B.J. Wentker's Historic Fine Dining

★★★★☆
  • 230 Milwaukee Ave

    Burlington, WI 53105

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  • 262-767-1514

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This is one of the best places to eat in South East Wisconsin. The Hazelnut Chicken is awesome, as is the Drunken Rib-eye. I also recommend the salmon, which is prepared with a mediterranean flare. If you like a rare Tuna steak, I highly recommend it. If you prefer it medium rare, I would ask them for medium.

Oh did I mention that all if this is in a very quaint, completely restored building that is listed on the National Historic Register?

This place is truely unique, and I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a great meal.

Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturdays. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

This is one of the best places to eat in South East Wisconsin. The Hazelnut Chicken is awesome, as is the Drunken Rib-eye. I also recommend the salmon, which is prepared with a mediterranean flare. If you like a rare Tuna steak, I highly recommend it. If you prefer it medium rare, I would ask them for medium.

Oh did I mention that all if this is in a very quaint, completely restored building that is listed on the National Historic Register?

This place is truely unique, and I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a great meal.

Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturdays. Enjoy!

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While they try to give the impression of "upscale" dining, this restaurant is quite mundane. The food features low quality ingredients, and the preparation is poor. The worst part is the price.....outrageous for food this bad. I would never go back, and recommend you do yourself a favor and don't wast your money!

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While they try to give the impression of "upscale" dining, this restaurant is quite mundane. The food features low quality ingredients, and the preparation is poor. The worst part is the price.....outrageous for food this bad. I would never go back, and recommend you do yourself a favor and don't wast your money!

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My husband and I rarely go out because we have four children. Last night we had the opportunity to dine out alone. I chose BJ Wentker??s since it has been written up as a "fine dining" establishment. Upon arriving, we were optimistic when we pulled into a front row parking spot. Must be a sign of good things to come. The atmosphere was fantastic. We stood inside the doorway after being told to wait one moment. We had a 5:30 reservation. When we were led to our table, a table for 6 people and without a table linen, we asked for something more intimate. Again, we don't get these evenings very often and sit at a table for 6 every night! The hostess asked us to wait and another woman, who we'll call "the muscle", came over a told us that if we'd ever worked in a restaurant we'd understand that they'd need our table in 1.5 hours for a party of six and she didn't have time to explain to us why we were being seated there. Neither of us had ever worked in a restaurant. We weren't sure why WE needed to accommodate THEM. She said they had a number of "two-tops" with reservations that would be arriving at 6pm. We would have done 6pm if we were told that. We sat at the huge table that had a burn branded into it, that evidently gathered some crud over the years, and now was sort of fuzzy. We put it out of our minds, desperate to have a good time together and ordered a bottle of wine. For $31, it was just okay. We decided on the Duck Napoleon appetizer, which was presented beautifully, but we wondered if we weren't eating Thursdays leftovers. It was questionable. Then the bread basket arrived, lined with a linen. IMAGINE THAT! A ramekin, filled with ice cold roasted garlic cloves and four pats of soft butter came with it. It confused us, but proved to be the best part of our meal. We upgraded to Caesar salads just to get the romaine lettuce. It was average at best...actually quite watery and they were a bit stingy on the anchovies and the parmesan. My husband ordered the Swordfish Puttanesca. The swordfish had a layer of skin that peeled off and uncovered what looked like the mud vein of a catfish. It tasted and smelled so fishy that we really should have returned it, but were already feeling punished enough. He placed the unsavory parts on the side of his dish. The puttanesca was chunky and bland, lacking any kind of true meaning of Puttanesca, which is hot and spicy. I ordered the Scallops & Portobello mushrooms, which came in a wild mushroom cream sauce. The scallops were cooked nicely, but the grilled mushrooms made the cream sauce taste blackened, which made eating a strategy. I had to carefully navigate about the plate to avoid all the bits of overwhelming charcoal. It was 7pm when we finished, and when we were not offered any dessert, we assumed they needed the table fairly soon. We paid our bill and decided we'd have had a better time at home with the kids for $110 (and yes, that includes a $20 tip!). I don't recommend...at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I rarely go out because we have four children. Last night we had the opportunity to dine out alone. I chose BJ Wentker??s since it has been written up as a "fine dining" establishment. Upon arriving, we were optimistic when we pulled into a front row parking spot. Must be a sign of good things to come. The atmosphere was fantastic. We stood inside the doorway after being told to wait one moment. We had a 5:30 reservation. When we were led to our table, a table for 6 people and without a table linen, we asked for something more intimate. Again, we don't get these evenings very often and sit at a table for 6 every night! The hostess asked us to wait and another woman, who we'll call "the muscle", came over a told us that if we'd ever worked in a restaurant we'd understand that they'd need our table in 1.5 hours for a party of six and she didn't have time to explain to us why we were being seated there. Neither of us had ever worked in a restaurant. We weren't sure why WE needed to accommodate THEM. She said they had a number of "two-tops" with reservations that would be arriving at 6pm. We would have done 6pm if we were told that. We sat at the huge table that had a burn branded into it, that evidently gathered some crud over the years, and now was sort of fuzzy. We put it out of our minds, desperate to have a good time together and ordered a bottle of wine. For $31, it was just okay. We decided on the Duck Napoleon appetizer, which was presented beautifully, but we wondered if we weren't eating Thursdays leftovers. It was questionable. Then the bread basket arrived, lined with a linen. IMAGINE THAT! A ramekin, filled with ice cold roasted garlic cloves and four pats of soft butter came with it. It confused us, but proved to be the best part of our meal. We upgraded to Caesar salads just to get the romaine lettuce. It was average at best...actually quite watery and they were a bit stingy on the anchovies and the parmesan. My husband ordered the Swordfish Puttanesca. The swordfish had a layer of skin that peeled off and uncovered what looked like the mud vein of a catfish. It tasted and smelled so fishy that we really should have returned it, but were already feeling punished enough. He placed the unsavory parts on the side of his dish. The puttanesca was chunky and bland, lacking any kind of true meaning of Puttanesca, which is hot and spicy. I ordered the Scallops & Portobello mushrooms, which came in a wild mushroom cream sauce. The scallops were cooked nicely, but the grilled mushrooms made the cream sauce taste blackened, which made eating a strategy. I had to carefully navigate about the plate to avoid all the bits of overwhelming charcoal. It was 7pm when we finished, and when we were not offered any dessert, we assumed they needed the table fairly soon. We paid our bill and decided we'd have had a better time at home with the kids for $110 (and yes, that includes a $20 tip!). I don't recommend...at all.

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My husband and I enjoy trying new places and B.J. Wentkers was a wonderful suprise. Great meal and good service. The prices were good for the meal we ordered. Friendly place and great place to repeat.

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★★★★★

My husband and I enjoy trying new places and B.J. Wentkers was a wonderful suprise. Great meal and good service. The prices were good for the meal we ordered. Friendly place and great place to repeat.

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B J Wentkers is the best kept secret in Burlington. The menu options are spectacular. Why go to Chicago when you can get even better food and service right here in the sticks? The cost is well worth it and the atmosphere is charming.

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B J Wentkers is the best kept secret in Burlington. The menu options are spectacular. Why go to Chicago when you can get even better food and service right here in the sticks? The cost is well worth it and the atmosphere is charming.

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I have always had great meals.
There is always something new to try . Wait staff friendly and the
atmosphere very nice.
Jazz nite is always a good time..

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★★★★★

I have always had great meals.
There is always something new to try . Wait staff friendly and the
atmosphere very nice.
Jazz nite is always a good time..

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