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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Milwaukee

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Milwaukee? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (1611)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Delafield
About the restaurant
A modern American kitchen located in the heart of Lake Country. Small plates, featuring locally sourced ingredients, and craft cocktails headline this farm-to-table restaurant. Choose from the artfully curated wine selection or let the sommelier on staff make expert recommendations. The Sunday brunch menu boasts one-of-a-kind dishes and breakfast classics. Private space for every event--from intimate dinners to large gatherings.
Top review
Chase
Dined 6 days ago
The service, atmosphere, and food was excellent! Definitely going back!! Fun to see the action in the open kitchen!
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4.7
4.7 (1467)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Menomonee Falls
About the restaurant
Johnny Manhattan specializes in steaks, pizza and Italian cuisine. The classy and stylish interiors display classic and antique décor, including pendant lamps, ceiling lights, carpeted floors and a chandelier suspended from the center of the ceiling. The large windows let plenty of sunlight in, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for casual dining in spacious booths.

The tenderloin fillet, Nancy garlic bread stuffed with cheese, fresh fish, handcrafted pizzas and herb roasted chicken are signature items off the menu. The bar at Johnny Manhattans serves vintage, classic cocktails and a selection of beers to enjoy with appetizers. The restaurant also hosts private events and parties.

Top review
JeffreyR
Dined 2 days ago
The ambiance, wine list and service were outstanding. We all had entries, several of which were specials yet the entrees were flawed (cold, overcooked, poor presentation). Thank you to our waitress who made the evening enjoyable.
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4.7
4.7 (1156)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Brookfield
About the restaurant
Your Brookfield Fleming's is located 10 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, northeast of the Brookfield Conference Center, on the corner of Moorland and Bluemound roads in the Brookfield Square Shopping Mall. Fleming's in Brookfield is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail in Milwaukee. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out - we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
shawnpvip
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
Exceptional waitress, Whitney, and support staff made the delicious food that much more enjoyable.
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4.7
4.7 (5659)
$50 and over
French
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro is honoring history’s French chefs and cuisine while elevating the approach to ‘Haute Bistro’ cooking, bringing both classic recipes as well as signature dishes. Our team is excited to take guests on a culinary journey to France, either through our four-course or a la carte dining experience.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late.

Top review
MindyBvip
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
As always, the service from the bar to the end of our meal was perfect, relaxed and delicious. Still my favorite reataurant!
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4.8
4.8 (251)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Buckley's is a cozy neighborhood spot in the heart of Milwaukee's East Town. Located two blocks from Lake Michigan and the Calatrava, Buckley’s is an ideal all occasion restaurant in downtown Milwaukee. An ever-evolving menu showcases seasonal ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. To compliment your dining experience, peruse the thoughtfully curated 200 bottle wine list or select a beverage from an extensive cocktail program that has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the city. Customize your dining experience to meet your needs whether you choose to enjoy a four course meal or simply grab a burger at the bar. However you choose to enjoy a visit to Buckley’s, do not forget to order a signature house-made dessert. You won’t regret it!

At this family owned and operated restaurant, guests are treated like family. Come see for yourself!

Top review
MMeadowsvip
Dined 3 days ago
A wonderful gem for Milwaukee. Great food, awesome cocktails and terrific service. A must try!
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4.7
4.7 (7918)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Milwaukee’s premier lakefront dining destination, Harbor House is a bright, spacious New England-style seafood restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan. With picturesque lake views, guests will be taken on a journey through New England with its reimagined menu, including a variety of dishes from Cape Cod, Nantucket, New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, and Boston.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late.

Top review
ThreeBadExperiences
Dined 2 days ago
Great business dinner experience. Incredible food AND service. It was a little loud in there for me.
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4.9
4.9 (45)
$30 and under
Spanish
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
CAVAS lounge by Chef Ana, a Brazilian awarded Chef, provides a surprisingly cozy, small and welcoming environment, serving inspired traditional dishes from lived experiences in Argentina, Brazil and Spain. Recognized by Yelp as the best restaurant in the Midwest, CAVAS is settled in the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee next to the Milwaukee River with a view of the Hogan Bridge. Serving indoors and outdoors, CAVAS features the best Paellas, Empanadas and Sangrias.
Top review
AndyPvip
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
The overall experience was excellent. The food was great, the service was on excellent, but it was the overall experience that made the night remarkable. Chef Ana shows her passion in everything. We will definitely be back.
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4.6
4.6 (767)
$31 to $50
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Designed to inspire connectivity, The Bridgewater Modern Grill celebrates its home on the river with honest, unambiguous cooking. Quality meals and memories are enjoyed on the longest river-front patio in the city with one goal: bringing people together to enjoy everything Milwaukee has to offer.

Top review
Jonathanvip
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
A fantastic experience as always. Becoming a repeat for both date nights and in this case business dinners.
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4.9
4.9 (703)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Genesee
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of historic Genesee Depot just down the road from the famous Ten Chimneys you will find the Union House. Known for its unique menu featuring wild game fused with classic fine dining, our mission is to bring people together while creating a memorable dining experience surrounded by historic photos of the town along with Union House frequenters, Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. The menu is driven by ingredients and is constantly developing throughout the year led by award-winning Executive Chef and General Manager, Dan Harrell and Executive Sous Chef, Christian Garcia-Cortez. We feature an extensive wine, scotch and bourbon list highlighting selections from around the United States and world along with barrel-aged old fashioneds and Manhattans that include our very own hand-crafted bitters. We look forward to having you join us!
Top review
SteveO
Dined on Apr 11, 2024
My wife and went to the union house to celebrate our wedding Anniversary and this was our first time. The dark and romantic atmosphere was just what we had hoped for. Great music playing in the background and a cozy booth in the back. Our server Stella was fantastic! She was right there at the right times and was making sure our experience was great. The food for the most part was very good with one exception. The mushroom tart was amazing along with the lobster bisque. My wife’s entree of scallops was wonderful. The only clinker in this meal was my entree which was the wild game feature of the day which was Texas Wild Boar. It was the toughest piece of pork I have ever had. Must have been an old pig! The sauté of bok choy and kale along with some other green was too bitter for me. Our desert was schaum torte which was very delicious as was the complimentary chocolate mousse for our Anniversary! All in all a very good experience. Next time no wild game for me!
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4.8
4.8 (2705)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
DeclanR
Dined 3 days ago
Great tasting food and good layout for keeping space between dining groups. Noise level, as with most restaurants, was not ideal for conversations. Some day someone will solve this issue with smart design layout and sound-dampening materials. Overall would recommend.
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