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The National

#135 of 1,242 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
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839 W National Ave, Historic Walker's Point, Milwaukee, WI 53204
+1 414-431-6551
07:30 - 15:30
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Tue - Sun 07:30 - 15:30
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Decided to stray away from the usual brunch spot to give this place a try. I was expecting better based on reviews but left disappointed. You order at the counter and are given a number to take to a table. Which is fine except seating is very limited due to the size of the cafe. There is also no waiting... More 

Thank Gerald G
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164 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is a charming little cafe with fresh locally sourced dishes. As restaurants go, it's tiny. They even have a couple of tables in the windows. Kind of a folksy atmosphere--reminded me a little of a European cafe. You order at the counter and they bring the food to your table. We were there for breakfast and the coffee was... More 

Thank Janet G
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

All good things must come to an end... for years, I was a regular to this cafe, and have seen it blossom over time. From the fresh baked bakery in the morning, to the changing seasonal menu - it was defenitely held near and dear to my heart and my stomach...... I am disappointed to admit, it's just not the... More 

Thank Wander L
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We love coming for breakfast. I had the HUEVOS RANCHEROS: a GF option and throughly enjoyed it. We will be back soon.

Thank michaeljohnw891
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1,068 reviews
440 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I brought a group of 6 and was a bit concerned because they don't take reservations and it's not a large place -- but it all worked out great. Weather was perfect, and the patio out back is lovely. (You order your food at the register / and they deliver it to your table). Good quality food / I won't... More 

Thank rollngstone
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140 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I enjoy the Vietnamese chicken sandwich. This is a cute place with great food but not for those who might be on a time crunch, due to the quality and detail that goes into making the food. Highly recommended.

Thank Lizzie-Luvs2Travel
Jasper, Canada
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

The food was splendid and the outdoor seating was a marvellous backyard garden full of beautiful flowers and a cute fountain in the centre. It's such a unique wonderful feeling eating at this place and everything is so fresh and healthy!!!! Had to go twice in my four day visit to Milwaukee, definitely recommend 100% 😍👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻💛

Thank Everysecond
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

this is a total gem of a restaurant! everything is hand made from scratch and is absolutely fabulous -- breakfast and lunch items are all outstanding

Thank betsy921
Wood Dale, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Any time I'm in Milwaukee, I visit The National. I love their large selection of coffee and teas. I haven't yet eaten there, but I'm sure I'll try that soon, too. It's a nice place with two window seats where you can people watch.

Thank Melanie387
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Came here on a Sunday afternoon for brunch. Expected a long wait but found parking and a table easily. So thumbs up for that. The wait for the food as per what we were I formed was 45 min. So that gave me an impression that the kitchen is slow in dishing out the food. The staff was friendly but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 839 W National Ave, Historic Walker's Point, Milwaukee, WI 53204
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-431-6551

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?