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 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 610 reviewsTripAdvisor (610)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Deli
    1011 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1514
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  • #2
    Sanford Restaurant
    #2 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 391 reviewsTripAdvisor (391)
    $$ | American, International
    1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
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  • #3
    Blue's Egg
    #3 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 992 reviewsTripAdvisor (992)
    $ - $$ | American
    317 N 76th St, Milwaukee, WI 53213-3533
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  • #4
    St. Paul Fish Company
    #4 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 884 reviewsTripAdvisor (884)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5513
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  • #5
    Mo's A Place For Steaks
    #5 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 290 reviewsTripAdvisor (290)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
    720 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2402
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  • #6
    La Merenda
    #6 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 363 reviewsTripAdvisor (363)
    $ - $$ | Spanish, International, Asian
    125 E National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1849
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  • #7
    Leon's Frozen Custard Drive-in
    #7 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 659 reviewsTripAdvisor (659)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    3131 S 27th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215-4337
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  • #8
    The Purple Door
    #8 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 155 reviewsTripAdvisor (155)
    $ |
    205 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1412
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  • #9
    Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall
    #9 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 192 reviewsTripAdvisor (192)
    $ - $$ | German, American, Bar, Pub
    1872 N Commerce St, Milwaukee, WI 53212-3701
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  • #10
    Swingin' Door Exchange
    #10 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 480 reviewsTripAdvisor (480)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
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  • #11
    Story Hill BKC
    #11 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ - $$ | American
    5100 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53208-3654
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  • #12
    The Capital Grille
    #12 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 364 reviewsTripAdvisor (364)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    310 W Wisconsin Ave Unit 100W, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2213
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  • #13
    Mader's
    #13 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1517 reviewsTripAdvisor (1517)
    $ - $$ | German, European, Central European
    1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301
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  • #14
    Zarletti
    #14 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 239 reviewsTripAdvisor (239)
    $$ | Italian
    741 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4451
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  • #15
    Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
    #15 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripAdvisor (240)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    101 W Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-4041
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  • #16
    Odd Duck
    #16 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 287 reviewsTripAdvisor (287)
    $ - $$ | International, Asian
    2352 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1626
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  • #17
    Blu at the Pfister - BAR
    #17 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 255 reviewsTripAdvisor (255)
    $ - $$ | American
    424 E Wisconsin Ave The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4436
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  • #18
    Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
    #18 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 494 reviewsTripAdvisor (494)
    $$ | French, American, European
    3133 E Newberry Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211-3473
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  • #19
    Milwaukee ChopHouse
    #19 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 311 reviewsTripAdvisor (311)
    $$ | Steakhouse
    633 N 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53203
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  • #20
    Oscar's Pub & Grill
    #20 of 1,701 Places to Eat in Milwaukee
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 229 reviewsTripAdvisor (229)
    $ | American, Bar, Pub
    1712 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1110
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