Must-Try Dining In Wauwatosa

Just a short drive from downtown, Wauwatosa is filled with more to explore – especially if you’re looking for great dining! Enjoy sprawling patios, tasty takeout, and more in this thriving nearby community.

The Village

Wauwatosa’s charming European-style village center is filled with great eats. Start with a European-inspired brunch at Café Hollander, where a menu of liege waffles and Amsterdam-meets-American entrees will give you plenty of fuel for a day of exploring the boutique shops tucked inside historic buildings. The Village Cheese Shop is a great place to explore this local delicacy – do some shopping or stop in to enjoy a drink and cheeseboard in the store. French bistro Le Reve Patisserie & Café is a must-visit, either for a full meal or for a delightful pastry created by classically-trained French chefs.

Wile away a few hours in the Tosa Village Beer Garden enjoying brews on tap, bar snacks, and more. Grab burgers and pub food at Leff’s Lucky Town, a popular destination with a sprawling patio that overlooks Hart Park. If tableside guac is more your speed, check out Jose’s Blue Sombrero for Mexican and “Spanglish” favorites. For a classic Wisconsin experience, Buckatabon Tavern & Supper Club brings an updated take on a traditional north woods supper club to the Village.

East Tosa

A popular corridor in the East Tosa neighborhood was transformed in summer 2019 with a series of six juried murals along North Avenue. Whether you’re dining on tasty tacos and fresh salsas at BelAir Cantina or picking up a dozen hand-crafted doughnuts at Cranky Al’s, you can enjoy creative murals by international artists on the walls. Stop by Rocket Baby Bakery for artisan bread and baked goods, or try a plate at Ono Kine Grindz, Milwaukee’s only Hawaiian deli and grocery store. Get a feel for an “Up North” cabin complete with log furniture and taxidermy at Camp Bar or stop in at The Fermentorium’s tasting room to try one of 20 craft brews on tap.

Mayfair Road

Try Irish pub favorites at the Wauwatosa outpost of Mo's Irish Pub. Down the road at Mayfair Mall or the Mayfair Collection, you'll find a selection of popular chains like Maggiano's and The Corner Bakery. Looking for a relaxed, but refined dining experience? Look no further than Eldr+Rime on Mayfair Road. The restaurant draws inspiration from Scandinavian lifestyle while specializing in food familiar to the American palate. Loosely translating to Fire+Ice, this dining is true to its name, highlighted by grilled food over live fire and seafood prepared over ice.


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