Mader's German Restaurant

Mader's German Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.madersrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4142713377
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: German, American
  • Executive Chef: Lucas Wenthur
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mader's catering is recognized for creating lavish or traditional dinners, sure to dazzle guests for celebrations of all sizes and occasions. Mader's catering can provide for any affair from gala cocktail receptions, elegant dinner parties, to large tent events accommodating from 35 to 2000 guests
  • Private Party Facilities: Mader’s German Restaurant has been preparing for your visit since 1902 so that no matter what the occasion, we are fully focused on exceeding your expectations. Whether it's an intimate group or a lavish party, the unrivaled attention of our staff assures you and your guests a memorable experience. Please feel free to contact us to start planning your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Niland 4142713377x228

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Mader's German Restaurant offers complimentary valet parking for you and your guests. The valet lot is located right next to our restaurant for your convenience.
A word from Mader's German Restaurant
At Mader's German Restaurant, you'll get the best ethnic German cuisine that Wisconsin has to offer. Our menus are filled with ethnic dishes that raise the standards of fine dining in Milwaukee. Not many restaurants in the Milwaukee area have as much history as Mader’s. You’ll dine amid a stunning $3 million dollar collection of art, suits of medieval armour and antiques dating back to the 14th century. Browse through our menus, and you will be inclined to make a reservation to experience why Mader's Restaurant continues to be ranked among the top restaurants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin throughout the years.
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Mader's German Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (15)great for lunch (13)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (10)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Won't return
    RayUWSVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Having dined at Mader's over the years & looked forward to another visit when we were in Milwaukee. The problem with the food is that it wasn't consistently good. In particular, the salad was drenched in warm bacon dressing; the Rouladen was dry, tough & had little taste; the spatzel was mushy & soggy;the sauerkruat that accompanied the weinersnitchel was way overpowering (weinersnitchel was actually quite good) - the apple streusel was probably the best item. As for the service, the young lady who was our server was full of energy and so animated that she seemed to have dropped out of the Sound of Music. And the menu....photos of celebs who have dined at Mader's?!? What exactly are they promoting? Didn't make us feel important.
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  • JRPMDVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We always find Maders a high quality restaurant selling great food and relay taking care of its guests. This time my friend and I both had the 10 oz Filet done to a perfect medium rare with a nice mashed potato and a dark sauce. I started with a very respectable French onion soup which had good flavor and a nice amount of cheese. The cranberry bread pudding was superb. It's definitely a dependable go-to place downtown.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great German fare
    Food4taste
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Exceptional variety of delicious German food. Pork shank served with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes was a huge hit. The shank was "fall off the bone" tender with just a touch of seasoning which was adequate. Finishing off with a Shaum torte served with strawberries, vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream was a perfect compliment to the meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go there for the "feel" mostly
    tivnet
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The location is great, and all the "visuals" are perfect. Free valet parking, great servers. Food: I had better. Their chef is a good one, no doubt, but - I repeat - I ate better everything in a much simpler restaurants. So, do not expect a "Wow-wow-wow!!!" (just one "wow" will be enough) :-))) Beer - I ordered the "sampler". Unfortunately, none of them was of any good. Not bad, drinkable, but definitely not what I expected from an "authentic German place". The "weiss" and "grapefruit" were good. They are always good. But all others, light or dark - I could drink a "coors-bud-miller" with the same result. Anyway, I am happy that I've been there. Thank you!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Masers is not like it used to be. Food quality is not up to par, menu has been slimmed down - you can tell they are cutting corners. Food is definitely not worth the prices they are charging. The atmosphere is awesome, very historic and cool.
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  • I Love German Food...
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    but this was not what I had hoped for. I liked the red cabbage and goulash.
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  • Sehr Gut!!!
    luvopentableVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our waitress, Allison, was fantastic; quick, accommodating service (even took some pictures for us). The food was outstanding; rouladen and sauerbraten with all the trimmings. We think this is one of our very favorite restaurants in Milwaukee, and hope to return many more times.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Very Large Potions
    Recommended
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We are older and do not eat large portions. Tasty but took 2/3 home and had two more meals Beers are very interesting and German
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    Farley
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    If you want to experience excellent German food, the go no further than Mader's. The food was excellent and the service was great.
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    special occasion
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  • ross
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Consistently excellent German specialties of all sorts but overpriced.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic w/ room for improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Looking forward to visiting Maders on a recent trip to Milwaukee, I was disappointed with our server's lack of experience and several mistakes throughout the meal. For example, he brought the wrong food to our table of 4 and barely acknowledged it. The food is good, but I would imagine many visit for a special occasion and more attention to detail would be great. My only other visit for tea and strudel last year was impromptu and very nice with an excellent waitress. I will probably return for dessert someday.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a place with free valet service?
    lthaga
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I picked up my mother in law from the airport and needed a place to eat that was nice and where she didn't have to do much walking. Maders is great for just that. The food takes a while to get to you, but it is good. I had the Portabella Napoleon which proved to be much smaller then I expected considering the size of most of those mushrooms. But it was good.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was so so
    ezjazz11
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    They ran out of strudel which was not that big of a deal. It was the main course which was just so so. Not the quantity or quality as in the past.
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  • Great Food and Staff
    loveNewPlaces
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food is excellent. Great tasting traditional German food. I love the old German ambiance and the staff is really friendly and great. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for good German food and a unique place to hang out.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • German food at its best
    WIfoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    If you like authentic German food this is the place to find it. Great drink and beer list fantastic service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pure Milwaukee!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everything we had was excellent. Very enjoyable experience! We look forward to returning.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food is spot on! Red cabbage is tart and tasty. Waitstaff clearly enjoys the food and is quick to recommend their favorites.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pattyp
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Have not been here for a few years - much better than I remember and will not wait so long to return!
