Mader's German Restaurant

4.3
931 Reviews
$31 to $50
German
At Mader's German Restaurant, you'll get the best ethnic German cuisine that Wisconsin has to offer. Our menus are filled with ethnic dishes that raise the standards of fine dining in Milwaukee. Not many restaurants in the Milwaukee area have as much history as Mader’s. You’ll dine amid a stunning $3 million dollar collection of art, suits of medieval armour and antiques dating back to the 14th century. Browse through our menus, and you will be inclined to make a reservation to experience why Mader's Restaurant continues to be ranked among the top restaurants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin throughout the years.
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FamilyFour
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating a birthday at Mader's. Food was excellent German food; loved the option of choosing some dishes that offered a wide variety of things to try. .

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vipHoll
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The valet who parked out car was very nice and friendly, as was our very nice server. This was the second and last time we will be coming…first brunch, today lunch, the food was, well, inedible. We both had some kind of sampler platter and neither of us could eat much of anything. I’m not going into detail, but basically tasteless. Last try for Maders, which is a shame because we do enjoy a nice, white tablecloth lunch and had high hopes.

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TamiW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Our waiter Miles was attentive and very personable. We will definitely be back.

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JulieG
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Mader's on New Year's Eve. It has a lovely old-world charm with its interior decor. Obviously, the menu is focused on German cuisine, but there are a few non-German options. One note is that the menu on Open Table lists a filet mignon, but that is not offered in the restaurant. The quality of the food is very good. We had the ribeye and the pork shank, and both were excellent. The server was polite and efficient. The restaurant also offers valet parking, which was especially helpful on an evening where nearby parking lots were charging event pricing. If you enjoy German food, I would highly recommend Mader's.

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DJVike
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our New Years Eve dinner was fantastic. My wife had the salmon and I had the duck which were both great. Mader's certainly lived up to their fine reputation and we'll be back soon!

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DennyL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was barely warm and rather bland for German food. At $35 - $39 a plate ($137 for two) it was far from Gourmet German! Other than the ambience with the Holiday decorations it was a very moderate and somewhat disappointing dining experience!

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LoveFood
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server (Miles) was fantastic! The food was delicious as always! Great place for dinner after a show at the Fiserv!

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vipBlackhawkFan
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal before a Bucks game. Friendly staff handled a big crowd well.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

it’s sad to see such a limited menu. many of the favorites are not available. many of the little service touches are being over looked, plate presentation, portions sizes.
christmas decorations were very disappointing.

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vipmomsshopping
Milwaukee
69 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Very disappointed. Chicken was served undercooked. Sent back and ordered spaghetti and meatballs. Sauce was very dark and way too spicy. The service was spotty at best. What happened to one of favorite restaurants?

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SaraK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beer and German food

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beckyrae
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had not been to Maders in many years. I’ve always known it to be a top notch restaurant. This week we were there after a matinee at 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon. Not exactly prime time so I’ll give it some slack for that. The hostess was not as professional as you’d think for this type of establishment. She was fine but more inline with a hostess working at Denny’s. Our waitress tried to impress us by not writing anything down which always makes me a little nervous. She forgot our appetizer which I reminded her of when she brought our salads. The waitress was nice enough to let us order petite Cesar salads instead of the full-size portion. But the lettuce was warm with two anchovies, the dressing was tasteless. The Reuben rolls appetizer was the best part of the meal and so was the complimentary bread - delicious! Next came our entrees - nothing was horrible - just uninspired. Two of us had schnitzel which was bland and dry. The goulash was mostly gravy. One of us ordered a full-size Cesar but the waitress misunderstood and brought her a petite one as her entree. We decided to go elsewhere for dessert. Just disappointing. Won’t be back. I normally don’t write negative reviews but I hope they’ll use this to improve - it’s a lovely spot and an institution in the city which I’d hate to lose.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner fir my daughter

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LisaW
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal during the holiday season. Loved it!

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Janisc
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It nwas a busy night but our waitress made sure that we got everything on time so we could get to the concert.Food was delicious. Decorations were beautiful.

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Dennis
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch. Food was delicious and perfect. Excellent service was provided by Carla.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food! Can't wait to come back again

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KatieS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom is celiac and has such a hard time going out to eat. Our server went above and beyond to make sure she had a delicious meal catered to her allergen!

