Great food! Excellent service and the chef/owner came to our table to chat. We ended up doing the table catering for $65 per person. If you do this, come hungry! Everything was awesome and it's a ton of food!
Competition in the area is fierce and influences my review. Service was sporadic, felt at times that we were "forgotten" by our server. Wine prices were high ($13-$15/per glass for "house wine") for a very small pour. Our party of four shared 2 appetizers and 3 entrees and we were very happy with our choices. Dessert menu was uninspired and we weren't tempted to order. We walked elsewhere for a night cap.
We were very impressed. The variety of plates available is like nowhere else I've been with this kind of quality. We chose the "Culinary Adventures" option which features a series of small plates chosen by the chef. We ended up getting several plates we would never have thought to order for ourselves, and were quite pleasantly surprised with all of them. We were also surprised by the sheer amount of this great food we got for the price, with this chef-guided option. I would recommend Meraki, and the Culinary Adventure option, to anyone with any sort of foodie leanings, and to anyone looking for a change of pace from the usual steakhouses, seafood, and tapas places around town.
Absolutely fantastic food! A true hidden gem in Milwaukee and tons of gluten free options. Very accommodating to my allergy.
Utterly amazing experience
Excellent food and great service. The menu was interesting with an international twist - we’ll be back!
It had been a few years since my last visit to Meraki. It's too bad that I did not return earlier -- our dining experience was fantastic. Good service and innovative, flavorful cuisine. Meraki is a delight.
This visit was my 2nd time to dine at Meraki. It is fast becoming a new favorite. The service is good, but the food and food presentation is the star. I have done the Tasting Menu twice (top price first time and mid-price the second). Both were outstanding and completely different. I highly recommend going and giving this a try!
We had a group of 7 from Rockwell. We were celebrating a co-workers promotion. The food and service were excellent. We were pleasantly surprised at all the courses we received and how good the food was. It was a nice way to try different items, that I wouldn't normally try.
Great restaurant. Awesome unique food in a great setting. Love to watch the chefs at work!!
The restaurant is cute and dark with a nice open kitchen. The scallops were delicious.
The mushroom soup wasn’t overly creamy so was tasty and reminiscent of my own homemade soup. The prawn risotto was a disappointment and there were no pieces of shrimp nor a rich flavor. It was like a cheesy ricey dish with no point of interest. The lamb mousaka was nice and tasty but the ratio of meat ragout to bechemel and potato was off. It was also mildly seasoned so was a bit boring but certainly not a bad dish. Needs more flavor and more meat.
We went to Meraki with some friends for a birthday celebration. The smells as soon as you open the door were amazing. The food was really good and unique. Everyone was raving about how good the food was and it didn't seem too overly priced for the Walker's Point neighborhood. I think this is more of a special occasion dining experience than a regular stop, but I will be returning some time in the future.
I was not sure what to expect (1st visit). I was pleasantly surprised. Food, Hospitality, and Wines were exceptional. I will definitely return and recommend it to family and friends.
I visited Meraki - Milwaukee twice, and we thoroughly enjoyed both experiences! Each visit, we opted into the culinary adventure. One trip was the $50 per person, and the other the $65 per person. The $50 you receive 8 courses that were on the menu while the $65 features 8 courses as well, but some of the meals were off-menu. The food was amazing! If you're open-minded and enjoy trying different ethnicities when it comes to food, you're going to love this place. You're full by the end! It's definitely worth the money. Service was amazing too! We had Laura both times, and she's the best waitress I've had anywhere in Milwaukee. Very easy to talk to and checks in often.
Service was slow and the restaurant was not busy. Water was not refresh all night and waiter never checked if food was ok. Small plates were delicious but entrees was hit or miss. We had to wait about 20-30 minutes for check even when trying to gain the server’s attention.
Food was overpriced for what you received and some of the flavors missed the mark. Overall, not impressed as there are much better restaurants in Milwaukee for the price point.
Overall was an enjoyable evening.
Rabbit tenderloin and the crab cake were the highlights.
Saturday night and dining room not full on all turns, yet having to wait for utensils after a course change.
Food was good, not incredible. Service was a little cold and either bored or disinterested it seemed.
This was a first visit for dinner, but will probably check out other venues before revisiting here.
LOVED THIS PLACE!!! Our waitress was just darling and so helpful. We chose to do the $35pp chef's tasting menu. HOLY MOLY....everything was flavorful and creative! just amazing. we'll definitely go back if we find ourselves in Wisconsin again.
Atmosphere was very nice and waitstaff was excellent. Wonderful cocktail (Meriaki Mule)
Seemed like the chef was trying s bit too hard to make the menu different so while the items had potential to be amazing, they just didn’t quite make it and flavors didn’t blend. Also seemed very over salted. My husband had dessert however and loved it.
