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Mader's

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German, Swiss, European
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1041 N. Old World Third St., Milwaukee, WI 53203 (Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.)
414-271-3377
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 224
    Excellent
  • 154
    Very good
  • 68
    Average
  • 32
    Poor
  • 26
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good beer

Didn't have any food but the bartender was very nice and held good conversation. We had two drinks, both of which were German selections.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Nate S
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Middleton, Wisconsin
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88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

we had the best German lunch ever!!!!! we started with wonderful soup, I had french onion and my friend had a beef veggies. our main course was served in a timely manner. the sauerbraten was wonderful. our only disapointment was in the gift shop. It was up a set of very steep stairs and we didn't see anything except beer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Didn't have any food but the bartender was very nice and held good conversation. We had two drinks, both of which were German selections.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Our food selections were hearty portions and tasty. The decor of this old world neighborhood restaurant is a little worn and outdated.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The newest of our several visits didn't disappoint. Our waitress didn't smile for our entire visit. Beyond that, the food was excellent. Grab a boot and giant pretzel and have at it!

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Brandon, Florida
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The restaurant was downtown and has been open since 1905? I went there with my Great Uncle.......the décor was so nostalgic...the old fashion fixtures....the beautiful wood carvings....the big oversized chair in the entrance......the suits of armor......and so interesting to see all the pictures on the walls of all the famous people that have dined there. We had a great dinner... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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195 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I was staying in Milwaukee for about a month for temp housing during a job relo. I was a block north of Mader’s. Walked by many times. The menu was inviting. The story. History. So, I went. The only benefit was I got 100 Open Table dining points. The main attraction is the plethora of “famous” people who allegedly have... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My wife and I planned to eat at the Harley-Davidson Museum. However they were hosting a private party and could not accommodate us. We asked one of the people at the museum for a dinner recommendation and she suggested Mader's. Fantastic dinner. I seldom leave anything on my plate, but couldn't eat it all. Great food and drinks. I almost... More 

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Hebron, Indiana
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The food is old world German. It's as good as Mama's. This is a pricey restaurant but so worth it for a special night out. Ambiance is old world, the breads are to die for. I just love this place and wish everyone could try it.

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vanzance11, Owner at Mader's, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. I look forward to meeting you on your next visit. Victor Mader, President More 

Topeka, Kansas
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Four of us had a late lunch and all the food was delicious. My friend had the WeinerSchnitzel and said it was as good as her German grandmother's. Excellent service, but we were one of three tables occupied at that time of the day.

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Haines City, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

By far and away...the BEST German food in Milwaukee. ..and a true authentic German atmosphere. ..the roasted pork shank is awesome....beer steins...and old wood bar brought over from Germany. ..truly a can't miss....

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1041 N. Old World Third St., Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: 414-271-3377

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: German, Swiss, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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