Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

Restaurants in Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

Experience a fish boil at the inn, where you can learn about and watch the preparation of Lake Michigan whitefish over an open fire.

The area’s famous fish—walleye pike—is used in classic northern Italian dishes.

The large “big-apple” pancake serves three.

Housed in a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired (and haunted!) building that is a Wisconsin historical site, Heaven City serves gourmet food (think lobster Oscar and porterhouse steaks) amid Arts and Crafts splendor.

Retro wood-paneled Spud's dishes up creative comfort food, like Reuben pizzas.

Stop into this institution (since 1954) for a family-style Italian dinner. Don’t miss the garlic bread!

What It’s Like: On a bluff high above Lake Michigan, Lake Park Bistro serves sophisticated but unfussy French fare under the guidance of executive chef Adam Siegel, winner of the prestigious 2008 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the

For seasonal fare, trundle over to this local foodie favorite. Its specialty is—what else—a cheese platter with artisanal Wisconsin cheeses.

Homemade fresh pasta and custom-cut steaks are hits. The giant portions mean hearty leftovers.

Enjoy pubby comfort food (think big burgers and serious salads). Weather permitting, grab a table on the outdoor patio.

Eclectic starters at this Asian-accented restaurant include pecan-encrusted goat cheese and smoked duck and Brie quesadillas.

Holding fast to the area’s Swedish heritage, Al Johnson’s meatballs and pancakes are notable, and so is the restaurant’s grass roof with grazing goats.