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In Dining Reviews

Eddie Martini's is located at 8612 Watertown Plank Rd. in Wauwatosa. (PHOTO: Damien Legault)

In Dining Reviews

The atmosphere and service at Eddie's are impeccable. (PHOTO: Damien Legault)

In Dining Reviews

It's a great place for a business meeting... (PHOTO: Damien Legault)

In Dining Reviews

... or a spectacular lunch or dinner. (PHOTO: Damien Legault)

In Dining Reviews

The bartenders at Eddie Martini's are among the best in the city. (PHOTO: Damien Legault)

In Dining Reviews

The signature drink? A martini, of course. (PHOTO: Damien Legault)

In Dining Reviews

Eddie Martini's serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m weekdays. (PHOTO: Damien Legault)

Eddie Martini's sets standard for excellence, consistency

I first encountered Eddie Martini's about 10 years ago at a Chicagoland food show that featured a smattering of Milwaukee restaurants. At the time, I was so taken with the samples I later ventured west to the restaurant and found the same simple perfection throughout Eddie Martini's menu.

Over the years, the restaurant at 8612 Watertown Plank Rd. in Wauwatosa has garnered recognition in Gourmet magazine and is one of Milwaukee area's four DiRoNa award recipients (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) alongside Dream Dance, Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro and Sanford. A recent visit to the restaurant solidified its reputation as one of Milwaukee's premier dining establishments.

Eddie Martini's cuisine is simplicity defined. Just about every item on the menu is simply and expertly prepared with flawless results. Service is prompt and professional, attentive without being invasive, and the timing here is flawless, making a dining experience at Eddie Martini's one to be treasured.

Appetizers have heavy emphasis on seafood, with options for escargot, an ocean martini with crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, oysters and mussels, and black and blue ahi tuna among the selections. We tried a blue crab cocktail ($13) that paired light, fresh lump crab with a choice of green goddess or aioli for dipping, both of which made a good compliment to the sweetness of the crabmeat, which was delightful on its own as well.

A spinach salad ($7) added spicy walnuts to a contemporary version of the salad with shallot-bacon dressing and crumbled aged cheddar cheese for a comforting and delicious result.

Duckling ($24) was wonderfully tender and balanced with a marmalade glaze and a woodsy cherry pecan wild rice. As with all the other dishes we sampled, plating was straightforward and beautiful and the flavors well-matched.

A 6-oz. filet ($25) with mushrooms ($4) came with a choice of potato; I opted for the potato bacon hash. The filet was divine and sliced at just the touch of my steak knife. Cooked to a lovely pink medium rare, drizzled with melted butter and eaten with a forkful of well-seasoned mushrooms, this cut of beef is one of the city's best. The side of hash was a great comforting and very basic accompaniment that made the meal even more enjoyable.

We finished the evening with a banana cake ($7) filled with molten chocolate and topped with a scoop of banana ice cream. The plate was intricately laced with chocolate sauce and garnished with raspberries for a stunning presentation and flavor combination.

The breadth of experience and expertise at Eddie Martini's easily makes it perfect for everything from a business meeting to an intimate date night for two. The restaurant's longevity, dedication to high-quality cuisine and reasonable prices make this a place to try if you haven't yet, and one to return to if it has been a while since your last visit. I'll definitely be back the next time I'm looking for a nearly perfect dining experience.


Talkbacks

serversweetheart | March 11, 2008 at 2:31 p.m. (report)

I have eaten at Eddie's about 5 or 7 times, and my most recent experience, last Tuesday had not been as impressive as my previous experiences. After being seated between two large parties, our server greated us and told us she would promptly return to special the table and bring menus. We waited probably 13 minutes, thats a long time in restaurant time. Our server was polite, but very fake, which is a pet peeve of mine. The problem I have always had with Eddies, they do not say the price when explaining the specials. When I dine, I don't think about prices, but it puts someone who is in a very awkward position. It is very tacky to ask how much the special entrees cost, and embarassing. We had stopped in for dinner very impromptu and didn't do our usual multi course, multi- drinks, multi-wine thing, but the three of use started with a salad course, entrees and dessert. I ordered a wedge, because a great wedge is unbeatable, but honestly the wedge I had at Water Buffalo the day before was better. I ordered the twin medallion tenderloin special. I ordered my steak medium rare to medium. It was medium well verging on well done. If I had known my entree was $40 I may have asked them to recook my steak, but it wasn't a big deal at the time. The bacon, potato hash, not good, old. The other entrees at the table were good, but not outstanding. For dessert I had the coconut cream pie, and that was fantastic. I appreciate really good desserts, because they are hard to come by, and it was really good. The whole experience was not as good as it should have been. Eddie's is supposed to be one of the best in the city, and it should be outstanding every time, and it just wasn't.

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OlderWiser | March 10, 2008 at 4:25 p.m. (report)

I am happy to hear that alain won't return to Eddie Martinis, making the possibility of my getting a reservation that much easier. I think the Eddie Martini's is a wonderful restaurant for food, entrees, salads, appetizers, desserts. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere is classy and comfortable. It is the one restaurant I always recommend to friends who have never been there or who are new in town....along with The Jackson Grille in west Milwaukee, and Yannis downtown. Going west I also highly suggest a stop at Kurt's Steakhouse in Delafield and Palmer House in Hartland if your appetite calls for steak.

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alain | March 10, 2008 at 2:53 p.m. (report)

i have to disagree. i dined there roughly three weeks ago and was generally unimpressed. the menu is typical steakhouse without much in the way of imagination. even the winelist, which i'm told is considered a match for bacchus and dreamdance, wasn't all that great. we had shared the ahi tuna, and while i'm aware that the relish is warm, the tuna itself was fairly warm as if it had been sitting under a lamp for a few minutes before hitting the table. we did both enjoy the bisque and wedge salads, but the entrees left us wanting. her filet was okay, nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about: it was meat on a plate. but i had the duck, and i was completely disappointed. the rice was nicely flavored, but a bit undercooked, and the duck itself wasn't cooked properly. the meat was greasy and the skin wasn't very well crisped. i didn't even finish half of the dish and the server didn't even raise an eyebrow or ask about it. we didn't bother with dessert and won't be back.

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