When you talk about Bartolotta’s restaurants, you can be certain that high quality and great service are going to be an important part of the meal. Within the last week, our modest dining group ventured out to Brookfield and enjoyed a meal at what has to be considered one of the best restaurants in the Milwaukee area. Seriously, this place needs to be on your list. The restaurant is located in Brookfield and is just off of Capital Drive. It is spacious and has plenty of parking.
We stopped by on a weekend during prime time and it was clear that we are not the only people in town who think this is a great spot. The restaurant was packed, but the staff managed the people beautifully. Our table was just a few minutes late, but we stepped over to the bar for a cocktail before dinner anyway, so it really had no impact on our experience. The bar area is a great spot for a drink prior to your meal. While we did not dine in that area, a number of people were enjoying dinner and it seemed like a great spot for a less formal meal. After about a fifteen minute wait we were taken to our table in the main dining area.
As soon as we took our seat, we met our waiter and his assistant. It was pretty clear that this team was familiar with the menu and that they worked well together. We never waited and the meal had a tremendous flow.
For appetizers we tried the fresh Bruschetta, Shrimp Scampi, and Onion Rings. The Bruschetta was very fresh and was served with some grilled bread. The Onion Rings were crispy and not greasy at all. The Scampi was my personal favorite and could probably be served as an entree on its own. It was a great way to start the meal. In general, the apps are going to run in the $10-$15 range.
For dinner, most of us went with the steak, after all, it is a steakhouse. We tried the Wisconsin Grass Fed Porterhouse. Now, the porterhouse has both the strip and the tenderloin cut of the beef, so it was nice to try an all encompassing piece of meat. Simply put, this might have been one of the best steaks I ever had. The marbling of the strip steak and the tenderness of the filet portion were unbelievable. The quality of the meat was first rate and it was prepared to perfection. The same could be said for the piece of meat ordered by my counterparts. The filet received rave reviews as did the Bone in New York Strip. One of us did go with the Sea Bass and was thoroughly impressed. So, needless to say, they know what they are doing at Mr. B;’s. The steaks are all served with the diners choice of sauce and potato. The red wine sauce was a very good compliment to the steak, however, it was not necessary. The steaks were all seasoned perfectly and cooked well enough that no sauce was needed. The side dishes were great as well. The roasted red potato was served with a little bit of bacon mixed in. With our group, anytime you add bacon, the dish becomes an instant success. Most of the steaks fall between $50-$60, so it is on the high side, but completely worth the cost.
While we were very full, we had to try the apple crumble at the end of the night and it was a perfect way to finish a very enjoyable meal.
This was my first experience at Mr. B’s and I will definitely return. Quite frankly, I cannot get back soon enough. If you are looking for a great food with great service, this should be on the top of your list. It is clear that the staff pays attention to every detail, and that is what sets this restaurant apart. This should be at or near the top when it comes to the best restaurant in Milwaukee. If you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to treat yourself to some of the best dining in town, I highly recommend Mr. B’s.