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Tess
Eclectic Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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2499 N Bartlett Ave Milwaukee, WI 53211
2499 North Bartlett AvenueUSWisconsinMilwaukee53211
(414) 964-8377tess2499.com
$$$Eclectic Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
Eclectic Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Bar
Today 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:00 – 9:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 9:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 9:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSunday 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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Upscale casual American bistro serving seasonal local fare plus beer & wine in a space with a patio.- Google
"We enjoyed all of the courses, especially the mussels and the tart."
"The wine list has good wines, but is out of proportion in price."
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Michael Rodriguez
a week ago
Best tasting food in Milwaukee. Try to get on the beer and dinner pairings. The menu is completely customized and delicious. Great value. Mitchell is very polite and great. Martin is an amazing chef.
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Conrad Magalis
11 months ago
We decided to stop by Tess while on vacation in Milwaukee. My date and I ordered the bleu cheese, pancetta and apple tart, along with steamed mussels for starters. We split the duck leg confit for the main. We enjoyed all of the courses, especially the mussels and the tart. The duck was also cooked perfectly (maybe a bit less sauce would be my only critique). Portion sizes were just right -- we left feeling satisfied, but not overfilled. Service was good and the atmosphere was down-to-earth. I'd recommend going there for an intimate night out.
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Eric Nutting
2 years ago
I had the Red Sorghum Paella with shrimp and mussels and was rather disappointed in it, while our appetizer and other food choices were great. In the paella the green peas tasted like they were from a can, there was only one slice of generic black olive in the entire dish (described by the menu as "kalamata olives"), the shrimp were overcooked, and the mussels were fishy and otherwise bland.
A Google User
7 years ago
This may not be the most fancy place, but it really is a fantastic restaurant. It has a much more romantic and cozy feel than any big chain premium restaurant. I happen to love summer and love outside dining and you can't beat Tess for that. It is one of the most romantic places I have ever been to, perfect for special occasions and you can spend as low as $80 for two entries and drinks but obviously you can go all out as well within your means. Then theres the food. One of the few places in Milwaukee that actually cook gourmet food. The menu is a perfect size that is compact yet extensive. Everything tastes so good from appetizers to dessert. I hope this place never closes and can't wait till my next visit.
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Nikki Elizabeth
3 weeks ago
We had a Groupon and it was only a few blocks away so we decided to check it out. AMAZING. We were walking around the night before and poked our heads in to make a reservation for the next night (because the Groupon was only valid Friday and Saturday). We requested an outside table. The next evening the hostess remembered us by name and had a table in the indoor heated patio set aside for us because it was much colder out than we had anticipated. This is just the first example of excellent service. Then it came time for the meal. Oh my goodness. The food was simply fantastic. The meat was tender and cooked to perfection. The side dishes and sauces were seasoned so well that they not only complimented the meat, but also stood out on their own. Incredible. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an incomparable meal in Milwaukee.
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Mike Driscoll
a year ago
Snooty. I went to Tess with my girlfriend for drinks and appetizers. I was excited because they had Lumpia which I hadn't had since I lived in Cuba which is highly populated by Filipinos. Though edible, the lumpia was overly greasy and lacked veggies which were present in the traditional Lumpia I had. We also had Crab Cake which paled in comparison to the $1 Crab cakes that I normally buy at the store, and was over saturated with sauces. On the bright side, the bread was good and the salad dressing was tasty. We got a half bottle of Cabernet wine which though unremarkable was fine. As for the service, our waitress felt very cold and sterile. She also made no attempt to smile which made us feel uncomfortable. Underwhelming food for overwhelming prices. If you want better food, better atmosphere and better prices I'd suggest the Anaba tea room in Shorewood.
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Mark Marzion
3 years ago
My wife and I came here for dinner after The Lakefront Festival of Arts. We sat outside on the patio. EVERYTHING about our experience was wonderful. Would highly recommend!
A Google User
5 years ago
Ordered mussels for an app. They were some of the best I've ever had. Drank Cristalino splits with them for only 6 bucks a split which is quite reasonable. No Cava, Prosseco, or California available by the bottle. Only champagne which is too expensive. Our entrees were fantastic. The entrees are reasonably priced in the neighborhood of 20 dollars a plate. The wine list has good wines, but is out of proportion in price. Most of their bottles start out at 55 dollars! We found a good bottle for 35, but the pickings were slim. Lots of good, interesting wines are out there in a much more reasonable price range. Tess was great, I will go back. Hopefully next time I'll be able to afford to drink more.
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