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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee features pristine lake views, stellar food, and tons of great brews all wrapped with a hearty dose of Midwestern kindness. Small enough to easily get around and feel safe, the city still feels big enough to discover something new every time. Home of the Harley-Davidson, the legendary motorcycle city also served as the setting for the hit 70's TV show, Happy Days. Check out the lovely downtown lakefront, visit the War Memorial Center or spend a few hours in the excellent Milwaukee Art Museum. When you work up an appetite, refuel with some great eats in this dining and drinking destination. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? If you want to check out the latest offerings from this culinary capital, here’s our Tastemaker List of the best new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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The OpenTable Team
5 Restaurants
Updated 23 October 2019
Restaurants:Holla, Don's TV & Repair, ARIA - The Restaurant at Saint Kate
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Global, International, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Manitowoc, Milwaukee
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Holla

$$$$
Global, International
Manitowoc
4.6
158 reviews

Holla, located in downtown Manitowoc, is a cozy restaurant serving local fare with global flair. The menu features entrees with international themes, using flavors and recipes from all around the world. But they also focus on using ingredients sourced from local farmers and growers whenever possible. This farm-to-table model means they update the menu often, so diners can sample all kinds of new flavors and explore new creations regularly. Sample items include dishes like smoked pork belly, a Jamaican jerk shrimp and cod served with purple cabbage and cannellini bean, and a blueberry Mason jar cheesecake dessert.


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Don's TV & Repair

$$$$
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
4.7
547 reviews

Don’s Diner, located on 1st Street in the Harbor View neighborhood, takes the old-school cool diner and brings it into modern times. It’s a contemporary diner with delicious American, Breakfast and Comfort Food and cocktails to please even the pickiest drinkers. The interior features both old and new, from clean subway tile walls and modern bar stools to marble-topped tables reminiscent of those found in old soda shops. Listen to playlists of 1940s and 1950s music while you dine on menu favorites like Corned Beef Hash, Fritattas, Burgers and more.


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ARIA - The Restaurant at Saint Kate

$$$$
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
4.6
268 reviews

Aria Cafe and Bar, located on Kilbourn Avenue, is one of the best new restaurants in Milwaukee for Contemporary American dining. This all-day restaurant and meeting place offers a locally-inspired, seasonal menu steeped in the culinary traditions of the American midwest. Tucked into the Saint Kate Hotel, it has an approachable, homey American theme in a setting that celebrates visual art. Expansive windows offer views of the city while you dine on simple, classic fare like steak and fries and mini lobster BLTs.


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Trouble and Sons Pizzeria

$$$$
Italian
Whitefish Bay
4.7
297 reviews

For delicious, high-quality pizza pies, head to Trouble and Sons Pizzeria on Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay. It’s a family-friendly and comfortable spot featuring a menu of authentic home-style pizzas, soups and salads. Owners Anne Marie Arroyo and Tamela Greene created a menu of rustic Italian foods to go along with their pizza. Among the many delicious house pizzas is “the Moxie,” a salute to their sister-restaurant, with Basil pesto shrimp, feta cheese and tomatoes. The Sprout Pizza is another favorite, with a mushroom medley, crispy brussels sprouts, mozzarella cheese and a truffle glaze. They also have a full bar with craft cocktails, draft beers and a curated selection of Italian wines and wine flights.


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Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

$$$$
American
Milwaukee
4.5
488 reviews

Blue Bat Kitchen and Tequilaria, located on Water Street in the former Water Buffalo Restaurant, features fresh, upscale street food in a relaxed and casual environment. As Milwaukee’s first Tequilaria, they are proud to offer an all-day happy hour, too! The restaurant is immediately warm and welcoming and makes a great place to gather with a beautiful waterfront view. It’s an open and bright space and also features a revamped garden level bar area with riverside views. With bowls, tacos, snacks, salads and over 150 different kinds of tequilas, it’s just the kind of place Milwaukee needs!


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