Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
Our first time there and we were very pleased. The food was delicious and unique. Best chips I’ve ever had!
Street corn is Awesome! Seems like a limited staff under COVID. Reception process pretty klunky.
The food and drinks were delicious. Best tortilla chips I have EVER had. However, our server was very inattentive. We were given our food by a runner and realized that we were not given silverware when we sat down. Our waitress was MIA for so long that the food was cold before someone from my group actually got up and found silverware because she never returned. Restaurant was beautiful and we were seated inside with a view of the river. I would try this restaurant again. It seemed like she maybe just forgot about our table.
Food was excellent, so fresh and a variety of tastes. Drinks were great too. Outdoor ambiance was super, although lots of street noise (but that was ok; it was celebratory)
Service was quite slow, very casual. We weren't in a hurry though.
Overall, we want to return.
My sister and I had a late lunch after our kayaking excursion on the river. Andrew was our server and he was great. We had the house margaritas, shared tacos and had two orders of the fundido...it was that good! We will return.
Thanks for the great review Nicolaya, that fundido is just all cheesy goodness! Hope to see you again soon.
Great outdoor option for these COVID times. Smallish menu but everything we sampled was deelish. Plenty of outdoor tables and great river/skyline views.
Thanks for the review! The riverwalk is so gorgeous at sunset. Hope to see you again!
Great food and drinks! Really pretty restaurant and seem to be maintaining a clean restaurant during these tough times. Prices were good and worth it for the food. The tacos are amazing!!
Thanks for the review Itzel! We've been trying very hard to make sure everyone in the restaurant feels safe and clean, we definitely hope to see you again!
Waited behind walk ins after making a reservation.
DRINKS I had the margherita and it was good and STRONG. My husband had the horchata (with alcohol) with cinammon syrup, said it was good though not as cinammon-y as he would have liked :)
APPETIZERS we had the corn and OMG it was amazing! perfectly charred, with great combo of seasonings. It. Was. So. Good.
ENTREES I had two tacos, one Baja (fish) and one Mexican Style steak. Both were well prepared with fresh ingredients and great ratios of protein to condiments to taco (so important!) // my husband had the Cauliflower dish bowl style (much bigger portion), he's normally non-veg but was observing a religous holiday so went vegetarian and he really enjoyed his meal, cleaned the bowl! I tried a piece of the cauliflower and it was excellent, perfect texture and well seasoned
Overall the corn appetizer was the star of the meal. And if it hadn't been such a last minute meal would have loved to make a reservation to sit outside by the river! Will definitely be back!
Thanks for the review Hima! Can't wait to see you again. I do just want to let you know, we don't take reservations for the patio due to the weather and limited seating inside, we want to be able to guarantee you a spot even when it's too hot or there is rain. But if you do request the patio after you check in to your reservation we can give you a quote on how much longer your wait would be.
Great outdoor dining on the patio.
Thanks for the review John, can't wait to see you again!
We were sat right away and our waiter provided us with quick service and a great experience. The food was fantastic as well as the margaritas! Love how unique the menu is!
Thanks for the awesome review Haley! Hope to see you again soon.
Excellent meal, Max the bartender made excellent Drinks.
Thanks for the review and the shout out to Max! I'll make sure he gets some kudos!
The food was very good. Could’ve been warmer. But service was nice! Loved the atmosphere!
Thanks for the review Rhonda, when sitting under some of the vents it definitely gets a little chilly, I'm sorry if that was an issue, give us a heads up next time and we'll certainly do our best to get you in a different spot. Hope to see you again!
I'm never disappointed at Blue Bat. I always get the brussell sprouts, but this time tried some different tacos. The margarita and paloma were amazing. I'll be back.
Thank you so much for the kind words Laney! Can't wait to serve you again.
Overall really enjoyed our meal. We had reservations but could not sit outside, that would have been an additional wait. The food was great and really enjoyed the variety.
Thanks for the review ruthanne! We don't usually take reservations for the patio because of this crazy Wisconsin weather but I appreciate your understanding! We hope to serve you again soon.
Pleasant experience on the river- food and service were great. No complaints here!
Thanks for the review! We hope you come again soon!
The staff and food was great.
Thanks for the review! We hope to serve you again soon!
Food was good. Service was absolutely awful. Our waiter Collin was not welcoming at all. We sat for 45 min and never took our dinner order. We decided to leave.
Amazing food and service! Definitely returning.
Thanks for the review Sharon! Can't wait to see you again.
We were up in Wisconsin to do a bit of glamping and drove into Milwaukee for lunch. As a recommendation we checked out the Blue Bat and enjoyed seats overlooking the river. We had homemade chips and solid guacamole as and appetizer, but the real treat prior to lunch were the fried Brussels Sprouts with cheese, pecans and a killer sauce. We opted for the Blue Bat pitcher of margaritas- which were delicious, if not a bit pricey. They were delightfully smoky. We are ordered an array of the “handhelds”; which come in tortillas, flatbread and bao buns. The most wonderful of these were the tuna and the shrimp, although the brisket was very solid as well. Depending on level of hunger we found you needed 2-4 of these to be satisfied. You can start small and reorder as you go along. The service was very accommodating as we moved inside after a thunderstorm rolled in. My daughter wanted to hold onions and the “spicy stuff” on her steak taco and the server and kitchen happily complied. All in all it was a great lunch and just what we were looking for.
