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Boerner Botanical Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens
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Boerner Botanical Gardens Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zillihospitalitygroup.com/venues/boerner-restaurant/
  • Phone: (414) 525-5619
  • Hours of Operation: Year Round
    Sunday Brunch - 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Seasonal Fish Fry
    Friday Fish Fry - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    December 26th, 2014 - April 24, 2015
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Sokolowski
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: All catering at the Gardens is performed exclusively by Zilli Hospitality Group.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Boerner will feature a special Mother's Day Brunch and Easter Brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Whitnall Park Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complementarity parking for more than 300 cars.
A word from Boerner Botanical Gardens
Zilli Hospitality Group welcomes you to Boerner Botanical Gardens to experience fine cuisine amid a spectacular natural setting. Introducing ZHG’s Friday night fish fry with family-style Wisconsin favorites and our Sunday champagne brunch year-round. The Garden Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows bring the beauty of this horticultural showplace right to your table every time of year. Also available for private event rentals. We offer Sunday Brunches and Friday Fish Fries seasonally. Stay tuned for upcoming Easter and Mother’s Day Special Brunch.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Almost did not choose to dine here because of change in food provider and information on the website. We decided to give it a try because food by this provider is very good elsewhere. We were pleasantly surprised because brunch offerings were not quite as presented on website. Website had listed separate prices for entrees with an additional charge for brunch and no omelet station. However entrees were included in brunch and there was an omelet station (very good). Apparently they need to change this. The server said that they started that way but it had been changed. Presentation was very good. Signs were posted next to each item. Will come back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "There were 12 of us in our party and after we were seated, we were immediately serviced by the waitress. We were not disappointed by the fine food that was presented on the buffet. Everything was delicious and last of all the dessert bar. Good idea. Ice tea was not available. Maybe that is something that could be considered for the future. Both of us would give this experience an A plus. Good job to everyone! This brunch was excellent. The food was beautifully arranged and every dish was very well done. The chocolate Covered banana was the best ever--a true chef's special. The service was excellent and the executive chef most charming. This place is a treasure and we will be back. The chicken was absolutely great!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "When we arrived, we were greeted by two professional looking hosts/hostesses. We were directed to the bar until our table was ready, which only took a couple of minutes. The menu was not quite as extravagant as Easter or Mother's Day, but there still were plenty of choices at each station. The cost of the buffet reflected this, as well. I would have liked a few more warm veggie selections, though. Our family and friends attended brunch here on Easter and Mother's Day and it was outstanding. The all-you-can drink Bloody Mary bar was just that, with enough garnishes to make an entire meal! Some of our guests also enjoyed the mimosas....definitely excited for next year!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "For the past several years, our family has attended the father's Day brunch held annually at the Botanical Gardens. The food was very good this year as it has been every year however we were disappointed that there were fewer food choices. Specifically we missed the peel and eat shrimp and the waffle station. The service was outstanding and the staff was extremely friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Boerner Botanical Gardens is a fun place to visit and so the fact that there is also brunch every Sunday makes for a nice Sunday morning and afternoon. Zilli's produces great food. This wasn't my first brunch and it probably won't be my last. Both times I have been, the menu has been different, which is awesome. It's served buffet style so there's plenty to go around. Everything is temped right and replenished. It was kind of warm in there this time but I guess the power had gone out. The place is clean, elegant and everyone is so friendly and the servers are attentive! It's one of the more pleasant dining experiences I have had in MKE. If you haven't gone, you should."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed this spot! The food was great; interesting enough for adult tastes and still Kid friendly. We finished our visit with strolling the beautiful gardens. Service? Perfect."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have attended brunch at Boerner on numerous occasions. Given the recent change to Zilli’s, we were concerned about the quality and variety. I must admit that the concerns were unfounded as the food was great. Not only did they provide higher quality options such as the beef tenderloin, there was a great selection of staples, such as sausage, pancakes and waffles for my picky daughter. Additionally, my wife has a sweet tooth and really enjoyed the variety of dessert options. Overall, the food and service was excellent. The only complaint, albeit small, was that the music was bit too loud at times."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "When you take your (rather particular) mother-in-law to brunch, it is never a guarantee. We decided to try Boerner this past week & we (and I mean she) were not disappointed. We all had a great time and way too much to eat! Our server Jenny was a real pleasure and kept my father in laws coffee full (a must for him) She was very attentive and always had a smile on her face. There were so many options for food and it was a true brunch (both sweet and savory well represented) I had the breakfast items along with carved tenderloin (yum!), while others in our party went more of the lunch route. Gardens were beautiful, only suggestion is to maybe turn up the music a bit for a more lively feel. