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$$ - $$$
German, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options
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1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203-1301 (Old World 3rd St. and Highland Ave.)
+1 414-271-3377
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were looking forward to authentic German food and were not disappointed. The weiner schnitzel is outstanding . When we thought that was all there is to enjoy we tried the apple strudel and were literally "blown away" with this dessert. We were only in Milwaukee overnight and look forward to our next visit.

Thank JimjG
Wauwatosa, WI
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went for Sunday brunch with a large group. Our server Heather was great! (again, large group) The buffet was great with a lot of food options. We had a few picky eaters in the group that don't like german food. It was a great mix of both german food and regular breakfast/brunch options to choose from. And the dessert....don't... More 

Thank JoseyT
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Milwaukee used to have several premier German Restaurants, but most have closed, except for Maders. Food is authentic and outstanding. Service is also top notch. Great place for both residents and visitors! Not a cheap restaurant, but the quality justifies the prices. Go for lunch if you're on a tight budget.

Thank Donna M
Park City, Utah
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband just had the opportunity to go to Mader's restaurant, in Milwaukee. It was every bit as good and better than we remembered it from our last visit, some years ago. Great friendly service with excellent food in a comfortable "white table-cloth" classic setting.

Thank Janet K
Midland, Canada
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Truly German, feels like you're in another country. Food is awesome and service is wonderful. We had a family reunion and birthday party here.

Thank Susan C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant has been in biz for over 100 years. The atmosphere us old German, the waitresses are wearing dirndls. The German food is authentic and delicious. Several German beers from which to choose. Glad we went!

Thank Bill Y
Chicago, Illinois
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good German food in a classic old school setting. Ox tail soup was delicious! Good beer selection. A Milwaukee tradition.

Thank Wesley Y
Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good German comfort at this famopus Milwaukee place. Worth a visit just to see the Hall of Fame- it's like walking into a history book of Americana

Thank ngn1958
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177 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 755 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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, leaving Maders as the oldest restaurant in Milwaukee! This iconic restaurant has what is reportedly... More 

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Victor M, Owner at Mader's, responded to this review

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, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your food, beer, our service and... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I received several recommendations from family to try out this restaurant and they were right! The food and service were both great. Photo is of the pork shank.

Thank britbrit13
Victor M, Owner at Mader's, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in for a meal, Brit! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and service during your visit. We hope to serve you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
German, European, Central European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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

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