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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Milwaukee

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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
4.7
4.7 (226)
$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
JenniferJ
Dined on May 10, 2024
Always a good experience at Matty’s. Friday’s lunch was a great way to start my birthday weekend.
A photo of Central Standard Crafthouse and Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (277)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
WE DO NOT OFFER FOOD SERVICE OR RESERVATIONS ON OUR ROOFTOP PATIO, THE AVIARY, WHICH IS "FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE". We highly encourage you to make a reservation in the main dining room and then head up for a cocktail or two after!

Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, our Crafthouse & Kitchen is an experience like none other. Enjoy culinary creations from our scratch kitchen or just stop by for a few of our award winning cocktails created with Central Standard spirits.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Would highly recommended for birthday or other celebrations the staff was so kind and attentive and the service was exceptional.
A photo of Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria restaurant
4.6
4.6 (776)
$30 and under
Unspecified
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Great night out. Strawberry margaritas were strong but tasty, and loved all the food. Short ribs needed to be more tender but the mojo pork was outstanding, as were the poke nachos! We had a nice private table by the window which was appreciated, and didn’t feel rushed at all!
A photo of Third Street Tavern Milwaukee restaurant
4.6
4.6 (107)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Lunch - Happy Hour - Dinner - Late Night Drinks
Third Street Tavern is a corner bar with amazing thin smashed old fashioned burgers, cheese steaks, appetizers and classic video games.

Tavern features a premium bar, local craft beers, and a full cocktail list in a unique bar bar and grill atmosphere. Locals and tourists stop in for the burgers, handmade mozzarella sticks, Philly cheese steaks, classic arcade games and the vibrant late night scene.
Top review
JayW
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great place to eat the food was delicious. The service was good
A photo of Bavarian Bierhaus restaurant
4.5
4.5 (251)
$30 and under
Bavarian
Glendale
About the restaurant
In 2016 the Bavarian Bierhaus re-opened the space once occupied by the Bavarian Inn. It features a bierhall, a 15 bbl brewery, and multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces. The Bierhaus will continue the tradition of being home to diverse regional events and festivals. We welcome you, and invite you to support your friends, neighbors and community by signing up for our emails, following us on Facebook, checking our website and downloading our Bavarian Bierhaus app for upcoming events.
Top review
GaryAndBev
Dined 6 days ago
The seats were very, very uncomfortable. Hard wood to sit on and way too short for the leg length. Noise level was too high for 4 of us to sit and visit.
A photo of Union House Cedarburg restaurant
4.4
4.4 (132)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
This was a great place.......never been before and food and service were outstanding. Prices were extremely reasonable and just a neat, unique place and location here in Wisconsin. Highly recommend. We will be going back!!
A photo of Highland House restaurant
4.4
4.4 (104)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Mequon
About the restaurant
Where you're always on vacation!

The Highland House located in Mequon, Wisconsin has earned the reputation as the place to go on the North Shore for any and all occasions. The food is a blend of California, Caribbean and Mexican influences. It’s a casual and fun atmosphere with a colorful and unique décor. Voted Milwaukee’s Best Margaritas and known for great food at a great price.
Top review
desivip
Dined 3 days ago
Lunch was very good, waiter was attentive but not bothersome. Always a good meal, only downside was yelling kids but it wasn’t horrible!
A photo of J. Leinenkugel's Barrel Yard restaurant
4.3
4.3 (70)
$31 to $50
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
The J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard at American Family Field is set to open in April of 2023. The working brewery features specialty beer brewed onsite by the Master Brewers at Leinenkugel’s, as well as a full-service bar and restaurant experience in one of the most premier locations of the ballpark, overlooking left field at American Family Field.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Service was great. Had music entertainment which was enjoyable and not loud. Music was just right to listen too while maintaining a conversation at the table. Food was good and nice to look out over American Family Field. Also liked having a beer that cost less inside Barrel Yard than it does when purchasing during a game. Will definitely come back on non-game days.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Wauwatosa restaurant
4.2
4.2 (190)
$30 and under
Asian
Wauwatosa
About the restaurant
P.F. Chang's is a restaurant concept that honors the 2,000-year-old Asian tradition of wok cooking and believes in making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. With a Farm to Wok™ food philosophy at its core, P.F. Chang's chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand chop and slice all vegetables and meats, handcraft every sauce and wok-cook each recipe, every day in every restaurant using wholesome, fresh ingredients. With roots in Chinese cooking, the culinary landscape at P.F. Chang's now stretches across Asia with diverse, culturally inspired recipes including hand-rolled sushi, Vietnamese-style soups and bowls, traditional Chinese dim sum, wok-fired chicken and beef entrées, and family style noodles and rice. All made from scratch every day.
Top review
Jackie
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Our server Katie was sweet, attentive, knowledgeable. She asked right away if we had any food allergies, asked if it was a special occasion, got a tiny bowl of water for our service dog and was an all around asset to the restaurant. I’d like to see the three sauces that used to get mixed at the table for chicken lettuce wraps come back. The honey shrimp was spicier than I remember it. The experience was repeatable because of our outstanding service. Thanks Katie!
A photo of East Town Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.0
4 (503)
$31 to $50
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Conveniently located on Wisconsin Avenue and Milwaukee Street, East Town Kitchen & Bar offers a classic menu, approachable vibe, and one of the best whiskey lists in all of Wisconsin. Come join us in our restaurant for dinner and locally-loved craft beers and cocktails!
Top review
Hillary
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Our waiter was awesome. Very friendly & attentive. Out of all the drinks I wanted which was weird. We were there at 5:30 on a Saturday. Was not busy when we arrived. 3-4 bevs off the menu were unavailable. Food was good, ceaser salad was brown and soggy. Everything else was great.
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