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The Anchorage in Milwaukee, WI

The Anchorage in Milwaukee, WI

Specialties

Newly refurbished with a fresh, contemporary decor and located in the Hilton Milwaukee River Hotel,  The Anchorage is the proud recipient of a 3  1/2 out of 4 star review from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Long-known for its unique variety of tempting seafood creations, The Anchorage has a NEW MENU, now featuring Allen Brothers Steaks, its signature seafood entrées, classic appetizers, and daily "Chef's Specials". Coupled with scenic views of the Milwaukee River, The Anchorage presents its dining guests with casual elegance in a panoramic setting that truly distinguishes itself as a premier dining destination in Milwaukee! Seasonal dining on the Patio also available!

History

Established in 1974.

...........Proudly Celebrating A Tradition Of Dining Excellence For Nearly 40  Years!

 

Company Info:

Rating: 2.63

Address: 4700 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI, 53212
  • Mon: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Comments (30):

1. Dee S.
They did have soft shell crab here, pan fried with red potatoes, fresh asparagus +carrots on the side.  My husband had crab cakes with a baked potato, fresh asparagus +carrots.  Everything was acceptable,  The table view is of a brown river but maybe better than no view at all?  The waitstaff is young, inexperienced but eager to please.  We had to explain to them what a chicken fried steak is, as the table behind us ordered it & was told it was tenderloin & bitterly complained about it to our amusement.  It was very quiet at 530pm with few tables eating but the prices are so-so to on the high side.

13/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
2. Kevin D.
This was nasty.  Far below Hilton standards.  The buffet was blah.  Fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and the like.  I couldn't tell if one of the hot items was grits or oatmeal.  The eggs were so runny you stood a good chance of getting salmonella.  I opted out for some fruit an the french toast... it was cold.  It was free and still gross.

18/05/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Steven M.
This place was pretty good for a hotel eat-n-beat. We had the buffet and most of the food was pretty good. Pancakes, eggs benedict, hash browns, bacon. The sausage was real. Not that crap you have to add water to get it's original shape back. They had an omelet bar also. The service was a little spotty. Even though we had to get our own food. No juice, no water, take the fricken dirty dishes already. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here. But it was o.k.

22/07/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
4. Jay C.
Over 30 minutes later we got a menu while the bartender greeted her personal friends. Unbelievably slow and chaotic. Nothign was happening here.

10/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
5. Bill B.
Average hotel place. Average breakfast and evening meals, but this review is more about the Prime Rib that is served on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

I give the Prime Rib * * * * * Five Stars.

I go here just for it. It is flavorful, tender and served with salad, potato and some veggies. I usually eat at the bar and watch sports on the TV. or the news on Today's TMJ 4. The price is really moderate.

The rest of the menu is so-so, but for my money, the prime rib is as good as you will find at any other restaurant in MKE for a lot less money.

03/10/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
6. Ali D.
Delicious.  Steaks are delicious and seafood is top-notch.  I ordered Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Rum Glaze & Citrus Rice...amazeballs.  Couldn't stop raving about it.  It was quiet for a Saturday night, but service was good and nothing disappointing about the visit.  Views of Milwaukee river and patio out back.

15/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. David W.
Brian in the Bar is great.  Nice pours.  Sunday brunch is worth going.  We will return.

23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Andy C.
I know I'm going to get flayed for this, and I don't mind because I have never been one to judge my dining experiences based on what others have said.  And without reservation or hesitation, I can say honestly and unequivocally that The Anchorage was one of the best, if not the best, dining experiences that I've had in the past decade.

There.  "Wow, really?" you may be thinking to yourself.  Absolutely.  Better than Signature Room.  Better than both of the Wildfire's I've been to.  Better than Ruth's Chris.  Better than Chicago Chop House.  Yep.  Of course I can't compare this experience to something like Alinea in Chicago because I haven't been to a place like that, but for the type of restaurant that The Anchorage is, I find it very hard to beat.  

A few points I want to make:

Location: 3 out of 5
Shares a space with the Hilton Milwaukee River Location.  See my review for the hotel for details about the actual hotel.

