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About Kil@Wat

Kil@wat is Milwaukee's premier dining destination offering illuminating cuisine in a unique atmosphere. The flexible menu allows for traditional dining as well as tapas-style items that are good for sharing. Located in the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel, the restaurant is convenient for pre and post theatre dining.

139 East Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 6:30am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:30am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 6:30am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday: 6:30am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday: 6:30am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 2:00pm

Starting October 3rd: Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Water Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 291-4793

Website:
http://www.kilawatcuisine.com/

Parking Details:
Self and valet parking available. Kil@wat offers discounted parking with validation.

Executive Chef:
Aaron Miles

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

A private area of the dining room is available for parties up to 40 people. Please contact us for more information.

Kil@Wat Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (82)
Good for a Date (43)
Special Occasion (42)
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Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Scenic View (27)
Romantic (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Business Meals (23)
Great for Brunch (21)
Good for Groups (16)
Casual (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Cozy (10)
Healthy (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Seasonal (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Authentic (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 days ago

Dinner was delicious and the presentation appealing. We had tickets to a show at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, so the location was perfect.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Enjoy our self. Great service. We also had Brunch which was great

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

I realize we were on a tight time frame to make the show across the street at 8 pm. However, but only offering apps and salads for dinner choice doesnt fly. My short ribs ended up being cold and you didnt offer everyone at the table a drink order when we sat down. I felt rushed the entire time. Also, water refills would have been nice at least once. Terrible experience. Too bad its really the only restaurant to walk to for our show.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

So convenient to go after the Rep, especially when it is too cold outside.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was great. We were seated at a window table as we requested. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A very nice night. Braised Short Ribs were excellent.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Host and wait staff were very friendly. Service was very polite and fast. Food was delicious and well presented. The portion for the smoked salmon, which was delightful, was large. Great value for downtown Milwaukee.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We dines here before a theater performance. The waiter ws very attentive to our schedule and the food was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Took too long for food and inattentive waitress. Food was mediocre but the venue is very nice.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The ambiance is great just as it has been in the past. We did go there for New Year's Eve and were only provided their set 5 course menu and had to ask for their regular menu. The seafood cavatappi was wonderful and everything was cooked spot on. My husband had the filet and ordered it medium-rare it came medium-well but our waitress was too busy to come back and check on us until we were both almost finished with our meals. My husband said there were parts of the steak that were a little closer to medium-rare but overall, not how he ordered it. He also ordered a drink and it didn't come until he was finished with his meal. I understand that it was a little busy due to the holiday but I feel like our waitress (Becky I believe) had too many tables and was unable to give the proper attention to each one. While it was good we probably won't return for some time as we had in the past, it would not be high on my recommendation list and I feel there are other spots downtown where you could get better service for roughly the same price.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food! Great server. Very attentive! We will most definitely return! 😀

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our second time eating here. The first visit wasn’t bad, but the food wasn’t amazing for the price.

On the second visit the food was terrible. The roasted potatoes were as hard and crunchy as any raw potatoe. The lamb was cooked properly but absent of any flavor at all. The filet was ordered medium-rare, and it arrived at the table well done after a long period of waiting. None of the food was, and some of it was absolutely terrible.

The server was fine. I don’t have any real complaints about the service other than them only offering to comp one of our two meals. My wife literally didn’t even need to taste her steak to notice how burnt it was, so she didn’t eat at all. I had a couple bites of the bland lamb and two bites of the hardest potato ever served to a guest, and then stopped eating. I was really quite surprised that no manager ever came by the table after we complained about how poorly the food was prepared.

My wife and I will absolutely not be returning. There are far too many places to eat that actually know how to cook food properly.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My food was greasy. Had the chicken. jo our waitress was fabulous.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The Original Big Boy hamburger took me back to my childhood! Delicious. I am stunned that my husband’s steak was cooked improperly TWICE! Came out COLD the first time and dry and overcooked the second time. How do you mess up a rare steak? To their credit, we were not charged. Will be back for Big Boy hamburgers and will continue to spread the word. Customer service is top notch.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and great service. Excellent recommendation on taking a taxi to our show! Will be back before any shows in the future!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

My only complaint is the orange chairs are very dirty. And they sat us on the upper level which was wonderful for the view but we had someone with a walker it was a little difficult for her to get up stairs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very enjoyable Christmas Day breakfast! Our server was on top of things and very friendly, the food was great, and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our visit got off to a bumpy start. The hostess didnt have the best service skills and definitely not a problem solver.
The environment modern and clean
The staff was warm and friendly.
The food was good, tasty and hot

