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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Milwaukee

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine 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!


A photo of Matty's Bar & Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (223)
$31 to $50
Grill
New Berlin
About the restaurant
Since opening the doors in 1997, owner Matt Anderson and team have transformed the once-typical suburban sports bar into a destination spot for sports fans and foodies alike. Guests can grab a Smokehouse Burger at the traditional front bar, enjoy a gourmet pizza or family dinner in the warm and inviting Four Seasons Room or relax on the outdoor Patio featuring a cozy fire pit and multiple dining areas.
From our all-inclusive Ultimate Packer Experience, luxury coach bus excursions to Lambeau Field and Camp Randall to Brewer tailgate parties, Matty’s will get you to your destination in style. Check out our Holiday brunches for Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to name just a few!
If you are having trouble making an online reservation, please call the restaurant, and let us assist you.

Top review
LauraA
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
We really liked the brunch setup with different courses and being able to choose your main course from the smaller menu. We had a party of 8 & everyone in our group said their food was very very good. I loved my breakfast entree! So much food and it was all delicious! Drinks were awesome & service was great! Thanks Matty's for a wonderful experience!
A photo of Cafe Manna restaurant
5.0
5 (853)
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Brookfield
About the restaurant
Cafe Manna is one of the first 100% vegetarian restaurants in Southeastern Wisconsin. We are committed to bringing you fresh, made from scratch delicious food. Our ingredients are grown either organically or using sustainable farming practices whenever possible. Our food is fresh, yummy, and full of global flavors. We are also proud to be the only full service three star certified green restaurant in the Midwest as certified by the Green Restaurant Association. Our environment is warm, natural, and eco-friendly.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
New gyro menu item is delicious and service was fantastic, as always
A photo of La Merenda restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2638)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
La Merenda is a bar and grill located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that specializes in serving globally inspired cuisine, local beers and wine. The restaurant offers a casual dining with upscale flavors.



La Merenda has an emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients as much as possible, so the menu is constantly being updated with new dishes based on available ingredients. The main menu at La Merenda offers a selection of snacks, seafood and meat entr�es. Menu selections include such dishes as Wisconsin farmers� salad, seasonal gnocchi, veal stracotto, Sambal Goreng Udang with Gulf shrimp and pork and shrimp tostadas.

Top review
DaveBvip
Dined 2 days ago
Food is outstanding. Only one dish less than 5 stars but all others were fantastic. Great flavor, textures, and variety.
A photo of CavasMKE restaurant
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.
A photo of Carnevor Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3077)
$50 and over
Steak
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Milwaukee's premier steakhouse, Carnevor is one of Wisconsin’s most acclaimed fine dining destinations. A restaurant consistently topping year-end “Best Of” lists, Carnevor has been lauded for its variety of culinary tastes – from our luscious barrel-cut beef to mouthwatering New York Strips and bone-in fillets. Our steak menu offers exquisite wet- and dry-aged USDA prime beef – a distinction afforded to less than two percent of all American beef – as well as daily selections of the coveted Wagyu imported from Japan. And with a wine list featuring more than 750 selections, you’ll always find the perfect bottle to uncork with your meal. But it’s not merely the “meal” you’ll enjoy at Carnevor. It’s the entire experience: service, music, menu, and more. To top it all, herbivores are always welcome.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great place to celebrate my husband’s birthday! The service was spectacular, the staff was attentive, and the food was phenomenal!! Plus the festive dessert was delicious! Highly recommend!
A photo of Safina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (229)
$31 to $50
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
It’s been over four years since guests last tasted the Sicilian dishes from longtime Milwaukee restaurant Giovanni’s. But all of that changes with Safina: a new casual Italian concept that comes to the historic building at 785 N. Jefferson St.

Focusing on comforting dishes with roots in Sicily and the southern regions of Italy, Safina's goal is to keep the menu familiar and accessible. The restaurant also features a full bar and second-level seating, complete with wood and marble finishes that highlight the rustic, modern Italian ambiance.

Top review
Lizliz1209vip
Dined 2 days ago
Safina is a quaint restaurant in downtown Milwaukee and a beautiful reprieve from the burger and beer joints around. The atmosphere and staff are delightful. And the food was delicious. I ordered the stuff filet and my partner ordered the Fruita De Mar and we couldn’t praise it enough. We finished our evening with dessert that was just the perfect ending to an already perfect meal and experience. We will be back and make sure they are a top recommendation we give to others.
A photo of The Union House restaurant
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!
A photo of Zarletti - Downtown restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2753)
$31 to $50
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
DINE IN & CURB SIDE SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE!

CURBSIDE FOOD AND RETAIL WINE SERVICE
MONDAY-SATURDAY 1:00PM-8:00PM

DINE IN FOR DINNER ONLY
MONDAY-THURSDAY 4PM-8PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 4PM-9PM

PLEASE CALL 414-225-0000

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Zarletti is a fine dining northern Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Executive chef and owner Brian C. Zarletti focuses on creating regional Italian cuisine inspired by lessons learned in his grandmother’s kitchen and on his extensive travels in Italy.

Top review
unknownvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our server was top notch. Absolutely amazing. Love going there.
A photo of Mo's A Place for Steaks - Milwaukee restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2359)
$31 to $50
Steak
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Mo’s...A Place for Steaks has an ambience others strive for. A sexy yet sophisticated feel, combined with great food & unmatched service create a customized dining experience. It’s not just the wet-aged steaks that arrive beautifully cut, cooked & plated, or the extensive wine list: Mo’s is a luxury that feels luxurious. Settle deep into a leather chair, listen to tunes playing on the baby grand or relax while sipping a martini & think just how good it feels to be you! Culinary delights don’t end with the steaks – you’ll find a wide selection of delicious entrées, appetizers, sides & desserts.
Top review
jkdbobby
Dined 4 days ago
Never lets me down. Great service and food. Everyone I go there with loves it.
A photo of Five O'Clock Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4127)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Rich in tradition and free of trends, the Five O’Clock Steakhouse is nothing short of timeless. A family-owned & independently operated Supper Club, the Five O'Clock specializes in serving the finest steaks paired with a notable wine list, classic cocktails, as well as outstanding, personalized service.

Five O’Clock has been named “One of America’s Best Steakhouses” by TV host Rachel Ray, described as a "Classic Supper-Club Setting" by TravelandLeisure.com and was featured on The Travel Channel’s “Steak Paradise 3.” Five O'Clock was voted "#1 Steakhouse in Milwaukee" by Shepherd Express & Milwaukee Magazine. We were also named among the top steakhouses in Milwaukee by OnMilwaukee.com.

The Alley Cat Lounge at Five O'Clock Steakhouse features Milwaukee's best free live music weekly, classic cocktails and a 1940’s retro-lounge ambience.

You’re only a stranger once at the Five O’ Clock Steakhouse!

Top review
JoseM
Dined 1 day ago
The best place for steaks! Hands down! From the service, to the music, to the drinks and finally the food. It is definitely a must when in town!
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