Service: 5 out of 5
Oooh, not going to lie - this place started off on a very precarious precipice with me as my gf and I had to wait maybe 5 full minutes before someone realized that we were actually in the restaurant.  And it was actually another customer that alerted one of the servers that we were there.  After that, things were flawless.  Our server was a young man named Niko, and he was superb.  Attentive and earnest, and knowledgeable enough about the menu.  Honestly, he was just a very friendly person, and what he made up in professional experience, he made up with a very easy-going character and a charming charisma.  The only "minus" I would award to him would be his inexperience in describing the beers they had on draft.  It was between an Amber and a Cow Bell, both brewed by Sprecher(?) in Milwaukee.  Aside from this very minor flub, Niko was great.

Decor: 4 out of 5
Nothing really to complain about here.  If you've ever been to a Philip's Seafood House (predominantly East Coast), think of the type of tables that they have in there, and you're close to what they have at Anchorage.  The restaurant was dimly lit at night, but I could still easily read the menu.  A singular fish tank graces an entry ramp, and the bar area is casual.  I believe that this is where they would serve their brunch buffet.

Quality of food: 5 out of 5.
"Oh man," some of you are thinking, "is this a joke?"  Absolutely not.  These were the items that my girlfriend and I had for the evening: Oysters on the halfshell, Caesar salad (me), Mixed green salad (her), surf and turf (her), NY strip (me), and espress creme brulee (shared).  I'm not going to lie - the oysters they had here were one of the cleanest and freshest that I've tasted.  As a side note, always, ALWAYS eat one without any condiments to make sure that nothing is being covered up.  The complementary (and also complimentary) hot sauce, horseradish, and lemon were ample, as were the crackers.  

Salads were probably the least stellar of the evening.  Not great, not bad.  Panera could probably make a salad that's on par with what we had, but then again, we weren't there for the salad.

Her surf and turf was a combination of a 6 oz filet mignon and an Australian lobster tail.  She asked for medium, and got a medium (excellent start).  Since I prefer my meat a little rarer, I skipped my gf's offer to taste her steak, and opted instead to have a bit of the lobster tail.  There IS a difference between what we had there and what you can buy at the store.  For one, the lobster tail was broiled, and not overdone, and I dunno - everything from the texture to the taste was just more subtle and sweeter than what we usually get, say, at a grocery store from the live tanks.  The drawn butter caddy was a nice touch (see my picture).

New York Strip, ahh...is there a better overall cut of beef?  In my mind, no.  You know why I order steak in restaurants?  Because I can't cook them correctly at home.  Oh, I can come close, and even make steaks taste good on an outdoor grill.  But the fact of the matter is - for whatever reason, be it heat output, time, technique, seasoning, etc. I just can't make a steak as well as the reputable steakhouses can.  Notice I said reputable, and not something like...Ponderosa.  Ahhh...yes, my medium rare steak came back, saignant - as it should have.  Pepper crusted?  By all means.  Mushroom sauce?  Absolutely.  I could have enjoyed my entree without the steamed carrots and asparagus or the baked potato, but yes, I even ate those.   Oh, sorry to digress, but they offer free breadsticks at Anchorage.  They're ok, probably on par with Olive Garden.  Eat them if you're hungry or if you have kids.  Skip them if you know what's good.  ;)

And for dessert: espress creme brulee.  Geez, I'd like to remember more about it, but it was gone so quickly.  In all honesty though, it was delicious, sweet, and I probably could have eaten another 3 of them by myself.

Overall: 5 out of 5
When Yelp lets me update this, I'll add a few more points.

29/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Becky S.
I've only been to Anchorage once and that was about a year ago. I definitely want to head back here soon though. Their location, right along the Milwaukee River, is really nice with great views. Be sure to get a table by the windows. Anchorage is definitely pricier than most restaurants I go to, but the prices are fair for quality seafood and steaks. They're a bit fancy, but not pretentious at all. They had great service here but what I remember most was the A-MAZ-ING swordfish. Delectable. Crab Crusted Swordfish to be exact. It would be hard not to get this when I go back, but so many of their seafood dishes also looked so good. Definitely a place to check out if you enjoy seafood.

