Hinterland High Gravity Test Kitchen

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$31 to $50
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American
Located on Hinterland's Second Level, The High Gravity Test Kitchen offers innovative flavor pairings and chef inspired experiments, designed to intrigue and inspire every guest. Led by Executive Chef Kelly Qualley and Sous Chef Steven Glasl, High Gravity Test Kitchen specializes in treating guests to new ingredients, pop-up events and new preparations. Guests can reserve the chef's counter for a front row seat on the action or book a table with incredible views of Lambeau Field.
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OT
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and menu!!!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First invite to the test kitchen advertised 50% off menu price, amazing experience! This invite was full menu price, when I inquired about the price was told the first test kitchen was 50% off, not this one. Food was great, test kitchen situation misleading. Invited friends that were excited about trying Hinterland at affordable price, I paid half their bill. Not a great experience for either of us

BK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat for date night! We loved the test kitchen's tour of Italy menu. The food was DELICIOUS! Service was fast and attentive. The decor is lovely and the place is so clean!! Can't wait to come back.

KM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was very friendly and perfectly attentive. The ambience was simple and was fitting for a romantic evening. Our reservation was at 7:00 and I was surprised that the dining area wasn’t more full. I highly suggest trying this out. Oh yeah, and the food was delicious!

OT
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new upstairs Hit menu event was awesome

SC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So we went for round 2 to go back and try more of the menu that we didnt get the first - you can only eat so much. This time we brought 3 of our kids - as they are about as honest as it gets when saying if something is good or not. First off was the risotto cacio e pepe - good lord this was a tasty dish. Creamy and just enough peppercorn to make it exciting. Heavy and full of flavor. We did re-order the pizzetta again to let the kids try, as this was one of our favorites the first time around, and they loved the dish just as much as we did. Next up was the chicken (replaced the quail, I am assuming they were out) - this was a great follow up to the risotto. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the trimmings brought the whole dish together. Very homey and comforting - something you would want for a family dish. Next was the steak. The sauce and the wagyu were amazing. You coudnt have expected better flavor. The steak was cooked well - though surprising it wasnt easier to cut through for being wagyu beef.
For the main dishes - I dont necessarily feel that the cost of the chicken or steak were proportionate. I think for the value of what I was eating and having, both dishes were about 10-15% to high on the cost. I just feel that I could go get a better chicken or steak dish for less at other places. I understand the cut of meat is what drives some of the value on the steak dish - but it just didnt feel like an almost $60 dish.
We finished dinner with the chocolate budino again, because lets face it, this is a fantastic dish. They did increase the price a little bit - but they also increased the portion size, so I was not disapointed in the $4 increase.

TH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun to sit at the counter. It’s like dinner and a show. You get to watch them plate the food. Unique delicious food!

L
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom to the opening weekend of the High Gravity Test Kitchen. The food and service were both outstanding. The menu had many different options, including a meat, seafood, and poultry option. This was my mom's first time upstairs, and she could not stop talking about how much she loved it. We will be back for sure, I can not wait to see what else they have up their sleeves.

SE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food as always was very good. The beer was outstanding! Our new waitress did an excellent job. However, the kitchen lost our main course order and and it took nearly 1 1/2 hours to get our main course. Fortunately I was with my Beautiful, vivacious wife and we had a wonderful conversation while we waited.

RG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was great but food was slow. Don’t let that hold you back though. It was outstanding food. We hope they add most of the its to main menu. And we were surprised it was 50% off!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was so good we'll go back for another test kitchen invite!

SC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We tried several of the dishes from the menu. The pizzetta was a great starter. The squash puree, goat cheese and duck went well together. Next was the scallops and beluga lentils in onion broth ... umm, tried to drink the bowl. We continued with the octopus which was a little too smoked. The texture was great and well cooked but the smoke flavor left a bitter after taste and there wasnt enough citrus to cut through it.
After that we had two desserts ... the chocolate budino was by far the highlight of the night ... so good. The seared foie gras was "ok" ... rich and heavy but again smoke overpowered the flavor of the pears and vanilla. Not bad but not great either.
Service was slow, but only because they were down a chef, so understandable and was still worth waiting for.