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Mader's German Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great German Food
    RoscoFoodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Another great experience at Mader's. Great food, great service, great beer and wine selection. We'll definitely be going back again!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great experience
    Rach
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great place to take guests visiting Milwaukee! Be prepared to pay $30-40 per entree.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed for the Price
    JudyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The appetizer of Rueben rolls was excellent. The drinks were over priced along with the food. We were a party of 5, we had at least 5 different wait staff. Every couple of minutes someone new would come by and ask the same question as someone earlier, and with all that attention the service was just ok. This one will be off of my Open Table reservation options.
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  • Everything was great
    Tastebud
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Came here with some other guys for a special function at the convention center. Mader's was recommended by to us by another visitor we met who had lived in Milwuakee a few years back. There were 8 of us - we did appetizers, pork shank, schnitzels, fish and all of the desserts. Everybody had a great dinner and service was exceptional. I wish we could take this place home with us!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • As close to Germany as it get's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Coming from a family that was born and raised in Germany. It is a close contender to actually eating in Germany. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend it.
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    Great for Brunch
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  • German Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    When I arrived for a Saturday lunch all staff were so friendly. After looking at the beer list I thought I had been transported back to Germany when I visited a few years ago. Schnitzel was outstanding and so was the spatzel. Try the German Chocolate cake even if you need to take it to go.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hearty German food
    SugarmommeVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Allison was a fabulous and knowledgable server. I love German food occasionally and am disappointed there aren't good restaurants on the north shore. The travel to Milwaukee eas well worth the drive for delicious hearty food. The pretzel roll is to die for. We had the combo plate of Sauerbraten and Weinerschnitzel which was huge. Our doggie bags provided another full meal at home the next day. Kind of pricey ($36) for the veal instead of pork upgrade , but since we ate it again the next day, well worth it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tournament dinner
    Jimbo
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    In town for NCAA. Tournament. Wanted to experience a local tradition. It was pricey but excellent dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    Peachyprincess
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have dined at Mader's restaurant numerous times and I have always had a wonderful experience. Their staff is knowledgable, helpful and kind. The gift shop is a must see for the stein selection alone. I'm writing this review this time around because the food and service have not only been consistent but Mader's is always able to provide an unforgettable experience. Their valentine's day special menu was a phenomenal and they provided a romantic table even when the restaurant was packed. I would highly recommend Mader's! Keep up the good work!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It took us about 2 hours to get our food, server Was rarely around, there was a film on our soup which Showed it was sitting out too long, and the female server in the next Section wasn't busy but didn't help. Instead she creepily Sang and stood at a table bothering those customers. Overall, the Food was ok but for the price and the wait it wasn't worth It.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Special Occasion for Family
    Lostokie
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We went as a special request from our 19 year old son who was home from college. It was a two hour car drive to get there and the family time was priceless. The food is great. We all ordered different things and every one was perfectly happy with their choice. The wine was good and the bread was the best ever. Great place for a special time with family. Kind of pricey but very worth it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience, food good
    hams
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Service was terrific we had a group of 29 and the staff could not have Been nicer and more accommodating. Atmosphere and setting are terrific. Food a little tired, Reuben disappointing, corned beef in thick slices, tough to chew.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dont miss lunch
    hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great lunch spot. Wonderful seasonal decorations. Service was outstanding.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Food was fair and over priced, not what was expected given it's history.
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  • Great way to have a special dinner
    Mary
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Maders was a great place to have a special Christmas Eve dinner. Our food was wonderful and our server was great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ex;pected more experienced staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Why would a server suggest that I keep my knife between courses for a dinner that cost over $75 per person? And it took wrangling to get a table not next to the very front or next to the kitchen on a fairly slow evening. Why did we need to ask for bread plates after the bread was served? Food was outstanding especially the veal schnitzel. Specialty drinks were well done. Mader's name has been missing from top restaurant lists in recent years. Management oversight can help restore its reputation.
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  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    We had a party of to and even though the restaurant was not that full for a Tuesday night we were jammed in at a relatively small table. Food is a bit over priced for the quality, and somewhat limited variety. Would probably not go back or recommend to friends. The service was very good.
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  • Old World Charm + Great German Food
    luvopentableVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Having lunch at Mader's was an awesome experience! From extremely attentive service by a very accommodating staff to valet parking. The décor is like being in Southern Germany, Austria or Bavaria with food to match. We particularly would like to thank the staff for making my husband's wish come true with fantastic Rouladen! We joined "the club" and plan on returning many times in the future!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After a long wait.....
    NateVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    I have heard of Mader's for many years. We finally got a chance to go. We went for Sunday brunch. All of the food was delicious and the service was very attentive. The only issue I saw was that the food was not labeled. We are not familiar with some of the traditional German food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy dining at
    JRPMDVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We always enjoy dining at Mader's, but it's the best on a cold, blustery night when the place is extra cozy. Mader's always does well with German cuisine and attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • MMwilltravel
    MMwilltravel
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    One of the oldest and best German restaurants not only in Milwaukee but the nation. Tasty cuisine and good specialty beer selection.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • German by Germans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Apparently Mader's is quite famous - they have photos from the last ~100 years on the walls of all kinds of famous people (from JFK to Clinton, Marilyn Monroe to Carrie Underwood) on the walls who have eaten there. The food was very good - I've not had German before, so I don't have much to compare against, but the flavors, portion sizes, and service were all top-notch. Mader's has a modest beer menu (slightly surprising it's not bigger, given they're a German restaurant), with 4 sizes: "small", half-liter, liter, and 2-liter. Be prepared for an above-average dinner bill, but you'll be more than satisfied with Mader's
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.