26/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Bradley Z.
It doesn't give me any pleasure to report this but I want to share what I thought was going to be a nice lunch with my brother today. We both ordered a Caesar salad with the tuna. I should've known when my meal came that it wasn't that pinkish color that I'm used to eating. Within 45 minutes after lunch I start to feel tremendous amount of heat throughout my body and started a strange rash. I called my brother to find out that he too was feeling that way.
I contacted the restaurant and spoke with Sandy she explained to me that she was going to talk to the chef and get back to me.  Four and a half hours later I did get a call back from her only to hear her try to defend the restaurant asking what I had prior to that meal.
She really didn't offer any resolve at that point.   After a long uncomfortable pause I finally requested that they refund my money.  She promised to credit my credit card number and hopefully I'll see a credit. What a bummer the way they handled this I understand this happens potentially but they could've handled it better in my opinion.

31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
11. Tracy M.
We went for the Fox 6 Days of Dining and were not happy with our experience. It was 8 pm on a Monday night and the restaurant was not busy. We had to wait at the front for someone to notice we were there and then it seemed like this was the only guy working there and serving all the tables. Later in the dinner, we did see a few other staff about, but they did not seem very motivated. We had to ask 4 times to get some water, and waited a long time for EVERYTHING - drinks and courses. The waiter complained to us that "his staff" were not being good team players! When he did bring out the food he got each course backwards - 50% chance since there were only 2 of us.

The showcase soup was subpar and just tasted of some tomatoes. I guess they think it is fancy since there is side of sherry to pour in the soup! My husband ordered a blue cheese dressing for his salad and was served a peppercorn ranch type instead.We both ordered the prime rib and it was so-so - hard to get a good prime rib when it is soooo thin. I ordered a side of mushrooms and these did not come out until almost 10 minutes into the dinner - wished I would have told him to just forget it.

There was nothing special about this place and the euro-techno music they were playing did not fit the setting at all. I understand we were there on a planned menu, but this should not give them an excuse to short the customer with poor service and substandard food.

I used to do lunch at the Anchorage with my Mom years ago, as it is a pretty setting on the river, but was sad to find it has gone so far downhill. Doubtful we will give them another chance.

26/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
12. Rob W.
The evening started off well - the atmosphere was nice and comfy, and the calamari steak fries were really tasty.  That's where the fun stopped.

After placing our dinner order - Fillet, the Grouper special,and a kids spaghetti, we waiting close to 30 minutes before getting our dinner.  After 30 minutes, our 2 year old starting getting pretty fussy.  Once our food came out, by first smell, we could tell something was fishy.

When I cut open my fillet, it was deep red, and cold in the center, so very rare.  The veggies on the side were cold, and the carrots looked like shredded carrots meant for a salad.  The fish appeared grey, and old, and over cooked.  And the fish tasted horrible..

When the manager stopped by our table, I showed him my steak, and he took it back into the kitchen.  However, he forgot to ask us how the rest of the meal was, which was uncool.  Once he brought back my steak, instead of being very rare, it was somewhat rare.  The offered to bring us new dishes, at which point, an hour or so later, with a fussy daughter, we decided to go hungry and not waste anymore time on this restaurant.  The manager was nice enough not to charge us for our dinners, and was very eager to try and win our business back.

I will say, this was the WORST meal I've ever had in Milwaukee.  I would not recommend this place on any occasion, other than to have a cocktail while staying at the Hilton.  This is the first review I've ever written on Yelp, and I sure hope this helps others with their dining decisions.

28/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
13. Andrew S.
Ate here during my stay in Milwaukee, primarily because of the restaurants proximity to the Hilton.  Overall, felt like another hotel restaurant.  It serves it's purpose - easy food close to the room.  

I had the bone-in ribeye, citrus rice and some asparagus.  Ordered the steak medium-rare, received well done.  That's always disappointing - especially when you are asking $32 for dinner - plus a mandatory 18% gratuity.  The rice was ok - not citrusy, but whatever.  Asparagus was cooked to al dente perfection.  Nicely done.. Unfortunately, I ended up paying over forty dollars for a poorly cooked ribeye, some watery rice and delicious asparagus.  

Meh.

