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Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

4.6
4.6
344 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Come for great food and drink, stay for great American stories. Like the Harley-Davidson Museum, MOTOR Bar & Restaurant serves up the best of American culture, camaraderie, and comfort food. In a hurry? Just come for the food. No Museum admission is required to dine at MOTOR.

MOTOR’s bold American classics celebrate the taste of life on the road. Road House Chili that tastes like it’s fresh from a Texas diner. BBQ Ribs redolent of a Little Rock smoke shack. And, fittingly, plenty of Wisconsin favorites: Fish Fry, Mac and Cheese, and mouthwatering Hamburgers.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 287-2778

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Great space. Great food. Great people. Plan your next event at MOTOR. Harley folks are famous for knowing how to party. This spirit of celebration and camaraderie will be plain to see when you host your next gathering at MOTOR.

  • Private party facilities

    Every visit to MOTOR Bar & Restaurant® is an event. And it could all be yours. Like the Museum, MOTOR serves up the best of American culture in an inspiring setting. Plan your rehearsal dinner or corporate gathering in a location as unique as you are. MOTOR is a seamless blend of industry and refinement - perfect for casual or formal events. Expand your party into the great outdoors on MOTOR's riverfront patios, complete with custom fire pits and lounge furniture. Sounds like a recipe for a truly successful event.

  • Private party contact

    Annie Champeau: (414) 287-2707

  • Area

    Milwaukee

  • Cross Street

    6th Street

  • Parking Details

    Free!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Friday Fish Fry - It's a Wisconsin Tradition!

    USD 15.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    ALL YOU CAN EAT FRIDAY FISH FRY Beer-battered and golden fried with crispy french fries, fresh jicama slaw, cornbread and tartar sauce for $15.95

Offers

  • BBQ & Blues - Presented by Bulleit Bourbon

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm,Sat - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Every Saturday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM join us for BBQ & Blues! Reservations available by calling the Restaurant @ 414-651-7400. Walk ins welcome.
  • H.O.G. Member Special

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Wed - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm,Thu - Sat - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Join us for a cold one. H.O.G. members eligible for $4.00, 16 ounce cans of Budweiser, Bud Light, or Busch Light all day, every day. Please present your current Harley Owners Group card to redeem this offer. For a limited time only. Please drink responsibly!

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What 344 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Group Bookings

  • Wisconsin

    Lunch

  • Milwaukee

    Group Bookings

  • Milwaukee

    Lunch

  • Milwaukee

    Outdoor Eating

  • Milwaukee

    Scenic View

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  1. BB

    BrendaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    BBQ &Blues event was fun! Nice setting, good music, good food, good value
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The brisket was fantastic. The service was very good. The only thing that would’ve made it better would’ve been a sunny day.
  3. SV

    ShawnV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Both had the bbq plate was all good but was not very Smokey more like just a bbq sauce on it but was good
  4. g

    gracie

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only complaint is parking. Do you really have to close it all down for bike night?
  5. LF

    LindaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were great. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. Loved the band. Leroy Airmaster never disappoints.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was awesome they had a live band on Saturday night we happen to attend the food was amazing and even being packed and the service was still great even though they were short staffed food was delicious amazing job will be back here. Also a shout out to the management who fixed our table because ours was a little wobbly thank you.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was both of our first time there and we really liked it!
  8. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated in view of the band, the music was great, the drinks were tasty and the food was delicious. I couldn’t ask for more.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was absolutely the BEST trust me you won't be disappointed..excellent drinks and food... and please ask for Kimberly she was our waitress she will take good care of you from the drinks to the food service..im definitely going back...a million times more.
  10. JS

    JackS

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine. Very good food and the cheese curds are to die for.
  11. BW

    BriW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food and music. Service was a bit slow due to lots of people and maybe band. Enjoy.
  12. CS

    ChristyS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice view of the Milwaukee River, friendly waitstaff. Best to make reservations so you’re insured a seat.
  13. RR

    RRofRL

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chili Mac was great, and so was the brisket salad.
  14. AE

    AnthonyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food. food. Great service. Awesome atmosphere
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were hungover looking for a place to grab brunch before heading to the Brewers game and this was perfect.
  16. DC

    DC11

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was my first visit and I was pleasantly pleased!! The food, view, and service was great. I will be returning!
  17. j

    jknmom

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Was looking for somewhere different to eat. Thought we’d try Motor. Liked that they had some different foods, like baked potatoes, and gluten-free options. Enjoyed that they had a band. Would be a great place in summer to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Food was good, but not great.
  18. JP

    JanetP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We had a 5 pm reservation arrived on time and it was not crowded. So we choose to sit at the bar and dine at the bar. Bartender gave us no greeting did not offer drinks brought a few menus and never came over for a drink order or food order after about 30 minutes we left and went to the iron horse . Better service
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice crowd and lovely food
  20. RS

    RondaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Nice ambience. Live music on Saturday. Very convenient parking right by the door.
  21. JS

    JackS

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at The Harley restaurant. Food was outstanding and the music had the place rocking.
  22. J

    Jarrettsmom

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Dinner on Friday night after the Museum closed. Full but not noisy. Our server was doing triple duty due to staff shortages. Great table, with a view of the river. My husband had the pork barbecue platter, which he and our son ended up sharing. Most dishes had an overabundance of cheeses, and our server did not charge us. We will definitely go back and try other items on the menu.
  23. KL

    KleinerL

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation & got there 10 minutes early and they took us right away. The food was perfect the only downside is they don’t have marinara. I would return again for sure. They also had 2 blues singers/players while we ate so that was a cool surprise.
  24. AM

    AndrezM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    The Motor burger was ok,the brisket sandwich my wife had was good according to her. The service was slow. We waited 5 minutes before the server acknowledged our presence.
  25. SJ

    SandyJ

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was terrific, live music was fun surprise and our chili was amazing!
  26. HT

    HowardT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My friends and I returned to Motor having had a wonderful earlier experience. The fish-fry was as delicious as before and the service was delightful. We'll be back again, again.....Thank you. Howard
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Pictures looked a lot different than the actual atmosphere. Very loud. Could not hold a conversation.
  28. AR

    AprilR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! We really enjoyed the entire experience!
  29. C

    Candy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The restaurant is really nice and the staff was great. The food on the other hand was not great. I had the brisket nachos, lemon berry cheesecake and a bourbon cocktail and my friend had the brisket potato and a cocktail. The brisket was flavorful yet waaaayy too fatty. There was mouthfuls of it at times. Neither my friend or I finished our dishes. The cheesecake was a Sara Lee cheesecake with a compote on top. It was not good. Lastly the drinks tasted very cheap.
  30. w

    worldtraveler

    Milwaukee

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated Christmas with a friend. Dinner was great. We had burgers and the patty melt special along with drinks and the chocolate cake for dessert. We will be back.
  31. BD

    BigDog

    Milwaukee

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Service good. Cold place temperature wise. My wife and others wearing coats while eating. Not uncommon for this place.
  32. B

    Bayviewfan

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Brunch with Santa. Staff members were all very friendly and helpful. We had a great time.
  33. AM

    AnneM

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Also, fun band and festive "ugly sweater contest"
  34. w

    worldtraveler

    Milwaukee

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with a friend. Enjoyed the Mac and cheese comfort food on a cold night and a bbq sandwich. Nice view. Looking forward to returning.
  35. PP

    PattiP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat! Tasty food, great Spotty Cow,super service, relaxing & friendly. We’ll be back!!
  36. PM

    PamM

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    The fish fry was the worst our group had ever had. Fish was undercooked and very watery. Seemed as if they did not unthaw the cod before breading it and frying it. French fries cold.
  37. AC

    AlexC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    2nd time here. 1st time trying bbq specials. Will probably stick to burgers here from now on. The bbq special that all 4 of us ordered was a sampler of all 4 meats. Chicken piece was so small and thin. Pretty dry as well. Sausage was the only excellent meat on the plate. Regardless, enjoyed the live blues music and the Harley Davidson environment. I’ll just remember to stick to burgers
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, beer and atmosphere! Picked up a growler to go !
  39. SJ

    SJMilw

    Milwaukee

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started with an order of fried cheese curds, perfect, not greasy, and I had their burger and my wife had the brisket stuffed loaded potato. It was all perfect no complaints. Could barely finish the burger, and the wait staff did a great job. Will definitely come back to try other meals.
  40. H

    Huck

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Cool atmosphere, but... Both our burgers were way overcooked. Eating there on a Saturday night, they had live entertainment. It was so loud we had to yell across the table to have any conversation. Couldn't wait to leave!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum is rated 4.6 stars by 344 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

401 W Canal St. Milwaukee, WI 53201

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    6th Street

  • Area

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Free!

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 287-2778

  • Catering

    Great space. Great food. Great people. Plan your next event at MOTOR. Harley folks are famous for knowing how to party. This spirit of celebration and camaraderie will be plain to see when you host your next gathering at MOTOR.

  • Private party facilities

    Every visit to MOTOR Bar & Restaurant® is an event. And it could all be yours. Like the Museum, MOTOR serves up the best of American culture in an inspiring setting. Plan your rehearsal dinner or corporate gathering in a location as unique as you are. MOTOR is a seamless blend of industry and refinement - perfect for casual or formal events. Expand your party into the great outdoors on MOTOR's riverfront patios, complete with custom fire pits and lounge furniture. Sounds like a recipe for a truly successful event.

  • Private party contact

    Annie Champeau: (414) 287-2707

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