Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

4.6
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
Blue Bat Kitchen finds inspiration in the energy and flavors of street food around the globe.

We feature fresh, global street food in a relaxed and fun environment that pairs perfectly with Milwaukee’s very first Tequilaria.

Over 160 Tequilas to try plus, Bowls, Tacos, Snacks, Salads and more await!
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m
London
98 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good time, great view. Friendly staff!!

LL
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great time here. The margaritas were very good and reasonably priced. Two of us had jalapeño, one regular house and one with mezcal and we all enjoyed them. The food was tasty and plentiful. For four people, shared the brussel sprouts, had a total of five handhelds (tacos), a bowl and tuna tartare nachos. Perfect amount of food for us. Highly recommended.

F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Eclectic food choices - all were delicious. Fried brussel sprouts for the appetizer was delicious as was the street taco and baja fish taco for the entree. Bowls are available too for healthy options and the service was impeccable. Great drinks and ambiance - my second time here and I will return!

d
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent casual dining. Unique tacos. Definitely raised the bar. So good!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded 4 days ago

I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed. Thank you for dining with us -- I hope we can serve you again soon!

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S
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The tuna poke nachos have changed significantly. Tuna was difficult to chew, and there was far more “other” stuff mixed into the nachos. Way too much cilantro.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done, Blue Bat.

MM
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time there and it was nice. Food was good, lots of interesting choices. Service was excellent and place had a good vibe for a Thursday night. We will definitely return.

LJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so different and flavorful—we loved the combinations they put together. Our server was so awesome too! Very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We will definitely be back.

s
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going to this restaurant, the food is great and so is the service

MK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better drinks. Can't wait to go back!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience!! We went with another couple and ordered entirely too much food and ate it all! Everything that we tried was delicious. We will definitely be back!

MB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and service. Tacos are really really good and appreciate the rotating specials to keep it fresh. Chips here are outstanding. Just an outstanding place for small plate type meal.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you, Matt! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us and were able try a variety of our dishes and specials. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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GS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Delicious food. Wonderful tequila

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. I hope we can welcome you back again soon!

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OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chips had good flavor but were too greasy. Love the house made hot sauces!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thanks for joining us! I'm sorry to hear the chips were too greasy -- we will definitely take a look. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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AK
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best guacamole ever and amazing homemade chips!
Accommodated a wheelchair with no fuss. Menu a bit limited.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thanks for joining us! I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon. Keep an eye out for some awesome new menu items launching in November!

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CV
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing so many different flavors and textures. Service was great they were able to explain all the items with great detail and answer any questions we had looking forward to going back in the evening next time.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks, Chad! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon. Cheers!

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussels sprouts appetizer was unique and fabulous. Service was excellent. Noise inside was quite loud. I am sure when the weather permits that the patio overlooking the river would be lovely.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for joining us! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. I do apologize for the noise -- our vaulted ceilings do not do us any favors with a packed house. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Management needs to step up. Our food was half great and literally the other half ice cold and over cooked. Lots of upside to tequila options and ambiance with two bars and packed on a Sat night. Come for drinks and small plates but skip for main meal.

S
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The bar itself is beautiful and location is prime. Food is mediocre. Drinks are very good. Service is ok.

NB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is a hipster Mexican restaurant. Yes they have tacos and tequila but that’s where the Mexican stops. The food is over priced and the portions are comparable to a child size. The atmosphere is cool but that’s about it.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 10, 2019

Hi Nicole -- I'm sorry to hear you weren't thrilled with your experience with us. We are a global-street food style (vs. Mexican) so we do focus on street eats and shareable options. I'm sorry your server didn't introduce our restaurant this way to you. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent across the board! Exceeded my expectations in every category.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 10, 2019

I'm thrilled to hear it! I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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JM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, tasty, healthy food! Love the location!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with Milw Street Corn, I could not get enough of the Pabst aioli. My husband ordered the Bao Bun best adult Shaved Ice with Ice cream not on the menu but pleasantly freshing & flavorful. Pomegranate Blueberry was just as our Waiter Richy describe. Oh by the way fanatic fast service.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. I hope we can welcome you back again soon. Cheers!

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NR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Our server was super nice too. Drinks were strong. I’m excited to go back on a weekend and try the brunch menu. 10/10 recommend.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks, Natalie! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. I hope we can welcome you back again soon for brunch (it's AMAZING!). Cheers!

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OT
Northern MI
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, expensive but food drinks, somewhat limited menu. Enjoyed it.

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and drinks were very good. Server was very nice. Drinks took awhile to get to our table. Staff seemed a bit confused about what table to put us at, but we ended up eating outside which was nice.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks for joining us! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. I do apologize for the confusion of our host stand/staff -- I hope it did not take away from your experience too much. I hope we can serve you again soon!