30/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
14. Kevin B.
I'm sorry to see some of the reviews below for the Anchorage's lunch and dinner service as I'd been there in the past and thought it to be fine. I stayed this past weekend as a hotel guest with friends and had the Sunday Breakfast buffet included with my Hilton free stay.

The breakfast was fine. Had a cooked-to-order omelet to go with various breakast meats, smoked whole salmon, desserts, tea, etc. After 10am, they started bringing out lunch entrees on the buffet Considering what a number of places in the area would charge for a comparable buffet, $16 isn't too bad. I suppose you have to watch out for some upfront gratuity on any restaturant check - the IRS is starting to nab restaurants on this practice.

The Anchorage might not be around much longer. The Hilton is losing its franchise as a Hilton come April 2014 and may close the hotel and restaurant.

16/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Huntur Y.
Went to the Anchorage because is was attached to the hotel and I hadn't eaten all day. Nice view of a river outside the windows. My waiter was young and fumbled a bit with the list of sides that come with the entree and was desperately trying to describe fingerling potatoes.  I had to cut him off and assure him I knew what they were. He was speaking of them like they were new to earth.
I had the macadamia crusted mahi with a pineapple rum glaze, served with asparagus and carrots. The mahi had a nice crust but I couldn't really pick out any notes of the macadamia. Tasted like cracker crust. The fish was a tad dry but still good. The glaze for the fish was nice and really stole the attention from the fish. It complimented, but also seemed out of place. The vegetables were flavorless. A little sea salt would have woken them up but they tasted like they came from a hospital cafeteria.
Not a bad meal, but nothing wowed me or had me wanting to come back to try more.
Service was good, attentive but unobtrusive and a nice ambience. I only wish the food would have completed the experience.

08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Jeffery M.
Hamburgers, hamburgers, hamburgers, there are more varieties than restaurants in Milwaukee, but at the Anchorage of all places?  Long revered for its extensive sea
food menu, I was surprised at the limited alternative lunch selections.
  I was meeting someone and admittedly had not been back since one of my initial Yelp reviews from 9/3/12.  Amazingly this was my first time ever for lunch here
after dozens of dinners over the years.
  My friend Gary selected the Hilton Stilton burger and I the standard American burger,
each $11 and a half pound char-broiled.  With a choice of sweet potatoes, french fries, cole slaw or fresh fruit, we selected french fries and I added grilled onions.  Stilton cheese on his appeared the only difference between the two.
  I could have added any of four other cheeses, but wanting to Yelp for decades to
come, I passed on all the choices, being allergic to cheese.
  Presentation and being in a Hilton setting with the Milwaukee River just outside our
window enhanced the dining experience.  Deni, our waitress made sure all drinks
were always filled and offered us a very tempting basket of rolls and butter despite
our meals having large home-made baked buns.
  We both agreed our burgers were indeed above average, however having eaten at Biggs Roadhouse Monday, this still was no competition.  With prices in the teens for almost everything else, the Anchorage must be for special occasions only.

23/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Jay G.
They have a coupon on Yelp for 50per cent off a meal if u buy one the manager said she does not take the coupon it have been to other places that say they did not take coupon any more but they would take it cause it was not my fault I think the food was over priced and made me sick everyone  did not like the food I will Never go back there only reason I went was to meet my Abbie the lady that told me she was the boss was Rudd and I don't think she was anything but a bad wait dress and bar keep she is the one that will ruin this place not good if you have money to burn burn it some place other then here not good and the worst was if u need a sharp knife to cut veal it is not good I can get better veal at any place this was not even fair if she offered to  let me use the coupon I still would not go back there it looks like they are  fixing up the Hilton they better fix the lady in the restaurant she all she wanted to do is talk about her family and she was the only one working the worst food I have had in a long time

04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
18. Dana V.
Review based on 15 - 20 visits over a six month period as a guest of the hotel.

Bar - Jill is wonderful!  Hope she never leaves.  They have a decent free happy hour munchie bar (chicken wings are the best) and a good drink menu. If you can tell Jill how to make it, she will!   The food itself is generally not bad.  I have tried a half dozen things on the menu and not been disappointed.  Their Bloody Mary is an experience that has to be seen to be believed! See below for cons.

