Poke The Bear Bar & Grill - Hotel Northland - Green Bay

4.3
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Poke the Bear will Re Open with Limited hours beginning May 27th. Please note that Poke the Bear will be following all social distance guidelines in the restaurant, including masks, gloves, six feet social distancing.

Welcome to Poke the Bear, a bold, flavorful restaurant highlighting Green Bays’s sports heritage. Located in the heart of the Entertainment District you will experience locally sourced cuisine. Inside the Historic Hotel Northland in Downtown and just a short drive to Lambeau Field, this fan focused restaurant combines a warm, welcoming atmosphere with fresh, full flavored food in a sports history environment. Whether you’re a Hotel Northland guest, a football fan, or a food-lover looking for a new favorite spot to dine, Poke the Bear offers everything friends and family need for a great, casual dining experience.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great dinner inside under the new COVID rules. Staff was great and we never felt at all concerned. Great pastrami rueben and pulled pork. They are doing it correctly.

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Heath0425
Milwaukee
32 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a first time visit for both my friend and me. We had the crawfish rangoons which, while incredibly similar to crab rangoons, do have their own unique flavor. We would have them again. My friend had the soba salad, served cold, and she said it was delicious. I had a build your own burger with the addition of fried egg and avocado. We would both happily eat both dishes again. We also shared the peanut butter cheesecake. If I had that to do over again, I would have not shared it -that was sooo good!

A great wine list, lovely décor, nice looking bar - comfortable setting with courteous workstaff. We'll be back!

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SusanS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the smoked wings this time...delicious. The bleu cheese dressing is so chunky! The burgers are always good but I favor the French dip.

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amandae
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! I eat keto, and there are many options on the menu that require just a little modification to fit my diet. Service was prompt and our table was ready the second we walked in for the reservation. My water was kept full and the server checked on us numerous times to make sure everything was just as we liked it. My dirty martini was excellent and my boyfriend enjoyed the beer selection.

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LoriG
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

This was our first time at Poke The Bear. Very impressed with the menu and the food!! Salmon sandwich was just awesome! Will be back for it again. It was very "bright" interior with the lighting and windows. We sat by window late afternoon, and the sun was directly in our eyes. No blinds or shades to pull down. Overall, a bit too light for a "relaxing" meal. (at least in the middle of the day). But staff was very friendly, unique menu, and food was terrific! Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic appetizers!

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LoriB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Loved the quieter setting after a busy day. Food was hot and tasty. Not the best margarita I have had, but I am a little fussy. Thanks for a great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere is great, but the food is average. I had the fish. Not a fan of the breading. Looks burnt and tastes blah. This is my second time here and I’m not impressed. The bar area is nice. I’d come back for drinks and atmosphere but not food.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience5

I arrived and they did not have my reservation. At the poke the bear restaurant which is where I made the reservation or at the Walnut room. Luckily they could get us a table but I would have been very disappointed because I brought guests with me. Not sure if it the issue was the OpenTable app or the restaurant.

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Maryjo
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, relaxing evening to end the hectic holiday weeks. Warm and inviting. Enjoyed some good football on TV, a few good cocktails and some wonderful food.

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JuanC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were there for a New Year’s Eve dinner and everything was going ok until my wife found a hair in her French dip sandwich. They did take it off of the bill without us asking but it just kind of ruined the dinner and I loss my appetite as well after that. The chicken I had a dry but really it was the hair that ruined the experience. It was not the waitress’ fault as she was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drink selection, excellent food. Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The restaurant uses tablets for a menu which I find tacky and not comforting. The restaurant also smelled strongly of old grease, so strong I had to have my coat dry cleaned and wash my hair when I got home. Overall, not impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food. Brussels sprouts were amazing!

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KarenW
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a girls' night out and had never been here before. Our waitress was wonderful, the service was prompt, and the food was great. We will definitely go back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Always a good time.

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catherinec
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Game night after Green Bay played..
We had two rooms at the northland hotel..this was convenient and in hotel...obviously understaffed andmffos awful....sorry

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scottw
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit but won't be our last, beautiful building in the heart of GB with great food and good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! Food was good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Nice place

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PJvl
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went on Friday the 13. Food was excellent service was just Ok. We waited a while for our cocktails. Also was surprised the place pretty much empties out by 8:30
They did a great job remolding the hotel and bringing the whole building into the 21 century

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SusanS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Extensive draft craft selection and diverse handhelds menu! Add some wonderful ambiance and this is our newest go to for casual dining🙂

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Sandbobber
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very courteous staff, food was great, and we enjoyed the ambiance. Portions were very generous. I was there with old friends from high school and we were celebrating a birthday for one of them. The staff gave her extra special attention!

