Meraki - Milwaukee

4.4
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307 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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International
Classic Cuisine, Modern Technique

Relaxed and slightly modern atmosphere with luxe touches. Sit in our dining proper with long banquettes and velvet chairs, or at our "chefs table" overlooking our open kitchen or at the bar. We have a consistently changing menu of dishes inspired from all over the world. All dietary restrictions/allergies can easily be accommodated.

We also have a fantastic bar/lounge featuring a rotating collection of wines, craft cocktails and a variety of beers on tap and in bottles. The full menu can be enjoyed at the bar.

Specials

Happiest of Hours

From 4:30 to 6:30 in our bar only, enjoy one of the best Happy Hours in Walker's Point! 1/2 off on the normally $5 Bar Bite menu items; $5 off craft cocktails, $2 off beer/wine/sake/mixers. Please note if you would like to reserve seating in the bar.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 1, 2019

Ends: October 2, 2118

Availability: Tue-Sat 4:30PM-6:30PM

What 307 People Are Saying
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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all of it! The staff interaction they were excited and engaged! Love the food choices from the Chef's and the bubbly was delish as well! We will be back! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

TT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Meraki came highly recommended by a friend, and I can see why. The wait and kitchen staff are committed to providing an optimal dining experience, and I believe did their utmost to deliver. Unfortunately though, food the evening we were there fell a bit short of our expectations.

We had considered a series of entrees but ultimately decided to try a mid-tier ($50/person) tasting menu. The tasting included a series of courses that showed the obvious technical abilities of the person/people preparing them; but which suffered in a pair of courses from texture or flavor issues, ultimately dragging down our overall impression.

Our meal included several duck course which was was cooked to a beautiful pink, but had several bites which were so tough as to be unable to be chewed. Our fish course featured a tart of salmon and apricots, which as a pairing was presented beautifully, but ended up as an unappetizing combination of flavors.)

HC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! Love the chef tasting menu with pairing choice.

EA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Recommend the chef’s choice with wine pairing. It was also cool to sit at the bar and watch the food being prepared.

BP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Didn't have what I wanted due to it being removed off the menu (still on the online menu tho) order brisket and it was inedible so much fat. I think I got 3 bites totally my husband ordered the same thing and his was the same all fat. Not worth the price we paid!

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent scallops!

R
Milwaukee
121 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My wife and I had never dined at Meraki and decided to make reservations to dine there after attending a play at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. We arrived early and stopped at the bar to have a glass of wine before being seated. Meraki has a very nice wine list and they have wines not commonly found on other restaurants wine lists. We decided to try a Greek white wine which was dry, crisp, and very good. When seated our server was very prompt in delivering the menu's and after reviewing the choices my wife decided to try the duck and I chose the Korean smoked brisket. When the meals were delivered my wife was a little disappointed when she began eating the duck as it was a little tough. My brisket was very flavorful, very tender, and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Our service was very good throughout the meal and we've decided we will return to Meraki but will try a different meal the next time we're there.

AG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great find - can't believe we haven't been here before. Atmosphere was great, food was amazing. Our only complaint was that our server was a bit slow and seemed rushed (not sure if she had too many tables that night).

RO
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Everyone was very friendly. Great vibe in restaurant. 1/2 portions allow more variety.

ER
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food and drinks. Service was extremely slow as far as getting drinks, check. Food came in a timely manner.

ES
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Meraki was a wonderful surprise for us. The menu was wonderfully diverse and it was great to have the half serving option so we could try more than just one type of food. The only thing that could be improved upon is not delivering both half servings at the same time. It resulting in one of the servings being luke-warm before it could be consumed. Otherwise, this restaurant is a gem.

j
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing-from veal heart to rabbit to duck, outstanding! Counter set was very educational for us as well. Staff are all over the top in friendliness, accommodating.

