THIS RESTAURANT IS NOT WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT, BEING LOCATED ONE DOOR WEST OF McDonald's aka/"MICKEY D'S". YOU ARE REALLY TALKING ABOUT BOTH ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM. THE BLUEMOND INN WAS ACTUALLY A LONG TIME DREAM FULFILLED BY OWNER JIMMY BALISTRERI. HE HAS BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK A FEW TIMES, STARTING MAKING PIZZA, AND EVENTUALLY STARTING & OWNING BALISTRERI'S PIZZA IN WAUWATOSA. (68th & Wells) HE HAD LONG BEEN AN ADMIRER OF THE LOCATION AND RESTAURANT. SO AFTER SPENDING HIS TIME "IN THE TRENCHES" HE BOUGHT, REMODELED & OPENED IT AS BALISTRERI'S BLUEMOUND INN. AGAIN PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF "BOTH ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM". FROM PIZZA IN TOSA TO FINE DINING ON BLUEMOUND ROAD. I HAVE EATEN, AND ADDED POUNDS TO MY WAISTLINE, AT THE BLUEMOUND INN. THE FOOD IS TRULY UNIQUE AND EXCEPTIONAL. YOU REALLY CAN'T GO WRONG WITH ANY OF THE MENU SELECTIONS. I ESPECIALLY LIKE THAT THEY SERVE UNTIL 1:00 AM. BEING A NIGHT OWL THIS FITS THE BILL. DON'T EXPECT THE BEST COOKING TO STOP BECAUSE OF THE LATE NIGHT SERVING HOURS. JIMMY IS VERY FUSSY ABOUT FOOD QUALITY & CONSISTANCY. I COULD RECOMMEND AN ENTREE OR APPETIZER, BUT WHY? YOUR TASTE BUDS ARE UNIQUE AND YOURS. AS AN INDIVIDUAL, AND WE ALL ARE DIFFERENT, SO VARY OUR TASTES. I ONLY SAY THAT IF THE UNRECOGNIZED CRITIC RECOMMENDS IT, IT MUST BE AT LEAST WORTH A TRY. WHAT DO THE ITALIAN COOKING SHOW LADIES SAY? ABUNDAZA! BY THE WAY THE DRESS CODE I THINK IS ANYTHING BUT YOUR "BIRTHDAY SUIT". THE ATMOSPHERE IS GREAT WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION PAID TO DETAIL. NOT UPSCALE, BUT NOT CASUAL. A TIE AROUND YOUR NECK, OR A TIGHT BELT RESTRICTS ENJOYABLE DINING. I DON'T RATE INFERIOR RESTAURANT'S, LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO WASTE TIME AT THE COMPUTER KEYBOARD REPORTING BAD. IF YOU SEE A WRITEUP FROM "JOHHNY69" YOU'LL KNOW IT'S ABOUT A GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE I WANT TO SHARE WITH OTHERS.
This fine establishment has been a staple of excellence for me and my family for years. A very welcoming ambiance from the moment we walk in, the staff has to be one of the most friendly and knowledgable in the Milwaukee area as well. From the bartender, to the manager the people here feel like family and could you ask for more from a fine restaurant. The seating can be great for a private night with the wife, or a larger event for any occasion. None of the snooty downtown type restaurant atmosphere here, where your lucky if they ever fill your water. The food and service is by far the best I have had in my 26 years in the city. I recommend this place to everybody that comes through the Milwaukee area, and please, try the Prime Rib! The best in town hands down! Not to mention the Friday Fish Fry! In fact I dont think I have ever ordered anything here that I didnt immediately fall in love with. AMAZING!
We had our wedding at the Lodge on 5/12/12 and it was perfect. I chose the Lodge because the food was excellent there during brunch, and after having our food tasting for the dinner, it was great, too. We got many compliments from our guests, which was awesome, because wedding food usually sucks. The ambiance was perfect for our wedding, and very affordable (the minimum for dinner was easily a few thousand dollars under that of the other venues we looked at). Alexia, the coordinator that we worked with, was very helpful and knowledgeable about the business, and was able to offer suggestions. The ceremony and reception were BEAUTIFUL, the servers and bartenders were very polite and prompt, and everything went perfectly. I would absolutely recommend them to friends and family for their brunch and as a venue.