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Mid-America's most honored German restaurant. Since 1902, this Milwaukee landmark has been serving American Presidents, and celebrities. America's finest German cuisine. You'll dine surrounded by a $4 million collection of medieval suits of armor, wood carvings, oil paintings, two-handed swords, crossbows and magnificent stained glass. Ranked by TripAdvisor, and every publication in our state that ranks dining spots as Wisconsin's best German restaurant. Free valet parking. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @madersrestaurant. See you soon!
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
German, European, Central European
Delivery, Takeout, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was visiting Milwaukee and was impressed by this European looking building near the Bucks stadium. They have valet parking and the attendant was pretty courteous. I sat at the bar and admired the interiors. It also has a stained glass art in one of...the dining areas. It is a huge restaurant with many dining areas. I ordered a German platter that came with a wiener snitzhnel and a huge potato ball dumpling. The service was great. Food was a good experience. I noticed they serve huge pretzels. It was a good experience.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 28 October 2021

My daughter and I had a 5:00 reservation on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago. On our walk to the restaurant we realized my daughter had lost something. She retraced our steps and I called the restaurant to say we might be 10 minutes...late, no problem for them. When we got there, they were very busy, but we were promptly seated. That's when the good service ended. We waited 10-15 minutes to get water and the only reason we got it was a server from another section delivered. After about 30 minutes we asked the manager/host if we had been forgotten. She came, took our drink orders (the wine we wanted was not available, but she gave us a deal on another bottle, which we appreciated). The manager/host also took our food order. After several minutes the person who is supposedly our server actually shows up at our table with bread and butter. She confirmed our dinner orders and disappeared for another 1/2 hour or more. We drank our wine, ate our bread and sat at this table (by the bathroom I might add) for over and hour and a half. Not exaggerating a bit. We never saw our server again. She did absolutely nothing for our table except bring us a tiny loaf a pretzel bread. We decided to leave. We went to the host stand and told them we didn't want to wait any longer and said we wanted to pay for our wine. The same host/manager who was accomodating yet also dismissive didn't make us pay for our wine and we went next door and had a great reuben and nachos with some very friendly workers at the bar. Also, the prices at Mader's are ridiculous! The bar next door empathized with them by saying they're short staffed. If your establishment is short staffed don't pack every single table you have and give horrible service to your customers. We literally sat there for 1 and 1/2 hours and had nothing but bread and butter. The food we were ordering was going to cost about $80.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Kristin M, General Manager at Mader's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Reviewer, Your experience at our 119 year old, Milwaukee cornerstone restaurant truly saddens me. Of course it would be easy to blame this experience on post-COVID labor shortages, etc., but that would be missing your key point. The fact that you had to wait...More

Reviewed 23 October 2021

First a compliment, the person in valet parking was wonderful very friendly and welcoming. I am very sorry to say the favorable review stops here. we traveled over 2 hours from Illinois to spend the day in Milwaukee. We had not eaten at Mader's in...years an figured it was worth a visit. We were wrong. It started when the hostess dressed us down for not having a reservation-- sorry if one is needed make sure people know. They were not busy but she led us to a table in the bar area. The waitress greeted us by saying, "Great, I was given yet another table." She was waiting on 2 others at this point. We asked for a drink menu 3 times, never got one, so I asked for a sweet white wine-- she suggested one and I said fine, I do not know what I got but it was far from a Riesling. My husband ordered ginger ale and was given lemonade, we pointed out the mistake she said she would get him what we ordered but never did. We wanted to sample many different items so we ordered 4 things from the appetizer meu, order of potato pancakes for each of us, a weisswurst and pretzel and a cheese and sausage plate. We also ordered 2 spinach bacon dressing salads. The order we received the food was haphazard at best. First the empty salad bowls were placed on the table, the 1 order of the potato pancakes came out-- they were hard and ice cold. then the weisswurst and pretzel, the weisswurt was undercooked and cold. Finally the salad came-- missing one thing the hot bacon dressing-- there was NONE. Next the meat and cheese board came and at that point I asked about the second order of potato pancakes, she said oh--ad finally they came, again ice cold. We were there to celebrate my birthday, a fact we shared with the hostess and waitress, so we were waiting for the dessert menu-- never came never offered instead she slapped the check folder down and walked away, 20 minutes later she picked it up with our credit card. The food was marginal at best but the service was simply awful. On the way to the parking lot I discovered they served hot mulled wine, something I would have loved to try but did not know it was offered because the waitress could not be bothered to bring us a drink menu. Mader's use to be the place to go in Milwaukee, I am not sure what happened, and it is more than COVID, but it is no longer the shining star it was, which is just sad.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 21 October 2021

