch at Envoy. I have taken many people there for their first time and they have continued to go back with other first timers. This is MY favorite place to go to eat. I would do brunch every week if my friends didn't mind brunch instead of dinner! I am a HUGE fan.
The food was good but not great. The menu was limited but a good value for the price. It was not busy for a Friday night, so it was quiet. It was very casual with metal tables, not good for a special occasion. The service was good. The dining room was cold for it was near the side door and you could feel a cold breeze when the door would open.
Gail our server was fabulous.
The crab cakes were nice but it was all down hill after. Butternut quinoa salad contained no squash and the arugula was wilted and had a frozen taste. The trout dish was overly buttered and unremarkable. I do believe the scallops were hours away from giving us food poisoning. Rancid meal. You would think New Year's Eve they would try harder.... do not waste your money!
This was a great place for a really good lunch with friends. Linen tablecloths were not offputting but really made it feel special. We could talk and laugh and hear each other. The food was really good and there were enough choices for everyone to be happy.
We enjoyed the brunch after church yesterday. The service, food, atmosphere and value were wonderful and met our needs. The plates were small but extremely full! The omlete bar included a nice assortment of fresh veggies and cheeses. A friend had mentioned/recommended this brunch a number of times. Now I'll be spreading the word and definitely returning.
Menu was very interesting and small plate concept was great. In total we ordered 7 plates. All food was served cold-nothing even lukewarm. Too many salty dishes and too many dishes had "hasbrown" potatoes that were basically flavorless. On a positive note, the servers were pleasant and the ambiance was good.
waiting 1/2 hour after reservation time for a table. Not enough waitstaff for the small plate service for so many people. Some of the food was cold coming out of the kitchen. The manager did try to make amends with a round of Mimosas (and they were very very good) but the relaxed elegance I'd hoped for was lacking
5 friends met for brunch. The building was beautifully maintained deco. Very pleasant. The food was sometimes only OK. The idea of small plates for a brunch is excellent and a great idea.
It is easy to be able to try a few things. I applaud this idea. The menu offered "bruleed oatmeal with fruit"but it was just oatmeal with brown sugar on top and 3 blueberries. The word burleed inferred a crunchy melted sugar on top-which it didn't have and even on a small plate, 3 blueberries seemed stingy. I can put brown sugar and 3 blueberries on oatmeal at home and not be charged $7. Most of us were satisfied with the brunch but no one once said, "This is really delicious." That makes me think there is work to be done here.
Our food was excellent, but we think our server was "new." He kept getting two members of our party switched (given them each other's entree and then each other's dessert). For part of the time we were the only people in the restaurant, so it wasn't that he was busy. We asked a few questions that he was unable to answer, though he definitely went to get the answers. After dinner two of us went into the bar to have an after-dinner drink. Service there was prompt but the bartender did NOT warm our brandy glasses before pouring our Courvoisier; it's a little thing but I would have expected it in this type of establishment.
Our entrees and cocktails were very good and the waiter was excellent. He was attentive, offered suggestions, checked on specials for the day and also asked the chef about a certain side dish that I asked about. Our issue was the hostess. When we arrived at 5:30, not one single table was filled. We were the only couple here. She took us to a tiny table for two and we asked her if it was possible to get a larger table. She hesitated and said she had to check her reservation list. She finally decided she could allow us to sit in the corner four top that was adjacent to the kitchen door where the food was coming out and also alongside the doorway to the hotel lobby. Really! Not a single other table was occupied and this was the best she could do.. We told her we were taking the 6:30 shuttle service to an event downtown, which we missed because the shuttle driver didn't see anyone waiting (that's because we were seated so far away from the entrance, that NOBODY could see us). As an hour elapsed, there were exactly four other guests eating dinner...two singles and one other couple. Hostess etiquette should be addressed for future dining experiences if I intend to return.
Overall we were disappointed with our experience. Our waiter was SO SLOW and inattentive. All our food was delivered relatively cool and when you boost small plate service I expect my food to be hot and cooked as ordered. Our steak plates were very over cooked and embarrassingly tiny in size. We then tried the prime rib and it was way over cooked and not very tasty. The "homemade corned beef hash was small pieces of corn beef mixed with the same breakfast potatoes that were used as fillers on many of the plates. Good Cesar salad and catfish, maybe it was an of day but I would NOT recommend to others from the experience we had. Surprised for $20.00 a person that no drinks came with the brunch, not even coffee!!
Rated 1 star just to review posted.
Had a reservation for Saturday the 27 of August at 2p.m., when we arrived after driving almost 5 hours at 2:04. There was NO ONE around!!! When we asked someone at the lounge connected to the Envoy, they told us that the waitstaff at the restaurant all went home! Don't know who to more disappointed with "Opentable(did they not get our reservation sent) or The Envoy restaurant(did they not care, because we were the only reservation )".
