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“Excellent beer list and adorable patio”
Review of Tess

Tess
Ranked #90 of 1,629 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an enjoyable evening on our first visit to Tess. The space is welcoming and pleasant, with a cozy and adorable patio that feels like it might be a friend’s backyard. The service was great, and the food was good. As craft beer lovers, we were impressed with the selection available – anything from the more accessible New Glarus Moon Man to a handful of delicious and harder to find barrel aged options.

For an appetizer, we chose the Steamed Mussels. The coconut milk and chipotle broth was fantastic; this was probably our favorite of the evening. The hint of spice was perfect, and the freshly baked bread was just the thing to soak up the extra broth.
As our entrees, I had the Crispy Frenched Chicken Breast while my significant other tried the San Francisco Cioppino. The chicken breast was good, although I was expecting more of a cheddar taste from the sharp cheddar spaetzle, and felt like it was almost a little mustard-y. He enjoyed the spaetzle sauce slightly more than I did. The vegetables that accompanied were done perfectly. The Cioppino was also tasty, and had a really nice serving of the seafood included. The scallops, salmon, and mussels were all cooked well, although we both agreed the shrimp was overdone and a little chewy; probably because it was sitting in the hot marinara sauce. It was a good dish, although the marinara almost took away from the seafood as it was a little overpowering.

The portion sizes for everything were solid, especially the steamed mussels starter. We used a Groupon for our visit, so that helped, however I would say this would be a good treat yourself/date night restaurant as it was somewhat pricey. I think when we return it will probably be for the patio, appetizers, and the excellent beer list, not a full dinner. It was an enjoyable experience and I would recommend checking Tess out, but be prepared to spend $100 for dinner and a couple of drinks for two.

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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

A large and varied menu with numerous delicious entrees for fish eaters and vegetarians. Each fish is complex and flavor but balanced. The service is impeccable and eating in the back garden is a delight. It’s a Gemini. Milwaukee’s bear North. A mile and a half from downtown. It’s always great.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I and 2 teens came in 20 minutes before closing on a rainy Tuesday night. It is a quaint intimate place. The bar had some people in it, but the restaurant was empty. The service was friendly and timely, but the food was the star of the show. We all ordered different dishes ranging from pork and beef tenderloin to an Asian fish and American trout. Wow- wonderful-fresh and delicately cooked with incredible flavors. The desserts took it over the top -again with incredible flavors and texture. The ambiance and food are a delight.

1  Thank Ana P
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Went there as part of a getaway weekend. A local couple recommended it, so we went with them, and wow! Looks like a corner bar, so you might expect burgers and onion rings. But this is white tablecloth level, and wildly interesting food. The trout was grilled to perfection with a lot a subtle flavor. I'd go back, and so should you.

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is a hidden gem on the east side, but worth finding. Food, crab cake appetizers, entree, blackened Baja sea bass, both very good. Server, Ashley, great. Cocktails and wine a bit pricey. All in all, very enjoyable dinner.

Thank John D
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