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JF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had reservations and went to Blue Bat on a Friday at 7pm. The menus were sticky and one of the bread plates on the table was dirty. Our server did not introduce himself and did not explain the menu or any dishes. Our appetizer came before our drinks and we had to ask for silverware. The brussel sprouts were good as well as the street corn, but they were both lukewarm and would have been better hot. We ordered 3 tacos (hand helds?) and they were all cold. We ordered the sambusas off the special menu. They were hot, but over cooked and very dry. A food runner delivered all the food and our server never checked back after we got our food to make sure things were correct or ok. He just cleared our plates when we were finished. The best part of the dinner were the cocktails. The pina colada was unique with a bit of mezcal in it and the blackberry/pomegranate mojito was tart, but both were outstanding!!! The host at the host stand stood silent as we left and no one thanked us for coming or said good bye.

A
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous and different food choices.
So darn good everybody loved it

OT
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The menu options seems great but when you get your food, it’s not quite like you think it’s going to be. Amongst our group everything we ordered was not to the level of quality or flavor we anticipated. Total bummer.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Got sat at our table and no one even acknowledged us for over 15 minutes, no water or anything. Food was bland and the waiter never offered me a second drink. Not impressed by any part of the experience. Would not come back

MN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Being on the water made for a beautiful scene to have dinner, but the tacos were mediocre and expensive for what they were. The steak taco I ordered was really dry and definitely not worth $4.50. The house margarita for $6 was awful, but their other drinks were good. Again, not worth $12 for a cocktail, but scenery isn't free, amirite?! I probably would only go back for happy hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, menu, and food!

T
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Blue Bat's biggest asset is its deck on the Milwaukee River. We dined in the evening and had a spectacular view of the River and sunset. The server was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. This was different from the hosts and others who seated us. The food was very good and we enjoyed ourselves very much. I recommend Blue Bat!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thomas -- I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us here at Blue Bat. I do apologize for your immediate impression with our host stand. I've shared this with the team so we can address this. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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LS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were pleased to revisit this location following the change from the Water Buffalo to the Blue Bat Kitchen. The wait staff was excellent. Water front seating was enjoyable. The dishes we ordered were very tasty. All in all we plan to visit again.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time with us and I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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L
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and service was OUTSTANDING! I ordered the Mexican street corn and brussel sprouts appetizers. The corn was excellent! The three handhelds (Bao, Baja, and FGT) I ordered were basic at best. There was a lot of bread and very little filling. And, there was nothing special about the flavors. I will be back with friends, but I will only order the corn.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 20, 2019

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us, but I'm very sorry to see your experience with our handhelds. If you're willing, I'd like to learn more! Please email me directly at eatshareenjoy@gmail

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SM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, my go-to spot! Blue Bat never fails to exceed my expectations. If you haven’t tried the mmmmmm already I highly recommend the Baja and Cajun tacos!!!!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thanks, Sabrina! I'm so happy to hear you have enjoyed your time with us. I hope we can serve you again soon. Cheers!

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KB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dinner outside on the patio with great water view. Service and food were both very good.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thanks, Kevin! I hope we can welcome you back again soon. Cheers!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

We went for a birthday celebration. When we ordered, our drinks came right away however our appetizer did not arrive for another 50 minutes. We were not provided any reasoning for the delay. The food was great. The flavors were there and the pork belly bun and cajun tacos were delicious. However, it took a total of 3 hours for us to get 5 tacos and 2 appetizers.

I cannot recommend this restaurant due to how terrible the service was. Our waiter, charlie, was fine but management didnt seem bothered that everyone was waiting unnecessarily too long to get cold food. We can understand a bit of a backlog but 3 hours is a waste of our time and money.

Blue Bat really needs to re-evaluate how their staff is managed and focus more on efficiency. I cannot imagine any repeat customers will come back from tonight, including us. This is not the way to run a restaurant even if the food and decor are impressive.

CG
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I made reservations 3 days ahead. I requested a seat outdoors. When we arrived, 15 minutes early, we were told they don’t honor outdoor seating requests and there would be a 45 minute wait for outdoors. There were 2 empty tables outside for the 15 minutes that we were waiting. We were told that those tables were for people on the waiting list for the outdoors. The 6 place table was never seated the whole time we were there! Very disappointed!
We chose to eat indoors. It was very crowded and very noisy. Waitress took quite awhile but eventually she was there.
Appetizers were very good: Brussels sprouts and the cheese dip with bag of chips. Served without utensils and no plates -eventually got utensils, plates never showed up. Margaritas were supposedly served with large ice cube. When our friends got theirs, they were out of large ice cube. So therefore served without any ice! Handables were for most part very good esp. the fish and the chicken. The steak was dry and tasteless. Salmon bowl was enjoyed by our companion.
Overall the food was good and reasonably priced. Not sure I could recommend the service or the host/hostess hospitality.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi Catherine -- I'm very sorry for the frustration caused with the outdoor seating. We absolutely should have communicated this with you prior to your arrival. We do hold a wait list for our outdoor tables with guests in the restaurant. They often prefer to finish a cocktail at the bar before they are seated, which I completely understand can be visually confusing for guests who would prefer to sit there. We owe you a do-over. Please email me at eatshareenjoy@gmail. Thank you.

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SM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Blue Bat! Perfect place to catch up with friends or go on a date. Margs and Tacos are amazing and good any day of the week!