Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro

★★★★★
  • 3133 E Newberry Blvd

    Milwaukee, WI 53211

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  • 414-962-6300

About Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro

Hours
Sun 10am-2pm, Sun 5pm-8:30pm, Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Mon-Thu 5:30pm-9pm, Fri 5:30pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm

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Great food, excellent views, okay service. Food and beverage was superb. Service was slow and stuffy. A bit pricey but still worth it.

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★★★☆☆

Great food, excellent views, okay service. Food and beverage was superb. Service was slow and stuffy. A bit pricey but still worth it.

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Pros: Food

Cons: Parking

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The brunch is excellent and the view is breathtaking in the spring and summer. They have excellent desserts too

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★★★★★

The brunch is excellent and the view is breathtaking in the spring and summer. They have excellent desserts too

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I love this place. At times it can be a little intimidating and pretentious, but service and food are exceptional. Menu changes often and is always fresh and appropriate for the season. Great wine list.

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★★★★★

I love this place. At times it can be a little intimidating and pretentious, but service and food are exceptional. Menu changes often and is always fresh and appropriate for the season. Great wine list.

Pros: Best French food in Milwaukee

Cons: It is fine dining so be prepared for all the pomp and circumstance

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I went to Lake Park Bistro for their brunch after my grad school graduation, and it was fabulous!! We had a great three course brunch that was delicious. The only downside is that we didn't have one of the lake front tables, so if the view is important you need o get their early because they don't let you make a seating preference when you make a reservation (they called the day before to confirm!). Even without a lake table, go for the food!!

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★★★★★

I went to Lake Park Bistro for their brunch after my grad school graduation, and it was fabulous!! We had a great three course brunch that was delicious. The only downside is that we didn't have one of the lake front tables, so if the view is important you need o get their early because they don't let you make a seating preference when you make a reservation (they called the day before to confirm!). Even without a lake table, go for the food!!

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Lake Park Bistro has great views and has done a relatively good job updating the structure that contains the restaurant. However, their translation of French cuisine is further evidence of Bartolotta's assembly line approach to their restaurants, using similar recipes and sources despite advertising specialization in culinary regions. LPB is Bartolotta's French adaptation of their menu, which is akin to saying Lincoln is Ford's adaptation to luxury driving. Our dinners included French Onion soup and seared scallops as appetizers. The former was above average, allowing the cheese to dominate the flavor, the latter was no better or worse in taste than we've had at 3 star restaurants. Main courses were steak and halibut, both of which were forgettable. The service is ""French"" in the fact that there is an aire to the wait staff, which is suprising in a city like Milwaukee. As opposed to true European cuisine, Bartolotta's takes the American approach; simply dressing up mediocre offerings by overpricing and cruise-line grade presentation. Do yourself a favor on this one and skip it; attend one of Milwaukee's other real fine restaurants (none of them Bartolotta's) and take a trip down to Alterra on Lincoln Memorial Drive to have a coffee on the lake. You'll have a much better culinary experience, a much better taste of Milwaukee and a few more dollars in your pocket book.

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★☆☆☆☆

Lake Park Bistro has great views and has done a relatively good job updating the structure that contains the restaurant. However, their translation of French cuisine is further evidence of Bartolotta's assembly line approach to their restaurants, using similar recipes and sources despite advertising specialization in culinary regions. LPB is Bartolotta's French adaptation of their menu, which is akin to saying Lincoln is Ford's adaptation to luxury driving. Our dinners included French Onion soup and seared scallops as appetizers. The former was above average, allowing the cheese to dominate the flavor, the latter was no better or worse in taste than we've had at 3 star restaurants. Main courses were steak and halibut, both of which were forgettable. The service is ""French"" in the fact that there is an aire to the wait staff, which is suprising in a city like Milwaukee. As opposed to true European cuisine, Bartolotta's takes the American approach; simply dressing up mediocre offerings by overpricing and cruise-line grade presentation. Do yourself a favor on this one and skip it; attend one of Milwaukee's other real fine restaurants (none of them Bartolotta's) and take a trip down to Alterra on Lincoln Memorial Drive to have a coffee on the lake. You'll have a much better culinary experience, a much better taste of Milwaukee and a few more dollars in your pocket book.

Pros: View

Cons: Poor service, high prices, mediocre food.

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The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is superb. We had a wonderful time, sat near the window and had a wonderful view of the park and lake. The service was wonderful, low key, and relaxed enough that we never felt rushed, but certainly never felt like we were waiting.

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★★★★☆

The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is superb. We had a wonderful time, sat near the window and had a wonderful view of the park and lake. The service was wonderful, low key, and relaxed enough that we never felt rushed, but certainly never felt like we were waiting.

