I love this place. We were sitting at their heated patio. Great food and very friendly service. Will definitely go back.
Brittany provided great service and accommodated a few minor substitutions. The broiled fish was served burned on one side and uncooked on the other,, the result was a dry fish dinner. My pork tenderloin was outstanding!
Absolutely stellar food and service. Well worth the price. The Duck was out of this world as was the Onion Tart, Corn Bisque and the Sea Bass Special.
We don't eat here often enough, but when we do, it's always a treat. It's clear that Tess, like all the restaurants in the City of Milwaukee, has done their best to sort through all the various and mixed COVID restrictions and mandates, leaning on their outdoor space and more or less clearing out the interior. The menu seems to be shrunk from what it once was, which I mean as a compliment because it's a recognition that with the shortage of labor and difficulty of finding steady sources of high-quality product, it's better to do fewer things that can then be executed well... ...which is exactly what we experienced on the night we were there. The food was terrific, as was the service. The wine list remains well thought out, with a number of bottles that are underpriced for the quality. If you haven't been here in a while, you'll do well to just relax, accept that it's different in some ways, but the same in all the most important ones.
I have rated Tess high in the past. But this has definitely changed. I had a horrible food experience the last time I was here. I tried to give them another chance because we all have off days. I ask if a specific chef was there to cook my food. They lied and said he was. Immediately, upon eating my food that was very over cooked, over seasoned and just over bad. I told the waitress directly that the chef definitely couldn't have made such bad food. I got validation from the chef himself that in fact he isn't cooking tonight even though he is in the kitchen. I brought this to the waitresses attention and she gave attitude and made excuses instead of trying to rectify or accommodating me. I will never return .
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