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“Excellent small plates, nice patio and good selection of wine”
Review of Balzac

Ranked #69 of 1,630 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: US$9 - US$25
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
Reviewed July 31, 2018

My wife and I were in town visiting family and seven of us stopped by yesterday.
It was a gorgeous night and we were lucky to get a table on the patio.
The patio is decent size and was a nice relaxing space to wine, dine and chat.
It is next to a small, parking area with meters, but was not noisy at all.

Between the seven of us, we tried many different small plate options. They were all very good to excellent. Tasty, decent size for a small plate, and well presented.
The only thing they did not have on hand was the swordfish.

Baked Brie – was excellent – we actually had two servings of this.
Roasted Cauliflower and Asparagus were fresh and tasty.
Crab Cakes were nice chunks of crab meat that were served in 3, small cakes.
Tuna Tartare was fresh and spiced just right.
Sea Scallops were large and seared just right – not underdone or overdone.
Margherita Flatbread was good.
Pork Belly – I did not taste this, but heard it was good.
Meatballs – excellent.
Churrasco Steak – excellent and very spicy. Loved it.
Duck nachos were in excellent as other have mentioned.

We also had a couple of desserts which were also done well – Flourless chocolate torte and strawberry shortcake.

Lots of nice wine choices as well. A number by the glass and by the bottle.
Most are reasonably priced and many that are not too common. So, you will likely find something to try here that you have not had before – isn’t that the fun part of a wine bar – to try new things?

The service was excellent, and I like how they bring out the food as it is ready rather than all at once.

Our waitress was fairly new and could not answer the questions we had about the wine, but she was able to get the answers from more experienced staff inside.

If we lived nearby, this would be one of my go to places for good food and good wine – especially in the summer when I can enjoy that outside on a patio.

Oh - almost forgot - lots of gluten-free options as well.

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Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Balzac is a small restaurant in a very charming neighborhood, where one will feel comfortable and well served. The staff is quite attentious, casual and kind. The food is impecable. It's certainly a place to return.

Thank Luiz Francisco M
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

I took a friend her who was from out of town, and we had such a great time! The food and wine were really good, and the waitress was so nice and knowledgeable. They don't take reservations, so you might want to plan on a little bit of a wait time if you're going to go during peak hours. Ask your server what they recommend! Everything that she suggested was really good! The restaurant is also dimly lit, so just know that going in. I would recommend this place, especially if you want to go out for a nice, relaxing evening.

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Thank Nikki W
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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Came here to catch up with a friend, and came in time for happy hour. The house wine was not great, but the apps were great. Lovely patio.

I was not impressed with all the vagrants milling about the area, but it certainly didn’t impact our visit.

Thank HappyMom77
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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

We took friends from out of town to Balzac for some of their fabulous small plates and wine on Sunday. Select wines were 50% off and cheese plates were 50% off on Sunday. So we had the cheese plate and we had duck nachos which were outstanding and we had the pig small plate.The staff was fabulous the food was excellent in the environment was lovely. We will definitely be back.

Thank Larry M
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