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About Mader's German Restaurant

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.

1037 N Old World 3rd St
Milwaukee, WI 53203
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
German, American

Hours of Operation:

Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 271-3377

Website:
http://www.madersrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Mader's catering is recognized for creating lavish or traditional dinners, sure to dazzle guests for celebrations of all sizes and occasions. Mader's catering can provide for any affair from gala cocktail receptions, elegant dinner parties, to large tent events accommodating from 35 to 2000 guests

Parking Details:
Mader's German Restaurant offers complimentary valet parking for you and your guests. The valet lot is located right next to our restaurant for your convenience.

Executive Chef:
Lucas Wenthur

Private Party Facilities:
Mader’s German Restaurant has been preparing for your visit since 1902 so that no matter what the occasion, we are fully focused on exceeding your expectations. Whether it's an intimate group or a lavish party, the unrivaled attention of our staff assures you and your guests a memorable experience. Please feel free to contact us to start planning your special event.

Private Party Contact:
Mary Niland: (414) 271-3377 ext. 228

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mader's German Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.3

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4.5

value

4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
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Great for Brunch (5)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 days ago

Our waitress and food were very good. This was a Wednesday night before Thanksgiving so it was not very busy. I was disappointed to find many burned out light bulbs and the glasses above the bar were extremely dirty... the whole place needs a good dusting and new lighting, the CFL bulbs are terrible.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Just a warning: It’s A LOT of food!!
Which isn’t a bad thing!!
I wanted German food in a German town and that’s what I got!!
Had a great time!
Will definitely return!!
Vielen Dank!!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good restaurant. As a traveler, I wish I could see menu with pictures or more detail information.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great German food and great German beer! I come here anytime I am in Milwaukee.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

They have been the German place to to go in town for many years. Always plenty to eat and great service!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Authentic
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Came in for dinner before a show and had very high expectations given this place's history. But we left with nothing really positive to talk about. Food and service were acceptable but nothing to write home (or in a review) about. We had two entries and a salad. Salad was swimming in a salty bacon dressing so a bad start. Pork schnitzel was no where near as good as others we had had. Chicken filet was also fine but not impressive. Summary: meal was a lot of money for simple Germany food that wasn't all that great.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great Sunday Brunch. Great service. Nice selection of foods

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Reunion before wedding plus 2 birthdays.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always wonderful! Still the best!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderplace! Thank you for your great service food and hospitality

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very authentic German food! The pork shank was fantastic! We will be back!

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Overall it was a pleasant experience. The food was a bit on the dry side and it did not have very much flavor. The Rheinischer sauerbraten was the most disappointing. I was only given a butter knife, which should have been sufficient, but it was so dry I ended up having to use the bread knife to cut it. Eric, the server, was helpful and the pretzel bread and potato dumplings were delicious. I should have said something about the food but did not as we were attending an event immediately after dinner at the performing arts center . The theater waits for no one!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great German food and atmosphere! Waiter was excellent!

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent German comfort food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent German food with great service and authentic ambience. Will go there again next time in Milwaukee.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I had a wonderful meal. Ultimate comfort food on my birthday when I'm far from home. Beautiful building. Sweet staff! Can't wait to go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food and a fun place

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

No doubt the best German food I've ever had. I whole heartedly recommend if you're in Milwaukee

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Didn't actually get to eat. Sat for so long waiting for our drink that we left. It wasn't bust as it was the middle of the day, so not sure why so slow. Would have liked to try the food too. Rated food at 1 because there is no other option when we didn't get to eat. They really didn't seem to care we were leaving either. I guess their 'celebrity clientele' is enough to sustain their business.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Authentic German cuisine in historic restaurant. We were engaged here 32 years ago and moved away. Came back and had to go back and reminisce

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We planned a large family birthday supper including very young children up to grandparents.
It was lovely, the food was fabulous and the service attentive despite our busy little ones. We all had a memorable evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Last minute decision and was able to book reservation immediately. Very good service, good ambience and good value. I would return.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The staff never disappoints. The German dishes are authentic and just like Grandma made then. The The salad bar is also excellent and fresh.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The sauerbraten dinner was superb but the rouladen dinner was served with too thick meat, soggy pickle inside. Server was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We came to the restaurant for lunch on the day of the Joyce Meyer Conference. Mader's was close the the convention center and although they were busy, we were well taken care of and the food was great.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

