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Distil

Distil is inspired by the artisan chefs that discover, create and bring new flavors together. Upon entering Distil, you're senses are transformed from everyday to extraordinary. Distil features a menu of fine cheeses, wine, cured and dry aged meats, classic and craft cocktails that create an entire experience unlike any other venue in Milwaukee. Each menu option has been specifically selected and prepared by Distil's expert chefs. From the variety of Wisconsin cheeses to International wines, each item is unique to the palate and introduces a world of new flavors.
Whether you're a novice or connoisseur, it is our privilege to introduce you to the world of Distil. Our expert chefs will be more than happy to answer any questions or make suggestions to ensure your experience is the very best. Every item on the menu is prepared and stored at Distil to guarantee the very best quality.
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32 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(32 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 32 reviews
5 stars
(19)
4 stars
(7)
3 stars
(5)
2 stars
(0)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • late-night find(9)
  • fit for foodies(8)
  • neighborhood gem(8)
  • romantic(7)
  • vibrant bar scene(7)
  • good for groups(6)
Distil Reviews List
Review 1 for Distil
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
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Review 2 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Unbelievable selection of spirits. Highly recommend sharing plates as a group and their specialty cocktails. The service was great! Thanks for a great night Distil"
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2010
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Review 3 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2014
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Review 4 for Distil
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2011
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food selection was good but limited. The drinks were very interesting and delicious. Our server, Kam, was very attentive and did s great job at explaining the drinks and food choices."
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2011
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Review 5 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Challenge the bartender. Plan on a simple but we'll paired meal."
Dined on 6/09/2015
 2013
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Review 7 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/09/2015
 2010
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Review 8 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/05/2015
 2013
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 9 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/28/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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Review 10 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Enjoyable Evening

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Dined on 10/10/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We were attending an event at the Riverside so we checked out Distil. The ambiance was perfect, staff was attentive for drinks and food. The cheese and charcuterie board had a nice variety on them. The burger was grill to perfection. The mushroom crostini and chicken and waffles were also excellent."
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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Review 11 for Distil
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The restaurant wasn't what I expected. Very small menu. I think it is for people to come in late and have a drink and a snack."
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2014
Special Features: late-night find
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Review 12 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great place

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Truly enjoyed our evening! Had dinner here before the Garth Brooks concert! We are from Madison so found the restaurant on open table. The food was great and so was the service! Food came quickly and the specialty drinks were amazing!"
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Distil
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/09/2015
 2009
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Review 14 for Distil
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Distil

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our server was new to the restaurant and by virtue of being a new employee, he wasn't familiar with the menu as he will be after more experience. He also wasn't 21, so he couldn't really describe the craft cocktails. We ordered the smelt, bistecca pizzaiola, Moroccan roasted cauliflower, fresca salad, cheese curds, and mushroom crostini. The smelt tasted a bit fishy. Bistecca was 6-8 pieces of tenderloin tips. Cauliflower was good. Cheese curds a bit overcooked. The toasted baguette for the crostini was over-toasted. We ordered the Rocky Road and Belgian Waffle for dessert. Each was OK and unnecessarily complicated and busy on the plate. The drink menu was almost incomprehensible. Drinks had long names and listed the ingredients, which the average person wouldn't be familiar with anyway.
I'd rate the place a "B". Liked the dark wood and copper ceiling/crown moulding. Nice touch."
Dined on 8/20/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Distil
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 6/09/2014
 2012
Dined on 6/09/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/09/2014
 2012
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Review 16 for Distil
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 6/11/2015
 2008
Dined on 6/11/2015
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 6/11/2015
 2008
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great experience! Downtown Dining week!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"A group of 6 were there for Downtown Dining. The cocktails, although expensive, were delicious! The salad and burgers were outstanding and the ice-cream was to die fore! Great place to stop in for a bourbon cocktail!"
Dined on 6/11/2015
 2014
Special Features: hot spot, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 18 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 6/09/2015
 2015
Dined on 6/09/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 19 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 6/06/2014
 2014
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/06/2014
 2014
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Review 20 for Distil
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 6/04/2015
 2012
Dined on 6/04/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/04/2015
 2012
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Review 21 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 7/14/2014
 2009
Dined on 7/14/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/14/2014
 2009
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Review 22 for Distil
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Not for dinner.

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"I was very disappointed in this recommendation. I was looking for a place for dinner for a business meal. And this was not a restaurant, this is a bar with a very limited menu of only bar food. As a result, the place was completely empty, no one else was there. We left and went elsewhere for dinner. Why would this be on open table, as a choice for dinner if it serves no entrées?"
Dined on 5/05/2015
 2014
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Review 23 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2015
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2015
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Review 24 for Distil
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/23/2015
 2006
Dined on 4/23/2015
 2006
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/23/2015
 2006
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Review 25 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Just plain awesome!

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Dined on 2/14/2015
 2008
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went on Valentine's Day, great craft cocktails and the best burger in Milwaukee! Actually, best burger I've ever had, and I travel and eat out a lot."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, late-night find
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Review 26 for Distil
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Spot for Catching Up With an Old Friend

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"As the title states, I met an old friend for a couple of drinks and dinner at 5 PM, right when the bar was opening. The bartenders both introduced themselves with a smile and were incredibly courteous, knowledgeable and fun. My friend and I sat at the bar, had some wonderful brandy sipping drinks on the bartenders' recommendations and ate a delicious gourmet cheeseburger with fries. The decor is beautiful, classy and low key. It was perfect for catching up with an old friend but it would also make a great date place as well. Bonus, if you would like to make your meal more formal, you may order off of the entire excellent Carnevor menu which is right next door as well. As usual, Surg does it again in style!"
Dined on 2/11/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Distil
Based on the average of (6) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
4 out of 6 recommend this product
Food 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.7 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.7 / 5
Noise Level
2 / 3
Moderate