When I hear people talk about Bacchus restaurant, immediately I think special occasion. This place is a treat and is on our short list of best restaurants in Milwaukee. The beautiful layout, the great service, and the food all make for an unparalleled dining experience. If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate something special, this should be at the top of your list.
The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Cudahy Tower on Wells Street. It is an absolutely beautiful location. We stopped by in December, however when the weather is nice, this restaurant offers a beautiful view of the lake and the colors are phenomenal. The restaurant was tastefully decorated for the season and we enjoyed the setting despite the fact we did not have much of a view. The bar area is a great spot to meet prior to dinner for a cocktail. It is somewhat dark and has really unique lighting that makes for a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The wine and cocktail list is extensive and they are sure to have whatever libation you choose.
We had a relatively large group so we were able to try quite a bit of the menu. For appetizers we tried the Butternut Squash Risotto (9.00). The risotto was perfectly cooked and the butternut squash added the perfect flavor of fall. The Crispy Shrimp ($10.00) was paired with a small salad and was extremely popular. My favorite dish however, was the Braised Pork Belly ($11.00). It was served with white beans and an unbelievable barbecue sauce. This was like the perfect portion of pork and packed with flavor.
For dinner I ordered the Filet Mignon ($37.00). It was served with a peppercorn cream, and a potato mousseline. On the menu the steak comes with mushrooms, however due to an allergy I had to regretfully take a pass. The steak was cooked perfectly and the peppercorn cream was great. The potato mousseline was terrific as well. For those who are unaware, a Potato Mousseline is like taking mashed potatoes and baking them for just a bit. Simply outstanding. The Pan Roasted Chicken ($25.00) was served with sweet potato dumplings, vegetables, and chicken veloute. For those wondering, veloute is basically a nice gravy made from chicken stock. It was perfect and took what appeared to be a standard dish to another level. Finally, the last entree that I was able to try was the Braised Beef Short Rib ($28.00). This dish was served with butternut squash, and cranberries along with a red wine sauce. Again, the beef was cooked really well and the pairing with butternut squash was really well thought out.
My dessert was actually of the Irish Coffee variety, so I cannot comment on the sweets. However, the menu looked promising and I will have to return and give that Chocolate Hazelnut Cake a try.
As most are aware, Bacchus is a special place. The food is all very well prepared and the service is unmatched. It is clear that everyone involved with the dining experience is professional and truly cares about making your meal at Bacchus one to remember. As I said at the start of the post, this place is special and we are lucky to have a restaurant like this in Milwaukee. I highly recommend treating yourself to a meal at Bacchus. I can promise that you will not be disappointed.