Five O'Clock Club
2416 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Parking: Lot, Valet, Private
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Barbecue, Take Out, Fast Food, Steakhouse
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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12/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This is the first time I have ever written a restaurant review....the $39 for a bad steak took me over the edge!
I've lived in Wisconsin all my life and I love supper clubs. The atmosphere, the relish tray and a good old fashioned! I'm on a bit of a quest to find the most amazing steaks I can in the Milwaukee area. I've eaten at Dream Dance, Butch's, Eddie, Martini's and Carnevor. It was time for the Five O' Clock. So myself and friend of mine ventured off....unfortunately we got he same results.
The atmosphere and service was great...the bar tenders were amazing! But the reason I came here was for the bone in rib-eye. To me it's an amazing cut and one of my favorites. If I am on a quest for an amazing steak it needs to be the same in all of the restaurants..right?
We had our order taken at the bar. I ordered my steak medium rare as I do with all my cuts of beef. We started off with a nice salad and some really good bread...then we waited, and it was a Saturday night and we waited some more. The anticipation of a good meal was building........
It arrived and right off bat I was looking at this steak sitting in a soup of jus...somewhat confused as I was used to steak in a very pure form...butter and salt and pepper. I thought ok...here we go, this is gonna be great. The sadness fell on me like a fat kid at a birthday party when he finds out there is no cake. It was burnt on the outside, over cooked on the inside and cut like leather. CRUSHED...was my only thought. I know they use charcoal grills but this was to much. The jus had actually taken on a burnt flavor as well and I suspect it was to hide the imperfections of my steak. So, I had a few bites and it never got any better....the waitress came to check on us and I told her it wasn't as good as I hoped for. She did try to correct it, but to wait another 20-25 minutes just wouldn't work. I had Polish beer to drink and live music to attend to.
My friend who had the porterhouse had the same results and opinion.
Would I go back.......if it's for an old fashioned yes....for steak absolutely NO! Folks take your appetites and wallets to other steak places, this is not the one.
So I ate it....$39 made me do it.
Posted on Yelp as well.
10/22/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Atmosphere - supper club - old school - cool.
A restaurant experience is about everything. Even to the small details. Knowing this would be old school supper club the atmosphere was fine.
Let's get to the food.
Let me start by saying I have had more flavorful steak at Texas Roadhouse - and I can tell you the bill was 30% of what we paid at 5 O'Clock.
You can tell the time and effort that goes into food by the attention to small details.
Salad - dressing was bleu cheese. Consistency watery ranch dressing with sparse crumbles of bleu cheese. I've had much better at low end chain restaurants.
Butter - cold.
Bread barely luke warm.
French onion soup - was beef broth with a few onions and cheese melted over top.
Breadsticks - served in a water glass (really).
Steak - $39 for a rib eye ordered medium rare. It came out black and had a slight taste of burn (not char). I tapped it with my knife and fork and could already tell it was way over cooked for medium rare. The steak was ""eh"". A good rib eye is marbled with fat and can be cut into like butter. Not here!
The only bright spot to the experience was the atmosphere and wait staff - the unfortunate part is that the reason we came was for the food.
If u want glamour go to some other place.. My experience in Milwaukee was there was no Manny's,Morton's,or Peter Luger's!!!! I've been to many good steakhouses across the country and the 1950's ambiance is great in my opinion!The steak is charred to perfection, a good size for any appetite! My favorite steak house ANYWHERE!! Have to go to Minneapolis for my second favorite! Everyone is friendly and staff has seen it all! On my trips to Milwaukee I won't miss this place. No-it's not fancy.
08/01/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I would give it one star, but the steaks really are very good. I just can't bring myself to go back because of all of the other factors.
The service is marginal. They are working hard for sure, but not very friendly. And I think it all stems from the management.
Don't support people that do business this way. There are plenty of great places to get steak in Milwaukee. This one should be avoided.
05/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
It has been quite a while since I have been able to visit this steakhouse. I am never disappointed when I come here. The consistancy is what makes the experience even better. I, nor any one I have brought to this steakhouse has ever left disappointed. I am surprised to even see one bad review on here.
The steaks are succulent, the staff is extremely helpful, and even the sweet woman Georgia who has alwways been there to greet me when I walk in adds to the memorable experience of dining at Five O'Clock. I will be returning as often as I am in Milwaukee!
