Port of Call
Port of Call

Port of Call

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.portofcallmilwaukee.com/
  • Phone: (414) 273-7678
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm (Until October 31, 2014)

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Burgers, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our Special Events office for catering inquiries at sales@edelweissboats.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Port of Call Bistro offers semi-private and private rentals.
  • Private Party Contact: Jordan Mendez 4142767447x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Plankinton
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: If street parking is unavailable, the following parking lots and structures are closest to Port of Call Bistro and Beer Garden:

    724 N. Plankinton-Covered Parking Garage
    Public Lots at Wells and 2nd Streets
    Rock Bottom Parking Lot
A word from Port of Call
Port of Call Bistro & Beer Garden is a nautically themed bar and restaurant in downtown Milwaukee where all items are made from scratch.

Fresh Fish Daily, amazing burgers with unique toppings and Wisconsin influenced items. Our unique specialties include Pistacchio Crusted Scallops, Flatbread Pizzas, Cedar-Planked Whitefish, Lobster Gnocchi, and Sea Scallops.

If you are a Manhattan drinker, ask for the Wisconsin Manhattan where Door County Maple Syrup substitutes the sweet vermouth.

For the sunny days there is a 1300 square-foot patio overlooking the Milwaukee River-perfect for sipping our nautically-themed cocktails.

