Wauwatiki

Wauwatosa, WI
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6502 W North Ave
Wauwatosa, WI
Opened in 2016
Tue-Sat 4:30pm-2am
Sun 9am-2am
Closed Mon
(414) 323-7555

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Wauwatiki

6.3

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Decor 7.1
Drink Quality 6.7
Drink Selection 7.2
Food Quality 7.6
Food Selection 7.2
Mood 5.7
Music 5
Service 7.7
Tikiness 5.5
Tilt 5.1
Vibe 4.7

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Humuhumu’s description

Wauwatiki was opened by owners Peter Panagos, James Findlay and Jason Growel in April 2016 in Wauwatosa, a town just to the west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The menu includes tiki drinks and small food plates. The decor includes thatch-covered booth seating lined with bamboo, and there is a rounded A-frame entry. The walls are painted with subtle tiki motifs.
Wauwatiki suffered a minor electrical fire in September of that year, and was closed for repairs until November 2016.

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Chester Copperpot
Chester Copperpot is a semi-regular at Wauwatiki.
November 11, 2016, 1:30 PM
Let me start with the good. I've been here three times and the drinks are very good albeit expensive. They clearly took the time to figure out what kind of drinks they wanted to offer and their staff is passionate about making them. Their service can be a bit slow at times. This tiki bar is located in the "burbs" of Milwaukee and because you don't have drive all the way to Riverwest which is considered by most a "seedy" area you can expect to pay a bit more for their drinks. This bar has so much potential but they just fail at most things tiki related. The windows are huge and let in a lot of light, they have TV's playing sports and they play lots of hip-hop music and they have zero tiki vibe. I would love to hear some Martin Denny or Les Baxter played here. This is close to home for me and I usually go here for one to start my night off when its slow. I am sure this place will get better with time but I wonder if the owners actually have a passion for tiki or just want to cash in on the tiki "craze". They had an electrical fire this Fall and will hopefully open before Thanksgiving of 2016.
dominodamsel
dominodamsel has visited Wauwatiki.
November 8, 2016, 4:10 PM
After losing Lucky Joe's, I was very excited about another tiki offering in Milwaukee, but standards are already pretty high due to Foundation setting the bar. Wauwatiki's drinks were top notch, and was pleasantly surprised by the food - the taco trio was great, and I alway love seeing a puupuu platter offered. Desserts, however, were terrible, burnt and bland, so stick to drinks to satisfy your sweet tooth. I was also surprised by the number of tikiphiles patronizing on a Sunday night, however the place was still relatively new when I visited so I attribute this more to folks checking out the place rather than regular patrons. I was sorely disappointed in the decor. Very bright and stale and cookie-cutter. And while I do appreciate '90s hip-hop, it didn't help the vibe. I would return if I was in the area, but would not make a special trip to that side of town just to visit.
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