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Nite Owl Ice Cream Parlour

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830 E Layton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207-5235
(414) 483-2524
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Lander, Wyoming
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a real burger joint with decorations and service from the 50's! The food is good, burgers were excellent, fries and onion rings were so-so, the milk shake was outstanding! If you want to go to a burger joint that is the real deal, this is the place. Limited hours.

Thank woodcalf
Toluca, Mexico
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172 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here with my mom who was a car hop here in the early 60's when it was called Al's, and she loved it! Except for the addition of indoor seating not much has changed. The burgers are huge (I can't imagine ordering a double) and taste great with fresh ground beef and toppings. As one reviewer noted it... More 

Thank johntpt
Fort Myers, Florida
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We met some friends there and had burgers and shakes. The food was great and the service was good. However if I was a health inspector I probably would have shut the place down. Filthy floors that obviously haven't been cleaned in a long time. We had to move tables and there was literally a dirt line around where they... More 

Thank JMHBoo
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I saw this as a "where the locals go" and thought we'd give it a try. AMAZING burgers!! The chocolate shake was awesome too. The atmosphere was cozy and perfect for a family lunch. Highly recommend to anyone in the area! **they are cash only**

Thank Megan L
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I had never heard of this place before but was invited to check it out. Nite Owl is a fantastic little burger joint. Food was fresh and HOT when it came out. I will definitely be back!

Thank Nicole B
Greendale, Wisconsin
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102 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We knew Nite Owl closes when they run out of hamburger but were certain we would be fine when arriving at 5PM on a Saturday night. It was already closed! We weren't the only folks who were disappointed...there were a number of cars going through the parking lot. Hence, I lowered the rating of my review because I would think... More 

Thank Anna Marie L
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Always consistent. NEVER a bad meal. Gotta bring cash however. Waaaay better than Sobelmans for half the price. And every August they host an Awesome car show.

Thank Jay M
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I found the amazingness that is Nite Owl in 2014. I get the bacon cheeseburger (approx $5.50) almost every trip there. The burgers are giant, fresh, juicy, and just the right amount of greasy. The onion rings (approx. $3.50) are also a favorite, but it's a huge portion for one person. The prices are a tad bit high but the... More 

Thank TheTravelingPotato
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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183 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This place has been here forever and nothing about the building or the decor (decor?) seems to have changed in decades. But that's the charm. Nothing needs to change. It's a perfect time capsule of its era. The burgers are grand, with crispy little edges and perfectly cooked middles, with any fixings you want. The shakes are scrumptious - dessert... More 

Thank Farewell18
Madison, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Here's the deal with Nite Owl - it's a definite southside institution for many decades and it's a must-visit for sure. However, the hours are spotty, the joint closes down for a few months in the cold weather and he also isn't open in the evenings. Basically it's solely a daytime restaurant. But man! The burgers and malts are stupendous.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 830 E Layton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207-5235
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: (414) 483-2524

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