Mader's German Restaurant

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551 reviews
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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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Milwaukee
71 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice table in the corner. Cheese and sausage tray outstanding. Waitress was very busy yet efficient. Place was packed, but honored our reservation on time.

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TW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come regularly and always have great food and ombiance. This Saturday it was hard to hear people at our table in conversation with Marquette and Bucks fans in the restaurant. We felt bad for our son because this was his first time experience at Mader’s.

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CE
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must see historic restaurant. The food was authentic and delicious. Our sever was attentive. We had a lovely, relaxed meal without feeling rushed. We were also given plenty of time to admire all of the German decor and photos of famous people who had visited the restaurant.

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r
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 6 with everyone ordering a different dish. All dishes were excellent. The wait staff was wonderful. It was a very pleasant experience. We recommend the restaurant.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was very efficient and friendly. There was a bit of activity in our dining room, so bit noisy. Food very tasty. Parking attendants friendly and careful.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was just okay- not spectacular. Worth going at least once

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GO
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Mader's is not the fine dining experience it was as recently as twenty years ago. We went to enjoy our 51st wedding anniversary dinner. Mader's was an extraordinary part of our family life in the late 40's, 50's and 60's for me. The wait staff was inattentive and we had to catch a staff member on their way past to get word to our server. The food was lacking the intensity of German food though it was not what I was/am familiar with and enjoyed all my life. Sorry I can't be more positive but its more important to express the truth of my opinion than fluff something that wasn't up to snuff.

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m
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails. Love going there for brunch. The variety is great and love the new room location for the buffets. Service was great.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ii want to say our waitress, Becky, was just wonderful and very knowledgable. The food was very good and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The pictures on the wall were so much fun to look at, to see how many famous people have been there. Had a great time.

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Naples
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family funeral lunch. Our server Allison was outstanding. She really made the experience wonderful. Good food etc. Highly recommend.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best German restaurant in the country. Staff was history knowledgeable, food knowledgeable, courteous and very happy. Loved it, only problem I live 2000 miles away

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in entire city of MKE!!!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!!!! Can not wait to return!!! Food was outstanding!!!! Love my new stein!!!!

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork shank was phenomenal. Service and atmosphere was authentic and high quality. Would recommend anytime you are in the 3rd Ward.

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LV
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was outstanding, I would drive up from Schaumburg Illinois again just to go there. Parking was effortless, the Valet guy was funny and friendly. Thus place is ideal for dinner before a concert, game or show, being right in the middle of it all.

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h
Milwaukee
265 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For fine dining food was poorly presented. Food very good . Smaller portions than in past. Very good service

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JG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Caught the tail end of the Sunday Buffet, so food a bit limited and not as hot as it could have been. But. still great taste and many options.

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RK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service we're excellent. Unfortunately, the tables were so close together in the dining area behind the bar that it was hard to get through and we were on top of our dining neighbors.

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n
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have always liked Mader's and had great experiences. This visit was an exception. I had the Schnitzel which was salty plus it had anchovies which I was unaware of and not expecting. I should have caught that as it was in the Holstein description and had them held. I picked of 6 after eating a couple. Way too many and overpowering. Two of the other meals were the Beef & Mushroom Strudel not up to par and hardly touched as they were both very dry and overcooked. The 4th meal was the pork shank which is always very good and was said to be excellent. The desserts (Strudel) were very good and came out quickly. We were there for New Years Eve but were seated fairly early so it was not crowded. Service was ok but not as good as usual and with limited crowds it should have been better. Many times we were out of drinks/water/coffee and had to flag staff down for help.

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f
Milwaukee
40 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for New Years eve when my friend suggested it. We had not been here in over 10 years, wasn't very good back than. Also my mother in law was still alive and made great german food. Well we were very impressed with our meals. They were all tasty and generous portions. Service was great.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Service was good. Will go back again.

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G
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, great atmosphere, great value, awesome history.

