Crazy Water

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801 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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AdrienneG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my fish dish - I had the special. Also had my favorite dessert - the bread pudding is to die for! Yum.

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LesleighG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

It was our first time at CW & it was highly recommended by friends. Unfortunately we had a negative experience. We ordered the bacon wrapped dates. The waiter warned us the plate was very hot. The plate was hot but the appetizer was refrigerator cold. The waiter took it back and we waited for a replacement which was good. I ordered the veal special & it was very over done & tough. The menu was eclectic & had some very attractive selections. Maybe we were there on an off night but it didn't seem that busy.
The waiter was very attentive & friendly. When I made reservations I requested a desert of their choice with a birthday candle. He brought Bread Pudding with a scoop of ice cream which was very good. We came from out of town for a special evening in Milwaukee so it was disappointing. I did like the sound of the items on the menu so I might give this place another try in the future.

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TomC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely time at Crazy Water. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. From the shimp bisk to the entrees to the chocolate mousse dessert, everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!

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haasjohnd
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little neighborhood restaurant!
The drinks we ha (brandy old fashions)were the best! Great ambiance and excellent food and service!

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RickB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our table ordered four different dishes, all outstanding. Service was friendly and efficient to the max. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav places. The whole experience is always wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

I placed this reservation to celebrate my sister’s birthday with our parents. We were seated at our table and the hostess poured water immediately, however, it took our waitress over 10 minutes to great our table and to take our initial drink order (we almost left). The place was also extremely crowded and people, including staff, kept bumping into us and the ambiance was extremely unpleasant. Luckily, the food was pretty good. The only food complaint was that the veal was served like country fried steak. Otherwise the short ribs and lamb ragu were perfect. Finally, our waitress took forever to bring us our bill.

I expected so much more and I’m very disappointed, I do not think the value was worth the experience.

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AndyW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, would go again

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PeterH
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service and the food were as promised, top notch. We had hoped for, if not a quiet dinner, at least one where we could talk without shouting. On this particular Saturday night, the noise level prevented that. Or bill coming to $150 plus tax and tip, I would list the restaurant as $$$ rather than $$

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date night! Perfect for a cozy winter night. God was perfect! Staff was casual and friendly!

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MelissaH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been to Crazy Water twice and the food is consistently excellent. Exceptional cocktails too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My friend and I went to dinner on recommendation. His burger was supposed to be medium well, and it came out extremely rare. My duck was supposed to be medium rare, and it was totally overcooked.
The food was pretty disgusting- would never come here again nor recommend it to others.

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josephf
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thursday night supper club menu was delicious and an incredible value. I have eaten here before, always great.

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vipCeeng
Milwaukee
152 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Crazy Water never disappoints. Our cocktails were well made, the shrimp bisque soup was warm and tasty, the mousse appetizer was flavorful, And the red grouper entree was fantastic. We’ll be back soon.

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DanielH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy little restaurant with a warm atmosphere and a very "neighborhood" feel. The dining area is smaller so it can feel more crowded than it is at times. Despite that, the tables are spaced well enough that one doesn't feel constricted.

The wait staff are hard-working, genial, and attentive. They are knowledgeable about the menu and willing to offer thoughts on entrees as well as what their personal favorites are.

The drinks are very good (strong, but not too strong) and the wine selection is solid and not marked up too terribly.

The menu is eclectic and varied and there doesn't appear to be a bad choice on it. I've had or sampled 3 different items in the 2 times I've been here and everything has been prepared wonderfully, served hot, and tasted fantastic.

They also have a nice selection of starters and salads. If you get dessert, I highly recommend the apple tart with salted caramel ice cream...it was sinfully delicious.

I will definitely be back and look forward to trying the rest of the menu items offered.

