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The colorful dining scene of Walker's Point awaits you. (PHOTO: Carolynn Buser)

Walker's Point dining guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Oct. 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

For the ninth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants ofPotawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2015."

Walker's Point is a highly diverse neighborhood, offering equally as diverse cuisine. It may take some time to get through all of these options.

AP Bar & Kitchen
814 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-6000
AP Bar & Kitchen is an urban rustic restaurant that serves North American cuisine. This restaurant has a mature, relaxing ambience, with an exceptional wine and cocktail list. Try their seared foie gras, corn shrimp chowder, pork buns or very popular hanger steak. Their menu is short and sweet, giving you just the right amount of options with less pressure.

Ashley's Que
124 W. National Ave., (414) 276-7666
Ashley's Que is a casual restaurant that serves delicious barbeque fare to the Walker's Point neighborhood. Try the barbecued rib tips and fries or their beef brisket with a side of greens or mac and cheese. No matter what you get at Ashley's Que, it's bound to blow the lid off of your taste buds.

Black Sheep MKE
216 S. 2nd St., (414) 223-0903
Black Sheep MKE is an upscale wine tap bar in the Walker's Point neighborhood. The wine taps feature a rotating selection of 16 bottles of red, white and rose. The menu includes tasty bar snacks like truffled popcorn and smoked chili chicharrons, or coconut-braised pork belly and Korean short ribs to share. Black Sheep also offers a brunch menu, where you can order a bottle of sparkling and a carafe of fresh OJ with the mimosa table service for $25.

Botana's Restaurant
816 S. 5th St., (414) 672-3755
Seafood – particularly shrimp and fish – is the specialty at this Mexican restaurant. The addition of the open-air patio contributes to the fun and relaxing atmosphere, especially on a warm evening.

Braise Restaurant
1101 S. 2nd St., (414) 212-8843
Braise is a restaurant and culinary school that specializes in locally-sourced New American fare, regionally crafted beers and wines from all over the world. The staff at Braise has made it their mission to reconnect people with their food through teaching and advancing community-based food issues. With that being said, you can try the kale risotto cakes, pickled plum salad or seared rainbow trout, and know exactly where those ingredients came from.

1100 S. 1st St., (414) 431-9271
c.1880 is a warm and sophisticated New American, fine dining restaurant with a seasonal, locally sourced menu, plus wine and cocktails. Owner and chef Thomas Hauck aims to highlight the palate with both flavor and sight. There are dinner, dessert and five-course tasting menus, all with uniquely crafted plates; these menus include things like monkfish, pork cheek or a brown butter, chocolate, coffee and olive oil quartet of ice cream.

Casa de Alberto
624 W. National Ave., (414) 643-5715
Family-owned Mexican restaurant with affordable prices and a full bar. Specializes in classic Tex-Mex favorites along with a few unique seafood dishes.

Chez Jacques
1022 S. 1st St., (414) 672-1040
Chez Jacques is a chic brasserie featuring French specialties and locally-grown foods in a stylish, yet informal atmosphere. Their menu features a selection of French foods, with recipes handed down from owner Jacques Chaumet's family, including a brunch, lunch and dinner menu. You may find dishes such as a ham and gruyere cheese omelet, salade Nicoise and boeuf bourguignon; and, all will surely live up to the luxuriously tasty French standard.

Cielito Lindo LLC
739 S. 2nd St., (414) 649-0401
Cielito Lindo is a Mexican restaurant that offers classic, authentic dishes in a pleasant and colorful setting. The menu includes things like huevos rancheros, camaron al diabla, and flautas. With low prices, satisfying portion sizes and late-night hours, Cielito Lindo is most definitely a must.

Conejito's Place
539 W. Virginia St., (414) 278-9106
Very casual, very affordable "Mexican comfort food" including tacos, enchiladas and mole – most of which are served on paper plates.

Crazy Water
839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606
Crazy Water is a cozy, bustling bistro that serves upscale American fusion cuisine and wine in a charming vintage tavern. Try the baked blue point oysters, five spice Hudson Valley duck breast or the chocolate ganache tart. Whatever you choose, the staff at Crazy Water guarantee a dining experience that you won't forget.

Engine Company No. 3
217 W. National Ave., (414) 226-5695
Engine Company No.3 offers a unique breakfast and lunch experience in the Walker's Point neighborhood. This sister restaurant of La Merenda not only offers, breakfast, lunch and brunch, but offers cooking classes, to. Try the amaretto french toast, quiche Lorraine or rosemary chicken salad. The menu also features sides like Troubador Bakery toast and a gluten-free Jenehr chicken breakfast sausage.

235 S. 2nd St., (414) 220-9420
Ginger is a chic tapas bar located in the Walker's Point neighborhood. Go for the Thai chili shrimp rolls, duck nachos or rosemary mac and cheese, which is on the $3 happy hour menu. The cocktails are unique and fresh, some with a slight twist on classic favorites. A favorite is Old-Fashioned Thursdays, which feature $5 old-fashions.