JS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful variety on menu. Great wine

MD
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Even though my reservation specified counter seating I was asked if I wanted counter or table seating. I selected where at the counter I sat so as to not intrude on couples or right handed diners I choose an end chair. While I did not see all of the kitchens executions, my seat was entertaining enough to watch dishes coming and going from the kitchen. My server was a delight and very knowledgeable about the restaurant, history of staff and menu at hand. She allowed me to pace my orders so that I ended up eating/drinking more than I expected...and it was good without being super filling!! Savory Doughnuts, Cacio e Pepe, wood fired grilled quail🍴Well done kitchen staff and servers of Hinterland! As a singleton diner, I was never made to feel like I was any less important than a table of two. Next time the Foie Gras...!!

BB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! The staff was wonderful and attentive. The chef was interactive and so educational. We enjoyed predinner drinks, ordered almost everything on the menu, and brought home some leftovers. The fresh made pasta was delicious and a favorite along with the best scallops I have ever eaten. The meringue dessert was the most interesting journey of flavors making us grin from ear to ear! We are excited to go back! Keep up the superior work Higher Gravity crew!

MD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall4food3service2ambience4

We had a waiter that was admittedly in experienced and it showed. Ambiance was nice but I ordered a lamb meal that came with two tiny pieces, and I mean tiny pieces. Flavor was very good but still. $3 extra per person for bread was a bit over the top.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food was good but veryyyy limited menu. It was loud, more of a bar atmosphere with it being open to lower level.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food ,service ,ambience were disappointing. All 7 in our party felt the same. All 7 had been to the old location several times in years past for special occasions,never having been as disappointed with everything from the very beginning of our experience.

N
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall4food5service1ambience4

First visit to Hinterland - dining room was not busy - but wait staff was unfortunately not attentive. Food however was outstanding!

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I personally like eating in the lower level.

OR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Extremely noisy environment. Don’t expect to have a conversation over dinner here, you won’t understand a thing.

C
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best thing to happen to Green Bay since the Packers!

MD
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time. At the last minute we had an extra person. The hostess had no problem accommodating 7 people vs 6. The bar was very busy (the night before the first Packers home game), but the noise level was very reasonable at the table. Service was great and the food came out fairly quickly. As always the food was spectacular. Hinterland is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Kelly is an amazing chef and very creative. My Halibut was a good size portion and cooked perfectly. Other people at the table also had the Porterhouse steak and Lamb. Their meals were also great.

Overall it was a great experience and I am sure that they will do very well in their new location.

I am looking forward to having dinner at the ground floor Beer Hall. It is a fun atmosphere and a fantastic location across the street from Lambeau Field.

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, prepared properly, and super delicious.

Service was good, but not intrusive.

You should go....

JA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service (our waiter was Scott) and delicious cuisine!

T
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obviously an incredibly talented staff. Best plate of food I've had in green bay. Portion sizes may be a little too big. Overall a great experience. Thank you!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall3food2service5ambience2

We were there to celebrate my birthday but it was hard to enjoy with all the noise. Food was ok, had very high expectations but felt short. Service was great, servers were very attentive and friendly.

J
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was overcooked and seasoned. Ran out of some of the options for dinner as well. Limited menu.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our experience at High Gravity was wonderful. The Ledgeview Garden salad was probably one of the best salads I've ever had. Terrific, knowledgeable service. We would definitely recommend for a special occasion or special date night.

WC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I realize this is a new location and they are working out the bugs, but we had a 7:30pm reservation and they were already out of 3 items on the limited daily menu. I do not agree with charging $3 a person for bread service, we paid for it and what we received was grilled slices of Italian bread, not homemade bread that you would expect a fee for. I've never had to pay extra for bread in ANY restaurant before, fine dining or other; this really turned me off, considering what we paid for the entrees.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Luckily we had a reservation and they called to confirm so that they were prepared to better serve us.

L
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food as always was amazing, but I was disappointed in the new building. I enjoyed the quietness and uniqueness of their old building downtown a lot more. The fact that the upstairs is open to the downstaits allows way to much noise from the brewery to travel up into the fine dining. If I am going to pay $150 for a meal for two I want to have an atmosphere where I don't hear people yelling over each other and typical "bar" type conversations taking place. I also found it quite rude for downstairs people to be able to walk through the restaurant while we were suppose to be enjoying our dinner. I wish they would have kept their old building for the higher quality food.

S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Food was delicious but the service wasn't that great and also it was sooooo loud that I couldn't hear my husband sitting right across from me waaaaay over priced my husband got a steak and paid $32 he got the plate and asked where the rest of it was

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