About Mader's German Restaurant
At Mader's German Restaurant, you'll get the best ethnic German cuisine that Wisconsin has to offer. Our menus are filled with ethnic dishes that raise the standards of fine dining in Milwaukee. Not many restaurants in the Milwaukee area have as much history as Mader’s. You’ll dine amid a stunning $3 million dollar collection of art, suits of medieval armour and antiques dating back to the 14th century. Browse through our menus, and you will be inclined to make a reservation to experience why Mader's Restaurant continues to be ranked among the top restaurants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin throughout the years.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Mader's catering is recognized for creating lavish or traditional dinners, sure to dazzle guests for celebrations of all sizes and occasions. Mader's catering can provide for any affair from gala cocktail receptions, elegant dinner parties, to large tent events accommodating from 35 to 2000 guests
Mader's German Restaurant offers complimentary valet parking for you and your guests. The valet lot is located right next to our restaurant for your convenience.
Private Party Facilities:
Mader’s German Restaurant has been preparing for your visit since 1902 so that no matter what the occasion, we are fully focused on exceeding your expectations. Whether it's an intimate group or a lavish party, the unrivaled attention of our staff assures you and your guests a memorable experience. Please feel free to contact us to start planning your special event.
Private Party Contact:
Mary Niland: 4142713377x228
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mader's German Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
What an interesting location and menu! A ...
What an interesting location and menu! A great experience and excellent service from our server Mary. It's fantastic to find such an authentic ethnic restaurant in today's world of chain restaurants.
Authentic German Fare
Mader's has been an iconic German restaurant in Milwaukee for many years, and appeals to locals as well as tourists. As one-time Milwaukeeans, we have eaten there a number of times through the years,and have never been disappointed. At our most recent visit, we chose our favorite entrees, wienerschnitzel and sauerbraten.Both were delicious and served in large portions.
We made a special drive to go to Mader's ...
We made a special drive to go to Mader's. The restaurant is something to see with a great collection of fun stuff to look at. The food, however, was disappointing. We had just dined at a new German gastropub in Madison, where we live, the weekend before, and I have to say that the food there was a lot better than Mader's, and less costly. Service was ok, and bartender was great, but for the prices of the food, I expected something more than what we received.
Maders is always favorite, we love bring ...
Maders is always favorite, we love bringing out of town guests!
this is german food at its best.
The oxtail soup was meaty. The pork shank was fall off the bone tender and the apple strudel (made to order give 20 minutes) was crispy and saucy which made it wonderful. Decor was nice but not over the top. Easy to see why it is a favorite with Presidents and entertainers.
Best German Cuisine and Beer....so Authentic!!
Traveling in the area, we were told to try Madar's. We did make a reservation which was good because this place gets very busy. A very nice selection of German beers and wines. The Spaten Octoberfest was a big favorite. The best ever. Meals were unbelievable. Bavarian Platter, Sauerbraten and Wienerschnitzel. Outstanding. The pretzel bread was so so good. Too bad there was no room for dessert as we were told the apple strudel was to die for. Well, maybe next time. There must be a next time!!!!
Great taste of Germany
It's been a few years since I've been to Mader's and this time I brought a bunch of people from out of town. IT was a wonderful experience and gave them all a great taste of quality German food and fantastic hospitality that is part of the Milwaukee restaurant scene. Make sure you start with the classic Pretzel, but the real gems are the pork dishes! I hope to go back soon!
good food and service
had a nice dinner before a concert at the Bradley center. Was able to park there for the show. Good German food and nice wine list.
Food was great but service was slow.
Food was great but service was slow.
Took over 30 mins to get a waitress. Ove ...
Took over 30 mins to get a waitress. Over an hour to get our food served.
We went Valentine's weekend with friends ...
We went Valentine's weekend with friends. It did take a bit to order drinks and our meal, but we understand it was a very busy night. Our waitress was very nice and the food was delicious. We will definitely dine here again.
The atmosphere at Mader's is great! The ...
The atmosphere at Mader's is great! The food and drinks are very good. However, I was surprised at how long it took to get our food. We didn't get our food for over an hour. I was starting to wonder if our order was lost. The food is good, but the portion was way to gigantic. Next time I'll just order appetizers or I'd split something with my date.
