Antigua Latin Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 5823 W Burnham St

    Milwaukee, WI 53219

    Map & Directions
  • 414-321-5775

About Antigua Latin Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 11am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 10pm
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Why hasn't anyone reviewed this place yet? This place is Milwaukee's best kept secret. I've eaten there dozens of times and left impressed each time. Now, do not confuse Antigua with the other Mexican taco restaurants in the neighborhood. This place offers South American national dishes exquisitely prepared. Check their website for offerings, as it does change seasonally and they have recently started to offer things like enchiladas in order to compete with the nearby restaurants and keep diners happy who don't like to try new things that they are not familiar with. My all time fave dish there is the Chiles Nogada (Two poblano peppers stuffed with pork, fresh fruit and nuts, covered in a cold creamy walnut sauce and pomegranate kernels.) It is unbelievable! Then there is the Encocao de Camarones (Shrimp cooked coconut milk, peanuts, paprika, served with fried plantains.) To die for! You can't go wrong with anything they have there.

When you sit down a complimentary hot appetizer combo is placed at the table that is included with the dinners. A nice touch. This is the best place, and maybe the ONLY place in Milwaukee for cevechi, and they have it in three different styles. Everything is fresh. Hint: There is a cevechi that has been taken off the menu because many diners found it "too hot" for their tastes but you can still ask for it and they will make it. The service is always warm and gracious and prompt without ever being rushed. The desserts are all prepared on premise and I would HIGHLY recommend the flan they serve. It is cut in a slice much like cheesecake and so light and delicate. They also have *homemade blackberry* ice cream, and crepes with fresh fruit. At the end of the meal, a shot of peach schnapps is brought as part of the meal. Nice touch.

The building is newly built and the decor is light and airy, painted in warm tawny colors. Fresh flowers on the table. Nice. It is a bit hard to find the place the first time, as it is situated on the first floor, at the back end of an apartment building. There is PLENTY of parking in their lot. In the summer the patio is open but unfortunately looks into the parking lot and the busy street and the patio doesn't see much action nor is there waitress service out there.

They do have a small bar at the end of the dining room but I have never seen anyone sit there. It is not staffed with a bartender and the waitresses take turns making drinks or the owner gets up and does it. I assume during busy times maybe people sit there but we've never had to wait for a table even without reservations during weekend nights. Their selection of liquor is slim and they do not carry many of the popular brands and sometimes the waitresses don't know what the bottles look like when you order something and you have to point it out to them. Its not a big deal though and does not bother me at all. Maybe when business picks up they will have a bartender staffed full time for the bar? Check their website for their "Happy Hour" weekly drink specials. I've never partaken of the Happy Hour specials so I cannot review it, but I am sure is is a nice quiet gathering - nothing noisy or boisterous.

Oh, and they have a kids menu too! Kids don't always like to try new foods and the kids menu has some kid favorites and old standbys.

5
★★★★★

Why hasn't anyone reviewed this place yet? This place is Milwaukee's best kept secret. I've eaten there dozens of times and left impressed each time. Now, do not confuse Antigua with the other Mexican taco restaurants in the neighborhood. This place offers South American national dishes exquisitely prepared. Check their website for offerings, as it does change seasonally and they have recently started to offer things like enchiladas in order to compete with the nearby restaurants and keep diners happy who don't like to try new things that they are not familiar with. My all time fave dish there is the Chiles Nogada (Two poblano peppers stuffed with pork, fresh fruit and nuts, covered in a cold creamy walnut sauce and pomegranate kernels.) It is unbelievable! Then there is the Encocao de Camarones (Shrimp cooked coconut milk, peanuts, paprika, served with fried plantains.) To die for! You can't go wrong with anything they have there.

When you sit down a complimentary hot appetizer combo is placed at the table that is included with the dinners. A nice touch. This is the best place, and maybe the ONLY place in Milwaukee for cevechi, and they have it in three different styles. Everything is fresh. Hint: There is a cevechi that has been taken off the menu because many diners found it "too hot" for their tastes but you can still ask for it and they will make it. The service is always warm and gracious and prompt without ever being rushed. The desserts are all prepared on premise and I would HIGHLY recommend the flan they serve. It is cut in a slice much like cheesecake and so light and delicate. They also have *homemade blackberry* ice cream, and crepes with fresh fruit. At the end of the meal, a shot of peach schnapps is brought as part of the meal. Nice touch.

The building is newly built and the decor is light and airy, painted in warm tawny colors. Fresh flowers on the table. Nice. It is a bit hard to find the place the first time, as it is situated on the first floor, at the back end of an apartment building. There is PLENTY of parking in their lot. In the summer the patio is open but unfortunately looks into the parking lot and the busy street and the patio doesn't see much action nor is there waitress service out there.

They do have a small bar at the end of the dining room but I have never seen anyone sit there. It is not staffed with a bartender and the waitresses take turns making drinks or the owner gets up and does it. I assume during busy times maybe people sit there but we've never had to wait for a table even without reservations during weekend nights. Their selection of liquor is slim and they do not carry many of the popular brands and sometimes the waitresses don't know what the bottles look like when you order something and you have to point it out to them. Its not a big deal though and does not bother me at all. Maybe when business picks up they will have a bartender staffed full time for the bar? Check their website for their "Happy Hour" weekly drink specials. I've never partaken of the Happy Hour specials so I cannot review it, but I am sure is is a nice quiet gathering - nothing noisy or boisterous.

Oh, and they have a kids menu too! Kids don't always like to try new foods and the kids menu has some kid favorites and old standbys.

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What a wonderful little find. Antigua is easy to get to and has plenty of parking. As soon as you walk in you get that Latin feel with the decor and music. Once you are seated and asked for your drink order the waitress brought out an appetizer sample. It was delicious! Mango Quesadillas and Patatas Bravas (Spanish Style Potato). for my entree I had the Tequila Cream Chicken dinner which was chicken covered in a tequila cream sauce over a bed of avacado, served with seasoned rice and a side salad. I forced myself not to eat it all so I could have some for later. The service was prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was cozy and quiet. The only thing I could say even the slightest bit negative was they provide you with a complementary after dinner drink of peach snapps. Nice thought. However, for those of us who don't drink it would have been nice for them to ask before just bringing it out to the table. I will definately be dinning there again and hope that they will extend their limited lunch hours/specials to include the weekend.

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★★★★☆

What a wonderful little find. Antigua is easy to get to and has plenty of parking. As soon as you walk in you get that Latin feel with the decor and music. Once you are seated and asked for your drink order the waitress brought out an appetizer sample. It was delicious! Mango Quesadillas and Patatas Bravas (Spanish Style Potato). for my entree I had the Tequila Cream Chicken dinner which was chicken covered in a tequila cream sauce over a bed of avacado, served with seasoned rice and a side salad. I forced myself not to eat it all so I could have some for later. The service was prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was cozy and quiet. The only thing I could say even the slightest bit negative was they provide you with a complementary after dinner drink of peach snapps. Nice thought. However, for those of us who don't drink it would have been nice for them to ask before just bringing it out to the table. I will definately be dinning there again and hope that they will extend their limited lunch hours/specials to include the weekend.

Pros: New, clean, great ambience and service. Food excellent!

Cons: Ask before bringing complementary alcoholic beverage to the table

 

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