Mader's German Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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J
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 -

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Best German food around.

OT
Chicago
3 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.

OT
Montana
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant!! The Reuben appetizer was so good!

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
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.

CD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were visiting Milwaukee for the first time and went early Sunday mostly for the giant pretzel- only to learn they are brunch buffet only Until later in the day and we couldn’t order off the menu. Luckily we decided to stay anyway- the brunch was amazing, the service was great AND we got to order a pretzel to go when we left

JS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and ambiance. We took an out of town visitor and this place really shows off old Milwaukee. Great place to be a tourist for the day. Great food you can only get there downtown.

JM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

German sampler plate is awesome to get a taste of a lot of dishes. We then went back the next day a ordered what we liked the best. The Weihenstephaner Vitus beer is very good.
This place is the real deal.

a
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mader’s was a great date night restaurant. They freshened up the main dining area so it feels more open, without taking away any of the character. The food was excellent. I had the schnitzel and scallops, my wife had the rouladen, and we both enjoyed our meals. The servings were plenty and we each took some home. We will keep coming back!

EM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious German food in a fabulous atmosphere. It’s a classic Milwaukee gem!

G
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Quiet enough for a good conversation and great wait staff

K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. We brought friends who had never been there and they loved everything including the jumbo sized pretzel!
Maders is a personal favorite when ever we go to Milwaukee.

DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Welcomed in with great ambience and service. Food was good, but bot great. Nice variety offered. Ordered Platter for two. Pork was very good, food was plentiful. Sauerbraten was disappointing as if a bit old. I would go back and try again to make sure.

J
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Felt it was a weee but pricy

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Brunch! Great Food! Great Service! Will definitely be back!

DH
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique ambiance featuring antique German wood carvings and a collection of medieval weapons and armor. Menu features rarely-found German specialties such as liver dumpling soup.

LF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mader’s is by far some of the best German food to be found outside of the Fatherland. Everything is scrumptious and the service is always friendly. And, added bonus, the new renovation to the space is very successful. It is fresh and light, but still holds the Old World charm. When you visit Milwaukee, this is a place you must enjoy!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Waiter was excellent and the Rueben rolls were the bomb

F
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Background music was very loud. We were in the bar area but it was loud. No sound of music hits but 70 Motown.
Everything else was outstanding as usual. Our waitress Rachel Wes excellent.

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
3 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
6 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.

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