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“Expectations met”

The Pasta Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #262 of 1,503 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Expectations met”
Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Only negative was that we weren't seated for 20 minutes with a reservation, but we started our bottle of wine so it wasn't that big of a deal. First visit, always wanted to try and will definitely go back. Very nice atmosphere for a date or small group. Well done, Pasta Tree!

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Thank brad r
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English first
Milwaukee, WI
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“All time favorite restaurant”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This has been my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee since moving here in 1987. The food is always delicious, the atmosphere is fabulous and I have always received great service. There can be long waits on weekends without a reservation, but the bar area is a nice place to wait and have a pre-dinner drink. If you have room for dessert and they are offering carrot cake on the dessert menu, you have to try it. One of the servers makes it and it is to die for.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank SMN1969
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“FABULOUS!”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Great service and food. A friend and I went on a Saturday night without a reservation (which I would not reccommend you do) They were very gracious and got us a table within 10 minutes. I ordered the wine special and they only had one partial glass left - which the waiter apologized for and they offered me a glass of any other wine, on-the-house, after I finished my partial glass. The salad with the roasted garlic dressing was incredibly good! We ordered both the alfredo and the pesto cream pasta and they were fabulous! We will definitely go back. Great atmosphere and food! Can't say enough good about it!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank EJL5208
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Bad food, even worse service!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Way too poor of service for mediocre food! Me and a guest got to the restaurant at 5:30 pm on a Saturday. Although there was at least 10 tables empty near the main entrance, we were shuffled through the kitchen area to the far back area of the other side of the restaurant. Although there was only three or four tables with seated customers, it took almost ten minutes for the server to take our drink order. At least another ten minutes to get it, with apologies for the wait. Our order was not taken at this point, the server said she would be right back. At least another 10 minutes until she returned with more apologies for the wait. Our order was taken, the appetizer and salad came within a reasonable time from one of the kitchen staff, not the server. Approximately 15 minutes later, the entrees came again from the kitchen staff. I had chicken alfredo. The garlic was soooooo overpowering that the entree had nothing but garlic flavor. My guest had shrimp vegetable pasta and said it was just "OK". The server did not come back at any time to see if we needed more beverages or to see if the food was to our liking. By this time it was almost 7 pm and just about every table was full, which was 12-14 in the rear area of the restaurant. SHE WAS THE ONLY SERVER!!!!!! We finished our dinner and waited for a box for the left overs, which I was not interested in taking due to the poor taste, but my guest did. It was al least another 10 minutes when the server came back with the box and then asked if we wanted dessert. We declined and it was at least ANOTHER 10 MINUTES before she brought the check with apology after apology for all of the waiting. By this time it was close to 8 pm. This was a ridiculous amount of time for any meal, the apologies just did not make up for the food that was not very good and quite pricy for the quality. Although the server was friendly, we will not EVER return to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone, ever. Good luck with this place if you decide to try it and make sure you have nowhere to go afterwards.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Deb K
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Milwaukee, Wi
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice Date Restaurant”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I'd rarely choose a Pasta Restaurant for a place to go for a nice dinner, but Pasta Tree is unusually nice.

Great atmosphere - delicious food - not crazily expensive. A great option for when no-one can decide where to go!

Visited February 2012
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Thank timdonderevo
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