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About North Star American Bistro-Shorewood

North Star American Bistro offers outstanding burgers, amazing seafood and steak and other seasonal, reasonable entrees in a comfortable, contemporary setting. North Star also has a full-service, non-smoking bar where you can relax and enjoy cocktails, appetizers or a full meal any time of the day.

4518 Oakland Ave
Shorewood, WI 53211
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm;

Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 964-4663

Website:
http://northstarbistro.com/

Executive Chef:
Duffy O'Neil

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

North Star American Bistro-Shorewood Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (12)
Casual (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
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Comfort Food (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

I am a repeat customer who lives in Florida 6 months of the year, and live 100 miles from Shorewood the other 6 months. My wife and I get to Milwaukee several times and always enjoy this restaurant. Only complaint is I always leave a little hungry, and don’t feel like popping for desert and all those calories. Portions could be bigger or throw in a side salad.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time for brunch. we have been there before for dinner and always enjoyed it. The service was erratic. Our waiter was attentive at first but it was a long time between our beverage order and ordering our entrees. Eventually we had to ask for him. The food when it came was good. My gravlax on potato pancake version of eggs benedict was very tasty. The others in our group of 4 enjoyed their meals as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and service here are always good,. The problem is parking. Be prepared to walk several blocks when the restaurant is busy. This won't be a popular option in winter. The Village of Shorewood needs to address the shortage of off-street parking.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a very good dinner the six of us. Our server Elle was very good and took care of us. WE had a little bit of everything from the menu, Salmon looked great, Whitefish - two different entrees- one was the special and the other off of the standard menu, both were really good, Crab cake salad was also enjoyed. We had a birtheday at our table and when we started to sing Happy Birthday the whole restaurant joined in and 5 minutes later another table had a birthday and 5 minutes after that so did another table. The whole restaurant was into it. A lot of fun and always enjoy North Star American Bistro.

Tags: Casual
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 21, 2017

North Star Bistro is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food and service are always good. The menu features many dishes that are unique to this restaurant. It's noise
level is high and lighting bright so don't expect a romantic dinner for two there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Beautiful location and atmosphere, great for date nights, and no rush from servers for longer conversation while enjoying your dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We have eaten there MANY times and it is always good. It is amazingly consistent and a great value. You can do well with any thing from a simple burger to a full fish meal. By far our favorite place for everyday or family events.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Both locations always good...the Brookfield location is near our home so we frequent that location. Friendly staff and barkeeps...Mike and Duffy run very good restaurants....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything was great for what we were looking for.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Always a treat to go to Northstar. We go there once a month or so, usually for a special dinner with friends, when you want good food, excellent service, and a relatively quiet place for conversation and catching up. I've tried just about everything on the menu, from seafood to vegetarian to carnivore, it's all good. Good wine list. It's a bit pricey or we would go there more often.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious food in a delightful, quiet and calm atmosphere!

By far, the best food Shorewood has to offer!
Even stayed for dessert

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Fantastic...our fish was delicious! Service good. I would recommend the cream Brûlée for dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 10, 2017

NSB Shorewood was friendly as always. The broccoli cream soup and almond crusted whitefish were very good and we enjoyed coffee and soda. Very attentive service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food and service. Friday night, a little loud.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We really enjoy trying new places in our community and we're very very pleased with our meal, our service, the quality and the uniqueness of the blendings and pairings of the food, it just was wonderful thank you so much.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent food, beautifully presented; attentive, efficient service
The noise level is a little too high.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

I took two friends to NORTH STAR the other night and we had a wonderful time. It was not a busy night, so it was great for conversation. I love sitting in a booth - they are roomy and comfy. Our waiter, Henry, was excellent. He was able to talk about local brews and was very familiar with the menu and he was very attentive, without being intrusive. The food was really good and we split a dessert - a flourless chocolate cake that was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Food was really terrific and satisfying - but server Ella was not - she indeed might have been handling too many people as the room had many large large parties, but she was only there to quickly press me for my order and bring it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

They had a nice patio area, but the food was awful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I think my friends loved their salads and dessert. My food was great except the steak was a little tough. It was a little hard to converse because there were many large tables with many little children. But people were obviously loving it and having a very good time. Our waitress was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This has become my family's favorite local celebrating restaurant. We appreciate your excellent food, your unique playroom for the many little kids in our bunch, and we certainly appreciate your outstanding service.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Spicy, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food was ok... if I were only paying for the convenience of not having to cook for myself. But they charge you much more that just a convenience surcharge. Thus, I can't justify the cost per plate. Or cost per drink for that matter.

They definitely have a very laissez-faire approach to serving. I suppose on a date or something where I have copious amounts of time to fritter away getting to know someone, I might have felt like this wasn't such a bad thing. But when you're trying to have a normally paced dinner, long enough to enjoy without being too long, it fails. Miserably.

