What are Milwaukee's highest Zagat rated restaurants? Thanks to Marcus Restaurants, whose Mason Street Grill and Kil@wat are among the 36 area places that are Zagat rated, I received access to the full list and will share it with you here.
Even though online restaurant reviews are everywhere on sites like OnMilwaukee.com to Yelp and Open Table, Zagat's reviews have a certain luster to them. The company has been around for 29 years, and has earned respect. The restaurants are rated on diners' experiences with food, service, cost and atmosphere.
I selected the food category and ranked the Milwaukee eateries using the site's tools. For the record, there are 113 area total restaurants listed (87 when you search for "Milwaukee"), but only some are rated and the search tool wasn't always giving me similar results so I may have missed a few places.
The top score in the food category is 30. No Milwaukee-area restaurant got a perfect food score, but five received 28 or 29. Here's the entire list.
Eddie Martini's (29)
Lake Park Bistro (28)
Osteria del Mondo (28)
La Merenda (27)
Coquette Café (26)
River Lane Inn (26)
Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub (26)
The Capital Grille (25)
Five O'Clock Steakhouse (25)
Karl Ratzsch's (25)
Crazy Water (25)
Mimma's Café (24)
Three Brothers (24)
Umami Moto (24)
Original Pancake House (24)
Mo's: A Place for Steaks (23)
Maxie's Southern Comfort (23)
Mason Street Grill (23)
Milwaukee Chophouse (22)
The Knick (21)
Five Guys (20)
Palms Bistro and Bar (20)
Pasta Tree (20)
Edwardo's Natural Pizza (20)
Top décor went to Lake Park Bistro (28). Service was best at Sanford (29). And, Sanford also had the highest cost at $74. Cost reflects the surveyors' estimate of the price of dinner with one drink and tip.
So, there you have it. If you want full access to Zagat, you gotta pay for it. But, as Zagat Survey gears up to launch Zagat Exclusives, its Groupon-type deep discount program at Zagat-Rated restaurants in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, I thought it was the perfect time to share the Milwaukee results.
No matter where your favorite is. Get out and eat at all of our great restaurants, Milwaukee!
Five Guys gets the same score as Pasta Tree? That must be a darn tasty double patty burger!
i am pleased that maders on 3rd street downtown is not on this list. it should NOT be. karl ratzsch's is and deserves to be on this list, easily, the best german restaurent in milwaukee.
Talk about grade inflation. Roots a 29? Eddie Martinis? The French Laundry in Napa, generally considered among the best if not the best restaurant in the world also received a 29 (no restaurant gets a 30). Indeed, I think all of the Bay Area has only 2 29s. So we're to believe that Milwaukee has better high end restaurants than a metropolitan area several times its size?
I suspect the problem is that this is ultimately user-based. Looks like people who dine around here are more willing to dole out the high praise.
Bacchus is missing from the list?? That's surprising...
Thanks for your reply and for adding it to the list.
Show me the other 2 Talkbacks
7 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published July 17, 2017
Not familiar with Topgolf? These places are hot and exploding all over the country. With its development boon, Milwaukee seems prime for one. Even Giannis Antetokounmpo is tweeting about it.
Published July 10, 2017
Complain as you will about the crowds, construction and whatnot, but those things add to what our Downtown area has worked so hard to get: density, discovery and diversity. Let's explore these important traits as they related to the Big Gig.
Published June 27, 2017
The energy, the buzz, the excitement, the music! Here are OnMilwaukee co-founder and president Jeff Sherman's daily picks for Summerfest 50.
Published June 23, 2017
5 a.m. is early, and to get to the new Orangetheory class I'm taking it means getting out of bed by 4:30 a.m. But, I wanted to shake my fitness routine up and challenge myself to bust out of what I was used to. Here's how it's going.
Published June 19, 2017
Fast Company's seen the trend that's not only Milwaukee specific rather "small city American." Yes, "Hoteliers have Bet Big on Small City America."
Published June 6, 2017
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg brought her inspirational "Option B" book tour to Milwaukee's Riverside Theater Monday night, and it proved to be a hour of powerful lessons.
Published June 2, 2017
It's always a big hit: the long-sleeved Storm the Bastille T-shirt. Here's an exclusive first look at the Associated Bank Storm the Bastille design from the East Town Association.
Published May 7, 2017
From Milwaukee, a quick weekend trip to Dubuque is an easy one - only about 175 miles, so it's an under three-hour drive. And before you stop reading thinking, "Iowa, what kind of vacation is that?" think again.
Published April 28, 2017
I had a great lunch last week at True Food Kitchen in Downtown Chicago. Truth be told, I hadn't heard of the place until we searched for lunch options close to our hotel and it popped up. Now I want one in Milwaukee.
Published April 27, 2017
Development is everywhere in Downtown Milwaukee, and everywhere developers want to create gravity. Right? This means creating destinations that attract people and create new energetic places. If you create a new center of gravity, you get more business and attention.