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Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

4.5
4.5
520 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Blue Bat Kitchen finds inspiration in the energy and flavors of street food around the globe. We feature fresh, global street food in a relaxed and fun environment that pairs perfectly with Milwaukee’s very first Tequilaria. Over 160 Tequilas to try plus, Tacos, Bowls, Snacks, Salads and more await!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 431-1133

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Sazama

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (877) 619-5739

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    Water St. and Buffalo St.

  • Parking details

    There is a public parking garage one block south of the restaurant on Water St.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 520 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Wisconsin

    Hot Spot

  • Milwaukee

    Good for Groups

  • Milwaukee

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  • Milwaukee

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  1. JM

    JimM

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited Blue Bat to celebrate my spouse’s birthday. The food was delicious. Service was excellent! The street corn appetizer was really a star. We will definitely be back!
  2. m

    mommio

    New Orleans

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks Guacamole was superb Love the variety of tacos!!
  3. m

    mmca

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique menu with a cool vibe and views! Loved the option to turn any handheld into a bowl. The salmon bowl and street corn were both amazing! Great drink selection also. Highly recommend!
  4. A

    Ashlyn

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very disappointed in the margaritas…decided on a pitcher of the Blue Bat and it tasted like watered down lime juice. Food was just okay, Baja taco was perfectly battered and cooked and that was the highlight of the meal.
  5. T

    Tomeav

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always great food and margaritas!
  6. JM

    JudyM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It was good food, we’ll be back
  7. RW

    RiverWonk

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had lunch here while in town for SummerFest. Hip spot, near the river. Friendly staff who seem to still be getting back into the swing of things post C19. Food and drinks ok.
  8. AM

    AMin

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Portions for the Baja tacos looked like the meal was for kids. I am a regular at this restaurant and get the Baja every time and this time the fish portions were significantly smaller than before. Please keep your portions consistent. And add a lime when you’re going to serve them please.
  9. s

    sanxvu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Waitress was super kind and helpful! Helped switch our cocktail, charge our phone, and give us recommendations on what to do around the area.
  10. BH

    BonnieH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Post was extremely accommodating. Service was friendly and fast. Nice sitting outside by the river.
  11. P

    Patience

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was good and fresh as always. Great service. Seating was just a little awkward because the customer seated next to me was less than an arm lengths away and I could hear their entire conversation. I’ve been here many times and I only come with my husband, and we always end up sitting in those small tables with other customers right next to you. If you want a bigger table or sit spaced out from others, make your reservation for 3 people.
  12. AM

    AMGO

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious!! We ordered several shareables (bag of chips with all the dips, Brussel sprouts, queso fundido and Mexican street corn). Amazing!! The Al Pastor handheld was the best I’ve had. Our server was pleasant but we had to ask for our bill as she didn’t check in with us.
  13. J

    Jess

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great- Thanks Leah! Food and drinks awesome. Hostess was super sweet. Will be back
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch or dinner spot with a group. The margs and appetizers are so good! Definitely dog friendly outside along the river.
  15. JM

    JMRL

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for daughters graduation dinner with group of 7. Seated in a nice location with view of river. Server was excellent and very personable. Bag of chips and street corn for appetizers was delicious. All meals were excellent. Jalapeño Margarita pitcher for the win too!
  16. a

    amyf

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing bartender and drink selection for before dinner. Beautiful restaurant. Had several shareables - all delicious - my favorite were the roasted Brussels sprouts! Great dinners - we shared all around - mix and match tacos, hearty salad, really yummy curry with shrimp! Great views right on the river. Very fun and the staff makes it a fun night out for all!
  17. SA

    SaraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the margarita and every taco I ordered. One of my fave spots in Milwaukee.

    Blue Bat Kitchen & TequilariaResponded on June 11, 2022Hello Sara, This is quite the coincidence... we love our margaritas too! Thank you so much for your great review, we can't wait to pour another for you!

  18. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoy our first stop at the Blue Bat. Food was great and enjoyed the variety that was offered. Service was super and was supported by the cleanliness of the restaurant.

    Blue Bat Kitchen & TequilariaResponded on June 11, 2022Hello Peter, So happy you enjoyed the food! If you haven't tried our brunch on Saturday and Sunday yet, you should plan a trip back soon! We look forward to having you join us again.

  19. FM

    FamilyMayhem

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening. We dined early and hit the tail end of Happy Hour. The drinks were great as were our appetizers and meal. Server asked about how we preferred to be accommodated...we chose to be mainly left alone to visit and wave him over when needed. He did check on us one time, just to make sure our meals were good. Wonderful evening...we will be back again!

    Blue Bat Kitchen & TequilariaResponded on June 11, 2022We're thrilled to hear about the thoughtful service you received! We look forward to having you back!

  20. KM

    KatieM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    we were a party of six and enjoyed our experience very much. staff was really friendly and welcoming and our food was very good. between the 6 of us, the best thing we had was the brussel sprouts! they were fantastic!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice, great tequila menu
  22. KA

    KristenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great atmosphere and setting. Right by the river and had amazing food. Thanks!!
  23. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great environment and awesome location. Technology was new and up-to-date to ensure order accuracy. The only downside is portion sizes are very small and pictures not included on menu.
  24. DR

    DanR

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was terrible. Took 20 minutes to get our drinks. They never came to take our order so we asked for the check and left hungry.
  25. M

    Maryl

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Bar tender and as training someone, tending bar, and waiting our table. We were seated at noisy entry despite asking about open tables with a view that remained unused. Even “spicy” labeled food was bland.
  26. GL

    GeorgeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3rd time eating here. The food and service for excellent as always. Did not catch our servers name but he was very friendly and helpful.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server! Great wings and margs. Will be back!
  28. TS

    TSTS

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our son's college graduation at Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria. Everything was perfect! Thank you!
  29. TM

    TriciaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The brunch menu is the best and such a great value. I highly recommend the carnita bowl, so good!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    very casual sit down place, a little loud and prices are a bit high but food was very good and service was great!
  31. LG

    LizG

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious! Had the lamb and fried green tomato taco!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Good was good, margaritas were excellent. Our server was not great, long periods of time without seeing him. Beautiful setting on the lake.
  33. JM

    JimM

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great time - great food and fun atmosphere
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was delish - like many restaurants, they were understaffed so service was slow and was not correct. They did try to make it up to us with free dessert. It’s too bad these restaurants can’t get the staff they need. I’ll go back cuz the food was worth it.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    mother's day :-)
  36. JL

    JohnL

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Honestly this is a trendy place that I think relies on that more than the quality of the food. How would you summarize that menu? I would love to sample some of the Tequila or Mezcal but the prices are very high. I can’t imagine anyone orders the ones $75 and higher and there were a lot of those. Yes for a young people hang out or impress your date, no if you are a foodie.
  37. JM

    JulieM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service was very good -- waiter was knowledgeable about tequila varieties and made good recommendations after asking questions about taste preferences. Food was just okay.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our seats were right across from the bathroom, so I got whiffs of bathroom smells every once in a while (which was pretty gross) but otherwise it was a pleasant time! Very nice waiter too!
  39. A

    Athens

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The staff was very accommodating to our group of 12! We were so appreciative of the service! The food and drinks were wonderful and I can’t wait to come back!
  40. JM

    JillM

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. Food, as always, wonderful!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 431-1133.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria is rated 4.5 stars by 520 OpenTable diners.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

249 N Water Street Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Water St. and Buffalo St.

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a public parking garage one block south of the restaurant on Water St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Sazama

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 431-1133

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (877) 619-5739

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