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There is no finer restaurant in Milwaukee than Lake Park Bistro. It is world class: the food, the service, the locale, the clientele. I recommend the trout. Superb!

5
★★★★★

There is no finer restaurant in Milwaukee than Lake Park Bistro. It is world class: the food, the service, the locale, the clientele. I recommend the trout. Superb!

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the food here is positively brilliant and exceeded our expectations - which is rare! we had great service as well. the escargot was absolutely perfect, and the only complaint about the charcuterie plate was how fast 4 of us went through it. the beet salad was refreshing and delicious. the steak frites was perfect - the meat was tender, seasoned and cooked well, with a perfect red wine buerre sauce. there were no complaints at our table (my husband was thrilled with the asparagus salad, and the other entrees - ribeye, halibut, and duck - were all devoured with praise). absolutely stunning! we will be back soon.

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★★★★★

the food here is positively brilliant and exceeded our expectations - which is rare! we had great service as well. the escargot was absolutely perfect, and the only complaint about the charcuterie plate was how fast 4 of us went through it. the beet salad was refreshing and delicious. the steak frites was perfect - the meat was tender, seasoned and cooked well, with a perfect red wine buerre sauce. there were no complaints at our table (my husband was thrilled with the asparagus salad, and the other entrees - ribeye, halibut, and duck - were all devoured with praise). absolutely stunning! we will be back soon.

Pros: great food, great service, great ambiance

Cons: no valet and small parking lot

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Several fine dining establishments have opened in Milwaukee over the last several years. However, my favorite is still Lake Park Bistro. I take all my out-of-town guests for their Sunday brunch. On a perfect sunny day, the view is to die for. Their food and the service is outstanding.

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★★★★★

Several fine dining establishments have opened in Milwaukee over the last several years. However, my favorite is still Lake Park Bistro. I take all my out-of-town guests for their Sunday brunch. On a perfect sunny day, the view is to die for. Their food and the service is outstanding.

Pros: Brunch, View, Parking

Cons: Absolutely none!

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I went to Lake Park Bistro for the first time on Sunday, October 15th. I was impressed from the moment I walked in. The place was very comfortable and homey. The staff was quite friendly and accomodating. Prices are a little higher then I would normally pay but the service and quality well make up for that. I ordered the Eggs Benedict and it was the best I have ever had. The appetizer selection and desert options complimented my entree very well. With the location and wonderful view of Lake Michigan I would highly recommend this location.

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★★★★★

I went to Lake Park Bistro for the first time on Sunday, October 15th. I was impressed from the moment I walked in. The place was very comfortable and homey. The staff was quite friendly and accomodating. Prices are a little higher then I would normally pay but the service and quality well make up for that. I ordered the Eggs Benedict and it was the best I have ever had. The appetizer selection and desert options complimented my entree very well. With the location and wonderful view of Lake Michigan I would highly recommend this location.

Pros: Beautiful views, incredible food options, wonderful staff

Cons: May be hard to find if you are not familar with the area

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Dined their last night. Just wonderful! Great service! Great food! Great wine! I had the duck, My wife had the Hanger Steak. I would recommend this resturant to all of my friends. We can't waite to go back.

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★★★★★

Dined their last night. Just wonderful! Great service! Great food! Great wine! I had the duck, My wife had the Hanger Steak. I would recommend this resturant to all of my friends. We can't waite to go back.

Pros: Food, service, price

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I cannot pronounce the names of the entrées and I may not have been formally attired but I still expect an appropriate return for my restaurant dollar. My wife and I were joined by family from Albany, NY to Seattle, WA and points between for the Sunday brunch (9/17/06). We had told the others that this was among the best Milwaukee had to offer. I was embarrassed by a waiter that was negligent enough to serve cold coffee and insulted by a second waiter that served desert (ice cream stuffed pastry puffs) that had fallen over on the plate, ice cream melted and now resembled slop. Flavors were great and the presentation of both the fruit plate and the main course were very good, but this was not what I expected. Next time, we will visit Pandle's in Bayside for a more reasonable price and more attentive wait staff.

2
★★★★☆

I cannot pronounce the names of the entrées and I may not have been formally attired but I still expect an appropriate return for my restaurant dollar. My wife and I were joined by family from Albany, NY to Seattle, WA and points between for the Sunday brunch (9/17/06). We had told the others that this was among the best Milwaukee had to offer. I was embarrassed by a waiter that was negligent enough to serve cold coffee and insulted by a second waiter that served desert (ice cream stuffed pastry puffs) that had fallen over on the plate, ice cream melted and now resembled slop. Flavors were great and the presentation of both the fruit plate and the main course were very good, but this was not what I expected. Next time, we will visit Pandle's in Bayside for a more reasonable price and more attentive wait staff.

