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.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
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
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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: (414) 271-3377 ext. 228
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Mader's German Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
First trip to Milwaukee. This was the first reservation we booked. Excellent meal. German food is not my favorite but I think this was the best I've ever had. Excellent (Justin) waitstaff and history. Stop by the bar to make a new friend or two before heading out. Zackary made the best old fashioned sweet! A new drink for me and now a new favorite!
Went to Mader's spur of the moment before a concert while in from out of town. German food will never be light or healthy, but if you can make honest, homemade food, I'll worry about healthy later. Was surprised at the quality of the food. Good, old-fashioned, authentic German food in an old setting (the restaurant has been there since 1902). Waiter made sure we made the concert in plenty of time. I'll never go out of my way for German food, but my pork shank was great, the spaetzle wonderful, and had a great beer. My wife's pork schnitzel was wonderful. Good honest food, well-prepared. Bring your cholesterol medication, but don't skip Mader's!
We ordered two sampler platters and were quite happy with each platter. The Schnitzel and the Sauerbraten were excellent, as were the three selections of sausage in the Bavarian Platter! Our waiter was courteous and friendly, and when he was busy with other patrons, a waitress saw to it that we were being looked after and our order taken. BEAUTIFUL interior, quite authentic! The food is pricey, but for authentic German food, served in an authentic setting, the value is maintained for a special occasion. We WILL be back!
Mine and my girlfriends dinners were absolutely phenomenal. We started both with soup, her onion soup was great and I really loved the liver dumpling soup. She had the Rhineland platter I believe she really thought the Weiner Schnitzel was great and the sauerkraut was also good. I believe we both could of ate her dinner. I had the Bavarian platter which was also more food than I thought. The sausages were good but I believe the pork and the potato dumpling stole the show. Needless to say we both left with a meal for the next day. The waitress was not the fastest but was real knowledgeable and a great help on deciding our choices. We had dinner at 9:00pm the dinner room was rather quiet in there. I would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Milwaukee to stop there for dinner.
I had been told if you go to Milwaukee dining at Mader's is a must. We were briefly in town with my in-laws celebrating Mother's Day a week early, so we had a chance to finally get there. I decent (although portions are huge and it's all a bit too salty), but I think all 4 of us ended up leaving a bit unimpressed, especially given the cost. Service was VERY slow, despite not being packed, and my in-laws commented on the meat being a bit dry and over cooked. All in all, I think we were happy to try the restaurant given it's history, but I am not sure the food and service are worth a second trip. Sorry!
Pro: The steak was 11/10 delicious. The appetizer was 11/10 delicious.
Con: The beef strudel was bad. The area we were sat in by the bar was so dimly lit you could barely see. The tiny candle had a cover so dark it did ZERO help. The potatoes tasted like cheesy goo from a can. both me and my wife hated it. Prices have gone up too. Last time was about 70$ for two people this time it was 100. There was no way to tip the valet without having cash. This is 2017...let me pay with a card or park my own car. Might not go back.
Lunch with team from work as a thank you. First time at your restaurant for one of the team members. Food portions were very generous for lunch and exceptional flavor. Two of the samplers were purchased and was a great way to try something different. Lunch, so no beer or alcoholic drinks purchased, but would have been great for a dinner to try a great German beer.
Very historic building and furnishings, service was okay, but the food was just mediocre.
We had pork shank which was tender, but had very little flavor. The Wiener schnitzel was fried in less than fresh oil, the spätzle was gummy and the sauerkraut could have come from a can.
Wow! What a great find we discovered in Mader's! My wife and I were in town to enjoy time away from our home in St. Louis. I had found Mader's on a travel website and figured we had to try it. We were extremely and pleasantly surprised! The drinks were tasty (beer for me and cocktail for the wife) and, oh my God, the food was delicious! We stuffed ourselves silly! My wife enjoyed her dinner and my German Sampler tasted like it came straight from Germany! All the flavors and amoras were spot on. The next time we're back in Milwaukee, we're definitely stopping in for a dinner, lunch or just a dessert and drinks.