La Fuente
625 S. 5th St., (414) 271-8595
La Fuente serves a menu of traditional Mexican dishes and margaritas in a relaxed setting. Indulge in choriquezo, mushroom morelos and the special Debra's fajitas tacos. La Fuente has very large, and very satisfying, margaritas that pair nicely with authentic fare.

La Merenda
125 E. National Ave., (414) 389-0125
La Merenda is a colorful spot with a menu of globally inspired small plates, local beers and wine. You'll surely enjoy anything from the Wisconsinite truffled potato skins, to the Peruvian cebiche nikkei, which is made with wild Sitka Bay rockfish. With so many dishes from various cuisines of the world, you may have to make multiple visits.

939 S. 2nd St., (414) 897-7230
The chefs at Meraki are offering classic cuisine, with a modern technique. The ever-changing menu draws inspiration from all over the world, bringing diversity to the Walker's Point neighborhood. To give an idea of what the food is like, their current menu features things like chive cheese puffs, blueberry pork-liver cheesecake and a roasted (and braised) goat leg. Meraki also offers special dining events, which usually include a four- or five-course dinner, in addition to the daily menu.

430 S. 2nd St., (414) 897-0747
Morel Restaurant offers a menu inspired by local ingredients, made with natural flavors, colors and textures. Try the well-known charcuterie board, lamb carpaccio and rabbit ragout. Morel also serves distinctive cocktails, draft beers and offers a full wine list.

524 S. 2nd St., (414) 224-5300
Movida is an upscale restaurant that serves tapas, classic Spanish dishes and cocktails in an open, low-lit space. The menu features smoked salmon pinchos, pollo asado and a special Movida paella. The drink menu is complete with a full wine list, classic and seasonal cocktails and house-made sangria.

O'Lydia's Bar & Grill
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
O'Lydia's is an Irish bar with a spacious patio and a broad American menu. Dive into Irish potato skins, mile-high pastrami sandwich or shepherd's pie. O'Lydia's offers a full list of craft beers and cocktails to pair with the hearty list of food. Also, don't miss out on free parking and shuttles to Brewers games.

Philly Way
405 S. 2nd St., (414) 273-2355
Philly Way is a simple spot, offering classic philly cheesesteaks. Try the most popular three-cheese cheesesteak, steak burger or chili cheese fries. You won't be sorry about your decision.

Screaming Tuna
106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 763-1637
Screaming Tuna is a sushi and Asian bistro specializing in traditional dishes with a twist. From the signature roll to sushi pizza, you'll find classic flavors and one-of-a-kind inspired fusions. With additional tables outside in the warmer seasons and boat parking, Screaming Tuna also makes for a great warm-weather destination.

Smyth (located in the Iron Horse Hotel)
500 W Florida St #102, (414) 831-4615
Smyth is a rustic-chic eatery in The Iron Horse Hotel offering new American fare, along with an extensive wine list. The current menu includes duck pate, diver scallops and swordfish; there's also an option to get an additional side, such as Yukon potatoes with fontina cheese and breadcrumbs. With locally-sourced produce and seasonal menus, you'll find a wide array of fresh dishes that will satisfy your cravings.

170 S. 1st St., (414) 273-7800
This bar features "large format sharing beers" and a restaurant specializing in upscale burgers stacked high with Wisconsin grass-fed Fountain Prairie Farms beef and artisan Wisconsin cheeses.

Steny's Tavern & Grill
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
Steny's is a large sports bar and grill specializing in American bar eats including burgers, wings and Bloody Marys.

The National Cafe
839 W. National Ave., (414) 431-6551
The National Cafe is a hip daytime cafe that offers breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads. Try the Croque Madame, a hot ham and Swiss sandwich, prosciutto baguette or the lemon caper tuna steak salad. National Cafe also serves a long list of coffees and various non-alcoholic drinks.

The Noble
704 S. 2nd St., (414) 243-4997
The Noble serves cocktails, brunch and a daily New American menu in a quirky, homey space with a seasonal patio. When it comes to the menu, as soon as they know, they'll tell you. The Noble likes to change things up every day, so you should like the Facebook page in order to see the day's menu. There are from three to six specials each day and those may or may not carry over to the next day. Gotta love the mystery.

Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe is relaxed cafe featuring 40-plus types of creative pizzas, wine and beer, complete with local art and live music. Make an attempt to try the bruschetta salmone, prosciutto fungi pizza or the classic carbonara pasta. The drink also menu features cocktails, spirits and digestivi.

1801 S. 3rd St., (414) 837-5950
Located just south of Walker's Point, Triskele's is a cozy, friendly bar and restaurant with a seasonal, rotating menu and all-you-can-eat mussels every Tuesday night.

Wayward Kitchen and Bar
1407 S. 1st St., (414) 763-1191
Chef Tyler Mason creates "new American" food including sandwiches, entrees, desserts and brunch.

Zak's Cafe-Milwaukee
231 S. 2nd St., (414) 271-5555
Zak's Cafe is an exciting restaurant located in a newly renovated building in Walker's Point. Scarf down the lobster benedict for breakfast, the ahi tuna sandwich for lunch or the crab-stuffed walleye for dinner. The menu has so many options that choosing one may be the hardest part of the day.


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