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Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

4.5
4.5
564 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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, Tacos, Bowls, Snacks, Salads and more await!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 431-1133

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Sazama

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (877) 619-5739

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    Water St. and Buffalo St.

  • Parking details

    There is a public parking garage one block south of the restaurant on Water St.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 564 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Milwaukee

    Scenic View

  • Milwaukee

    Most Booked

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  1. DB

    DianeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were great, as was the atmosphere - our seating in the little alcove by the window was perfect for our party of 8 and the view of the river was a bonus, especially since there was a boat "parade" taking place. My only regret is that I hadn't realized it would be a brunch menu only – I had been looking forward to trying items off the full menu. Hoping to make it back another time to enjoy the fuller menu.
  2. g

    goodtacos

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us enjoyed chips with salsas & guac, and steak, cajun shrimp, baja, and cauliflower handhelds (street tacos). Food was delicious and our waiter was efficient and friendly. We would definitely eat at Blue bat again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    In town Marquette student
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the place! Would definitely go back
  5. T

    Thomascs09

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Poke Nachos appetizer was incredible! huge portion. I think I will make this a meal next time. The queso was also very good! The Mojo Pork was absolutely delicious! I shared with my friends, and we all loved it! Great food and drinks...I Highly recommend Blue Bat
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Bravo
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed the drinks, service and most of the food during my experience. The one thing I wasn’t happy about was the fact that the tacos on the trio weren’t all warm. The tortillas were all cold. The fish was the only part that was actually warm. This experience was a little disappointing considering that part of it.
  8. RR

    ReRe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was average. Nice variety of menu. Server was an issue. Management understood our problem and reduced our bill. No parking. Walked two blocks to parking structure.
  9. SC

    SunnyC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    The service was horrible. I can’t even begin to get into it… it doesn’t matter and no one cares. I would still go back since the food is great but will mentally prepare for poor service. It’s just a part of the new post pandemic world we now live in
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food
  11. b

    bigb

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was so good! Loved our tacos and poke Nachos and the house margarita was authentic and potent!
  12. Q

    Quinn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Ordered chips & salsa as an appetizer, the amount of chips was very generous for the small amount of salsa alongside it. Boyfriend ordered two al pastor tacos that could be easily finished in two bites. I ordered a pineapple salad which was quite good. Waitstaff were great and the location even better, but the food left something to be desired.
  13. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was awesome . Nice place. Great place to eat before a concert. So close so you can walk to American Family insurance amphitheater in about 10 minutes. Cocktails were excellent . Will be back
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    You are really paying a premium for the location. Food is decent. Pay for chips. Non alcoholic drink cost MORE than alcoholic drinks, which are also overpriced. Chips and guacamole cost more than my meal.
  15. J

    Justok

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Nothing special to write home about... hostess seemed as though she'd rather be anywhere else, didn't see our server a whole lot, took about 15 minutes for our first round of drinks to arrive, small portions, a decent cocktail list/menu (drinks were good), ambiance was just ok. The food was decent, but nothing worth coming back for. Overall, would not return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Bat was tremendous!!! The service and food was excellent. It’s a cool venue with a fun vibe. Convenient to a lot that Milwaukee has to offer. The weekend brunch menu was a bit smaller than the online menu but there was a good variety for everyone to find something!! Highly recommended!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing!
  18. MO

    MichaelO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great evening thank you. Hailey was an excellent server and the food was outstanding. Drinks served right on time. We couldn't be happier
  19. B

    Brenda

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    The location was nice, the outdoor seating was great, the drinks were good. The service was a little spotty, and the food fell a little short of our expectations.
  20. LJ

    LynJ

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of town and wanted a nice place on the river to dine. The food was very good.
  21. AM

    AngelaM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you, it was my first time. I enjoyed respectful customer service, great host Staff and server 💥💥
  22. A

    Athens

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The menu changed and felt like there were less tacos to choose from when I came last time.
  23. JW

