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“Best. Food. Ever.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Three Brothers Restaurant

Three Brothers Restaurant
2414 S Saint Clair St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1928 (Bay View)
(414) 481-7530
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Ranked #42 of 1,400 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Eastern European
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Bay View
Chicago, Illinois
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“Best. Food. Ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I'd never been to Milwaukee before, and I'd never even heard of Serbian food, but I saw this restaurant recommended on TripAdvisor and in Road Food so I stopped. Wow - it is a very understated retro (without any pretense) atmosphere with extremely friendly and personal service, and the food was fabulous. Serbian food is sort of like a cross between Greek and German (which makes sense if you look at a map of Europe). My only disappointment is that I didn't save room for dessert. I really think this is one of the best places I've ever eaten, for a combination of great local atmosphere, great food and great service.

They don't take plastic - just cash and checks, but it's well worth a stop at an ATM.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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“Best Serbian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

If you like Serbian food you will love this place. Heck, if you like FOOD you will love this place. The Burek's are awesome.

Visited December 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Comfort Food with an Old Town Feel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Holy Flipping Phyllo Dough Batman... this place is awesome!. Great vibe with old metal tables, lamps, plants, music on cassette - love the feel. When you go to the restrooms peak in the kitchen, there is table in the middle just like you are at home. The service was AMAZING. Our waitress suggested great options and didn't push us to get two entrees when we decided one was enough.

1st course - Rye bread with melt-in-your-mouth goat cream spread --yum yum
2nd course - Serbian Salad (this didn't stick out on the menu -- I was so thankful for the suggestion) Tomatos,Onions and Green Pepper chopped and topped with serbian cheese which is like feta, but better.
3rd course - Grape Leaf appetizer - I have never had fresher, lighter, and tastier stuffed grape leaves. It was served with a lamb cheese - wow, so good!
4th course - Burek (the beef one) - this is a PERFECT pick for a cold winters night. It was yummy, hearty, comfort food, and mmmm mmm good. Layers of Phyllo, Beef, Onion - delish! We ended up only eating half of this. Tip: it takes an hour to make so don't come too hungry if you aren't ordering apps.

Finally, they only take cash... we found that out late but figured we should have assumed just by looking around. No big thing we just ran to At Random for some cash quick.

This is a MUST VISIT in Milwaukee!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sturgeon Bay
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“Comfort Food in a Charming Setting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This was my first experience with Serbian food, and it was a great treat! The restaurant is in an old Schlitz Brewery Bar, and it's on the National Register. Seating is limited but charming with tables lined up right next to the old bar. The musaka was fabulous! We didn't order the burek this time (takes 45 - 60 minutes), but next time we will order one to share when we make our reservations. The stuffed grape leaves as an appetizer is a must!

Visited February 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Homestyle Balkan Cuisine”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Three Brothers is an old stager of the Milwaukee dining scene. It has been consistently listed among 30 best Milwaukee restaurants. The menu offers traditional Serbian food with large appetizers priced at about $10, main courses $15 to $23 and deserts about $6. The dining room is small, seating probably about 50 at any one time; the tables are relatively tightly packed. It was a busy night on Saturday evening, but we were able to reserve a table for three on the same day.
The beer list has some former Yugoslavia offerings. Example is Niksicko pivo, which is a quality pale lager, brewed however in Montenegro, not in Serbia.
As a starter we got grape leaves stuffed with rice and meat served with olives and cheese. Olives were good and stuffed grape leaves, which are a common treat in Mediterranean, were exceptional. For the three main courses we choose Mousaka ($17.50), Burek ($19.50) and Suckling Pig ($18.50). Mousaka, a lightly breaded eggplant slices layered with beef, was probably the best of three dishes. Suckling Pig was served with home-pickled cabbage, rice and carrots. The piglet meat was very tender, but for me the dish could have been slightly bolder and creative. It was indeed a representation of a traditional homestyle Balkan cooking without anything to suggest individuality and ambition. Burek is listed in the menu as a Mama’s creation and pride. It represents layers of paper-thin filo dough with your choice of beef filling, cheese filling or spinach and cheese filling. It takes 45 min to 1 hour to bake. We ordered beef filling and prepared to enjoy it. Alas, it got mixed reviews from us. Good things: it showed some individuality and it looked interesting. The portion was very generous. Not so good things: it was too salty and the meat did not impress us with its quality. Deserts were descent with apple strudel being very good indeed. The pie named something like “Grandma’s pie” was also good, but it was served as a surprisingly thin slice.
The service was reasonable. The dining room was full, but our waitress was attentive and friendly. The bill came to about $106 (with two beers) before tip for 3 persons. The restaurant only accepts cash or check. In summary “Three Brothers” offers a good meal, which indeed resembles homestyle Balkan cuisine. If it is something you are looking for - it is a good choice, if you are interested in highly individual vibrant dishes – go elsewhere.

Visited February 2013
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