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great location and view! The menu variety was great and featured something for everyone. The staff was very pleasant and helpful! One of my biggest pet peeve is unfilled water glasses and the staff did an excellent job monitoring and filling waters! The quality of food is unmatched so kudos to the Chef(s). Great family atmosphere as well. There is something to be said for having a family member greet you at the door - great touch and we could all tell they love what they do! My suggestions as to how to improve would be the music as we could barely hear it. I would have liked to see more photos and brighter colors featured within the brunch displays. Will definitely be returning with friends and family! Great food and service!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Hello, I had open heart surgery, so my husband and I haven't to a buffet for quite some time. We booked the Botanical Garden Sunday Brunch because we have been there quite a few times before for special occasions. This time we booked for our anniversary. We were excited, because the food has always been outstanding. We didn't know until later that the Botanical Sunday Brunch was done by a different caterer. We won't return unless the brunch changes. What a disappointing cut-back in food offerings!! No cheese tray, no smoked salmon, one type of beef (and it was a bit tough), the chicken dish was dry and tasted terrible; bagged scrambled eggs(?). Salads were a disappointment. The coffee was too strong. The one bright spot was the desserts."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We dined here in April 2013 and it was wonderful. Huge selection of brunch items, egg station, meat carving, a huge arrangement of cheeses, sausages, salads and breads and the desserts were amazing. It was about 10 stations in all. They also had a substantial list of foods they would cook to order for you. So we were excited to go again in 2014. Well, a new company took over and it was awful, they only had 4 stations serving subpar, overheated food, but at the same price. We will never go back."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Seeing the gardens was nice, but the food was not worth the price. Nothing was warm and everything tasted just ok. I'd be tempted to try the fish fry, but I'll never do brunch again."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was just ok, nothing great. Ran out of some of the items before we were even seated. I don't know how much their regular buffet is but the Mother's Day brunch was overpriced at $35. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What I thought was going to be an awesome Mother's Day Brunch turned out to be the worst meal I think I've ever eaten. We had 13 people/reservation at 2pm. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. I wanted this to be special. We waited almost 20 mins. just to get a waitress. The buffet had zero shrimp, no cheddar cheese for omelets, and no desserts. If you're going to stop making/serving food by 2pm, don't take reservations at 2pm. Everything was dried out, or tasted disgusting. Here's the kicker; when I approached the manager, he said he'd check what was going on with the kitchen, but never came back and instead sent our waitress with the bad news that what was out, was out. Would not recommend to my dog."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food for brunch was overpriced with a limited selection. There was only one hot vegetable choice. Cold leaf salads were very good."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Compared to previous caterer, this is a disappointment. Our party of 6 all were in agreement. The expense was much greater than the quality. We won't return for any meals with the present caterer."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very disappointed in our Mother's Day Brunch! For the price of $32.95/person, we have had much much better. Much more variety, more ambience, much less noise. This was an all around disappointment. Never again!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was the worst experience we have ever had at a restaurant, and we will not return. We were in an adjunct room away from the buffet; by the time we got back there with our plates our food was cold. We were never offered coffee, there was no butter on the table--when we asked for some we were given 5 pats of frozen butter on a paper plate. There were no plates at the dessert table. The bacon was way undercooked, and several people commented on this. There were 2 handicapped people also in our "room" who were unable to walk that far to get their food, and had to wait for assistance. It was not crowded at Boerner--there were several empty tables throughout our time there. A huge disappointment for Mother's Day. We will not be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was okay...not as fresh as I would have liked. Great service."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The brunch did not have many items. The items it did have were cheap and not looking like they were being kept well. I miss barralata doing the brunch. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Arrived with high hopes, first ones to be seated for this morning brunch at 10am. Not everything was ready but that is to be expected. Wait staff very accommodating. Server even brought over a plate of scrambled eggs as they were not out there when we (group of 5) first approached food tables. Disappointments: only scrambled eggs (sitting in a liquid), no fried to order or omelets, no waffles or pancakes. Great taste - pork loin roast (sauce on the side) both guys loved it. Enjoyable - dessert table, still have small items to try, enabling one to try more than 1 thing without wasting. Again server was fantastic, always checking on us, kept the coffee hot, the water glasses filled and plates cleared."