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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Milwaukee

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Buckley's Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (254)
$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
Sparkevip
Dined 5 days ago
This is a wonderful restaurant. We visit every time we are in Milwaukee. The food is wonderful and the portion/price ratio is outstanding for the quality. Our server Jessica was marvelous; she was friendly with a great sense of humor.
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
RyanMvip
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
The Easter brunch was a tremendous value. The salmon eggs benedict were pretty good, but the standout was the salad. Service was very friendly.
A photo of Transfer Pizzeria Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (191)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent experience having lunch. Friendly staff. Delicious pizza. Great music. Will return.
A photo of Carinis la conca d'oro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (702)
$30 and under
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
At Carini's you cannot get any more authentic than being in Sicily. In fact Peter, owner/chef, comes from Sicily and takes pride in all that he prepares. Many of the dishes are prepared the same way his mother cooked them. He uses the freshest ingredients and can customize any dish to your liking. His expanse menu offers 5 kinds of spiedini, seafood, pasta, chicken, veal, vegetarian, appetizers including calamari, octopus salad, antipasto plates and much more. He has many imported desserts plus his homemade tiramisu, cannolis and casatta, a yellow cake infused with rum and filled with cannoli filling and glazed. Peter also sells his spaghetti and marinara sauce, garlic olive oil and seasoned salt from the restaurant as well as gift baskets. All of the products can be shipped anywhere in the US. The restaurant can accomodate parties of any size up to 140 people.
Top review
Midnight
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food, wonderful drinks and friendly service. Will return with more friends!
A photo of The Knick restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2104)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Come enjoy an upbeat, contemporary dining experience at one of Milwaukee's favorite restaurants. The Knick offers an exciting menu and great nightly specials. A big city feel with friendly service, we offer an unique specialty drink menu and feature over 60 different vodkas from around the world. Enjoy our homemade desserts or a "Great Maltini" as a nightcap after a night on the town. End your weekend with our fabulous brunch and indulge with our signature "Queen Mary".
Top review
Michael
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful dining and bar area. Arrive early as it gets busy. Fish fry was very good.
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A photo of Harry's Bar and Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (656)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harry's Bar and Grill! Chic and contemporary with a modern American menu, Harry's Bar and Grill is located on Milwaukee’s East side, close to Lake Michigan.













































WELCOME to Harry's Bar and Grill!

Chic and contemporary with a modern American menu, Harry's Bar and Grill is located on Milwaukee’s East side, close to Lake Michigan.

Harry's Bar and Grill is always keeping things fresh. Stop in soon to see our new look. Harry's Bar & Grill successfully combines neighborhood charm with big city sophistication. Friendly service and a menu diverse enough to satisfy any lunch or dinner craving. Appetizers, specialty burgers, salads, entrees and nightly specialty served up 7 days a week!

Top review
reservationqueenvip
Dined 5 days ago
Harry's offers the best Happy Hour in town M-F from 3-6 o'clock. Cocktails are $6 and small plates are also $6. What a deal!
A photo of MOXIE Food + Drink restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1236)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Whitefish Bay
About the restaurant
Inspired American comfort food, cocktails and wine. Dining room, patio and curbside. Now serving lunch, brunch and dinner.
Reservations or order online: www.eatatmoxie.com.
Our Reservation Policies:
- We do not take PATIO reservations. Patio seating is first come, first served.
- Maximum reservation/table size in our DINING ROOM is 6 guests.
- All guests must arrive within 15 minutes of reservation time.
- Payment with one check is required for parties of 6 or more.
- A 20% gratuity may be added to parties of 6 or more.

Top review
MMeadowsvip
Dined on Apr 16, 2024
We are so lucky to have such a great place in the neighborhood. Great drinks, Great food and Great service. 10/10!
A photo of Saz's State House Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (313)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
In 1976 Milwaukee native Steve Sazama, a.k.a. Saz, opened Saz's State House Restaurant in a historic building nestled beside the railroad tracks on the West Side of town. Saz knew how to make his customers happy with great food and stellar service. What he didn't know was that 45 years later Saz's State House would be the cornerstone for a thriving operation that includes successful Catering, Festivals and retail Barbecue Products divisions. Get the insider scoop on Saz's - click here to read the whole story!
Top review
DanW
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Good food and service. A little more expensive than expected, but good.
A photo of Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn restaurant
4.5
4.5 (456)
$30 and under
German
Whitefish Bay
About the restaurant
Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
~Since 1915~
"You are a stranger here but once"
When making a reservation please note if you would like it to be for inside, the outdoor patio, or the heated outdoor tent. Thank You!

Top review
goalkeeper
Dined 5 days ago
My wife and myself enjoyed a delicious Fish Fry at Jack Pandl's on Friday. My wife had the Cod and I had the Perch dinner. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
A photo of Foxtown Brewing restaurant
4.5
4.5 (316)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Mequon
About the restaurant
Foxtown Brewing is steeped in tradition and driven by a passion for great beer. Once the Opitz Zimmerman Brewery in the mid-1800s, Foxtown is a reclamation of Mequon history. We’re not the biggest brewery around, nor the flashiest, but you’ll see that we take brewing very seriously. Every ingredient in every recipe is backed by reason. Our beer is good on purpose.
Top review
TimB
Dined 5 days ago
Why Foxtown? Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, and always great food. The best cheese curds, hands down!
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