Milwaukee Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Milwaukee

From hearty comfort classics to authentic German beers and Polish fare, Milwaukee offers plenty of filling dining options to help you get through notoriously cold Midwestern winters. To start, try a world famous Usinger's bratwurst on downtown Milwaukee's Old World Third Street. Afterward, wash it down with a cold pint at one of several traditional German restaurants, including Mader's and Old German Beer Hall.

And for those looking for classic American fare, there are plenty of eateries specializing in just that. Outside of downtown Milwaukee in the Southgate neighborhood, diners can indulge in a homemade frozen custard and a sloppy joe-style hamburger at Leon's Frozen Custard Drive-In. Should you crave an American-style breakfast (with some Old World flair), stroll over to Blue's Egg — which sits 6 miles west of downtown Milwaukee. And when you're looking for an upscale twist on American comfort food, slow down and enjoy a seven-course meal at Sanford Restaurant. In addition to entree options like a chargrilled elk loin and citrus seared Alaskan halibut, diners can also savor internationally inspired dishes, such as lamb kefta and orange creme brulee.

But a visit to the largest city in Milwaukee would not be complete without sampling some of the region's delectable cheeses. Although the state proudly produces nearly 3 billion pounds of cheese (which equates to 25 percent of America's cheese production) annually, in Milwaukee, it's all about the cheese curds. These tasty morsels can be found at a number of Milwaukee restaurants and cheese shops, including Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Westown and West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe in the Historic Third Ward.

Find the Best Restaurants in Milwaukee

  • #1
    Glorioso's Italian Market
    #1 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 627 reviewsTripAdvisor (627)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Deli
    1011 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1514
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  • #2
    Sanford Restaurant
    #2 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 396 reviewsTripAdvisor (396)
    $$ | American, International
    1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
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  • #3
    Mo's A Place For Steaks
    #3 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 304 reviewsTripAdvisor (304)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
    720 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2402
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  • #4
    St. Paul Fish Company
    #4 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 916 reviewsTripAdvisor (916)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5513
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  • #5
    La Merenda
    #5 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 371 reviewsTripAdvisor (371)
    $ - $$ | Spanish, International, Asian
    125 E National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1849
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  • #6
    Leon's Frozen Custard Drive-in
    #6 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 670 reviewsTripAdvisor (670)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    3131 S 27th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215-4337
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  • #7
    Blue's Egg
    #7 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1025 reviewsTripAdvisor (1025)
    $ - $$ | American
    317 N 76th St, Milwaukee, WI 53213-3533
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  • #8
    Story Hill BKC
    #8 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 176 reviewsTripAdvisor (176)
    $ - $$ | American
    5100 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53208-3654
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  • #9
    Swingin' Door Exchange
    #9 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 492 reviewsTripAdvisor (492)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
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  • #10
    The Purple Door
    #10 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 163 reviewsTripAdvisor (163)
    $ |
    205 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1412
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  • #11
    Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall
    #11 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 195 reviewsTripAdvisor (195)
    $ - $$ | German, American, Bar, Pub
    1872 N Commerce St, Milwaukee, WI 53212-3701
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  • #12
    The Capital Grille
    #12 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 369 reviewsTripAdvisor (369)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    310 W Wisconsin Ave Unit 100W, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2213
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  • #13
    Mader's
    #13 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1572 reviewsTripAdvisor (1572)
    $ - $$ | German, European, Central European
    1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301
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  • #14
    Zarletti
    #14 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 246 reviewsTripAdvisor (246)
    $$ | Italian
    741 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4451
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  • #15
    Odd Duck
    #15 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripAdvisor (295)
    $ - $$ | International, Asian
    2352 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1626
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  • #16
    Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
    #16 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 244 reviewsTripAdvisor (244)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    101 W Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-4041
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  • #17
    Blu at the Pfister - BAR
    #17 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 260 reviewsTripAdvisor (260)
    $ - $$ | American
    424 E Wisconsin Ave The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4436
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  • #18
    Oscar's Pub & Grill
    #18 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripAdvisor (233)
    $ | American, Bar, Pub
    1712 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1110
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  • #19
    Milwaukee ChopHouse
    #19 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 313 reviewsTripAdvisor (313)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    633 N 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53203
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  • #20
    Calderone Club
    #20 of 1,720 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 437 reviewsTripAdvisor (437)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Asian
    842 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1701
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