In summary: WORST food I've ordered in a restaurant. Utterly devoid of flavor, dry and bland. I would not have wanted to pay $3 for that "meal", certainly not the $103 they swindled me for. Unprofessional and fairly inattentive staff. I had a better experience and got better service from the lovely valet guy.
The food was the worst food I've ordered in a restaurant. the initial flavor of the "sauce" is fleeting and then 1 second later it feels like you're chewing nothing, no flavor. I could not even bring myself to finish my entree it was such a displeasure to eat, I would have rather not eaten than eat that gruel.
The decor is novelty and the cheese board starter was good. Those are the only redeeming qualities of this establishment. The waitress was quite cold and impersonal, we didn't get a single smile or friendly acknowledgment. The other staff members were pretty unprofessional otherwise as well. We could hear them loudly talking crap about I'm assuming another co-worker and shooting the breeze. I'm quite sure the waitress gave me the wrong drink. Also didn't ID me either. Which is a bit sketchy tbh. I'm 21 and I get carded all the time and look pretty young.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The ambiance, service, and cuisine are all consistently outstanding!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

This was my second visit to Mader's for their Sunday brunch. A combination of hot breakfast choices and delicious German entrees as well. A winner in my book. The best kept secret in Milwaukee. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Went for brunch. Opened doors 5 minutes late while a line formed in the sun. Came early so we could get served first. Despite asking for two high chairs with our reservation we were pulled to the side while they got them which put 20 people ahead of us. Otherwise the German atmosphere is the best in the area.

Great food. Love the fresh shrimp and smoked salmon. The carved prime rib was dry with no juice provided despite requesting it. Only horse radish. Great sauerbraten too. Omelettes to order. Desserts ok but lacking German specialties. Also 2 year old charged $15 for brunch and ate very little.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We have always really loved coming here, but had our first disappointing experience on Sat. 7/29. There was a LOT going on in the city that day: Pink Floyd concert, Brewers/Cubs game and Germanfest. But for the price of the entrees, the meal was a disappointment. A restaurant of this caliber should have been better prepared for the anticipated traffic! They ran out of bread, so no bread basket. They ran out of individual dishes for the red cabbage and sourkraut so served "family style", the sauerbraten was a HUGE disappointment! This has always been my favorite, but this was just like plain roast beef with the sour gravy on it. It had not been marinated and was flavorless! NOT worth the $35! The waitress was great and apologetic, not her fault and was very attentive, but felt something should have been offered up to offset the restaurant's short comings!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Food was fantastic and plentiful. The restaurant was very beautiful and contained many Bavarian classics.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Service was very slow. Two hours for lunch.
We were showing a friend the German food so we had time, but it could never be for lunch otherwise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Authentic German cuisine in a festive German environment. Fun! The food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our servers were the best. My One Hundred Year Old Fashion w/Asbach Brandy was FANTASTIC! Kassler Ripchen is the finest! We truly enjoy Maders. Great food, service & cocktails. Will be back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This is a classic, old school, must try once, restaurant. Unfortunately, they haven't kept up with the food scene and are still preparing their dishes as they always have. The waitress we had was serviceable and not too knowledgeable about their food. I would not go back.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Love this restaurant. They never disappoint. Wonderful tasty food

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Went to Mader's because my husband and I had been there as children. Atmosphere very different, much less welcoming. Waiter said that he could not bring us bread until we'd ordered a full entree. We had every intention of doing that, but it seemed very "cheesy," and I'm not sure we would eat at Mader's again.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Having German roots and having heard so many great things about this restaurant, I traveled several hundred miles to have dinner here. It was well worth the effort and time...truly exceptional food and super service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Beutiful building great atmosphere the food is Great also

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Mader's is old-school, German, brilliance.

Only problem is food is wildly inconsistent and the food comes a bit faster than you'd like for a fancy meal. We wanted more time to chat and drink, and even ordered our entrees well after our appetizers and drinks and it still...came a bit too fast.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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