Mader's German Restaurant

4.6
823 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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Izzy
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not the same level of quality as in years past.

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ShayS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff was friendly and attentive! It was an exceeding enjoyable experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve dinner

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anneb
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Maders is an annual tradition for our family. We always enjoy our meal and experience, but the food was even more exceptional this last time. They also renovated and it looks beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the quality and selection if the the food. Perfectly prepared. The drink menu was especially tempting and well crafted. The Apple strudel was literally the best I’d ever eaten.

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vipJamesS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Food as always.......Service was amazing......

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private
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The only negative - there was a wedding party in the room adjacent to ours (no door on the room) and they were wandering in and out of our dining room and not wearing masks and not being quiet. I don't think the group was to be blamed, but the manager should not have allowed this situation to occur.

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viprpatti
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable dining experience.

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vipCarrie
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Honestly it was a disappointment. We selected the restaurant to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday. Our server and host were great, as were the surroundings but the food was tasteless and Luke warm. Prices are high and we expected better. Loved the giant pretzel but that was the only highlight of the food. Maybe just an off night but really thought food needed work

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family has been coming here for generations and the food & ambiance have always been outstanding!

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Mader's in a number of years. It was everything we remembered and were very happy to be there again. It is a treasure of a place and we hope that it can continue on for many more years.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very attentive service

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Kennysue
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m not a German food kind of person but I will certainly be back!

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sharonm
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maders is classic Milwaukee! Updated menu has more options than in the past and when you go here you can enjoy a classic German dining hall feel, but also there is a nice bar (with booths and bar counter) and outside patio, both with TV's so if you want to watch Sports it's great. Excellent and attentive service and the food is the best German food we have ever had (and we have been to Germany). We highly recommend Maders!!

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JeannetteD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best German Restaurant in the Midwest. Had the German Sampler and everything was great. So full we couldn't eat dessert at Mader's, so they packed up the strudel for us to heat at home. Service is friendly and just the right amount of interaction.

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AimeeW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maders is truly a Milwaukee treasure. My family has been going there for generations, and it was nice to enjoy the authentic German cuisine and Old World ambiance with my daughter while we were in town. Staff was friendly, food was great, just like I remember. Definitely a must if you're in the area!

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JeanneO
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! The food and drinks were very good! Amberly was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu, and knew exactly what to recommend for us.
We got there a bit early for our reservation, and they seated us right away.
We will be back next year!! Highly recommend the Rouladen and the German Sampler. The Rheinischer Sauerbraten was phenomenal!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

First off I want to say the food was great, we had the Reuben rolls which were delicious as was the rest of the meal. However we just didn’t feel comfortable in this place due to the lack of social distancing and laissez faire attitude of some staff relating to wearing masks. The maitre’d (who was wearing a full respirator mask) wanted to initially sit us in a booth in a very busy bar area with every booth occupied and customers sitting literally back to back. When we asked to be more socially distanced he managed after a few minutes to find another table in the smaller dining area which was properly distanced although in a main thoroughfare to the restrooms. However what concerned us was that a number of key staff such as the barman ( a tall dark haired guy who made our drinks )and a blonde male member of the waiting team either weren’t wearing a mask or had at times their mouth and nose uncovered. The blonde guy coughing as he walked by our table. Several other diners were seen wandering around the restaurant again all without masks and without staff asking them to wear one. Coupling this with slow service and for reasons of safety we wouldn’t recommend this place. Which is a shame as the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Always fun!

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vipMaryC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a must when visiting MKE-the giant pretzel!!

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TheresaM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic German cuisine and beer . The strudel is the perfect dessert after the meal

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JLynx
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best German food outside of Germany. I had the Rouladen and my companion had the Pork shank. Wunderbar!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting and was my grandfather’s favorite place here.

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vipMortgagemaster
Dallas
82 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must-dine spot when in Milwaukee. Food, service and atmosphere were all top-notch. I cannot recommend this establishment highly enough. Standout items include the gigantic soft pretzel and the veal schnitzel with king crab.

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ChristinaH
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sauerbraten was phenomenal! Definitely going there again when I visit Milwaukee! My grandmother recommended it and I really enjoyed myself!

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KarenR
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was very good but a bit salty. Definitely will go back.

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KarlM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

During an infrequent to Milwaukee (from Denver) we definitely wanted German food. Mader's seemed to be rated the best. We were not disappointed; the food was terrific, a pork shank, mushroom strudel, potato pancakes and Hofbrau beer. This was deep in the COVID scare, so downtown Milwaukee and Mader's was pretty empty, which affected the ambiance, but nothing else.

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vipBisney
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was disappointing. There were only five tables at lunch so the chef could have made sure the food was perfectly executed.

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vipApache
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food & outdoor seating atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service!!!

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vipJohnny
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience, 3 of us all ordered the German Sampler. Service excellent and good beer choices.

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ShawnR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Mader's has a long way to go. My experience was terrible! Waiter lacked proper training. He rushed us through the entire meal. We order salad, main course and wine. Salad came. Three minutes later, the main course arrived. I got only two bites of my salad before I had to deal with it. Our wine didn't show up until our main course had arrived.
The main course was wholly un-appetizing. No seasoning, way over cooked and had no taste was the meat.
Our water glasses were never refilled. I had to give mine to my friend. After the check arrived, the waiter never came back! I could have not paid and no one would have been the wiser.

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JosephL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Delicious food and perfectly attentive service from Jackie! She made sure our evening was terrific!
Hope to be back soon!

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vipJetnoise
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on tap Spaten Optimator! Delicious potato pancakes, wonderful authentic German food and a hot fresh baked strudel for desert. Don’t miss this one. Worth the price -

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Best German food around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

I went here as a recommendation of my Father that had been here as a child. It looks just as iconic and classy as it has ever. The service was great and we were seated at a table that Bob Hope had dined at. The food was very fresh and delicious. The only thing I would say is that the portions are enormous and can be shared to cut down on waste and leftovers. We stayed at a hotel so we didn’t want leftovers and we split the Rhine platter and an appetizer (and a soup for my son) which was plenty.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant!! The Reuben appetizer was so good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely marvelous dinner at Mader's with two friends. Service and food were outstanding!

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Cruiser1227
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were celebrating our son's birthday so we chose a special occasion place. When i made the reservation, i indicated that we were celebrating. Not sure if anything would've been done if I hadn't mentioned it to our server.
She took very good care of us, was very friendly and was able to help with our food selection, understanding that we have some dietary restrictions. We enjoyed our meals, a chicken dish, veal and a vegetarian option. The beer drinkers enjoyed their beer and i enjoyed my wine. Had the reuben rolls as an appetizer and an amazing piece of strudel for dessert.

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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 4.6 stars by 823 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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