JU
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Was there on a Friday evening and things seemed a bit slow. Experienced the drink paired chef's menu. Fois gras opened the evening; beautifully prepared and the flavored exploded in my mouth. A mackerel brochette was next with nice flavors. I'm not a fan of oily fish but this was nicely done. Scallops with figs and carrots were perfectly done and fragrant on the palate. Move next to a taste bud overwhelming yummy pork belly. Rabbit with root vegetables was remarkable for texture and flavor. Main features wrapped up with a lamb chop dish that was perfectly done. My senses were pretty much done by now but the meat was perfect. Desert was a banana based creation. The drink pairings were spot on. This is probably the best value in a meal I have had in a long time. Service was attentive and friendly. The shef owner present a dish or two. A server in training was pleasant and non obtrusive. Will go again.

CW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef tasting was amazing and more than a meal, it was an experience

LM
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The space is interesting, comfortable and inviting. You have a choice of bar or dining room seating. They off er a happy hour in the bar only which I found odd. We chose the dining room (we had a reservation but on this Thursday night it wasn't necessary.) Our server was pleasant and explained the menu options.
They boast an international menu - so you'll find brisket, duck, goat, venison and seafood along with a variety of root vegetables, salads and soups. There's also a savory Japanese pancake available. There were 3 of us and our choices included the full plate duck, half plates of roasted brisket and flounder, a cup of potato/leek soup, Hot Bread (like a 9" deep dish pizza size that proved to be very spicy) and the classic Japanese pancake (one of 3 varieties.) Dinner rolls were included. The presentation of the food was lovely and proved very tasty. We especially enjoyed the flavorful pancake. We shared a carrot cake dessert to top off the meal.
The bar area, with its view of 2nd st - was lively while the dining room was a little more staid. I found it interesting that their name is not on the building - there's an "M" that is lit on side of the building. Meraki is a Greek word for putting your soul, or essence, into your work. That they do. There's street parking and it's handicap accessible.

Meraki - Milwaukee
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you for your review. Although it seemed very positive, we are curious as to why only a 3-star rating? Was something wrong? Did we miss an opportunity to impress you? Please direct feedback to our GM Jessica at jessica.merakimke@gmail. Responding to one comment, our name is on the building--painted on the entire side along 2nd Street. Due to the historical architecture of our building we do not have a lit up sign in the direct front of the building, but rather on the Mineral St side.

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RN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come here for NYE dinner for the last 3 years and have always had an amazing experience doing the Chefs Tasting Menu. Food is delicious and unique. Service is always on-point. This year we even rang in 2020 at midnight while finishing dessert and were offered a free split of champagne. This is one of our favorite restaurants and will continue to keep this a part of our yearly tradition. Thanks, Meraki!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service on New Years Eve

JS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the welcome we received when we walked in the door.
Our server made sure to ask if anyone had any food allergies, which I did. She then brought back a menu showing me what was available for my allergy which is gluten.
We enjoyed our meal which consisted of the squash soup, apple fennel salad, the venison Osso Bucco and chocolate Gallette for dessert.
We will definitely go back to dine and would highly recommend Meraki.

M
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic on every level. Enjoyed Happy Hour with small plates at the bar. Can’t wait to go back!

KW
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the adventurous foodie, the Chef's Tasting Course is amazing! A full spectrum of flavors, textures and aromas. Our waitress was very attentive, on top of our beverages and full of enthusiasm in detailing our courses for us. The chef even delivered our last savory course, checking in with us to see how things were going. We were even treated to a complimentary champagne toast in honor of our anniversary! Great place to celebrate!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very fun splurge!

m
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Third time and once again food was great. However the service was not. It was a Thursday night with reservations at 8p. There were four or five tables occupied but Eddie was both the bartender and the server. Service was quite slow. It took twenty minutes sitting at the bar to get a drink. I don’t put all the blame on Eddie. He was a bit overwhelmed. Also we were told we needed to get our food order inTo the kitchen by 8:30 so we felt rushed. Jenifer (?) the manager popped in once but wasn’t really all that helpful as she had been the first two times. Hopefully the issues we had were an anomaly. Well he back.

MD
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chad and his team at Meraki never fail to impress with creativity and caring. Many thanks!

