Crazy Water

4.7
630 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Built from a nineteenth century feed store, a vintage tavern serves as the backdrop for Crazy Water's refined American cuisine. The ambient feel of the room is that of a European bistro from a bygone era. The look is subdued elegance with soft lighting and warm, intimate tables.
Crazy Water's contemporary menu is based in tradition and utilizes seasonal, local and organic products when available. Attention to detail is evident in our product-driven menu showcasing the purity and quality of the ingredients in all of our finished plates.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!!

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M
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Crazy Water continues to be a favorite haunt. Food is always fabulous, with thee menu changing on occasion. Great place for a tete-a-tete or a charming business meting place.

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

Great food and great service, as well as a nice birthday treat for my wife! Thank you!

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MM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Absolutely delicious! Very fun to witness the passion, dedication and intensity happening in the crazy little kitchen inferno by the bar too. We’ll be back!

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JB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. The only drawback was one obnoxiously loud person at another table. That was all we could hear.

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CL
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous. I had salmon and it was done perfectly. My husband’s steak was also done the way he ordered it. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable about ingredients in each dish. I had not been there in a while so forgot how noisy and crowded feeling the restaurant is. In spite of that, the food will bring us back again!

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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crazy Water never disappoints. Every dinner I have had has been stellar. Crazy Water is a gem!

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S
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. It was wonderful to have so many choices of item menus that I like to choose from.

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B
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We nearly walked out after waiting for our glasses of wine for 30 minutes. I wish we would have so that would be the worst I could write. The Beef Wellington, which was the most expensive item on the menu, at $40 was the worst food I have ever tasted in a restaurant setting. It was way overcooked, the meat looked like it was cut up and squished back together, it looked like ground chuck pressed into a filet. I ordered it medium rare and it was nasty brown. It tasted like a frozen item reheated. It was not edible. The duck breast was awful as well. It was overcooked, and just slightly warm with inedible things on the plate as well. I could eat the carrots and that is all. The lamb shanks were good. The kitchen in the front area clearly doesn't allow for fresh small batch cooking. The menu should state which items are freshly cooked on site as ordered and which ones are rewarmed frozen items.
The noise level is way to high to even have a conversation with the person next to you. There are too many tables squeezed in the small restaurant. The waitresses had to squeeze between chairs and frequently bumped into chairs and patrons trying to have dinner. A sizzling hot pan was held within 1 inch of my partners head. It was quite distracting. The waitress ignored looking at us and appeared to delay coming to our table. Perhaps she has instructions for delaying to prevent clogging up the kitchen with too many orders too fast. Over all I would never recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out favorite restaurant! Makes for a perfect date night.

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s
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends suggested this resutrant for something new outside of Racine and Kenosha. What a surprise! It was wonderful. Staff were wonderful. Thank you!

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S
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Consistently the best flavors of any boutique fine dining restaurant in Milwaukee. The quirky way the chefs work around each other packed in the bar corner... ballet-like in the way the prepare each centre. Keeps bubbling up as one of our favorite places.

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AM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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T
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the small space--great atmosphere. Full bar. Amazing entree choices. Delicious desserts. Phenomenal beet salad!

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ST
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When you enter the restaurant, you notice the personality right away. A small place with the kitchen in front and a simple straightforward bar. Our reservation was almost right on time and the service was pretty good (had to ask for water refill). A nice selection of wines and some interesting cocktails started us off right. I had to ask about some of the menu items as they sounded terrific. I went with the grouper on spinach with a mustard sauce (on the side) in a hot skillet. This was cooked perfectly and the whole dish was excellent. Since it is a small place, we got to know our neighbors and the noise was what you expect for a crowded location. Overall, I would come back again (from Chicago) to eat here.

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D
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, menu had a lot of appealing dinner choices - hard to decide what the enjoy-

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I
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! I had veal and it was perfectly prepared, as was the sauce. The service was great. Five stars all the way!

