By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 18, 2020 at 12:06 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 to grab lunch, dinner or post-game eats, we’ve got a list of restaurants to try that are within walking or brief driving distance of the Forum. 

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
Fried chicken
New American
Pizza & Italian
Steak
Tacos
Vegan & vegetarian

Barbecue

Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous 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

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.

Central Waters Brewery & Tap Room (13-minute walk)
1037 W Juneau Ave.
pabstmkebrewery.com/brewery
Opens Oct. 16, 2021
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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
majorrgoolsbys.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 (1-minute walk)
1122 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 204-7544
punchbowlsocial.com

** reopening Fall of 2021 **
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Got a craving? Punch Bowl Social serves up a wide assortment of dishes from tacos and burgers to comfort food classics. The venue also showcases three bars serving up craft beer, cocktails and a variety of specialty ice cream drinks. Even better, you can grab a bowling lane, try your hand at a variety of board games or challenge your friends to a game of ping pong while you eat.

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 3rd St., (414) 988-0355
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.

Water Street Brewery (6-minute walk)
1101 N. Water St., (414) 272-1195
waterstreetbrewery.com
Enjoy pub fare and crafty brews at this long-standing brewpub.

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

Global & Regional cuisine

Benihana (7-minute walk)
850 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 270-0890
benihana.com
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.

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

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

Fried chicken

The Tandem (6-minute drive)
1848 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 885-1919
tandemmke.com
Enjoy comforting American plates – including great fried chicken and soul food sides – paired with full bar offerings at this inventive spot just a hop from the Forum.

New American

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

Glass + Griddle (11-minute walk)
1130 N. 9th St., (414) 988-1551
glassgriddle.com
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.

Rumpus Room (7-minute walk)
1030 N Water St., (414) 292-0100
bartolottas.com/rumpus-room
Experience upscale pub fare at this Downtown spot serving up approachable fare from sandwiches to steaks in a beautifully appointed space.

View MKE (18-minute walk, 5-minute drive)
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 763-0003
viewmke.com
Enjoy globally inspired and shareable American plates with a Milwaukee view at this newer Brewers Hill spot.

Pizza & Italian

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

Oak Barrel Public House (2-minute walk)
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320
oakbarrelmilwaukee.com
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
Enjoy certified Neapolitan-style pizza, antipasti and more at this rustic-chic eatery.

Steak

The Capitol 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.

Rumpus Room  (7-minute walk)
1030 N Water St., (414) 292-0100
bartolottas.com/rumpus-room
Experience upscale pub fare at this Downtown spot serving up approachable fare from sandwiches to steaks in a beautifully appointed space.

Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous 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 Chop House (11-minute walk)
633 N. 5th St., (414) 226-2467
chophouse411.com
Steaks and seafood rule at this classic chophouse in the center of Downtown.

Tacos

Cantina (2-minute walk)
1110 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8137
cantinamilwaukee.com
Enjoy bistro-style tacos, burritos and fajitas at this fun casual spot on Old World 3rd.

Oak Barrel Public House (2-minute walk)
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320
oakbarrelmilwaukee.com
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.

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

Vegan & vegetarian

Beerline Cafe (6-minute drive)
2076 N. Commerce St., (414) 265-5644
beerlinecafe.com
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
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
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.