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About Distil

Distil is inspired by the artisan chefs that discover, create and bring new flavors together. Upon entering Distil, you're senses are transformed from everyday to extraordinary. Distil features a menu of fine cheeses, wine, cured and dry aged meats, classic and craft cocktails that create an entire experience unlike any other venue in Milwaukee. Each menu option has been specifically selected and prepared by Distil's expert chefs. From the variety of Wisconsin cheeses to International wines, each item is unique to the palate and introduces a world of new flavors.
Whether you're a novice or connoisseur, it is our privilege to introduce you to the world of Distil. Our expert chefs will be more than happy to answer any questions or make suggestions to ensure your experience is the very best. Every item on the menu is prepared and stored at Distil to guarantee the very best quality.

722 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Wisconsin

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 220-9411

Website:
http://www.distilmilwaukee.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Distil Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (199)
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Late-night Find (108)
Special Occasion (98)
Good for Groups (93)
Neighborhood Gem (85)
Notable Wine List (69)
Great for Lunch (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Casual (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Great Beer (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Live Sports (2)
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Authentic (1)
Spicy (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food and awesome service! Fresh, local ingredients used in a creative way. We would definitely go back!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The lettuce had started turning brown thst was used on the crab cake. Lettuce was the side salad a better side could be chosen for the side. The package they put together did not have a $40 value.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Great service, nice ambience, food was good, but entree was served cool, not warm.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We went during downtown dining week, it was a good deal and the food was great. Everyone was really friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The music was a little loud since we were seated in back right next to the musician and I was hoping for outdoor dining. But, the manager who was checking in on tables was really great and the food was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This place was not good, and the photos were a bit deceiving. Was looking for an upscale romantic date spot but instead it had a definite chain restaurant/chilis vibe. The cocktails were so sweet and the food was really not great (and plates were SO small)

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 23, 2017

I know this can be better. I could tell by the Argentinian Steak that this could be better. The chicken and waffles were good too. But my Martini. There was something off about it. Initially I blamed the chimichurri from my steak, so I didn't send it back. Then I thought It may have been the olives. Then I decided it wasn't worth the hassle, but made a mental note that if it happens the next time I visit (yes I will return) I'll say something. We were also disappointed that they were out of the two desserts we wanted to try.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The zucchini fritters with salmon we're excellent,as was the cheese tray. I enjoyed a wonderful bourbon old fashion but there were several craft cocktails on the menu. We had an excellent attentive server too.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2017

It was amazing food and drinks. Great service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great Service...! Cool Ambiance....! Live music was good; nice place to relax & have a hand crafted cocktail...!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was portioned appropriately for small plates and the variety was great but each item we ordered out of 6 were salty. The drinks were good but if you asked for anything not on the menu (we tried to order a lemon martini) the staff responded they did not know how to make it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on March 28, 2017

I t was not very crowded as it was a foggy cold evening which made the great service understandable. They have a friendly knowledgeable staff and an interesting varied menu. The prices were very reasonable and overall was a good value.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Brad (manager) and his team were very accommodating and provided some great service and food. Don't leave without trying the Argentinean steak or the poutine - both outstanding.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Very surprised by the menu! Not your typical whiskey bar food! Well thought of seasonal menu and the plates are perfect size tapas items. Very tasty! Try the kimchi Arancini and steak salad. Servers are very pleasant and friendly.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We went for a New Years Eve meal it was nice and the meal was perfect portion not to big not to small The drinks where outstanding Will go again

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The ambiance is cozy and our server was great. Thank you! Cheese and meat plates were well done with interesting choices. And their burgers are always good. My husband ordered the Chicken and Waffle, though, and wasn't as thrilled. First, the chicken and waffle were a bit overcooked. Chicken especially kind of dry. And he had hoped for a traditional maple syrup, but was instead given a bourbon honey butter sauce. "Too fancy" is his thought. Drink menu is huge, especially with the bourbons. But we thought our glasses of wine were on the skimpier side. Hmmm. Still enjoy going here overall once in a while.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Unique cocktail options with simple plates to try fun foods.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We were there right when they opened so it was not busy. The drink menu was very large with a lot of interesting drinks. Our drinks took a while to come and one person in our group didn't like his, they replaced it. The food came out quickly and everything was delicious! I'm looking forward to another visit.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2016

The service was slow and unprofessional. On top of that my reservation was not confirmed and I received an email from you guys the next day asking why I was a no-show. That issue has since been cleared up. Bottom line… I would go there for an after work drink but definitely not a date and definitely not dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2016

We were disappointed with the food and drinks at Distil. Watered down gin and tonics. Very limited food options. Indifferent service.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Awesome place, amazing staff! Very chattable and attractive and fun. Beautiful decor! Decent food- just turn the heat up, literally; it was freezing cold in there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot, Authentic, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2016

First, service was fantastic. Attentive but not overbearing. Secondly, as a bourbon fanatic, I was overwhelmed by their selection. They have most of the usual ones but also a few rarer bottles that I was happy to try. Ask for a tasting! Even a full drink is so affordable, you can't miss.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Gorgeous atmosphere and extensive liquor menu. Delicious small plates and cocktails.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Marco the server was awesome!! The food was awesome and prices were not too bad! I definitely will go back!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on June 8, 2016

Booked a table during downtown dining week. Food was delicious, try the mushroom pasta. Excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 8, 2016

We were there for downtown dining as we had not been to Distil and wanted to try it. Their menu featured a crispy black cod which immediately caught my eye as I have not seen black cod on a menu before. Our whole experience from specialty cocktails at the bar and all 3 courses of the meal were exceptional, of the highest quality, and absolutely scrumptious! It is not often that I so thoroughly enjoy a dining experience. My cousin and I will be back for cocktails and/or dinner soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 7, 2016