Port of Call is conveniently located in downtown Milwaukee on Wells St. and the Milwaukee River. It is within walking distance to many theaters and concert venues. Reservations are highly recommended on weekends and concert nights.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Port of Call reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (20)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (12)fit for foodies (9)special occasion (7)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (5)romantic (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Food was average. The ambience was poor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The service was slow. There was one bartender that was trying to serve everyone while his assistant was too busy ignoring us. Not worth the first visit and definitely not worth a second.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PLon1114
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Pleasantly surprised. Expected pub food but got much better quality. Very good service from Collin who despite his inexperience went the xtra mile for us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday fish fry
    hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Good spot for dinner before a downtown event. Food was great!. Waiter seemed over worked but great customer service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try Lunch!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Dropped in midweek for lunch and was totally satisfied! I ordered off the special lunch menu and had the Salmon BLT sandwich which came with a tasty salad. The salmon, cooked to perfection, was perfectly seasoned and presented in a tasty bun. Cheesecake desert completed the $15 meal. Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in a LONG time!
    fullbellyandhappycustomer
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I would like to call myself a great cook so I find it difficult to dine out. I am often unimpressed by a menu or my food. However, I had a wonderful dining experience. Great drinks, wonderful dinner (braised short ribs) and wonder ambiance. I would highly recommend to anyone. The service was great and I enjoyed everything about my dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Welcome 'Port'
    MilwaukeeMarquette
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Despite a large Saturday night crowd of theater and concert goers (the Milwaukee Rep and Pabst Theater are a short, scenic stroll over the Milwaukee River via the Wells Street bridge), Port of Call weathered the customer "storm" with relative ease and in good taste. My wife and I have been to this upscale bar/bistro a number of times and our most recent visit with friends Oct. 18 was by far the busiest ever encountered. Armed with a 7 p.m. reservation, we waited only minutes past our appointed time to be seated in the bustling dining area. Our server was efficient and friendly, and the kitchen responded well to being overtaxed. Our three fish and one red meat entree were solid offerings that complimented our theater experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dodcnm
    dodcnmVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had tickets at the Pabst and were looking for something close, we chose Port of Call…..we will come back! The service was quick, pleasant, and very accommodating. Even the bus person was delightful. The food was very good and the the prices were just right. Pleasantly surprised and a very nice experience prior to the show!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A good environment and great food. Service was great and they were flexible on reservation time. A worth while place with awesome flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great waiter!!!!! Great food Only bad thing ran out of moscato :( Wonderful wait staff!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marko
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    5 pm reservation. Apparently items on the menu are not available. Our server did not pass on this information until we tried to order them. So I finally settled for a n.y.strip. I was told they were out. At 5 pm they were out? ??? I then settled for the scallops which were very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much better than last time
    CosmicDiners
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was very good this time around. Overall food was good. Caesar salad was excellent & so was the Tiramisu. Roasted chicken was very good and flavorful. The Special, the Panko Breaded Mahi-Mahi over roasted peppers & couscous, was disappointing - it was dry and did not have much flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wondferful Food - Great River Venue
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We spent a late night in Milwaukee and searched for a table on OpenTable and we found this gem. Great food and service! The Whitefish and the Salmon special were superb. The outside dining area provided a great view of the river......and the very vibrant nightlife in Milwaukee on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First time to this restaurant. Met a friend there for dinner and it went extremely well. My friend was late, but the waiter was very friendly and patient throughout. The food was excellent; I had the mahi mahi and it was moist (not overcooked and dry) and the cilantro lime went very well with it. My friend had a seafood salad and it was a generous portion. She loved her dish as well. We sat outside by the river and the view was fantastic, and it was really nice to also see the boats pass by. This restaurant is located by the Riverwalk, so you can also have nice walk along the river after dinner. Definitely a place to bring a date. Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just meh
    BoolooBadgerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I love their patio ... but the food is meh. We were seated quickly, which was great.... but then the hostess tipped over an entire glass of icewater onto my friend. I was thinking a nice gesture would have been to comp our appetizer, but there was no action taken. The artichoke dip appetizer was actually the only highlight of the evening for me. If you're looking to grab drinks with friends, Port of Call is a good downtown spot - but there are way too many good restaurants in MKE to waste a night out on POC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Riverfront gem
    Tarheelborn1VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great place for drinks and lunch on the Riverwalk.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue
    Food4taste
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Brought some out of town visitors to Port of Call for dinner Friday night. Ambience on the outdoor patio was great. For appetizers we had fried cheese curds, calamari, and a cheese tray. All were great. My wife has the fig and mushroom pasta which was unusual and delicious. The whitefish was excellent as well as the Mahi Mahi. Service was very good. They left us alone so we could talk and catch up on things for the entire evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our Friday night fish fry was average at best. We need to move tables with a spider on the inside window the size of a half-dollar, the drinks were good (homemade Sangria), we had a great experience there once before and thought that would be duplicated...we may or may not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 29 reviews are from the Port of Call reviews archive.
  • Don't forget Port O Call
    CatLady
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Don't forget Port of Call when looking for a meal before attending a downtown theater or concert. The menu cleverly includes both wine and beer pairings for entree items, although sadly not for entree salads. Seafood items were well prepared. Service was a bit slow. We allowed 1 1/2 hours for a meal before a concert, and did not have time for coffe/dessert. The restaurant space is very nice but doors were open to patio where smoking is allowed and cigar and cigarette smoke was irritating. We will come back when patio is closed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My daughter and I went to Port of Call before a show. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. We both had the dinner special - bacon-wrapped prawns. It was delicious. Service was courteous and attentive. My husband and I have also had sandwiches from the lunch menu on the outdoor deck. Great spot to sit on a nice day!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • River View
    Nigel
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fun place right on river. Great Bloody Mary and attentive outdoor service. I would go back again and plan to!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; only adequate server
    PVC1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We ate before a concert at the Riverside. Food was really good-calamari app. portion was small but the cheese curds were outstanding. Mahi-Mahi was excellent, as was seafood Cobb salad. Server was clearly new to the business. Well-meaning but inattentive and not very well-trained. Overall would recommend this restaurant-great location and great food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great spot for a nice dinner along the river!! Food was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Dining
    JudyM
