Waukesha's dining guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 30, 2010 at 10:39 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, 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.
Lately the Waukesha dining scene seems to be exploding, offering a broader range of options for area diners.
Last year was a big year for downtown Waukesha, which saw the addition of the Black Trumpet Restaurant in the Clarke Hotel, Ray's on South and Sakura Japan Sushi & Grill, its first sushi restaurant.
Here is an updated account of what the city is bringing to the dining table. While this list doesn't cover every last eatery, it includes the newcomers as well as several perennial favorites.
2301 Bluemound Rd., (262) 785-1930
A family-run business since 1941, Albanese's has been a Waukesha favorite for decades. Similar to the Milwaukee location in Riverwest, you'll find a casual, Italian dining experience with homemade pastas, sauces and pizza.
Alexis Restaurant of Waukesha
500 E. Broadway, (262) 446-4600
This restaurant open daily at 6 p.m. to offer classic American cuisine -- burgers, soups and sandwiches -- but the menu also delves into Italian and Mexican favorites.
Big Guy's Grille
701 N. Grandview Blvd., (262) 650-3000
Black Angus burgers, homemade pizza and Friday night fish fries reign supreme here at Big Guy's. Dine in or carry out.
Black Trumpet Restaurant
314 W. Main St., (262) 549-3800
This posh new restaurant is inside the brand new Clarke Hotel, a neoclassical boutique hotel in the historic sector of Downtown Waukesha. Executive chef Dean Schmitz uses locally-sourced organic ingredients to create a traditionally fine dining menu with a modern twist.
Brewers Two Café
821 Meadowbrook Rd., (262) 513-1883
This specialty coffee and sandwich shop prides itself on being heart healthy and offering many organic eating options. The menu features bakery, soups, sandwiches and desserts.
Casa Del Rio
408 E. Main St., (262) 542-4080
Casa Del Rio is a popular Mexican restaurant, specializing in seafood. Like a good Wisconsin restaurant, it even has a fish fry (all you can eat fish fry on Wednesdays and Fridays and baked cod on Fridays only).
1947 E. Main St., (262) 544-1983
Serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Ching Hwa has been a downtown Asian staple for years. It's a good place to bring a group.
Christina's Family Restaurant
350 Delafield St., (262) 542-6739
This family favorite is a great place to start your day with a big breakfast or grab a burger at lunch.
250 W. Broadway, (262) 547-7011
Dady-Oh's is perhaps best known for its extensive Friday night fish fry selections, but the restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.
Divino Gelato Cafe
227 W. Main St., (262) 446-9490
While the focus here is obviously gelato (and how divine it is!), Divino delves into lunch and dinner menu items, such as soups, sandwiches and a variety of pizzas.
Eric's Porter Haus
229 Wisconsin Ave., (262) 542-1300
Eric's is known for its juicy steaks, but it also specializes in German foods, like sauerbraten and schnitzel. It's a comfortable place to enjoy a Friday night fish fry or have a few beers at the bar.
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
2137 E. Moreland Blvd., (262) 522-3210
If you want ribs out west, this is your spot. Famous Dave's has won awards for its classic BBQ fare, which includes, chicken, fish, burgers and sandwiches.
Fuzzy's on Main
627 E. Main St., (262) 524-8899
It's a sports bar, so expect a good selection of bar food: wings, tacos, ribs and a Friday night fish fry. It's also not a bad place to grab a breakfast Bloody Mary.
Generations at the Five Points
294 W. Main St., (262) 446-3300
This Waukesha newcomer brings small-plate dining to the area. Enjoy an eclectic menu of international tapas.
Golden Gate Restaurant
1427 E. Racine Ave., (262) 547-2171
Golden Gate is a Milwaukee and Waukesha area favorite. It features affordable Cantonese and Hunan / Szechwan cuisines, available as hot, medium or mild.
N4W22496 Bluemound Rd., (262) 521-2444
Jack's is where good taste and Wisconsin's charming history meet. You'll find classic Americana fare at this quaint restaurant with small store attached. Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)
HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Our waiter Brian was rude and disrespectful, clearly lead by example...owner was just as bad. Had to fight for them them to honor their own gift certificate that we had purchased from them, my wife had to speak with the owner at the bar instead of them coming to us. Owner embarrassed my wife in front of entire bar of customers. WORST restaurant experience ever. The waiter then decided it was smart to start smarting off to us with the owner. I have never been so disrespected in my life. We only decided to try this place because we bought the gift certificate that he would not honor. We went out to celebrate my birthday and the birth of our first child. The owner and waiter Brian not only harassed us at our special occasion but humiliated us during such a happy time in our lives. Food is also overpriced and average quality at best, go to Kurt's Steakhouse in Delafield, you will be much happier with their service and food. Im a discussed at the way we were treated and recommend that you don't go there so that you never have to experience what we did.
I highly recommend Generations at 5 Points. The food is excellent and the staff are friendly.
Ching Hwa: WORST. MEAL. EVER. Standards for Chinese food in Waukesha must be pretty low. Wrong on so many levels. MSG laden yet still no flavor. Just the taste of sodium. AVOID. Don't let the nice decor fool you.
How could you miss Christina's on Delafield? The place is Waukesha's busiest breastfast spot for over 20 years besides a great lunch and dinner. Worth going just to pester Barb and Georgia. Mateo's on Sunset makes fantastic pizza and has a great soup called Italian Chili. You have to try it! Michael's further down Sunset has Pizza that reminds me of Ned's in Milwaukee, and I say that as a positive! Did you mention Murf's on Sunset also? Besides great custard they have a fantastic monster hamburger and killer onion rings. Don't forget Suburpia on Grandview.
We had a great fish fry at Rays South. The food was great. The owner, the waitress and bartender all very efficient and friendly.
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