Restaurant - breakfast.  Overall pretty good.  Buffet is decent.  Eggs Benedict are really good .  I have only had them made to order so not sure if the quality is the same on the buffet.  Really good oatmeal as well and excellent coffee.  Service is spotty and the servers make a point of stating the bill has a "suggested gratuity" listed.  As I usually tip 20 or more percent, pre-discount, I feel it a bit classless for a server to point out what her tip should be.  I have had several colleagues start to skip breakfast at the Anchorage due to this practice.

Restaurant - dinner.  Decent. The calamari strips are really good.  Caesar Salad has real anchovies on it and they have, well, interesting soup options.  The Red Snapper soup is a great choice.  The meals I have had have overall been three to four star.

Cons across the board are price.  As many others noted, it is pricey.  As a hotel guest I get drink coupons which help, but even for the bar food it is higher priced than other local places (i.e. $11 for a burger; $14 for a chicken quesadilla: $12 for a chicken sandwich).  Drive down to Bayshore and a similar menu is under $5 at Bravo.  The restaurant has much higher prices.  Again, decent food, but Devon at Bayshore has a comparable menu for slightly less.

The fact is is part of a sub-par Hilton is the biggest con.  Had I not been a frequent guest at the hotel I would not have gone to the restaurant.  I have since moved to a better hotel and despite the fact The Anchorage is by my office and on my way to my new hotel I will not go out of my way to go back.

09/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. L L.
Went for brunch after a change of plans to stay closer to home.  Should have had a clue when we walked in and there was only one occupied table.  We ordered two buffet, two French toast, one eggs Benedict.  Right away when ordered escalloped Apple French toast was told they were out of apples.  Ten minutes later. the order for banana french toast was told, yep, no bananas.  Buffet was bland, bacon was way undercooked.  Service was lacking.

28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
20. Nico M.
So...

I had a $25 certificate from restaurant.com to this place and decided to try it out because I saw the variation of seafood items on the menu. The reviews on restaurant.com weren't bad so since I was in town I thought I'd try it. I should have checked the Yelp reviews...

1.The prices were ridiculous!!
2. The service was subpar.
3. The food was below mediocre.

The waitress brought us out fresh baked rolls with cold butter and the menu. These rolls were the highlight of our meal. Upon looking at the menu I saw the ridiculous prices. However I knew I had the $25 dollar certificate and the descriptions sounded great.

We chose:

- Red Snapper $4.00 - $6.00
our signature soup started with a tomato and clam base and finished with the chef's blend of spices and ingredients. served with a side of sherry.

There were literally 3 small pieces of fish in the soup..and I mean small. It honestly tasted like tomato soup with a bunch of onions and bell peppers.

-  Char Grilled Salmon $21.00
atlantic salmon char grilled and topped with lemon dill butter.

The salmon was extremely bland; We got a baked sweet potato and asparagus with shaved carrots on top. Very mediocre and food was just warm...not hot..warm.

-  Maryland Crab Cakes $24.00
the chef's own mixture of maryland crab and secret spices served with a remoulade sauce.

- This was my dish and I was beyond dissapointed. When our waitress brought out the plate, I looked down and asked her if it was the Crab Cake appetizer or meal. She said it was the meal. $24 got me 2 small Crab Cakes that were overcooked and lacking flavor, extremely bland "herbed rice", Asparagus with Carrot shavings on top and the Remoulade sauce that was way too salty.

The best part of our meal included the fresh baked rolls minus the cold butter, the asparagus, and the baked sweet potato. As far as service goes,  I had to share my water because our waitress never asked if we wanted a refill until she was about to bring us our check. She had a very subtle attitude, but I didn't even trip on that really. It was honestly the food for me. Our total came to $52 before the $25 discount. Being that we're from Chicago and have experienced amazing cuisine, I wouldn't dare spend that much on subpar food. Which only leads me to say that I wouldn't recommend this to anyone visiting the Milwaukee area.

Avoid..

10/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
21. Nancy R.
There are many great things about the Anchorage. The ambiance of the restaurant is superb. There are large windows looking out on the Milwaukee River. As it began to get dark, outside lighting highlighted the river birch along the bank and the soft dinner lighting of the restaurant made it seem cozy and friendly.

