Chef Dane Baldwin’s cooking background — from Carnevor to Harbor House — keeps the menu at his own place, small-plates-focused The Diplomat, evolving and approachable for newbies, a discovery zone for diners who crave change. Since the joint’s inception in summer 2017, Baldwin has offered a wonderful preparation of tender, flaky trout. The beauty of it is it pulls this delicate, rich fish away from typical amandine and brown butter preparations. In summer, the chef matched the fillet with bright, pickly dilly beans, sliced radish, a daub of creamy red pepper romesco sauce and a cold tuna-anchovy sauce or tonnato. By winter, the prep was richer but equally flavorful — pickled mustard seeds with Brussels sprouts and sharp-sweet dill cream

Milwaukee Magazine

The Diplomat on Brady St Serves Stellar Food

"It can feel like all the stars align at the Diplomat... Baldwin’s food is deeply satisfying, even thrilling; the service is relaxed but on the mark; the dining room, which echos the bar’s navy blue and is punctuated with a wall of plants, is comfortable enough for everyday but polished enough for a special night. The restaurant has all the finesse of, well, a diplomat."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


The Diplomat opens on Brady Street tomorrow

"Baldwin has been working in the food industry since the age of 15. He is a field-trained chef with experience as restaurants ranging from Bacchus, Barossa, the Milwaukee Art Museum and, most recently, Mr. B's Steakhouse, where he served as executive chef."



New restaurant opens on Brady Street in Milwaukee

“We like to do things simply. Small menu so we can focus in on doing what we do very well,” says owner and chef Dane Baldwin.




Small Plates with Big Flavors at Brady Street’s Diplomat

"The menu is small, changing with the season and available ingredients, but make no mistake, Chef Baldwin’s creativity and approach to food is apparent in each of these dishes. The entire menu is the exemplification of the rule: “Do a few things and do them well instead of many things just fine.”

Sheperd Express


The Diplomat restaurant opens Tuesday on Brady Street

"Baldwin has wide experience in Milwaukee restaurants. Before working to open the Diplomat, he last was executive chef at Mr. B's Steakhouse in Brookfield, He's worked at Carnevor, Bacchus and the late Dancing Ganesha and Gil's Cafe, among other restaurants."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


New Brady Street restaurant The Diplomat opens this week

"Chef Dane Baldwin is ready to debut his The Diplomat (815 E. Brady St.) to the world. It opens Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the former Bosley on Brady. The Diplomat, described as both small plates and regional American – to those of us who like labels – draws on the Baldwin’s wide-ranging skills."

Milwaukee Magazine