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My husband and I tried Port of Call for dinner during downtown dining week. $35.00 for a three corse meal. We started with the artisan cheese plate. There were a few types a cheese, blue cheese with a drizzle of honey, some cheddar, and another type that I do not know the name of. The plate also had some delicious grainy mustard, grapes, one slice of toasted bread, and a bowl of kalamata olives. I would have liked an additional slice of bread. For my entree I chose the surf and turf: Lamb chops and scallops with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans. My husband had the New York strip with the same sides. Both dishes were delicious. Our dessert choices were tiramisu or cheesecake. They were equally good. Sitting outside was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We all had a great experience there! I got the Downtown Dining Week lunch menu. I picked the salad, with balsamic vinigarette, the salmon blt, and the ice cream! All were amazing!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portobello mushrooms?
    Greattomato
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Everything was great about this downtown dining experience. Except the portobello mushroom sandwich was made with button mushrooms. It tasted good but wasn't as advertised in the menu. Also the truffle fires are good but the dip that comes with is rather bland (hint: add garlic and salt)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better choices for downtown dining
    eernie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We ate there during Downtown Dining Week (DD) and both had the specials but came away with the distinct impression that they were trying to get us out the door for "real paying customers." They brought out our appetizer and main course at almost the exact same time and were told that for the DD specials, they are required to put the entire order in at once. I also made the reservation about a week in advance but were told that we could not sit by the window as those tables were reserved for other patrons. Lastly, there was a note on the menu that said we should be tipping based on the full price of the meal, not the DD price, yet the portions were clearly smaller. Lamb = dry and "gamey". Scallops = good but it's hard to screw those up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY poor management
    wsw555
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    There is really no other way to describe this restaurant. The short version is that they radically overbooked their own capacity to provide even a reasonable facsimile of average restaurant service. We saw other people just get up and leave. We had a reservation but they had no staff to serve us. We were ultimately served by the hostess who felt ashamed of the situation (it was her second day on the job). I do give her all the credit in the world for taking the initiative to do what she could. (she had never taken so much as a drink order before in her life but she took ours, and our dinner orders and served us as well) I have no way of knowing how this fiasco happened but there is no good explanation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not go back
    clowe
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Unfortunately this is one restaurant I would not go back to. Reception at front desk was poor, no welcoming smiles and I'm not sure if the 3 young ladies there knew what to do or where to seat us. Once seated, we waited atleast 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Finally a waitress came and said she would be right with us, waited another 10 minutes before she came back to take our order. Food came about 10-15 minutes later. Burger was very dry, fries okay and onion rings were good. Had to ask 3 times to get the check. Nice place to people watch, but that's about it.
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  • Desserts
    Esteban
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    If you're going to offer taramisu for dessert, it better be hand made. Theirs is watery and lacks taste. Even our server admitted it wasn't made fresh on site. Cocktails were mixed well and proportioned well. And our server was very pleasant, even though they were obviously understaffed. I would recommend for dinner, drinks, socializing. The layout is well-suited for a laid back 'drinks and maybe a nosh' sort of evening and decor works well for a riverfront spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food....
    nsherman
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Appetizer and main entree was great! The dessert was ok. I chose the tiramisu, which the bottom layer of lady fingers were soaked with liqueur/coffee and was not edible. Our waitress was a little overwhelmed with it being dining week downtown and she even apologized that she was not able to give us the attention that we deserved. Would definintely come back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice outdoor deck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Though we did not eat outdoors as it was a bit cool, there were those who did and it looked nice. There was a "loud" factor in terms of the noise level as a group was holding an event in a side room. We were seated quickly but it seemed as though restaurant was a bit short-handed. Salads were good, however, the entrée of the whitefish on a plank was fairly mushy and didn't have any flavor. Burger was good, though onion rings tasted more like the batter than onions. Staff was friendly; restaurant in a good location and would go back to give it another try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor summer dining
    Enjoyfood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our server James took excellent care of us. Fun drinks. Lovely scallops and whitefish dishes. On the river walk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant experiance
    Letusdine2night
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was our first time there,but will not becour last, very pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Riverside Treat
    dubbayew
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Nicely prepared seafood - Scallops - with wine and beer pairings for the entrees. Very convenient for the Riverside theater and the service got us to the show on time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • graduation lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    food was great. drinks were really good! Hacker Pschorr Munchen Weiss beer was a nice surprise! Excellent outdoor deck the on the Milwaukee river watching the bridge lift up for a larger vessel was quite entertaining!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went to Port of Call Saturday for a birthday celebration. Our table was not ready on time, and when it was ready, we were seated in the walkway by the door for outdoor dining. The place has a "fishy" odor when entering, not good. We asked to be moved but were not accommodated due to no other tables being available. The food was just ok, definitely better options out there for seafood. I ordered the Scallops and risotto, it had 4 scallops wrapped in bacon (not large). Justin our server did a good job, but the dissatisfaction was beyond his control. We will not be returning customers.
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  • Good, but some better choices
    FrequentFoodie
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I am a tough critic, and a proponent of continual improvement (hence I'll be open and honest). Four of us visited on a Sunday evening. Bar/restaurant was 75% full, good sign for a Sunday evening. Bar - good beer choices, disappointed martini's are not made with Cointreau (bartender said too expensive). Triple Sec is used which generally gives the martini a sour taste, not smooth. Would rather that there is an option of Cointreau for an upcharge. Food - salads were great, salmon was good, potatoes tasted instant and asparagus was overcooked/limp, pretzel rolls on slider appetizer were very dried out/not fresh. Service - James our server was prompt, informative and attentive! Our party of 4 agreed we may be back.
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  • Disappointed
    disappointed
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My husband and I both ordered salmon, which came undercooked. The middle was still very raw. We sent the salmon back and when our waiter brought our plates back, the salmon was over cooked and cut in half. The mashed potatoes that came with the salmon weren't anything special. The waiter apologized and we realize it wasn't his fault. The manager did not come over to our table. We were very disappointed in the whole dining experience.
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  • A failure on every level
    attabeckVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our experience here Saturday night was a disaster. First, we were told our reservation for 7:00pm for which we arrived on time was delayed. Then after we sat down and were given our menus, we were told that the fresh fish special for the evening was already sold out. Then the head chef came out to explain that he had only ordered/prepared 20 servings for the WHOLE evening and was sold out by 7:00pm. We ordered another fish meal, only to be told 10 minutes later that that dish too was sold out. ON A SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7:00? As we got up to leave without our meal, we were made to feel like we were the "criminals" for expecting to be able to dine like normal people by the hostess. We will NEVER patronize this establishment again!
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  • No bread?
    Nick
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I never feel this place is quite clean -- smudged glass and ugly ceiling -- tables placed so you can't see the river. And no bread with dinner salads or side salads? Everything was salty and just okay combinations of dull ingredients. The beer drinkers were happy, but I just felt smudged most of the time. House Chardonnay was terrible, BTW. Get the burger if you go -- they might be able to do that.
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