The service was outstanding. Our waiter was not just efficient, but extremely friendly in a neighborhood establishment sort of way. He was training another server and she was doing a fine job as well, although she was much more reserved.

There is a wide selection of seafood and I had a type of fish I had never heard of before - sanddabs. They were a mild whitefish pan fried with a tomato, mushroom, onion, and lemon-butter sauce. This dish was labelled sanddab piccata, but as you can see from the above ingredients, it wasn't really a piccata. Didn't matter, it was still delicious. If you like perch and whitefish, you will love sanddab.

My mother ordered a prime rib, which I figured was a mistake since this place is known for its seafood. Wrong. It was a huge hunk of prime rib perfectly cooked with a thick rind. I bet it was 3 inches thick! She said it was mouthwatering, and will have an entire another dinner from the leftovers.

My only complaint was the restaurant is a little pricey for its location on Port Washington Road, south of Hampton Road. It is connected to the Hilton at the Hampton Road exit of I-43. If the prices were a little more reasonable, I could see us eating there regularly.

If you live in the Whitefish Bay-Shorewood-Glendale are, this is a very nice dinner option.

22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Jeffrey D.
A fine establishment with an extensive food and drink menu.  Friendly staff which provides excellent customer service.  Located right on the Milwaukee River, yielding a beautiful wildlife view for several tables.  I enjoyed a delightful variation of the classic Arnold Palmer beverage, accompanying my delicious Sole Provost dish.  I will certainly return!

05/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Max A.
Tough crowd here in Milwaukee.  Nothing wrong with this joint.  Great food and outstanding service.   Plus a Yelp check in Seafood discount!  If your staying at the hotel, make sure you are Honors as you get a free breakfast and 2 for 1 drinks.   I had the eggs Benedict with salmon bacon.   It was perfect!    I did not get the bar, but it looked like your typical Hilton breakfast bar.

24/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Rick R.
Super expensive for an average hotel restaurant.
Average food and average service.
They do not open for breakfast till 6:30 am (expect a line of people waiting to start their day)
REALLY LOUD ANNOYONG MUSIC.

13/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
25. Clyde F.
I've been to The Anchorage many times for a mediocre breakfast and lunch, but my attempts at dinner here were disappointing.

I'll preface this by saying that I'm a vegetarian and am not their target audience, but:
a) they're in a major hotel chain, and
b) I dined with seafood eaters who were equally unimpressed.

The brunch buffet is pretty good. Their best menu item is the sweet potato fries, which are thick cut but cooked through and nicely seasoned. The salads are unimpressive, usually accompanied by few inches of peeled carrot skin and a pile of black olives from the can.

Last visit, I ordered a pasta primavera for dinner. The sauce was decent but the vegetables seemed to be from the scrap pile of other meals. For example, for every floret of broccoli, there were about three stem bases with all of the branches cut off. Perhaps the worst item is the Flat Bread with Mozzarella and Asiago. It supposedly comes with vine ripe tomatoes, but I'm pretty sure it was canned sauce. I've also never seen yellow mozzarella cheese before, so I think it was shredded cheddar. I was hoping for something more like bruschetta and would have settled for margherita pizza, but this was barely edible. My dinner companions have ordered fish, scallops, and crab cakes here and were unimpressed with the preparation. At prices approaching the high-end seafood restaurants, there should be no problem doing this right.

The best aspect is the view of the Milwaukee River, and I'd recommend it for a romantic evening for that reason alone. Choose your season wisely, however. It is pretty during winter with the lights and ice, and pretty during full bloom, but other times it's just bare trees along muddy banks with the freeway on the horizon.

08/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
26. Stacie E.
I am surprised by the reviews I have been reading after I just had one of the most delicious meals and experiences here, last weekend. I don't think it's fair to blame a seafood allergy on a restaurant, nor is it fair to give a bad review because it doesn't serve some of your old favorites.

