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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Milwaukee

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Milwaukee? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5710)
$50 and over
French
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro is honoring history’s French chefs and cuisine while elevating the approach to ‘Haute Bistro’ cooking, bringing both classic recipes as well as signature dishes. Our team is excited to take guests on a culinary journey to France, either through our four-course or a la carte dining experience.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late.
Top review
dottiedogvip
Dined 2 days ago
Simply fabulous. Very attentive and pleasant service and just outstanding brunch. What a lovely restaurant.
A photo of I.d. restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1643)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Delafield
About the restaurant
A modern American kitchen located in the heart of Lake Country. Small plates, featuring locally sourced ingredients, and craft cocktails headline this farm-to-table restaurant. Choose from the artfully curated wine selection or let the sommelier on staff make expert recommendations. The Sunday brunch menu boasts one-of-a-kind dishes and breakfast classics. Private space for every event--from intimate dinners to large gatherings.
Top review
Melissa
Dined 3 days ago
We absolutely loved our date night at I.d. Parker was such a great server, the food & drinks were delicious, and sitting at the chefs counter let us be apart of the action. I’m so glad we tries this place and plan on making it a go to! PS - highly recommend the whipped feta
A photo of Harbor House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8019)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Milwaukee’s premier lakefront dining destination, Harbor House is a bright, spacious New England-style seafood restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan. With picturesque lake views, guests will be taken on a journey through New England with its reimagined menu, including a variety of dishes from Cape Cod, Nantucket, New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, and Boston.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late.
It's important to note that patio reservations are for outdoors only and we cannot guarantee indoor seating upon inclement weather.
Top review
LynnM
Dined 4 days ago
The steak and scallops were cooked to perfection. The wait staff did an excellent job. Well done Harbor House!
A photo of CavasMKE restaurant
5.0
5 (51)
$30 and under
Spanish
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
CAVAS lounge by Chef Ana, a Brazilian awarded Chef, provides a surprisingly cozy, small and welcoming environment, serving inspired traditional dishes from lived experiences in Argentina, Brazil and Spain. Recognized by Yelp as the best restaurant in the Midwest, CAVAS is settled in the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee next to the Milwaukee River with a view of the Hogan Bridge. Serving indoors and outdoors, CAVAS features the best Paellas, Empanadas and Sangrias.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Cavas and Chef Ana are the best. 8 course menu, each was fantastic. Would’ve also been happy with 8 courses of flan.
A photo of Johnny Manhattan's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1499)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Menomonee Falls
About the restaurant
Johnny Manhattan specializes in steaks, pizza and Italian cuisine. The classy and stylish interiors display classic and antique décor, including pendant lamps, ceiling lights, carpeted floors and a chandelier suspended from the center of the ceiling. The large windows let plenty of sunlight in, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for casual dining in spacious booths.

The tenderloin fillet, Nancy garlic bread stuffed with cheese, fresh fish, handcrafted pizzas and herb roasted chicken are signature items off the menu. The bar at Johnny Manhattans serves vintage, classic cocktails and a selection of beers to enjoy with appetizers. The restaurant also hosts private events and parties.
Top review
sjbahr
Dined 3 days ago
Service was incredible! Food (filets, prime rib, and more were incredible. We had planned to eat inside, but they had a table open outside so we took it. It was a beautiful night.
A photo of Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2331)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Located at the base of Milwaukee’s famed Cudahy Tower, Bacchus welcomes guests with reservations five days per week (Tuesday through Saturday), with two menus to choose from – a customizable three-course signature menu and a five-course tasting menu; both conceived by Executive Chef Nick Wirth and The Bartolotta Restaurants Owner and Co-Founder Chef Paul Bartolotta.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Service was great, food was even better. We were celebrating our anniversary and they thanked us multiple times and gave us a free champagne toast. 10/10
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Brookfield restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1168)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Brookfield
About the restaurant
Your Brookfield Fleming's is located 10 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, northeast of the Brookfield Conference Center, on the corner of Moorland and Bluemound roads in the Brookfield Square Shopping Mall. Fleming's in Brookfield is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail in Milwaukee. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out - we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
KimberlyMvip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Amazing servers and food. Always a great hometown feel
A photo of Bridgewater Modern Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (821)
$31 to $50
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Designed to inspire connectivity, The Bridgewater Modern Grill celebrates its home on the river with honest, unambiguous cooking. Quality meals and memories are enjoyed on the longest river-front patio in the city with one goal: bringing people together to enjoy everything Milwaukee has to offer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
It was the first time here. Everything, including drinks, was fantastic from the appetizers thru the main courses to the desserts. Thanks waitress was great, including having a custom drink made for the person of honor. Even though the restaurant is located 2 hours away, we are planning our next trip.
A photo of The Union House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (726)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Genesee
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of historic Genesee Depot just down the road from the famous Ten Chimneys you will find the Union House. Known for its unique menu featuring wild game fused with classic fine dining, our mission is to bring people together while creating a memorable dining experience surrounded by historic photos of the town along with Union House frequenters, Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. The menu is driven by ingredients and is constantly developing throughout the year led by award-winning Executive Chef and General Manager, Dan Harrell and Executive Sous Chef, Christian Garcia-Cortez. We feature an extensive wine, scotch and bourbon list highlighting selections from around the United States and world along with barrel-aged old fashioneds and Manhattans that include our very own hand-crafted bitters. We look forward to having you join us!
Top review
HarrisK
Dined 4 days ago
Donna was our server and she was entertaining and efficient as usual. 3 of us had the scallops and they were outstanding.
A photo of Safina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (251)
$31 to $50
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
It’s been over four years since guests last tasted the Sicilian dishes from longtime Milwaukee restaurant Giovanni’s. But all of that changes with Safina: a new casual Italian concept that comes to the historic building at 785 N. Jefferson St.

Focusing on comforting dishes with roots in Sicily and the southern regions of Italy, Safina's goal is to keep the menu familiar and accessible. The restaurant also features a full bar and second-level seating, complete with wood and marble finishes that highlight the rustic, modern Italian ambiance.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Beautiful interior and cozy dim lighting. Service was excellent!! Our entrees - Shrimp ala vodka and pistachio crusted halibut were delish! Will definitely be back! Homemade cheesecake was so good!
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