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About Amilinda

Inspired by the flavors of Spain & Portugal, Chef Gregory León crafts his dishes using locally sourced ingredients paired with specialty items from the Iberian Peninsula.

315 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Portuguese

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Located between Milwaukee & Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 369-3683

Website:
http://www.amilinda.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking available as well as validated parking at 411 E Wisconsin Ave - $2.50/3hrs with validation. Valet available for $7 at the Mariott Hotel adjacent to us.

Executive Chef:
Gregory Leon

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Amilinda Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Creative Cuisine (19)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Authentic (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (12)
Casual (11)
Fun (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Seasonal (9)
Healthy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love Amilinda every time! The food is inventive and delicious. Service solid and reliable. Environment cozy and comfortable. Look forward to our next visit...

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

very good, although the waiter was friendly and attentive, when asked about the fish "its white fish, sort of like tuna and fishy tasting" I'm pretty sure he didn't know what kind of fish it was, and after his description, we certainly didn't risk it.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

If I had a Portuguese grandmother, this is the food she would make me. Menu changes daily- always something new!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Superb dinner. The mussels starter is the ideal prelude to any entree. Renea is a warm, conscientious and knowledgeable server. #💖Amilinda

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I have been to Amilinda several times and each time have tried something new. I've not been disappointed. This time I had the Merguez Lamb Meatballs. They were full of flavor and covered in a delicious sauce/gravy of which I inhaled every bit. My dining partner had the vegetarian option, which that evening included butternut squash and zucchini but in a way that he'd never tasted or seen before. There was not a scrap left on his plate, so I'm assuming he enjoyed his as much as I did mine. I LOVE that the food is locally sourced and that you feel welcome and cozy amid the downtown of Milwaukee. Orry & Gregory have hit the spot with Amilinda.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is The Spot! New fave! Presentation, and food were amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The pork steak was great. Also had the olive leaf appetizer. Cocktails were delicious too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We had a great meal at Amilinda, the staff was very friendly, the food was delicious and the wine was perfect. Highly recommend getting the Pork. The lamb pot pie was a great appetizer too. The head chef stopped by to see how dinner was, always a sign of a great chef.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a great meal and experience. My boyfriend and I are frequent diners!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious food and great service. I love the changing menu, there is always something new to try. One of my favorite Milwaukee restaurants.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The Portuguese food was very authentic. Cocktails were unique and refreshing. We ordered a Portuguese red wine labeled “Pavao” which turned out to be an excellent complement to the meal.
The service was warm & hospitable making it an enjoyable evening.
This is definitely a restaurant to visit again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 21, 2017

After this meal, I feel that this may very well be one of the top five restaurants in Milwaukee.

We started with Jamón Ibérico--Lemon Verbena--Extra Virgin Olive Oil--Radish Salad. Jamon is a mainstay of every Spanish and/or tapas restaurant. It is a prosciutto-like product, only better. The thing that made this one stand out was the preparation. Pure bliss and beautiful to boot.

Next up was the Caldo Verde - this was one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted in a soup. It's a cream soup made with kale and linguisa, which is a slightly spicy Portuguese sausage. It was hearty and smokey and most of all roll-your-eyes-back delicious. Simply amazing.

Next up, Carcamusa--Braised Pork Shoulder--Piquillo Pepper Confit--Fingerling Potatoes. It was not in the description, but also in this dish was a piece of what tasted like chorizo sausage. Once again, we were floored by this dish.

Another main was Roasted Za'atar Spanish Paprika Chicken--Parsnip Purée--Roasted Brussels Sprouts--Pickled Red Onions. This was also amazing. I did feel the chicken was just a tad dry, but overall a delicious dish.

We don't normally order dessert but on this evening we ordered two. One was drop the mic on the floor and walk off fantastic. It was a carrot cake muffin with ice cream. I've never tasted its equal. Simply six-star delicious. INSANE!

Once again we observed executive chef Gregory Leon working on each dish in the tiny kitchen. He stopped by our table and I was pleased to tell him just how good his work is. One at our table stated "you can taste the heart at the place." Service was terrific.

This place deserves 5 full stars. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Tapas
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 20, 2017

From the moment one walks in the red door of this charming place you know you're in someplace special. There's great smells wafting in the air, lively hum of the patrons and gorgeous food coming out of the open kitchen. I love the ambience and lighting anddecor, it's very personal and intimate. You feel like you're in the Leon's house! I have been to Amilinda about 6 or 7 times and have always left very satisfied with a warm comfortable glow...the food, the wine, the music, the friendliness and the food, the food, the food!
Chef Greg makes simple ingredients sing with wonderful and creative combinations of ingredients and spices. There's is attention to detail- from the bread and butter, served with vegetable spread, to the little cookies at the finish. The night we dined there were complimentary babka's, Greg's grandmother's recipe, as a little gift for Hanukka, a nice treat for breakfast!

