Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

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.

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

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.

The shop sells beer-and-cheese flights pairing Wisconsin blue Affinée, Gruyère, sharp cheddar, and Bellavitano with local Sprecher Special Amber microbrew.

Go for family-style ribs and pulled pork.