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MKE it Back for Fine Dining: 23 Exceptional Dining Experiences

January 28, 2021 /   Dining Table

Dig into Downtown Dining Week: Winter Edition! This reimagined dining week is a fantastic way to support local Milwaukee businesses and try a new restaurant at a great price. With lunch for $13, dinner for $25 or $35, family meal options and beverage packages, there is an exceptional dining experience for everyone. Check out over 20 participating popular eateries below and place your order for Downtown Dining Week: Winter Edition from January 28 - February 7, 2021.

AJ Bombers

Lunch | $25 Dinner | Family Meal | Vegetarian Options / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

If you’ve never tried a burger from AJ Bombers before, now’s the time. Lunch and dinner options let you choose between the Big Boy Tribute, Medusa Burger or Bomber Burger. And each lunch meal comes with a scoop of vanilla Wisconsin custard. 

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria

Lunch | $25 Dinner | Family Meal | Beverage Kit | Vegetarian Options | Gluten Friendly Options / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Say hooray for Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria. Treat yourself to their Handheld Trio featuring one of each: Bao-mi, Shawarma Chicken, and Barbacoa Mushroom. Or order the Family Style Nacho Box, and dinner is done for the night.

Brunch MKE

Lunch | Family Meal | Beverage Kit | Vegetarian Options / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Brunch MKE has three unique brunch options so your squad can each try something different. Personally? I’m eyeing up the S’mores Pancakes with Bacon. If you’re looking for something savory, the Harvent Hash is a delicious vegetarian option.

Buckley's Restaurant and Bar

$25 Dinner / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Indulge in a night out or takeout at home from Buckley’s. They’re offering delicious dinners including a Squash Ragout with hand-made pasta, or juicy Airline Chicken.

Café at The Pfister

Lunch / Carryout & Indoor Dining

Feeling fancy? Grab your lunch at the Café at The Pfister. Choose between three meal options that come with an appetizer and entree. Can you believe there's a Grilled Lobster Tail Risotto for only $13!

The Capital Grille

Lunch | $35 Dinner / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

If you’re looking for a bowl of New England Clam Chowder, go no further. Enjoy this cozy cup as your appetizer when you order lunch or dinner from The Capital Grille.


Lunch | $25 Dinner | Family Meal | Beverage Kit | Gluten Free Options / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Made with simple flavors and fresh ingredients, dig into a meal of empanadas with a side of Cubanitas' famous guacamole and plantain chips. Yum!


Lunch | $25 Dinner / Curbside, Carryout, Indoor Dining & Outdoor Dining

Choose an appetizer, entree and dessert when you order from Flannery’s. If you’re in the mood for fish, try the Blackened Mahi Fish Tacos or Asian Salmon dish.

The Knick

Lunch | $25 Dinner | Vegetarian Options / Indoor Dining & Enclosed Heated Patio

Stop by The Knick and stay toasty on their enclosed heated patio for lunch or dinner. Savor the flavors of their classic menu as you enjoy The Knick’s upbeat atmosphere.

Mason Street Grill

$35 Dinner / Curbside & Indoor Dining

Do you have the time to braise ribs for 64 hours? I don’t! So we should both try Mason Street Grill’s 64-hour Braised Short Ribs. Plus, it comes with sides of garlic mash potatoes, cipollini demi onions, shaved horseradish, and watercress.

Oak Barrel Public House

Lunch | $25 Dinner / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Oak Barrel Public House has a wide range of entrees for you. From burgers to tacos to pizza, your bubble can mix and match many options.


$25 Dinner / Carryout & Indoor Dining

Besides just tasting delicious, Oggie uses cage free Amish Chicken in their dishes. Interested? Give their dinner package featuring the Brick Pressed Half Chicken with braised greens, crispy potatoes and radishes a try. 


Lunch | $35 Dinner | Family Meal | Vegetarian Options | Gluten Free Options / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Onesto’s Family-Style Dinner Package is no joke - three types of pasta, a beet salad, bread, AND two desserts! It truly is a tour of their signature pasta dishes right in your own home. 

Proof Pizza

$25 Dinner | Vegetarian Options / Carryout & Indoor Dining

Did you know Proof Pizza had dessert? When you order one of their dinners, you get either a Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake or Caramel Ganache Brownie. 

Rodizio Grill

$25 Dinner / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

With ten protein options to choose from like lamb, garlic steak or sweet spicy chicken among others, Rodizio also serves up a personal fresh salad for you to enjoy before you dig in.

Smoke Shack

Lunch | $35 Dinner | Family Meal | Beverage Kit | Vegetarian Options | Gluten Free Options / Curbside, Carryout, Indoor Dining & Outdoor Dining

Smoke Shack offers many tasty meat sandwiches like brisket or pulled pork, but also has a LTA Sandwich (lettuce, tomato, avocado) if you’re in the mood for a veggie lunch.

The Social American Tavern

$35 Dinner / Carryout & Indoor Dining

Dig into dinner at The Social American Tavern. Their farm-inspired American entrees like the Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich, Roasted Turkey Sandwich, or Social Burger are delightful.

Third Coast Provisions

$35 Dinner | Family Meal | Beverage Kit / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Craving fresh seafood? Third Coast Provisions is serving up dinner with options like gulf shrimp risotto, blue crab mac n’ cheese and clam chowder. This eatery also offers not one, not two, not three, but FOUR delicious cocktail kits to choose from as well as wine to-go. 

Third Street Tavern

Lunch | $25 Dinner | Vegetarian Options / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

How can you choose between the 3rd Street Cheeseburger or Vegetarian Mac and Cheese? For me, it’s easy - cheeseburger always. Nonetheless, Third Street Tavern is cooking up a handful of great lunch options! 


$25 Dinner | Beverage Kit | Vegetarian Options / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Get your fix of unique tacos at Vagabond. Plus, Rudy's Classic Margarita kit (Rocks or Frozen) is a steal with a $10 savings. FYI, the beverage kit is only available for carryout and dine in with purchase of one of the dinner packages.

Ward's House of Prime

$35 Dinner | Family Meal | Beverage Kit / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Slice into a filet, prime rib, or sea bass when you order dinner from Ward’s House of Prime. Be extra and pair your meal with a bottle of exquisite wine. 

Who's on Third

Lunch | $25 Dinner / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

You can indulge in either Grandma’s Dip or Buffalo Dip as an appetizer for lunch or dinner at Who’s on Third. Order a Milwaukee Brat and you’re good to go.


$35 Dinner | Family Meal / Curbside, Carryout & Indoor Dining

Zarletti offers a Take & Make For A Family Of Four deal. Take a break from meal planning and enjoy a pasta dinner with the easy cooking instructions included. 

Plan your dining experience today! Browse all menus online here or visit for more information. 

Once you’ve dined in or ordered take out, make sure to share your feedback on your Downtown Dining Week experience by Monday, February 8 and you’ll be entered to win $250 in downtown dining gift cards. Four lucky diners will be randomly selected. 

Downtown Milwaukee restaurants are committed to Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely. Remember to mask up as you pick up your carry out from these great downtown businesses. Check out each restaurant's website or call for open hours, reservation policies and takeout, curbside or dine in options.

About the Author: Terese Radke is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Special Events & Marketing Intern with Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, advancing downtown's strategic priorities through marketing, events and social media.

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