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$$ - $$$German, European,
1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301
+1 414-271-3377
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“wiener schnitzel” (131 reviews)
“german sampler” (70 reviews)
“reuben rolls” (38 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pm Hours
German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Mader's
1. Visiting Milwaukee?
"If you are visiting Milwaukee and love German food, Mader's is a must."
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2. Outstanding dining
"Great food, great service(thanks Mary) and great atmosphere!"
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3. Free adjacent parking
" You can park for free using Mader's valet parking."
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1 - 10 of 1,229 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Best German food ever!! Ive been to Munich several times and i can honestly say Maders is the best!! Zachary the bartender was awesome! Had us in stiches with the stories of the history!

Thank annapZ1247GM
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was originally called "The Comfort," when a German immigrant named Charles Mader opened it in 1902. It was renamed "Maders" when it relocated to a better location. Other restaurants of the era were also in business, but they have all come & gone,...More

3  Thank John H
Victor M, Owner at Mader's, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to review us, John. We aim to provide all of our guests with a 5-star experience while dining with us including authentic German meal, a classic German experience and welcoming service. With that,...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tried the schnitzel sandwich and potato salad. Everything was exceptional and will return next time in Milwaukee.

Thank RCM3716
Reviewed 5 days ago

Love this restaurant!! Stopped in with my husband after our flight to grab some snacks. This place has amazing food! Our bartender Dustin was very welcoming and had a great personality. Will be back again soon!

Thank suzyanncollins
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn’t been to Mader’s in forever, probably since I was an undergrad in college, since I went to a university in Milwaukee. The neighborhood seemed a little worse for wear from what I remembered. The indoor environs haven’t changed that much from what I...More

Thank MeMeDaVinci
Reviewed 1 week ago

The four of us were going to go to a pizza place, and literally happened to walk past Mader's on a Saturday about 4:00 pm. I was familiar with it from their heavy marketing in Milwaukee travel guides. We thought, why not?! It was our...More

Thank las212
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love German food you have to try .. It has been around for ever that should say something. Evey time I am in Milwaukee I go. You can not go wrong in any thing you order REALLY

1  Thank Jackie I
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super great food; Rueben Rolls are a must. I had Schnitzel and spouse had Brat. Super great building. Would have given 5 stars if I didn’t have to hear 50’s era diner music in an “authentic” German restaurant.

Thank James L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was GREAT. I had the pork shank and my girlfriend has the crusted salmon. We made reservations and the service was the best. Very smart staff to help guide through the menu. We will be back! Oh yeah the 100 year old 'Old...More

Thank Josh O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has a wonderful Old World atmosphere with authentic German fare and the bonus of free valet parking. (Please tip your valet!) Lunch prices are reasonable. The best deal is the sampler. My daughter and I split one with plenty to fill us up....More

Thank Tawanna R
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Questions & Answers
Ryan H
23 August 2017|
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Response from James L | Reviewed this property |
We walked in and were seated shortly. Not sure reservations are necessary, but it certainly never hurts to have one.
Kathleen P
28 March 2017|
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Response from ProfessionalDiner | Property representative |
This answer is from Victor Mader, owner. We have an award winning Sunday Viennese Brunch, no other buffets. Best, V Mader
Jobina W
13 March 2017|
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Response from ProfessionalDiner | Property representative |
Yes there is Prices under 9.95, many less Thanks, V Mader
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301
    (Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-271-3377
  • E-mail
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 adjacent parking.
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