Brew City’s restaurant scene is blowing up. We have some of the most hip, fresh, friendly, and unique, mouthwatering restaurants in the Midwest — and maybe even the country! There are so many fantastic restaurants to choose from, but not every place can come out on top. Get ready for a whirlwind of flavors when you try these 10 highly-rated restaurants in Milwaukee.
1. Odd Duck
Odd Duck in Bay View is a tapas restaurant that has been voted one of the top restaurants in Milwaukee! This quaint American cuisine restaurant serves small plates with some big flavors. Using as many local ingredients as they can, their food is top-notch. Vegetarians can delight in the fact that half of the menu is veggie-friendly.
Odd Duck is located at 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee.
2. Sanford Restaurant
Sanford has been a longstanding iconic Milwaukee restaurant since 1989 when Sandy D’Amato and his wife opened Sandford in the same building as his family's grocery store. Though they sold the restaurant in 2012, the new owners run the restaurant with respect for those who came before them, and are making guests feel more welcome than ever. This French-American restaurant serves up the best dishes in Milwaukee.
Sanford Restaurant is located at 1547 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee.
3. Blue's Egg
This breakfast and brunch spot is seriously loved by the community. Serving brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, you'll find a packed house! Make sure to get there early, and definitely try the stuffed hash browns.
Blue's Egg is located at 317 N. 76th Street, Milwaukee.
4. Story Hill BKC
This American restaurant serves up modern Midwest-inspired dishes, and all of their food and drinks are locally-sourced. This is a great choice any time of day, but their brunch is especially amazing.
Story Hill BKC is located at 5100 W. Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee.
5. La Merenda
This casual Spanish-American tapas restaurant in Walker's Point is to die for. With unique dishes such as the Goat Quesadilla or Pork crepes, we're not surprised this spot is so highly rated. Fully equipped with a bar serving local brews and South American wines, a spacious outdoor patio, and outstanding food, La Merenda is a solid choice for everyone.
La Merenda is located at 125 E. National Avenue, Milwaukee.
This Bartolotta restaurant is stylish and contemporary, located in the Cudahy Tower downtown. They serve elegant seasonal dishes. Bacchus is home to Milwaukee's most extensive wine list, giving it the title of "one of America's best wine restaurants" by Wine Enthusiast.
Bacchus is located at 925 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee
7. Five O'Clock Steakhouse
This timeless steakhouse and supper club has been a gem on Milwaukee's west side since 1946. A true glimpse into all that is Midwestern dining, Five O'Clock Steakhouse serves some of the finest cuts of meat. Legend claims that they're named Five O'Clock because they used to have an alarm clock behind the bar that would go off at 5 p.m., and everyone would get a free drink! This family-owned spot has been highly rated by Rachael Ray and the Travel Channel, so it's not surprising that it's highly rated at home.
Five O'Clock Steakhouse is located at 2416 W. State Street, Milwaukee.
8. The Capital Grille
Though this upscale steakhouse has locations throughout the country, the Milwaukee restaurant is highly rated by all. Featuring a classy atmosphere, excellent steaks, and elegant dishes, Capital Grille makes all of the lists.
The Capital Grille is located at 310 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee.
9. Lake Park Bistro
Another Bartolotta's restaurant makes the list. Lake Park Bistro, located in Lake Park, has some of the best views in the city. Serving up elegant rustic French cuisine with views of Lake Michigan, this is one spot that is simply unforgettable.
Lake Park Bistro is located at 3133 E. Newberry Boulevard, Milwaukee.
This top-rated Spanish tapas bar in Walker's Point serves up delicious and unique and classic Spanish dishes. They also have a long list of signature cocktails to choose from. Whether you're looking for a small plate or big flavors, MOVIDA is where it's at.
MOVIDA is located at 524 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee.
Have you been to these top rated spots? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!