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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Milwaukee

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Carnevor Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3135)
$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
Teresa
Dined 3 days ago
The food and service were outstanding. As others have noted, it is quite noisy (had trouble hearing our waitress!) and we asked for a quiet table. Would definitely go back with friends IF the noise level was improved, otherwise no.
A photo of Transfer Pizzeria Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (202)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
You are cordially invited to visit Transfer Pizzeria Café, located in the Harbor District on the corner of 1st and Mitchell Streets. Established in 2008, the namesake is Transfer Pharmacy, a classic cornerstone drugstore from a bygone era that for decades supplied a thriving community with goods and services as evidenced by the stained glass windows still in place. The pharmacy was appropriately named for the constant activity that took place just outside - the boarding, departures, and transfers of the countless daily commuters of the time. The tradition of a reliable cornerstone establishment continues today, as Transfer Pizzeria delivers a unique dose of delicious pizza, drink, atmosphere, and friendly service.

We keep an active wait-list and gladly accommodate walk-ins as part of both our lunch and dinner service.

Top review
ValerieJ
Dined 2 days ago
This was the first time I took my boyfriend here for dinner and it was awesome!
A photo of Saffron - Modern Indian Dining restaurant
4.8
4.8 (680)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Saffron never disappoints. The food, service and ambiance has been amazing and consistent since my first visit.
A photo of Matty's Bar & Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (229)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Had bourbon chicken wrap. Good but mostly green pepper. Way too much. Onion rings were awesome. $9 titos and lemonade but I'm not sure if they remembered the titos. Server was Tim...this guy was awesome. We'd come back if we could have him as our waiter again. Lots of crying kids running around with inattentive parents. Not a playground folks.
A photo of Champps Americana - Brookfield restaurant
4.6
4.6 (385)
$30 and under
American
Brookfield
About the restaurant
Luxury box service. 50-yard line feel. Whether it's a game day, late night or big party with all of your friends and family, Champps is the place to get in the game.

Every day, our Chef's provide huge portions of delicious food from scratch. Hand crafted burgers, slow-basted ribs that fall off the bone and expertly prepared steaks that give the best steakhouses a run for their money.

With big-screen plasma TV's throughout the building, state of the are DJ controlled sound, and great events every week you will never miss a play or a reason to stay at Champps!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was amazing and the staff was very friendly. At times it was a little louder, but it is a sports bar so that is to be expected. Overall great experience was good and we will be back!
A photo of Screaming Tuna - Milwaukee restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1443)
$30 and under
Sushi
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Wisconsin's 1st Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Partner. 7x OnMilwaukee and Journal Sentinel winner for Best Sushi in Milwaukee. Sustainable Sushi With A View
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Outstanding dinner! Lizzy & Brandon were awesome bartenders, and offered us a very enjoyable evening out. Highly recommend!
A photo of Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria restaurant
4.4
4.4 (783)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Blue Bat Kitchen finds inspiration in the energy and flavors of street food around the globe. We feature fresh, global street food in a relaxed and fun environment that pairs perfectly with Milwaukee’s very first Tequilaria. Over 160 Tequilas to try plus, Tacos, Bowls, Snacks, Salads and more await!
Top review
CB911
Dined 2 days ago
Awesome as always.good staff good food good drinks.
A photo of Sinabro restaurant
4.3
4.3 (38)
$30 and under
Korean
Grafton
About the restaurant
Korean & Noodle House

We look forward to serving you.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Food was enjoyable, plan to have a longer meal time. It’s not a quick spot but tasty.
A photo of The Social American Tavern restaurant
4.0
4 (83)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Wisconsin’s strong heritage of family-owned and small farms is reflected in The Social’s seasonal menu. We offer farm-inspired American food, prepared with local and sustainable ingredients obtained from a 200-mile radius. Traditional, rustic Wisconsin ingredients are given a modern interpretation by adding creative flavor combinations. Our mission is to serve honest, local ingredients, with informed service, in a comfortable setting.
Top review
MarciaC
Dined on May 31, 2024
We were at The Social as part of MKE downtown dining. The elote soup and the arugula salad were both very good. I was there with a party of four. We each had a different one of the entrees and we all pronounce them very good. I was surprised however that the sloppy joe sliders were actually better than the buttermilk chicken sliders. For dessert most of us had the Strawberry Shortcake and of course that was good too. Overall a very pleasant dining experience and the service was very good also.
A photo of Oggie’s Kitchen & Bar restaurant
3.8
3.8 (216)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Oggie’s Kitchen & Bar is an ode to the Ogden Family’s history in Milwaukee. Set in the Renovated Hotel Metro in Milwaukee’s downtown, Oggie's is a neighborhood hangout with one of the best burger's in Milwaukee alongside fantastic seasonal cocktails. Comfortable environment, all are welcome!

Top review
ChristySvip
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Sunday brunch was delicious. The restaurant was pretty quiet because it was Father’s Day their roasted potatoes that came with some of our orders were seasoned so well! Food was good. Drinks were great. Our server, Sean, was awesome!
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