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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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food and cocktails. Nice atmosphere. Quiet enough to have a conversation during dinner.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Food and service are consistently good. Atmosphere is pleasant. Good wine selections.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was very good, food excellent, nice place with a good overall atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was so enjoyable.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Another excellent meal and service. Would recommend the crusted whitefish and steak sandwich.. both very good . Our server, Maxwell, was very attentive in refilling coffee and water and letting us leisure through dinner.... It was a quiet Monday night due to the pending snow storms and we were so happy to be inside warm feasting on a great meal on a great lake in Shorewood!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The salmon salad, at both locations, is always very good

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good atmosphere, slow service, mediocre food.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great Food - always consistent!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The 3 people who ordered the steak on mashed potatoes all had very tough pieces of meat (couldn't chew).the salads were ok.the premeal bread was not up to your standards of last year.In fact the entire meal was not up to our last years experience.
I was celebrating my birthday w/ my children & their wives & was embarrassed w/ the food.

Henry (Bud) Meece

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Service was rather slow on a non-busy evening. I always order the meatloaf here as it's usually very good. This time, there was too much sauce and it was only lukewarm, as were the mashed potatoes. Other entrees were decent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Took my nephew to North Star Bistro before he went back to school. Food was great, the service was good even though we had to ask for bread. I had a martini made with an allspice syrup. It was excellent!
North Star Bistro makes the best short ribs in town. It's really a great meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My sister and a mutual friend went to North Star on a bitter cold Wednesday night and were immediately greeted warmly and led to a delightful table. Our enthusiastic server made us feel at ease. The menu was supplemented by the soup of the day and a special. Two of us tried the soup of the day, a mushroom soup, rich and flavorful. My sister had a cheeseburger, and our friend and I tried the special, a mushroom risotto with scallops. Delicious and perfect on such a cold night. The glass of tempranillo I had was a good accompaniment to the robust mushroom flavor. All in all, a nice evening.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

thank you for a lovely graduation lunch for my son. Also the waitresses were lovely.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had not been there for awhile and have now re-added it to our go to list in the North Shore. The tuna is fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Friday Fish Fry is outstanding

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great service. Not noisy.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 3, 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 20, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 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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 (Denver)·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 16, 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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 (Milwaukee)·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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 9, 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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 (Milwaukee)·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 23, 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 20, 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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vip
 (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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