Crazy Water

4.7
697 reviews
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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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AW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Hamburger was raw. Service was great. Outdoor seating was also very nice.

S
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I have been there quite a few times. Its a favorite to take out of town guest. This time was not too good of an experience. IT TOOK OVER AN HOUR AFTER OUR APPETIZERS to get our dinner. The server apologized and offered up a desert for the table.
My veal scaloppini was disappointing. Our guest didn't care much for his entre.
The noise level at times was overwhelming.
I am hoping it was just an off night and will probably come back sometime in the future.

HM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love, love, love Crazy Water! Always a great meal and terrific people.

F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been to Crazy Water in a couple years and are so happy we made our way back. Our service and food was spot on. Such great variety on the menu and delicious flavors. We won’t wait stay away as long from this gem of our city.

t
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the patio. Very comfortable. Food was outstanding. Had the salmon and the halibut. We had not been here for a while, and we will return more often.

MO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great as it always is when we are there. Love the outside dining that is bug free.

LB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the patio! It's the best in the city! On a warm evening, there can't be a better spot in the city to enjoy a great meal!

W
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food..great drinks..great service!
Was quieter d/t time of my reservation..but still a great time.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pop pop platter for an app!
Great halibut! 👍🏻❤️

DB
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t wait to get back to Milwaukee so that I can return to Crazy Water for dinner.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Crazy Water is one of our favorite restaurants and we will return. However, on this beautiful evening it was so extremely cold inside the restaurant that both of the men in our party, wearing short sleeves, were chilly. The woman, fortunately wearing a spring jacket, was comfortable. Our server informed us that once the cooking started up, it would warm up. This never happened…

The noise level was great - we were the only diners eating inside!

The food varied. The veal scaloppini was wonderful, tasty and tender. However, the lamb tenderloin, a special, had little flavor. The meal did not include any appetizers or dessert.

JO
Milwaukee
44 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great flavors & interesting menu to choose from. Bacon wrapped dates a hit as always. Salmon, veal, halibut & crazy shrimp all excellent.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food!!!

r
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as always. Would have liked to sit outside.

G
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can always count on Crazy Water for wonderful food. This time we took out of town guests and ate on the patio. Beautiful setting and easy conversation. Everyone raves about their meal. We started with grilled artichokes, then a beet salad that was the night’s special, and we all had different seafood. My scallops were perfectly done and the mashed potatoes with goat cheese I still think about. How they do it in that tiny kitchen no one knows. Had a wonderful wait person also. Lovely evening.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious as always

L
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend on a date here, perfect choice. The outside dining area was lovely, the evening sun filtering through made romantic lighting. Our waiter was amiable, described dishes and responded to questions with aplomb. And the food was exquisite! We ordered the Wednesday pupu platter, five appetizers, each one delicious and beautifully presented. Afterward we ordered the duck to share. Marvelously prepared, we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was so amazing, but then the waiter suggested we try a dessert... And we were honored to try the most scrumptious cheesecake I've ever had. Everything came together to make an unforgettable experience! Thanks Crazy Water!

H
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good, but not as Great as I expected based off reviews and compared to other area restaurants.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good and our server took good care of us. It's a crowded space and noise levels are above average but what I expected from other reviews. I would try it again.

S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was the hottest day of the year so far. And they were without Air conditioning. Which was uncomfortable but we gave it a shot anyway. We had oysters, artichoke and the shrimp. The oysters were great. The artichoke was nothing to write home about it was drowned with ranch. The main meal we had the shrimp. I thought it was just ok. It was way too sweet for my liking. I don't think I would try it again crazy water again. I heard it was amazing. I would say it was par.

RR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there Friday night7-19-19, I love this place
It was our second time there. We will make it one of our regulars and we live in Delafield.
Thank heavens my husband and I like hot weather
Because Friday night the air conditioning was broke. We just chuckled but that is us.
Fabulous food, great service and I love the overall
Charm of the resturant.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and service. Upscale food with zero pretentiousness. We loved it!

BZ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As on other visits, Crazy Water keeps the quality and creativity and service at a high level

SF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very nice ambiance in the back garden area. But there are issues with the menu. The flavors of the Veal Scallopini with Beurre Blanc did not mesh. Heavy flavor of thyme in the breading overwhelmed the dish. Buttermilk biscuits were not biscuits at all but were actually pretzel rolls. Daughter did not love the Crazy Shrimp which didn't have chorizo as stated on the menu, but chunked beef.

MK
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crazy Water never disappoints! Food was excellent, especially the salmon. Service was top notch as always! Thanks Crazy Water for another great dining experience!

J
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic. We try to eat out at different restaurants throughout the Milwaukee area and keep coming back to Crazy Water. It’s the complete package; great food, fantastic service, and a delightfully enjoyable atmosphere.

We will be back!

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This food here was excellent. The only down side is that it did get smokey and hot as the hour passed. We got there around 7 and by 8 the room was pretty hazed and getting hot. We started with the burrata and that’s how it should be done!! I had the shrimp and grits - it was better than I could have expected. My friend had the veal and it was also delicious. If they would figure out a way to vent the area, it would be 5 stars all the way around.

RG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was outstanding, served piping hot. Impressive display of superb cooking coming out of a minuscule kitchen. Chefs work under hot battle conditions and put out quality entrees.

R
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was really good, our table was a bit dark, AC could have been a bit cooler.

D
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of my favorite places

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has great ambiance along with a unique menu. I particularly like the back patio. Food and service were very good. A great choice for a date night or special occasion.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! It has an intimate atmosphere but gives diners plenty of space to enjoy the meal. The food is exquisite, the service is fantastic and the location is great for parking and walking alike.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 2 counter seats at the bar are one of my favorite spots to eat in the city. Diverse menu that always changes, good wine list. Great intimate feel inside. Amazing how much those chefs do with the tiny space of this kitchen - it's fun to watch.

TL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our dinner at Crazy Water. The service was great. The cocktails were perfect and the food was delicious. Three of us had the halibut and we loved it. One had the sockeye salmon. Everything was great and our waitress was very attentive and friendly. I love this restaurant!

S
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! Amazing , very creative , but not crazy , just leaves you craving for more. We had the taco special appetizer, brurota, salmon and cherry chocolate chip bread pudding with maple walnut ice cream. How they put out such incredible food from that tiny kitchen is hard to imagine. Friendly , attentive service ~looking forward to going back!

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my god, we had forgotten what a delicious and creative restaurant this is. What an absolute treat it is to have a restaurant this delicious and reasonable in Milwaukee. We won't make that again.

EM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The seafood was really good however the lack of ventilation and fully open kitchen area right next to the bar, meant it was very smokey in the entire space. If you can get one of the two tables in the “back” it’s a much pleasant experience.

DB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant! The menu choices are fantastic and the crazy shrimp is so delicious! Loved the atmosphere of this restaurant.

RH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting together with friends from out of town. Great time

ST
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 6 in our party and none of us had been to Crazy Water in years. All of he food was outstanding - the Halibut and the Bavette steak in particular stood out. Crazy Water is now on our short list. We can't wait to go back.

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