Honest Question: What’s better than Sunday Brunch?
Answer: Sunday Brunch at one of these tried-and-true local favorites in the Milwaukee area.
We asked our readers what the best brunch spots are in the area, and they came through with their five-star recommendations (with and without kids). You’ll see their input throughout the article.
The Milwaukee area restaurants featured in this roundup rise above the rest for their spectacular brunches.
Note: Most of these restaurants are offering both in-person and take-out options. Check their website for their most updated COVID protocols.
Are they kid-friendly? Some more than others. In this article, we’ve focused on the best brunch places, period. We’ve tried to include details about the general environment of each restaurant, if they provide kids menus, and reader feedback. If you have anything to add about a restaurant, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blues Egg is hands down one of the best places for brunch in the area. Popular dishes that customers rave about include the pulled ham and the decadent monkey bread.
From the restaurant: “We look at Modern American Brunch through the eyes of Lady Liberty, blending Old World ingredients, the vision of American immigrant cooking and the creativity of fresh concepts. We source ingredients that are high quality, regionally supportive and locally sustainable.”
Kid-friendly? Yes. There isn’t a dedicated kids menu, but we’re guessing your child won’t hate the monkey bread.
The dining room is one of the standout features of this Milwaukee staple, located in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood.
And, of course, they have great food. A must-try is the tres leches french toast or amaretto fresh toast. The Quiche Loraine gets rave reviews, as well.
From the restaurant: “At Engine Company 3 we are committed to providing fresh, sustainable, locally-sourced food and drink at a great value. We are fully immersed in the Family Farm way of life and work in close cooperation with the most prolific taste-makers and food producers in Wisconsin and surrounding communities. Our renovated Cream City Brick firehouse offers a unique glimpse into the past of this historic neighborhood with an opportunity for both young and old to view a time long since passed.”
Kid-friendly? Maybe? The vibe is definitely more hip and urban, and there is not a dedicated kids menu.
Story Hill BKC opened in Story Hill in August 2014. Try the Crêpe Monsieur, with Hickory Smoked Ham, Saxony Alpine Cheese, House-Made Pickles, Dijonnaise, Poached Eggs, and Chives. The Shakshouka also gets great reviews.
From the restaurant: “We source for quality first, and we work with local suppliers for all things doable. We cook foods inspired by the Upper Midwest with global technique.”
Kid-friendly? Yep. There is a dedicated kids menu (with lots of healthy options), and your whole family will be welcome here.
If you don’t think about Mexican restaurants when you think about brunch restaurants, think again. One of your favorite places will be Sabrosa Cafe. After all, sabrosa means delicious in Spanish, and they live up to their name.
A must-try menu item is their avocado toast. It has smashed avocado on 8-grain toast layered with greens, poached hard eggs, goat cheese, roasted red pepper sauce, shaved carrots, and cracked pepper.
With four locations throughout the Milwaukee area, the euro-style Cafe Hollander is a go-to for weekend brunch in Milwaukee. Try their cinnamon streusel french toast, breakfast tacos, or house-made cheese curds.
Kid friendly? Yes. They offer dedicated Kids Menus, and all of the Lowland Group restaurants are a great option for the whole family.
The National cafe gets great reviews for their classic breakfast menu items like huevos rancheros, french toast, and delicious lattes. They have dairy-free and gluten-free options, as well. (It’s women owned and operated!)
From the restaurant: “We love Walker’s Point for its rich history, traditions, and unique flavor and are honored to be a part of this tapestry. Almost everything we offer is made from scratch, and we use the best of fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. From our olive tapenade to our ginger-infused yogurt, from house-made hummus to the basil pesto. Expect flavor, originality, and only the best ingredients.”
Kid-friendly? There is not a dedicated kids menu, but they sure seem like nice folks!
Mad Rooster Cafe is a great place for families to go for an amazing brunch where they won’t feel bad for having kids in tow.
From the restaurant: “From our homemade greek yogurt made with organic milk to the pancakes made from scratch, you’ll know you’ve found your neighborhood favorite. Whether it’s our own signature blend of fresh-brewed coffee or our fresh squeezed orange juice, the mad flavor will bring your senses to life! Smoothies made with all-natural fruit and vegetable puree and greek yogurt; baby red potatoes roasted with extra virgin Greek olive oil + seasoned to perfection.”