I left Milwaukee long ago, and have stayed south of the Mason-Dixon Line ever since (DC, New Orleans, San Francisco and Bangkok all being well south of that line). I used to head back to Milwaukee and treat the family to two grand meals, one...at Mader's and the other at Karl Ratche's. The latter is long gone: sic transit gloria mundi. Of the very many German and Austro-Hungarian restauirants I remember, most are gone with the wind. But, Mader's is still alive and kicking, Gott sei Dank! Here is a piece of Old Germany, Bismarckian Germany, Hapsburg Vienna, the land of Goethe and Brahms, Schiller and Strauss, still alive a century after the Western Front and the de-Germanization of Milwaukee. When in Milwaukee, if you want a look and taste of Old Milwaukee, go to Maders. Join the crowd, which included Laurel & Hardy, John Wayne, Presidents Reagan and Kennedy, John Lennon, and a host of others (you can see dozens of them in a back corridor, just ask your waitress how to find it. I took my brother and sister there; brought back memories. To my astonishment, their Leberknödelsuppe is now called "Liver Dumpling Soup." Well, I suppose most guests in 2021 wouldn't understand German, so I get it. Though Sauerbraten's name remains the same: it's untranslatable into English, same as pizza, paella and pate de fois gras. They have excellent German biers vom fass to quench your thirst and traditional German cakes to finish off your meal. The wine list looked first-rate, though we stuck to draft pilsners. Adding a grand touch to our evening, our waitress, Amelia, is no only extraordinarily competent, but fluent in German as well. Mader's food is wunderbar; its Germanic atmosphere takes you back to the start of the last century. If you can afford one splurge while in Milwaukee, and you want an experience that you'll remember for the rest of your life (whether or not you've been to modern Germany), don't miss Mader's. p.s. I strongly recommend getting a reservation before you arrive; but if you're feeling lucky.... To Mader's I give a heart-felt "Danke schon!"More

Date of visit: October 2021
Kristin M, General Manager at Mader's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Mr. Vincent M, Bitte Schön! Your review is a very rich and fun read. Perhaps you are a travel writer? in English, we thank you and hope we have the opportunity to serve you again. Kristin Mader

Reviewed 15 October 2021

The waitress was fantastic. The atmosphere was enjoyable and fun. The food was excellent. The wiener schnitzel was above reproach. Can't wait to go back.

Date of visit: September 2021
Kristin M, General Manager at Mader's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dave B, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Looking forward to serving you again. Kristin Mader

Reviewed 6 October 2021 via mobile

We were looking forward to our dinner given the reviews and history. I’ll separate this review into relevant sections: Ambiance: The restaurant opened in 1902 and has an impressive cast of patrons ranging from US presidents and other politicians, Hollywood stars, and famous musicians/rock and...roll artists. The interior is dated but in a good way as it added to the ambiance. Service: Even though the room in which we were seated had guests at only 4 of the 10 tables, our service was not the best. One waiter was responsible for the entire room. I understand there are shortages of staff everywhere, and I’ve taken that into consideration writing this review. After being seated, we waited a bit for our server who recognized we didn’t have drink menus and promptly provided them. At this time, we were only the second table seated in the room. Service was very slow. My emptied water glass sat unfilled regardless of the fact I placed it clearly in view at the edge of the table. Bread came out after our appetizers. And we were presented with a check without being offered the option for a dessert. We had to flag him down to order it. Food: I was mostly unimpressed. The potato pancakes were heavy on flour and were too well done, but the accompanying apple sauce was delicious. My husband enjoyed the onion soup and rated the German Sampler (Wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten and kassler rippchen) as fair. I had the Wiener schnitzel and agree it was nothing special. The red cabbage was delicious. And, the Apple strudel a la mode was excellent. I would not feel the need to return if I make it back to Milwaukee. I’m sure there are other good restaurants from which to choose.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 October 2021

I was not sure to go about reviewing this very historic restaurant in Milwaukee. The place is EXTREMELY full of color, history, charm, a moveable feast for the eyes. To be sure , if one wants a full out German experience, this is the place...to go. However, the prices blew me away. Our bill for one old fashioned and a cheese/meat tray was $35! (we filled our tummies at a local sports bar for WAY less than that!)More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 October 2021

To bad we had a waitress that had ZERO PERSONALITY with us. We over tipped her but not good enough since the people behind us tipped her $40 to start the evening. Great food and props to the chef and the Friday night bartenders. We...were there on Friday October 1st and Saturday October 2nd. Different vibe in bar between the 2 nights.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 29 September 2021

We're from California and are visiting states we haven't been to, looking for things that are unique to these different places. Mader's certainly qualifies as an experience we don't get at home. Food was delicious, service was excellent. Atmosphere certainly reminiscent of Germany.

Date of visit: September 2021
Kristin M, Owner at Mader's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us during your travels. Sincerely, Kristin Mader

Reviewed 24 September 2021 via mobile

We had heard about Mader’s while visiting friends in Milwaukee. We love to get authentic German cuisine when we can. The building and antiques inside are amazing , the restaurant itself is cozy and charming. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable in assisting us...to order and answer questions. We had the 100 year old brandy old fashioned, the tour of Germany for 2 and finished it with the apple strudel. Everything was delicious we had a wonderful time. 10/10 would recommend to anyone visiting Milwaukee looking for a great time and good food.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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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