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The colorful dining scene of Walker's Point awaits you. (PHOTO: Carolynn Buser)

Walker's Point dining guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Oct. 17, 2018 at 2:01 p.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.

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Walker's Point is a highly diverse neighborhood, offering equally as diverse cuisine. It may take some time to get through all of these options.

Black Sheep MKE
216 S. 2nd St., (414) 223-0903
blacksheepmke.com
Black Sheep MKE is an upscale wine tap bar in the Walker's Point neighborhood. The wine taps feature a rotating selection of 16 bottles of red, white and rose. Chef Adam Pawlak brings flavors across the world alongside Wisconsin favorites for a one of a kind dining experience.

Botana's Restaurant
816 S. 5th St., (414) 672-3755
Seafood – particularly shrimp and fish – is the specialty at this Mexican restaurant. The addition of the open-air patio contributes to the fun and relaxing atmosphere, especially on a warm evening.

Braise Restaurant
1101 S. 2nd St., (414) 212-8843
braiselocalfood.com
Braise is a restaurant and culinary school that specializes in locally-sourced New American fare, regionally crafted beers and wines from all over the world. The staff at Braise has made it their mission to reconnect people with their food through teaching and advancing community-based food issues. With that being said, you can try the leek and potato soup, warm farro salad or steamed pork buns, and know exactly where those ingredients came from.

Bowls
207 W Freshwater Way, (414) 800-5667
bowls.com
A new vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly restaurant addition to Walker's Point. From salads, to grain-based bowls to acai bowls, Bowls has all the bowls you could dream of. For example, their menu includes their North African bowl with quinoa, golden raisins, tomatoes, pickled peppers, pistachios and feta.

Cafe India
605 S 1st St., (414) 224-5444
cafeindiamke.com
With a Bayview location as well as their Walker's Point location, Cafe India serves traditional Indian classics like Chana Masala and Chicken Curry.

Casa de Alberto
624 W. National Ave., (414) 643-5715
Family-owned Mexican restaurant with affordable prices and a full bar. Specializes in classic Tex-Mex favorites along with a few unique seafood dishes.

Cielito Lindo LLC
739 S. 2nd St., (414) 649-0401
cielitolindomilwaukee.com
Cielito Lindo is a Mexican restaurant that offers classic, authentic dishes in a pleasant and colorful setting. The menu includes things like huevos rancheros, camaron al diabla, and flautas. With low prices, satisfying portion sizes and late-night hours, Cielito Lindo is most definitely a must.

Cocina 1022
1022 S 1st St., (414) 810-1022
cocina1022.com
The former Chez Jacques is now the new, Mexican inspired, Cocina 1022. Menu items include a variety of classic Mexican favorites like housemade guacamole and tacos, char-grilled entrees and street food-inspired specialties like pambazo.

Conejito's Place
539 W. Virginia St., (414) 278-9106
Very casual, very affordable "Mexican comfort food" including tacos, enchiladas and mole – most of which are served on paper plates.

Crazy Water
839 S. 2nd St., (414) 645-2606
crazywaterrestaurant.com
Crazy Water is a cozy, bustling bistro that serves upscale American fusion cuisine and wine in a charming vintage tavern. Try the baked seasonal oysters, five spice Hudson Valley duck breast or the warm apple tart. Whatever you choose, the staff at Crazy Water guarantee a dining experience that you won't forget.

Drink Wisconsibly Pub & Grub
135 E National Ave, (414) 930-0929
drinkwi.pub
Representing all true and fun things Wisconsin, the Drink Wisconsibly Pub & Grub has an array of local Wisconsin beers as well as plates like a butter burger, Wisconsin wurst, daily fish fry and more. They even have "Wiscanchos" which are house chips topped with brat, belly & bacon, beer cheese sauce and jalepenos. Does it get more Wisconsin than that?

El Comedor
1039 W National Ave, (414) 534-0651
elcomedormke.net
An authentic Mexican restaurant with menu items such as chicken enchiladas, chiles rellenos and stuffed peppers.

