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Bars and Clubs > Happy hour > City of Milwaukee > Downtown > Motor Bar & Restaurant

Motor Bar & Restaurant [edit]
401 W. Canal St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 287-2778
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Motor offers a menu of bold American lunch and dinner classics that celebrate the discoveries of the open road. The peach cobbler looks and tastes exactly like it does in the roadside diners of Georgia, there are hints of Little Rock in the smoked BBQ ribs, and of course, the menu features Wisconsin favorites like lake-caught Walleye and Milwaukee's best sausage and cheese.

While the food is designed for triggering memories, the space is designed for sharing them. Communal tables and a horseshoe-shaped bar make every seat a perfect spot for starting conversations, either with an old friend or the new friend one seat over.
Upcoming events

April 29, 2014
Drink Indigenous: New Glarus Brewing Co. Dinner at MOTOR!

Drink Indigenous: New Glarus Brewing Co. Dinner at MOTOR! Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Beer Half Hour: 5:30pm Dinner Start 6:00pm Motor Bar & Restaurant’s Executive Chef Kirk Wright welcomes New Glarus Brewing Co. from New Glarus, WI. Enjoy world class, hand-crafted beers paired with some of Chef’s favorites inspired by the open road. 39.95 per person. Reservations are limited and required. Call 414.287.2778. For brewery information visit For event information visit

May 8, 2014
Grilln' 'n Chillin' Cooking & Cocktail Class

Grillin ‘n Chillin Cooking & Cocktail Class May 8, 2014 6:00pm-8:00pm Kick off the summer grilling season right. Join MOTOR® Executive Chef Kirk at our first annual Grillin ‘n Chillin Cooking & Cocktail class. Learn new and delicious menu items for the grill and easy to prepare summer cocktails. 34.95 per person. Space is limited and reservations required. Call 414.287.2778.

May 11, 2014
Mother's Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch May 11, 2014 10:00am-5:30pm We are rolling out the orange carpet for moms on Mother’s Day with our all-you-can-eat brunch with kids’ brunch tables at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy great food and receive “Mom” temporary tattoo. After brunch, head into the H-D Museum – Moms get in free with purchase of a paid adult or child admission! Make your reservation now. 414.287.2778. 29.95/adults 12.95/kids. 5 & under eat free.


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Posted by S&S on July 13, 2009 at 1:52 p.m. (report)

Was here for lunch about 2 weeks ago. It felt like they just opened, the service was very slow. Took almost 45min to get our food, grilled ch. While the food was good, the order was wrong. The MGR was great & took off the food that was not correct. I will try it 1 more time. I suggest getting younger waiters who can move fast.

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Posted by stuartw on Jan. 9, 2009 at 1:07 p.m. (report)

Food & service marginal. Ordered ribs and burgers. Ribs were tough (bad qaulity of meat) &/or under cook. Didn't fall off of the bone. Flavor was okay, but overly smokey, disappointment - wouldn't order again. Burger was prepared to order, but the bun it was presented on was dry and old. It seemed like the b-team was working that Thursday evening. As for service, it was lack luster. They weren't on top of things that evening and had to request beverage service numerous times before it would arrive. The four of us will probably not go back to the resturant.

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