About Pier 106
Pier 106 Seafood Tavern (Formerly Port of Call Bistro) is a casual restaurant serving delicious dishes focused primarily around seafood, but we surely have something for everyone!
Seasonal fresh ingredients are the focus of all of our dishes that also pair well with any of our 16 tap beers and specialty cocktails.
For the sunny days there is a 1300 square-foot patio overlooking the Milwaukee River-perfect for enjoying our appetizers and refreshments!
Pier 106 Seafood Tavern is conveniently located in downtown Milwaukee on Wells St. and the Milwaukee River. It is within walking distance to many theaters and concert venues. Reservations are highly recommended on weekends and concert nights.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Seafood, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact Pier 106 General Manager, Stephen Fox, if you are interested in catering information.
If street parking is unavailable, the following parking lots and structures are closest to Pier 106 Seafood Tavern:
724 N. Plankinton-Covered Parking Garage
Public Lots at Wells and 2nd Streets
Rock Bottom Parking Lot
Private Party Facilities:
Pier 106 offers semi-private and private rentals.
Private Party Contact:
Stephen Fox: (414) 273-7678
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Pier 106 Ratings and Reviews
We wanted to like it so that we'd have another pre-theater dinner option.
The Salmon BLT was very good, but everything else was marginally okay. The dessert was a lame excuse for a dessert - seemed like dried out pound cake with no thought put into it. Probably will give it another try for a sandwich before a show.
Went here for Valentines dinner and they didn't have any specific specials for the evening. It was disappointing to find out they didn't have a Valentine's Day dessert menu either. Also, we ordered the surf and turf and the waiter informed us that the chef was not taking temperatures of the steak this evening. Therefore, the steak cake out well done and I would have liked it rare-medium rare. The ambiance is nice though, much better for a lunch restaurant. Appetizers are priced well!
I went here with my boyfriend for Saturday night dinner while visiting Milwaukee. We stayed at the Intercontinental Milwaukee, which was seriously a 3 minutes walk to the restaurant. Atmosphere, service and décor was excellent. The Calamari appetizer was way too chewy for either of our liking. The breading was minimal, therefore you could really taste the squid as you bit into it. Personally, we did not enjoy that at all. Did not even put a dent in the plate. My stuffed salmon entrée was divine, would highly recommend! My boyfriend ordered a chicken pasta dish (can't remember the name) and he was not thrilled with it. Cheesecake for dessert was good- nothing crazy. Do not believe it was home made or anything. All in all, I would return to order the salmon again. My boyfriend would not return.
We had dinner here before a show at the Marcus Performing Arts. Its close enough to park in the Marcus ramp and walk over and back so you only have to park once and the car is right there when the show is over. They specialize in seafood, but on this night they had a rack of lamb special which was very nice as its not very common and one of my favorites. It was prepared just right, was delicious, and the sides were also very good. Reasonably priced as well. And as a pleasant surprise when we asked the server for a wine recommendation he did not suggest the most expensive bottle which is what usually happens. The dining area is not huge so it has a nice intimate feel. Can't wait for summer to go back and enjoy the outdoor patio which is right on the river. Definitely recommend.
This was our first (and won't be our last) visit to Pier 106. My wife and I went to enjoy dinner before going to the Marcus Center to see The Sound of Music. We saw the groupon and figured we would give it a try. We ordered the Crab and AvocadoTian for our appetizer. It was a delicious 1/2 cup or so of shredded crabmeat and avocado on top of some scallions and peppers served with a few thin, lightly toasted slices of bread. Not too much, but not too little (looking forward to trying the baked brie on our next visit). I ordered the rib eye...my wife the stuffed salmon. Neither was very large, but right for the price...both were delicious! The rib eye was probably 10-12 ounces...well marbled...done a perfect medium rare and served on top of some yummy mashed potatoes and button mushrooms...topped with four large battered onion rings. The salmon was about 6 ounces and mounded full of its crabmeat stuffing...served on top of some crisp zucchini and squash pieces...topped with a lemon butter sauce. Next time...the lobster mac n cheese!!! Everything done well by a true trained chef...not just a cook. We finished our dinner with two pieces of praline cheesecake that were mouthwatering. Our server, Greg was very attentive, helpful, and polite. We look forward to our next visit.