At the price I would be quick to recommend numerous other restaurants before succumbing to suggesting this one. If they drop their price per plate by $4-5, then I might take another stab. Otherwise, my suggestion stands: go somewhere else.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Sat outside on a beautiful evening. The waiter was slow to take my drink order. 15 minutes later I received my glass of wine, 10 more minutes I received my ice tea. I was traveling on business in a party of one. The patio was not full. The food was good but the service was not

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great food and service by Henry was great. We had 15 and he was patient and attentive.

Meals were great although my meal was room temperature but I attributed that to serving 15 at once

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 26, 2017

One of our favorites spots but was very disappointed with the Perch Friday fish fry for the second time. Usually enjoy my our meals otherwise. Guess we'll have find another place when we want a good fish fry.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Another wonderful meal! The staff is very friendly and attentive, and the consistent quality of the food keeps me coming back. Many thanks!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The decor was fun - and they were able to accommodate three LARGE groups at the same time without it seeming over crowded or understaffed. The staff was friendly, personable and professional. The food was pretty and looked upscale. It was served with the perfect timing between the appetizer and the main course and piping hot! My only caveat is that the food was only so-so as it wasn't seasoned. The tuna just didn't have that "melt-in-your-mouth" quality although it was cooked to perfection. The saffron risotto was bland. The eggplant appetizer had three very good sauces but the actual eggplant was bland. The salmon was the best entree as it had a nice glaze. The potatoes and spinach served with it, however, lacked any kind of seasoning. We will be back though as the service, atmosphere and prices were very good. Plus, they were kind enough to greet us with champagne to help us celebrate our anniversary and accommodated our seating arrangements as requested in our reservation.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Celebrated our children's graduations with Sunday brunch. It's just ordering off the menu, no buffet, but the selection is great! Everything was delicious. You can order Bloody Mary's made by the bartender or make your own with all of the fixings at the Bloody Mary Bar! They were delicious! The staff was very friendly and accommodating as we added 2 people to our group at the last minute.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Group of six for a graduation party. We were seated immediately and could tell they were used to honoring the Open Table reservations. It was a busy Saturday night. The wait staff were excellently; they were unobtrusive but always saw to needs.

Great food - we had a number of dishes including the short ribs, ravioli with scallops, and a couple steak options. We said to each other that we should have had photos for a review, but they looked so appealing that we ate instead of taking pics.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

May 14,2017

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We liked it but wanted a bigger table or booth near the north window like some of the other couples.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Sunday brunch was delicious. Excellent wait staff. Dishes distinct with wonderful flavors.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Good restaurant. Service is prompt and courteous. I love the burgers here and the starters, but the pasta wasn't as delicious as I hoped for, but still ok.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Our waitress seemed to be in a bit of a hurry. She was anxious to get us our check and leave that she did not even offer dessert or coffee.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 9, 2017

The food was decent but our waitress was not very good. She didn't listen to special requests made and we had to ask several times for items requested. A good wait staff would be more on top of this. It was not crowded at all so not sure what the service issue was.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 8, 2017

My son (a long time chef and presently a VP of Food Innovation for a national food chain), was in town with his wife for a shower for their expected baby. My 15 year old granddaughter was with us also. Your menu had something for everyone's different tastes. They all gave their choices rave reviews. I live in Shorewood and visit you 4 or 5 times a year and am never disappointed. I especially like your seafood offerings. The relaxed family friendly atmosphere is most enjoyable. The music level also adds to this as it allows easy conversation. As always, I will be back again, especially when I have out of town guests. I also suggest the restaurant when ever I am dining with friends. Am looking forward to summer on the patio!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 31, 2017

North Star American Bistro was fantastic. Burger was excellent, cooked perfectly!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The French onion soup was good, but the salads were underdressed and not a good value. The table next to us was having a birthday and it was at least a dozen back-and-forths with the wait staff, the kitchen and the manager as to how they would cut and serve a cake. I mean, it's not launching the space shuttle. Very distracting.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Very disappointing. When I couldn't cut through my chicken mushroom risotto with a knife, I flipped over the chicken breast to find it completely charred on the bottom side. When I told the waitress, she said she would tell the kitchen. She came back 10 minutes later--not with a new plate of food or an offer to make me something else--but with our bill...at full-price. I actually had to ask her if they would consider reducing my bill...since I only ate a few bites of my burnt chicken. She said she would have to talk to the manager...who apparently decided that taking $5 off my bill would make everything right. Geez...they could've at least offered to pay for my $9 glass of wine!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 10, 2017

4 adults and two children. We sat in the family room and the chilren were occupied while we waited for our dinner. Food and wine were excellent. They were very busy but the service was excellent. This is the second time we have dined there just two of us for a romantic dinner and the food, wine and service were excellent. Highly recommend North Star Bistro.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Business Meals, Authentic, Live Sports, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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