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Lunchreview
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good for lunch, but always the same thing. Not much variety to the menu over other last time we were there. Salmon and roast beef were good, but why not advantage of locally sourced produce and with some summer special sandwiches? Don’t think the lunch menu has changed since they opened!
Food would get a 5 star IF they could just serve fries hot After they are cooked, unless they are cooked ahead of time and sit under a heat lamp. I specifically asked to make sure they were hot, and they were not, but the flavor and texture were great, just like warm. The sandwich was hotter then he fries!
This seems to be the norm in most restaurants!
Overall I would give it a try.

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MalloryB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I’m always impressed with the Walnut Room but didn’t think much of Poke the Bear. I sat about 10 minutes before someone even came to the table. Service was pretty slow considering it wasn’t busy. Wasn’t much on the menu and the food was just okay.

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TammyM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun , casual atmosphere. Food and drinks with family or girls night out.
Menu was small but tasty. Soup could have been hotter for my husband's liking . I thought it was just right.

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BeckyA
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very pleasant and the food was delicious. Prompt service and clean atmosphere.

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RichardA
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The chicken wings were delicious, the fries were a bit under-cooked, and the burger was so messy and wet (they didn’t drain the pulled pork properly). The liquid from the pulled pork, soaked into the bun and dripped everywhere. For me, it ruined the burger. A 50 dollar dinner for two, that wasn’t really worth 25 in my opinion. When I told the waitress about it, she acted flabbergasted and said, “nobody has ever said that.”

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Great food but horrible service. Extremely noisy as well.

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ErinL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Poke the Bear was for GB Restaurant week, but I will be back. Interesting and delicious food combinations. Casual/modern atmosphere, with a great window on downtown Green Bay. Check it out for yourself~

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TammyR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We'll be back! The salmon sandwich was delicious! Homemade were yummy!

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LindsayM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great spot for restaurant week. Compliments to the chef on the duck flatbread. Slightly over priced wine. Friendly hostess

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. Loved the pastrami Reuben and gelato. Took a while to get our food but it was restaurant week. Would highly recommend.

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BethElyse
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The wait staff was very good, and the physical space is nice, but the food was just so, so bland. I went with two friends. We ordered off of the restaurant week lunch menu, and we each had different things. My friend who had the Reuben said of his lunch "The food was prepared and presented in a fairly fancy manor. But, the food was mild. That’s the best descriptor for all the food. Mild. " My other friend said "The food was fresh, and it wasn’t badly prepared just sooo lacking in spice, heat, real deep flavors. I had the Thai Curry Chicken salad. You could taste the curry clearly but it was just that, flat." As for me, I got the green pork chili as my entrée. On a flavor scale of 0 to 10, it scored a “feed it to your infant – she’ll like it” (I did – and she did). I would say that the menu was good, but they need to hire a chef who’s not afraid of flavor.

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Ilovefood
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful. The space is beautiful as well. It is a great place for a really excellent meal!

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StacieKae
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from the food (you have to try the Pastrami Rueben and the fries are so flavorful!), to the service to the outdoor seating area. We will be back!

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a busy Friday night and the food and service were still great. Ambience was nice. The overall dining experience was excellent. I didn’t feel like I had to yell over the top of music. We had appetizers and 3 sandwiches each with a side. The only recommendation I would have is to change the bread the French Dip is served on. All other foods were spot on!

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JulieR
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance

JD
JudyD
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service needs some attention. Took drink orders twice and couldn’t seem to get it straight and forgot one drink then ordered again and never did get that drink till we were paying the bill and she pushed to keep the drink because it would be too much work to take it off the bill. Needless to say we felt it would be a good learning experience for her to take it off. People seemed inexperienced food was good but a very limited menu.

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KathrynG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Still new. It’s an odd mix of fancy sports bar in a high end hotel but with very basic and limited food choices. Service like most places was slow. App didn’t come until after our entree. We had already said we didn’t want it then and were still charged for it. Likely just growing pains. Would go again for drinks but likely not to eat.

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