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Restaurants in Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area.

  • 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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