The Best Restaurants in Milwaukee, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Milwaukee is a city historically more associated with beer than food, but the best restaurants in Milwaukee are bringing increasing national attention to its incredible culinary scene. Milwaukee's heritage foods like brats, fish fry and frozen custard will likely never lose their popularity among locals – modern chefs embrace diverse international cuisines and put their own creative spins on classic American cuisine. But where do the savviest foodies in Milwaukee dine out? Check out our Tastemaker List. Using data from thousands of restaurants, we found the top spots most loved by our smart, seasoned diners. These spots have incredible steaks, seafood, comfort foods, bold global flavors and refined versions of Midwest staples. Book a table and prepare to taste the best of Milwaukee.

Restaurants:Fauntleroy, EsterEv, Meraki - Milwaukee
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Contemporary American, International
Neighborhoods:Milwaukee

Fauntleroy

$$$$·French·
Milwaukee
475 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Fauntleroy’s tagline is “reimagined French cuisine with 70s rock and roll flare,” certainly an intriguing concept in both food and aesthetic value. The first part of the promise – Read more
89% recommended
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EsterEv

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
107 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
EsterEv is a portmanteau combining Evelyn and Ester, the great-grandmothers of chefs and Milwaukee restaurateurs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite. (The duo is also behind Dandan, FauntlRead more
100% recommended
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Meraki - Milwaukee

$$$$·International·
Milwaukee
328 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Meraki, a hip spot in Walker’s Point, is one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee for creative and experimental fusion cuisine. The restaurant presents both a chef’s tasting menu aRead more
97% recommended
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Bavette

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
275 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Inside a Third Ward venue that’s equal parts hip and historic, Bavette La Boucherie combines an old-school butcher shop with a café that holds its own among the best restaurants inRead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Wisconsin

LaDama Refined Mexican Kitchen Cuisine

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Milwaukee
865 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Crazy Water, a cozy bistro at Walker’s Point, presents a nightly dinner menu of new American cuisine elevated by top-quality ingredients. Diners enjoy a choice of seating in two diRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Wisconsin

MOXIE Food + Drink

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Whitefish Bay
800 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
MOXIE Food + Drink is a cheerful North Shore bistro specializing in Italian-American classics and comfort foods. It’s a family-run restaurant open for lunch, dinner and weekend bruRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Wisconsin
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The Original

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
330 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Creative cocktails, ingredient-driven contemporary cuisine and a chic Art Deco-accented space characterize The Original. The charming East Side bistro opened in 2017 in an impeccabRead more
100% recommended
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Tre Rivali

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Milwaukee
903 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Tre Rivali, one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee, is attached to the upscale Kimpton Journeyman Hotel. The spacious restaurant, which includes five distinct dining spaces, specRead more
94% recommended
Hot Spot in Milwaukee
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Easy Tyger

$$$$·Asian·
Milwaukee
129 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Billing itself an Asian gastropub, Easy Tyger in the heart of Brady Street presents modern east-west fusion fare prepared using top-quality seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. IRead more
100% recommended
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Stella Van Buren

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Milwaukee
879 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Stella Van Buren, located on the third floor of the Westin Hotel, is one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee for diners seeking a contemporary steakhouse experience. Prime MidwestRead more
96% recommended
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Don's TV & Repair

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
172 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
Don’s Diner and Cocktails takes inspiration from a classic American diner, but modernized and cheerfully boozy – cocktails, shots, beers, wines and adult milkshakes occupy a full hRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Wisconsin
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Zarletti - Mequon

$$$$·Italian·
Mequon
710 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Top-notch Italian cuisine on the North Shore (relocated from downtown) is the signature of Zarletti-Mequon. The restaurant presents a comprehensive array of authentic Italian, ItalRead more
89% recommended
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Birch and Butcher

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
336 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
The North End bistro Birch and Butcher boasts the only open-fire hearth in Milwaukee, a fixture at the heart of its culinary style. Equally definitive is the restaurant’s dedicatioRead more
92% recommended
Healthy in Wisconsin
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DanDan Milwaukee

$$$$·Chinese·
Milwaukee
1,084 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
DanDan has no claims to Chinese authenticity, but it’s no detriment to a restaurant proudly celebrating the Americanized version of Chinese cuisine. The hip and trendy Third Ward rRead more
93% recommended
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Harry's Bar and Grill

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
343 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Harry’s Bar and Grill, on the east side of Milwaukee not far from the shores of Lake Michigan, has established itself as a welcoming neighborhood eatery serving up seriously good cRead more
97% recommended
Great for Lunch in Wisconsin

Third Coast Provisions

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Milwaukee
792 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Top among the best restaurants in Milwaukee for seafood is Third Coast Provisions, a spacious and chic three-story venue with an oyster bar on the main floor. The freshest oysters Read more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Wisconsin

Mason Street Grill

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
2,709 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Inside the Pfister Hotel in the heart of downtown Milwaukee is Mason Street Grill, a sleek and modern steakhouse serving top-quality steaks, seafood and all the classics along withRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Wisconsin

The Diplomat

$$$$·American·
Milwaukee
88 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
The Diplomat is a stylish bistro on the Lower East Side helmed by chef Dane Baldwin, who is also behind the Milwaukee hot spots Harbor House and Carnevor. At Diplomat, Baldwin presRead more
90% recommended
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Morel

$$$$·American·
Wisconsin
713 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
At the top-notch farm-to-table restaurant Morel, chef Jonathan Manyo takes culinary inspiration from his native Wisconsin and its abundance of incredible ingredients. Manyo works wRead more
97% recommended
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Amilinda

$$$$·Spanish·
Milwaukee
263 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Amilinda brings the finest of Spanish and Portuguese cuisine to East Town. At this cozy, romantic spot with exposed brick and a brightly tiled chef’s counter, chef Gregory Leon briRead more
95% recommended
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