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“Excellent fish fry” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn
5901 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53214-3449
414-257-9999
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Ranked #66 of 1,431 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, German
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent fish fry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We had a group of 6, all friends, who infrequently get together for a Friday Fish Fry (one couple is from Minnesota, but we still let them comment on the fish,,,,haha), and we thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. Is it crowded - yes. Is the food served fast and hot - yes. Is the beer authentic German - yes. Would we all return - yes. We mixed it up with a bluegill plate, a seafood platter, a walleye plate, and haddock (traditional). The fish was all very, very good, and the potato pancakes must not be missed. The coleslaw is not your typical grocery store deli quality - it is homemade and excellent. Add some rye bread and you have a very nice meal for a very fair price. Another rarity is that we did have a reservation, and although we could hardly walk through the restaurant and bar area, we were seated exactly on time. Now that in and of itself is worth the visit. Old fashioned customer service is getting harder and harder to find. So, bottom line, we will return for fish, but more importantly, we will return for authentic German Food (and to see the nice people who run the place and serve the guests, and who sincerely said 'thanks' to us for coming in). A very nice experience. Parking is a little tough on a Friday night, but once around the block and we parked pretty close.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Wisconsin
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Friday Fish Fry- Pretty Decent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

living not that far away, I was surprised I never visited Kegel's at all, much less for their friday fish fry.
it was a worthwhile experience.

GREAT German beers on tap--- 7 or 8, so not a humongous selection, but fair and quite good.

People there are quite nice and authentic.

wait for a table was excessive- said 1/2 hour, but was over an hour.

baked cod was tastier than the haddock, but both were quite good.

clam chowder was average, but tasty.

we'll be back.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Das ist gut”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Really like the atmosphere here. Went on a Friday night in December. Bustling with activity, cool German decor. Had a duck dish which I thought was very good. This is a good alternative to the other downtown German restaurants. Small parking lot. You will probably have to park on the street. Nice bar to wait for your table at. Try it.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you're looking for a traditional German restaurant décor, this is the place! Not as fancy as some of the downtown Milwaukee staples like Mader's, but in my mind this is just as good or better! Our party of 4 had 3 who went for traditional German...Weiner schnitzel (with the poached egg!) and rouladen. All three were proclaimed excellent! Personally I was in the mood for a fish fry...and I had a wonderful selection of fish and presentations (baked, fried, battered, breaded) although not all fish in all presentations. I chose the walleye and was not disappointed. Very lightly breaded and fried, the wonderful flavor of the fish came through. I went with a dumpling instead of potatoes, it, too, was light and delicious!
Our waitress was attentive without being obtrusive.
On this cold winter night, the place was full. Many appeared to be regulars, but with a reservation we were seated immediately. I would highly recommend!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Hearty food on a cold winters day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

After too much holiday fare, we enjoyed our evening meal at Kegel's Inn. The German specialty of Rabbit was a nicely seasoned rabbit stew served over spatzel. Very memorable. The other dishes served to our party that evening were equally delightful. The staff was very friendly and one can see that this restaurant is a neighborhood gem!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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