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.
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