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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!

Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Notable Wine List (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Business Meals (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Waterfront (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Scenic View (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

We came for a business dinner following a long meeting. This was a first time for half of our party. Our food was delivered quickly and the server was knowledgeable of the cheeses, and thus sold us on the cheese plate. She did seem a little flustered and confused at other times, however she was kind and helpful. Her Server Assistant was apparently new, or still learning as she did seem very confused and flustered. We all enjoyed our salads very much, however my main course was underwhelming, and the presentation of my college's course was not well done. The wines we selected were fantastic, however we did pour it ourselves more than once (the restaurant was not busy). Two in our party had hoped to try the Pappy flight, however they were out of two of the four, so they were only able to enjoy two. The manager/somm did make a few stops at our table and was kind. At the price and name brand of this experience, the whole thing did not meet our expectations. Service rating is 'fair' because we had higher expectations to be "wowed". I can't say we would be back anytime soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Portions were small compared to other Bartolotta restaurants, waiter pushed sweet wine tastings after we specifically said no sweet moscato or port wine. Chefs tasting menu was a “secret” but we wish we would have just ordered off of the regular menu. Not worth $400. It was worth half of that. Atmosphere was nice but nothing extraordinary. Wine list was nice, as expected. Drafty, there wasn’t a cozy spot in the restaurant.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Lovely, lovely restaurant. Service is outstanding. Pricey, but you get what you pay for. Waiters/waitresses kind, considerate and incredibly attentive without being annoying. Atmosphere is very upscale but not stuffy in the least bit.
The food is exceptional. Unusual but not bizarre. The size of appetizers and entrées generous for this type of restaurant. I only gave four stars because I was a bit disappointed with the Bluefin tuna I ordered the last time I visited. Cooked perfectly (rare) but a bit fishy and the texture was not right. Very unlike this restaurant. I am assuming this was an unusual occurrence. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

WOW, just WOW!!!! Celebrating with some colleagues over a Seven Course Chef's Table with Wine Pairings. I don't even know what to say! Thank you Dan and Lydia for your stellar service! Vince, Thank you for orchestrating the evening and your wine pairings were spot on! Amazing and talented Chef, Nicholas, an honor to enjoy your AMAZING creations and also to meet you. Thank You for taking the time to chat with us!!!! Joe and Jennifer, the extra treat was so kind of you! Much Appreciation and Gratitude! I couldn't possibly say enough about your establishment other than being Super Special! Just the way you made us feel tonight! Cheers!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food and service were 5 stars. Great romantic meal before catching a show at the Marcus Center.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I took my friend to Bacchus for a Birthday dinner. They were ready for us and made the experience exciting, enjoyable, and treated us a VIP's. It could not have been any better.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Awesome! Food was excellent. Service was outstanding!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food quality was a bit less than usual. Tuna was a bit fishy. Waiter never once came back to ask how anything was. Had to pour our own wine after the 1st glass.
They ran out of NYE party favors just before they got to us.
A bit disappointing since we took friends there for the 1st time. Not sure our friends will be back but we might.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great way to spend New Years!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service, amazing food, but during winter very cold in lobby by coat check and draft enters restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I had an exceptional experience and would recommend this restaurant highly.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Awesome pre Christmas dinner ♥️
As usual DELICIOUS

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was very good tho portions a bit small for the price. Our bartender was a bit curt but wait staff very good. Liked the ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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