This was our second time at Ash, and we loved every minute of it. First, we were seated by the hearth/open fire, which would have been quite warm, but on the cold winter night was quite welcoming. Our server has the best memory and remembered us from opening weekend, order and all! So impressed. We shared the beet tartare, the grilled avocado, the Brussel sprouts, the scallops and the Bavette steak. The beer tartare was wonderful. It is definitely our new favorite way to have tartare. Grilled avocado should be the new thing. Seriously. Try it. Our entrees - the scallops (4 large ones seared perfectly) and the steak - were great compliments to each other and the smokey flavor from the open fire was definitely memorable. The only criticism we have is that the plating of the steak was pretty underwhelming. Finally, the brussel sprouts were charred to perfection. This was a perfect meal and we will definitely be back.
Wow! Ash at The Iron Horse is pretty great. So great that I glanced up at one point to see San Antonio Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich eyeing the menu. Have the Short Ribs for Two, Gregg! I’ve just added it to my Death Row Meal. (In other words, the short ribs are so tender, I’d DEFINITELY have it as my last meal.) In any case, this place is awesome. Ask for the high top in front of the fire. Dinner and a show! 👏🏼♥️🍽
The food was tasty but it was lacking a bit. For instance, crab dip was available but no crackers or any type of bread was available. Smoked salmon was available, but no lemon slices. Only dressings available for salad were ranch and blue cheese (both cream based). For $55 a person, even kids who don’t partake in bottomless mimosas, it was lacking that extra 10% that would’ve made it 40% better.
8 of us went to Ash for New Years Day brunch. Food was delicious. We loved the unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary bar. The only suggestion that I would have is to put omelet station away from the buffet because it held up the whole line. It would also be better to have more than one person cooking the omelets because the man was overworked but he made incredible omelets. We would all go again for brunch. Loved it!
We had New Years Day brunch buffet at Ash. The food was delicious, our server very helpful (unusual yet welcome in a buffet setting), and the music/ambiance just right. My only suggestion is to some re-engineer the layout so that the line moves faster, and/or people can get what they want without poking through the line (I.e, stuck in the omelet line just trying to get to the waffles).
This was an awesome New Years Day Buffet where we were allowed to grab food and drink at our own lesuire instead of having a server. It was a perfect way to kick off 2020 and would go again. Because the mimosas' were included, this was a great set deal!
We had a table for 4 on NY Eve, the food was decent, the wait staff was very good, the wine list is marked up beyond what would be expected from a restaurant of this caliber. There’s better options out there.
The food was amazing! The service was outstanding! Highly recommend
We really enjoyed our dinner at Ash - service (Brandy) was great!! Food was good especially our Grilled Avocado appetizer (highly recommend it!!). We thought the dessert selection could have been a little stronger but overall we loved our experience and will definitely return.
Great food, nice taste.
A very awkward experience. The menu is hard to order from, especially if you have a table with different tastes. Not vegetarian or vegan friendly. A bit overpriced. Ordered my favorite cocktail - a sidecar - which was very sour. Food was just okay. Service was very slow and sloppy. Restaurant was not busy (a Thursday night). No glass served with a beer - just the bottle! Didn’t feel special at all. We have always liked the venue, and still do (the Iron Horse Hotel is great) but Ash is not anywhere near as good as Smyth, which was a warmer, more complete, well managed, executed and enjoyable experience. So disappointed in Ash, especially after we booked it for a 60th birthday party. We won’t go there again.
This was Christmas Brunch. We have dined at the restraint in The Iron Horse HoTel for the last five years, a type of a that ended today. The waitress was not attentive at all. Too many mistakes to list here. When she presented the check after asking for it a few time, I reminded her she did not bring the coffee requested. She commented that that was ok.
Food very mediocre. Nothing at all special. The dessert table looked like they almost forgot to have it. Only drinks included were mimosas. You had to get them yourself and the lines we're long.
The cost of this mishap was $55 per adult and $25 for children. Defiantly not a good value .
We are looking for a different place for next year already.
High expectations for brunch at Ash based on reviews of the restaurant but was terribly disappointed in food selection presentation and safety standards. Many foods that should have been on ice were not like the shrimp and there were many foods that had no tongs for serving meaning people were touching everything desserts crackers. Spinach strata was way undercooked and liquid in the bottom. Sausages were cold but overcooked and dry. Mimosa line was set up so that there was a constant line of people running between two of the brunch tables causing everyone to bump into one another and was very very disorganized. All in all it was very overpriced for $55 and will not be dining there again
We have been here for brunch multiple times before it switched to Ash- always high quality and excellent service ! The mimosas are a plus. We will be back
I reserved a table for their Christmas brunch, best brunch I have ever had! Great spread, staff was friendly and helpful, live music created a great ambiance, and the food was excellent. Even if it's not Christmas, I will eat there again!
Christmas Eve. Wonderful meal. We sat at the high top table facing the fire/chefs. Entertaining and fascinating to watch them cook and prep the meals. Everything was delicious!
