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About Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant
Bacchus offers contemporary American cuisine in a stylish, modern and sleek setting overlooking Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. Boasting one of the city's most extensive wine lists and a menu that features seasonal, local ingredients. Several private rooms, including a beautiful glass-enclosed conservatory, are available for business and social occasions.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: Open for holidays, special occasions and private parties. Call for availability.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$4 for dinner.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Options Available
Private Party Contact:
Tricia Smith: (414) 765-1166
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Visit https://www.bartolottas.com/events/restaurant/bacchus/ for information on upcoming wine and author events!
Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I eat at nice restaurants fairly often. This was our first experience with Bacchus. It definitely WILL NOT be our last! This place is incredible! We were never treated in such a "grand" way (for lack of a better word)! They made us feel like royalty! Everyone went out of their way to make the special evening even more so by the things they did. I just can't say enough about important we felt, and genuinely cared for. We have been to other Bartolotta Restaurants and have been treated very well. Bacchus definitely stands tall above any experience we've had, hands down!!
I have had Bacchus on my list for a long time, and was eager to try after attending the Ballet earlier. We ended up arriving at the really cool location and very nice interior design. We were sat next to a large table that was noisy and very rude (guys high fiving for the lady talent in the room). When we sat down we started with a 1/2 bottle of wine and perused though the menu and decided to go with a local cheese and crackers and a couple of appetizers. The Octopus was fantastic, but the tuna tartare was very bland. One the server returned to the table we decided to have another 1/2 bottle of white wine and stick with the appetizers. At that point, this is where the servers attitude changed on a dime! So sad that the server drags the restaurant experience down even further. We received our bill and found that the cheese was $38.00!!! I couldn't believe that we were not told! As a former 5 diamond server myself a could not even fathom that philosophy, even if I opened a $500.00 bottle of wine for a guest. I did not make a big deal of it at the restaurant as I did not want to ruin our night. Since our ending bill was a measly $220.00 and I learned a new lesson that a servers individual wants and needs can drastically cloud the vision of a restaurant, while the restaurant takes the hit.
Food was very good. The spinach salad and the pumpkin soup were very good and and both were nice sized portions. The bluefin tuna was amazing as were the scallops. Coffee was hot and fresh.
On the downside prices were very expensive including $25 for a 4 ounce pour of wine, $12 for salad and $40 for probably 4 ounces of tuna. We really enjoyed our meal but Not sure we would return due to the pricey menu. Lisa provided great service
Pricey, with small portions at that. The food was very good, but not worthy of the cost. They had some white truffles the night we were there but the prices of those were really atmospheric. As it was, dinner for two was over $200 and we didnt go crazy on wine etc. Definitely a special occasion location only, unless you manage a hedge fund or are independently wealthy.
The place was only half full on Friday night, which is telling.
Waiter was not attentive at all. Order a bottle of wine never ever came back to refill our glasses.
Order a porter house steak waiter did not even ask how was the steak prepared or how was the first bite..
It was two tables in the area around 6:45pm thats it. He catered to a table of five who were above noisy for such a quiet ambiance setting.
Our bill for two individuals came out to $172.00 and it appears that is not enough value to get the waiter to show you appreciation.
Upon being seated we were greeted by our servers. They were wonderful, professional, and a joy to be around. I often feel bombarded by servers in high end restaurants who are reeking of desperation, pushing every expensive item on the menu in order to up their take. At Bacchus, this simply does not happen, and it seems that they really want their diners to enjoy an experience tailored to their own price point and interests.
After reviewing the extensive wine list, we settled on a bottle of Boudreaux, which was recommended by our server. An awesome bottle, priced at only $48! The wine list is amazing. Truly the best I have seen in the city. Anything you could ever want in wine was represented in this list. One of things I was most happy about, was the fact that there were many bottles under $100. That’s always refreshing to see.
The food is outstanding. We started with bread and butter. The ciabatta was fresh, but ice cold, the flavor however, was great. My wife ordered pumpkin soup, it was wonderful. Creamy and rich, the dense flavoring was exactly what you would want this time of year. Soups are always wonderful at Bacchus. I ordered the spinach salad. It was served cold with three or four large chunks of Lardon, and a crunchy, garlicky crouton. It tasted incredible. Grainy mustardy spinach and fatty fried pork flavor. Some of my favorite things. Highly recommended. We opted for the chateaubriand for two as our entree. The star of the night, 20 oz of perfectly medium rare USDA prime Filet. Served with the most amazing earthy mushrooms, Robuchon style pomme purée, roasted Brussels sprouts, and bourbon cream sauce. A meal made for kings. You want this meal, you need this meal. Consequences be damned, order it.
Dessert was mocha creme brûlée. So good. Way better than the original, and the original is our favorite dessert. It was so rich in flavor, I could barely eat it. That good.
This place is dynamite. Take someone special for a world class experience
We had an amazing time at this restaurant. The sea scallops and fresh fish were amazing. We started off with a cheese plate that I had a very nice presentation. Our two servers did a wonderful job explaining everything on the menu. The wine selection was amazing. And the dessert was also very tasty. I will definitely come back.
Warm and welcoming, perfect, caring, intelligent , thoughtful yet totally unobtrusive service, most perfect, brilliantly conceived and brilliantly, perfectly prepared appetizers and entrees with absolutely nothing overlooked, and every aspect of your dining expectations satisfied. Your meal and your entire dining experience will definitely be a wonderful (even exquisite) one that is memorable for all the right reasons! Bacchus does everything right, and they do it seemingly effortlessly! I love this restaurant. They really understand what a great dining experience should be. 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖(And they succeed perfectly every time.) :-))))
My wife and I dine out frequently and are considered quite picky critics. Our experience was overall excellent. Great service, delicious meal and very good service. Everyone was very friendly and they make you feel very welcome.
As far as negatives go, the music was not in sync with the ambiance. After listening to the second (it sounded like James Brown song), I asked the wait staff who was in charge of the music. She informed us that it was the general manager. She sensed our dis approval and said perhaps she could do something about it...which never happened.
Any way the overall experience was excellent, and it was apparent to us that the staff is very well trained.
while the food was okay, it was definitely not worth $300 for the two of us. When we were seated I informed the staff this was our 43th anniversary. She said that deserves a special treat and returned with two glasses of champagne. I was slightly surprised to see $46.00 added to the bill
My boyfriend ordered the filet mignon and loved it. I ordered the salmon, and while the fish was very good, I felt like there was too much happening on my plate - the mango chutney was a good choice with the Old Bay-ish rub, but the carrot puree overpowered the quinoa and was a confusing combination. Wilted arugula would have been better raw. The wine was very pricey.
With a restaurant this expensive, I expect to be wowed.
Absolutely fantastic upscale restaurant. One of our favorites, especially for a special event. Not cheap, but well worth it. The service is always impeccable and the food outstanding. The wine list is extensive and the staff knowledgeable and able to give great pairing recommendations. A true gem.
My husband, parents and I were in Milwaukee for a Packers game and found this place by the Marriott recommendation email. Bar is lovely and great selection of drinks and wine. I read about the Chef's Tasting menu and we decided to go for that. It was awesome! We loved everything and the Wisconsin cheese board at the end was amazing. We had such a great experience. Erika, our server, was delightful and very knowledgeable.
The only reason we went here for our anniversary is because I had $225 in gift cards for it. We still had to cough up a $20 so there'd be enough for a tip since the service was fine. The food and drinks were fine EXCEPT I HAD TO SPIT OUT AT LEAST 3 MOUTHFULS OF STEAK because it was either too raw or fatty/gristly to swallow. The flavors were good and mashed potatoes were outstanding but $245 for a dinner for two is way over the top for a porterhouse steak for two with mashed potatoes (& an additional side of potatoes), mushrooms and asparagus, some tiny fried shrimp thing over grits, a chunk of aged cheese, a few pieces of bread, 2 cocktails and 3 glasses of wine. Also, they were aware that it was our 27th wedding anniversary and both waitstaff congratulated us and then one of them gave us a lame card from the restaurant - not even a small gift card to use on another date or a nice dessert to split or something. Another downer was I didn't like the choices of vegetables they had and asked if they could give me a side of cooked carrots or green beans but she said they didn't have any! The menu was very lacking in choices as well...We will not be back.
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary here. Our first time at Bacchus, (although we have dined at many of the other Bartolotta restaurants). We enjoyed a 7-course chef's tasting menu. Fantastic! Our team of servers were attentive, friendly, and thoughtful. When we were seated at our table, a lovely handwritten place card acknowledging our special day was waiting. As a special surprise, in addition to the dessert course, they brought an assortment of delicious handmade sorbets served on a plate with Happy Anniversary piped onto the perimeter of the plate in chocolate. We enjoy outstanding food and exceptional service. The staff and food quality scored top marks in both categories.
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