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“Close quarters nearly overshadow the outstanding food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crazy Water

Crazy Water
Ranked #63 of 1,502 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Walker's Point
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Close quarters nearly overshadow the outstanding food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

@Crazy water, every experience we have had there in the past three years has been amazing, with the drawback of nearly sitting on top of the people at the tables next to you.
Every dish we have tried, from apps to desserts, have been phenomenal. Much care has been put into each dish and it is executed by the cooks in the very small but effiecient kitchen. The only negative about the restaurant is the inability to feel comfortable at the table. The floor layout is very small, and the tables therefore are jammed upon each other. Perhaps eliminating a table or two would be ideal, and at the same time not hurt the bottom line of the owner.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank CalvinMills21
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
40 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

excellent food, one of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee.
we enjoy coming here.
the restaurant itself is rather loud and cramped though.
still a great choice though because the food is well worth it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Theblackdogtravelers
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La Romana, Dominican Republic
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Under the Clock”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Situated under the famous Allen Bradley four faced clock, the smell of garlic hits you before you enter the door.

Reminiscent of kitchen diners of lore in the West Village of New York, the Experiance is a net plus, but the menu need some work.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank HRQuadracci
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Chicago, Illinois
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127 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, but Some Drawbacks.....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

The food and the service are really good at Crazy Water. I had the duck breast and the meat was perfectly executed. My friend had scallops and they were also good. Our waiter was very busy; however, he was very friendly and attentive.

The reason I only gave this restaurant 3 stars is solely because the experience of DISCOMFORT of dining while we were there. This restaurant is quite small (but busy) and has too many tables inside, making it almost table next to table in the main room. We were unfortunately seated at the far left back corner of the main room, which is next to the entryway to a recycling area for dishes/silverware/glasses. There is only a fabric curtain separating the dining area from the entryway, but no door. As Milwaukee (and the whole Midwest) is currently suffering from the extended heat wave with a temperature of 90F even at 8PM, I constantly suffered from a HEAT blowing to me from behind the curtain, needless to say when servers constantly passed through the curtain to recycle dishes. On top of it, the kitchen (grill) is in the same dining room right by front door which elevated the temperature inside as well. The only 2 (or 3) ACs do not seem to be enough to cool down the room - and I definitely sat at the worst spot of the room.

While I complained to the lady who seated us shortly after I sat down (I immediately experienced the HEAT wave even before I sat down), she did not try to do anything to address our complaints, even though there were still other tables unoccupied at that moment.

Also due to the limited space, the whole indoor dining area was very load, both from the music and customers. It was difficult for me and my friend to have conversation.

What I suggest is that they should at least take one or two table(s) off in the main dining room, and during a hot summer day they should at least avoid sitting customers at the corner table.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank Cellowu
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Really great meal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

The place is small so make reservations or get there early. We ended up sitting at the bar and had great service and amazing food. The short ribs were to die for. I'd suggest ordering several things to share...

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank JoyVertz
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