EsterEv

4.8
65 reviews
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Contemporary American
A restaurant within a restaurant; EsterEv (located inside DanDan) is an exclusive 10-course chef"s table experience. Seating is available at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
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RB
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience hearing the history and background of each dish from the Chef's themselves. The food was very thoughtful and super delicious.

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AS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience! Loved the wine pairings. Definitely will go again.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Highly recommended.

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MM
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Well thought out selection of courses. Left happy, sated but not stuffed. For people who love to eat.

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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. We’re were stuffed when we left

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in awhile! You won't be disappointed. Each dish was well thought out and executed. I enjoyed every last bite.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Such a great special celebration.

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EM
Milwaukee
37 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food wine pairing and service. What a special night you created for us and our KC guests. Thank you.

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OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, 30th birthday celebration that was outstanding!!!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t sure we would like sitting with strangers, but we LOVED it. Everyone is there to experience the dinner and the goal is to enjoy the food and company. We sure did.
The food was so different and fun it was one of our best dining experiences in years.
10 out of 10.

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CR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were absolutely blown away by our experience. The food was amazing and we left full and happy!

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S
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and superior service! EsterEv is a special, intimate dining experience located inside the Historic Third Ward hot spot, DanDan. The seating is family style at two tables of ten, so it's great for groups or an interesting way to meet new people. EsterEv offers a wonderful beverage pairing to complement the creative cuisine. The chefs describe each dish as it's served and the knowledgeable staff introduce the beverage pairings. The tasting menu was delicious and the entire experience lasted about 3 hours. I will definitely dine at EsterEv again, and highly recommend it to you!

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NR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is unbelievable, very glad I decided to go. Always good food from incredible chefs!!

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Amazing service, wonderful concept. The one large "kitchen table" that ten of us were seated around was chosen by the creators of the space with great intentions. Dan told us about their choice in his warm welcome to the space. However, it made for an unfortunately uncomfortable experience, which is no fault of Dan, Dan, or any of the staff. Everyone at the table seemed uncomfortable for various reasons. The food was creative, elegant, and carefully prepared, but it was not quite delicious. The drink pairings were sublime.

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NS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, creative options. Legitimately one of the best meals I have ever had.

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LB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect. Amazing food, excellent service, great wine pairings. A+++++

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AR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous culinary experience and overall experience. Our family group of five, celebrating three birthdays, had a great time!

The chefs came out with each course. Very personal.

The food was interesting, delicious, beautiful and well prepared.

Many of the courses were served on pottery hand made by one of the chef’s spouses who was also assisting with the tremendous service.

Although this is in a private room it is within a larger restaurant so there is a constant din and you really can’t converse beyond a few people. I was fine with this because I was focused on the dining experience. Some might not like the group setting and noise level.

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TW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Almost everything about our dining experience was great - the food, the wine, and the service. However the acoustics in the room is terrible. The people at the other communal table knew each other and were extremely loud. As a result, those of us at the other table could barely hear each other.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience!!! The food was to die for and the chef gave a personal touch to each dish as he explained why he made what he made. Local ingredients from local farmers markets. Cannot recommend enough!!!

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WC
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience with the tasting menu and wine pairings

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LP
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a dining experience that should not be missed. The chef is very creative and passionate about the selection of ingredients. At the same time he is amazingly humble. The food was wonderful, the wine pairings were innovative and the staff worked very hard to ensure a perfect experience. If this chef was in Chicago the price point for this dinner would be a multiple of the EsterEv pricing and reservations would be impossible to get. Make a reservation now!

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L
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We did the wine / beer pairings with dinner and it was so delicious with our food. I normally don't care for small plates but this was a fabulous experience and so taste worthy.

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G
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dining experience. Every course was well-prepared, well-presented perfectly paced. Best dining experience we’ve had in years.

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CO
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Highly recommend! Food was incredible. Service was fantastic. Creative, unique, tasty. Most impressively, they served foods I don't like, but in this instance really enjoyed.

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GC
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put, exceptional! We loved every item on the prix fixe menu. We loved how both chefs came out to introduce the concept of EsterEv and what we could expect - super personable. And then loved that one Dan and the pastry chef came out to explain each course. My husband and I personally love experiences like this. You can tell how much love and hard work went into each item on the plate and the fact that all items were super well-done was icing on the cake. I highly recommend EsterEv if you want to celebrate something special and if you're okay with your entire meal already being planned for you. And I would recommend the pairings, great. Highly recommend, can't wait to go back. And now I NEED to try DanDan.

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OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal!!! Portions were perfect for that many courses and wine pairings were perfect!!

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t
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience!! Fabulous food with excellent flavors, textures and ingredients. Service was outstanding!! Enjoyed every aspect of this dinner!!!
Given the number of courses and quality, it is a bargain!!
For foodies, Not to be missed !!!

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OL
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal at EsterEv. We had a 10 course meal that did not disappoint. Every course was delicious and creative. The wine pairing was perfect with each course. Kudos to Dan and Dan for a wonderful idea and execution.

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R
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

To sum up the evening in one word: Perfection. The tasting menu was superb. One member of my party ordered the optional beverage pairing and was impressed that they matched the beverage to the plate and didn't stick to only wine or beer.

Their tasting menu is inventive and delicious with decent portions; you don't leave hungry. Each plate presented was a work of art literally since all plates and bowls were handmade. The attention to detail from the time the reservation was made, confirmation, dietary restrictions and special occasion requests to the actual meal service is impressive. This is a real gem. I highly recommend!

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D
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went and had an amazing meal. One of the Dans described each course as it came out, the sommelier paired beautifully and the pastry chef was awesome too. The food was absolutely delicious, not one dud in the 10 courses. We will definitely be back!

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W
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again the chef's did not disappoint. Creative and delicious courses.

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JG
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, opportunity to meet and talk with new friends.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time to EstherEv and it is my favorite restaurant. I can't wait to come back. Everything was wonderful! We celebrated my Mother in Law's 60th birthday and our whole group enjoyed it!

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening and a great meal. The seating plan will afford you the opportunity to meet others taking part in the fun. This is not a quick meal, so come to enjoy the dining experience. The restaurant well deserves its James Beard nomination.

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s
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!!

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JM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely phenomenal. EsterEv is the best restaurant and dining experience in Milwaukee and it’s not even close

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing guest chef experience with the chef at Butcher & Bee from Nashville. The food, creativity, wine pairings, service and quality was spectacular! It was casual and so much fun. A great idea, we'll be back for more of these events - keep it up!

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VE
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Made fun with the servers and chefs. Outstanding food. Will frequent !

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NJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was wonderful but the star was the service - absolutely exemplary. I had to rate the ambiance lower because it was impossible to hear my dining companion. In addition, as this is communal dining, the noise level makes it nearly impossible to hear the other guests. I hope they consider re-locating to a quieter place or installing additional sound panels.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all the courses. Would highly recommend.

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