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2499 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4302
+1 414-964-8377
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Oak Park, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stumbled across Tess a few years ago. It was an extremely memorable experience and one of the reasons we came back to Milwaukee last weekend for an overnight getaway from the kids. Whenever we find a restaurant we love, our second time there inevitably falls short. This was NOT the case at Tess! It's tucked away... More 

Thank Liz K
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I have visited Tess 3 times in the past 18 months and always had a good experience. The food is creative and tasty, the staff friendly and helpful and the atmosphere enjoyable. It is especially delightful to visit when the outdoor space is available. The restaurant also has offers on Groupon on a regular basis.

Thank LisaChicago56
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited Tess because of a Groupon. It is off the main area of restaurants and we probably never would have found it without the Groupon. We are so glad we did though. The hostess and waitress were both friendly & welcoming. My husband had a delicious milk stout on tap. Our waitress then brought us wonderful... More 

Thank whitney_milwaukee
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We tried this restaurant because we had a Groupon. After being there, I have no idea why they are on Groupon. The entire experience was excellent. The waitstaff Bridget was both professional and knowledgeable, made an excellent wine recommendation. The bread they put out with the meals is amazing, warm and soft. Highly recommend the bison tostadas and beef tenderloin,... More 

Thank Mary H
Racine, Wisconsin
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111 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We were warmly greeted by the owner and taken to a table on the heated indoor porch. Then we met our delightful server. I had a yummy caramel apple martini and my husband had a 1/2 bottle of Sangiovese. We shared the cauliflower soup and the roasted pepper salad. Both delish! I had the grilled shrimp and he had the... More 

Thank janetalthea
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Tess is one of my personal favorites in Milwaukee. Clearly it is favorite among my friends, as well, as it is the place we tend to select time and again for our ladies night out. Absolutely love dining on the patio - even when it is "airish", the heaters make it a comfortable option. Their menu is also one of... More 

Thank Monwood89
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We eat at Tess in a regular basis. The food and service are excellent. Prices are reasonable. The outdoor patio is beautiful. Highly recommended.

Thank Scott M
West Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Beautiful outdoor courtyard seating. Comfortable with excellent service. Varied menu of classics w new twists. Well prepared and presented w/o being pretentious or fussy. My friend said pork tenderloin was best ever. Nice drink choices w full bar. Comfortable but classy. Definitely will dine again here

Thank TravelingGrandma51
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Tiny, classy place hidden in a UWM neighborhood. The BEST steamed mussels, which are hard to find. Great for couples. Can't go wrong with any entrée, every bite is fantastically flavorful.

Thank BentitezBrookfield
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My husband and I make an effort to dine at Tess at least once a year, and usually on or around our anniversary or other special occasion. It's an upscale establishment without being overly "snooty", which is why we appreciate dining there. They are always changing out the menu and everything sounds delicious! I'm a vegetarian so oftentimes I have... More 

Thank Brandi R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2499 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4302
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-964-8377

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?