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Mader's German Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1070 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 271-3377

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lucas Wenthur

  • 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

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.

  • 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.

  • Additional

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

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What 1,070 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. TL

    TheresaL

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Mader’s was great and did not disappoint. Highly recommend!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was great service and atmosphere but the price did not match how casual it was. Everyone was dressed very casually but the price was very expensive for that kind of dress code.
  3. LL

    LarryL

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Always enjoy taking a trip down to Milwaukee. Worth the drive.
  4. H

    Happy

    Chicago

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I love to eat at Mader's when we stay in Milwaukee. We usually arrive an hour before our reservations and have a stein of German beer at the bar. Then we have dinner with a wonderful Riesling wine. We split a spinach salad which was the perfect size. My wife had goulash while I had the pork shank. We also like any of the other German dishes, especially the combos. We were shown the dessert tray and chose the cherry short bread. To our surprise, not really, a much larger version with ice cream and whipped cream arrived at our table. We took home enough food for another complete meal. It is an authentic German experience. I was glad to see the restaurant busy. I recommend it.
  5. DV

    DaleV

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent romantic experience!
  6. DJ

    DJVike

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mader's never disappoints. It's always a treat to dine there.
  7. DP

    DeniseP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    While our server was considerate & professional, our overall experience was negatively impacted by bright room lights, large groups with crying babies, missing items on the menu, crowded aisles with servers & guests struggling to pass & a slow kitchen & drink service. The days seem to be gone when you could enjoy a beautiful space & room lighting in a cozy yet semi-formal setting filled with ambience suitable for special celebrations & dinners. We had 3 birthdays in our party & I had indicated this in my reservation notes, yet there was no acknowledgement of such from our over-worked & very busy server. Mader’s has lost its magic. It’s showing it’s wear & tear in all aspects. Sad.
  8. J

    Janisc

    Milwaukee

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The lamb shank was exquisite. You now have to ask for rolls. They night charge for them. They only have the pretzel rolls. Our waiter was not but not as attentive as others. Maybe he was new. It was a busy night which was good to see.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation and they refused to honor it. Clearly don’t have enough staff to run their business
  10. LT

    LeTUMBA08

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Dining room was full and quite noisy. Our waitress was pleasant, but somewhat slow. Our food was ready after about 15 minutes of waiting. The Bavarian dish I had was well prepared, but the chicken dish my wife had was way overcooked. Nice visit, but glad to pay and leave. Panhandler stopping you just as you exited the venue.
  11. TD

    TomD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a reason to go to the Milwaukee area. Mader's is always our first option when we're in the area. The genuine German food is always so good and the service is top notch.
  12. AV

    AllaV

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s an amazing place! We always stop here, when we travel to Milwaukee. Delicious food, wide choice of beer and welcoming service. Wholeheartedly recommend this place to everyone.
  13. W

    Wolverines

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the German Sampler and Rouladen. Amberly served our dinner family style so that we could split every dish. Food was outstanding! Amberly was a super star. Friendly and gave us great suggestions.
  14. TL

    ThomasL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the great German restaurants
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with great food
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional service all around. I’m very comfortable bringing business clients there.
  17. TK

    TomK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Potato pancake appetizer very salty. Spinach salad was good. Entrees were just OK and not worth the price. Dessert was the best part of the meal.
  18. TR

    TimR

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We were there for dinner prior to an event. Server made sure to get us out in time. She was busy with quite a few tables and other customers, but checked on us appropriately.
  19. BS

    BarbaraS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Appetizers of caramelized brussel sprouts was very good. Entrees of Tour of Germany was very dry and too expensive for German food. Was very noisy. Servers wore cute German outfits. Was a nice one time experience but would not return.
  20. TW

    TimW

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Last old time German restaurant in Milwaukee. Did not disappoint. Gut gemutlichkeit!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner was a big success. Great tasting food and the ambiance is like being in Germany.
  22. JS

