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“Good food, nice atmosphere”

Port of Call Bistro & Beer Garden
Price range: $10 - $17
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Port of Call Bistro & Beer Garden is a nautically themed bar and restaurant where all items are made from scratch. Fresh fish daily, house ground meat and Wisconsin influenced items such as the Door County Fish Fry, Brat Patty Sliders and Cheese Curd appetizers. For the sunny days there is a 1300 sf patio located on the Milwaukee River to cocktail and weekly dinner cruises departing WED- SAT.
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Good food, nice atmosphere”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We had a quick bite to eat at Port of Call before going to a show at the Pabst Theater. We read online that the drinks and appetizers were half price during the time that we would be dining there, but our server never mentioned this; we had to ask about it, and then he confirmed this information.

It was Friday, and I enjoyed a delicious fish fry, two pieces of haddock, cole slaw, fries, and a piece of cornbread. The fish was tasty and nicely done, the fries were standard fare, and the cornbread was a bit dry and would have benefitted with a pat of butter or some honey. The atmosphere was very nice, and we were able to conclude our dinner with a drink on the patio, overlooking the Milwaukee River.

I read some other reviews that were critical of the serving staff. OK, there was the omission of the information about half price drinks and appetizers, but we thought our server was extremely personable and accommodating, although it did take a while for him to get back to us when fetching a drink, bringing our bill, etc.This could have been a problem if we were short on time, but that wasn't the case for us.

Would I go back? Maybe not, but not because of any problems or disappointments, but because there are so many restaurants to explore in the Milwaukee area. The fish fry was delicious.

  • Visited September 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beer Garden Along the River”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Great Outdoor dining along the River. try the Whitefish.... (What exactly is Whitefish? God, I miss New England!)

Visited August 2013
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Thank Alathomas
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Springfield MO
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Almost didn't go but did & enjoyed ourselves!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Due to previous reviews almost didn't go but did at a very busy time. Sat outside & our waitress was friendly, prompt & our food was very good. Had the special "Friday fish" & a blue burger which was done to my liking. It was also nice watching the activity on the water which made for a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank PATTYSpringfieldMO
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good!!”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

We wanted to eat across the street, because overall we were looking for outdoor seating, but the other restaurant had an hour waiting and we were starving...so we decided to just eat here. What a surprise!! Our waiter was a young kid, he was so kind, and always on top of all our needs, the food ...everything we order was very good, but biggest surprise was the special soup my dad order, cheese with beer and sausage..amazing!! Never tried such a good soup!! I loved it!! The kids meal were very good size for price, I can't wait to go back and tried it again!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Maryjoemcnamara
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Neenah, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Service was Atrocious”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We got seated in the outdoor dining area and sat there for fifteen minutes. I asked a passing waiter if we could have service and he said he'd contact the hostess. We sat another few minutes without being waited on and decided not to drop our money somewhere that apparently doesn't need customers. Can't say as I'd return.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Amyrae46
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