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Barnacle Bud's

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Seafood
1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1223
+1 414-481-9974
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“grouper” (14 reviews)
“fish fry” (6 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Delicatessen
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1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1223
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Reviewed yesterday

This restaurant/bar is a very popular place on a summer day (or a HOT day in Fall) in Milwaukee. It is fun to watch the boats being put into the water. Lots of groups in boats on the Milwaukee River stop in for a drink....More

Thank TahitiZ
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came to this locally famous seafood joint by boat and the five of us had an enjoyable meal. I had the Brat, which was average with a very small portion of sauerkraut, which was also so-so. My wife, however, had the Lobster Roll which...More

Thank Jdeppman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love to come to barnacle bud's when it's open. It's a hidden (in an unexpected commercial area just over the bridge south of downtown) milwaukee gem that doesn't take reservations. My husband loves the grouper basket and my favorite is the coconut shrimp. I...More

Thank chaplainrandee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On my way to the restaurant I thought my GPS was telling me the wrong way because it seemed like we were heading towards a factory. Lo behold there was the restaurant tucked beside a boat landing. I had lunch here on a Friday and...More

Thank Melissa W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We are used to fresh Grouper Reubens in FL. This was the first time we found one in WI, what a great find. One of a kind place with great atmosphere and funk menu. Fresh oysters and wings for apps were great. Grouper dinner and...More

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Getting to Barnacle Bud's is part of the fun although recent additions of signage have lessened the feeling that you weren't meant to be driving in that area. BB's is a bit of a dive but a very casual and fun place on a warm...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Unimpressed with the food and prices. I ordered a grouper sandwich and it was a thin strip of fish, like someone's vinyl watchband. Sandwich was $10.85 with an additional 25 cents for lettuce and 50 cents for a hothouse tomato slice, which is ridiculous! Others...More

Thank lindancer
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Docked at Barnacle Bud's yesterday with a group of friends. I felt like I was instantly transported to Key West. It's exactly the type of atmosphere we were looking for. Food was good. Can't wait to come back.

Thank Av8ir2000
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Great spot to sit by the river and enjoy some drinks and good food. The buffalo shrimp were very good, as is the shrimp po boy sandwich. Love going on a warm summer evening, watching the boats and thinking about how much I don't miss...More

Thank Jason J
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This was our third time here and it is always an adventure locating this place. I love the funky vibe of this restaurant. A bit of Key West in MKE. A great location on a hot summer day like today. It was very busy at...More

Thank Fondue4two
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1223
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Bay View
  • Neighbourhood: Bay View
  • Phone Number: +1 414-481-9974
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