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Restaurants in Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

German cuisine and fabulous pub grub are not the only great meals to be had in Milwaukee: the best restaurants in Milwaukee (some in posh hotels and parks) reflect the city's well-established diversity:

  • La Merenda. This tapas bar extends beyond the normal Spanish fare with small plates from a myriad of international cuisines.
  • Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro. Tucked amid the lush landscaping of Lake Park, this sophisticated French bistro offers upscale dining (and sumptuous Sunday brunches) with views of Lake Michigan.
  • Karl Ratzsch's Old World Restaurant. Schnitzel, sauerbraten and waitresses in dirndls make this place, which dates to 1904, a classic among Milwaukee restaurants.
  • .Milwaukee Chop House. Serving up classic steaks, chops and seafood in a chic steakhouse setting, this Milwaukee restaurants is also known for its award-winning wine list.
  • Milwaukee Ale House. Located in the historic Third Ward area-and along the city's River Walk— this brewpub is proof that the beer industry in town has not stagnated. You can enjoy local craft brews that include IPAs, Belgian ales and Irish oatmeal stouts.
  • Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 go... More
  • Back Porch Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    For seasonal fare, trundle over to this local foodie favorite. Its specialty is—what else—a cheese platter with artisanal Wisconsin cheeses. More
  • Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    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 ... More
  • Capitol Café Pancake House and Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The large “big-apple” pancake serves three. More
  • Carvetti's of Lake Geneva

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Enjoy pubby comfort food (think big burgers and serious salads). Weather permitting, grab a table on the outdoor patio. More
  • Field to Fork

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Fontana's Supper Club

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Homemade fresh pasta and custom-cut steaks are hits. The giant portions mean hearty leftovers. More
  • Heaven City Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Housed in a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired (and haunted!) building that is a Wisconsin historical site, Heaven City serves gourmet food (think lobster... More
  • Mama Mia's Italian Cuisine

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Stop into this institution (since 1954) for a family-style Italian dinner. Don’t miss the garlic bread! More
  • Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Eclectic starters at this Asian-accented restaurant include pecan-encrusted goat cheese and smoked duck and Brie quesadillas. More
  • Smokey's Bar-B-Que House

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Go for family-style ribs and pulled pork. More
  • Spud's Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Retro wood-paneled Spud's dishes up creative comfort food, like Reuben pizzas. More
  • Trattoria Dal Santo

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The area’s famous fish—walleye pike—is used in classic northern Italian dishes. More
  • Trattoria Stefano

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Water Street Brewery

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar

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