05/23/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Blessed Mother of 4...You dont get out much do you? The 5 OClock Club is not meant for a romantic experience. It is meant to replicate the days of old when old when bartenders would ask you to stay and have a cocktail and the waitresses had been around since the time of Jesus. Its meant to be a place that you can kick back relax and enjoy yourself (and yes wait for your food god forbid)
I have been to the Mo's, Sabor, Flemings and think those places rot. I havent had a great steak at any one of them and have been treated very poorly. Listen, I am a country club brat and the 5 OClock Club has some of the best steak I have ever had outside of the Argentinian Steakhouse in Cancun.
If you go in with realistic expectations that yes, the decor is old, its smaller and you wait for a good steak then you are all set. If you go in thinking you are better than everyone around you then you are certainly in the wrong place and they will treat you poorly.
Good luck finding a place that you are happy with. You sound like an evil wench!
05/21/2011Provided by Citysearch -
We went there because we heard it was a good place. Did not like the decor at all- very dark, cheesy and old. We could have had a better steak at a local chain. Don't waste your time or money on this place. Very overpriced. Service was slow. If you want a great steak in Milwaukee go to Mo's. You will pay about the same price and the food will be much better. I would not recommend 5 o'clock to anyone for any reason.
01/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
finally got a chance to try 5o'clock club that I've been hearing about for years. Both my wife and my opinion was that we were underwhelmed. The steaks were just ok and given the price we would have expected more. The real problem was the service. While friendly it was painfully slow. You sit down to salad already on the table which was not bad, but we didn't expect to wait 50 min after finishing the salad before the steaks (that you preorder before sitting at your table) showed up. We also had to wait to get our bill and then pay (another half hour). Disappointing was no mention that this was anything other than normal, which perhaps is the case. So many great places in town to get a great steak, won't be back!
08/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Obviously, I have to defend an old gem of a place. Those of us who know a great steak know that this is the only place to be. Not only is it inviting, but there is something about this old school atmosphere that makes you want to order a double olf fashioned and daydream about what it must have been like to be a part of the great rat pack era. This place has history and lots of it. It's not supposed to be elegant or romantic!!! If that is what you are looking for then you need to go elsewhere but if you are looking for a phenomenal steak, intriguing ambiance and just down right good people then try it out for yourself. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but it sounds like the last reviewer thought she was ""too good"" to be there. She should have walked out the door, which I am sure was easy to get to and saved us from having to here her ranting and raving.
07/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
**Otherwise known as 5 o'clock steakhouse**
I don't understand how anyone could give this restaurant a good rating unless this is the best they've ever had (meaning they never had anything actually good to compare it to)!
This was supposed to be for our anniversary because my husband loves steaks - I actually cried at the end of dinner!
To start off, I went to their website, which is completely false advertising - the pictures on their site make the restaurant look inviting, elegant, romantic, and dare I even say high quality for what you're expecting & paying for!!! (The pictures from city voter aren't even correct, except for the one of the outside street view.)
Upon entering the restaurant I wanted to make sure I was at the correct place because it looked nothing like what was being advertised (and it had two different names). I was greeted by a bartender who was literally glowing from the black lights behind the bar. Almost choked up my words because I was in such shock. (Also because the place was literally a dive!) After telling him I wanted to verify our reservations were for the correct place I got some cheesy salesman line of ""well even if they're not just stay here & eat"". Walking through the bar to the ""hostess"" (not much of a welcoming greeting, didn't even acknowledge me) I had to ask about our reservation which they had at the wrong time. I told them it was our anniversary & would appreciate a nice table (hoping there was something better looking than what I had already seen).
They have you sit at the bar to order & then bring you to your table. When we were seated we were in a room with 50's style decor & mirrors surrounding the room to make it ""look bigger"". The nice seating I had kindly requested was at the front corner of the room by the emergency exit door.
For approximately $40/pp (you only get salad & bread with your meal) you have to pay extra for sides (which are over priced) and bad drinks, I can honestly say I had the worst meal ever! I wish I had gone somewhere nicer like Mo's or Sabors - at least you get what you pay for there! I ordered a filet which we were told were charred along the edges & I wish I would have taken a picture of what we received!!!! My steak was literally coated in char - I had to gag down the first bite. When the waitress came back to check on us I politely told her that it was awful & she gave me a funny smile & said ""well, that's the first complaint I've ever heard"" when I asked her if they could remake it she told me that ""that's how we make our steaks"" and wouldn't even attempt to try to make it how I wanted or to offer an alternative (say seafood instead).
Needless to say, we weren't given a discount & no one even came to apologize or anything! At the end of the meal I cried because I spent so much time researching restaurants & felt like an idiot for picking this place out!
Please, if you have any desire for a classy or fine dining experience (or good food for that matter), save yourself the disappointment & go somewhere else. (Especially if it's for a special event!)