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BR
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents moved from Milwaukee 20 years ago and asked to go to Mader's for nostalgia during their visit. We had an amazing dinner and an amazing time, and I say screw nostalgia - go because it's a great place with great atmosphere, service, and food.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service and great food. We can’t wait to get back. Very much worth dining at.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere

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S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Waitress was slow with any service and forgot salads and we were late in going to our event

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KR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a large family gathering. Authentic food and decor. Celebrated with notoriety.

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ML
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checked out this restaurant at the recommendation of one of the staff members at the Milwaukee Public Museum. This restaurant was a great experience. Met expectations, food quality was wonderful and you got a great amount of food for your dollar. I had the Wiener schnitzel sandwich. I would certainly come back and try out some other dishes.

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s
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Maders is always a superbly satisfying experience. Thank you again for a wonderful meal and a lovely afternoon.

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JK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. Numerous problems with food quality and temperature. Felt that we were inconveniencing wait staff. Not worth the $$!

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KW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Judy was great as our server. Ambiance and food were excellent as always.

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g
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been to Maders for YEARS & was so so pleased with the overall experience . We (party of 4) had dinner prior to attending a play at the Pabst. I made reservations weeks ahead through open table & all went exactly as I requested. Food was EXCELLENT, with portions more than ample & we even split two desserts amongst us! Each of us had a different entree so we saw a good sample of the menu served up to us & each person absolutely enjoyed the meal. Make no mistake that this is authentic German cuisine and discussion at our table drifted to not having such good german food since past trips to Munich!! And I must not forget to mention the quality of the cocktails & delicious beer. YUMM!!! Our waitress was perfect! Very knowledgeable, efficient & was always close by when we needed a special request. The ambiance (at christmas) was wonderful & I just say enough about the overall experience. With so many good restaurants in downtown Milwaukee, there is really something special about Maders to stand out in my memory & I am very thankful & will RETURN for more!

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JR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Staff was knowledgeable and passionate about the experience and, of course, the food didn’t disappoint... That’s why they’ve been around for over 100 years! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waiter. Not rushed .

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G
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was blown away by our service and knowledgeable waitress. The food came out promptly for a party of 6 and it was delicious!
Large array of alcohols, great wine pairings and nice atmosphere. Will return.

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g
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Dinner date after seeing the Christmas Carol at the Pabst theater. Although service was a bit slow and somewhat inattentive the food was pretty good. Unfortunately my meal which was gluten free was uninspiring. Definitely a downside of the allergy. It could have been so much better had they tried gluten free breading or something other than just pounded meat which ended up being overlooked. My husband’s meal was great! He was thrilled. I do love Mader’s and German food but being gf is so hard at places like this. I’ll try again but not a sampler type meal.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and atmosphere, one of our favorite places. The onion soup has to be sent back and the chef agreed it was horrible. Otherwise a good experience but not cheap.

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Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The pork shank is amazing!! It’s no wonder they have been serving this dish for over 100 years! The home made warm pretzels and pretzel bread is fantastic as well. Another great dinner! Thank you!

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E
Milwaukee
93 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the only remaining authentic German restaurants in Milwaukee. The artifacts alone are worth the drive. We would certainly recommend the Rueben Rolls (enough for 6) and the Potato Pancakes ( best I've ever had) as starters.


As we were going to a concert, we did not have a main course. However, the salads were both generous and delicious. The only let down was the Bread Pudding desert. It simply wasn't edible. Our server was very good except that I had to prompt her on the idea that we shouldn't be charged for the dessert, This will not stop us from going back.

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We came from the UP of Michigan because we both felt like good German food while in Milwaukee, and Mader's had very high ratings. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I feel somewhat lacking for all the hype and price. It was fun to step back into Old-World Germany, and we both enjoyed the wines and beer we had. I ordered schnitzel and scallops but felt my schnitzel was overdone and too crispy for my personal taste, and hubby agreed that it was the same with his order. There were only two scallops but they were delicious. Seasonal vegetables turned out to be three pieces of asparagus, but again, they tasted good. My spätzle were kind of tasteless; I make better at home, frankly. Hubby wished there had been more red cabbage with his order. We didn't hate it here by any means but probably won't come back if we're in the area again.

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