Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro

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4303 reviews
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Lake Park Bistro is located in an historic renovated park pavilion that sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. The Parisian-style bistro serves authentic rustic French cuisine and is regularly voted Milwaukee's most romantic restaurant. The kitchen is led by Chef Adam Siegel, who won the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest in 2008. The stellar food, gorgeous views and unparalleled service make Lake Park Bistro a most desirable destination for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch as well as an ideal location for corporate and social events. See our menu at www.lakeparkbistro.com/menu
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AM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were unlucky enough to make a reservation on a night when they had some sort of wine tasting dinner event going on. Half the restaurant was devoted to that. Instead of taking fewer normal reservations, they crammed as many tables as possible into the smaller half of the dinning room.

It was a nightmare. Packed in like sardines, it became extremely loud. People could barely shuffle past tables to get to the restrooms. The wait staff was obviously stressed and operating beyond their capacity. To their credit, they really did try their best. Unfortunately, the restaurant management set them up for failure that night.

My advice to management: if you want to do special event nights, great, but devote the whole restaurant to it. Don’t try to provide regular dinner service simultaneously.

My advice to future diners: make sure you check that there aren’t any special events being hosted. Otherwise you’ll be paying full price for second priority food and second priority service.

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j
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!! Amazing view of Lake Michigan. Perfect service. Can't wait to go again!!

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l
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Lake Park Bistro as usual. This fine restaurant never disappoints. Service was excellent, food was beautiful.

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P
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow! Had to find waiter to check out!

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DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. One if the best meals we have in a long time! Don’t wait for a special occasion this will creat one for years to come

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KR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always great to come back to the Lake Park Bistro. Excellent service and we really love Brunch there!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating family time with our daughters and son-in-law

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MP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Overpriced given the quality of attention/service. The food was excellent and the ambiance very nice.
I felt the wine list was overprices and offered only french wines

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E
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely will be back.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top restaurants in Milwaukee. Period. Off the charts Mussels and Scallops for apps. Their fillet was delicious. Wait Staff focused, friendly and timely. A dining experience should leave you wowed, along with a great memory. LPB did that, w my date and I, in spades.

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AM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris Wolf made our dining experience wonderful. He is extremely knowledgeable. We were undecided about food and wine choices and he helped guide us to an incredible meal and delicious wine. He made our evening memorable. Will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend. Great food service. Excellent wine selection

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DK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful bistro in the classic sense that it feels a little informal and offers old French classics. The service is just right, never over attentive yet always around right when you want. For what they are serving the price is very reasonable. We loved this place.

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful fine dining experience and culinary treat!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We went there for our anniversary this past week and service was great HOWEVER our dinner was terrible. My fiance ordered the scallop dinner which he said was good but the dinner only came with 2 scallops. I ordered the steak frites medium rare and the steak was so tough that I could barely eat it. I don't recommend coming here for dinner, maybe a drink and dessert. I don't think you get what you pay for at this restaurant.

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T
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great filet! Nice wine selection. Amazing service!

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is delicious, ambiance is stunning - the only thing that was lacking was the service. Had to wait long periods of time between check-ins.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food, service and ambiance were great. Thank you!

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KK
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Come for brunch at noon on a Sunday, and it will be busy. That meant somewhat slower service for us, but food was fine and I’m sure I’ll be back. It’s such a stunning location.
One suggestion: rest rooms need an update.

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t
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice enough. Good menu for Sunday brunch. Service was wanting, even thought there was supposedly a tag team for our table of 4. Food was tasty, perhaps a bit over-salty. Venue is lovely. I'll come back.

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i
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very delicious food and presentation. Service staff is attentive. Was busy so it took awhile to start the ordering process. My husband’s iced tea was not refilled so waitress took price off our bill. Atmosphere is romantic and charming. Table for two over looked like Michigan which was gorgeous even though it was winter. Would love to see all main entrées as an option in the brunch menu as no substitutions are allowed. Flavor and presentation is five star. We never miss an opportunity to dine here when we are in town. The women’s bathroom could use a fresh coat of paint and the temperature could be warmer.

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is simply the best---ambience, food and service are exquisite.

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k
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best dinner. It was our 34th anniversary and it couldn’t have been better. We have enjoyed other anniversaries at Lake Park and will do it again or before. Our food was excellent my wife had the salmon that was cooked just right and I had the lamb chops that were out if this world. We finished up our meal with some dessert. Thank you Lake Park Bistro staff.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always consistently good!

