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The 50 best Milwaukee area restaurants according to Yelp

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 06:31:35-04

Now is the perfect opportunity to eat your way through the greater Milwaukee area.

Yelp put together a list of the top 50 restaurants in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis, Greenfield, Shorewood, New Berlin, Elm Grove, West Milwaukee, Brookfield, St. Francis and Cudahy. 

The list is based off total volume and ratings of reviews of all businesses in the restaurant category on Yelp. 

Blue Star Cafe is at the top of the list with a five-star rating. Yelp reviewers hype up this Somali restaurant for its flavorful dishes and reasonable prices.

Next up is a restaurant that's making its name around the 414. FreshFin Poké is a seafood style restaurant that allows guests to build their own poké bowl, or choose from a variety of signature bowls. This restaurant received 4.5 stars from Yelp users and is now an option at the new Fiserv Forum. 

"This place makes me really excited," said one Yelp reviewer of number three spot holder, Ono Kine Grindz. This popular Wauwatosa restaurant specializes in Hawaiian-style barbeque food. It received an overall 4.5-star rating.  

The West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe is another popular spot among Milwaukeeans, and its number four position on the list proves it. Yelp reviewers gave this restaurant 4.5 stars for its "over-the-top (yet solid) Bloody Mary" and "super filling breakfast."

Ending off the top five is the "American farm-to-table restaurant," Morel. Morel is known for its fresh ingredients and specifically, the Lamb Cappracio appetizer that is made up of smoked paprika aioli, shallot, caper, black salt, arugula, sarvecchio and toast. One reviewer said, "If I wasn't poor, I would eat at Morel any chance I could get."

The following 45 restaurants on the list received 4.5 to five stars from Yelp reviewers.

  1. Cosmos Cafe, Wauwatosa.
  2. Bavette
  3. Story Hill BKC
  4. Tosa Bowl and Bun, Wauwatosa, five stars.
  5. Blue's Egg - Milwaukee
  6. Santino's Little Italy
  7. Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery
  8. Swingin' Door Exchange
  9. Odd Duck
  10. Crave Cafe, Shorewood
  1. Mara's Grill
  2. Third Coast Provisions
  3. Rice N Roll Bistro
  4. The Original
  5. Bacchus - A Bartolotta Restaurant
  6. Mad Rooster Cafe, West Milwaukee
  7. Ardent
  8. Chilango Express, West Allis
  9. Nessun Dorma
  10. Sanford Restaurant
  1. Oscar's Pub & Grill
  2. La Merenda
  3. Al Pastor, West Allis
  4. La Masa Empanada Bar
  5. Boo Boo's Sandwiches, five stars.
  6. Simple Café
  7. LaReve Patisserie & Café, Wauwatosa
  8. Double B's BBQ, West Allis
  9. Irie Zulu, Wauwatosa
  10. San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana
  1. India Garden, Wauwatosa
  2. St. Paul Fish Company
  3. Café Corazón
  4. Von Trier
  5. The Soup Otzie's
  6. Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
  7. Oakland Gyros
  8. Alem Ethiopian Village
  9. Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery
  10. Amilinda
  1. Hungry Sumo Sushi Bar
  2. SzeChuanRestaurant, West Allis
  3. Beerline Cafe
  4. La Casa De Alberto Mexican Food
  5. Classic Slice