Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

4.6
249 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 249 people are saying
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Mackenzie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee! the appetizers, tacos, and spicy margs are 10/10. must try!!

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viphate2cook
Milwaukee
330 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service great. Food very good. Sad to see it so empty. Great safe dining precautions

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ScottT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Andrew our server, was excellent and very knowledgeable. The Drinks were excellent, the food good. The salsa was average, the hot sauces were excellent. Great dining experience we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out with family. This is a “go to” when we visit our daughter. LOVE Blue Bat!!

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EssenceB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE blue bat! I came with friends on sweetest day and have been back every week since! Margaritas are bomb and the Cajun shrimp tacos are my fave! I don’t even like guacamole but I eat theirs! Highly recommended

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vipTrow
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I trust the ownership and team at this restaurant to never disappoint as I bring causal clients and family here quite often. Their team always delivers and in the end, it’s of great value.

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MyrnaL
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and delicious menu - Felt Covid safe as we entered the restaurant. Tables spaced far away from others, servers all masked. Can't wait to come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and drinks were yummy!

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Stephmares
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful restaurant. The food was great and the service was friendly, helpful and attentive. Will certainly be going back and recommending it to everyone I know. Honestly, it couldn’t have been better.

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Roast
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & margarita! Cool vibe!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks so much! Can't wait to serve you again!

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TERRIAR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was outstanding! Such a fun, eclectic menu. The Mexican Street Corn is a must, and the mushroom handheld is especially delicious. This is a casually upscale atmosphere, and we were perfectly comfortable dressed in jeans. We felt very comfortable with the distancing between guest/tables and sanitizing protocols. The outdoor tent looked like fun too - a great option!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review! The tent is soooo fun, especially once those heating tables get going!

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TYSON
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I felt like the waiter was fairly new.. He forgot like the simple things( straw, napkins and silverware). He was very pleasant, but I could tell he was nervous.. The food is always awesome.. But I do miss the CUBAN bowl..

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the review Tyson, I'll follow up with the waiter's on that day to see what happened. We don't bring straws anymore unless requested to reduce frequency of handling your food products. But napkins and silverware definitely should have been brought before your food came out! If you miss the cuban, you should try the Mojo Bowl. It's pretty similar, with just a bit more added to it!

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Manny!! She talked to us for a while and was extremely personable. Great food too!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the review! I'll make sure Manny get's some kudo's today too!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at The Blue Bat! We miss some of the menu items that have been taken off due to COVID but the Baja Tacos are still worth a visit! Great food and service.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the review! We're hoping some of that comes back as well, I really miss the Sambusa's and Brunch. But we have some good brunch news coming soon!

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vipDavidB
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating was immediate & socially distanced from other tables, the drinks were great & the food excellent as always.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the review David! We can't wait to see you again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server was amazing and the food was absolutely phenomenal. unique menu that is executed very well.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the review! Hope to see you again!

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DanC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a rainy night, so we couldn't dine outside by the river. Nonetheless, this is one of my new favorite spots to eat in the Third Ward. The house margarita was delicious with just the right amount of tequila. We enjoyed tuna poke on tortilla chips as an appetizer and a brisket rice bowl that was the best thing I had in a long long time. Definitely a return trip is in order.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the review Dan! We smoke the brisket in house at our sister restaurant, Smoke Shack. It's got some great flavors, especially when paired with our Alabama White BBQ sauce

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu was great and was a nice change from their regular menu! The new Korean corn dogs we ordered came in an odd number therefore made it difficult to split as an appetizer. Would heavily recommend the new Bao Mi handheld and the Green Chili.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the review of the new menu! I loooooove the Bao Mi! Hope to see you again!

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MattB
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Somewhere north of visit 15 Blue Bat is still outstanding. Great small plates place with a lot of options. Apps are out standing... Brussels Sprouts are my personal favorite but all are solid. Handhelds as well. If your GF like me this is a wonderful place.

My wife and daughter swear the best Margaritas in Milwaukee (go with the Blue Bat or spicy Margarita).

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on November 10, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review Matt! We appreciate your business and can't wait to see you again! Next time try adding both the strawberry and the jalapeno, it's a staff secret and it's delicious!

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JillP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was pleasant and friendly.

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Abbi
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience here. Fun and friendly staff and great food to enjoy!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 1, 2020

Thanks for the review Abbi! we hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hosts, Will and John, were both inappropriately rude and showed a lack of customer service skills. We understood reservations guaranteed indoor seating and were told we needed to wait a few minutes for a table to be cleaned outside. They didn’t direct us to wait anywhere specific and there were way too many people in the entryway per COVID guidelines. We stood outside and were waiting with another large group. The table of 4 in front of us was sanitized and we didn’t want to stand close to the group so we sat down, understanding we were next to be seated outside. Then, one of the hosts (not sure which one) approached us with menus and was very rude explaining we were out of line for sitting down. He demonstrated a obvious lack of customer service skills for a restaurant host. If we shouldn’t have sat down, the host should have directed us where to wait. I understand there is a pandemic which heightens anxiety for dining and the host was patronizing and lacked empathy. We were so turned off by our experience we left right after we paid for a drink. I suggest Blue Bat does some customer service training for their hosts. Thank you.