Kid friendly? Readers say: “Family friendly for sure!” @kellylee_mke
What better place to enjoy a Belgian waffle than at Milwaukee’s premier Belgian restaurant? Pass the maple syrup! It’s located in the Third Ward, across from the Milwaukee Public Market.
From the restaurant: Located in the heart of the vibrant Third Ward, Café Benelux celebrates the unique culture of Lowlands Europe with an award-winning Belgian bier selection, a full from-scratch menu, and one of Milwaukee’s most unique rooftop patios.
Kid-friendly? There is a special kids menu, and all of the Lowlands Restaurants are good spots for families.
If Nutella puffs sound like something you might be interested in, you’re going to want to check out Black Sheep MKE, a wine bar in Walker’s Point offering weekend brunch.
The vibe is modern, mixed with original exposed brick walls, wood floors and a soaring beadboard ceiling.
Kid friendly? Probably not.
10. Buckley’s Restaurant
801 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Buckley’s offers traditional brunch favorites on their menu, with an additional “Blunch” section including Pork Bolognese and Buckley’s Burger, and a Kid’s menu.
From the restaurant: A great dining experience starts with great food. Our menu is designed to be approachable, unique, and dynamic to fit the dining patterns of our guests. At Buckley’s, every customer is treated like an old friend, whether it’s their 1st or their 100th time in.
Kid-friendly? We think so. They have a Kids Menu with a cheeseburger, buttered noodles, and chicken tenders.
Milwaukee’s original 1950’s diner on the Marquette University campus has hosted Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Henry Winkler, and more.
From the restaurant: “We were visited by President Bill Clinton and then German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in May of 1996. They were here for an impromptu luncheon. This event exposed our diner to the world. We were featured by Rachel Ray of the Food Channel’s $40 Dollars a day for breakfast where she enjoyed a unique Wisconsin omelet a three-cheese omelet. On Sunday, February 17, 2008, Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped for breakfast during her presidential campaign. On October 13, 2010, we had the pleasure to serve First Lady Michelle Obama where she had a private lunch with her cousin and his daughter. On April 3, 2016, we were visited by Candidate Donald Trump for breakfast as he did a CNN interview.”
Kid-friendly? Definitely. Get them an old-fashioned milkshake!
Come for the Instagramable sign inside the main entrance, and stay for the delicious food. There are definitely sweet options on the menu, like their cinnamon roll french toast and Belgian waffle, but they also have savory options like eggs benedict and skillet bowls.
From the restaurant: Nestled in the heart of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, Sweetdiner serves up American brunch and lunch classics in a vibrant and cozy setting.
Kid-friendly? There isn’t a dedicated Kids Menu, but they love their small visitors. (See picture above.)
Always a bustling spot in the Historic Third Ward, the Wicked Hop boasts “Milwaukee’s Best Bloody Mary.” (It’s their house recipe served with peeled cold-water shrimp, Old Wisconsin beef stick, Milwaukee kosher dill pickle, mozzarella whips, Walnut Street portabella mushroom and a Spanish green olive, paired with a City Lights Mexican Lager beer chaser.) It’s a great place for people watching!
Kid-friendly? Probably not. This is more of a fun adult place.
14. First Watch
120 W Town Sq Way, Suite 200, Oak Creek, WI 53154
17550 West Bluemound Rd Unit A, Brookfield, WI53045
11032 North Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092
A blueberry omelette? Mimosa makes it look good. Photo: Instagram, @mimosabreakfast
Mimosa makes some serious promises on their menu: All eggs are cage-free, brown, and delivered straight from the farm, Orange juice is fresh squeezed in-house with no sugar added, pancakes are always made from scratch, coffee is a fair-trade, organic, custom blend, locally roasted jam is housemade, all food prepared is with sea salt and free of MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, and food colorings, they only use local, raw honey and the maple syrup is from WI, they’re 100% plastic-free on all customer disposables, 10% of every bill paid after 12 PM on Wednesdays goes to a local charity, and they only serve beers brewed in Wisconsin.