    JenS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. We will return . Make sure you do a reservation, they fill up fast.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came a little before our reservation prepared to sit at the bar, and the hostess was kind enough to get us seated. The waitress checked in at very well spaced intervals and was very helpful. Most importantly, the food and beer was delightful.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and it was so amazing!
  25. T

    Tom2

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed. We heard this was a "must visit" restaurant on our trip to Milwaukee. The aging interior might have been more charming with less light...there was no atmosphere at all. Servings were more than generous but the food itself was fairly pedestrian - somewhat bland - even for German food. Sauerbrauten was much more like pot roast and gravy...but the red cabbage was excellent. Accidents happen and the server spilled my drink all over the table. I don't blame her, but I think the follow up from those who were training her could have been much better. Fortunately I was only a little wet. And the drink was replaced. I did not make a fuss but it would have been nice had the staff at least offered to clean the table, or to move us to another table as the cloth was soaked. I did all the clean up - sliding ice from the table to the glass, mopping up the soaked area and the chair, sopping the tablecloth. Somehow the wait staff disappeared. The most help I received was 5 minutes later when someone asked if I needed anything and I said I could use some more napkins - which I showed them I needed to cover the soaking wet tablecloth. That should have signaled something...and I guess we could have asked to move as there were other available tables nearby but I should not have to ask...and I think that at least comping the drink would have been nice. At $36.98 for a pork cutlet and essentially buttered noodles, better service is expected to at least justify that price- especially when a new server is being trained. A little friendly greeting upon arrival and departure would have been nice, too. Living on past laurels and recommendations will bring people in once...but we won't be back.
  26. BH

    BenH

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best German food I have had in the US. Very friendly staff, unique history, and the 100 year Old Fashioned paired extremely well with my meal.
  27. J

    Jannie

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little pricey. Appetizer pretzel smaller than I recall & more expensive baked French onion soup was a small cup but tasted great. Was able to get Kessler Ribs as an entree not available now except on a platter with sausages that u don’t care for. Strudel was very small. Chicken schnitzel was very good only one piece the pork schnitzel very good but 2 good size pieces for same price as chicken. Overall pricey.
  28. KK

    KarenK

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Service was slow, though our server seemed to be trying. Worst was the food...dry, tasteless in some cases, overall very disappointing.
  29. CT

    CelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You know when you find the place it’s the one. We loved it. We took home a ceramic stein to remember this day. The shank cooked for 72 hours is so moist and delicious.
  30. B

    Brendanr

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service was slow, food was only okay. Definitely not the best German Food we’ve had.
  31. TH

    ThomasH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & venue
  32. DC

    DavidC

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, good service and good friends made for a very enjoyable evening at Mader’s. I plan to go back on another Packers weekend. Thank.
  33. C

    Captain

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. The bartender was very busy but was managing the orders well. Our server Isabella was very polite and attentive. The food was delicious and we will be back soon!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food here was outstanding and definitely big portions. The service was a little slow but still good
  35. B

    Bill

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & Ambiance very nice. Noisy. Many large groups made conversation between two challenging.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Living off past"glory days". Overpriced food and not of note for such a famous restaurant.
  37. SD

    SandieD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends for dinner and we all LOVED the restaurant. And LOVED the left overs the next night. HUGE portions. Also very accommodating in parking my small RV.
  38. LB

    LindaB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Downtown Dining
  39. PC

    PeggyC

    Indiana

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. It’s easy to see why they have been in business for over 100 years.
  40. KR

    KarenR

    West Palm Beach

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Experience was good. I felt for a Sunday lunch at 2:00pm the prices were quite high. Service was good. My spaetzle was over cooked rather fried and brown. Not what I expected. Overall ok..

FAQs

Mader's German Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 271-3377.

Mader's German Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1070 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Mader's German Restaurant

1037 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lucas Wenthur

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (414) 271-3377

  • 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

  • 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

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