Milwaukee, WI 53204
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a private parking lot located across the street from Morel.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Morel Ratings and Reviews
Went here for our son's 30th birthday (his choice and not our first time at Morel). They are definitely one of the premier dining spots in Milwaukee. Very innovative and just delicious tasting food (I think they don't spare the fat). Known for their house made sausage. Service was absolutely flawless. Felt so pampered. Only problem was a niosy table of about 12 people near us. But what are you going to do? They get to go out to eat too. We just out-talked them.
The cuisine at Morel is always inventive, extremely well prepared and delicious. The owner and chef, John, has an imaginative and eclectic approach to creating amazing food which focuses on the use of local and regional sources for ingredients, and strives to create exquisite food that uses unusual combinations of ingredients to create fantastic foods that sound provocative but are in fact amazing combinations that would not occur to most. As the name suggests, mushrooms, especially morels in season, play a major role in the dishes prepared by what is a very talented restaurant staff.
The choice of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails is excellent and frequently changing. As an aficionado of rye and bourbon based cocktails, I have discovered many exceptional options. And, they prepare extremely good examples of classics, such as Manhattan, sazerac and Vieux carres. My wife finds many cocktail options as well, although she prefers vodka based versions, especially cosmos. Working with one of the bartenders, Joe, she created a variation on a cosmo that adds an entirely new dimension to what can be a somewhat safe, but not at all interesting drink.
Which brings me to mentioning the staff, the members of which are universally friendly, extremely conscientious and dedicated to the success of both a diners experience and the restaurant at which they work. Several of them have become our friends, especially Ralph, the maitre de on weekends, who has alerted us to events that are added to the schedule, Molly and Kahleia (spelling). Joe is always accommodating, friendly and personable.
As I mentioned, there are occasional special events, which are focused on combinations of food and drink. They have been consistently amazing. This restaurant is truly a "foodie" paradise that compares favorably to the great restaurants in the country.
This was our 3rd time going because we really do love it. We brought two friends who had never been and they'll come back too. Morel is such a unique place with creative food choices. Love the bartender and the wait staff. All were fun and very knowledgeable. They both gave great dinner and wine recommendations. We did try the bone marrow donut and liver ice cream because you have to try something like that. However, the four of us did not care for that dessert. Great place though. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to try farm to table, fun and unique cuisine.
This was our fourth time eating at Morel, which really says something, because we don't often return to places this pricey. Usually we find they aren't worth the money. Not true with Morel. It's not horribly expensive but it is more of a special occasion place due to cost. We had 3 appetizers, 3 main courses and 3 desserts as well as 2 cocktails, 4 glasses of wine and 1 after dinner drink. The total cost was $233 which isn't too bad for a dinner as delicious as this.
The restaurant isn't very big so it's a little noisy. The service is very prompt, helpful and friendly but it isn't 4 or 5 star service. Though there was plenty of room to move around our table, our server often reached across and didn't cater to the older woman at the table first. The service was more casual than I expect given the quality of the food. Now let's talk about that.
We have never had a bad dish at Morel. The food is either very good or exquisite. From a pâté appetizer to a lamb entree to their fabulous "special donut" with maple ice cream and bacon, the food here is always different and very good! We're happy to give a little on the service when the food is among the best we've had, not just in Milwaukee, but anywhere.
Great service from everyone. Host, waitstaff and bartenders are all friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. The food is excellent and is farm to table focused. It is a changing menu depending on availability, if it's on the menu rabbit ragout, lamb ragout pheasant and short ribs are all great choices. Duck confit ravioli with black truffle app was delicious. The salted caramel mousse for dessert is a must for us when we go. Great cocktails and small/nice beer and wine list.
First time at Morel with the wife for date night. Great food, great drinks, great ambiance. The service was delightful, but getting seated and served was super slow. It was a Satuday, and speed at a restaurant is not that important to me, so we will go again in a heartbeat!
The food was outstanding. Each dish blew us away. I would highly recommend the duck pate appetizer. In fact I would order two of them next time. I had the beef short ribs and the meat was done to perfection. My wife had the trout and she said it was the best that she has ever had. Also a very good wine selection.
Our party of four arrived a bit early but Morel was able to seat us immediately. Service was great but we did not feel rushed. We ordered appetizers and then dinner. The ribs and trout were excellent! On a previous visit we ate at the bar and enjoyed friendly service by Joe and a view of the talented Chefs at work!
We can't figure out why this place is so popular. The dining room is small, yet incredibly loud. It was impossible for the two of us to carry on a conversation without shouting. In addition, we had to wait for our table past our reservation time. We were told they "can't" sit 2 people at a 4-top. Yet, the couple after us were seated at a 4-top. So much for that "rule". Next, we order 2 of the same cocktail from their cocktail list, only to be told that they couldn't make them because they were out of a couple of the ingredients. And those cocktails sowed up on our bill. Overall, the food was just OK. The menu is quite limited. Needless to say, this was our last visit to Morel.
This was our first time at Morel and it really lived up to the hype! The minute we walked in were welcomed by a very friendly host who had us laughing by the time we got to our table. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful with the wine list and menu. Everything we ordered (including freshly foraged mushrooms) was outstanding. I got the pork shoulder and joined the clean plate club. It was a great way to celebrate my husbands birthday! They even brought out some complimentary prosseco with our dessert! We will definitely be back.
Overall We were pleased with Morel. The food was high quality and creative. I had the lamb which was very good, but a little weird. What I mean is that the lamb itself was an excellent piece of meat well cooked and tender, but very delicate. The lamb was matched with a merguez, which again was good in itself, but the contrast of the two did not really work for me. The merguez completely overpowered the delicate lamb. I basically ate the dish as two separate plates. Lamb first, merguez second. Nothing was bad I just thing the combo did not work.
Service was great once it started. Morel is hot right now, so a little wait is to be expected, but when it gets to 30 minutes it is a bit much. I always use the counter example. If I was 30 minutes late for a reservation I know what would happen. The host knew it was a problem, he even commented that some people seem to think Morel is a hotel, not a restaurant. I do have some sympathy, but most 4 star places know that at this point a little something-something is required.
Still overall I will return. It will be when the place calms down and there won't be that worry of waiting for a reserved table.
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