The Best Cheap Eats in Milwaukee

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The wonderful American city of Milwaukee is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing spots in the United States; with a young population, plenty of economic opportunities, and a ton of culture and great cuisine, Milwaukee is the place to be. Cheap eats in Milwaukee are an integral part of the city, with restaurants serving up inexpensive, delicious dishes for visitors and locals. But where are the city's smartest, savviest diners heading out to when they're looking for cheap eats in Milwaukee? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. Here, we've put together a list of the best, most inexpensive restaurants in Milwaukee, chosen by the city's in-the-know diners. From local pubs and taverns to downtown restaurants, fusion places, and cutting-edge hot spots, the cheap eats in Milwaukee have something for everyone. Grab a table in Milwaukee for cheap eats tonight!

Restaurants:Pizza Man - Oak Creek, Trouble and Sons Pizzeria, Oak Barrel Public House
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay

Pizza Man - Oak Creek

$$$$·Italian·
Milwaukee
204 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
“In Crust We Trust” is the slogan of this North Downer Avenue hot spot, one of the top places in Milwaukee for cheap eats. Be sure to try some of the special chef's selections, likRead more
94% recommended
Good for Groups in Wisconsin
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Trouble and Sons Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Whitefish Bay
193 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
A longtime Whitefish Bay favorite for the pizza-loving Milwaukee crowd, Trouble and Sons is a classic Italian spot with a long menu of favorites. Go for one of the house pizzas, liRead more
97% recommended
Best Service in Wisconsin
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Oak Barrel Public House

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
252 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
One of Milwaukee's hot spots for the Bradley Center crowd, the Oak Barrel Public House is a lively spot with plenty of great beer and spirits selections. It's also a place for someRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Wisconsin

Bavette

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
277 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
A Third Ward favorite operated by celebrated Milwaukee chef Karen Bell, Bavette is one of the prime spots for traditional meat dishes in Milwaukee's Third Ward. Start with some of Read more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Wisconsin

Easy Tyger

$$$$·Asian·
Milwaukee
129 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
Easy Tyger is one of Milwaukee's best spots for contemporary Asian meals and cheap eats. Stop in for specials like beef brisket with cucumber kimchi, fried chicken with blue cheeseRead more
100% recommended
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Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
321 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
When traveling to Milwaukee, the Harley-Davidson Museum is a must-see spot. After working up an appetite and a thirst with those classic American motorcycles, stop into the Motor rRead more
100% recommended
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The Knick

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
1,506 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
Inside the city's historic Knickerbocker hotel, “The Knick” is the place to go for some cheap eats in Milwaukee. Grab a table at the bar in this Yankee Hill favorite and enjoy theRead more
96% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Milwaukee

Glass + Griddle

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
134 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Beer
  • Quick Bite
Milwaukee is one of the prime beer cities in the world, and the Glass + Griddle is one of the city's best places to go to for a frosty mug and some great food. Head in during the MRead more
Great for Brunch in Wisconsin
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Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub At The Brewhouse Inn & Suites

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
248 reviews
The historic Pabst Brewery is a must-go spot for anyone traveling to the city. Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in the brewery is one of the finest places for cheap eats in Milwaukee. GraRead more
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Cafe Manna

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Brookfield
664 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Vegan
This vegetarian restaurant in Brookfield delivers an eclectic menu that appeals to eaters of all styles. It's one of the coolest brunch places in town. There's a creative selectionRead more
94% recommended
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East Town Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
471 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
The creative menu at East Town Kitchen and Bar is full of “elevated Midwest comfort food.” It's one of the top spots for cheap eats in Milwaukee. Stop in during the weekday happy hRead more
100% recommended
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Harry's Bar and Grill

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
343 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
This straightforward and upscale American bar and bistro close to the river in Milwaukee is a local favorite for cheap eats. Grab a seat at the bar or in the relaxed dining room fRead more
97% recommended
Great for Lunch in Wisconsin

MOXIE Food + Drink

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Whitefish Bay
800 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Head over to the North Shore of Milwaukee for some of the city's finest deals on comfort food and craft cocktails. This lively hot spot for cheap eats in Milwaukee has a modern ItaRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Wisconsin
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The Rumpus Room - A Bartolotta Gastropub

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
2,000 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Right in the middle of one of the city's most happening districts, the Rumpus Room is an engaging gastropub with plenty of cheap eats and great beer. Show some state pride and stopRead more
85% recommended
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North Star American Bistro-Brookfield

$$$$·American·
Brookfield
1,184 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Brookfield's North Star American Bistro is a relaxed and welcoming spot in the suburbs ideal for dinner or brunch. It also boasts some of the best cheap eats in Milwaukee. Select fRead more
95% recommended
American in Wisconsin

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
260 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
In the middle of the city's historic Third Ward, the Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria is one of the best places for cheap eats in Milwaukee alongside fine spirits. Head in for the weeRead more
94% recommended
Hot Spot in Milwaukee

Aria Café & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
181 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
In the middle of the Saint Kate Arts Hotel, Aria Cafe & Bar is one of the best places for cheap eats in Milwaukee. It's a great spot to go into for a bite or a drink after a show aRead more
94% recommended
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Meraki - Milwaukee

$$$$·International·
Milwaukee
328 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
This intriguing 2nd Street location in the heart of downtown Milwaukee is a creative international bistro with some of the best cheap eats in town. Grab a seat at the bar in the inRead more
96% recommended
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P.F. Chang's - Wauwatosa

$$$$·Asian·
Wauwatosa
103 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
The local Wautwatosa location of this national Chinese-food chain is one of the best places for cheap eats in Milwaukee. A welcoming and lively spot inside the Mayfair Mall, P.F. Read more
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Punch Bowl Social - Milwaukee - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
71 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Lots of entertainment and lots of great food is on the menu for the fun Milwaukee spot called Punch Bowl Social. Only a short walk away from the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Punch BoRead more
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