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lisak7001
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here last Friday with another couple. We were sat immediately, our waitress was very attentive in a great way and the food was exceptionally good. I don't normally finish everything but that night not a morsel was left on any plate. We had the dates, biscuits and foie gras for appetizers. The biscuits and dates were especially good. We had the Grouper, Rib eye, and scallops for dinner. All were exceptionally good. Drinks were amazing. Thank you, Crazy Water. The only thing I don't like about this restaurant is how tight the space is. You really can't go early b/c there's no room to wait anywhere comfortably. Just show up at your reservation time and hope to get seated right away.

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vipdeewass
Milwaukee
80 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Crazy Water continues to deliver really good food in a fun atmosphere. Really great flavor profiles and well prepared dishes. I really enjoy the cozy, but lively atmosphere.

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MonicaV
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Crazy Water is our date night go to!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and staff in Milwaukee.

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CKCK
Milwaukee
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The waiter was excellent - attentive and charming! Burger and fries were phenomenal- all cooked to perfection. Dining partner had the supper club special which was a very good deal - it included squash and mushroom soup which although good, with a generous number of mushrooms, was a bit bland and thin. It also included a nice salad, a very good pasta dish with shrimp plus a glass of red wine. Desserts were also good including a particularly great bread pudding with sour cherries.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Group of 8 and everyone enjoyed their meals, starters and desserts. Only the Mediterranean Sea bass dish was average. Sea Bass was cooked properly to a flaky moist fish but the seasoning and accompaniments were average. The rest of the entrees were stellar as usual. In the end, everyone said they would come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

One of our guests in our party arrived early and sat at the bar, and was asked to leave until the time of the reservation because the restaurant was busy/full. We were seated 40 minutes after the reservation time. The table was given a free appetizer for the displacement of the guest (who chose not to stay) and the wait. The meal was great but the events leading up to the meal were disappointing.

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TGLJR
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don’t let the outside fool you. The food and service was excellent. It is a small place so it can get loud, but that was fine with us. Good choice and wine, Sea Bass for dinner very good, dessert and a little Bourbon and we were well pleased with our experience. Also several GF options!

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SamanthaF
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, inventive and executed well. Great, service. A smaller place so I would suggest a reservation. Was very impressed with the chefs, the quickness and flavors coming from the small kitchen area that is in the front of the restaurant.

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vipLindaG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friend in town from Charlotte

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience was amazing, the food was exquisite & our waitress was fabulous!

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vipDavethediner
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here on a recent Tuesday night. Service was excellent and the waiter recognized us from a previous visit. We tried each of the salads (Bibb and Endive) and both were exceptional. Two had the Crazy shrimp and loved it. The Lamb Ragu was chosen by two others and was delightful. Tried the Creme Brulee for desert and it was exceptional with tiny bits of merengue on top. Very very nice. I believe this continues to be one of Milwaukee's top restaurants.

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vipNitiK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was not good. very confusing ingredients and not cohesive dishes. very greasy and oily environment. smell remained in hair and clothes for days.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable.

TJ
TJR1
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Amazing food, service and ambience!

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vipSarahS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we were gathering with friends and family we hadn’t seen for awhile, we needed a fun restaurant that we knew had excellent food and service. The environment was lively but quiet enough to catch up. The food is always interesting with wonderful service!

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MichaelF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food is fabulous -- excellent presentation and superb tastes. Somewhat noisy inside, and the waitress was attentive but underwhelming for a $150+ total service.

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vipBrendaP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food excellent as always. Great intimate place for date night.

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jonathang
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal at Crazy Water. Interesting menu and a cool vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New years eve menu was awesome. Food and service spot on even from the bar. Thats why we will pay more for a nice dinner here.

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OrianaC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have not been to Crazy Water in over 3 years and my husband and I were so happy to find that the food and service remain outstanding! This is such a Milwaukee gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live this place. Service is always excellent.

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vipFred
Milwaukee
219 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were surprised and delighted with the Thursday night “supper club” special. The cream of mushroom soup was so “Crazy Water delicious” and nothing like a can version. The steak was done perfectly and oh so tender. All that and a cocktail for $30? Excellent meal!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant. Hands down a favorite in Milwaukee.

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