2499 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5321143.063655 -87.889363
Neighborhoods: Riverside Park
meh – Have been 3 times. Twice for dinner and once for a private party. At no time did I feel this was anything that special. The servers were Meh and not very friendly, the food ok, but after reading so many good things, I was expecting a better meal...all 3 times. Quite frankly, it is too pricey to have bad service and ho hum food.
I prefer, and encourage people to go to, Roots in Brewers Hill.
Overpriced with poor service – I just paid well over $100 for a mediocre meal with the worst service I've had in a Milwaukee restaurant in recent memory. I won't be back! No surprise there was only one other table in the place with patrons.
If the waiter worked fo rme he wouldn't!
Not impressed – Beware the Prix Fixe that they have just started up. I went to Tess with my cousin as she is gluten intolerant and Tess had some decent gluten-free options. She was really happy with having warm gluten-free bread served so that was a plus and we both enjoyed our appetizers - hummus & salad I think - however the jerk chicken main course was a joke - firstly both orders came to us bloody so we sent them back (and probably should have changed the order anywayas the chicken was not breast, jsut a weird piece of thigh or something). What came back were two chicken bones with about a mouthful of chicken on them. What a disappointment. We liked the desert and the wine was very reasonably priced but when the entree sucks, the whole experience sucks.
Intimate; you don't feel like a # or rushed – This is my first posting. I do not live in Milwaukee but traveled here on business. I was looking for an independent restaurant and come across Tess online. It was easy to find and I could understand the complaints about the parking but its inner-city so you have to know how to parallel park. Don?t let the exterior fool you; it?s not a corner pizza joint. The interior is dark, informal and clean. We were there on the second Monday of being open for the summer hours so we were the only patrons there (7:30pm). Three seating options: inside, covered-outside and patio. We selected the patio and ordered the house chardonnay. I can?t remember the name but it was crisp and fruity and under $30.00. The menu is short but distinctive. The Arugula salad complimented itself nicely and the Pork was splendid. My friend had the Salmon that he said was ?excellent?. The food is above average and the staff is friendly and professional (only people eating though). I would recommend Tess for a relaxing dinning experience.
Wonderful Place – Tried Tess's entirely based on the review of another guest. Someone with the grammar and spelling challenges this reviewer possessed couldn't know that much about fine dining. The space was charming and intimate. The decor was unique but with just enough sophistication and complimented the menu perfectly. The staff was polite and professional. They serve a wonderful Merlot and the porkloin melted in your mouth.
Best for intimacy and imagination – As you walk through the door, you see an intimate setting with an eight-person bar and a dozen white-linen tables. If you are not pretentious (referring to another "reviewer" of this restaurant), you will enjoy the cozy feeling of this romantic, seemingly hard-to-find gem of Milwaukee. Our server was top-notch, accommodating a couple unique requests and guiding us through the menu.
To start, the wine list had many unique and wonderful wines. A couple salads, the Rocket (arugula, Maytag blue cheese, and sweet walntus) and the Caesar, were delicious. For entrees, the pork tenderloin was masterfully created, with interesting sides (including tasty baked pear). Another perfect entree was the seared beef tenderloin. It was cooked exactly to our orders, served with a dark mushroom sauce, a small portion of blue cheese, wasabi-accented mashed potatoes, and asparagus. The lemon-zest ravioli was also delicious.
We highly recommend this place for parties of 2 to 6 that have a desire to enjoy delicious food, tasty wine, and wondeful service.
Save Your $$$ – Tess is a restaurant for people that like to think that they are enjoying fine dinning. If you enjoy paying $20 a meal and have your table covered with paper, then spend it. The dinning room reminded me of my college boyfriend's house but with some of the walls knocked down, with the wrong shade of red painted on the walls. The floors are not elegant they are practical if you were living in Mexico; terracotta titles. The wait staff has no collars on and bad people skills. While dinning you can peak through a tiny square window that shows the kitchen. Where the chefs wear baseball caps, with their uncut and maintain hair blowing freely around. To bad the chefs don't serve Wheatiess on the menu because when you exit the restaurant the door sticks so bad, that it takes a real good pull to open the door.
Excellent!! – Excellent food and atmosphere. The menu contains mostly items that are gluten-free and for those with a gluten intolerance this is a plus. They even offer gluten-free bread. The food is well thought out and blended - allowing each flavor to reach the pallete. Highly recommend Tess - I will be returning as soon as I can.
The Best – I can not believe that people are not rating Tess higher, this is unequivocally one of the best restaurants in the city (and my opinion is well-supported by it's write-up as one of America's best restaurants in the October 2003 edition of Gourmet magazine). This place has exceptional value, great atmosphere (and use of space as the restaurant is quite small), but best of all...creative food pairings. Try the salmon, beef tenderloin, and pork tenderloin. These are some of my personal faves. My wife and I eat here frequently and when friends are in town this is our Special Occassion destination. Milwaukee...please try Tess!
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