By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 18, 2022 at 4:09 PM

There are plenty of great local eats to enjoy at Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee’s premier sports and entertainment complex. But if you’re looking for a nearby spot to grab lunch, dinner or post-game eats – perhaps before or after the Badgers hopefully take care of business this weekend during March Madness – we’ve got a list of restaurants to try that are within walking or brief driving distance of the arena. 

Pro tip: Some venues offer shuttles to and from the Forum, so don’t hesitate to call ahead to see if accommodations are available.

Scroll through the list for ideas or choose your cuisine for a list of locations.

What are you hungry for?

Barbecue
Burgers & pub fare
Global & regional fare
New American
Pizza & Italian
Seafood Boils
Steak
Tacos
Vegan & vegetarian

Barbecue

Barbeque from Doc's
Barbeque from Doc's Commerce Smokehouse
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Carson’s Prime Steaks & Barbeque (3-minute walk)
301 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 223-3311
ribs.com/milwaukee
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Enjoy corn bread, babyback ribs, prime rib and more at this stylish Chicago-based chain.

Doc’s Commerce Smokehouse (7-minute walk)
754 Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 935-2029
docsbbq.net
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Enjoy traditional Southern-style barbecue at this down-home spot specializing in house-smoked meats and sides.

Burgers & pub fare

The Wisco Burger from Oak Barrel Public House
The Wisco Burger from Oak Barrel Public House
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3rd Street Market Hall (12-minute walk, 4 minute drive)
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 249-5062
3rdstmarkethall.com

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Head to this Downtown food hall and you'll have your choice of numerous cuisines. Enjoy burgers and frozen custard from Dairyland, housemade pierogi (and casseroles) from  Hot Dish Pantry, soups, sandwiches and pastries from Mid-Way Bakery, fresh pasta from Strega and artisan breads and pizza from Amano Pan.

AJ Bombers (8-minute walk)
1247 N. Water St., (414) 221-9999
ajbombers.com
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Enjoy a burger, custard and more at this quirkily fun spot sporting rocket-fueled peanuts for your noshing enjoyment.

Buck Bradley's Saloon & Eatery
1019 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 224-8500
buckbradleys.com

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Enjoy a burger, pizza or sandwich at this old timey saloon-style eatery where you can also enjoy entrees like steak or pork chops after 4 p.m.

Coaches 
Eleven25 at the Pabst, 1125 N. 9th St., (414) 708-5541
facebook.com/coaches1125
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Head to the Eleven25 food hall and you'll have a variety of choices (thanks to vendors serving up Chinese, Filipino and globally inspired fare). Among them is Coaches, which serves up a menu focusing on soul food and American favorites like burgers and wings.

Dairyland @ Central Waters (13 minute walk)
Central Waters Brewery & Taproom
1037 W. Juneau Ave.
ilovedairyland.com

Serving: Burgers, fried chicken sandwiches
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Head to the galley in this reinvigorated historic micro-brewery where you can order up Central Waters brews, plus snacks, burgers and a Friday night fish fry from Dairyland. 

Drink Wisconsinbly Pub (1-minute walk)
320 W. Highland Ave.
drinkwi.pub

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There's no kitchen at the new Drink Wisconsinbly Pub, but there are plenty of classic Sconnie snacks – meat sticks, jerky, cheese and more – to build a base for all the local brews on tap at the Badger State bar.

Bottle House 42 (11-minute walk)
1130 N. 9th St., (414) 988-1551
bottlehouse42.com
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This beautifully appointed beer hall and restaurant features a collection of at least 42 brews (plus wine and cocktails at the bar) and a menu of casual beer-friendly snacks, salads and sandwiches in a bright, welcoming environment. Patio seating also available.

Good City Brewing (1-minute walk)
333 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 539-4343
goodcitybrewing.com

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There's more than just craft brews on tap at Good City Brewing's second location. Here, you can find stone hearth-fired pizzas, tasty burgers, classic pub snacks and more, plus tasty locally-made suds to wash it all down.

The Loaded Slate (3-minute walk)
1137 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-5700
theloadedslate.com
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Enjoy beer or cocktails and a menu of appetizers, specialty sandwiches and burgers in this dimly lit spot with an old school tavern vibe.

Major Goolsby’s (5-minute walk)
340 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 271-3414
majorgoolsbys.com
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This long-time sports-themed watering hole delivers on appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and wings.

The MECCA Sports Bar & Grill (1 minute walk)
1134 N Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 908-0401
themeccamke.com
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Whether it's lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, MECCA serves up favorites from nachos and wings to sandwiches, tacos and entrees like vegetable stir fry and fried chicken. Visiting during a game? You'll enjoy front row seats thanks to MECCA's 42 foot wide Ultra High Definition screen.

Miller Time Pub (11-minute walk)
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
millertimepubandgrill.com
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Enjoy craft brews and pub standards at this moderately upscale Downtown staple.