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This is undoubtedly THE BEST restaurant in Milwaukee. The seafood is fresh and prepared to perfection. The wine list is astounding. We had the best time here and will definitely return. The setting is lovely. Make sure to request a window seat for a view of the lake.

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★★★★★

This is undoubtedly THE BEST restaurant in Milwaukee. The seafood is fresh and prepared to perfection. The wine list is astounding. We had the best time here and will definitely return. The setting is lovely. Make sure to request a window seat for a view of the lake.

Pros: Lake view, fresh fish, Friendly staff, Beautiful ambience

Cons: Are there any??

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After dining at one of the best French restaurants while visiting in Vancouver, we were looking for one here when we returned. Bartolotta's was excellent! The escargot was scrumptious...so was the duck with foie gras. I was, though, disappointed with the bread. Being a French restaurant, I was expecting it to be better than it was (cold and hard). With the lake view, it was certainly very romantic and picturesque. I would definitely return to try the other entrees.

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★★★★★

After dining at one of the best French restaurants while visiting in Vancouver, we were looking for one here when we returned. Bartolotta's was excellent! The escargot was scrumptious...so was the duck with foie gras. I was, though, disappointed with the bread. Being a French restaurant, I was expecting it to be better than it was (cold and hard). With the lake view, it was certainly very romantic and picturesque. I would definitely return to try the other entrees.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Parking

Cons: Cold Bread

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I've been comming here since 1997 and I've only had one good meal. The rest have been excelent. The food is always perfect. The Foie Gras is never burned like most places in Milwaukee. I can't say enough good things about this place.

If you don't want to get all dressed up, eat at the bar. Same food but you can wear a nice and jeans and avoid the stuffiness on the dinig room.

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★★★★★

I've been comming here since 1997 and I've only had one good meal. The rest have been excelent. The food is always perfect. The Foie Gras is never burned like most places in Milwaukee. I can't say enough good things about this place.

If you don't want to get all dressed up, eat at the bar. Same food but you can wear a nice and jeans and avoid the stuffiness on the dinig room.

Pros: Food quality, Soup, Special Dishes

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Brilliant!! Exec. Chef Adam Siegel has this place running like clockwork! The food is at least comparable and at most times superior to the cuisine found in bistros in Western Europe!!

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★★★★★

Brilliant!! Exec. Chef Adam Siegel has this place running like clockwork! The food is at least comparable and at most times superior to the cuisine found in bistros in Western Europe!!

Pros: Wine, Menu, Service

Cons: No outdoor dining

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We highly anticipated going to Bartolotta for Valentine's dinner. The bar and bartenders were great . We can't beging to tell you how disappointed we were in the restaurant service. We felt that we were truly in Paris with the famous poor service of the wait staff. It was very rude. It's too bad that they're the only restaurant with a great view of the lake. Due to the poor service we had a rotten Valentine's day and ended up fighting on what should have been a romantic evening.

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★★☆☆☆

We highly anticipated going to Bartolotta for Valentine's dinner. The bar and bartenders were great . We can't beging to tell you how disappointed we were in the restaurant service. We felt that we were truly in Paris with the famous poor service of the wait staff. It was very rude. It's too bad that they're the only restaurant with a great view of the lake. Due to the poor service we had a rotten Valentine's day and ended up fighting on what should have been a romantic evening.

Pros: View

Cons: Bad attitude staff, crowded, expensive

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LOVE this place. When I go here it really puts me in the mood...for anything. The atmosphere, the food, the music...everything about this place is sexy.

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★★★★★

LOVE this place. When I go here it really puts me in the mood...for anything. The atmosphere, the food, the music...everything about this place is sexy.

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Sunday brunch very nice, can't guarantee seating for large groups.

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★★★★★

Sunday brunch very nice, can't guarantee seating for large groups.

Pros: View, Service

Cons: Expensive

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Our favorite Milwaukee restaurant. Very romantic - spectacular view, day and evening. I've had creme brulee all over the country. They have the best this side of Paris! We've eaten here on numerous occasions and have always had excellent, friendly, never snotty service. Good wine list and people watching.

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★★★★★

Our favorite Milwaukee restaurant. Very romantic - spectacular view, day and evening. I've had creme brulee all over the country. They have the best this side of Paris! We've eaten here on numerous occasions and have always had excellent, friendly, never snotty service. Good wine list and people watching.

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The trout is great!
The service here is not like other top-leveled restaurant because the waitress and waiter are friendly, not to your money but to you.

2
★★★★★

The trout is great!
The service here is not like other top-leveled restaurant because the waitress and waiter are friendly, not to your money but to you.

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Only the Bartolotta family---who are legendary in the Milwaukee dining scene---would dare to create a quintessential French restaurant in the middle of a park. Overlooking Lake Michigan in a former pavilion, the restaurant features a menu…

 

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