JK
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been there many times for a pre-show bite. Wonderful variety on their menu, easy parking, great staff. Love this place!

JE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great. Our server was great at helping us select the plates she thought we'd like based on our feedback. There were a lot of choices for vegeterians and meat eaters alike. Very tasty and we would definitely like to go back.

d
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a certified sommelier so she was very helpful in choosing wines to compliment our food choices. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday so we shared plates. We had the tempura whitefish pancake which was an interesting dish - it was tasty but different; not sure I would order it again. We also had the pickled beet salad with the tarragon vinaigrette and whipped goat cheese which was delicious. We had the scallops which was also a different dish - very light, served with a lentil and parsnip purée, mint/pea broth with tea foam. The scallops were tender and melt-in-your-mouth good. The purée got lost in the mint of the broth. The piece de resistance was the moulard duck breast with wild mushroom risotto. Fantastic! Will go back just to have this dish again. Dessert was the chocolate galette which was decadent especially with the glass of Mourvèdre that we had with it. We sat in a banquette facing the kitchen which enhanced our whole dining experience. The menu features half and full portion options so it is easy to try a number of different items. Overall, it was a really satisfying evening out.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food. Interesting cocktails. Thoughtful wines. Tunes on old vinyl. An interesting place!

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate at the chef’s bar and watched the chef’s prepare the food. We shared all of our plates with each other. The food was tremendous. It was one of the meals we can’t stop talking about. Can’t wait to go back!

l
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

3rd time dining here, and it gets BETTER every time! Tasting menu was SO so good - and the smaller portion sizes now allow you to enjoy each course (thanks for making that change!). One of our favorite restaurants in MKE: and if you are lucky enough to get in one of the booths overlooking the kitchen, you're in for even more of a treat. THANK YOU Meraki - for another great meal experience!

E
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here with a group of 4 and ordered a wide variety of dishes. Everything was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend!

GN
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. brought each selection one at a time to let us enjoy,. They brought out following selections as we finished the previous. Unusual menu items that we both loved.

AC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was blown away. The service was fantastic - Jessica, the bar manager, came over several times to talk us through the cocktail menu, the ingredients and her approach to the menu. We ordered 7 “bar bites” and I would say 6 out of 7 were phenomenal. We spoke to the chef/owner’s parents and they explained the concept of the restaurant. They were, like Jessica, welcoming and informative. The happy hour was also unbelievable. What a gem! Will absolutely return!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat down at 8. Amazing booth right in front of the open kitchen. We enjoyed a few appetizers of green beans, and the tempura cauliflower followed with the butternut squash soup. Entrees included the rabbit, the scallops, the duck, the pork tenderloin and the beef brisket. A lot of the menu is available in half portions so you can try a good amount of the menu in one sitting. There is also a chef tasting option, which we will try next time. Everything from start to finish was amazing. Service was present but never intrusive. The entire staff was killer. Thank you all for being the definition of hospitality.

r
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the creative dishes. Four of the six courses were excellent, two were good. Good value.

V
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was amazing and the service was great. Food was very good and they had a large variety.

RS
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef's Tasting menu is the way to go (middle level works great for 2).

SJ
Milwaukee
85 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was not very tasty and somewhat over spiced. Our service could have been better as the restaurant was not very busy. Overall our dining experience could have been better.

Meraki - Milwaukee
Responded on September 28, 2019

That is unfortunate to hear, as the general manager was both bartending and serving; she would have welcomed & appreciated the feedback in the moment so both her as well as the chef/owner could have taken steps to rectify your dining experience. We truly strive to create an provide a wonderful dining experience, as we are passionate about what we do and only want the best for our guests. Please give us a call or email as to how we could improve based on your time with us.

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JK
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meraki is one of our favorite places in Milwaukee to catch a bite before a show. Street parking is readily available and their happy hour "Bar Bites" are innovative, inexpensive, and delicious. Staff have always been incredibly friendly and the service is great. High recommendations for Meraki!

CM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out for my 40th birthday dinner. The food was amazing and the service was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and the drinks were phenomenal.