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Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant

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Downtown
American, Contemporary
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925 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Prospect Avenue)
+1 414-765-1166
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bacchus offers contemporary American cuisine in a sleek, stylish space in...
Bacchus offers contemporary American cuisine in a sleek, stylish space in the Cudahy Tower in downtown Milwaukee. Opened in 2004, Bacchus offers Milwaukee's most extensive wine list and a menu that changes by the season and emphasizes the use of local ingredients. Bacchus is consistently praised for orchestrating Milwaukee fine dining like no other top restaurant. Executive Chef Nick Wirth re-joined The Bartolotta Restaurants in 2007 after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. General Manager Katie Espinosa is a Certified Sommelier and a Certified Wine Specialist whose wealth of wine knowledge is an incredible asset to the staff and guests at Bacchus.
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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An outstanding anniversary dinner

It has been a while since we dined at Bacchus and our return for our 40th anniversary was just as good as we expected. The setting is sophisticated and the food and service were excellent. We highly recommend the beet salad, the strip steak special and the lamb entree. The wine list is huge and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Racine, WI
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  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Racine, WI
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It has been a while since we dined at Bacchus and our return for our 40th anniversary was just as good as we expected. The setting is sophisticated and the food and service were excellent. We highly recommend the beet salad, the strip steak special and the lamb entree. The wine list is huge and contains a good range of... More 

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Beaufort, Slo Country
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137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

In our travels, we’ve gained an hour so we opt for an early dinner. We arrive without a reservation at the modernly elegant restaurant and we’re promptly seated. Only a few tables are occupied in a room that could hold about 200. Lots of big glass windows give a spacious feeling to leather chairs and banquettes and polished floors. Our... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a fantastic restaurant and has become a family favorite. It is near the lake front and we enjoy driving to the restaurant because the area has spectacular sunsets and great views. The food at Bacchus is fantastic. I enjoy the bread so much because it is made by a true artist. We have never had a bad experience... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

From the moment you step foot into Bacchus, you'll feel completely welcomed and at home amongst the friendly and caring wait staff. Everyone was incredibly accommodating, and super helpful. Plus, I absolutely LOVED their special events space. The glass side room was beautiful, boasting an awesome view of Lake Michigan.

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New York City, New York
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We returned to Bacchus after visiting a year ago. This is an elegant restaurant in a beautiful setting. We were seated at a corner table, which was much appreciated. We shared two appetizers. First was the foie gras with a quail egg, French toast and maple syrup. Wonderful combination. Next was the rabbit pappardelle, which was exquisite. My wife had... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Last night my wife and I had the pleasure of dining at Bacchus. A few minutes early for our reservation, we were offered to either have a drink at the bar or be seated. We were seated and almost immediately greeted by Pam and her assistant, Maggie. Friendly and knowledgeable with both food and wine, Pam was impressive. While perusing... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I went while I was in town visiting for a wedding. It also happened to be my birthday weekend. The restaurant was so thoughtful in helping me celebrate with a glass of champagne and a card. The meal was amazing. We ordered the cheese platter to start, that was fantastic!!

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Malibu, California
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Very upscale. Lovely ambiance. Food is fantastic, especially the Fois Gras. Highly recommend this wonderful place.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

My husband and I went here recently and we were blown away by the service and the food. Everything was exceptional. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and seated immediately. We both tried a few of their crafted cocktails and wow were they delicious. We both had the short ribs for dinner and they were outstanding. One of the... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I was visiting Milwaukee on a business trip, with two colleagues. I usually pick the restaurants but was last to arrive and one of our party had already made reservations at Bacchus. It was a Monday evening and the restaurant was less than half full, however we were made to feel very welcome and our server was both attentive and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 925 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
    (Prospect Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-765-1166

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 45
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Bacchus offers contemporary American cuisine in a sleek, stylish space in the Cudahy Tower in downtown Milwaukee. Opened in 2004, Bacchus offers Milwaukee's most extensive wine list and a menu that changes by the season and emphasizes the use of local ingredients. Bacchus is consistently praised for orchestrating Milwaukee fine dining like no other top restaurant. Executive Chef Nick Wirth re-joined The Bartolotta Restaurants in 2007 after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. General Manager Katie Espinosa is a Certified Sommelier and a Certified Wine Specialist whose wealth of wine knowledge is an incredible asset to the staff and guests at Bacchus.
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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