Bonobo American Bistro

4.5
763 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bonobo American Bistro offers outstanding burgers, amazing seafood and steak and other seasonal, reasonable entrees in a comfortable, contemporary setting. Bonobo 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. Patio is safely spread out with patio heaters coming in the fall!
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viphate2cook
Milwaukee
326 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food but pricey. Long wait for sandwich but not wait person fault. Very friendly wait staff

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SconnieMommie
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice setting. Server was attentive and had wonderful recommendations. Yummy cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, adapted well to current situation with spacing and outdoor seating

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vipMichaelS
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent imaginative food and courteous attentive service. The chef came up with his own way to enhance the fried calamari by including perfectly seasoned potatoes that were cubed snd roasted to be crispy on the outside and soft inside.Mushroom Swiss burger was also delicious.

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KelleeS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love eating al fresco at Bonobo. Due to the pandemic they have the tables spaced very far apart so you don't have to worry about hearing other conversations at the table near by. There are lots of various fire "pits" to keep customers warm as the evenings cool off too. For dining we love the calamari, beets and brussel sprouts appetizers. If you get two or three of them, they can make a meal. Add a few cocktails and YUM!
Their burgers are good and my friend really likes their sweet potato fries.
Prices are a little above normal, but the food is delicious.

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JoanneD
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! I often go there thinking I'm going to order off the menu, and end up going with something that the chef has created special for that evening ... and it's always amazing! They have GREAT outdoor space too!

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JohnK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The eats at Bonobo were excellent. Tasty and tender short ribs of beef, sauteed skate wing and delish roasted brussel sprouts. They even cooked the green beans to perfection. The only complaint is the drinks (Old Fashioned and mojito). They were a little weak.

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vipPracticallyPerfect
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and very enjoyable!

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AndreaH
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. I had the short ribs and my companion had the scallops. Both presentations were great, food was very tasty. I will be back.

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BethR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The people in my party raved about their fish fry. I had the shrimp but it wasn’t truly coconut shrimp, more of just a breaded deep fried shrimp. It took longer than average for our food to come. Overall it was a good experience.

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MariaE
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Wonderful service, creative cocktails and delicious food!! We loved the patio.

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Daisy
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We reserved a specific outdoor table online, and when we arrived, our table was occupied. The hostess apologized and said it’s been a little crazy with the new menu tonight.

Also, we ordered the perch dinner which was very good. It is usually served with French fries and coleslaw, but this time it was served with French fries and potato salad. Two potatoes? Makes no sense. Please bring back the coleslaw!

Bonobo American Bistro
Responded on September 11, 2020

Hi Daisy, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. I apologize for the table you requested not being available. Sometimes when the weather is nice, tables like to sit for up to 3 hours and its hard to predict. We are now letting "walk in" tables know when the next reservation is coming in for that table so this issue doesn't happen again. The potato salad was definitely a failed experiment and we are returning to coleslaw immediately. Hope to see you again soon.

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ReneeM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 2 guys playing music were so loud we had to move inside to hear each other talk. They played very well but we were there to talk with friends

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vipCollegeDad
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small menu but our food was prepared very well. Will be returning.

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vipPeoriadiner2014
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner- beautiful patio. Lindsey our waitress was so sweet and knowledgeable. We had the beet salad as an appetizer, which was perfect. Also enjoyed our main courses. A lovely evening all around! Can’t wait to try out the other nightly experiences.

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vipFred
Milwaukee
222 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. The beautiful outdoor weather enhanced the great food and excellent service.

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vipAccidentalFoodie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kids menu is great!!

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ReneeM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love tha Paul always recognizes and remembers us

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Jabes
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna tartare app was amazing, bbq tofu entree was about 100x better than expected. Best old fashioned I've had in a minute. Heard they have live music on Thursdays, can't wait to come back!!

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JeffM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a shaky start, as it was unclear what waitstaff was assigned. The manager figured out what had to happen.. from then on, everything was outstanding. Food was terrific, great wine, excellent service. Will go back!

