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2499 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4302
+1 414-964-8377
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a mid-week dinner here. Entree prices to us seemed high, but we appreciated the excellent service and the care that the chef put into the menu choices.

Thank nightowl60
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Tess is a small nicely decorated restaurant off the beaten track. The menu has a variety of offerings to suit anyone's taste. I order the roast duck. It was a generous and delicious serving. My wife ordered the monk fish special of the day. She reported that it too was delicious. The service was attentive and informative. The prices medium,... More 

Thank UsaBrad
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2017

The attention that they put into their menu and the beverage choices is unlike any neighborhood restaurant. Yet, it's part of a quiet neighborhood, where you can stop in after work or sit on their (season permitting) patio. If you like mushrooms, go for the polenta and mushroom appetizer. Fantastic. Each meat dish I have had is carefully seasoned and... More 

Thank TiVoFanWis
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Went for a family get together. Each of the 6 of us had something different. Beef and pork tenderloins were delicious as were their sauces and accompaniments. Ravioli pasta and cheese filling were great as was the lamb and duck. Only knock was the sauce with the salmon may have been a touch too sweet. Service as timely and not... More 

Thank Ogghall
Oak Park, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2017

My husband and I stumbled across Tess a few years ago. It was an extremely memorable experience and one of the reasons we came back to Milwaukee last weekend for an overnight getaway from the kids. Whenever we find a restaurant we love, our second time there inevitably falls short. This was NOT the case at Tess! It's tucked away... More 

Thank Liz K
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed December 11, 2016

I have visited Tess 3 times in the past 18 months and always had a good experience. The food is creative and tasty, the staff friendly and helpful and the atmosphere enjoyable. It is especially delightful to visit when the outdoor space is available. The restaurant also has offers on Groupon on a regular basis.

Thank LisaChicago56
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited Tess because of a Groupon. It is off the main area of restaurants and we probably never would have found it without the Groupon. We are so glad we did though. The hostess and waitress were both friendly & welcoming. My husband had a delicious milk stout on tap. Our waitress then brought us wonderful... More 

Thank whitney_milwaukee
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2016

We tried this restaurant because we had a Groupon. After being there, I have no idea why they are on Groupon. The entire experience was excellent. The waitstaff Bridget was both professional and knowledgeable, made an excellent wine recommendation. The bread they put out with the meals is amazing, warm and soft. Highly recommend the bison tostadas and beef tenderloin,... More 

Thank Mary H
Racine, Wisconsin
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113 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2016

We were warmly greeted by the owner and taken to a table on the heated indoor porch. Then we met our delightful server. I had a yummy caramel apple martini and my husband had a 1/2 bottle of Sangiovese. We shared the cauliflower soup and the roasted pepper salad. Both delish! I had the grilled shrimp and he had the... More 

Thank janetalthea
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Tess is one of my personal favorites in Milwaukee. Clearly it is favorite among my friends, as well, as it is the place we tend to select time and again for our ladies night out. Absolutely love dining on the patio - even when it is "airish", the heaters make it a comfortable option. Their menu is also one of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2499 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4302
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-964-8377

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?