First: like many of the venues, there is no parking. forget about it and use the valet, nice option $10 including tip. Second. it is very dark inside. no windows, no natural lite. Dark, strong wood décor. A major problem if you are 5ft 5 and under is that your feet will not touch the rails for the tall seats! worked for me, but my friend had to dangle her legs, then keep shifting as she could not touch the rails. these are TALL chairs! Service was the highlight . the first 2 whiskeys I selected they didn't have but were listed (might want to update your menu!). Our server was professional and paid enough but not too much attention to us. Our food was served hot and timely. while we didn't "feel" rushed, we were in and out in just over an hour. the bread salad (featured) was dry. the black cod was delicious and the filet tender but only good. Deserts were creative and good. Neither appealed to me (allergic to one) so I just gave it to my friend who said they were good. all in all, a satisfying meal with a great bar. Not sure I would return for the food, but the bartender was fantastic and makes a great French 75 and of course, plenty of other distilled spirits available!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 6, 2016

It is very hard to rate this restaurant because it had a special Downtown Dinning menu which did not include any of the food normally served. That said the special food was excellent. I had a beef filet I could cut with my bread knife. Soup and dessert excellent. So if qualify of special menu is an indication then I am assuming normal food is fresh and well prepared. The place is really all about cocktails and burbon which you might assume from the title. On a regular evening the menu is basically small plates with only the hamburger as a full sized meal. Seems it is designed to compliment the drinking experience which is fine but probably not the place I would choose if just looking for a good dinner. Also it appeared all the tables with high tops. Even the booth we chose required a step up and at 5'3" my feet were dangling. Staff was terrific. So I would go back for the unique drinks and perhaps sit at the bar to watch the mixology and maybe get a small plate to compliment my drink in the future.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Service was rushed and slow all in the same visit. Utensils came late. Getting cocktails were slow. Middle of the meal was rushed. Bill took forever to come. It was downtown dining and choices were good. Really mixed bag.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Excellent service, great cocktail suggestions

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2016

I should have looked at the menu. It is not meant for dining. It is all about the atmosphere and the cocktails.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 9, 2016

I have been to Distil several times, this time with a friend who is very wise in the ways of bourbon, so it was a perfect fit, Distil being Milwaukee's largest bourbon bar.
The atmosphere is very professional, with dark wood surrounding the entire bar. The bar stools were all aligned at an angle to give it a hip look upon entering. Their are several bar tables and booths which fit with the decor. This would be a great place for a professional meeting with colleagues and/or chilling out with friends. This is not a sports bar and there are no TV's.
The bourbons they have are endless. Both of the highest end and every-day sippers. My friend was clearly impressed. They also mix up a mean cocktail: try a Hemingway Daiquiri, named after its inventor, Ernest Hemingway. You will never look at daiquiris the same way again.
The service was second to none. Our bartenders were polite, friendly, engaging and experts in bourbon and all things cocktails. They have the ability to match you up with a cocktail you will enjoy by simply asking a few questions.
My friend and I had their Distil Burger which is 100% Dry Aged HCF Beef, Bourbon-Onion Jam, Aged Cheddar, Aioli with steak fries. It was excellent and hit the spot.
Overall, we had a wonderful time at Distil. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Our waitress was very delightful and helpful. Our food arrived in a very timely manner. The drinks took a bit longer but that's because they put so much thought and care into the preparation. The music was great, too- a good mix. Ambiance was perfect. We all enjoyed our visit and would love to visit again. Thank you for making our visit special

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We didn't eat here but we did enjoy a couple of cocktails. We had a couple classic recipes as well as a couple of originals. Nice ambience and service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 28, 2016

Unbelievable selection of spirits. Highly recommend sharing plates as a group and their specialty cocktails. The service was great! Thanks for a great night Distil

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2015

The food selection was good but limited. The drinks were very interesting and delicious. Our server, Kam, was very attentive and did s great job at explaining the drinks and food choices.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 10, 2015

The restaurant wasn't what I expected. Very small menu. I think it is for people to come in late and have a drink and a snack.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 10, 2015

We were attending an event at the Riverside so we checked out Distil. The ambiance was perfect, staff was attentive for drinks and food. The cheese and charcuterie board had a nice variety on them. The burger was grill to perfection. The mushroom crostini and chicken and waffles were also excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 26, 2015

Truly enjoyed our evening! Had dinner here before the Garth Brooks concert! We are from Madison so found the restaurant on open table. The food was great and so was the service! Food came quickly and the specialty drinks were amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 20, 2015

Our server was new to the restaurant and by virtue of being a new employee, he wasn't familiar with the menu as he will be after more experience. He also wasn't 21, so he couldn't really describe the craft cocktails. We ordered the smelt, bistecca pizzaiola, Moroccan roasted cauliflower, fresca salad, cheese curds, and mushroom crostini. The smelt tasted a bit fishy. Bistecca was 6-8 pieces of tenderloin tips. Cauliflower was good. Cheese curds a bit overcooked. The toasted baguette for the crostini was over-toasted. We ordered the Rocky Road and Belgian Waffle for dessert. Each was OK and unnecessarily complicated and busy on the plate. The drink menu was almost incomprehensible. Drinks had long names and listed the ingredients, which the average person wouldn't be familiar with anyway.

I'd rate the place a "B". Liked the dark wood and copper ceiling/crown moulding. Nice touch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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