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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.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: Closed
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Distil Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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