Milwaukee Restaurants

Milwaukee is known for its wide variety of good ethnic restaurants, especially those that serve German cuisine. Despite its small-town atmosphere, many of the city's restaurants could hold their own against the offerings in New York and Chicago.

Milwaukee is known for its wide variety of good ethnic restaurants, especially those that serve German cuisine. Despite its small-town atmosphere, many of the city's restaurants could hold their own against the offerings in New York and Chicago.

Milwaukee is known for its wide variety of good ethnic restaurants, especially those that serve German cuisine. Despite

Milwaukee is known for its wide variety of good ethnic restaurants, especially those that serve German cuisine. Despite its small-town atmosphere, many of the city's restaurants could hold their own against the offerings in New York and Chicago.

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  • 1. Alterra at the Lake

    $ | Café

    Craving a jolt of flavorful java? Take a coffee break from the usual and perk up with a cup at this local chain, housed in a historic water...Read More

  • 2. Balistreri's Bluemound Inn

    $$ | Italian

    Try the veal Balistreri (veal topped with eggplant and spinach), pollo carciofi (chicken served on pasta with artichoke hearts and spinach...Read More

  • 3. Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro

    $$ | French

    On a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this bistro is renowned for its French–style Sunday brunch. The daily menu includes roast duck and seasonal...Read More

  • 4. Bavarian Inn

    $ | German

    This chalet on 14 acres displays soccer memorabilia and handmade chandeliers. The menu lists continental cuisine such as steaks and hamburgers...Read More

  • 5. Braise

    $$ | American

    Braise Chef-owner Dave Swanson learned the ropes at acclaimed restaurants including Milwaukee's renowned Sanford. In 2012, he transferred his...Read More

  • 6. Café LuLu

    $ | American

    A wide cross-section gathers at this trendy spot in the Bay View neighborhood, where the menu is as eclectic as the decor. Funky art hangs on...Read More

  • 7. Coquette Café

    $$ | French

    Provincial French bistro fare is served at this café in a large, renovated warehouse in Milwaukee's trendy Third Ward district, just south of...Read More

  • 8. County Clare

    $ | Irish

    This restaurant looks like a traditional Irish pub, with deep-green walls adorned with Gaelic sayings and a long, ornate bar. You can chow down...Read More

  • 9. Eagan's

    $$ | American

    Impressionist paintings hang on the walls at this chic downtown restaurant. The kitchen serves up seafood delicacies like lobster, sushi, and...Read More

  • 10. Elsa's on the Park

    $ | American

    Across from Cathedral Square Park, this chic but casual restaurant has frequently changing art exhibits and serves big, juicy hamburgers and...Read More

  • 11. Izumi's

    $ | Japanese

    This small, cozy restaurant on the east side of town has a sushi bar and a menu of traditional Japanese fare, such as udon and sukiyaki. ...Read More

  • 12. Joey Buona's Pizzeria & Restaurant

    $$ | Italian

    Homey decor combined with classic Sicilian dishes offer an old-world atmosphere, while creative drinks and pizza combinations provide a modern...Read More

  • 13. Karl Ratzsch's Old World Restaurant

    $$ | German

    In German tradition, dirndl-skirted waitresses serve schnitzel, roast duckling, and sauerbraten at this family-owned restaurant decked out with...Read More

  • 14. La Fuente

    $ | Mexican

    Every night feels like Cinco de Mayo at this popular and colorful Mexican restaurant and bar in the heart of the city's Latin Quarter. La Fuente...Read More

  • 15. Mader's

    $$$ | German

    It's named after the Mader family, not after a German mama. Diners here get the ultimate old-world experience, from the Hummels that occupy...Read More

  • 16. Milwaukee Ale House

    $ | American

    As soon as the temperature permits, locals flock to the dual decks of this brew and food favorite. But no matter the weather, it's a happening...Read More

  • 17. Mimma's Cafe

    $ | Italian

    This café is northeast of downtown in a clapboard building dating from 1890; inside are columns and walls sponge-painted in subtle hues. The...Read More

  • 18. Mo's

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    Subtitled "A Place For Steaks," this downtown eatery is all about meat. Diners get to choose their steaks from a platter of cuts. Side dishes...Read More

  • 19. Roots Restaurant and Cellar

    $$$ | American

    From naturally raised meats, to sashimi-grade wild-caught fish, and produce from farmer-slash-chef-owner John Raymond's own Cedarburg farm,...Read More

  • 20. Sanford

    $$$$ | American

    Nationally acclaimed chef Sanford D'Amato serves contemporary American cuisine in this restaurant, which occupies a remodeled grocery store...Read More

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