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

Everything was perfect. We love Crazy Water. The food is always amazing and the people could not be nicer!

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

Fabulous service and great food!

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AH
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great. Always wit to hear the specials, they are typically delicious. Friendly and professional staff. This place is a gem.

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C
Milwaukee
139 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Christi greeted us, and seated us in the bench seat next to the bar as requested. Our cocktails came quickly, and we were informed about specials. We both ordered beet salads. They were delicious. Plenty of beets, a good mix, fresh greens, and great soft whipped ricotta cheese. My husband ordered the veal while I had the halibut. He really enjoyed the veal. My fish was amazing! It was fresh tasting, so flavorful, perfectly prepared. There was a wonderful potato with Parmesan side as well. Dessert was a creative combination of all things chocolate. So, so good. This is one of our favorites places to dine. The servers and staff are friendly, informative. The food has never disappointed. We’ll be back soon.

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EM
Milwaukee
38 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Always a gem. Food was delicious. Staff and service always excellent. One of my favorite restaurants.

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

I have not been to crazy water for a while and now I remember why....The food and service are excellent. But as always the restaurant is small and makes relaxing difficult as you’re trying to avoid being bumped into by staff and guests alike or knocking knees with the person next to you or not being able to not hear the people next to you. But the food is so good I will go back, sooner rather than later.

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CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Selected for spouse's 50th birthday upon recommendation. Seated party of 6 at table for 4 by sticking chairs on end of 4 person table!? Don't take reservations for 6 if you're going to cram them at a four top. Service was inept. Didn't bring one appetizer order and failed to bring second bottle of wine ordered - they lost $110 plus tips. Baked oysters were nothing special in ingredients and fell short in size and lacked any taste. Bone in pork chop was tasty but WAY too salty. Bringing pork good, but this was WAY too much. None of us thought anything more than mediocre food. At end, they wanted to rush us out so they had people taking table literally standing right over our table. Do not recommend.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and it is a cute, quaint place. We loved watching the chef up front. Service was great and our waitress gave us wine recommendations and food recommendations -- all of which turned out to be true. Couldn't have been better.

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R
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, good service. Can't go wrong with Crazy Water, see you soon.

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MK
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food from a tiny kitchen that is open to the dining room. Service was very good. The only drawback is the ventilation system is a bit lacking and you come out smelling like the kitchen.

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K
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always interesting food matchups. Who would guess pork belly compliments salmon? Service and the food was great. I am gluten free and there were several items on menu I could eat plus our server said the chef would make item on the menu gluten free if possible. One of our favorite places.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Maple leaf duck beast was excellent. Cozy, candle lit atmosphere was perfect for a chilly Saturday night. Buttermilk biscuit appetizer was also well done.

Recommend for an intimate date night if seated in the back section.

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KC
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food... crazy good! However, seating was cramped. My chair must have been bumped 40 times during dinner. Be sure to request table which does not main path near bar.

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d
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful post Valentine's day dinner. Interesting fun dishes, packed house, great overall experience.

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s
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently outstanding. Unique spin on food, loaded with flavor. Service is great and I appreciate all of the little things they do. I'd like to see them do away with the veal and foie gras (they are amazing), but otherwise a perfect blend on the menu.

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BS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Cozy spot with great ambiance. Simple menu with lots of variety. We had the Beef Wellington which was cooked to perfection. We also tried the cheesecake which was a nice change from the ordinary. Definitely would go back.

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JB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service excellent. The only problem is the restaurant becomes cold every time the door is opened. Try to get a table towards the back.

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KL
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the beef Wellington. It was superb! Our service was great also.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, and overall experience. Any time I dine at Crazy Water it is a delightful experience. It is amazing what comes out of that tiny, behind the bar kitchen - the chefs are outstanding!

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DT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem! The food was excellent and loved the personalized service.

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LC
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and our server was great. Nice variety of selections on the menu.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Staff was great. Wonderful experience.

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good, with one small exception. The soup had shrimp in it, and the tails were still in it.

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