After a brief hiatus from covering restaurants in the Milwaukee area, we are back and better than ever. Recently we made our way to the west side of town and headed to Bonefish Grill in Brookfield.
We headed into the restaurant with a group of people for a pre dinner drink, however we were unable to sit at the bar as it was too crowded. No big deal, it is a sign that a restaurant is doing well. At 8:45 on a Friday night, we knew that we were running that risk. However, we ended up waiting quite a bit for our table and did not end up getting seated for about 30 minutes, or 15 minutes after our original reservation. Again, not a huge deal, but 3o minutes seems like a long time when you are simply sitting in a lobby.
The dining area was nice, however I felt like the music could have included a bit more variety. It felt like Alanis Morisette and Jewel were on some sort of eternal shuffle. Not bad if you are fans, but for the rest of us, it can become a bit repetitive. Track and spot lighting along with chic colors give the restaurant a very modern feel.
Our server was friendly and immediately went over the menu upon our arrival. After waiting for thirty minutes in the lobby, it was safe to say we were very thirsty. We all ordered some cocktails to get the night started and proceeded to review the menu. The server returned and we placed an order for our appetizer. At this point in time, we had still not received our drinks. However, as I have indicated on a couple of occasions, it was busy so we figured it may take a few extra minutes. However, it was a little frustrating when our appetizers showed up prior to the drinks we had ordered previously.
The “Bang Bang Shrimp” is a very popular appetizer (or so we were informed) at Bonefish Grill. I must admit, it is not bad. However, it feels like a basic shrimp tempura covered in a sweet sauce. They serve so many in a portion and it comes out so quickly, it is hard to believe that it is made to order. Ours was tasty, but not fantastic. It seems like a safe dish that would be popular at this type of restaurant.
We tried the corn chowder as well. That was very tasty and a big time hit at the table. It was creamy, yet not overly heavy. Definitely a soup that is worth having.
For dinner, we tried the Salmon and the Tilapia. I asked for my Tilapia to be blackened, and the server indicated that they would happily do that for me. The Tilapia was fantastic and tasted very fresh. It was a nice sized fish and I had it served with rice and fresh veggies. The Salmon was also really well prepared and was served with mashed potato. Again, it was a hit at the table. We also tried the steak, and for a seafood place, I was quite surprised at just how tasty the 6 oz Angler steak was.
The bottom line is that Bonefish Grill is a national chain restaurant that specialized is serving fresh seafood quickly and well prepared. You will get a good meal at this restaurant for a reasonable price. However, it does not offer some of the comforts or uniqueness that local restaurants in the area strive so hard to provide. It feels hurried and almost pressured. We did not want to stay for a drink afterward because we were not even sure if that was allowed. If you are looking for a safe place to try seafood, this is your bet. If you are looking for something a little more unique to this great dining town, I suggest looking elsewhere.