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F
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it!! My husband grew up in the neighborhood and used to play there when it was an open pavilion. Very fun for him to go back and enjoy an upscale French restaurant.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is amazing and this is still one of my favorite restaurants. But when you spend $100 plus per person, you have certain expectations that they don't always meet. We like to get there a little early and enjoy a drink a the bar. Unfortunately, their bar is always jammed packed with everyone eating. Why not have the tables around the bar be for people that want to eat but leave the bar for cocktailing on the weekend. Weekdays, I think it's fine to allow for eating at the bar when it's not that crazy busy. This last time I asked for a coat check as we were walking to our table on a Saturday night. The gentlemen told me we don't have that tonight, there is a coat closet at the entrance you can use if you want...didn't offer to take my coat for me. #FirstWorldProblems I know, but when you are spending that much for a nice restaurant - you expect a little service. That wouldn't have happened at Eddie Martinis. The server service was great and our food as always was amazing! Get the dover sole you won't be disappointed.

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C
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous birthday dinner. Great food. Great service. The perfect place to celebrate!

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

checked in early for 7:30pm reservation. No one contacted us even after our reservation time passed. additionally, bar was full and it was hard to get a drink. Perhaps have someone take drink orders so patrons don't have to order drinks between diners at the bar. Service and food once seated was very good. Our waiter knew the menu and could provide advice and recommendations. Overall a good meal.

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CT
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is on my top 10 list of restaurants in the US. Seriously. Great view--go when it is light and fabulous atmosphere. Food is always wonderful. If you like French bistros this is as close as it gets in the US.

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b
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with a great view and great service

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OT
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The veal was a bit tough with some tissue, but very tasty. As usual, the service was excellent.

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SM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, quiet, good location, and the food was delicious. Highly recommend

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CW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, fun ambience. Good spot for a special get together. The vegetarian option was absolutely fabulous as were the soups, salmon, calves liver and steak!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come home to visit my family, this is one of my favorite “ go to” restaurants to visit!

Whether it’s for the great ambiance in the bar, to the super Manhattan with their specialty cherries, or trying a new cocktail that never disappoints! Always a great way to start!

Move into the doing room. Try to get a window table overlooking the lake, then you are ready to place your order with your always attentive waiters. From the super prix fixe with wine pairings ( I substituted the trout which was simply amazing) to the duck dish my sister ordered, absolutely delicious!

Save room for dessert!

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KE
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I have a history with Lake Park and hadn't been there in quite some time. My husband just got a new job (after being at the same company for 23 years) and I wanted to make it a special night. It was Monday evening 3/4 and my husband and daughter got stuck in traffic because the expressway was closed for an accident. They left our house in Pewaukee at 4:30 PM. I got there at 5:30 for our reservation but they did not arrive until 6. I had a drink at the bar and caught up on work emails on my phone. It wasn't that busy but the bartender was having a hard time catching up and same with the hostess....which was unusual. When we were seated the servers were friendly and knowledgeable, as always but again it wasn't busy and it took a long time to get our food. We weren't very hungry but we all ordered the french onion soup (our favorite) to start and then order mussels, pate and tartar, plus additional glasses of wine. Which worked out perfect because we were still stuffed when leaving. My husband had an early flight out in the AM so he left when we were done eating and since we drove separate my daughter and I paid the bill. Usually the staff is on top of at least mentioning or congratulating the occasion but nothing was mentioned. My husband had no clue I had tried to make it a little extra special for him which was disappointing. :(

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w
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always service and food were outstanding.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lake Park Bistro has wonderful ambiance. The service was great! However I have to say I was disappointed in the food. My duck was overcooked and the steak my wife ordered was a bit tough. The service was great!

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JL
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Kristina did an excellent job as our server.

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M
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love LPB. The service is always exceptional and we love the ambiance. The food is excellent, for the most part. Unfortunately, the hanger steak was blah and was over cooked, which is pretty unusual from this kitchen. The expense of LPB is up there and limits our chances to go. They provided me with a lovely birthday dessert, which was appreciated. Very rare for me to give a less than excellent review for this restaurant. It won't stop us to going back, however.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and the food was fantastic! Loved it

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