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$$ - $$$
German, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options
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1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301 (Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.)
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Chicago, IL
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40 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mader's is over century old and still popular for a good reason: It'swonderful. I have been a customer for decades and love to visit Milwaukee a few times a year just to enjoy the food and ambiance of this little treasure - only ninety miles from Chicago. The food is very much traditional German style. The room itself- more properly... More 

Thank Harborcat
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When we arrived, the restaurant didn't have our OpenTable reservation for 7 for brunch. I showed them the confirmation email and they figured it all out without any issues. Our waitress immediately started us off with our bottomless mimosas and Oktoberfest beers. The only complaint was my wife's Bloody Mary which tasted like pure unsalted tomato juice and no vodka.... More 

Thank J Danger W
Boise, Idaho
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116 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After our tour of the Miller Brewery, we wanted a fun, local lunch experience. This was awesome! I found it on Trip Advisor, and we were really happy with it. We had only one hour before heading to the airport; I wish we'd had an afternoon. "Old Town 3rd Street" was a neat place. I asked our darling waitress (in... More 

Thank lynette_cypress
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stationed in Germany in the late 1980's and grew very fond of German food and restaurants. Since being back to the US we have been to German restaurants in California, Arizona, Texas, North Dakota and none have been as authentic as Maders! The food and atmosphere made me feel as if I was back in Germany! Justin took very good... More 

Thank Patrick D
Saint Louis, Missouri
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385 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I make it to Mader's every year or so. Sometimes, I have a specific dish in mind. Sometimes, I can't decide. No matter what, it's going to be delicious, well prepared, and served with attentive wait staff. The combination meals, I had the Rhine platter, had perfect portions and each of them was prepared well. I was there with three... More 

Thank EnjoyTravelAlways
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well, we visited Milwaukee for a few days and decided to try eating somewhere different for a changed. The employees at our hotel stumped HARD for Mader's. So we tried it. I was not impressed with the service at all. I thought it was way overpriced and the place was generally kind of old looking and beat up in my... More 

Thank Wally45
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Atmosphere was delightfully German, and historic of visitors to the restaurant. Little plaques in small areas saying what celebrity sat at this table etc. We sat in a semi private room and were waited on in a very timely manner. Good beer, good wine, one meal was returned due to the meat being very fatty, but the replacement plate was... More 

Thank Joe B
Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing place to go for some great German food. The variety and flavors were awesome. The atmosphere was very traditional feeling as well. However, the service was quite disappointing. The waitress all but left us and we got the manager to assist finally. He did make it right and throw in dessert so I would be willing to go back... More 

Thank kwagner_11
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked over after leaving a Bucks basketball game at halftime. Never been here before and did not know what to expect. I go to Germany and Austria a lot on business, so I know good German food and most of the time I am disappointed when I have it here in the states. Not this time! We went in... More 

Thank ArukaKabe
Highland Village, TX
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate here 28 years ago on our honeymoon. Still very cool German atmosphere, but showing some gray around the edges. Sat in the bar area so we could watch the Wis. football game. We had a great server who was very engaging. We each ordered soup as an appetizer. My baked onion soup came out lukewarm, but had good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
German, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301
    (Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: 14142713377

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?