Mader's German Restaurant

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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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LF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a date night away from home. Recommendations were very good and the service was excellent.

F
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel was an amazing server! Food was fantastic, we got the tour of Germany and it did NOT disappoint

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with group

CK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Where to start? The food was superb, the service was the stately old school with time between courses to enjoy. Such a beautiful setting. I almost thought I was back in Munich at the Rathskeller. Would definitely recommend unless you are in a hurry. Why rush, savior the entire experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Mader's for NYE 2020 dinner. Our table was ready immediately at check-in. Our server made several excellent beverage and meal recommendations. Kudos to her for being able to pronounce those difficult German names! The stained glass, wooden carvings and arched ceilings added the perfect ambiance to an intimate dinner experience. Thank you Mader's for making our night special!

MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A tradition of dining here before catching my flight home to NYC after visiting family in Wisconsin.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I hate writing a negative review especially after speaking to the manager who apologized and made it right. My review is strictly about our service or lack of service. We have never had such terrible service. Our server was rude and just didn't care about serving us. I'm not sure if it was because we had a party of eight and her tip was automatically added to the bill and she just didn't care. It's hard to give a accurate review of the food because it was cold when served due to our server. We were very disheartened by our experience.

LF
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have been going to Mader's for years. I understand it is a popular place and it was a busy night, but we had to wait over 30 minutes past our reservation time for a table. However, food and service was fantastic as always. Will of course go back!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Food is great but pricey. Wait time for food after ordering was longer than 1.5 hour. Obvious kitchen issues this evening but no service recovery attempts by our waiter, drinks not refilled, table avoidance & no manager follow up. Most tables in our area were waiting on food. Very sad as we have loved to visit when in town but can no longer recommend based on lack of customer appreciation.

b
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy! Thank you once again for taking such good care of us.

RO
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Christmas with my brother and sister in law

JV
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Restaurant was very hot! We moved into the bar and it was quite noisy and busy. Our server was very personable but the service was slow from both the bar and the food service.

NW
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family/party of 10 had a great time, good food, super ambience and an overall great time. We were seated at a big table in the bar so it was noisy, but that added to the frivolity. Thanks for a terrific memory!

AV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place for both company and family. Delicious food, friendly personnel and warm atmosphere

SL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were there on a not very (seemingly) busy Friday at 5:30 pm. Service was fairly quick however those providing the service weren't as friendly as I expected. Not enough smiles and conversation. Food was very good.

JO
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal. Had a friend from Germany out for dinner. He said as good as any meal he had back home. Can't wait to return.

LD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time with family and friends before Kris Kringle market.

A
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

German cuisine served in a jaw-droppingly beautiful, historic building. The menu features classic favorites and updated fare like Mac and Cheese with Scallops (although, this is a dish that probably should not be on a German restaurant's menu). The food is absolutely delicious and the portions are huge. Service was attentive and very friendly. Their coffee was excellent (always the sign of a restaurant that cares about quality) and the apple strudel was a perfectly sweet ending. There's a reason that Mader's has survived 117 years. It's wonderful! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone living in or visiting Milwaukee.

k
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our dinner at Maders brought back fond memories for my 89 year old father. We celebrated Christmas with an afternoon dinner followed by a play at a downtown theater. Thank you Shannon for your wonderful service.

BK
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food the wine prices were very good We just love the place. We go there three to four times a year and each time is excellent.

MB
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at Mader's for years. Every experience has been excellent in every way.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mader's is the last quality German restaurant in Milwaukee. Everything on the menu is delicious and authentic I have never had a bad meal or experience I dine there every time I'm in Milwaukee and have recommended to many.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great dinner

d
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It has lost its former glory. Food was cold and tasteless. But the prices are still quite high.

JS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Valet parking service with friendly attendant. Arrived 15 minutes early and were seated immediately and a were greeted by two lovely servers. We had the Rueben Roll appetizer and Beef & Mushroom Strudel, the German Sampler, Wiener Schnitzel. Each dish was perfectly prepared and delicious. This special restaurant is a must visit if you are ever in Milwaukee. Old World Charm!

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Been going to Maders for several years & have always had a good meal. This time both of us ordered hamburgers medium. I specifically said I wanted it pink. Both were charred & dried out. I’m not blaming the server but the cook should certainly have known the burgers were overdone.