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DavidL
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot, best seat in the house on balcony deck over the river. Terrific tacos and drinks and quick friendly service, couldn’t ask for more.

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vipTanyam
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Chicago. My son recommended this place as he is a local now. Days later I’m still dreaming about the tuna nachos . From our service to the mocktails ... especially a great price point . Water view!! Everything was amazing! Def coming back when we visit again.Thank you!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 1, 2020

Thanks for the review Tanya! Can't wait to see you again, and say thanks to your son for us, we're so happy he recommended us!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was really good and our server was really nice. The only issue we had (and it was small) was that we requested corn tortillas for all of the handhelds but one of them came on a flour tortilla

I will definitely be back!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on October 1, 2020

Thanks for the review! I'm glad you had a good time, but also apologize that you did not get your requested corn tortilla's, I'll talk with my kitchen staff and my serving staff to see what we can do to keep that from happening in the future and how we can rectify it if it does happen.

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Rhawig
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The white cheese queso as an appetizer was so delicious with the sauted onions and peppers in it.

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BernieH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a go to if you are in the mood for good food and tequila!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thanks for the review Bernie! Can't wait to see you again

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first time there and we were very pleased. The food was delicious and unique. Best chips I’ve ever had!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thanks for trying us out Julie! Those chips are so addicting! We fry them in house and use a local tortilleria. Hope to see you again!

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BillH
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Street corn is Awesome! Seems like a limited staff under COVID. Reception process pretty klunky.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. Best tortilla chips I have EVER had. However, our server was very inattentive. We were given our food by a runner and realized that we were not given silverware when we sat down. Our waitress was MIA for so long that the food was cold before someone from my group actually got up and found silverware because she never returned. Restaurant was beautiful and we were seated inside with a view of the river. I would try this restaurant again. It seemed like she maybe just forgot about our table.

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GailH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent, so fresh and a variety of tastes. Drinks were great too. Outdoor ambiance was super, although lots of street noise (but that was ok; it was celebratory)
Service was quite slow, very casual. We weren't in a hurry though.
Overall, we want to return.

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vipNicolaya7
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My sister and I had a late lunch after our kayaking excursion on the river. Andrew was our server and he was great. We had the house margaritas, shared tacos and had two orders of the fundido...it was that good! We will return.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thanks for the great review Nicolaya, that fundido is just all cheesy goodness! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipHackett
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor option for these COVID times. Smallish menu but everything we sampled was deelish. Plenty of outdoor tables and great river/skyline views.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 7, 2020

Thanks for the review! The riverwalk is so gorgeous at sunset. Hope to see you again!

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Itzel
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks! Really pretty restaurant and seem to be maintaining a clean restaurant during these tough times. Prices were good and worth it for the food. The tacos are amazing!!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on September 1, 2020

Thanks for the review Itzel! We've been trying very hard to make sure everyone in the restaurant feels safe and clean, we definitely hope to see you again!

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TimB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Waited behind walk ins after making a reservation.

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HimaR
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

DRINKS I had the margherita and it was good and STRONG. My husband had the horchata (with alcohol) with cinammon syrup, said it was good though not as cinammon-y as he would have liked :)

APPETIZERS we had the corn and OMG it was amazing! perfectly charred, with great combo of seasonings. It. Was. So. Good.

ENTREES I had two tacos, one Baja (fish) and one Mexican Style steak. Both were well prepared with fresh ingredients and great ratios of protein to condiments to taco (so important!) // my husband had the Cauliflower dish bowl style (much bigger portion), he's normally non-veg but was observing a religous holiday so went vegetarian and he really enjoyed his meal, cleaned the bowl! I tried a piece of the cauliflower and it was excellent, perfect texture and well seasoned

Overall the corn appetizer was the star of the meal. And if it hadn't been such a last minute meal would have loved to make a reservation to sit outside by the river! Will definitely be back!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 29, 2020

Thanks for the review Hima! Can't wait to see you again. I do just want to let you know, we don't take reservations for the patio due to the weather and limited seating inside, we want to be able to guarantee you a spot even when it's too hot or there is rain. But if you do request the patio after you check in to your reservation we can give you a quote on how much longer your wait would be.

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JohnM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining on the patio.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 29, 2020

Thanks for the review John, can't wait to see you again!

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haley
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sat right away and our waiter provided us with quick service and a great experience. The food was fantastic as well as the margaritas! Love how unique the menu is!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review Haley! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipJamesS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, Max the bartender made excellent Drinks.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thanks for the review and the shout out to Max! I'll make sure he gets some kudos!

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RhondaD
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good. Could’ve been warmer. But service was nice! Loved the atmosphere!

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thanks for the review Rhonda, when sitting under some of the vents it definitely gets a little chilly, I'm sorry if that was an issue, give us a heads up next time and we'll certainly do our best to get you in a different spot. Hope to see you again!

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Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria is rated 4.6 stars by 249 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.