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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Wisconsin

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Wisconsin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Transfer Pizzeria Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (199)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
You are cordially invited to visit Transfer Pizzeria Café, located in the Harbor District on the corner of 1st and Mitchell Streets. Established in 2008, the namesake is Transfer Pharmacy, a classic cornerstone drugstore from a bygone era that for decades supplied a thriving community with goods and services as evidenced by the stained glass windows still in place. The pharmacy was appropriately named for the constant activity that took place just outside - the boarding, departures, and transfers of the countless daily commuters of the time. The tradition of a reliable cornerstone establishment continues today, as Transfer Pizzeria delivers a unique dose of delicious pizza, drink, atmosphere, and friendly service.

We keep an active wait-list and gladly accommodate walk-ins as part of both our lunch and dinner service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Our meal at Transfer Pizza was excellent. We had their Caesar salad and the Vegetarian pizza. Both were perfect! Our waiter was helpful and responsive. We love the ambiance of the place…a former pharmacy with all charm that takes you back to that time. Quaint and charming! Finally, the quality/value index is exceptionally high. Go for it!
A photo of Butcher & Barrel Gastropub restaurant
4.8
4.8 (399)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Racine
About the restaurant
Fine dining in a modern Pub. High quality seasonal ingredients prepared from scratch including prime steaks, fresh seafood and delicious comfort food items. An excellent selection of craft beers, select wines, and hand crafted cocktails to accompany your meal. Butcher & Barrel brings fantastic food, drink and high quality service - without the stuffy fine-dining experience. A restored 120 year old building located in the heart of downtown Racine, just blocks from Lake Michigan.
Top review
kidmd2
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The beet salad was excellent and enough for two. The scallops and the chicken entrees were also very good. I wish they didn't have wrestling on the TV.
A photo of Carinis la conca d'oro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (709)
$30 and under
Italian
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
At Carini's you cannot get any more authentic than being in Sicily. In fact Peter, owner/chef, comes from Sicily and takes pride in all that he prepares. Many of the dishes are prepared the same way his mother cooked them. He uses the freshest ingredients and can customize any dish to your liking. His expanse menu offers 5 kinds of spiedini, seafood, pasta, chicken, veal, vegetarian, appetizers including calamari, octopus salad, antipasto plates and much more. He has many imported desserts plus his homemade tiramisu, cannolis and casatta, a yellow cake infused with rum and filled with cannoli filling and glazed. Peter also sells his spaghetti and marinara sauce, garlic olive oil and seasoned salt from the restaurant as well as gift baskets. All of the products can be shipped anywhere in the US. The restaurant can accomodate parties of any size up to 140 people.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The food was amazing! The pizza was the best I ever had and I had a shrimp pasta dish with an amazing white sauce. The owner even came over and talked with us and his story is really cool. Very authentic food and ambience
A photo of Buckley's Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (274)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Buckley's is a cozy neighborhood spot in the heart of Milwaukee's East Town. Located two blocks from Lake Michigan and the Calatrava, Buckley’s is an ideal all occasion restaurant in downtown Milwaukee. An ever-evolving menu showcases seasonal ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. To compliment your dining experience, peruse the thoughtfully curated 200 bottle wine list or select a beverage from an extensive cocktail program that has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the city. Customize your dining experience to meet your needs whether you choose to enjoy a four course meal or simply grab a burger at the bar. However you choose to enjoy a visit to Buckley’s, do not forget to order a signature house-made dessert. You won’t regret it!

At this family owned and operated restaurant, guests are treated like family. Come see for yourself!
Top review
Wiscguy
Dined 6 days ago
Great food and friendly service that wa also professional!
A photo of Harry's Bar and Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (668)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harry's Bar and Grill! Chic and contemporary with a modern American menu, Harry's Bar and Grill is located on Milwaukee’s East side, close to Lake Michigan.













































WELCOME to Harry's Bar and Grill!

Chic and contemporary with a modern American menu, Harry's Bar and Grill is located on Milwaukee’s East side, close to Lake Michigan.

Harry's Bar and Grill is always keeping things fresh. Stop in soon to see our new look. Harry's Bar & Grill successfully combines neighborhood charm with big city sophistication. Friendly service and a menu diverse enough to satisfy any lunch or dinner craving. Appetizers, specialty burgers, salads, entrees and nightly specialty served up 7 days a week!
Top review
HollyH
Dined 4 days ago
Best place in town for delicious reasonably priced food. Great menu. Even greater service. The wait staff are attentive, efficient, and work hard to provide a beautiful dinner experience.
A photo of Third Street Tavern Milwaukee restaurant
4.6
4.6 (107)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Lunch - Happy Hour - Dinner - Late Night Drinks
Third Street Tavern is a corner bar with amazing thin smashed old fashioned burgers, cheese steaks, appetizers and classic video games.

Tavern features a premium bar, local craft beers, and a full cocktail list in a unique bar bar and grill atmosphere. Locals and tourists stop in for the burgers, handmade mozzarella sticks, Philly cheese steaks, classic arcade games and the vibrant late night scene.
Top review
JayW
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great place to eat the food was delicious. The service was good
A photo of Stone Porch Alehouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (44)
$30 and under
American
Verona
About the restaurant
Stone Porch is named after it's huge stone wrap around porch but we don't let that vibe end there. Comfort food, refreshing cocktails to warm up the insides and a great team looking to make your visit memorable. Our head chef, Jacob Goldsberry, believes that from scratch is always best and that brings an authenticity to each dish that will remind you of home.
Top review
BDub
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We had a great family dinner on Friday evening. Overall, the service was friendly & attentive. The salmon, portobello sandwich, shrimp dinners were excellent! Unfortunately, a kiddo thought the chicken tenders weren’t as good as usual (more tough/rubbery. A few tasted & agreed.) With 6, it took longer than usual for food to be made, but it was completely understandable. We’ll definitely be back!
A photo of The Knick restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2120)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Come enjoy an upbeat, contemporary dining experience at one of Milwaukee's favorite restaurants. The Knick offers an exciting menu and great nightly specials. A big city feel with friendly service, we offer an unique specialty drink menu and feature over 60 different vodkas from around the world. Enjoy our homemade desserts or a "Great Maltini" as a nightcap after a night on the town. End your weekend with our fabulous brunch and indulge with our signature "Queen Mary".
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Always good food and a good experience! Definitely a regular!
A photo of Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (463)
$30 and under
German
Whitefish Bay
About the restaurant
Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
~Since 1915~
"You are a stranger here but once"
When making a reservation please note if you would like it to be for inside, the outdoor patio, or the heated outdoor tent. Thank You!
Top review
KevinO
Dined 4 days ago
all was good and acceptable.. Would return to enjoy the scallops and soup..
A photo of Foxtown Brewing restaurant
4.3
4.3 (319)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Mequon
About the restaurant
Foxtown Brewing is steeped in tradition and driven by a passion for great beer. Once the Opitz Zimmerman Brewery in the mid-1800s, Foxtown is a reclamation of Mequon history. We’re not the biggest brewery around, nor the flashiest, but you’ll see that we take brewing very seriously. Every ingredient in every recipe is backed by reason. Our beer is good on purpose.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 29, 2024
I have really liked coming to your restaurant in the past having loved the Greek salad at one time, but you took it off the menu, then the pear salad with salmon and saw you took that off the menu the other night. So I had to order a Caesar salad with salmon because the other salads had no appeal to me. They all had walnuts. The salmon was delicious but please stop taking off customer favorites.
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