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Made reservations through Open Table 2 weeks prior. When we arrived we were shown to a table next to the kitchen. Asked for a different table. We were told there were no open tables next to the windows. We’re then shown to a table next to wait station. Asked again for a different table. The restaurant was pretty empty as it was 5:15. We’re finally given a table out of traffic. Our server was great. That’s the one plus. I ordered a Moscow mule. It arrived in a glass, not a copper mug. My husband’s wine came in a water glass. What? I had the bacon wrapped dates. The bacon was way over done. We both had the Hanger steak. It was tasty, however it was luke warm. Don’t think we’ll be back. Pretty disappointing.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The seafood entrée I had was relatively unique and very good. My girlfriends pork chop was cooked perfectly. I think that our waiter forgot about us or was too busy so our Big Boy appetizer was a bit dry, presumably from sitting under the heating lamps. Even at that it was still good. I indicated on our reservation that we would be celebrating my girlfriends birthday and they provided us with a delicious dessert to share. It was my first time there and I plan to come back. Overall the food and atmosphere were very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We waited 45 minutes for our appetizer which the server knew was too long so she offered to take it off our bill. We watched several couples that came in after us get their food before us. I ordered a flat bread pizza with goat cheese, caramelized onions and pears. The dough was raw and there were a few pears that I could find. They then took the flat bread and mounded arugula on top so I would not notice the missing toppings. I wanted to eat this with a beat salad. The salad was in a bowl of more arugula, no cheese, 4 quartered tiny beats and 2 grapes. I could not find any other toppings. Basically, we waited well over an hour so I could be served a bowl of arugula with raw dough. My husband lamb was thrown on the plate and tasted okay once you got past the poor presentation. Our empty glasses and plates sat on the table until we expressed our dissatisfaction to the manager. They took off the muscles, gave us a glass of wine on the house and did not charge for the flat bread I asked them to take off the table as I would not eat raw dough with no toppings. Never going back.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Perfect place for brunch before the annual tradition of going to seethe Nutcracker.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wisely made a reservation for a Saturday brunch before the ballet. Wait staff was very kind, but we had several mistakes - food cooked not to order, bacon and not sausage, and a dropped dish. We all got to start eating at different times. Was a bit frustrating given how long we waited to get the food in the first place.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The host was very sweet and held our table, which was a perfect table for six, next to the window, after I called to say that we would be 25 minutes late due to traffic.
Our waitress was perfect! The staff waited on us hand over foot and got us to our ballet, across the street, in record time! (We made it a crunch in time for them, and they handled it for us perfectly!)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great FOOD, nice atmosphere, friendly service, overall a great place, perfect downtown location.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The original Big Boy hamburger is wonderful! Service was excellent. Good downtown location for business lunch.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great spot before a show. You will get out on time without feeling rushed. Menu offers something for everyone. We've eaten here several times and so far everything we've tried has been delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 13, 2017

4 of us dined on a Tuesday night - we had a 6:30om and were seated promptly.Most tables were there for a pre-theater dinner and we pretty much had the place to ourselves by 7:15. Our waiter was odd - rather cavalier in his attentions which I think he thought was being cool....it wasn't. Their menu is small - but good selections of meat, fish and fowl. I had the Hanger Steak w/ Truffle French Fries $24) - very tasty. My friends ordered Braised Short Rib ($31), Pan-Roasted Chicken ($21) and Rushing Waters Trout ($22) and everyone was satisfied. We asked for dessert suggestions and out waiter steered us away from most of them - again trying to be 'cute.' We passed. The atmosphere is lovely, and you can actually have conversations in a normal voice - something that is getting harder and harder to find on the restaurant scene. Definitely recommend this place for dinner - and Sunday Brunch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Kil@Wat is always a pleasure. The food is great, the service friendly and swift and the ambiance pleasant. So convenient to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Mario was our server, and he was excellent! We had the pear and goat cheese flatbread to start. It was tasty, and completely loaded with arugula. I had the eggplant and polenta stack. It was a bit colder than I was expecting, but that is my only complaint of the night. My boyfriend had the bistro hanger steak which he enjoyed. The truffle fries were great! When we were hemming and hawing over to get dessert or not, he let it slip that it was my birthday, and Mario brought us a cheesecake and a creme brulee. Very great service and atmosphere!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Only had one vegetarian entre option and it wasn’t very good (polenta and eggplant dish). Flat bread appetizer was loaded with agrugula making it hard to eat.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Hostess's attitude was pretentious, waiter was not to be found when needed. Food was ok, but honestly for the money, service should have been more attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We have been coming to Kil@wat for many years, It has become a tradition to dine here each year when we come to see the Rep's production of "A Chistmas Carol", and we have never been disappointed! It is the most perfect beginning to a memorable evening and the staff is always considerate to get us "to the show" on time, a very valuable and appreciated experience, not to mention the delightful and well prepared meals, for all tastes. See you next year!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was delicious, nice atmosphere. Staff were very pleasant and professional.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service was not the greatest this time. We had the pork chop and it was too well done and way too salty. Also the gnocchi was very overdone and dry. Ordered a Cosmo and the bartender made a lemony drink instead. Sent it back, and it appeared that they just added some cranberry juice to the drink. Really?!?! Waitress was not very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

I do have an issue....and it's not just Kil@Wat, why is it when you 're seated, you are shown to THE WORST seating in the restaurant. I had a reservation for 2, at Kil@Wat for 5:30p.m. on a Tuesday evening (not even close to a busy time), and we were seated at a small, "Bistro" table for barely 2 people outside the kitchen door! The place was empty! My date was 6'2" and a large man. He would've been extremely uncomfortable in the original seating.
I requested another table, and was then seated at a lovely booth with a window overlooking Christmas lights on the street below.
We finished our meal, and the place was still empty when we left for the theater.

What's up with that?

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great, only complaint would be the wine prices. Excellent service

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was very good. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was very tasty. There was a good selection to choose from.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was wonderful as usual. Good food, service, very friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Pre-symphony date was excellent. Mario is a pleasure as our server. Short Ribs were the best ever. Beet salad we split was just OK. Cocktail heavy ice and low on substance. Crem brulet' dessert was nice. One of our favorite places.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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