A Milwaukee gem
Mader's is a Milwaukee institution and lives up to its reputation. It's not hip or trendy, and that's why it's a classic. Superb service and great old school German fare. Sat at the table where JFK dined back in 1959.
Expensive and just "ok". It's no Chi Brauhaus.
We planned a night in Milwaukee with no kids, just for fun, and for our anniversary (which I included in the reservation notes and was not acknowledged). My dad had always talked about this place so I made the reservation. The head server, a female, was good but it was slow, in general. It was not busy for a Saturday at 7, and there was not a lot of staff. The entrees were $30 and up and did not include soup or salad. They did not have or know what a cucumber salad was, but they tried to make me one, which was nice. It was just ok, I love this kind of food and know what to expect and this was not it.
A must in MKE
Mader's is a Milwaukee gem. That being said it is showing some signs of wear - but when in Milwaukee it is a notable restaurant to visit. Service was very good to our large business group with separate checks - no complaint and willing to do so. Food was good - German specialties were the preferred. Some vegetarian options and a decent selection of deserts. Spatzle was good as were the schnitzles. Decent wine selection and a fabulous beer selection - heavy on Germans, of course. Old history and a definite look to the restaurant. We enjoyed our meal and would go back at some point in the future.
It Was Good. Not Great, Good
I ordered one of their specialties, the Rouladen and was a bit disappointed at how bland it was to me. The meat was very tender and well cooked, but there just wasn't much flavor. My wife had the Wiener Schnitzel with capers and fried eggs, which was excellent. Highlight of the evening. Our daughter had the Cheese and Sausage board which was very good. The service was the best of any restaurant I've experienced. I'm 65 years old and have travelled more than my share and our server was fantastic. I wish I could remember her name (like I said I'm 65) but I am pretty sure it started with an "A". She was fantastic. The ambiance is reason enough to dine here. The pictures and personal notes from celebrities and Presidents from the distant past to present day is like a stroll through their personal museum. Fantastic.
We're from out of town but come here whe ...
We're from out of town but come here when visiting. Food is delicious - all made from scratch and always wonderful. Servers are delightful, and very helpful with food selections. A great restaurant for small and large groups.
Excellent food! A nice place to have con ...
Excellent food! A nice place to have conversation and enjoy a good meal.
Have never been disappointed. Conveniently located with valet parking on premises. Authentic German food and beverages.
Very Special Place!
I was thrilled to finally eat at Mader's. We were delighted to find Fransizkaner Heffe Weissbier on tap. I was introduced to Ruben Rolls (Thank God I live is South Florida!) The Schnitzel was huge and tasty and the red cabbage and spaetzle authentic and superb. A fabulous excuse to visit Milwaukee again soon!
Excellent dining experience
My family and I had a wonderful din8ng exoerience at Mader's.
Birthday and anniversary special place
My wife and I had our first meal as a married couple at Maders in 1972 and have had a number of our anniversary lunches or dinners there ever since. A few years ago we had lunch at your restaurant and completed your birthday list and have tried to have lunch there each year. We find the food excellent with the atmosphere relaxing and also reminds us of our first visit many years ago. We have suggested your restaurant to friends and relatives and have heard favorable responses from them. May you be with us for many more years.
A Train Wreck of a Night
Had a reservation for 6:00, showed up at 5:45, did not get seated 'till 6:10. They ran out of menus, hostess said she'd bring us some shortly. Hostess then walked past our table 4 or 5 times, with menus she was taking back to the hostess station, rudely ignoring us. Took server another 15 minutes to get to us. We had tickets for a 7:00 show. Told her this and went with a couple of schnitzels. She took our orders, bar order never came out (no one in our dinning room was getting drinks while we were there). Food finally came out at 6:50, appetizer came out 5 minutes later. Mader's used to be a great place to go. It is sad to see a place go into a death spiral. Management needs to get on the ball and focus of customer service and the small details, right now they act as they don't care and the past reputation will carry them... There are a better German options near by that should be visited before you give Mader's your business.
Great food, ok service
Great restaurant that we always enjoy. Service was definitely lacking this time though. Have had much better service previously. Never got a drink menu and was over 10 minutes before our waitress even came over to the table to take our drink orders.