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "It pretty much had everything we wanted and more. Really liked that they brought us our cherry stuffed french toast, eggs, sausage and bacon all to the table right from the kitchen. Our group loved loved the pork, it was amazingly tender. Server was attentive to the table. It was a fun, brunch experience. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Our family group of 15 wanted a special Easter Sunday brunch and we got it. They set us up in a more secluded area that, while not in the room with the food, our family enjoyed, because we almost had the room to ourselves and it overlooked the gardens. The food was delicious, the servers very attentive and we certainly felt that we got what we came for. We look forward to coming again, maybe for the fish fry?"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We has a great time family and friends got together. The tenderloin both pork and beef was so tender and juicy. Was very full when leaving lots of different choices . Everyone left happy and full. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I would rate the food as just average compared to other years when it was run by Bartolatta's. Would not likely return next year. The staff was very friendly. Some of the food was very good...but on the whole it wasn't as special as other years."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter brunch fare was good, not great. We love the location - would come back when more plants are in bloom. The price for the brunch was too high - nowhere did I see a price per person when I made the reservations online, or on the Botanical Gardens website. Made reservations anyway, but our group was unpleasantly surprised at the amount per person - $32.00. A bit pricey, we all thought. Food was good, but not outstanding. We will not be back for a brunch and would not recommend it to friends. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter brunch was awful. Food was cold - looked like it was sitting out for a long time. Desserts seem to have been frozen from the grocery store. It's Easter and they had no ham. I was surprised by that since most Easter meals include ham. Sad when Bartolatta's served brunch it was the best. Would not recommend the Brunch"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • ". . . or here's how it looks when my Wife doesn't cook for Easter :-) We had a great table for two next to the garden in a quiet spot. The place is wide open with lots of people walking around to the buffet stations so this was a nice, quiet spot. Our waitress was charming, attentive and cute. The food was better than usual buffet offerings. There was an outstanding assortment to choose from. It was kept fresh and hot/cold as required. We enjoyed the experience and would not hesitate to try it again."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went here for Easter brunch. The food was exceptional and the service very attentive. The Easter bunny made an appearance. The grounds were open to brunch guests but closed to the public which made for very nice leisure stroll. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter brunch was ok, didn't measure up to Bartolatta's in past years, used to have live violin players, more food options, needed plain french toast & waffles w/ more toppings like in the past for kids, plain scrambled eggs for kids weren't there either, our kids were disappointed! Also the crafts used to be included in brunch price for kids, extra $6 per kid was a lot to ask! We got a lot less value and paid more $$ "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My family had a wonderful experience with Sunday brunch. We had a party of 20 and the accomadations were perfect. The food, service and location was very good. Best kept secret....."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This is a beautiful place, with excellent scenery, for a brunch, meal or special event. The food was excellent & we enjoyed the selection of menu items. The service was outstanding, helpful & friendly."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The fish fry was really good and it was served family style. We found an error in our bill and they were very apologetic and fixed it right away. Our waitress was new and so we gave her the benefit of the doubt. We had a very nice time and were able to have nice conversation because it was not noisy at all!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This restaurant is just getting started. The food was very good and the staff was very friendly. I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My group of 9 had a great time Friday night in the quiet atmosphere, relaxed surroundings, great food and great service with the complimentary "grape cheese pops" in the real grass centerpiece. No wonder we stayed until they closed the doors--2.5hrs of great food and conversation. Too bad the fish fry Fridays end April 18."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience at Boerner! The service was truly wonderful and the food was fantastic! We were treated to a delicious, refreshing complimentary appetizer. There were 5 of us and we really appreciated the family-style dinner. LOVED getting the combo of baked and fried!thanks! The hostess and outbreak server were grest Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had been to brunch at the Boerner prior to the new management and we're very disappointed. The selection of food was very limited and mediocre. I ordered the butternut squash raviolis. They tasted fine, but My plate was swimming in water. My husband had the baked omelet and pancakes. He received a small square of omelet with three Swedish-sized pancakes. The coffee was extremely weak, something that should not be all that difficult. Would not go back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed the restaurant for our small group and the fish fry was very good. We liked the bread crust rather better than a batter coating."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Nice little place for a Friday dinner. Food was good and moderately priced. Location at the gardens will draw people in the summer."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I can only imagine this great find getting busier. Great small touches with hot delicious food. Very polite staff. Can't wait to enjoy dinning when spring blooming can be enjoyed as well. fish fry was flaky, potato salad was best I ever tasted! And desserts are to die for."
    Dined on 2/28/2014