Distil

Distil

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.distilmilwaukee.com/
  • Phone: 4142209411x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Vault is Milwaukee's premier venue for private engagements and events. Located directly below Distil, The Vault's atmosphere combines nostalgic glamour with contemporary amenities. The Vault also features Distil's very own showroom that houses all of the meats, cheeses and sausages. These delicacies are stored in controlled areas to ensure the best quality.
    Your experience at The Vault is truly your own as you can customize your event to the very detail. Whether you're hosting a celebration or entertaining colleagues, you'll have the ability to build your own menu and select your favorite wines and spirits. Our expert staff and chefs will be able to assist you and are available on site for private parties.
    The Vault will also support any technical needs you may have. With a private sound system, take advantage of our private music library or feel free to bring your own. With flat panel television you'll be able to have private screenings, watch major sporting events.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Boucher 3179978498x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Distil
Distil is inspired by the artisan chefs that discover, create and bring new flavors together. Upon entering Distil, you're senses are transformed from everyday to extraordinary. Distil features a menu of fine cheeses, wine, cured and dry aged meats, classic and craft cocktails that create an entire experience unlike any other venue in Milwaukee. Each menu option has been specifically selected and prepared by Distil's expert chefs. From the variety of Wisconsin cheeses to International wines, each item is unique to the palate and introduces a world of new flavors.
Whether you're a novice or connoisseur, it is our privilege to introduce you to the world of Distil. Our expert chefs will be more than happy to answer any questions or make suggestions to ensure your experience is the very best. Every item on the menu is prepared and stored at Distil to guarantee the very best quality.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Distil reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (3)romantic (3)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Fun Evening
    Cynthiamarie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We drove up from Illinois to meet friends for dinner on a week nite. When we arrived we found out that the restaurant's kitchen was under construction and they were only able to provide a limited menu. But they were very creative! They had menus from the restaurants next store. We had three sets of menus, a gracious host and wait staff.....we ordered small plates from Distil, a few items from the other restaurants and they made it a very fun adventure. The drinks were wonderful....fun had by all....we will return next month and they promised to have a full menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best drinks ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great drink menu. Love the Hemmingway. Great sliders, along with the best chicken and waffles north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 143 reviews are from the Distil reviews archive.
  • Great cocktails & nibbles
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I always enjoy going to Distil. Drinks are innovative and delicious. Food is great for sharing - think smart takes on Wisconsin favorites that are easy to share. Had gone this time for a band that was supposed to play Friday night, but had a different band instead. Other than that, another enjoyable night at Distil.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Desa2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We went for Downtown Dining and everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Service was bad. Food not anything special for the price there asking
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    JoJo
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We dined here for downtown dining week and they absolutely killed it. I had the beat salad, wonderful, and the scallops, which were honestly the best I have ever had. The craft cocktails were well made and strong, interesting flavor combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • expected more
    vivoAcomida
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    food was good, but probably won't return due to service being suboptimal. wasn't too noisy, music was a a tad on the loud side. better for couple dinning or small group of 4. drink menu looked great, though pricey for the amount they give you. Hard to find, sign out front flashes in/out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not busy enough to be that slow
    Foodieferna
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a party of 4 and a reservation at 7:15, we didn't get water until 7:49 and then waited another 15 minutes for our drinks and to place an order. Our server was friendly however his excuse of "were busy because of downtown dining" was irrelevant due to the fact that there were more servers and staff than parties of people to take care of.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It's quite simple...
