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Buckley's Restaurant & Bar, Milwaukee, WI

Buckley's Restaurant & Bar

4.8
4.8
253 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Buckley's is a cozy neighborhood spot in the heart of Milwaukee's East Town. Located two blocks from Lake Michigan and the Calatrava, Buckley’s is an ideal all occasion restaurant in downtown Milwaukee. An ever-evolving menu showcases seasonal ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. To compliment your dining experience, peruse the thoughtfully curated 200 bottle wine list or select a beverage from an extensive cocktail program that has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the city. Customize your dining experience to meet your needs whether you choose to enjoy a four course meal or simply grab a burger at the bar. However you choose to enjoy a visit to Buckley’s, do not forget to order a signature house-made dessert. You won’t regret it!

At this family owned and operated restaurant, guests are treated like family. Come see for yourself!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:15 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:15 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (414) 277-1111
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Cross street
    On the corner of Cass Street and Wells Street
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Dog Friendly, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Good for business meals

  • Wisconsin

    Contemporary American

  • Milwaukee

    Best Ambiance

  • Milwaukee

    Good for business meals

  • Milwaukee

    Neighborhood gem

  • Milwaukee

    Great for fine wines

  • Milwaukee

    Contemporary American

253 Reviews
  1. CharlieW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic drinks, meal, and service. We had a wonderful time and they were considerate of our plans afterward

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  2. Sparke

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful restaurant. We visit every time we are in Milwaukee. The food is wonderful and the portion/price ratio is outstanding for the quality. Our server Jessica was marvelous; she was friendly with a great sense of humor.

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  3. MMeadows

    Milwaukee

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful gem for Milwaukee. Great food, awesome cocktails and terrific service. A must try!

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  4. CKBB

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered steak (medium) and it was prepared closer to medium-well, or well-done, flavored was cooked out of it or didn't exist. My guest ordered the lobster dish on special and pasta was wet, lobster was "fishy" tasting. Service was great to start but as the restaurant got busier our service lagged significantly. Table next to us we too close for comfort, didn't feel we could have a private conversation, and had to hear their entire conversation. Host could have sat us at a table that was not right on top of another but "stuck" us in the corner even though we had a reservation. Have had great experiences in the past year months but very disappointed in the latest visit.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was yummy, Artichoke hearts are a must. Jess was amazing as our server and had wonderful suggestions for local brunch and nightlife activities suggestions. The restaurant has a New Orleans swanky feel too it, low lighting, and kinda loud. Wide variety of wine, beer and a very extensive liquor list. Highly recommend

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  6. AusS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Server didn’t check on us until we were ready to leave.

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  7. ChristopherG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu with some of the best dessert ever! Definitely going back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always a pleasure dining at Buckleys. The atmosphere is great, food and service are exceptional and the cocktails are delicious!

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  9. Matt

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails, appetizers, entrees, desserts all so good. This is one of my favorite places in Milwaukee for any type of occasion, even if you're just grabbing a cocktail before a Bucks game.

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  10. SusanS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were great and enjoyed the music that was playing.

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  11. mommio

    New Orleans

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always look forward to enjoying a meal at Buckley's. Consistently great food with wonderful service.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and exceptional service. The carrot cake…omg

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  13. JulieE

    Alabama

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait staff were very pleasant, friendly and helpful. We had three appetizers that were great and the main dishes of steak,scallops and chicken were wonderful. The restaurant was clean and very well appointed. The atmosphere was inviting and comfortable.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at Buckley’s! We ordered the spicy vodka sauce pasta and the Buckley’s burger. Both were fantastic! For dessert, we tried the carrot cake which was a great finish to the meal. The service was fantastic and the ambiance was perfect for our date night.

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  15. CeciliaG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were outstanding as usual! Although I have been frequenting the restaurant since it first open, the waitress gave us a history and was very diligent in explaining the menu. I brought someone who had never been there, and they very satisfied with the service and the menu!

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  16. Stashasmom

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, fresh food. Loved the rainbow chard salad and fresh sourdough. Desserts were also amazing.

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  17. Annie

    Milwaukee

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! Best burger in town! Fish fry is also great on Fridays.

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  18. Colgol

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere. Recommend asking if there are any specials that are not on the written menu. Went on a Friday, and no one mentioned they had fish fry. Wasn't on the menu and waitress did not mention.

