Tre Rivali

4.6
540 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Tre Rivali is a vibrant cafe, bustling lounge, and Mediterranean inspired restaurant in the heart of Milwaukee"s Historic Third Ward District. Executive Chef Heather Terhune
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am-10:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am-2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 291-3971
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Heather Terhune
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chicago St
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Parking details
Hotel valet or street parking
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Public transit
Green line and the 15
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BR
Austin
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Appreciated the upstairs bar area and Christopher’s hand made cocktails and Mara at the restaurant was super helpful in ordering and constantly checked on us.

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JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was outstanding! Everything tasted just amazing!
Our service was not very good. We both felt that our server was paying a lot more attention to others that she was serving. She seemed that we were an inconvenience for her. Would rather go someplace that seems more passionate about their job and much friendlier.

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HP
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed food, drinks and service. Wait staff was helpful in recommending drinks and foods. We loved the octopus, kale salad and celery/lettuce salad and mushroom pizza. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and was treated to a dessert. We would have ordered dessert if they hadn't surprised us with one. I would recommend to anyone looking to try try some new flavor combinations in a relaxed yet sophisticated space. Will be back.

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OT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic anniversary dinner! Food was fantastic as was our bottle of wine. Our waitress was extremely attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely return!

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JW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Our server, Desarai, was very helpful with our selections. The food was so good and some unusual items. It's the first time I had octopus - it was good but likely won't have it again! It was also the first time we tried pork belly and that was delicious. The wine selection was very good and the flour-less chocolate cake topped the whole evening off. We plan to be back several times! I called ahead for a reservation. It was our 45th wedding anniversary and we were greeted with a familiarity, congratulations and two glasses of champagne. I know people that "fake" a birthday or anniversary to get free stuff but there was nothing fake about our celebration. I've told several people already about our experience and others will be going.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s birthday

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around!

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YT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was terrific, but the service was not so great. It took 15 minutes for our waitress to come to the table. She didn’t offer any refills on coffee or iced teas — we had to flag her down to get refills. The tables were quite close and it felt like we were eavesdropping on the table next to us.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it did not disappoint! Beginning with a phenomenal rye old fashioned by Tyler at the bar, the swordfish and the branzino - everything was fabulous and beautifully presented. We are finding we don't mind the 30 minute drive to this gem!

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c
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Great food. One of our favorites in Milwaukee.

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t
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always enjoy dining at Tre Rivali. Food is consistently delicious.

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MS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We will definitely be back!

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RW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started off with drinks at the bar, always nice to be in front of a true mixologist.

Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu, and made some excellent recommendations. For appetizers we went with mussels and the octopus, both cooked perfectly. The special, seafood cakes topped with calamari had amazing texture and flavor. Highly recommend.

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SM
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice ambiance and service. Very attentive staff once seated

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JL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A friend and I drove up from the Chicago area for a concert, and couldn't have been more pleased with our dinner. We waited a few minutes for our table even though we had a reservation, but we weren't in a hurry. First good surprise was being served room temperature water. The menu was so interesting and appealing that it took us a while to decide what to order. We chose to share hummus and the tomato tartlet for starters, both of which were excellent. The entrees took quite a while to be served, but they (branzino for friend, clams for me) were both delicious. Because of the very relaxed (i.e., slow) service, we didn't have time for dessert, but I hope to be back soon!

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FO
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff there is amazing. We arrived earlier than our reservation, we were willing to wait or even eat the bar, but they accommodated us, and gave two glasses of champagne for our anniversary.
Food is always excellent.

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OL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Staff is always well informed, on point, and very helpful. Food is delicious. This time we had brunch which was just as good as the times we’ve had dinner here.

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t
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Never has been off. Always good service. Brought someone who had never been there. They loved it.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely time. We had the pizza. It was delicious.

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S
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food delicious, service a little slow. Nice location for people watching.

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KS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our one year wedding anniversary and we were greeted with 2 glasses of champagne! The service and food was excellent! The kale salad was my favorite!!

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F
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner, with the melon salad special particularly delicious. The outside tables were nice and service was perfect. I highly recommend this spot!

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started on the rooftop - amazing night, great views and refreshing cocktails. Then kept the outside vibe going... fab service, great wine and delicious food! Shared a few plates so we could try more... can u say charred octopus- YUM! Awesome overall experience.

