Walker’s Point Dining Guide: 20 Great Restaurants to Try

Walker’s Point is one of the hottest Milwaukee neighborhoods for dining right now. Here are your options.

Plus: Milwaukee Neighborhood Guide: Walker’s Point/Harbor View

Map of Walker’s Point Restaurants

1) Bodegon

Bodegon at Hotel Madrid; photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

Think of this high-end restaurant and adjacent bar as restored old Cream City brick building meets Ernest Hemingway-esque hunting lodge. The service aims to match the expensive house dry-aged steaks. Steaks are a menu highlight.
Hotel Madrid, 600 S. Sixth St.

2) Bowls

Sunny dining room/open kitchen where the bill of fare comes in a bowl. The menu features grain-, vegetable- and smoothie-based bowls. Highlights: chocolate peanut-butter smoothie and Green Goddess barley bowl.
207 W. Freshwater Way

3) Braise Restaurant

Braise photo by Erika Ehley

Seasonal cuisine incorporating local foods is the mantra of this beautifully restored occupant of Walker’s Point’s “Restaurant Row.” The steamed pork buns are a must. Also offers hands-on cooking classes.
1101 S. Second St.

4) Café India

Solid, albeit pedestrian, menu of dishes including chicken tikka masala, lamb curry masala, veggie biryani and tandoori chicken. Snacks include samosas, and the dessert menu features the traditional, spongy, warm gulab jamun.
605 S. First St.

5) Camino

Sign outside of Camino BarA friendly, casual little bar where the sandwiches can be quirky (kimcheese, Brussels sprout grinder) and tasty.
434 S. Second St.

6) La Casa de Alberto

Go-to joint if you like classic Mexican-American dishes like tacos, chimichangas and steak fajitas. An order of chips and guac, along with your margarita, is compulsory.
624 W. National Ave.

7) Crazy Water

The Walker’s Point resto has a rapt audience that finds nothing crazy about the chorizo-stuffed dates, parsley-crusted halibut and braised short ribs.
839 S. Second St.

8) Don’s Diner & Cocktails

Image courtesy of Stand Eat Drink Hospitality Group

This sibling to Movida and Hotel Madrid puts a modern spin on the 1950s diner, with some classics and untraditional spins. Examples include the bananarama French toast, “naughty” angel burger, chicken pot pie and corned beef hash. Drinks range from boozy milkshakes to a spiked cereal cocktail. Breakfast is served all day.
1100 S. First St.

9) Engine Company No. 3

Photo by Kenny Yoo.

The fire station theme is carried throughout the brick/hardwood venue. Breakfast can be straightforward (eggs and bacon) or not (patacon con huevo). Engine Company’s yen for “international breakfast” is no surprise, as its global-tapas-serving sibling is La Merenda.
217 W. National Ave.

10) Meraki

Inventive, flexible place to dine a la carte from the Bar Bites and entrée menus, or order one of the (great deal) Chef’s Tasting Menus.
939 S. Second St.

11) La Merenda

Photo by Dominic Inouye

The global menu at Peter Sandroni’s Walker’s Point haunt highlights India to Italy, Argentina to Morocco. Choices come and go; if you find empanadas, pumpkin ravioli and Argentinian beef, go with them.
125 E. National Ave.

12) Merriment Social

Photo courtesy of Merriment Social

The old warehouse space’s garage doors make this an open-air venue in summer. The small- and large-plate menu offers bright lights like the brisket and foie gras pierogies and beef shortribs. It also serves exceptional burgers.
240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.

13) Morel

You’ll find morels on occasion. And lots of rich preps of duck, lamb, beef and fish. If you don’t mind a little heat, the few seats at the kitchen counter are the most entertaining spots in the house.
430 S. Second St.

14) Movida

The Spanish-influenced plates are small, but the flavors are not. The interior says “reclaimed old Milwaukee storefront.” Weekly live flamenco guitar, and flowing gin and tonics, say “Madrid.” Pair all that Espana with croquetas (fritters), meatballs, tostas (openfaced sandwiches) and paella.
524 S. Second St.

15) The Noble

Come in with an open mind. Small, insider-y restaurant that changes its menu often, mixing things up nightly, with vegetarian, meat and seafood entrées of the day. Also known for a Monday service-industry brunch, featuring biscuits and gravy, open-face meatloaf sandwich, breakfast burrito and more.
704 S. Second St.

16) Smyth

The hotel restaurant embraces seasonality and Midwestern cuisine. Executive chef Joshua Rogers understands the delicate menu balance of approachable and envelope-pushing plates.
Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St.

17) Snack Boys Snack Bar

snack boys interior
Photo courtesy of Snack Boys

A decorative thread of 1980s neon and poster art filters through this offbeat bar. Tater tots, sliders, “radskis” salad and specials are worthy snacks.
814 S. Second St.

18) Soup Brothers

Photo taken at Soup Brothers

Quirky little counter-service soup shop that has a following just for its fire-roasted red pepper bisque. But there are other great options here, which change depending on the day. Look for cheddar and Bermuda onion, and cowboy chunky chili. Sandwiches available too. Dine in or carryout.
209 W. Florida St.

19) Transfer Pizzeria

The Paisano and Stacy’s Special from Transfer. Photos by Adam Ryan Morris.

It’s hard to not fall for the chewy, billowy-crust pies at this storefront (an old pharmacy). Garlic sauce-topped pizzas are especially delicious.
101 W. Mitchell St.

20) Triskele’s

The menu is divided into meat, seafood and vegetarian categories (the Celtic “triskele” symbol has three interlocked spirals). The restaurant is a tad south of many Walker’s Point restaurants, and that gives it sleeper status. A terrific place for Tues night mussels, burgers and create-your- own mac and cheese.
1801 S. Third St.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.