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  19. DavidS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down, my favorite place to dine in Milwaukee! The cocktails are wonderful, the entrees are superb, especially the salmon, and the desserts are homemade and fabulous! Excellent service and reasonable prices, too!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate our anniversary. We received an enchanting dining experience. The host staff was warm and welcoming. Our table was ready when we arrived. Tina introduced herself and asked for our cocktail order. My wife enjoyed her Sauvignon Blanc and they made me a great Manhattan. We loved the Roasted Brussels Sprouts; Scallops and the Vegan Smoked Sweet Potato. The portions were generous and the food delicious! Although we passed on dessert, the Carrot Cake looked amazing. We will definitely be back! Thank you for a great evening!

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  21. JPJS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hadn't been to Buckley's in years, and were really delighted by our experience there. The service was excellent - both our waiter and the bartender went above and beyond to engage with us, offer recommendations and simply be courteous and kind. The food was also excellent.

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  22. Annie

    Milwaukee

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Buckley's never disappoints! Hubby had the pasta, and I had the burger (best burger in town). We started with the roasted brussels sprouts (AMAZING) - very cool combo of olives and almonds added for flair. Drinks are always terrific - he had "old and in the way" craft cocktail (yes, it's really called that) and I had a new wine on the list Grenacha. Sara our server was terrific. Always love Buckleys!

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  23. emma

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    the waiter and staff were super friendly and helpful! felt taken care of the whole experience. very nice to see a family owned place do so well. i love the overall aesthetic of the interior as well. was very clean as well.

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  24. greatspot

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the best spots in Milwaukee. The atmosphere is always great, and the owners are outstanding.

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  25. Congusto

    Denver

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was horrendous. Dropping entrees while we were still eating appetizers. Never cleared plates. They were stacked on the table, and not just ours. Salmon cooked thru, server never checked back. Nice space, but definitely won’t be back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not stuffy or pretentious. Great food. Will be going back

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  27. Aaron

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed Buckley's for a belated Valentines Day celebration dinner. The appetizers were wonderful, but the entree pasta was a bit bland. However, we enjoyed it all with excellent wine from the bargain bin and a delicious slice of cheesecake and port for dessert. We thought Buckley's offered incredible value, pleasing ambiance (though a bit loud from a rowdy table, but they were having a fun time!), and adventurous offerings for food and wine! We definitely recommend!

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  28. AnnD

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was very good. Our drinks (Bourbon Sour) was great. My dinner did not meet my expectations. I ordered Monday Meatloaf and part of it was burnt and dried out, the potatoes and beans were good.

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  29. feedandbfed

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service, food and an atmosphere to match.

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  30. LisaT

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a nice meal! Cool atmosphere, perfect portions and good service…I’m coming back!

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  31. Louie

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite dining spots in Milwaukee! Everything about it is perfect - can’t wait to return

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  32. Tacomonster

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dude working there is hot and has a huge dong, and every girl working there is smart and funny and is beautiful. The food and drink are also great.

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  33. CyndiC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been coming here for years. The best of ‘casual’ fine dining: creative, varied menu with good pricing….. high quality ingredients. Great wine selection. This restaurant is owned and operated by an incredible family. (And, the best desserts you could ever imagine are made in house! )

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  34. Annie

    Milwaukee

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Buckleys! They have one of the best burgers in MKE. Also big fans of their pasta dishes. Fun drinks, like "old and in the way" with four roses bourbon. We always have excellent service. Summers are especially fun eating outside. Buckley's is our go-to restaurant. We drive all the way from Waukesha!

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  35. Reviewer1

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    OMG!!!!!!!!! This was so unexpectedly DELICIOUS!!!! Service was wonderful, food was OUTSTANDING, and pricing was totally fair. If you are in MKE, you must go here!!!

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  36. JaneT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & quick service! Our server was really friendly. Appreciate that they validate parking downtown.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service, great food! We were the last reservation for the evening, and were treated like the first.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, delicious food and cocktails, and truly a wonderful place for any occasion!

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  39. BobH

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, foccacia, beet salad was awesome. The scallops & the lobster pasta entrees were very fishy tasting. Could not eat the pasta. Very disappointing for this price point. Side note, was surprised when had a split charge on an appetizer. Hoping for better, unfortunately will not be back.

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  40. EaMilwaukee

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had the $45 strip steak. Steak was cooked okay, but under seasoned and was covered in green goddess dressing. Not sure why anyone would think smothering a steak in green goddess dressing would be appealing.

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FAQs

Buckley's Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 277-1111.

Buckley's Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Buckley's Restaurant & Bar

801 N Cass St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3908

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On the corner of Cass Street and Wells Street
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:15 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:15 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Dog Friendly, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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