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H
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ambiance is lovely.
When we reserved we told them that it was our anniversary. When we checked in the hostess and the waitress mentioned it as well. We noticed other diners getting bubbly after dinner. We received our check. We mentioned the oversight. The waitress said oh- I was just getting it instead of saying sorry, I forgot.
Food was not bad but not hot.
Overall the service was not very professional!

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JR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Octopus, as usual. You have the Branzino down to a fine art, absolutely delicious.
I think you are my favorite restaurant in the Milwaukee area. recommend to everyone i know.
John Reuter

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed expected much more, although the night started being told the computers went down and we couldn’t be seated I was not sure why because there were plenty of seats. I was not mesmerized by the menu. I had a cold beet salad which was tasty. No bread flatbread to eat no but or oil servered either. The pizza came out with a onion based sausce which was not described on the menu, and my pork pappradelle was warm not hot and no cheese served on the side nor did my server grate cheese on the top. It was already dressed. When the server inquired how are food was my husband who partially ate one piece, said he did not care for it. The server replaced it with another 10 minutes later. When we got the bill we charged for two pizzas and there was a credit - that stated “didn’t care for pizza”. The warm apple almond crostada was the best part of the dinner.

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RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, from busboy to manager everyone went above and beyond to make it a perfect experience!

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WI
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Early light dinner before Lady A concert. Had the meat & cheese board and was best ever. Plenty for 4 people. Wood fired margarita pizza crust was light with right amount of cheese and tomatoes. Only dislike was way overpriced glass of Prosecco. Also had breakfast outside the following morning and was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a very relaxing and comfortable place to dine. The food and the service was very good. Our sever was gracious and helpful.

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M
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed my two appetizers while outside dining . Great from start to finish! Highly recommend to try a dessert!

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NK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We return because we like the food and location. Have only been satisfied with the service 20% of the time. It seems particularly bad when eating outside.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would say our server was the highlight of the meal. She was attentive, knowledgeable, and incredibly friendly. We ordered three small plates: scallop crudo, olive oil braised charred octopus, and the tomato tartlet. All 3 of the small plates arrived at the same time which I would have preferred them being spaced out a little bit. The Octopus was cooked to perfect, had the right amount of Char and was our favorite of the three small plates. The scallop crudo was good but a little over powered by the amount of Chilies that were included. The Tomato tartlet was recommended by our server and was good, but I would have preferred more tomato's and less olives, the ratio was off and had more olives than tomato's. For our entree we split the special which was a Wagyu aged New York Strip accompanied by asparagus and potatoes. The New York Strip was cooked as we ordered and had great flavor. All in all the meal was very good.

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CW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The bar looks excellent as well, although we dined at the more formal seating area -- of which the chairs are upholstered beautifully and perfectly comfortable for an engaging meal. Highly recommend as a staple and regular go-to in the 3rd Ward.

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w
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had stopped for a drink on the roof. Seemed like a simple direction to elevator level of TR would have been welcome---easy.

Walking through the very large empty restaurant sections off the lobby was a little off-putting till we were brought into the busy/full north? section. Very nice and accommodated business discussion very well.

Could have used a brief suggestion of use of small plates and main or full plate. Figured it out and enjoyed our small plate selections, pork-belly pizza, dessert (Budino!) and drinks.

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C
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved watching the chefs prepare our meal through the window. We had great service. Food was excellent. Warm olives? Loved them. The waygu steak was excellent and priced just right.

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w
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. We shared a cheese and meat plate to begin. My wife and I shared three seafood small plates. Our son had a pork shoulder pasta. All were excellent. The only complaint would be that the Wine was very overpriced. More than four times market value.

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SH
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Branzino. Exceptional! Great Third Ward atmosphere.

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FO
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is always very well done. Highly recommend the octopus, pallea arancini and the spicy broccolini. Desserts are scratch made in-house. I have yet to have one that we didn’t like. This time it was the cheesecake with pistachio ice cream on a nest of honey phyllo. Only thing on the menu I’m not a fan of is the spedini. I’ve grown up on spedini and this is just a different twist on an Italian classic that doesn’t hit the mark for me. Presented beautifully, but on a stick (almost like a pork satay) in an apricot glaze. Personally not a fan, but there is so much more in the menu to choose from. Highly recommend Tre Rivali...we’ll be back again and again and again!

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AD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, unique food combinations. Relaxing evening.

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NS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was excellent and we appreciated the dessert given to us to celebrate our anniversary. Everyone was very nice and we had a wonderful time.

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