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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Milwaukee

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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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4.9
4.9 (862)
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Brookfield
About the restaurant
Café Manna is one of the first 100% vegetarian restaurants in Southeastern Wisconsin. We are committed to bringing you fresh, “made from scratch” delicious food. We have produce delivered daily to ensure our dishes are fresh and full flavored. Many of our ingredients are locally grown and chosen for seasonality. Additionally, we use a reverse osmosis water purification system. Café Manna was the first restaurant in Wisconsin to reach the 3-star Green Restaurant Certification level. We have been the Open Table "Diners' Choice" award winner, and also the "Best of Milwaukee" winner for best vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free restaurant. Our fresh menu features many vegan, gluten-free and raw dishes and our specials change up every 2 weeks. Visit us during the summer to enjoy patio dining, or indoors for a more intimate experience. Our friendly staff is ready to serve you!
Top review
MBethP
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Loved the lentil soup! I would definitely come back.
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4.8
4.8 (1644)
$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
AliceBvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food and service. Always interesting food combinations -- all of them absolutely delicious. Asked our server to slow down the pace of bringing food to allow for more time between courses, and it was immediately accommodated. Very appreciated.
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4.7
4.7 (164)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Scratch-made Pizza. Craft Beer and Cocktails. Retro Digs. Make Love. Eat Pizza.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Great quality, super service, and fun menu choices!
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4.7
4.7 (668)
$31 to $50
Indian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
A modern twist to traditional Indian Cuisine elevating the dining experience with its Artful Presentation & Contemporary Design
Top review
JohnP
Dined 3 days ago
Great food in a comfortable space. The staff provided perfect recommendations just had a slight miss in the timing of one side. We will for sure go back.
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4.4
4.4 (725)
$31 to $50
American
Wauwatosa
About the restaurant

VOTED BEST NEW RESTAURANT BY MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE'S READER'S CHOICE

With our appreciation for modern American cuisine and a motivation driven by locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, we invite you to share our food and admire the simplicity in culinary art. Our name, which translates to Fire+Ice, offers inspiration in all that we do.

Spend some time together, share something new, and enjoy the opportunity to connect. Eldr+Rime is about gathering at the table and sharing a meal with the people that are important in your lives.

For parties of more than six guests, please call the restaurant at (414) 867-9200.

Dinner Monday through Saturday evenings
Brunch Saturdays and Sundays 9a-2p starting
Happy Hour featuring half priced oysters offered Tuesday through Friday 4p-6p in our bar area.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Big thank you to Grecia and Chris Degenhardt for making us feel extra special on a celebratory night! We couldn’t have had a better experience
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4.4
4.4 (133)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Cedarburg
About the restaurant
A small-town business with a city vibe. Located in Downtown Historic Cedarburg, WI.
Top review
Parentof2
Dined 2 days ago
We've been to Union House twice and both experiences were exceptional. They offer a wide selection of tapa options and every dish we tried was beautiful and tasty! The patio area outside is adorable and the service exceptional. We will be back!
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4.3
4.3 (702)
$30 and under
Sushi
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Kanpai is a local family-owned restaurant that first opened in 2012 and has been maintaining its sparking reputation for serving extraordinary sushi and sake in a sensual, contemporary atmosphere. Kanpai has brought Japanese fusion cuisine to succulent levels and a sushi experience not found elsewhere in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Facility and menu seem a little tired but staff was friendly and the food was great.
A photo of ARIA - The Restaurant at Saint Kate restaurant
4.3
4.3 (633)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
ARIA, nestled on the second floor of Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, is an artful dining experience that captivates with its culinary creativity. Delighting in its offering of Artisanal American cuisine, ARIA transcends tradition and leans into the realm of playful and inventive flavors.
Top review
KatM
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
I came for dinner during Downtown Dining Week. The 3 course prefixe menu was outstanding! The ARIA Signature Chicken is probably the best chicken I’ve ever had. The Vodka Soda cocktail was light, bright, and incredibly refreshing. My server Nicole was friendly, knowledgeable, and really made the evening great. As a solo diner, it can be uncomfortable, but Nicole treated me like a friend and made me feel completely comfortable. Obviously the atmosphere is incredible with beautiful art and decor throughout the whole space. Valet is also incredibly easy. You can use the public parking garage connected but that garage gives me claustrophobia. The price for valet was the same as the garage so it’s a no-brainer for me.
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4.3
4.3 (33)
$30 and under
Korean
Grafton
About the restaurant
Korean & Noodle House

We look forward to serving you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was an amazing experience. Will be coming back to try other new items there!!
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4.1
4.1 (616)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Offering refuge to spies national and international since 1966, SafeHouse is Milwaukee's best-kept secret. This iconic, hidden restaurant & bar is a blast for agents of all ages. Spies must find the red door and pass a fun clearance test if they do not know the password required for entry. Once behind the red door, spies will find authentic espionage artifacts, pop culture references, a disappearing booth, a secret exit, and more. Enjoy a fun night out in Milwaukee, or a covert daytime mission for the family at this kid-friendly, spy hideout. SafeHouse offers venue space for agents looking to celebrate special occasions, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and group events. Grab your fellow spies to enjoy award-winning cheese curds, solve recon duties, and learn about SafeHouse's history. Find the red door if you accept this mission, Agent!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
What a fun and delicious experience from start to finish! The food and drinks were fantastic and the spay ambience was so thorough and fun!
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