I haven't had much German food in my life so didn't really have an expectation for Mader's but it was great. The food was so good (especially the sausage platter appetizer) and the service was great. We arrived a bit before our reservation but we were sat right away. It was fun seeing the pictures of the different celebrities who have eaten at Mader's, too.
Our first time there and we really enjoy ...
Our first time there and we really enjoyed it, we will definitely go back!
Great food Great service
We hadn't been to Maders in years and it really was better than ever. The service was fun and professional. The food was a joy.
Service and Then Some
We had eaten Mader's food before at German Fest but had never been to the restaurant. We had an early (5:30pm) dinner reservation on a Wednesday and when we arrived, the place was nearly empty. I had the German Sampler--it was fantastic and had a nice variety. My girlfriend had the Schnitzel--it was good but a little bland because she accidentally ordered it without the gravy. We each had dessert as well. I had the bread pudding, which was exquisite. My girlfriend loved the light, summery taste of the schaum torte with ice cream and strawberries. However, our service was the best part of the evening. Our waitress (sadly, I can't remember her name) was attentive without hovering and she took excellent care of us. But she went above and beyond when we heard her running behind us when we were a block from the restaurant and she brought us our leftovers which we had forgotten on the table. We will definitely be back!
Nicely prepared German food and a comprehensive list of beers. The interior could use some buffing up but it has plenty of atmosphere.
Food was very good. Service was perfect ...
Food was very good. Service was perfect for our group. Not rushed.
Food was great and very filling!
Food was great and very filling!
Best German food
I ate at this restaurant over 20 years ago. It was memorable then and is memorable now. I hadn't been to Milwaukee for 20 years and couldn't wait to take my team there. The food was awesome. The service was equally great. Love the historical relevance of Maders as well!
German Cuisine Delight
The epitome of excellent German cuisine, Mader's is always a treat. The Menu is all inclusive, the choices are amazing and the servings are huge. Through the years they have stayed true to the heritage they represent and stepping into the restaurant is like a mini visit to Munich. If you like German food and ambiance you will not be disappointed. There is valet parking which is probably your best option during the dinner hours.
Great German food. Weinerschnitzel excellent though should have been a tad hotter. Spaetzel great. Old fashioned HUGE and delish!
Overall, a very good experience.
Our server was very attentive. The restaurant was very busy, but the service was still prompt. Typical German fare, though one of our party was disappointed they did not have bratwurst on the menu. He opted fot the sausage platter and enjoyed that. I had the snitzel and sauer bratten plat and enjoyed that. The spatzel was a little bland. I'm not sure what I would add, but something was missing. The portion sizes were good. Not overwhelming.
Fun evening with good food
The food is good and the restaurant has a fun German vibe. The meal was enjoyable but do not expect it to be the best meal you eat in Milwaukee.
The food was outstanding. Service not so ...
The food was outstanding. Service not so much. We also sat next to a very annoying gal that felt the need to share her life drama with the entire restaurant. Now this is not Mader's fault but it did not help the situation. When sitting down I told the waitress we were rushed. Had an hour and a half so only ordered appetizers and still made us late. Frustrating.
Very large prtions; we split a German sampler, more than enough food for 2 people and no charge for splitting the plate. The Reuban Rolls were delicious! Would definitely come again, great food and a wonderful atmosphere with German touches and the wait staff in dirndals.
German food at its best
If you are in Milwaukee's downtown and want to try authentic German food, you must try Maders on north 3rd street. The variety of German entrees and German beers on draught to complement the food is outstanding. The smoked pork loin and pork shank were each fantastic. The restaurant was quiet on the Sunday night we visited, allowing conversation.
Old World Stays Old World
Yes, this is a return to Maders after many years and many places. Everything was a delight. There special drinks and potato pancakes started the meal. While the Mosel wine was not quite like Germany - it was close enough. German entre were as we wanted and great fun to share. While to full for dessert the rest of the meal was terrific. One funny little thing about Maders. The ambiance is great black forest décor. The vaulted ceilings are charming until you realize that you can hear conversations of tables clear on the other side of the room! Since everybody was having a good time. Hearing about somebodies dog was fine!
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