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JoyV
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service. It was quiet and they did a fantastic job with social distancing and sanitizing. I felt incredibly safe. I had the chicken and mushroom risotto and it was wonderful. We had the beet starter as a table and it was really fresh and tasty. Drinks were great (a smidge strong but no one complains about that!). Will be back!

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KathyK
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Met owner’s friends from Madison, and charmed. Both couples celebrating anniversaries.

Street life has right vibe!

Beet salad the best. White flatbread só so. Rib dish all the best, except the sauce. Put on side or cut salt to a fifth or a tenth of what it is, like Europe. Let natural flavors come thru.

Congrats on your new venture.

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ThomasH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff and service. Sat outside on patio and lights added to ambiance. Food was delicious-fish fry and mushroom risotto was wonderful! Our waitress gave us time and space and was super friendly. Will return to patio soon

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vipHarrietR
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner at Bonobo!

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Mikayla
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing live music. Will definitely be back to hear them again. Server was also wonderful and appreciated the happy hour deals.

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EllyP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have enjoyed the salmon dinner twice in the past week! Delicious!

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vipFood4life
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service on the patio! Was glad to see extra space so the tables could be far apart outside!

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EllyP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed outside dining at a VERY NICE table separated from others. Felt SAFE. Salmon dinner was delicious!

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vipMariaV
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Dined here last Friday night after calling to make sure they had a table reserved outside as requested but upon arriving for our reservation we had to wait another 20 minutes.
The large patio is very nice. We had the Burrata appetizer which was just ok and overpowered by tomato sauce and the shrimp fry which was very tasty.
The service was excellent and I will return to try some different items on the menu.

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vipHarrietR
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Returning next week

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb menu. I’ll be back.

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vipTari
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal. The restaurant is very safety-conscious; we were very comfortable with their precautions. Our food (fish tacos special with watermelon/feta salad) was delicious, as were the specialty cocktails. I’m thrilled we live so close to this amazing spot.

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vipJamesB
Milwaukee
40 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was wonderful. Staff were masked as expected. Food was dynamite! The blackened chicken is the best!

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DavidM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I do think, that in this day and age Covid19 procedures ought to be evaluated as well. Employees were all masked, tables were well spaced. Our table was a little close to the sidewalk, with many unmasked people walking less than 6 feet away. I would still have given a 4 if this were a category.

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JMMY
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had the fish fry, which was delicious. Outdoor seating was spaced appropriate. Staff all wore masks. Great spot to return to restaurant dining.

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vipNancy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Diners need to pack their patience, as wait staff seem to be in training and things were not as they should be. We were very patient and kind, but did need to ask for each and everything that we not only wanted but "should have had" at our table. We were on the patio, and the table where we were seated, had several dried bird droppings on it, which we pointed out and after sitting and waiting a bit, had to request be wiped away as well. We had to wave at other wait staff to ask for water refills, and never received condiments we specifically requested for our entrees and went inside to get them ourselves after a period of time. Staff did very well with Covid precautions, were polite and efficient, just very inexperienced. It's possible too, that they were nervous about serving customers, so we gave them a large tip and nothing but kind words of encouragement. The food was tasty and well priced and after some experience, I think Bonobo will do very well in this busy location!

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Kimber
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you're nervous about going out to eat again, this is a good place to start. The food is fantastic, and the tables are placed at a socially appropriate distance. The staff was still working out some kinks when we were there which is to be expected, but I HIGHLY recommend a night out again here. All the staff were gloved and masked, the place was sparklingly clean, and it was AMAZING to eat on plates again rather than from a container.

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KathyG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a wonderful atmosphere with lots of pleasing choices. Our server, Henry was an absolute delight and exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was very good (enjoyed the beets appetizer and the chicken sandwich). Cocktails were excellent. Service was kind of slow especially for a quiet Monday night.

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Bonobo American Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 763 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.