Engine Company No. 3
217 W. National Ave., (414) 226-5695
enginecompany3.com
Engine Company No.3 offers a unique breakfast and lunch experience in the Walker's Point neighborhood. This sister restaurant of La Merenda not only offers, breakfast, lunch and brunch, but offers cooking classes, to. Try the maple honey french toast, quiche Lorraine or chorizo mac & cheese. The menu also features sides like Troubador Bakery toast and house made chicken breakfast sausage.

Fiesta Cafe
1407 S 1st St., (414) 914-9569
fiestacafe.net
Fiesta Cafe is a family-friendly restaurant with American and Mexican inspired cuisine. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, menu items feature dishes like huevos rancheros, housemade sweet Mexican breads and more.

Guadalajara Restaurant
901 S 10th St., (414) 647-2266
House made Mexican soups, entrees and drinks are served all day in this quaint, authentic residential restaurant.

Hamburger Mary's Milwaukee
730-734 S 5th St., (414) 488-2555
hamburgermarys.com
An America bar and grill chain serving up cocktails and quirky entertainment. They have everything from Spotted-Cow beer battered chicken tenders to their "Proud Mary" burger which has two big patties layered with onions, bacon, mushroom medley, cheddar and jack cheese, lettuce and their famous Mary's sauce.

Hotel Madrid
600 S. 6th St., (414) 488-9146
hotelmadridmke.com
If you're looking for something special, head over to Bodegon, the rustic-yet-refined restaurant at Hotel Madrid to feast on a wide variety of Spanish-inspired plates including braised Spanish Octopus, dry aged steak and Iberian pork. Feeling more casual? Grab a drink and dinner at Vermuturia 600, Hotel Madrid's well appointed bar. They offer a full menu of starters, snacks and entrees (from burgers to bolognese).

La Fuente
625 S. 5th St., (414) 271-8595
lovelafuente.com
La Fuente serves a menu of traditional Mexican dishes and margaritas in a relaxed setting. Indulge in choriquezo, mushroom morelos and the special Debra's fajitas tacos. La Fuente has very large, and very satisfying, margaritas that pair nicely with authentic fare.

La Merenda
125 E. National Ave., (414) 389-0125
lamerenda125.com
La Merenda is a colorful spot with a menu of globally inspired small plates, local beers and wine. You'll surely enjoy anything from the Wisconsinite truffled potato skins, to the Mexican Fundido de Hongos, which is made with a Mexican cheese from Clock Shadow Creamery. With so many dishes from various cuisines of the world, you may have to make multiple visits.

Laughing Taco
1033 S. 1st St., (414) 210-3086
laughingtaco.com
A new taqueria in the neighborhood featuring 7 traditional, simple tacos. Their menu includes a "bistec" which is steak in a corn tortilla topped with cilantro and onion. There's also the "campechano" which includes marinated pork, seasoned steak, cheese, cilantro, onion and avocado in a flour tortilla. Taco prices range from $2.50-$5.

Meraki
939 S. 2nd St., (414) 897-7230
restaurantmeraki.com
The chefs at Meraki are offering classic cuisine, with a modern technique. The ever-changing menu draws inspiration from all over the world, bringing diversity to the Walker's Point neighborhood. To give an idea of what the food is like, their current menu features things like pickled beet salad, house made cheesecake and a smoked heritage pork chop. Meraki also offers special dining events, which usually include a four- or five-course dinner, in addition to the daily menu.

Merriment Social
240 E Pittsburgh Ave, (414) 645-0240
merrimentsocial.com
The Merriment Social takes on classic American comfort food dishes with a global twist. Their menu features fried brussel sprouts, "Chinese takeout" chicken wings, their famous Merriment burger, spaetzle mac n' cheese and more. The ambience is a rustic, modern feel with a lot of natural light pouring in from their front floor-to-ceiling windows.

Morel
430 S. 2nd St., (414) 897-0747
morelmke.com
Morel Restaurant offers a menu inspired by local ingredients, made with natural flavors, colors and textures. Try the well-known charcuterie board, lamb carpaccio and smoked lamb ragout. Morel also serves distinctive cocktails, draft beers and offers a full wine list.

