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Real Chili Restaurant

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419 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3706
+1 414-271-4042
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Los Angeles, California
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129 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Not ever having been to "the other" Real Chili on East Wells, I had an appointment about a block away and some time on my hands to feed my hunger, Real Chili was right there. The set up is only slightly different than the one near the Marquette campus, but it is the same great Marquette Special. Real Chili is... More 

Thank MeMeDaVinci
Burnsville, Minnesota
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We ended up here on a whim one late night. All of us were impressed. The service was great and very friendly. I got mild chili on spaghetti noodles; my friends got hot chili on spaghetti and beans. It came with a large bowl of oyster crackers and we added cheese, onions, sour cream to them as well. There was... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Had a late lunch as we traveled thru Milwaukee. The chili had great deep flavors with out being overpowering. Severed over pasta, available mild, medium or hot. Also they have a vegetarian version that my daughter said was very good.

Thank DAPeters-MN
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

This is about as good as it gets for Milwaukee Chili. The recipe, restaurant and some of the employees have not changed in 100 years (that's a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point). It gets interested around bar time when the drunks come it. Not a huge bowl but order seconds if you need more.

Thank rgwmil
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

If you are in Milwaukee, you must eat here. Best chili and staff in town. Get plain chili, or even mixed with spaghetti. Half the cost for your second bowl also.

Thank Jennifer S
Central Wisconsin
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82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

There seems to be an argument as to whether or not this is "real chili". Who Cares? Is it good food...that's what I care about. Does anyone actually believe that somehow Burger King is the actual King of Burgers? Ok, now that I've got that out of the way I have eaten one time each at both locations on Wells... More 

Thank La-Chica-Negra
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

I know I am in the minority, but I am not a big fan of this place. I keep going back, and keep getting disappointed. The chili itself is delicious!! However, most of your bowl is noodles and/or beans, with maybe one scoop of chili, unless you pay more. I love all the extras you can purchase for your chili,... More 

Thank Beth W
Phoenix, Arizona
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

I'm just in town for the day and I happened to walk into this place. Staff was very friendly and suggested the spaghetti with chili. Being from Arizona I'd never considered putting chili on spaghetti. It was great. I also got a chili dog. Also very good. I will stop in every time I come back to Milwaukee.

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Racine, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

It is so excited I have the toco is so grant u need to try it plus I love it it may not look nice but it really good there is so much to get like chili and so much more

Thank omgummybears
Rochester, NY
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746 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

It has been more than a few years since I last ate at RC on a visit to Milwaukee. This was a college standard esp post bar time in the day. For lunch I ordered the Marquette special - med chili, beans and spaghetti with cheese. And of course the oyster crackers. It was still pretty darn good. I love... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 419 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3706
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-271-4042

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