We were staying at the Ambassador Hotel to attend a Cubs game. We enjoyed a great breakfast at Envoy: omelet, hash browns and an English muffin for $10. It was delicious and the dining room was nicely decorated in keeping with the Art Deco feel of the hotel. They also made a great Bloody Mary.
Envoy is a very nice place.We had brunch,ordering small.Every item I ordered it didn't get.I received something different.We find out waiters first time doing brunch.He was pleasant but not attentive.Had to wait for even the coffee.We are done with the dinning room there!We will stay in the bar area!
We went there for brunch and the food was excellent. For $20 you could order multiple small plate dishes from the menu. The crème brule French toast was delicious. The service was disappointing but I think it was our particular server. We will probably try again hoping that this was just a fluke.
Whenever we visit Milwaukee we stay at the Ambassador Hotel and eat dinner at the Envoy, which is part of the hotel. We love feeling like we've stepped back in time to the Art Deco era. The food is great and the service outstanding. It's a nice quiet place for the kind of elegant dinner that never goes out of style!
Envoy never disappoints. I had dinner there with a friend before a show at the Riverside. This was the first time I had the fish fry-actually I opted for the shrimp. My friend ordered the perch. Both were tasty, well presented and substantial amount. We used the complimentary shuttle to and from the theater which is a great perk when visiting downtown Milwaukee.
Excellent presentation of entrees. Relish plate and bread with balsamic and oil were appreciated. Perfect size salad to accompany dinners. Scallops and bourbon glazed ribs were delicious. Attentive and friendly waitstaff. Perfect start to a night at the theater.
We have visited the Envoy brunch numerous times and are never disappointed. The Mothers Day brunch was amazing with the small plates and room full of breakfast items. The weekly brunch of small plates and made to order omelettes leave nothing to be desired. Not to mention the customer service!
The food was good, not rushed. I like the relish tray and bread with dipping plate. My rib eye steak was a little rare for medium, but after I tasted it and it melted in my mouth I was very happy. My husband said his prime rib was only average. I loved the truffle mashed potatoes and the salad was lovely and generous with home made dressing. We tried the Cappuccino Mousse for dessert with coffee and it was delicious. Our waiter made the dinner even better by checking to see when I wanted him to put our entree order in (everyone should do this!) so we weren't rushed and he met our every need without having to ask. I think my steak dinner at $34 was very fairly priced.
The Sunday brunch is worth every dollar! The food is warm, made to your liking and you can eat endless amounts until your gut tells you otherwise! But when it comes to special occasion holiday buffets, well...that's another story. There are some items from the original Sunday brunch menu available and added items in another room for the special buffet. The problem with the main buffet being in this room is that there are windows on one wall and they are located directly across where the food is laid out. This would be okay if it were 90 degrees outside. But if it is chilly and breezy, so is the food on the buffet table. Why not just move the whole buffet outside in the parking lot? Food should stay warm, shouldn't it? The pre-made waffles and pancakes are a real turn off. Maybe it's just me, but I like my pancakes and waffles made fresh off the griddle and hot! If the butter does not melt on my pancakes, I ain't eating them...period! There are two meats offered. Turkey and Prime Rib. No gravies or sauce, no vegetables and no potatoes. Unless you like breakfast potatoes with your main meats, then I guess that will satisfy some people. There is an abundance of very delicious cooked shrimp, smoked fish, and a variety of fruit and deserts. The breakfast choices outweigh the dinner type choices so the variety of food is very limited and not worth the price. If you want a delicious, hot breakfast I suggest George Webb. Save your money and skip their holiday buffets and go to the Envoy for their weekly Sunday brunch. It's totally worth it!
I think the staff should be educated to the history of why its very important not to attempt to sit African American couples in the rear of the restaurant when ample seats are available up front. Actions like this open old wounds and have the potential to effect one's decision to return.
Especially when reservations were made well in advance.
This was an excellent place to celebrate a special event. The service was outstanding and the food exceeded expectations. The service staff was extremely attentive and the options were outstanding. It is a place where we will return to try other options from the very interesting menu.
The food was the best ever. The chef prepared some unbelievable dishes seasoned very well and came out quickly. Ambiance was upscale but not stuffy however the worst service we have ever encountered. A paralegal, police, court commissioner and a sheriff all dining with me to celebrate my birthday at this place of my choice, I was so embarrassed. I hope the food and atmosphere will overshadow the horrible service and maybe they will tell a friend. I WILLNOT!!! Which is so sad.
I love the Ambassador. Their brunch is great, and their bar and dinner are even better! The wait to get the bill was a bit long, but I could tell the waitress was new and was trying to be respectful and not interrupt conversation. All in all, I always recommend the Envoy/Ambassador. Their small plates brunch is a cool "different" thing to do!
The Fish dinners were very good. Disappointed with the very small serving of coleslaw.
It was all of 3 tablespoons. Why so skimpy?
Our guests love coleslaw, but the serving dish was more appropriate for serving tartar sauce.
Also, the feta cheese served top of the Greek fish dinner was not very generous.
Overall, all was good.
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