Tags: Organic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Amilinda dining is an outstanding addition to Milwaukee ‘s food scene. Chef Gregory prepares his original menu as an artist. The friendly knowledgeable wait staff bring across a casual classiness - Milwaukee style - that makes the whole experience delicious. I’ve told my friends they will love Amilinda!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of my favorite spots in Milwaukee for good food and good drinks!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Overall our experience was great. The server was so kind and food delicious. Loved that they gave us a a sweet treat at the end really made it feel extra special. These small touches are what set you a prat from the rest. The only criticism I have is that it took a very long time to get our food and the restaurant was not even half full. We had to ask about it due to us having a show to go to. The reservation was 1.5 hrs before our show stareted, so it should’ve been more than enough time. We did need to rush at the end.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

All day, every day one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was a wonderful evening. Great food, great wines and a charming and warm environment.

Tags: Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fun
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We Love Amilinda! This gem of a restaurant downtown Milwaukee always offer well crafted, balanced and very tasty creations. Owner / Chef Gregory Leon infuses his art in every plate and uses only the best quality ingredients. The Spanish / Portuguese influences is present in the whole menu and entering in this venue is like being transported to a small food place in Lisbon or Madrid!
The service is genuinely friendly and attentive and the wine list very interesting.
We always leave happy and we always want to go back to Amilinda again! Thank you Greg, Thank you Orry! Happy Holidays!
Claudia and Luigi

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I went to Amalinda on a Friday night for date night. We had a wonderful time, the food was amazing and the service was incredible. It was a little pricey but everything was delicious so I think it was worth it. I would feinitely reccomend to a friend who’s looking for a cozy, authentic place for dinner!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dec 8, 2017

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I regret not dining at Amilinda sooner. My lamb shank was rich with flavor, moist, and tender. The simple decor and table placement belies the complexity of flavor and care in presentation. Amilinda will be a regular stop for my Wife and I.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very unique food and cocktail menu! I love trying new foods and if you’re like me, this is perfect for you. Their menu changes often and if you blink you’ll miss the location. Our server, Matty, was fantastic with just the right amount of attention paid to our table. They even sent us away with a mini-cake for each, nice touch!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This was our 2nd time at Amilinda (after a recent trip to Portugal) and we were very surprised of how both the food and service declined. We started with the Smoked Trout salad and settled on the Tuna Marmitako entrees. Everything was extremely bland and we even had to ask the server for some salt! Thank goodness for 1/2 off a bottle wine night that somewhat redeemed the night.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Dinner at Amilinda always delights. We love it. Food is amazing.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Another fabulous meal. We started with a vegetarian meal as an appetizer and then each had a chicken, pork and steak meal. Flavors, sauce and sides all complimented each other perfectly.

Hats off to the owners who take pride in what they do while soliciting customer feedback.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a lovely time at Amilinda. My friend and I enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen activity. Cocktails were truly craft. We went with the wait staff's recommendation and had the lamb shank. Delectable. Also had the smoked trout salad and shared two luscious desserts.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tapas
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I drove up to Milwaukee for our wedding anniversary so we wanted to eat somewhere with an original menu that used fresh local ingredients so we went with Amilinda. We both agreed that this was one of the best meals we have ever had. This place is nothing short of amazing. The menu is small and is constantly changing so you know that the ingredients used are fresh and the dishes are executed perfectly. Everything we had was perfect from the cheese board to the lamb as well as their life changing cocktails. These guys are doing something special in that town and I would highly recommend Amilinda to anyone looking for an amazing dining experience. The servers know the menu and are great at describing the dishes and drinks. What a great place! I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our group of 9 was simply delighted with everything about this small Portuguese place. We really appreciated the very interesting menu choices and everyone loved the food. We shared bottles of Spanish bubbly...some of us had the bacalhau, which was great on this blustery night. the steak was very good, too. We had a chance to chat with the fascinating and friendly chef-owner through the opening in the wall between the kitchen and the foyer - and learned a lot. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere. The dessert, some sort of play on cheesecake, was magnificent. We will definitely be coming back soon.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We always come to Amilinda for birthday celebrations! We appreciate Chef Greg Leon's mastery and the friendly vibe of the wait staff. Strong commitment to local ingredients is evident in the quality. There is always something new to savor and the wine list is excellent. Cheers!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It’s a very small restaurant and basic atmosphere—meaning not ornate but the food is so delicious. My husband had the smoked trout salad—which he wouldn’t share. I had the cider roasted chicken and my husband had the pork steak for the main. Nice sized portions and so good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I have been to Amilinda a number of times and have never left hungry or unhappy with the meal I ate. I am not a very adventurous eater and their menu changes seasonally which means I have to constantly find something new to try. I strongly recommend trying Amilinda!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were thoroughly impressed by our dinner at Amilinda. The food was phenomenal and the drinks were delicious -- what a gem on Wisconsin Ave!

They even brought out a glass of champagne for each of us when they found out we just got married -- it was so thoughtful, and it reflects on how genuine and kind our waiter was all night. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The place was small, a little difficult to find, but once in the server was friendly and attentive, the food was outstanding, as were the drinks, and the ambiance was good too. We really enjoyed it and are sure to go back

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We love Amilinda - the food/ambiance/service all exceptional!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2017

2nd time at this restaurant. Did not enjoy our main entrees as much as the last visit but soup and bread were outstanding. Excellent service

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was really good but waiter appeared to lack knowledge and training of what he was serving!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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