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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came from NY to Milwaukee for my Dad’s 65 reunion from Dental school (Marquette). We had dinner with family and friends at Maders. The food is consistently great. Our server tonight was Miles. He was an exceptional waiter- very friendly, knew the menu very...well, spoke some German, and was very professional. He was patient, had a very nice personality, and carried the trays with many heavy plates very well. Thanks for making dinner a very pleasant evening tonight Miles! :)More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think they are trading off their reputation! Three out of four had a very so so meal! I expected more … how can Weiner schnitzel and spatzle be so tasteless? Won’t be going back anytime soon!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered 3 entrees 2 soups 1 salad and 3 drinks. The total including tip was $200. We had originally ordered and appetite but the waitress forgot to bring it but she did give it to us for free. We informed them at the time...of making the reservation it was my mother's 85th birthday but they forgot to bring her a candle with her cake. The cake was free as a gift from the restaurant. The food was authentic German food.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food I got was excellent, but not what I ordered. When we arrived the waiter told us to order because it was going to get busy real soon. Not get that busy. I ordered the sampler and split with my wife. I asked for...veal instead of pork on the weiner schnitzel (should be veal any way). Was a $9 additional to substitute. What I got was not weiner schnitzel! I got some saurbraten and a slice of ham and 1 not 3 potato pancakes. He argued that it was weiner schnitzel. No breaded cutlet = no schnitzel!!!! He stopped by 1 time to ask is all ok and left before I could respond. Finally he brought the check all on one slip. When asked to break it out by couple he said “you never told me that” response “You never asked” When asked if he could break it out he said he was too busy. A manager broke it out at the register. What i was served was excellent, would have been better if that was what I ordered. I ate it all anyway and was content until he said he was too busy and insisted it was veal and charged the $9 extra. I would recommend the food just try and avoid Justin, When I described my plate even the manager said there was no veal. P.S. the prices posted outside are different from the menuMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are from out of town and only had German food one other time. We enjoyed our dinner. Miles our server was very pleasant and attentive. He answered our questions and was happy to make recommendations. The restaurant had an interesting hall of fame including...pictures of lots of celebrities. Glad we went!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 31 July 2022

To celebrate our German heritage during a visit to Milwaukee, we made a reservation for two at the famous Maders. A few days later a couple of friends said they would like to join us so I called and changed the reservation to four -...“No problem.” The night before dinner, the other couple dropped out due to an illness. I called to Mader’s again to change it back to two _ “Thanks for letting us know”. We arrived the next evening on time and found the main entrance locked with a sign on the door saying “Closed for private party”. What????? We found an adjoining door to Mader’s bar. Inside we found a senior staff person who said we could not have made a reservation because of the private party. I explained the reservation’s history whereupon she pulled out the reservation book. She studied it for some time before telling us that we in fact we had two reservations - she would find us a table after all. Well, the table was in the bar area. After a hot, humid day, it had no air conditioning. With Brewers baseball on the nearby TV, the place had the feel of a sports bar. All of this would have been tolerable EXCEPT this place is charging high-end, formal, French restaurant prices for sausages, pretzels and kraut. The obscene pricing was no surprise because I had read Trip Advisor reviews before hand, But the prices should have come with a table in the formal dining room, with table cloth, flowers and a candle. Instead we didn’t even get an apology.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 31 July 2022

We visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was not crowded at all. We had a lovely waitress who took very good care of us. The good was delicious as always and we had leftovers too.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

Pros: Awesome drink selection. Atmosphere was excellent. Service was great. Cons: Food was tasteless. I was really surprised how bland it was for the amount of money we paid. I would go back for the drinks. German Sidecar was delicious.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 27 July 2022

On Saturday May 28, 2022 my wife, a dear friend and I arrived at Mader's for dinner and were immediately seated and greeted by our server, WILL!! A wonderfully pleasant and exceptionally engaging young man! The three of us ordered the Cheese & Sausage Board,...the German Sampler and the Rhine Sampler, all of which were delicious and plentiful. Along with our amazing food, the evening spent with Will was most memorable as we continued to banter back and forth and laugh a lot!! Not only would we recommend this Old World Wonder but we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND asking for Will as your server! You " WILL " not be disappointed!! Thank You SO MUCH!! Tracy, Beth & ToddMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 8 July 2022

Everyone has heard of Mader's. It is pretty famous but the big question was whether it would live up to its reputation. And I can happily attest that it did. The food was incredible. I ordered the pork shank and others others the two sampler...plates so we got a little taste of everything. Just absolutely incredible and an experience. We finished off with the apple strudel and it was worth it. There are so many more things I want to try the next time. It is not cheap, but worth the price.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 July 2022

Enjoyed dinner with 4 other friends. Menu selection was superb. Servings were so generous that "doggy bags" were necessary for all of us. Service was beyond reproach and the food!!! No complaints were heard from anyone. If you enjoy German food, don't hesitate to include...this great dining establishment in your itinerary.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 29 June 2022

We had a pleasant time visiting this historical restaurant and the service was excellent. I am a non-meat eater and choices were limited for me. I had the portabella mushroom entree which was average. Others at the table had an assortment of entrees and none...were standout - all kind of average. Like many historical German restaurants the servers are in traditional dress, tons of plastic plant garnishment is hung around the restaurant (carrying a lot of dust), and decor is dark. When in a food establishment I look for crisp and clean - I know it takes away the cultural environment but there has to be a way to get the clutter out.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 24 June 2022 via mobile

I did not actually go to the restaurant, but will in the future. During my first visit to Summerfest in Milwaukee, my wife spotted their booth. I got the “Sausage Sampler.” I am a 65-year old German. My mother made some ready good potato salad...and sauerkraut. The brats and various sausages were pretty good too. This food, was the best German Platter I have ever had.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 June 2022

Location of the restaurant is great, interior is interesting, staff helpful and food very good. The price is a bit on a high range, but when eating were US presidents and top artists did, you have to pay :-)

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 June 2022

Went with my family and I was disappointed by the lack of options for children. The food wasn't as we expected it was greasy.

Date of visit: June 2022
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I think you should be fine but a call ahead would probably be beneficial for them to pick out the seating location.
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Mader's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5