217 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5320243.033105 -87.907585
really exceptional – Swig was exactly what I had hoped for, a busy and lively restuarant with attentive service and really varied food choices that were really quite good. The wine and martini flight plan was big with our group. We had none of the "issues" that the previous poster did, but clearly the same person posted twice below and had some axe to grind. I and the 13 other people who have reviewed this fine local establishment enjoyed it.
New York attitude, New York menu, New York prices, Milwaukee food! – I live in Chicago and was excited to try out Swig on a recent trip to Milwaukee, expecting a little big city flair. We arrived at the restaurant around 6:30 on a Saturday night and were asked if we had reservations. The hostess rudely scoffed at our lack of one and said we could eat at the bar or find a different restaurant. When we left an hour and a half later the restaurant was still half empty, they could have easily accommodated us at a table. We were dressed to the 9s for another event we were attending, so appearance was not an issue.
The menu was impressive and the service at the bar was great, however we were uncomfortable shifting around several plates while sitting at the bar. The wine flights are a great idea but the food left much to be desired.
The Gourmet Grilled Cheese had a thin slice of cheap, overprocessed cheese inbetween two thick cut pieces of white bread. The Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna was slow cooked and quite mushy and disgusting. The worst, however, was the Shrimp Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper which they feature prominently in their advertisements. The pepper was raw, not roasted with the skin still on. If you have ever had a raw poblano pepper you know it tastes like lawn clippings. We sent it back, no replacement was brought out and we were still charged
For desert we ordered cheesecake to go. We got back to the hotel and discovered a small (1 inch at its widest) supermarket slice of cheesecake. I could have stopped at the store on the way home and bought the whole pie for the price they charged us!
Rude Staff and mediocre food – There is no need to make a reservation at Swig. A group of 3 of us decided to dine there on a Friday evenining and had made a reservation beforehand. When we entered Swig it was completely empty and the rude hostess approached us and wanted to know if we had a reservation. She proceded to ask one of the members in my group to take their hat off. I understand that it is not appropriate but my out of town guest has a medical condition where he feels more comfortable wearing a hat. I felt that this was out of line, considering the restaurant was desolate on a Friday evening at 6:00. We decided to give this another chance and were seated. One of my guests ordered a beer while I and the other guest ordered a glass of wine. We were searved our wine, but the beer was not accompanying the wine. It took the server 10 minutes to let us know that they were out of the type of beer. The food was not what we were expecting. The tenderloin crostini was tasteless, and the Ravioli stuffed with shrimp left something to be desired. I felt that Swig did not live up to the hipe that I had read online about it. The restaurant is not "upscale" and trendy, it may be trying but it is not there. I reccommend Swig to anyone who wants mediocre food and to be treated poorly.
Editorial Review – Slickly decorated restaurant and bar serves eclectic tapas-style dishes including sesame beef skewers, pan-seared Ahi tuna and spinach gnocchi.
User review by medstudnt07 – One word to describe the scene: Hip.
One word to describe the food: There are none.....just phenomenal.
Ladies, this is a great place to get together with your girlfriends before a night out on the town. Order a bunch of plates and taste a little of everything. This is definately a "hot spot" in Milwaukee.
wonderful, wonderful! – Our trip to Swig was fantastic! The food was absolutely amazing. We tried pretty much everything from the Gourmet Grilled Cheese to Shrimp Ravioli and Chocolate Fondue (which was to die for!). The owners are great. The hosts Nate and Conor (I think..?) were very accomodating to our party. Our waitress was also wonderful and very helpful. You won't want to miss Swig!!
perfect over 30 spot – I had to laugh when I read the comment from the 22 kid. Good for Swig! I have enjoyed the restaurant and lounge on many occasions and must say that I am always pleased at the age of the guests that are enjoying the ambiance. They obviously don't provide a social scene that young kids enjoy, and thank you for that. This is the perfect setting for a dinner with friends or a night out on the town. Again I applaud Swig for knowing who their customer is and I ave never had any experience with someone who was anywhere near rude at this level of service.
Not Welcoming!!! – I am a 22 year old business professional that was trying to set up a dinner party for a couple of my friends for a wedding celebration. The woman on the phone asked me for the occasion and the average age of the guest. I told her that it was a bachelorette party with the average age of 23. Once I had released that information, I was completely humiliated with the assumptions from the woman. She assumed the complete worst of my party; and was utterly rude. I will never be returning nor will I ever recommend this place to anyone I know.
Swig is even better in its new location in the 3rd Ward – The new location in the 3rd Ward is perfect for Swig, outdoor dining is a nice addition.
New larger menu with lunch is a welcome change as well. This is still one of my favorite restaurants in the city.
We loved it. – I wouldn't spend time telling others about this place had we not tried it out ourselves several times with several different groups and types of people. Believe it or not I agree, Swig is nearly a perfect spot for any occassion. Dates, dinner, pre-show...whatever. I would say however, that if you are into wine and martinis a night at Swig can get a bit pricey. Not expensive, but not cheap.
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