Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant - Milwaukee

4.7
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1951 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Bacchus offers contemporary American cuisine in a stylish, modern and sleek setting overlooking Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. Boasting one of the city's most extensive wine lists and a menu that features seasonal local ingredients.

In recognition of the restaurant’s 15th anniversary, Executive Chef Nick Wirth has reinvigorated Bacchus with a modern aesthetic and newly-unveiled seasonal menu, one that, he says, “emphasizes more progressive dishes and flavor profiles.”

“We’ve made very bold changes throughout Bacchus, and that’s also my approach to the menu. We’re so fortunate that our guests have embraced the diversity of our menus,” explains Chef Wirth. “Whether it’s Italian, French, or Vietnamese, it gives us the freedom to raise the bar with our cooking techniques and create what I call ‘full-blast’ dishes with big flavor profiles.”
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tried the tasting menu and enjoyed all the choices. We also upgraded the beef - for $20/piece, I didn't think this was a good upgrade - the beef was tasty but hard to chew. We also added the wine pairing. For, me it was too much alcohol but the wines that were chosen really enhanced the flavor of the food.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best bartolotta doesn’t disappoint

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second trip here and it was even better than the first. Patrick and Whitney took such good care of us - extremely friendly and accommodating. Whitney was very attentive. Patrick's wine pairings were spot on (even if you don't eat dessert, DEFINITELY drink it - the Vin Constance from South Africa was A-MAZ-ING). It was an exceptional way for my husband and I to celebrate 15 years together. Thank you!!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent.

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience!! Great waitress!!

SJ
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always at the top of its game. It has been the place in Milwaukee for a big celebration. With the 15 year redo, a little more approachable, and also perfect for a last minute weekday dinner. We’re looking forward to the 30th.

OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service was excellent.

CB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, great tastes, dramatic refurbishing...worth the trip.

KE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was 2nd to none as always based on my past experiences at Bartalotta restaurants. I tried a dry aged NY strip they had on special for Valentine's Day. In hindsight, I wish I would have ordered the Wagyu instead, but that's more of a reflection on my personal taste than a reflection of the food quality. Our 2 servers were incredibly friendly and professional. Overall a good meal and experience.

MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walking in i felt like a celebrity. Walking out i felt like a king.

PW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant for that special occasion that requires just the right wine.

JS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I highly recommend it! The food and wine were outstanding.

C
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were incredible! We were really impressed and cannot wait to return.

CR
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine’s dinner was delicious. Had beet salad and scallops for entree. Husband had spinach salad, short rib, and chocolate cake. Gin martini and Manhattan before dinner were excellent. Didn’t like the 80’s/90’s music being played, but everything else was great. Music took away from the ambience.

EH
Milwaukee
46 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding as was the service. First time dining here since renovation. Bar and dining room look spectacular however we were sat in Patio Room. It felt like we were in a different restaurant than the other guests that evening. The view during summer months might be more attractive but on this particular evening our view was of stacked patio chairs and outdoor heating lamps. Not the most romantic setting for Valentines Day

JH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was fine, and the wine offerings were substantial and interesting, but the new decor/ambiance really killed it for me. It was much too bright, the music was much too loud, and the colorful yet unimaginative art on the dining room walls seemed cheap and inappropriate for the price of the meal we ordered. I miss the old Bacchus terribly.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Waiters were thoughtful and helpful. Good and great food at a price. I would go back

LE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to have a nice dinner with your significant other or as a small group. Food was spectacular. They have a wonderful wine selection, and the service was outstanding. Would higlhy recommend this place and would dine here again!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stated simply, I’m not a fan of p*g away 300.00 on a dinner. However, it was a special occasion and the exceptional service and knowledge of Patrick coupled with the flavorful dishes prepared by a talented chef and staff made for a truly memorable evening. Only complaint, the music selection was awful.

BS
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. The staff was all great and every dish exceeded expectations.

MV
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious & the service was impeccable. Highly recomend.

SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Patrick was out of this world. He had off menu selections including the simple brilliant tagliatelle with shaved truffles. He paired a wine with scallops that were made for each other. The bartender and som were equally great. The dessert was nothing to leave out. AMAZING mouse and cordials were the perfect way to finish the meal. Lightly quoted by the terminator ...We will Be BACH - Sasha & Nic

GW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was outstanding! The poached lobster, octopus and butternut squash risotto were tremendous. The main courses of scallops and tenderloin filet were delicious. No complaints what so ever on any dish. Wait staff were extremely knowledgeable regarding the different courses and wine list. We loved the remodeled restaurant and the lighting. We will absolutely return to enjoy another great experience!

CG
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Bacchus in the past month and both experiences were fantastic.
The food is delicious and distinctive and the staff is exceptional. A few of our menu favorites: the butternut squash risotto, the salmon, the wagyu flat iron steak and the gooey butter cake.

Every single member of the Bacchus team was exceedingly friendly and welcoming. We felt like guests, not customers. The waitstaff was very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the menu, providing vivid and enticing details about each dish. The atmosphere is a nice balance of warmth, energy and sophistication without pretense.
This is a great place to celebrate a special occasion! It is on the pricey side, but well worth it in terms of an exceptional experience.

DC
Milwaukee
35 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our first visit back after the remodel. It’s a fresh look that didn’t destroy the previous ambience which we liked. The menu has gone back to more creative after seeming more just like a steakhouse.

JR
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding. All courses were top notch. Possibly the best scallops I have ever eaten. The service was hampered a bit by slow bar service due to a large group in attendance.

MM
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been treated better. Outstanding in every respect.

TB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a first visit to Bacchus and were very happy with our dinning experience.

J
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 6 course meal and it was excellent. We had a show to attend and they thought it would take an hour and a half but we were out in an hour. I think some people cancelled because of the storm.

AP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I adore the breads!
The music was awful, chattery
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OT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Signature 3 course menu. It was excellent and a good value.

AS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner, we have dined at Bacchus before and have never been disappointed. This meal was no exception. Patrick, our waiter was amazing and attentive. He recommended the tasting menu and it was fantastic. Wine pairings were perfect and we left feeling full and grateful. We will be back again and again.

S
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy parking to begin with! Followed by a wonderful dinner with great service. Our server had recently been to Italy so she had much info for us since we will soon go. She was also very knowledgeable about wine so we had a nice wine experience too. We will be back!

TG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food was outstanding as well as service by Mr. Bill and Whitney.
However, I am not sure why they remodeled. the art work was contrived and right out of Pier I imports. More tables were jammed in so privacy and noise became an issue. Light levels were too bright at bar and in dining room making both spaces lose their ambiance.
Value of food was good but $18.50 for a simple call Martini? That is not good............
I really miss the old Bacchus finishes.

E
Milwaukee
10 reviews