Food and space were fabulous. Had the head on shrimp and pork collar and would go back for both! My only negative would be the bar. They are not able to substitute a booze in a drink and the bartender didn’t know how to make a very common drink. The waiter was very knowledgeable and helped guide us on what to order. Loved watching the guys cook the food in the fire from our seats.
We had such a great time and the service was fantastic. From the moment we arrived, the hostess was very sweet. She asked if we're celebrating anything and I said I recently got a new job. About 15 minutes later, she brought over champagne for us! Our server also got to know our names and used our names everytime she came by. We loved sitting at the chef's table. One of the chef's even came by towards the end to see how everything was. Little details like this really made a difference in our experience. Thank you, Ash!
Everything was delicious! Fun casual atmosphere. Our waitress was fantastic.
Great food and service. The only thing lacking was a bigger menu and more creative food choices. Overall great experience.
No one’s fault but it was too noisy for me and service was slow — but understandable because of the crowd — 3 tables of eight or more. Getting too old to handle the noise tho.
The food was outstanding! Everyone loved what was ordered for the table.
The service was fabulous too. We look forward to returning!
People visiting milwaukee for the first time
Meeting with old friends. Great evening.
Came up from Chicago for an overnight getaway with the family. I love staying in Milwaukee and checking out all the urban-chic things this city has to offer. Iron Horse Hotel definitely is park of this, and as I had frequented Smyth previously, I was looking forward to trying Ash. We went for Sunday Brunch with a 10:15 reservation and were seated right away. I'll admit, the R&B/Hip-Hop DJ is not my thing, but I knew that going in. Music as was at a nice level so as not to interrupt conversation. The décor and feel of the room was great. Service started out OK as the restaurant was pretty empty and became steadily worse as it filled up. Overall, we waited too long for food after ordering and too long for the check once we were done. Menu looked great. Ham Eggs Benedict was outstanding, although the eggs were verging on hard boiled, they should have pulled them out about 30 seconds sooner. Trout toast was not what was expected. Trout spread over two very small halves of bread. Avocado toast similar, but somehow the bread was at least bigger. Oatmeal was just OK. So of the four things we tried, three were average to below average. The prices were a little high given the quantity and quality. But you pay for the atmosphere too I guess. Overall I still dig the hotel and the place, but much preferred Smyth when it was there. Particularly their Sunday Brunch buffet, which I thought was great.
Unique and varied menu with many options. We enjoyed every bite of the spaetzle appetizer (beautifully poached egg, and bone marrow butter?!?!), entrees were scallops and chicken (best chicken I've had at a restaurant - so decedent, marinated in lemon and olive oil), sides of sour cream potatoes and smoked cauliflower. Should have ordered something bright for variety (that's on us), but holy smokes, this food is delicious. Fun to sit close to the hearth/action.
Service was a little slow- it wasn’t super busy but they seemed short on help. Took a long time for us to even get a server, then we had long wait times before we’d even see her again! But the meal was outstanding! And love the ambiance!
Menu is very interesting. Not your everyday fare. Wine is quite expensive however. Glass averages $14 and it is not a great pour.
Ash was awesome! Our waitress was the best, friendly with good suggestions. The food was amazing, and their bourbon bacon Bloody Mary was out of this world. The atmosphere is great, cozy and cool looking. The perfect place for brunch on a cold, rainy Sunday morning!!
Food was absolutely delicious. Maybe a little overpriced. We had the peking duck which was fabulous. Our friends had the short ribs which I've never eaten such a tender piece of meat. All the sides and appetizers or ala carte, Which will run your bill up. But over all a wonderful evening
Some food, the turkey and the prime rib for example, were cold. The service was GREAT👍. The music was waaaaaaay too loud and made it difficult to have a conversation👎.
First time here, Thanksgiving Day brunch exceeded my expectations, wow. Uplands Rush Creek Reserve on a buffet to start...Foie Gras Stuffing, and Roast Beef and Turkey were amazing!!! The manager of restaurant next door was hospitable and warmly welcomed us upon arrival, live music was winding down but still added a wonderful feel to ambiance. Can’t wait to try regular menu soon!
We had reservations for breakfast and were shocked to find that it would cost $65 each. This was not in their web site or on Open table. Big shock!
Fabulous dishes available for gluten free brunch options. I was so happy. Plus, their fingerling potatoes are standard instead of hash browns. They were really good.
Everything was wonderful. The hostess brought us champagne for our anniversary and was so sweet!
Food excellent, and unique. Open hearth concept very interesting.
Food was outstanding and excellent service. We loved watching the preparation over the open fire.
Loved the food and service Thought price the vodka tonic was a bit steep.
We were blown away by our excellent service, the ambiance/feel, the FOOD (ridiculously delicious), wine selection, and more - - ESPECIALLY because the place has been open for only 3 weeks. As foodies who have experienced just about every outstanding place in and around MKE, plus national and international travel opportunities, our bar is high. Ash exceeded our expectations. Well done!
Our waitress, Brandy, was fabulous. She knew the menu inside and out and made some fantastic recommendations. The food was delicious - rave reviews on the scallops, prawns and trout. Brandy recommended the avocado and the pear desert --- both were amazing!!!! The open kitchen was throwing some major heat and it was cool to watch the staff working with the open flame. Will definitely be back