MOVIDA
524 S. 2nd St., (414) 224-5300
movidamke.com
Movida is an upscale restaurant that serves tapas, classic Spanish dishes and cocktails in an open, low-lit space. The menu features grilled shrimp tosta, pan con tomate and a special Movida paella. The drink menu is complete with a full wine list, classic and seasonal cocktails and house-made sangria.

O'Lydia's Bar & Grill
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
olydias.com
O'Lydia's is an Irish bar with a spacious patio and a broad American menu. Dive into Irish potato skins, mile-high pastrami sandwich or shepherd's pie. O'Lydia's offers a full list of craft beers and cocktails to pair with the hearty list of food. Also, don't miss out on free parking and shuttles to Brewers games.

Screaming Tuna
106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 763-1637
screamingtuna.com
Screaming Tuna is a sushi and Asian bistro specializing in traditional dishes with a twist. From the signature roll to sushi pizza, you'll find classic flavors and one-of-a-kind inspired fusions. With additional tables outside in the warmer seasons and boat parking, Screaming Tuna also makes for a great warm-weather destination.

Smyth (located in the Iron Horse Hotel)
500 W Florida St #102, (414) 831-4615
smythrestaurant.com
Smyth is a rustic-chic eatery in The Iron Horse Hotel offering new American fare, along with an extensive wine list. The current menu includes maple leaf duck breast, diver scallops and branzino. Some of their shared plates feature pumpkin blossoms, baked curds, fried oyster mushrooms and more. With locally-sourced produce and seasonal menus, you'll find a wide array of fresh dishes that will satisfy your cravings.

Snack Boys
814 S 2nd St., (414) 509-5975
snackboys.com
A new bar and restaurant in Walker's Point that features playful cocktails alongside creative, snack-sized dishes. Menu items feature "Chips Toodaloo" which are potato chips with onion dip, "What's up Turkey Butt" dish with confited turkey tail, crisp potato, cheddar cheese and barbeque vinaigrette atop a bed of greens and more.

Stack'd
170 S. 1st St., (414) 273-7800
stackedbar.com
This bar features "large format sharing beers" and a restaurant specializing in upscale burgers stacked high with Wisconsin grass-fed Fountain Prairie Farms beef and artisan Wisconsin cheeses.

Steny's Tavern & Grill
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
Steny's is a large sports bar and grill specializing in American bar eats including burgers, wings and Bloody Marys.

Taqueria el Cabrito
1100 S 11th St., (414) 385-9000
Walker's Point does not disappoint when it comes to Mexican options. El Cabrito has pork tostadas, chicken burritos, quesadillas, guacamole (yum) and more.

The National Cafe
839 W. National Ave., (414) 431-6551
nationaleats.com
The National Cafe is a hip daytime cafe that offers breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads. Try the Croque Madame, a hot ham and Swiss sandwich, prosciutto baguette or the lemon caper tuna steak salad. National Cafe also serves a long list of coffees and various non-alcoholic drinks.

The Noble
704 S. 2nd St., (414) 243-4997
nobleprovisions.com
The Noble serves cocktails, brunch and a daily New American menu in a quirky, homey space with a seasonal patio. When it comes to the menu, as soon as they know, they'll tell you. The Noble likes to change things up every day, so you should like the Facebook page in order to see the day's menu. There are from three to six specials each day and those may or may not carry over to the next day. Gotta love the mystery.

Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438
transfermke.com
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe is relaxed cafe featuring 40-plus types of creative pizzas, wine and beer, complete with local art and live music. Make an attempt to try the bruschetta salmone, prosciutto fungi pizza or the classic carbonara pasta. The drink also menu features cocktails, spirits and digestivi.

Triskele's
1801 S. 3rd St., (414) 837-5950
Located just south of Walker's Point, Triskele's is a cozy, friendly bar and restaurant with a seasonal, rotating menu. Head there Tuesday night to get 2 pounds of mussels for only $10.

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