Eclectic Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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2499 N Bartlett Ave Milwaukee, WI 53211
2499 North Bartlett AvenueUSWisconsinMilwaukee53211
$$$Eclectic Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
Eclectic Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
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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Conrad Magalis
10 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
a year 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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A Google User
5 years ago
I hate to disagree with the rave reviews here, but our party of four had a mixed experience at Tess on a recent visit. First off, one member who is an alcoholic was served soup with uncooked Madeira wine in it. Luckily he noticed the taste and stopped eating the soup, but that pretty much wrecked his meal. My salad was great but the fish entree I had (mahi mahi) was dry and unsauced. It sounded good on the menu but there was no imagination in the combo at all. We did think the bread was delicious and love the outdoor setting. But back to the soup. You need to tell people when you are serving a dish with alcohol that's not cooked off. This was the special and should have been described.
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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
2 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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Chris Cogbill
4 years ago