    JillW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Team Dinner- everyone loved it. if in area again, will definitely come back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Decided to go for a few drinks and apps/tacos. Three/four things we ordered we were told they were out of. This was at 6pm, which seemed strange, because it was a week day and they were not busy at all. The house marg was good, also ordered tequila/mezcal. They have an extensive menu of tequilas, which was great. The tacos were okay, they didn’t have much in them. The service was inattentive. After our first order, we had to flag down our server each time we wanted a drink and then ended up canceling our last order because we waited 15 minutes and decided it was better to just to move along. Disappointed, was expecting to have a better experience. Won’t return, and don’t recommend. There are so many amazing food/drink spots in Milwaukee. No need to stop here.
  25. MJ

    MJCMD

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great variety of tequila and mezcal. Tacos were excellent and interesting variations
  26. t

    triguyswim12

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was in MKE for a race and stopped here for lunch. Was good enough that I came back for more food and margaritas. Was skeptical about mexican food so far north (I'm from Texas) but was very surprised how good it was. Tequila selection is on point and the staff was great. Highly recommended.
  27. KW

    KatieW

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We’ve been here a couple times last summer and it was stellar so we decided to bring some friends who were visiting from out of town and it was a flop unfortunately. Our server was very friendly but we kept thinking she forgot about us. We ended up moving tables right at the beginning to a table that hadn’t been cleaned yet but had a better view. Server came by to take our drink order but did nothing about the pile of dirty dishes and we waited so long for someone to clean the table that someone from our party just piled up the dishes and brought them inside the restaurant themselves. Appetizers came quickly but waitress didn’t return to take our full order for another 20 mins - I was about to go find her bc we were hungry. Then she came out at the end and started piling up plates including something we weren’t done eating yet. Just felt like everything was phoned in. Food was good but if I came back I’d probably just sit at the bar.
  28. JM

    JennyM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first trip to Blue Bat was with a party of 9 for my husband's birthday. He's a tequila fan and we had received a gift card. The food, drink, ambiance, and service absolutely surpassed our expectations. We had a gorgeous table inside but it looked onto the river and the staff were nice enough to open the huge window for us. From the tuna nachos to the bowls and tacos and the pitcher of Blue Bat margaritas, we were thrilled and will be back! My father in law even hugged our server at the end!
  29. P

    Pamela

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. Host was expecting me and greeted me by name - so friendly and welcoming. Beautiful day to sit on the patio on the river.
  30. SB

    SherryB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Table had used napkin and food on the seats upon arrival. Our meal was served with all the empty appetizer dishes still on our table, employee seemed put out that we asked to have them removed. The said they would they would "dress up & put candles" on the birthday treat which they did not. Ordered extra taco chips and it took 40 minute for them to get to the table.
  31. j

    julia

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    WAY too expensive for what you get. ordered a bowl version of a taco. liter a scoop of rice and a bunch of meat. $16 plus tax very unwell spent.
  32. CB

    CBean

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food was very low quality. No flavor. Was very disappointed.
  33. SM

    SaraM

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tuna nachos were absolutely fabulous. We will definitely be back.
  34. G

    Gourmette

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Great server. Food was hit or miss, a lot of mayo/cream sauces. The shrimp taco was good, as was al pastor. The brisket was dried out with none of the advertised poblano gravy, FGT taco was a bit odd. At least they weren't more than $4-5 each. Margaritas were extremely ordinary. Noise level was loud, and it was pretty early on a Friday night. We won't be back
  35. L

    Laurie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Tiny flies ruined the dining experience. They were everywhere- in the wall, around the table, in the water glass. Waitress giggled that all the restaurants were having troubles with fruit flies. We haven’t experienced anything like this anywhere else.
  36. C

    Clancy09

    Milwaukee

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Bat is a great lunch alternative to the usual burgers and fries…nice selection of hand held tacos or bowls…the brussel sprout appetizer is outstanding…service was very attentive…beautiful view of the River from the back patio…highly recommend!
  37. SR

    SRD1

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Disappointed in the food and service relative to cost.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony made the experience first class. One of the best servers that we have had in a very long time.
  39. FC

    FreddyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, great food (street corn!) and great service.
  40. SA

    SaraA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the perfect spot to catch up with an old friend. Our server was excellent and so was the food! Not to mention the Palomas! One of my favorite spots in Milwaukee.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 431-1133.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria is rated 4.5 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

249 N Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Water St. and Buffalo St.

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a public parking garage one block south of the restaurant on Water St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Sazama

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 431-1133

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (877) 619-5739

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