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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding food and cocktails, worth a drive from Madison, La Crosse, CR/IC or QC. Now my second time and a completely different menu. As was the case on my first visit an item on the menu I would not have ordered contained my fav umami...ingredient, fish sauce. Kevin knows how to manipulate that flavor so creatively and subtly. I have nothing but praise for this place from the food, the drinks, the staff and the comfortable atmosphere.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just arrived and looking for a nice meal, the menu caught my eye and though we tried to book on line, there were no available seating. We decided to take a chance and drive out there after checking into our hotel.... Luck would have...it that we were able to snag a table outside. We really liked the Explore section of their menu so we decided to do aur own tasting menu. John our waiter was great! He suggested that he will break it up into courses so we wouldnt be overwhelmed. He started us with the fresh tomatoe salad (I love tomatoes and it's in season why not!) with fresh baked bread, then we got duck confit wrap and peach glazed ribs, and shared a pasta dish. As a final course we got their cheesecake. We were absolutely gobsmacked how well the kitchen put together delicious pieces of artwork! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 13, 2022 via mobile

Love, Love, Love Brazen Open Kitchen!!! This was my husband and my second time here, and our experience was even better than the first. That's saying a lot, too, as that time was exemplary!!! We came on a Tuesday night and shared the corn fritters...(YUM) and the 20oz Ribeye. Oh my goodness were they ever tasty!!! The flavor combinations make a party in your mouth. The steak was done perfectly and seasoned just right and the corn fritters... Well, you just have to order them to understand. Sooooo good!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022 via mobile

Hands down one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always fresh, the menu always offers great seasonal offerings and the staff is out of this world. We travel to Dubuque every few months with the sole purpose to eat at Brazen and their seasonal...menu. It’s a 3 hour journey and well with it. Don’t be afraid to try things out of your comfort zone and ask the server for recommendations, they always are willing to give you good options for ordering.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 11, 2022

We've eaten here before, but not for a few years. It is as good as I remembered. Very efficient and professional wait staff. Food was great. Always a good choice

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 19, 2021 via mobile

Excellent and fresh food offering. Brazen offers a very smart and inclusive menu for all palates . We had pasta dish and 1/2 chicken both excellent. Duck tacos and creme Brule also top notch. Black Manhattan 👍

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2021 via mobile

Both excellent food and great service, my favorite restaurant in Dubuque by far! Their ribeye is as good as any of the best steakhouses in Chicago !

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 15, 2021

I has the vibe of a up scale unban eatery. Their mixologist is fantastic. Hostess and server could use some more training. She sat us in the bar as requested but the table was only set for 2 and there were 3. The server rambled...on for ever even after we confirmed this was not our first time. We ordered two appetizers. We had to mention being short table service, after 3 visits to our table. Of course it was the hostess fault we were told.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2021

We stayed two nights in Dubuque at a Marriott property located a short walk from this restaurant. A hotel clerk recommended it. We were not disappointed. Wife loved her roasted chicken dinner and I ordered the pork. Service was great and very friendly. Our wait...person (we used to call them waitress) was very nice and the place is informal enough that I asked if she had a dog that might enjoy the big pork bone that I was leaving behind! LOL! And she said, "yes!" Very nice lady--We wish her the best for her and her baby.. Price was reasonable for such good food. We liked this restaurant so much that we returned on our second and final night in Dubuque for take-out pizza. Another home-run! It was excellent. Don't dine anywhere else when in Dubuque! But be sure to phone early for a good reservation at a "low table." This place fills up FAST!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021

This is a surprisingly great restaurant in Dubuque. I say surprisingly since there did not appear to be a big restaurant scene in the city. But this place is top notch and could hold its own in any big city. The food was excellent and...the staff friendly. It's in an old warehouse of some sort with 15 foot ceilings and brick walls. We sat near the open kitchen and could see the cooks preparing food which was fun as well. Drinks were also spot on.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021 via mobile

What a find. Who would think such a conscientious restaurant restaurant would be in the heart of the mill works area of Dubuque. Location: super cool and easy to park Restaurant: decor is clean, cool and fun. Love how they renovated the old window factory...Kitchen: can see right into kitchen, all the chefs busy at every detail. I think I counted 5 of them working on different things one at a time We sat outdoors, they even had music for us outdoor diners. Was absolutely interesting to sit, eat and look at the architecture of the buildings, notice differences in brick, etc. plus an art class was going on so there were a number of artists sitting outdoor all drawing one thing or another Food: AMAZING. Loved the pizza and the chicken Fresh. This restaurant does not have a freezer so everything is fresh Tasted so good, just enough cheese and the sausage was the right bit of spicy spread over the pizza. Experience in both dining, flavor, views and all elseMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

Everything from scratch, everything we got was fresh and delicious! Service was great. Totally recommend this place for foodies visiting or living in Dubuque area.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 27, 2021

I've been a few times now and highly recommend it! A great find. Space is renovated warehouse in the Millwork District of Dubuque which is neat to walk around. Every single thing I've ordered, and our table ordered, at Brazen has been "totally worth it"....Worth every calorie, every cent. The service has been good as well. I'm very grateful for the tasty food and drink, thank you!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 27, 2021 via mobile

Excellent choice for a dinner or late lunch or just a drink We had few different items from the menu and everything was delicious, perfectly seasoned and great combination of flavors. I love the industrial vibe of the restaurant. Service was excellent and everyone was...very pleasant Definitely worth a trip backMore

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 8, 2021

10/10 would recommend to anyone coming to Dubuque or current residents of the Tri State area. If you live nearby and you haven't tried Brazen you are missing out! Though pricey, I always say you get what you pay for! The service, atmosphere, quality of...food and drink is outstanding. My husband and I went for dinner recently because I saw on social media they posted about an updated menu. If you don't know from the name, Brazen is a scratch kitchen meaning everything is fresh and seasonal. They tend to tweak the menu with the season which I always appreciate something new for my favorite dish - the salmon. It's by far my favorite place to order salmon it's cooked to perfection and melts apart. I've never had anything that beats it. The ginger broth and cucumber noodles pair tastefully. My husband ordered the beef ribeye another fan favorite if you eat red meat. Brazen has options for vegans and vegetarians as well and cook to order when asked, so don't be afraid to ask about other dietary options you may have. Our favorite appetizer is the leek fondue, but the duck tacos and gnocchi are good too.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5