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“Mostly hits, some misses” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dream Dance

Dream Dance
1721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-2655
(414) 847-7883
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Ranked #140 of 1,389 restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: $1 - $75
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: West Potawatomi Circle
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Mostly hits, some misses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We dined recently at Dream Dance for a nice holiday outing (third visit to this restaurant). Unfortunately we had to go through the noisy and very smoky casino to enter and leave the restaurant because we were parked in the structure. (Perhaps the available valet parking would eliminate that smelly casino walk?). The restaurant is very peaceful and tasteful once you get inside. The patrons were a mix of nicely dressed folks like us who were celebrating the season, along with plenty of diners in Green Bay Packer sweatshirts and other too-casual attire. The meal started with the complimentary amuse bouche which wasn't as dazzling as others I've been offered, but it was free so I really can't complain. The salads were the biggest "miss" of the evening. All elements of a chicken confit salad lacked flavor. The chicken did not taste like other confit I've enjoyed, rather it tasted more like leftover unseasoned cold roast chicken. The dressing was supposed to be some kind of fruit vinaigrette but it lacked oil and flavor. The only other thing on the salad was a small pile of dried cranberries, and some croutons that were also completely flavorless. I don't mind paying $9 or $10 for an appetizer salad, but I expect it to be worth it. A beet salad was beautiful but too salty, and the house salad was ok. Beer cheese soup was delicious. Bread basket was nice. Entrees were very good, including fish of the day, two steaks which which didn't wow but were done perfectly, and fantastic scallops. Steaks included choice of rub or sauce, house potato, and house salad. The non-steak entrees did not include any sides but the portions and accompaniments were quite generous. A small miss with the scallops was the trumpet mushrooms served with them, which were so tough they could barely be cut with the serranted dinner knife that came with the meal (but they tasted great). Service was attentive and friendly. Cost (with alcohol) was about $80 per dinner. We were given complimentary palmiers in little cello pouches on our way out. We decided to try one turn at a slot on our way out of the casino, and came out ahead enough to cover 25% of our total bill. But we reeked of cigarette smoke just from the short time we spent in the casino.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oak Creek, WI
1 review
“Our Poor Birthday Celebration”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We were excited to celebrate several birthdays in our party. We have dined at many fine Milwaukee restaurants and believed this would also be one. Unfortunatley we were extremely disappointed. The waiter described the nightly specials and mislead us to believe they were serving a type of fish that they were not. Tip: We had an expert fisherman in our party who called the waiter on his inaccurate description. The steaks were not prepared properly. We sent them back and they came back even worse. The flavor was similar to an ashtray. Absolutely awful.
Would never go back. There are too many other fine establishments in the area that are ALWAYS serving quality food.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
“Extremely disappointing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

All six of us ordered steak and all of our steaks were at the wrong temperature. Service was slow and our complaint about our steaks went unheard. What a huge disappointment this place was. Never, ever will I go there again. Milwaukee has too many actual quality steak houses to visit. Don't go here, you will be disappointed.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
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27 restaurant reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“So much wasted potential”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2011

I dined again recently at Dream Dance in the Milwaukee Potawatomi Bingo Casino prior to a show in their theatre. My last experience at Dream Dance was mediocre, so I was interested to see if that was just an off night. I was wrong and the main problem was the same as my last visit: Poor service.

The original Dream Dance was in a small space near the sprawling bingo hall with no windows. It was oddly placed but worked. The reason it worked was because of a great chef and a very professional wait staff.

Following remolding, the new location of the restaurant seemed like a winner. It had direct access from the outside so you could avoid the smoky casino. It has large windows and much more room so the tables have plenty of spacing for privacy. But, the atmosphere is somewhat ruined by piped in music that is too loud and lighting that is too bright. Maybe this is a sub-conscious casino thing. Keep it loud and light so they don’t linger. Get ‘em fed and back out to the casino floor losing money.

Chef Jason Gorman, the great chef is still there and is one of the top chefs in Milwaukee. The menu choices are somewhat limited but more than adequate. Unfortunately, his creations are delivered by a staff that should be servers at a chain restaurant or a sports bar. There’re very nice and try hard, but they are not (yet) up to the task of serving in a fine dining restaurant.

The old Dream dance had servers in teams of at least two (and maybe three?). Service was perfect and unobtrusive. The current Dream Dance has individual servers for a set of tables and the restaurant on both of my recent visits seems vastly understaffed. We waited at least 7-8 minutes after being seated for our waiter to finish a casual conversation at the next table and offer us water. Even though the restaurant was less than half filled when we arrived, drink service was also very slow. The server apologized and said the bar was “overwhelmed”.

Throughout the meal, we had to signal to request service several times. This should never have to happen in a pricey fine dining restaurant. I just don’t get it. At these prices, a professional server can make a very good living and I know some are out there looking for work.

When the original Dream Dance first opened, they partnered with the Bartolotta restaurant group for a chef for a period of time. I would advise Dream Dance to again partner with the Bartalotta group to revamp their wait staff and get this straightened out.

The creations of the chef are still great but service and restaurant atmosphere is a big part of the fine dining experience and Dream Dance fails to deliver on both. I will not return until I hear the service has changed. There are many much better fine dining choices in the Milwaukee area.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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2 reviews
“One of Milwaukee's Top Chefs, menu...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

One of Milwaukee's Top Chefs, menu continuously changes, Largest wine list in town and retail priced. They have earned every award they received. So what they are in a casino, great place to see a concert.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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