K
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional the food very good . The oxtail soup was excellent the sausage platter was divine. The wiener snitzel was tender . Classic German food the best Mileaukee has to offer . we would definitely done there again, We went to the Bucks game and could park for free just tipping the valet is a great idea.

OT
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Inattentive service, barely warm food. When asked for a “working pen” to sign credit card, server told us he had blue ink all over his leg from exploding pens. Disgusting comment! I expected more from this iconic restaurant. Only three tables in entire restaurant and 4 people at the bar!

TW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Rueben appetize very good. Had the Taste of Germany. Pork shank very good, sauerbraten needed more sauce, was very good when you got that sauerbraten taste but at time seemed like just eating a beef roast, smoke pork chop well cooked but not a lot of flavor - a ground mustard sauce to go with it would be great. I used the apple flavored sauce for the shank with the pork chop and it was good. Schnitzel was okay. Sides were good. Lot of food - plan on a take-home box. Overall, not a meal I would order again, okay to try once for the selection but a little pricey for the overall quality.

a
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date or birthday dinner! Wiener schnitzel was outstanding. Rouladen also great. We keep coming back every year!

SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We were a party of 5. Our server was enthusiastic and energetic but was clearly struggling to keep up. Our food was cold, the sauerbraten too tough to cut, the pork dry. The Wiener schnitzel would have been good if it were hot. At a 37.00 price it was very disappointing.

AS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was slow. Food was lukewarm.

b
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Wasn't what we had expected. The restaurant is very dated. Food was just ok for the pricing. Wait staff were polar opposites, one was very pleasant and helpful. The other, gruff and not very friendly. Had to keep repeating what we wanted to order as she kept asking, forgot? Have eaten at other german restaurants through out the U.S. and this would rank at the bottom of the list. Maybe it was an off night.

r
Milwaukee
85 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mader's is the only true German Restaurant left in the city of Milwaukee. Fortunately it serves delicious food. The lunch menu offers salads and sandwiches as well as some favorite German entrees. The prices are moderate .

The service is outstanding and it is a restaurant where you can have a conversation with your table mates without having to raise your voice.

I love the complimentary valet parking in the lot next to the restaurant.

I highly recommend you try this restaurant. You won't be disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous German food in a relaxed authentic setting! Always consistently high quality good food!

DL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for the Sunday brunch and arrived at 11:30am. The food and service were outstanding. We enjoyed our meal and also the hall of fame. So many famous people and dignitaries have dined there and sent their regards. This was a great experience.

RP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Attentive staff, nice interior/ambiance. Comfortable environment. I ordered the goulash. it was much too salty. I'll return; they have lots of great items on their menu.

y
Grand Rapids
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took people from out of state who have not experienced anything like Mader's. Everyone loved it and the service was wonderful.

J
Hawaii
78 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JOEY took such great care of us. Enjoyed the beer and wine suggestions. The pretzel bread opener was difficult to stop eating. Tried the beef mushroom strudel covered in cheese and zukes and so happy I did. The brown gravy was divine.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We are from out of town but we were told that Mader’s was the best German restaurant in Milwaukee. Valet parking is free and excellent. Upon entering the restaurant you notice a slight musty smell. The scent of old things. Old decor; old chair coverings; old wall hangings; old GIANT menus that simply don’t need to that size. The wood on my chair seat was so worn that my pants fabric stuck to it. But all this tiredness had a silver lining in the form of our excellent waiter Eric. In the most patient and gentle voice, he dealt with my two elderly guests in the most lovely fashion. The Rueben rolls were okay. The spinach salad with hot bacon dressing was excellent. My Jaeger schnitzel was in a very heavy brown sauce with minimal mushrooms. Tasteless sides of bland sour kraut and spatzel could not be improved with salt and pepper. The dessert menu offerings saved the day. A apple strudel and Schaum torte were outstanding. With three glasses of wine, one beer and order of potato pancakes, the schnitzel, spinach salad and Rueben rolls our bill came to $146.00 dollars with tip $177.00. The schnitzel alone was $36.00. Very pricey for pounded pork in breading with bad sides. This restaurant was a real hot spot back in the day and it has the celebrity photos hanging on the walls to prove it. Unfortunately the only thing still “hot” about this institution is the excellent staff and the desserts.

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