Abbreviated review from a restaurant owner and chef in the Chicago area. Hostess made us wait well past our reservation time with tables available in order to sell us EXTREMELY OVERPRICED $6.50 Bell's Two Hearted DRAFTS. Bartender told us to settle up before we went to our table, although this wasn't the case. JUST TO SECURE A TIP. $23 Stuffed salmon, which has been reviewed here numerous times is NOT STUFFED. It has a glob of mixture placed on top of it like you would mashed potatoes. Probably because the salmon was not thick enough to slice and stuff. As such the parts not covered by the mixture were dry and over cooked. Chicken Saltimbocca (on the online menu) was replaced with Chicken Caprese. Caprese usually denoting FRESH mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. The first two were severely lacking, the fresh basil was non-existent. They used chicken THIGHS instead of chicken breasts, and left the bone in. The pasta served with the Chicken was covered with what best can be described as a doctored cream of mushroom soup mixture. CANNED MUSHROOMS and a stuffed chicken thigh in a dish you're charging $20 for...are you kidding me? I'm not saying it was terrible, but it was definitely not as advertised or in keeping with the anyone's definition of these dishes. Perhaps they believe, and it seems so, they can get away with it in Milwaukee. Another thing, ala carte entrees, no salad, no bread? REALLY? Looks like slow business or the weather is causing some monetary stress here. Bartenders fighting to get their tips, cutting corners (and I'm being nice) on their food items. Severely overpriced drinks. If this place lasts another year, I'll be surprised. The only shining star was our waitress Kim, she was friendly, enthusiastic and extremely attentive. I tipped her and went back and left a couple of bucks for the bartender to assure she'd receive the full tip. Two entrees, two drafts, one soda ...$58, worth about half that. Try somewhere else.
Visited Pier 106 for New Year's Eve. It is right on the river in downtown Milwaukee and was very easy to get to. We were a little early for our reservation so we were seated immediately at the bar for drinks (the martini's are delicious - I recommend the Poseidon one!). After being seated at our table (a little small, but we didn't mind) we order our appetizer and meal. All of our food was wonderful and cooked as we requested. Service was friendly, fast, and attentive. I would definitely eat here again on another visit to Milwaukee and highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for good seafood!
We had been there just for drinks earlier in the year and it looked like a great place for dinner. So we ate there on New Years Eve 2017. We were very disappointed. At 7 PM they were out of scallops and lobster tail - items my wife and I wanted. The thing is, they weren't very busy.
The waiter forgot our salads so when I asked, he brought them right away but then dinner came about two minutes later.
She got the halibut and I got the 4 oz. filet with lobster claws (a substitute for the tails they were out of). The filet was fantastic, cooked to perfection. The lobster was fine but a bit on the cold side and I had to ask for drawn butter. Who doesn't server lobster without melted butter?
Her piece of fish was about the size of a credit card - not just length and width but about as thick. I've never seen such a small piece of fish! She said it tasted fine but nothing special.
So while the meal wasn't anything to write home about, I give props to the waiter for running us down about a block away to return my forgotten cell phone. That was amazing of him to do that.
Bottom line: The food was just okay and the service not very good (except for the phone part). I had two drinks and my wife had one and the bill came to about $115 after taxes. We've had much better meals in that price range at other places.
I was really disappointed in this restaurant. First of all, once the server heard that i wasn't ordering a drink, he didn't seem very interested in serving me anymore. He was less than friendly and actually sort of curt with me.
As for the food, it was average. I ordered the clam chowder which didn't have one clam in it, plus the salmon sandwich which had a very strange seasoning on it and chewy, rather than crispy, bacon. Not at all what i expected from a seafood restaurant.
I had the trout with gnocci which was outstanding. Two favorites in one dish well combined and well prepared on a bed of zucchini. Our server was exceptionally friendly and really did a great job, but was busy. They do get busy on weekends and theater nights so make a reservation. Very casual, do not need to dress up. Prices are fair, but the seafood was well prepared, although not an amazing selection, but after all it is the Midwest.
Great location on the river. Many GF options. The waiter and chef were very attentive to my allergy needs. I listed my allergies when I made my reservation. When the waiter came out, he had a list from the chef of what I could and could not have!! Made it a stress free experience.
Pretty good place for seafood options. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Mine was too heavy, but in fairness I feel that way about most meals I get from restaurants. Even top notch places seem to regularly use far too much butter and oil for my taste. Location is great if you're seeing a show at the Pabst or want to sit outside by the river on a nice evening.
We had the walleye, which was very moist and flaky. I wished it wasn't heavily battered, but wasn't surprised by that since the menu said it was pretzel crusted. The fingerling potatoes were yummy and a side order of green beans, which were very good.
The clam chowder was good, but nothing special.
What a wonderful place to dine! Dined with friends and each one of us loved our meal. The scallops were amazing! Kudos to our server. He had an awesome sense of humor and was also very knowledgable. Thank you! We will be back and will definitely recommend.
Two couples had dinner recently at Pier 106 before a play at the REP. Cocktails were well made. One person ordered jumbalaya; it was nice and spicy with good amounts of shrimp, sausage and chicken. Two seafood entrees were very good, but did not come with a vegetable or any other item, which surprised us. The service was adequate but nothing outstanding. One of us ordered a side salad and it was delivered with the entree. Not a big issue, but the server did not ask if that was preferred. We all commented that the noise level was quite low which allowed conversation at normal voice levels, compared to so many places that are extremely noisy.