    JAKMilwaukee
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Amazing cocktail list. Great food. Attentive (but not intrusive) Service. What more could you ask for in a dining experience. This was my first time at Distil and it won't be my last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Did not end up ordering the Milwaukee Diner's week menu, but the food was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We dined here with another couple for downtown dining week. The food and drinks were very good, but I was disappointed in the punctuality of the restaurant. We had a reservation and checked in early, and they said they wouldn't be ready until our reservation appt so we we went next door for a drink. No problem here. However, we came back at exactly the reservation time and we're told they didn't have a table ready but were directed to grab a drink at the bar. We didn't end up sitting down until at least 30 minutes after our reservation. It would have been nice had they told us they were 30 minutes behind when we initially checked in so we could have enjoyed our drinks next door awhile longer. All that said, I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but small portions
    JLar
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went for Downtown Dining Week...the service was great, the food tasted great, but pretty small portions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    msut
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Service was very slow. 15 minutes before someone took our drink order, another 45 minutes after that before we got our salads. The butter sauce on the steak was intensely salted and barely edible. Cannnot recommend this place for dinner. Pretty disappointing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday bash catch up
    Birthd3yB4sh
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Distil is a perfect meeting ground for people to come from work and meet in the middle. Looking for a great vibe, good service and tasty food, then this is the place. It was a great place to catch up with a friend that works as much as I do. It was nice to end up at a place that allowed for that. Thanks distil! April
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    babs
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great server, fun to taste several dishes. Plenty of time to enjoy ourselves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At the last minute my girlfriend
    ajv17
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    At the last minute my girlfriend found out she had Valentine's Day off, and we decided to celebrate. Thank goodness I thought of Distil. The restaurant was plenty busy but still had an 8:15 p.m. reservation open. The staff was even able to push it back to 8:30 when we got a late start heading out. Food was quite good (definitely order the cheese curds if you go) and reasonably priced. Drinks were well-made and the bourbon list was outstanding. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date spot!
    FoodieForLife
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    All small plates and delicious drinks. Everything we got was simply amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines day
    Younglove
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I ate here for dinner on valentines day, we have been here before, but just for drinks. We choose options off the special valentines day menu, which were 2 drinks, 2 small plates and desert, we also ordered extras. The small plate style was perfect for 2 and everything was delicious! Drinks were amazing like always, and the service was very very good. Would definitely come back again to dine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small plates find in Milwaukee
    SLUvisitor
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Three of us stopped in at 7 on a Friday night. In town for college visit to Marquette so did not know anything about the place. We were quite surprised to be the only ones there. Turned out to be small plates and they were fantastic. We shared the chicken sliders (3), beef sliders (3), pork cubes with honey - yum, flatbread pizza, and frites with two dipping sauces. The dishes were all really good. The beef burger was a favorite. The buns were so perfect and the flavor combo with the perfectly cooked beef was so good. My husband had their Old Fashioned Old Fashioned and loved it. He is picky...ended up ordering a second drink. Good beer selection. Seemed like a trendy spot - good music playing and started to fill up as we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accomodating & attentive staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Distil was a great choice for my friend's reunion. The staff made special accommodations for us and greeted us personally when we arrived without all of the guests in tow. Service was attentive without being annoying, food was great and the space is divine. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Small Plates
    MKEDiner
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    There is a dearth of places in Milwaukee serving up-scale food "late" (i.e. 9:30 pm on a Monday) but after working late I wanted to take my boyfriend out for his birthday and found Distil. We ordered several small plates and cocktails -- everything was delicious and service was prompt. Our only complaint was the music levels seemed a bit high (on a Monday night there wasn't a lot of noise to cover up).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slower service
    Eastsidr
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Went there with a group of 6 ladies. The scene was very welcoming for a group! We order craft cocktails and wine, which were very tasty. However, it took 15 minutes to get out drinks. The menu was small but the good was delicious. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Melbdmd
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Great dinner--everything was very tasty especially the burgers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Drinks!
    IoneTaylorVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We've been here before and always had an exceptionally wonderful experience. However, this time was a little different. Our server seated us, and it felt like we were inconveniencing her - she had no interest in making smalltalk about the Woodford Reserve barrel at the entrance as she walked us to our table. My bourbon drink was well prepared and just the perfect blend of sweet and sour and bitter. In the past we've dined here on Thursdays when there've been great specials, but this night it was just the regular menu. The pork belly was scrumptious. The asparagus flatbread was good but didn't have the peashoots promised on the menu. The smelt and carrot cake was also good. By the end of the meal, our server had warmed up a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    We enjoyed ordering the small plates and trying a bunch of dishes. The flat bread was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had an okay time here. Nothing
    ChitownSistaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    I had an okay time here. Nothing to get excited about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    on my first visit to Milwaukee I was very glad to discover Distil. awesome craft cocktails in a vibrant, cozy setting. the menu is limited but I loved every item I tasted.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger in Milwaukee
    fortcranbry713VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    My meal was one of the best I've had in this city. I will definitely be bringing visitors here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was a little pretentious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Was a little pretentious. Good fun cocktails, but the cheese plate was a bit over the top with very smelly cheeses. The bartender was new, but really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crazy night
    OpenTableUser1VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Dined with 1 other person for Downtown Dining Week. Waited 20+ mins for our salad and got handed our entrees. I refused them and asked for the salads and received the reply "Oh it's crazy, you know" like it was no big deal. Dining took about 2 hours for 3 courses. Food was tasty so their chef is very good, but with other restaurant choices in Milwaukee, I look forward to trying somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go on Thursday!