Would go back to try it again, but wouldn’t rush to get there.
Very good. Absolutely outstanding food. Little high in price but once you have the food you understand. Easy to get past. Great place.
Not an inexpensive place, but worth the splurge! We tried scallops and moussaka. Scallops were good; moussaka was spectacular! Summer salad and mushroom soup were tasty, too. Server was very attentive without being intrusive.
$65 per person chef tasting menu......AMAZING! Outstanding presentation, fantastic food, wonderful service. GO HERE and order this :) !!!!
Had a very nice date with my wife here. We went with the $50/person chef’s “culinary adventure” tasting menu in which the dishes are not disclosed ahead of time. That was a lot of fun and the food ranged from good to outstanding. My only complaint was it seemed like every dish had Chinese five spice. That said, I would definitely dine here again. It’s very clear there’s people working in the kitchen who are pouring their heart and soul in to the food.
The service was great and the restaurant was super cool! The food just wasn’t up my alley.
Creative, Reasonable, Amazing, Different, Delicious, Adventurous, Exciting, Interesting, Unique....
Loved it. Can’t wait to come back. Probably bring some clients next time.
My wife and I went for New Year’s Eve. We ordered the $50 chef experience. My wife is vegan so that made me vegan for the night , because they would only do the same tasting for the table. We were set in a booth that over looking the kitchen where we saw all the cooking. With that, it was on of the best meals we ever had. We received 6 courses. Each was brought by either our great waiter or the chef himself. We were informed that everything we were served was not on the regular menu, but a chef experimentation. Each dish was uniquely different. The best was the cauliflower curry! By course 5 we were stuffed. They did wrap up anything we didn’t eat which is nice. We couldn’t find room for desert, but the poached pears were absolutely amazing even after a day in the Fridge. I would love to go back to try some of their meat dishes, but the vegan options were amazing and the staff were so accommodating.
Only reason I am not leaving 5 stars is because they don't offer the "chef's favorite" menu to the entire table if one person has special diet restrictions. I'm a vegetarian and because of that none of the people at our table could get the "chef's favorite" selection where the chef picks a menu for you. They were not able to accommodate that because I had special diet restrictions - what a shame. Overall the place is nice, service was very good - I would leave them 5 stars if they can accommodate the chef's favorite if one person has special diet needs.
Excellent food, prompt but not pushy service, great place for a family gathering where we still could converse around a large table and share the small plate dishes.
Did the $60 let the chef surprise you dinner. I highly reccomend. Guessing you cant leave hungry as it seems they keep bringing new plates until you say no more. The chef owner brought out a few specialty items himself. Was a great chance to sample a few things out of our element.
Top notch. Very creative chef. Every dish is fantastic. Super wines. Excellent service. Can't go wrong here. One of Milwaukee's best!
Excellent service. Quiet ambience. Interesting menu. Delicious food.
Great experience at Meraki. My husband and I enjoyed everything we ordered while watching the chefs at work. We shared the salad and the smoked salmon, followed by the moussaka and the halibut. Loved it all!
Server was not friendly. The separate meals for all six in the party were very under-whelming.
The food has gone downhill in the past six months. Not recommended.
What happened? Had been there multiple times after if first opened. Went again last weekend. Sparse crowd on Saturday was a clue, perhaps.....
Mushroom soup lukewarm, hotbread just so-so...hot bread with a slather of tomato and red pepper sauce. Halibut dry, over cooked, in a too sweet coconut sauce. Moussaka not bad, and I have had lots of moussaka! Summer salad fine, but small for the price. Cauliflower had a ginger sauce.....just ok.....
Waitress disinterested. No non-alcoholic offerings like the freshly made sodas that they had in the past.
Overall, the menu did not seem balanced......and the food just not great as it had been in the past.
Sorry....won’t be back.
Another great experience at Meraki! Highly recommend this restaurant and bar!!
Moroccan goat was outstanding!
Initial service at the bar was slow. Waitstaff was good. Food is very good. A little pricey.
Unusual menu items. We really enjoyed the smoked figs.
I have been, to what I feel like, nearly every single restaurant that has been on any kind of list in the Milwaukee area. This one, Meraki, beat them all.
Got the $50 culinary adventure, expecting about 4-5 dishes to come out. Ended up with an 8-course meal including dessert. Every dish that came out would have been the last thing I ordered on the menu, but yet loved every last bite. My girlfriend loved it as well, including the rabbit! Highly suggest sitting at the chef's table.
My new favorite restaurant in Milwaukee -- will become a monthly staple for myself.
Pleasantly surprised! Have driven by many many times, but never stopped. The food, service, and ambiance were all excellent. The food was unique and tasty, served by a our waiter, who made us all feel very welcome.