Great location and very good value. Hard up-sell and unfortunately ignored both my online and live notification that it was a birthday celebration. Bar service was a bit slow, salads didn't come out first and also had to track down the check to get to our show on time. Overall - this could have been an outstanding experience but the service wasn't quite up to par.
I was excited to try Pier 106 on a trip to Milwaukee for a conference. The location was perfect right on the river and the place was cozy, perfect for a rainy night. Our waiter needed to be asked about specials, he didn't know anything about the walleye or what type of fish it was and, when asked about The wines on the menu, he didn't know anything about those either. I ended up ordering the walleye along with some asparagus (add on) and potatoes. The fish had a thick crust and was very greasy. You couldn't taste the fish at all. Luckily the asparagus and potatoes were good. I also tried the cheese curds but didn't know what I was getting myself into because those were fried too. They were still good, just not my thing. The friend I was with ordered the stuffed salmon and she liked it. Perhaps I just ordered the wrong thing for me. However, I was disappointed with the waiter not knowing much about the menu at all. He was friendly, but he needs to be better trained and try the items in the menu so he can talk about them. If I could do it over again, I would try a different place.
I stopped into Pier 106 looking for a seafood restaurant close to my hotel to meet my aunt for dinner. They have some creative/unusual choices as well as traditional fare. The environment is casual but nice, with a good sized bar area and a few different dining areas with windows looking out at the river. My food was good and moderately priced. I can recommend the crab dip starter and the pretzel-crusted walleye.
Were at Pier 106 on a Friday night so hubby had fish fry; fine portion size and flavor. Appetizer and my seafood dinner were good. As we were eating our entree a large party of 10 was seated next to us. From that point on our waiter never came back to our table. Did not offer dessert, coffee or after dinner drinks. We had tickets for the Rep so finally had to flag down the manager to bring us our check and collect payment. Totally ruined the experience. I consider both the server and management at fault for this neglect.
This was our first time at Pier 106; my wife and I were having dinner with another couple prior to attending a show at The Rep, which was very close by. We ordered 2 blue gill fish fry dinners, 1 grilled 8oz filet, and 1 prosciutto wrapped chicken breast. All were the right temp when served, and all enjoyed our respective orders. I had the blue gill, and even though we were there on Friday, the blue gill was not a special, it is a standard menu item. It was one of the best fish fry dinners I have had. The coleslaw was very good, there was plenty of tasty fish, the right amount of fries (for me, but others might want more), and all at the price of $16, which is very reasonable. No specific comments on the other entrees, but no complaints from anyone.
My wife and I dined here before attending a play. My wife ordered Walleye which came heavily breaded and was pretty tasteless. I ordered a Caesar Salad which was okay but then again its hard to mess up a salad like that. After finishing our meals we decided we won't go back.as there's nothing special about this restaurant. There are many more restaurants in Milwaukee that are much better.
We loved this restaurant as Port of Call and because it is so close to the theater we keep trying it. The food tasted good but my seafood pasta had only scallops and no shrimp as advertised. When I questioned the waiter he brought me 3 medium size shrimp. My friend had the salmon which she said tasted good but didn't have the artichokes as advertised. I'm sorry this former favorite is no longer for us.
We went on a Friday evening in September for my husbands birthday. The table on the river was great. It was a relaxing and quiet atmosphere . our reservations were at 6 and we were seated promptly. The appitiszer we ordered was Callamari. It came out way too fast. I even mentioned this to our waiter. It was overdone & rubbery. The breading was light but tasteless. I expected more from a seafood restaurant. Next for dinner my husband ordered the seafood cajun fettucini. The shrimp were done to perfection, noodles were appropriately aldente and the sauce was really quite good. It had a little kick to it but was not too overpowering. I ordered a steak which was their special that night. Usually when one orders the specials they get a good meal. Not so this time. My steak was over done. I ordered it medium rare and it was more medium well ( I really had to hunt fo rany pink!) Bland seasoning if there was any. I was so desperate for some flavor I was dying to catch the bus boys attention to get some steak sauce or even ketchup at this point. No such luck . I was so humgry after not eating all day I just ate it. Then for dessert we split the Oreo cheesecake- again a very non-descript dessert. Definitely not worth the proce eor the calories! Overall for 5 glasses of wine, appetizer, 2 entrees and dessert out bill was $108.00. Not a good deal for what we got as far as I am concerned. I am not sure I will be back. I did own a restaurant at one time and I understand that any chef can have a bad day, but really the manager never even stoped by our table- which at finer restaurants I am accustomed to. Had he/she stoped to ask about our meal I would have said all of this verbally to them.
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