Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
New menu was great and was a nice change from their regular menu! The new Korean corn dogs we ordered came in an odd number therefore made it difficult to split as an appetizer. Would heavily recommend the new Bao Mi handheld and the Green Chili.
Somewhere north of visit 15 Blue Bat is still outstanding. Great small plates place with a lot of options. Apps are out standing... Brussels Sprouts are my personal favorite but all are solid. Handhelds as well. If your GF like me this is a wonderful place.
My wife and daughter swear the best Margaritas in Milwaukee (go with the Blue Bat or spicy Margarita).
Food was amazing, staff was pleasant and friendly.
I had a great experience here. Fun and friendly staff and great food to enjoy!
Thanks for the review Abbi! we hope to see you again!
The hosts, Will and John, were both inappropriately rude and showed a lack of customer service skills. We understood reservations guaranteed indoor seating and were told we needed to wait a few minutes for a table to be cleaned outside. They didn’t direct us to wait anywhere specific and there were way too many people in the entryway per COVID guidelines. We stood outside and were waiting with another large group. The table of 4 in front of us was sanitized and we didn’t want to stand close to the group so we sat down, understanding we were next to be seated outside. Then, one of the hosts (not sure which one) approached us with menus and was very rude explaining we were out of line for sitting down. He demonstrated a obvious lack of customer service skills for a restaurant host. If we shouldn’t have sat down, the host should have directed us where to wait. I understand there is a pandemic which heightens anxiety for dining and the host was patronizing and lacked empathy. We were so turned off by our experience we left right after we paid for a drink. I suggest Blue Bat does some customer service training for their hosts. Thank you.
Great date spot, best seat in the house on balcony deck over the river. Terrific tacos and drinks and quick friendly service, couldn’t ask for more.
We were visiting from Chicago. My son recommended this place as he is a local now. Days later I’m still dreaming about the tuna nachos . From our service to the mocktails ... especially a great price point . Water view!! Everything was amazing! Def coming back when we visit again.Thank you!
Thanks for the review Tanya! Can't wait to see you again, and say thanks to your son for us, we're so happy he recommended us!
Food was really good and our server was really nice. The only issue we had (and it was small) was that we requested corn tortillas for all of the handhelds but one of them came on a flour tortilla
I will definitely be back!
Thanks for the review! I'm glad you had a good time, but also apologize that you did not get your requested corn tortilla's, I'll talk with my kitchen staff and my serving staff to see what we can do to keep that from happening in the future and how we can rectify it if it does happen.
The white cheese queso as an appetizer was so delicious with the sauted onions and peppers in it.
This is a go to if you are in the mood for good food and tequila!
Thanks for the review Bernie! Can't wait to see you again
Our first time there and we were very pleased. The food was delicious and unique. Best chips I’ve ever had!
Thanks for trying us out Julie! Those chips are so addicting! We fry them in house and use a local tortilleria. Hope to see you again!
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.
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OpenTable ダイナー232名によるBlue Bat Kitchen & Tequilariaの評価は4.6☆です。