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AJ Bombers

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1247 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
+1 414-221-9999
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 115
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Decent burgers!

We've heard a lot about AJ Bombers over the years - great burgers, the bombs of peanuts and the atmosphere; so we thought we'd give it a try while spending some time on Water St. We were a little surprised at how small the bar was; seating for diners is pretty limited and if you go on a Saturday... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
bruincheeser
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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New York City, New York
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Just wanted some lunch and this is always a great place. It is in the downtown area but around 11a it's pretty quiet for a bite to eat. Food is always hot and delicious. Please try the wings.

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Thank MissFrequentFlyer
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We've heard a lot about AJ Bombers over the years - great burgers, the bombs of peanuts and the atmosphere; so we thought we'd give it a try while spending some time on Water St. We were a little surprised at how small the bar was; seating for diners is pretty limited and if you go on a Saturday night... More 

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Thank bruincheeser
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was OK - I got a burger with peanut butter on it. I've had peanut butter burgers other places and they were delicious. I ordered medium, it came out mushy and red... way under cooked. I am not one to send things back, so I kept it. Within an hour of leaving, my stomach was bothering me. I... More 

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Thank eww311
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to AJ Bombers as it has been highly recommended by many people. It was a long wait to get a table, but there was a few spots at the bar so we took a seat and had a drink or 2 to wait our turn for a table. The decor inside is awesome, very unique and well done. The... More 

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Thank cmanatee
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Had dinner with my husband and three kids ages 11 - 14 before seeing a show at the Riverside Theater. Service was good, food was mediocre. Known for "bombers" delivering peanuts to your table, but only a few tables are arranged for this to happen. Ours was not one of them. Also known for their hamburger with peanut butter on... More 

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Thank Jennifer S
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We avoided a 45 minute wait by eating at the bar and had tremendous service by the bartender. It was our first time and he was more than happy to explain how the ordering system works. He refilled our drinks and gave us water after our meal without having to ask. The burgers were juicy, without being greasy, and the... More 

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Thank Brian L
Ottawa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is a fun place! Peanuts are delivered to tables by a system of rails that propel the "bombs" to the tables, where the nuts are dropped into a bucket. The burgers are good, old fashioned burgers with great buns. This is a small tavern, so be prepared to wait for a table during the busiest hours.

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Thank Jtpeff
Whitefish Bay
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This place is lively and the staff is friendly but there could definitely be improvements in the food, We ordered the vegan black bean burgers. The texture was mushy. The "bombers sauce" is a catsupy taste. Not a fan of catsup. Would recommend a non-dairy mayo like "vegenaise" or "just mayo" to be available to add to the burgers. Wanted... More 

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Thank 413catherinep
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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679 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Short wait / good service / quick turnaround on orders --- Our group had Bomber Burgers (they have a portabello mushroom on top) and also a Black Bean Burger. Everything was very good (as usual :-)

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Thank rollngstone
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Perfect place of a Burger, Beer and Peanuts. One of the few places that you can still eat free peanuts and throw the shells on the ground. Add to that they won Best burger awards and they have beers and you can't go wrong. Since it is a bar on Water street, probably best for adults only but kids could... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1247 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-221-9999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?