106 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5320343.040445 -87.912014
Neighborhoods: Kilbourn Town
Situated on the river this bar and restaurant has character. It's ambiance is rustic and comfortable. The wait staff is courteous and attentive. Food is fresh and nicely presented at a reasonable cost. Lots of room for enjoying the companionship of friends and colleagues.
I visited Port of Call this week with a few friends for happy hour drinks on the river. This location always seems to change often, but it has a nice patio, right on the river, with plenty of people-watching possibilities.
Their happy hour special is pretty awesome. Half off all appetizers and half off all tap beer. Fine by me! I ordered a HUGE Sprecher Mai Bock (lots of seasonal selections which was cool) and a cheese plate (to share. Sort of... I may have ended up eating most of it.). Cheese plate was fabulous. Really great bread, perfectly toasted, three cheese selections I liked, fresh fruit and candied walnuts and cashews. THAT'S how to do a cheese plate, folks.
A friend ordered the duck quesadillas, and said they were really good. I'm a vegetarian, so I didn't sample those, but I did try the sour cream and salsa served with them. Thumbs up.
they have an extensive cocktail menu which I'd love to sample and lots of yummy-sounding items - including a couple vegetarian selections which is always a plus. I'm definitely going back for happy hour this summer.
I did not eat here, but the food looked great, and the locals around the bar said the food was excellent. I'll take their word for it, because the place was packed. Bar area was fun, and offered $5 for a cold shot and tall-boy of PBR. For a late Saturday evening, that's hard to beat. We were told the Goo Goo Dolls had been here just a couple hours before us since they were in town that night. Staff is friendly. Would have liked to have dined here, but we were hopping around the area. For what I experienced, however, it get's 5 stars.
After strolling around the Milwaukee Riverwalk and checking out the menus of everything that appeared open, we decided to come back here, and were very pleased with our decision to do so!
Despite reading the menu before coming in, it still took us quite awhile to decide what to order because three of the four of us were torn between two different things that sounded equally good. We ended up asking our attentive and helpful server for help deciding, and her recommendations were definitely good.
I got the Shrimp BLT, which featured "Grilled Gulf Shrimp with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Mixed Greens, Tomato, and Pesto Mayonnaise on Panini Bread." (I can't resist a good pesto!) They were out of panini, so I got it on pretzel bread instead, and it was really excellent.
After hemming and hawing for awhile between the Chedder Apple Burger (White Cheddar and Maple Roasted Apples) and the Peppercorn-Boursin Burger (Boursin Cheese and Red Grape Mustard), my husband finally settled on the Boursin, which came out beautifully medium-rare and even better than my shrimp BLT. Damn, what a burger!
One of our friends got the Waldorf Salad, which she said was delicious but had a little too much dressing for her taste, and our vegetarian friend got the Gorgonzola Grilled Cheese. She was a little concerned about how it might taste on pretzel bread instead of panini, but ended up loving it.
I don't know when I'll make it back to Milwaukee, but if I do, we'll definitely be planning a return trip!
I surprised Lucy with dinner here and a Festa Italiana fireworks cruise after dinner. We were seated immediately on the patio even though the place was packed on this beautiful and hot summer evening. She had a club sandwich and I had the chicken bacon ranch wrap. They were both very good and perfect for a summertime meal. Her club won our "who gets the best tasting meal" contest that we have every time we go out to eat. Sure it was just a club sandwich but mostly local ingredients made it close to that "to die for" food. My wrap was good but not great. Lot's of lettuce in the wrap took away from the flavor a bit. We both had fries with our sandwiches and they were definitely some quality fries. Thin, crispy, salty and just plain tasty. Service was friendly even if our waiter was a little overwhelmed by his crowded tables. The bar area is decent. Prices are okay. I could see becoming a regular if the quality stays this high. Oh and the fact that the boat boards just a little ways down the riverwalk from the restaurant's patio is an added bonus. Stop in. You won't be disappointed.
right across the street from Rock Bottom, on the river, great service, good beer selection, had a club sandwich that was big enough for 2 hungry people.
We had a blast between the Cruise to the 2 hour open bar and the food was wonderful not to mention they have gluten free drinks Cripsin a hard cider was recommended and it was very good
Lovely location, server and staff were very helpful and professional.. Good quality food and a sensible price. Our kids really liked it also.
Stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel. Restaurant was about 2 blocks from hotel. This is a diamond in the rough. The food was very good, not excellent, but the location is convenient and located on the Riverwalk a very scenic city scape. It was not busy for dinner, but the bar was busy... the name perhaps doesn't reflect the level of cuisine(not superb but very decent and well priced) Beer garden reflects one part of this establishment the Bar, but dining area is the Bistro part of the name and I believe overlooked... Waiter said restaurant had only opened in early 2010, business was not as busy as it should be because, they had not done any advertising. This is a shame. Not perfect, but overall very good. Worth checking out
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