Milwaukee Brat House (3-minute walk)
1013 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8709
milwaukeebrathouse.com
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Sausages are king at this downtown spot boasting a good dose of Old Milwaukee charm. But there are also wings, burgers and plenty of great beer.

Old German Beer Hall (3-minute walk)
1009 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 226-2728
oldgermanbeerhall.com
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Modeled after Munich’s renowned Hofbrauhaus, the Old German Beer Hall serves traditional Bavarian festival fare including Usinger’s sausages, pork chops, schnitzel and more.

Oak Barrel Public House (2-minute walk)
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320
oakbarrelmilwaukee.com
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There’s plenty to love at this American Public House serving pub fare with a twist. The comfort food-filled menu runs the gamut from tacos and burgers to pizza. Wash it down with a whiskey drink or craft brew.

Punch Bowl Social 
1122 Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 204-7544
punchbowlsocial.com/location/milwaukee

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Reopened just in time for March Madness to march into town, this interactive restaurant and bar offers a menu of elevated pub food – including burgers, sandwiches, tacos and more – perfect for a postgame meal. Plus, if you want to play a game yourself, Punch Bowl Social features a number of bar games big and small – so even if your team loses across the street, everyone can leave a winner.

SafeHouse (13-minute walk)
779 N. Front St., (414) 271-2007
safe-house.com
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This iconic Milwaukee spy-themed hideaway features creative cocktails and casual fare in a quirky, dimly lit interior.

Truth Lounge (4 minute walk)
1111 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 581-5540
facebook.com/pg/truthloungemke
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Great for happy hour or a post-event hang, Truth Lounge features a small food menu of wings and snacks along with a large list of signature cocktails. It's a great spot to catch DJs, karaoke and art performances as well as hookah and bar games. 

Uncle Buck's (3-minute walk)
1125 N. Old World Third St., (414) 988-0355
unclebucksonthird.com
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Enjoy drinks or a full meal at this nearby destination serving up a modern-industrial-meets-north-woods vibe. Menu options include shareable appetizers, wings, salads and a variety of sandwiches from fried chicken to pot roast.

Who's on Third (3 minute walk)
1007 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8373
whosonthirdmke.com
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From wings and cheese curds to craft beer, brats and burgers, you'll find it at this low-key sports bar.

 

Global & regional cuisine

Filipino fare from Meat on the Street
Filipino fare from Meat on the Street
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3rd Street Market Hall (12-minute walk, 4 minute drive)
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 249-5062
3rdstmarkethall.com

[Read more]
Head to this Downtown food hall and you'll have your choice of numerous cuisines. Enjoy veggie burgers and frozen custard from Dairyland, housemade pierogi (and casseroles) from Hot Dish Pantry, soups, sandwiches and pastries from Mid-Way Bakery, fresh pasta from Strega, artisan breads and pizza from Amano Pan and more. 

Benihana (7-minute walk)
850 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 270-0890
benihana.com
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Want a little entertainment before the game? Enjoy a bit of theater with your dinner at this hibachi chain serving Japanese dishes grilled tableside by engaging chefs.

Bento Xpert (11 minute walk, 3 minutes by car)
Eleven25 at the Pabst, 1125 N. 9th St., (414) 935-2823
facebook.com/Bentoxpert
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Head to the Eleven25 food hall and you'll have a variety of vendors from which to choose. Among them is Bento Xpert, which serves up a menu of traditional Taiwanese and Chinese dishes

Mader’s (2-minute walk)
1041 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 271-3377
madersrestaurant.com
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Pay a visit to Milwaukee’s oldest German restaurant, serving classic German dishes in an Old World atmosphere.

Marco Pollo (11 minute walk, 3 minutes by car)
Eleven25 at the Pabst, 1125 N. 9th St., (414) 935-2823
marcopollomke.com
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Head to the Eleven25 food hall and you'll have a variety of vendors from which to choose. Among them is Marco Pollo, which specializes in globally inspired chicken dishes featuring their signature crispy chicken plus traditional sauces from Thailand, China, India, Japan as well as regions of the U.S.

Meat on the Street (11 minute walk, 3 minutes by car)
Eleven25 at the Pabst, 1125 N. 9th St., (414) 477-6717
motscatering.com
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Head to the Eleven25 food hall and you'll have a variety of vendors from which to choose. Among them is Meat on the Street, which serves up the city's best Filipino fare.

The King & I (7-minute walk)
830 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 276-4181
kingandirestaurant.com
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Enjoy dishes like pad Thai and volcano chicken or branch out and try something new at this longtime Thai restaurant.

New American

 
Crudo at Birch
Summer crudo at Birch

Birch (16-minute walk, 5-minute drive)
459 E. Pleasant St., (414) 323-7372
birchonpleasant.com
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Enjoy delectable dishes – from pasta, vegetables, seafood and steak – many prepared with the help of the restaurant’s open wood-fired hearth.