All I can say is that I had my first experience her last weekend. It was amazing. Our waitress, Kelly, was top notch! She had us laughing and was on top of drinks and plates all night. We were a rowdy group and she joined right in! The food was phenomenal! From the cocktails to the main course, I loved every bite. I got the Princess Salmon, with fingerling potatoes and the tomato artichoke soup...mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I loved it, and not one person in our party had a bad thing to say. In fact, We all will be back for more!

The prices were what you would expect at a fine seafood establishment, so I can't say that it was expensive. You most certainly get what you pay for here. Perfect portions, presentation and service. A must try in the Milwaukee/Bayshore area!

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Jason C.
$7.75 for a Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet - made with rail brandy (E&J's) - old fashioned bar mix, a splash of sprite, and a cherry & orange slice...

It was watered down beyond belief. I am not even sure what part of it was all watered down like that. It was horrible, and I am angry with myself for getting it. It took me below $14... which is how much the breakfast buffet is the next day.

Yeah... side note- No continental breakfast at what used to be a Hilton... unbelievable... Just a way for The Anchorage to make more money.

09/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
28. Lillia L.
I have a mixed review on this one. My first experience was at the "free food happy hour" the evening I checked in to the Hilton Hotel. The wings were not bad, but they were not great either. What they were is super salty! There was a nice assortment of cheeses (after all, this is Wisconsin) and a cute veggie "shot" which consisted of Ranch dressing in a shooter with carrot and celery sticks and a pick with assorted olives.

The Bloody Mary was nothing short of amazing and I'll post a picture. It was HUGE, and aside from the usual tomato/vodka mix it also contained Jumbo shrimp, celery, carrot, olives, pearl onions, whole red pepper, beef stick, pickle spear, and really good cheese strings. $10 but almost a meal in a glass and I can recommend you have Jill make you one.

Jill is hardworking, overworked, pleasant, and frazzled. I had colleagues join me later in the evening and she put their drinks on my tab. When they asked for individual tabs, she still charged me for 5 beers and the Bloody Mary. (I had 1 beer). We did eventually get it sorted out but I chalked it up to her being so hurried and harried.

The next experience I had was again in the bar. The following night my colleagues and I stopped in for a late dinner and some drinks. The bar was 2/3 full and it took a long time for Jill to get to our table. 20 min later we still didn't have our drink orders and she had not returned to take our meal orders. I ended up leaving and ordered room service.

The Red Snapper soup must be hit or miss. Another Yelper said they could hardly find fish in theirs... Mine was a lovely thick stew-like soup which was more fish and vegetables than broth. I would order it again as it had a good tomato basil flavor.

The Angry Chicken Pasta I was less impressed with. It stated it was "Cajun Chicken Strips with sautéed onion, mushrooms, red & green peppers, tossed with linguini in creamy Cajun sauce". What it ended up being was some chicken breast on a pile of angel hair, one mushroom slice, one slice of red pepper, one slice of green pepper, and a red (not creamy) spicy and VERY SALTY broth in the bottom of the bowl.

The key reason I'm only giving 2 stars, is that the food, drinks and service are hit or miss but the prices are OUTRAGEOUS for such mediocre fare.

Eat here if you must for convenience, but I am sure you can so better elsewhere not far from the hotel.

05/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
29. Faith B.
Mother's Day Brunch was less than acceptable and completely over priced! The food actually had potential to taste good however it was cold (nasty). The waffle/pancake station had no pancakes. On the THIRD attempt I waited almost 10 minutes for a pancake, even the employee tending to the station said this is ridiculous. When we asked to have the 18% gratuity justified we were told first this is one of the busiest days of the year (so it justifies ripping off your customers?) and second the banquet hall requires a 21% gratuity. What does that have to do with anything? Get it together general manager! Nothing was done to rectify our dissatisfaction. Will not be returning.

13/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
30. Doug j.
I went to the Anchorage today for lunch with my wife and another couple.  It was a fantastic experience.

We got a table by the window so the view was special.  Our waiter was prompt, friendly and helpful.

I had the perch and my wife had the crab cakes.  Both were excellent  The other couple had tilapia and they loved it.  The fingerling potatoes were top notch.

The food is a bit pricey, but we had a coupon, so the overall cost was reasonable for the high quality of food.

07/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0