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Balzac

#108 of 1,241 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Lower East Side
American, Wine Bar, Seafood, Spanish
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1716 Arlington, Milwaukee, WI 53202
+1 414-755-0099
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16:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 02:00
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Menomonee Falls, WI
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163 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped at Balzac after eating diner nearby. We sat at the bar and ordered drinks. The Brandy Old Fashions are make from scratch-muddled cherry and sugar. Good atmosphere.

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Thank TravelLevy
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Great wine list, excellent service and manchego brulee...what more could one ever ask for? I've never had a bad meal or poor service. I have been very entertained, however, by some of the clientele I've seen at the bar. My first choice for a great evening out every time!

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Thank Jennifer H
Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Decor grabs you the minute you enter...relaxed and inviting to say the least. Have great background music playing, and the lighting is perfect. Had about 5 dishes and must say they were all great...but one that stood out to say the least was the Duck Nachos...A must try...have a glass of wine, order and share some great food and just... More 

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Thank kw7140
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I had wine and appetizers here. The menu had a good choice of appetizers which are more on the gourmet side. The chicken wings were my favorite. Service was good and sitting on the back patio was very nice and relaxing.

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Thank Jenner22
Chicago, Illinois
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117 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Balzac is a pleasant place for dining in Milwaukee's Brady Street area. The place is very inviting, with big panel of windows on the street side, an elegant wine bar stretching towards to the courtyard, and beautiful interior design. Balzac has an extensive list of beverage, ranging from wines, beers, to craft cocktails. Several specials are offered during the week.... More 

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Thank Cellowu
Green Bay, WI
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351 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Stopped here for some wine and noshes as we were walking around checking out Brady Street. What a wonderful place we walked into. Waterford Wine Shop mentioned it to me, so i need to thank them, as well. But it was exactly what we were looking for. It had a great wine list and beer list. It also had a... More 

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Thank TennisgalGreenBay_WI
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Food was okay but the outside patio was lovely and we spent a great evening sampling assorted appetizers and enjoying our wine. Not great food but very fun evening.

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Thank MilwaukeeMarauder
Visalia, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Loved this place. The food, wine and service were excellent! Happy hour specials are great! For small plates, they are large portions. Recommend the pedestrian cheese plate and strawberry rhubarb upside down cake. So many wonderful choices. I doubt you could go wrong with any of them. Can't wait to go back.

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Thank Barb559
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129 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

A delicious dining spot that convinces with its vast and varied array of small plates and shareables, a delicious and adventuresome wine list as well as attentive and efficient service. The pergola outside adds cozyness and intimacy to a lovely terrace.

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Thank Andreas W
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Balzac is our go-to date night spot for wine and small plates! The service is always good and we love the wines. We've never been disappointed there. They have wines on tap, bottles, by the glass. The servers know the wines and have never steered us in the wrong direction when ordering. Last Wednesday we ordered delicious baked brie topped... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Wine Bar, Seafood, Spanish
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 02:00
Monday
16:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 02:00
Thursday
16:00 - 02:00
Friday
16:00 - 02:00
Saturday
16:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1716 Arlington, Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 414-755-0099

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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?