Kid-friendly? Readers say: “I recommend Mimosas for their amazing GF menu! Kid friendly, too!” @evonnemarie
You will not regret your visit to Uncle Wolfie’s. (It’s currently open for take-out brunch.) The space is charming, the dishes are delicious with generous portions, the staff is friendly, and it’s attached to a gorgeous home decor shop. Expect a wait.
Kid-friendly? Readers say: “Fine for kids but not geared towards kid” @_irinam_
This trendy brunch spot in Elm Grove is part of Zierath Restaurant Group. Readers love the bottomless mimosas and live music on Sunday mornings. Try the eggs benedicts flight that gets great reviews. The menu is huge! They have patio and igloo experiences available.
Kid-friendly? Readers say: “Great for kids especially when warm enough for their patio” @rhimariec
The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee is a true landmark with a rich history. (Some even say it’s haunted!) Their fancy brunch is perfect for special occasions. Head up to Blu for spectacular views of the city.
From The Pfister: “The Rouge is a Milwaukee classic, a historic dining room serving the finest Sunday Brunch. The brunch menu features over 40 unforgettable items including carving stations, made to order pasta and omelet stations, fresh fruits and cheeses, and a decadent dessert display. Mimosas and signature Bloody Mary bar also included.”
Kid-friendly? Yes, but put on your fancy shoes and nicest manners.
Simple Cafe walks the walk when it comes to sourcing their food from local farmers. You can read about the farmers the partner with on their website, including Hometown Sausage Kitchen in East Troy and Sassy Cow Creamery in Columbus. They are now open for full service on their brand new patio.
This light, bright cafe delivers on a seamless family brunch. It has a cheery vibe, classic brunch options, and good coffee drinks. Plus, it’s located near the Mayfair Collection so you can pick up some things you need for the week after your brunch.
From the restaurant: “We are a new, classic-style cafe located at the beautiful Mayfair Collection. Serving breakfast and lunch, we feature an assortment of favorites from the savory to the sweet. We’ve also got a full drink and espresso bar to keep you fueled for the day.”
Kid-friendly? Readers say: “It’s kid-friendly and offers fresh food and juices. Delicious!” @milwaukeemomof3
If you’re passing through the north shore area, Cafe 1505 is an excellent spot for brunch. It’s a cozy American bistro located in a charming village shopping center in Mequon. The menu is vast, with local egg options, specialty pancakes and french toast, soups and salads, and much more.
Kid-friendly? Yes, though there is not a special kids menu. If your kids get antsy, there’s plenty of room to walk around the shopping center.
This sunny patio looks just about right. Photo: Instagram, @toastrestaurant
Toast is an eclectic breakfast spot that gets consistently great reviews and has a huge menu to choose from. There is indoor and outdoor seating when the weather allows, and they are currently offering curbside seating.
Kid-friendly? Yes. There isn’t a kids menu, but this is a fun place where everyone will find someone they like on the menu.
Olliebollen are fluffy Dutch donuts served with warm berry jam. (Photo: Instagram, @7even_mc)
Located right in the heart of Milwaukee Bay View neighborhood on bustling Kinnickinnic, Centraal Grand Cafe is spacious, family-friendly, and delicious. You’ll definitely want an order of Olliebollen to start. They are fluffy Dutch donuts served with warm berry jam.
Kid-friendly? Yes. There is a designated kids menu, and all of the Lowlands Group restaurants are fine for the whole family.
Located in picturesque Hubbard Park on the Milwaukee River, their Sunday Lumberjack Brunch includes warm, fried donuts, family-style plates of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, breakfast sausage and bacon, an omelette bar, and a selection of fresh fruits, cereals and juices. The log cabin feel is cozy and inviting for your whole family.
There are currently open for limited n-person dining. You can make your reservation online.
You can bike there via the Oak Leaf Trail, or park in the lot at the intersection of North Morris Blvd. and E. Menlo Blvd. Access the park and lodge through a pedestrian tunnel running under the Oak Leaf Trail. Your kids will love this short nature walk, and you’ll get to burn off some extra calories on the way home.