EsterEv

4.8
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$50 and over
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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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4.9
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4.6
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KK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding! A definite culinary experience. Every dish we had was excellent. Be open to trying new things!

LB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

When asked what was your favorite at EsterEv? All of it! What an amazing experience tasting food and wine with a bunch of lovable foodie strangers! Dan and Dan's food is amazing!

A
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EsterEv has a fantastic tasting menu! Great experience!

LG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious adventure.

TL
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my humble opinion, this is one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee. It is a unique dining experience. I enjoyed the variety of flavors. Every bite was amazing.

W
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food; be sure to log your dietary restrictions with the restaurant to ensure you have a superior dining experience.

AH
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome!!! Great experience!! Would recommend

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant, service and food were absolutely amazing!

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Our meal was spectacularly delicious and definitely the best we have had in Milwaukee other than Sanford however we were extremely disappointed by how incredibly noisy DanDan is and the loud music that actually made it difficult for us to have conversation. Our server never introduced herself, something that is expected at such a special restaurant. We loved hearing from the chef and sommelier at each course and truly appreciated the stories about the food, family, tradition. That was wonderful. We were surprised that the chef uses the F-word with customers. Maybe we are not hip since the four of us were over 50 but that word is offensive to some and it just felt like its use and overall being constantly referred to as "you guys" over and over was out of step with the fabulous quality of the food. Lastly, we would have appreciated a copy of the menu at the beginning of the meal so we could refer to it along the way. I think EsterEv needs its own location so the atmosphere is more in line with the incredible food. it was an amazing meal but not a relaxing experience.

D
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very interesting and varied selections. Highlights were dessert, steak tartar and wagyu (sp?) beef steak but all the courses were great. I've had my last pairing of wine at a tasting menu. Not just at EsterEv but in general, sommeliers are always challenging you to try something out of your wheelhouse. I know that I do not like dessert wines or sweet German wines, which were abundantly represented, so bad on me for not asking enough questions before purchasing the wine pairing.

SS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite one-of-a-kind dining experience! We informed the chefs at the last minute that we had 2 vegetarians with us. They accommodated and modified the menu for those specific diners in a really thoughtful and delicious way. The menu was creative and every course was delicious! The wine pairings were excellent as well. Very talented group of chefs and serving staff!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate experience. Wonderful food. One of the best dining experiences in Milwaukee and unique for the city in a number of ways.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dan and the team created such a fun experience and did such a great job with each unique course.

NC
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience, five stars given for all aspects!!

EN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th time dining at EsterEv and hands down our favorite!! Appreciated the innovative menu, new take on classics such as beef tartare. Thank you!!

MM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent concept, also executed perfectly. Highly recommend

MS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with a story behind each course.

SP
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was amazing! The food was fantastic as was the service. We did split the beverage pairing as well which we thoroughly enjoyed. The only complaint or suggestion I have would be the desert courses. The first two desert courses were both a mousse type dessert.So being someone who does not like that type of dessert I was disappointed that I missed two courses of the meal and had to share them with my husband. We will definitely be back both at Dan Dan and EsterEv.I cannot stop thinking about the caviar tater tot and the bread and hummus. They were to die for!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The concept of the combined tables was great, but our group had a group of 4 in our 10, which made it hard to mesh as a total table. In that case it might have been preferred to somehow be able to have more private seating. We kept trying to join the group, but it was not happening and the couple we'd be most likely to chat to was furthest from us.

The food, wine, and descriptions by staff were outstanding.

AA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible and unique experience. You get to learn the meaning behind each dish and its inspiration. The attention to detail is unmatched and we cannot wait to come back!

FL
New England
51 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the very best restaurants in Milwaukee.
The two Dans take a personal interest in it.

2
Milwaukee
112 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Room with two tables that each hold 8. Birthday boy occupied one whole table which got really loud through the evening. The idea was to meet new people but reality was you could only talk to your partner or neighbor next to you. Food was creative, interesting and more than enough. Enjoyed the wine pairings and were reasonably priced

F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A fun multi course meal at a large table for 10 people. Interesting presentation with a variety of colors,textures and flavors in the back room of Dan Dan.Favorites included the steak tartare tart,peas with king crab, and wagyu. Least favorite were the hummus and the halibut wrapped in collards.Wine pairing complemented the courses well.Took about 2 and a half hours. Not cheap, but not outrageous either.

TD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Awesome!!

MK
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time at EsterEv, but our first time going with friends. We had a wonderful time -- the food and wine were fantastic and the atmosphere was very social and fun! We had a very memorable evening! Thanks, Dan, Dan, and Kate!

MM
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique small bites that are delicious. Wine pairing is a must.

MK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a special out of town family guest and she said it was one of the top meals of her lifetime. So worth the splurge.

ET
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time at EsterEv did not disappoint. Every course was outstanding, unique and delicious. The wine pairings were spot on. My favorite dish was the halibut. The fish was perfectly cooked, and just melted in your mouth. EsterEv is my favorite restaurant in town for a special occasion.

SP
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Dan and Dan along with the rest of the chefs and pairing staff were excellent.

KM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dan and Dan and their crew are remarkable!!! I have a husband that is somewhat of a picky eater....he cleaned every plate! The food was outstanding. Wine parings were spot on! It was really a great experience! We would do it again in a minute! I was unsure about dining with random people but it was really fun! Everyone had their own take on the new flavors and foods!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn’t know what to expect. The food was amazing. I liked not knowing the courses until they came out. The wine pairing was perfect. I recommend getting it because it matched really well with the courses. I can’t pick a favorite course because each was so good. We will definitely go there again.

B
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being a meat and potatoes guy, dining at EsterEv was a stretch meal for me. My wife (she is much more daring when it comes to food) and I enjoyed all 10 courses. My wife chose the wine parings while I chose a craft cocktail- all were very tasty. We came feeling a little unsure about the entire experience, but left feeling very fortunate to have had the experience. Food and service were both exceptional.

3
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great experience! You get to meet new friends while eating amazing food. Only time in my life would i say too many desserts since I was so full

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time doing a chefs tasting menu and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Everything was so well thought out and presented. The food was seasonal and everything was presented on plates and bowls made by Kate ( one of the chef’s wife). They used some luxurious ingredients and you could taste the passion and creativity in each dish. The communal seating added to the whole dining experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone that loves food.

AH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and interesting experience. Loved the descriptions and stories behind the food, enjoyed eating with strangers. Felt the pause between courses to be a bit long.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was uniformly great. We have two suggestions for improving the experience. First, we appreciated the menu being distributed at the end of the meal but it would have been much more useful if we had it in front of us during the meal. Dan’s explanations of each dish were okay but it was a bit too much to absorb during the quick description of each dish. Most of the other restaurants where we have had tasting menus do this. We know that having a menu is not the same ambiance as grandma’s table that EsterEv is trying to duplicate, but the total experience would be better with the menus in hand during the meal. Second, it’s a noisy room and we had difficulty understanding the sommelier explaining the wine pairings. May we suggest that she SLOW DOWN and speak up a bit?

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful experience. Only in milwaukee can you have a tasting menu experience with amazing food, Fun dialogue with the chefs and absolutely no pretense. I highly recommend you visit Dan And Dan to experience it yourself

PV
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time. The first was just my wife and I and this time with a group of friends. Both experiences were fantastic in different ways. Going as a couple we got to enjoy the “community table” with people we didn’t know. It achieved its purpose of interesting conversation. This time, as a larger group the focus was on the food and relaxation which was great in its own way.

RB
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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