    Tree
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Went for dinner here on destination Thursday - great deal at $30 per person for a three course meal with paired drinks. 1. parking was an absolute nightmare! 2. The food was pretty fantastic - the salad was pretty meh bit the main course and dessert were great and the portions were well sized. They didn't skimp on the alcohol in the paired cocktails either - a nice surprise. 3. the service - meh. We had to wait at the bar for a good 10 minutes despite having had reservations and there were empty tables while we were waiting. When we were actually seated at one of the tables which had been open the whole time, it didn't even have silverware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd times the dud.
    JRomaniszak
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Having had a great cocktail and app experience here in the past, I came back for a dinner out during restaurant week and left extremely disappointed. I know it was busy, but by the tail end of the week, I hoped they would have figured out a system. Seating to ordering drinks 15 min -receiving apps +15 -FINALLY receiving drinks +10 more (that's a full 25 min until actually got our drinks!) I lost count after that, but it was about a 2 hour and 15 minute meal. The food was good as expected, but I couldn't believe the inattentive service. At least 4 people waited on us, and we saw the waitstaff arguing over who was taking care of us. It's going to take a while before I go back to give it another shot for the great food and cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small plates but amazing food
    Katie
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Their menu is small plates but well worth it. A little pricey but totally get what you pay for. Great food and unique drinks with a great ambiance. Highly suggest their Destination Thursday dining special (3 course meal with drink pairings from a featured country for $30)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Distil-I'm busy next time.
    ThorsonMKE
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Service was bad. It wasn't even busy. The food took a very long time to come out. It was ok at best. The price of the drinks and the food, were very high even for downtown, and the drinks were poorly mixed. The wine selection was good, but again, over priced. You can get better food at a lower price with better service at many other establishments in this fine city. Skip it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is fantastic and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    The food is fantastic and the drinks are great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very impressed with the quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Very impressed with the quality and presentation. Limited menu but great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Destination Thursdays a Must
    IoneTaylorVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    I love the ambiance of this place - the coppor ceiling, cozy booths and classic bar. I ordered the Destination Thursday three course meal with cocktail pairings featuring the cuisine of Fiji. I was entralled with the cocktails - they were interesting and delicious and not cloyingly sweet. The food was also scrumptious and beautifully presented. My husband ordered off the regular menu. The fried smelt brought back wonderfully nostalgic memories of his grandmother's cooking. The mushroom tart was savory and satisfying. He also ordered a ginger cocktail that was quite refreshing. The service was also spot on, not rushed but always prompt and professional. We got to our theater show on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not blown away
    Sahale14
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    This restaurant group has good reputation and this was my first visit to one of their restaurants. The food was pretty good. I had their burger, which was the best burger I've had in a long time, although I rarely eat burgers. The cocktail I had was tasty, but pretty expensive for what you get. The service was not anything special. Our server could have at least pretended she wanted to be there, which would have made the experience much better. Music selection was weird for the decor. Nothing really seemed to meld for the ambiance. People dressed up and people in t-shirts and shorts. All in all it was OK. With so many other restaurants to go to and try in this city I won't be going back anytime soon though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value and Unique Menu
    KBGmom
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    My husband and I loved the unique menu on the night we dined. Thursdays are called Destination Thursdays. The menu changes from week to week...but three courses, complete with three drinks for $30. It couldn't be beat! The service was great and the staff are willing to answer any questions. It was the perfect place for our anniversary!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; server was attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Great food; server was attentive and friendly. Expensive drinks!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate