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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.

925 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Prospect Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 765-1166

Website:
http://www.bacchusmke.com/

Parking Details:
$4 for dinner.

Executive Chef:
Nick Wirth

Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Options Available

Private Party Contact:
Tricia Smith: (414) 765-1166

Additional:
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!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the new year and celebrate with us! We are offering a five-course prix fixe menu, with choices for each course, for $125 per person. Tax & gratuity are not included, however the price does include admission to live music starting at 9pm, as well as sparkling toast & party favors at midnight.

Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.6

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4.6

value

4.0

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
Notable Wine List (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Romantic (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Business Meals (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Tasting Menu (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Comfort Food (2)
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Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Waterfront (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was outstanding including the ceasar salad, tuna steak, and steak! Katie came by and recommended a great bottle of wine! A great experience and would recommend a this place.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent meal and service. We’ll definitely return!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I would personally like to thank Amy and Lisa for a fabulous experience. They were personable, professional, and friendly, all wrapped up into two. We were having our 42nd anniversary, and our 93 year old aunt was with us. It was an evening which will live in our memories for a long, long time.

Thank you to those two ladies. Please tell them of my review.

Sincerely, Dr. Martin Moldenhauer

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Everything was perfect right from the start. Quiet, elegant atmosphere. The serving team - Dan/Lydia - were helpful and very professional with their suggestions and service. Our appetizers and meal were amazing. And, don't forget dessert - it was wonderful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Usually amazing but not this time.
Service was terrible and drinks were weak.
Food was delicious.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and wine list. The service and pacing was perfect. We will definitely come back again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Celebrated my husbands bday here with the kids. It was tricky to find food that worked for them on the menu so we shared a group steak. I would have preferred to explore more on the menu. Next time, no kids!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The service was incredible! The food was absolutely amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Ask for Ryan as your server. He is great! He takes you in a journey as your guide through this incredible culinary trip.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had 7 course tasting menu which was excellent from pumpkin soup to the veal to the cappuccino at the end. Not noisy, so great for conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We selected the tasting menu and I really appreciated the fact that chef made accommodations for my dairy-free request. I enjoyed most of the same things my friends did but a few dishes were different to fit my needs.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

It was absolutely delicious, the food amazing , server a real pro exceptional loved everything. Would go again.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.) :-))))

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Great Beer, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Seasonal, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wow. This restaurant does not just offer food. It is truly an experience. The food was incredible and Chef Nick utilizes very creative combinations of flavor to truly magnify each course. The chef's tasting menu is a MUST try.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

It's the best place in town! Hands down! Josh was the best! Great food especially the steak, ill be coming more often..

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing service with personal attention. We chose the Chef's choice tasting menu. The meal was excellent and flowed so nicely. We had a wonderful experience from start to finish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Had to ask for bread. Waited almost 2 hours for entrees. They did give us a second bottle of wine free but only after we asked where dinner was. Never had this experience there before. Something was amiss that evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

As always, excellent top notch service with delicious cuisine!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Amazing experience all around best dinner I’ve ever eaten

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We love this restaurant. The food, wine and service is always perfect. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service all 5 star ,one of the best dining experience we have had in milwaukee.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Among the best high end restuarants in Milwaukee. Superb wine list. Great service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Tenderloin for two was a treat!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The server was very professional and an excellent server, very polite, and attentive.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent meal and very knowledgeable staff. The staff was very friendly but not obtrusive.
Would definitely recommend

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had most of the place to ourselves. Did the 5 course chefs menu and it was phenominal. A memorable night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Delicious food and autsanding service at very elegant restaurant. We enjoyed everthing. Thank you.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The limited menu speaks to Bacchus' commitment to quality. The service was very attentive. Each course was a culinary delight. The wine list expansive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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