We were in Milwaukee to see the special exhibit at the Museum of Art and decided to try some German food because we were stationed in German when I was in the US Army back in 1970's. The food reminded me of what we ate back then. Very nice atmosphere, and as I said original German food. The portions are large, so you should not go home hungry. On the pricey side, but we are used to that in the Chicago area.
We stopped by Mader's for dinner on a Saturday night. There was a lot of events happening around downtown Milwaukee, but inside Mader's it was an escape from the commotions. Our service was individualized and personal. We felt that our server wanted us to have a great experience and enjoy our meal. We had a great experience. The only caveat to our meal was that the noise level was a little loud. We could audible hear every word from the table next door.
Time has not been kind.
Restaurants these days right to get and keep good help both out front and in back. This means compromises for some, especially if they are not the trendy places people flock to these days. Sadly Maders is far from what it used to be. Our service was less than professional and not very attentive. We waited way to long for several things including ordering, paying and in between. It was not especially busy in the transition time between lunch and dinner.
The food is not bad. Nowhere near as it was in years past but acceptable for German fare. The schnitzel was done appropriately but the spaetzle was way overdone. The apple kuchen was great however and while we had to wait while they made it, was very worthwhile.
Maders is not bad. Just not the premier German restaurant it once was. Sad.
Great find! Recommended by a friend for a birthday lunch before a baseball game. Our waitress was lovely, the food was delicious- even my 10 year old raved about the food! There is a lot of cool history with weaponry, stained glass, celebrity photos, etc. we never made it to the upstairs antique store. Maybe next time!
Really plain tasting food. The veal Weinner schnitzel came in 3 overly fried dry no taste pieces.. The combo platter of schnitzel, roasted beef and pork medallions was also dry , but the beef had a brown gravy to moisten it up a bit. My wife had the fried salami salad which was actually pretty good. The spattzle was soaked in pig fat flavoring. The sausage and cheese appetizer Was ok but nothing special. The liver dumpling soup had a strong pork liver flavor but the onion soup was good.
Excellent German food with generous portions, a healthy pour at the bar and friendly prompt service. All this at a reasonable price and with free valet parking 30 feet away. What's not to like? may not be haute cuisine or 5 star Michelin food but really hard to go wrong on coming here (unless you expect to have a real German Fraulein in a drindl skirt or a waiter in Liederhosen speaking fluent German). Viel Dank!
We had an excellent meal, service, and dinner at Mader's.
We have had a meal there many times, after the poor service at our last visit we were cautious but the excellent service that has been there for years remains. Just a bump in the road.
Don't miss this outstanding German restaurant.
I read mixed reviews online and hoped for the best. The ambiance was nice, felt like you were at a German restaurant. The service was good. The food was just ok. We ordered 2 appetizers, pretzel crostini with beer cheese dip and Bavarian weisswurst with pretzel. We enjoyed both.
Our party consisted of 2 adults and 4 kids. We ordered the German sampler, wiener schnitzel, ruben sandwich and chicken fingers. The 2 adults ordered the German sampler which included the schnitzel. The sampler and schnitzel came with the soup of the day which was ruben soup. Wasn't sure how it was going to taste, but it was weirdly good. At first, I didn't love it, but as I ate it, it grew on me and the others enjoyed it, too. Since I had the sampler, I will share my thoughts on the sampler. The sauerbraten had an odd flavor (not sure what) and the meat was a bit dry. The schnitzel was greasy and flavorless . The goulash was the best, but I've had better.
I wouldn't come again, but we had a nice time.
We have been to Mader's many times for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The brunch was outstanding as usual but we were very surprised by the service. We always have had excellent service, our waiter was not friendly, gone for long periods, and we had to ask for almost everything. He never offered mimosa's , coffee till we asked. Dirty plates sat. We tipped him based on the service we received. We will return because of the excellent food and the excellent past service.
Dinner was exquisite! The flavors were as wonderful as the presentation.
Our server, Sarah, was attentive and friendly. I only said one time something about my husband's birthday, she brought a yummy strudel over along with 4-5 servers to sing happy birthday.
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