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DeniseK
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food & Service--We cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

It was my Birthday.
We were sat in Middle dining room and the lightening was just too bright. People who were dining in the front Dining room would step in, Congregate, stand over us and speak loudly amongst theirselves as they were getting to leave or on their way back to their table, I am sure because it seemed like a spot to do that on their way back from the restroom and i think lightening has to do with that. The room is lit more like a coat closet and not an area others are trying to dine and enjoy their meal. We asked to be seated in the front dining area, as it seemed more appropriate for our occasion and the evening and even though there appeared to be plenty of room, were told no because the server in the back needed tables.

The food, was delicious, even though we were told a few items were sold out and the menu was not updated with current inventory of beers. No MGD like menu states. Understand you no longer carry.

Price is as expected and the food Never disappoints. The Valet super friendly, server clearly new, but in all, we come here for the food. And it was delicious as always.

Thank you.

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PhilR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really good German food. Excellent German beer & wine selection. Easy valet parking. Great Christmas decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My Brandy old fashioned was watery

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viptarfamily
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

2 of three meals sent back. 1 was so salty it was inedible, other was extremely tough (meat), to the point that it was difficult to chew. Manager notified and had the meals recooked, but same problem with meat, and recooked salty dish never came back to table before the rest of my party had eaten and were ready to leave. Service extremely slow and we had already been waiting for over an hour to eat so decided to leave hungry. This is not our first bad experience at this restaurant but kept giving it more chances due to nostalgia. This was it for us. We won’t return.

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benS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service - super desserts. Seating is pretty packed.

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Brenda
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

There was a crying baby for the entire time we were having dinner. As. Result to high noise level, our family couldn’t even have a nice conversation during dinner. Very annoying, won’t return to this place.

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RichardB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding in every way. He even offered us a tour of this beautiful establishment at the conclusion of our meal. This was probably possible as it was near closing time.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I ordered the Beef Rouladen which was tough. Tables are too close together; easily heard conversations at next table. COVID!

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bcv1
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came from Art Museum. We’re starving and enjoyed eating the sampler.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

So so food good service nice inside.

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vipMikeC
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food in a fun, energetic setting with a great bar and lots of interesting German things throughout. The food was honestly wonderful - large servings and typically German so not a ton of vegetables, but delicious. We loved our waitress, she pointed us in the right direction with what to order and how much. She was kind of flip and a little too direct for some, but we liked her. Overall, I"m sure they are suffering from being understaffed as it took a long time to get seated and we didn't have frequent water or drink checks. Didn't matter - everyone in our party of 8 and another party of 4 lov
ed it.

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TomC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been dining at Maders for over 30 years. Whenever we get to Milwaukee we make sure we schedule a dinner at Maders. Food and service are always excellent.

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AngelaK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evrything was great! Food, drinks, company

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vipNoname
Denver
511 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It's been a few years (OK, decade) for me to travel to Milwaukee and there's the current COVID thing to boot. But it was wonderful to see that things were still the same at Mader's on this recent luncheon visit. There was no time for a more complete dinner but I couldn't come to town without going here and, as always, glad that I did. A newly-hired server took great care of us, very friendly and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our food and drink. I had visited Germany over the years but from the time I last dined here and this trip, I lived in Munich for 3+ years. With that as a comparison, we found things to be about as authentic as possible. That said, some nice Wisconsin touches too and still offering free valet parking these days, in the shadow of Fiserv Arena, is a major bonus. Hope it won't be nearly as long until I see you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was a little slow as are many places these days with the shortage of staff, but the servers were very helpful and pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friends celebrating life event

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food on the plate came out at different temperatures. Most of the food was lukewarm when it was served to us. The waitress did an okay job at paying attention to our table. I was disappointed that no one mentioned the dinner was for a birthday celebration which I indicated on the reservation.

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Kate
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and food. A must when visiting Milwaukee.

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bithdayparty56
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Anniversary, enjoyed the feel of Germany, had a early reservation, they were out of many dishes on the menu., snd their anniversary glass. Schnitzel was tough and it took our 20 minutes to get a knife to cut it. If we go back We will stick to the sausage

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ChristyM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant overall! Wait staff are in German outfits. The food is excellent and generous. Prices fit the quality and quantity. A fun must see restaurant.

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Mader's German Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 271-3377.

Mader's German Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 931 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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