Thanks for the review Mark. I love the tuna bao bun and am so happy it made it on our Summer menu!
I had a great time and will be back
Amazing food and great service. Margaritas were awesome, too. In this time of Covid, they kept us feeling safe and really had a great night!
We appreciate the review dustik! We hope to see you again
Great outdoor patio, especially for dining during COVID-19. Staff was pleasant, helpful in menu selections and food was fantastic!
Thanks Samantha! Can't wait to see you again.
Great spot for food and drinks in the Third Ward. My husband and I have been here a few times before, and we like to bring new people with us and they’re never disappointed!
Thanks for the great review Abby!
The food this time we visited was just OK-feel like the portions were smaller for the tacos, ratio of tortilla to filling leaned in favor of the tortilla. Service has been slow-long lags between check ins and with food runners this should not happen. Hope it turns around as it has been a favorite!
Had reservations at 1:45, got seated immediately and no one, not one server came to talk to us, or take our order. At 2:15, we still had not been waited on and had to leave. Manager said he would accommodate us with a gift card/percentage off for next visit and still have not received his email- this all happened almost a week ago now. Very poor service, actually no service was given to us at all.
Our daughter chose the Blue Bat for her birthday dinner with us, and no place could have been better suited to a fun time than the Blue Bat, with its beautiful location, wonderful food and great tequila drinks. I had used the Open Table app to get our table reservation, and that was no problem. We showed up and grabbed a table outside, by the Milwaukee River, however, since it was a super, summer evening. The waiter, Collin, deserves a shout-out, too, for excellent, kind, service. The dishes arrived at the table without too much waiting, delivered directly from the kitchen by a staff member in a highly sanitized attire. In case you care, as we do, we felt confident in the cleanliness of the whole place.
First time their
Was seated promptly but our waiter didn’t come to our table until 25 mins later when we asked our host for assistance. Informed the waitress we were out of town and she didn’t explain the menu and service was a horrible. Good food but like the waitress said it’s Sunday we run out of food. We asked for 3 items that they were sold out of at 3pm Sunday.
Great outdoor dining option right now right on the river. The server was masked and very friendly. Delicious food as always! We love the tuna poke nachos and street corn. I love that their cocktail menu offers non-alcoholic cocktails. I recommend the Paloma!
Thanks for your review! I love the street corn too, it's messy but so worth it!
It was disappointing that we couldn’t eat outside on the river balcony due to heavy rain the night before. However, more disappointing was the fact that the bartender told me they couldn’t make me a mojito or a brandy old fashioned. I was forced to order a margarita which I didn’t really want but oh well. The menu was cut way down. Understandable somewhat due to the pandemic but I was really looking forward to having a watermelon salad like they offered last summer. It was soooo good.
Hi Tosadiva! Sorry about the flooding, the Riverwalk was just opened back up for dining this weekend, but the lower level might not be available at times throughout the summer. I'm sorry you were disappointed about the mojito and old fashioned, we are trying to slim down on potential riks factors by taking a lot of garnishes out of the restaurant. We are always working on the menu and the watermelon salad definitely has the potential of coming back! It really was delicious.
Great food great service!
Thanks Allison! We appreciate your business
Great spot for a great time with a view. Margaritas and tuna nachos are amazing!
Amazing food and service! The margaritas were so delicious!
Overall great experience! Loved the restaurant, the location, how open and bright it was inside, and especially the service. Our guy was so great and attentive! Will definitely be going back!
This was our first time trying this place out and we loved every part of it! From the apps to the tequila flight - absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the chicken chimichurri salad with a house Rita.
Thanks for the comments Kate! That chimichurri has so much flavor, it's one of my favorites too!
Delicious, apps, handhelds, and tequila cocktails. Great location.
Had requested outdoor seating well in advance. Upon arrival it was 1.5 hour wait.
They put us in a back room where no other people were sitting w no outside open air view unlike many other seating areas
Service was acceptable but got better when others arrived close to our area
Tacos were ok. Some good some marginal
Tables were spread well and things were clean. Staff took great care to keep people safe. Food was great as always.
We made a reservation and then was told it would be an hour longer because outdoor seating is first come first serve... no where was this posted on open table or made clear even the first time I checked in when we got to the restaurant! They originally said they were setting up our table and 15 minutes later we were told it would be another hour. After 3 empty tables sat cleared and no one was standing waiting for a table we had to ask to take one. The service was just as awful. It took two hours, she forgot one of our appetizers so it came 30 minutes later, we only had one drink ordered the entire two hours. Very disappointed
Queso Fundido is phenomenal! Service was quick and place was clean.
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OpenTable ダイナー222名によるBlue Bat Kitchen & Tequilariaの評価は4.6☆です。