Bottle House 42 (11-minute walk)
1130 N. 9th St.,  (414) 988-1551
bottlehouse42.com
[Read more]
This brand new beautifully appointed beer hall and restaurant features casual snacks, salads and vegetable plates, sandwiches and entrees in a bright, welcoming environment. Patio seating also available.

Pizza & Italian

Neapolitan style pizza from San Giorgio
Neapolitan style pizza from San Giorgio
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3rd Street Market Hall (12-minute walk, 4 minute drive)
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 249-5062
3rdstmarkethall.com

[Read more]
Head to this Downtown food hall and you'll have your choice of numerous cuisines. Enjoy burgers and frozen custard from Dairyland, housemade pierogi (and casseroles) from  Hot Dish Pantry, soups, sandwiches and pastries from Mid-Way Bakery, fresh pasta from Strega and artisan breads and pizza from Amano Pan.

Calderone Club (6-minute walk)
842 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-3236
calderoneclub.net
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Head here for thin-crust pizza, pasta and panini in a classic Italian restaurant environment.

Oak Barrel Public House (2-minute walk)
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320
oakbarrelmilwaukee.com
[Read more]
There’s plenty to love at this American Public House serving pub fare with a twist. Their comfort food-filled menu runs the gamut from tacos and burgers to pizza. Wash it down with a whiskey drink or craft brew.

San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana (6-minute walk)
838 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 276-2876
sangiorgiopizza.com
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Enjoy certified Neapolitan-style pizza, antipasti and more at this rustic-chic eatery.

Seafood Boils

Lowcountry crab boil
Lowcountry crab boil
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Crab It Your Way (8 minute walk)
823 N. 2nd St., (414) 455-3837
crabityourway.com

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Get a taste of Louisiana at this spot serving up seafood boils, appetizers and more.

Lowcountry Seafood (6 minute walk)
1114 N. Water St., (414) 252-0015
.lowcountrychicago.com/milwaukee-wi

Serving: Seafood boils
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Head to this Downtown spot for its casual environs and down-home seafood boils.

Steak

Steak at Milwaukee Chophouse
Steak at Milwaukee Chophouse
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The Capital Grille (9-minute walk)
310 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 223-0600
thecapitalgrille.com
Enjoy upscale dishes, including dry aged steaks at this well known steakhouse chain.

Carson’s Prime Steaks & Barbeque  (3-minute walk)
301 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 223-3311
ribs.com/milwaukee
Enjoy prime rib, steaks and more at this stylish Downtown spot.

Milwaukee Chophouse (11-minute walk)
633 N. 5th St., (414) 226-2467
chophouse411.com
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Steaks and seafood rule at this classic chophouse in the center of Downtown.

Tacos

Taco plate at Lazo's
Taco plate at Lazo's
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Lazo's Taco Shack (13 minute walk, 4 minute drive)
641 N. James Lovell St., (414) 988-6567
lazostacoshackmke.com
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Enjoy traditional Mexican fare (including tacos) at this friendly Downtown restaurant.

Oak Barrel Public House (2-minute walk)
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320
oakbarrelmilwaukee.com
[Read more]
There’s plenty to love at this American Public House serving pub fare with a twist. The comfort food-filled menu runs the gamut from tacos and burgers to pizza. Wash it down with a whiskey drink or craft brew.

Taco Mike's (3 minute walk)
1001 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 763-3325
tacomikes.com
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This fast casual taco stop offers modern takes on traditional tacos. Both tacos and sides are 100% gluten-free.

Vagabond (5-minute walk)
1122 N. Edison St., (414) 223-1122
vagabondmke.com
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Enjoy tacos, margaritas and more at this Airstream Trailer inspired taco joint.

Vegan & vegetarian

3rd Street Market Hall (12-minute walk, 4 minute drive)
275 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 249-5062
3rdstmarkethall.com

[Read more]
Head to this Downtown food hall and you'll have your choice of numerous cuisines. Enjoy veggie burgers and frozen custard from Dairyland, housemade pierogi (and casseroles) from Hot Dish Pantry, soups, sandwiches and pastries from Mid-Way Bakery, fresh pasta from Strega, artisan breads and pizza from Amano Pan and more. 

Beerline Cafe (6-minute drive)
2076 N. Commerce St., (414) 265-5644
beerlinecafe.com
[Read more]
Enjoy vegetarian and vegan options plus coffee and tea in a bright and spacious setting.

Benihana (7-minute walk)
850 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 270-0890
benihana.com
[Read more]
Want a little entertainment before the game? Enjoy a bit of theater with your dinner at this hibachi chain serving Japanese dishes grilled tableside by engaging chefs.

The King & I (7-minute walk)
830 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 276-4181
kingandirestaurant.com
[Read more]
Enjoy dishes like pad Thai and volcano chicken or branch out and try something new at this casual restaurant specializing in Thai cuisine.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.