Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro Is Bringing Back the A La Carte Menu

This is going to make a lot of diners very happy.

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro (3133 E. Newberry Blvd.) turns 27 years old this month. And to celebrate, The Bartolotta Restaurants is doing something a lot of diners are going to like – bringing back the a la carte menu, which featured dishes like French onion soup and steak frites. The roll-out date for this menu is Tuesday, Sept. 27, the day before the restaurant’s official anniversary (9-28-95). Lake Park was the second Bartolotta restaurant in the empire to open, following Ristorante Bartolotta’s debut in 1993.

“Since Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro reopened, our loyal guests have been inquiring about their favorite à la carte menu items, dishes they have grown to love over the years. I want everyone to know that you have been heard, and we at The Bartolotta Restaurants have missed those dishes as well. We want to offer our heartfelt thanks to our guests for their patience and support as we navigated the reopening of our many restaurants to get to this important moment at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro,” said owner/co-founder Paul Bartolotta in a press release.

Lake Park Bistro’s Sole Meuniere; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants



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Besides the classic soupe a l’oignon and steak frites, the menu will include oeuf mollet avec cepe Champignon (breaded and fried soft-boiled egg with porcini mushrooms and frisee), escargots a la Bourguignon, pate de campagne (French country pork pate served with cornichons, mustard and warm baguette), beef filet au poivre and sole meuniere – Dover sole sauteed in butter and filleted (according to tradition) tableside or at the bar.

Lake Park Bistro’s soupe a l’oignon; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants

Other items on the a la carte menu have a seasonal focus such as loup de mer pochees (poached European sea bass), canard deux facon (duck two ways – house-made duck-fennel sausage and confit duck legs), and coquilles Saint-Jacques poelees (seared sea scallops).

The four-course bistro menu that has been in place will also remain.

“We’re very proud of these menus, as they truly reflect my time in France and the teachings of my mentors, the legendary Chef Paul Bocuse, Chef Roger Vergé, and Chefs Pierre and son Michel Troisgros, and I am incredibly thankful to our entire Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro team, including [Lake Park chef de cuisine Steven] O’Neil and [corporate executive chef Aaron] Bickham for bringing this menu back to life” said Bartolotta.

Hours: Tues-Sat 5 -9 p.m.

More Photos: 

Lake Park Bistro’s Oeuf Mollet; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants
Lake Park Bistro’s moules marinieres; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants
Lake Park Bistro; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants
Lake Park Bistro; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants
Lake Park Bistro; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants
Lake Park Bistro; Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.