Crazy Water

4.7
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787 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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C
Milwaukee
150 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

l
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

d
Milwaukee
78 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

MV
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and staff in Milwaukee.

CK
Milwaukee
33 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.

OT
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.

OT
Chicago
6 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.

TG
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!

SF
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.

LG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friend in town from Charlotte

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
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.

NK
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TJ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Amazing food, service and ambience!

SS
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!

MF
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.

BP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

OT
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.

OC
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!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live this place. Service is always excellent.

F
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!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant. Hands down a favorite in Milwaukee.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a really nice experience at crazy water. The only thing we would ask is that they dim the lights by the two tables closest to the road… It was very very bright in that area

JS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

In terms of finer dining, this experience at Crazy Water was average which is unfortunate because we brought our friends for a celebratory evening, hoping for the usual amazing dinner like all of our other experiences with them. Unfortunately, this last Saturday just wasn't your night. Most likely will return as you are one of our favorites but it will be some time before we do.
Seating: Below average
Service: Above average
Food: Average

PC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We sat at table in doorway with my husbands back to the door, feeling cold air every time some entered or exited. Very crowded, very loud. Excellent food and service!!!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and experience
Crazy Water disappoints

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always extraordinary. What a gem of a restaurant.

TP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Crazy Water. Food was excellent, service spectacular. A great evening!

R
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here twice now and both times have been great. No complaints from the food to the service all is excellent

f
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food, limited menu selections. Friendly service. Would definitely recommend!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We went there for their advertised “burger night”. All four of us orders the burger but we’re told there were only three left. It was only 7:00pm. We later heard the wait staff tell another couple “ I can’t believe we only had 7 burgers for the whole night”. Umm...if you’re going to have. Burger night I’d suggest having plenty of burgers. I’m no chef however I only assume you can have enough meat on hand to cover at least 10😆

JR
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, ambiance, and service. We had a group of seven that was well accommodated.

BK
Milwaukee
113 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Crazy Water. The food was tasty, the service was professional and friendly, and the restaurant was cozy and fun.

CM
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at this neighborhood gem. Thanks!

SH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crazy Water is absolutely perfect for an intimate dinner! We love the ambiance there and the food is always delicious!

PM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! And especially enjoy our larger group celebrations there.