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The Waukesha restaurant guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 14, 2009 at 11:34 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, 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.

In recent years, the Waukesha dining scene seems to be exploding, offering a broader range of options for area diners.

Here is an updated account of what the city is bringing to the dining table. While this list doesn't cover every last eatery, it includes the newcomers as well as several perennial favorites.

Albanese's Roadhouse
2301 Bluemound Rd., (262) 785-1930
A family-run business since 1941, Albanese's has been a Waukesha favorite for decades. Similar to the Milwaukee location in Riverwest, you'll find a casual, Italian dining experience with homemade pastas, sauces and pizza.

Bobanna's Pizza
1403 Summit Ave., (262) 521-3300
This family-owned pizzeria serves homemade, thin crust pizza. In addition to its fresh pizza, it provides classic Italian sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs.

Brewers Two Café
821 Meadowbrook Rd., (262) 513-1883
This specialty coffee and sandwich shop prides itself on being heart healthy and offering many organic eating options. The menu features bakery, soups, sandwiches and desserts.

Cafe de Arts Roastery
136 E. St. Paul Ave., (262) 446-1856
This Turkish family-owned cafe provides hand-roasted, fair trade, organic coffee. It also serves European-inspired sandwiches and homemade bakery treats.

Ching Hwa
1947 E. Main St., (262) 544-1983

Serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Ching Hwa has been a downtown Asian staple for years. It's a good place to bring a group.

Christina's Family Restaurant
350 Delafield St., (262) 542-6739
This family favorite is a great place to start your day with a big breakfast or grab a burger at lunch.

Dady-Oh's Restaurant
250 W. Broadway, (262) 547-7011

Dady-Oh's is perhaps best known for its extensive Friday night fish fry selections, but the restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.

Divino Gelato Cafe
227 W. Main St., (262) 446-9490
While the focus here is obviously gelato (and how divine it is!), Divino delves into lunch and dinner menu items, such as soups, sandwiches and a variety of pizzas.

Eric's Porter Haus
229 Wisconsin Ave., (262) 542-1300

Eric's is known for its juicy steaks, but it also specializes in German foods, like sauerbraten and schnitzel. It's a comfortable place to enjoy a Friday night fish fry or have a few beers at the bar.

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
2137 E. Moreland Blvd., (262) 522-3210
If you want ribs out west, this is your spot. Famous Dave's has won awards for its classic BBQ fare, which includes, chicken, fish, burgers and sandwiches.

Fuzzy's on Main
627 E. Main St., (262) 524-8899
It's a sports bar, so expect a good selection of bar food: wings, tacos, ribs and a Friday night fish fry. It's also not a bad place to grab a breakfast Bloody Mary.

Generations at the Five Points
294 W. Main St., (262) 446-3300

This Waukesha newcomer brings small-plate dining to the area. Enjoy an eclectic menu of international tapas.

Golden Gate Restaurant
1427 E. Racine Ave., (262) 547-2171
Golden Gate is a Milwaukee and Waukesha area favorite. It features affordable Cantonese and Hunan / Szechwan cuisines, available as hot, medium or mild.

J Lotti's Pub & Grill House
225 South St., (262) 522-3009
This upscale burger joint is perfect for watching sports with friends and family. It features fine sandwiches, burgers and delicious side dishes.

Jack's Café
N4W22496 Bluemound Rd., (262) 521-2444
Jack's is where good taste and Wisconsin's charming history meet. You'll find classic Americana fare at this quaint restaurant with small store attached.

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bmysz | June 30, 2017 at 4:01 p.m. (report)

I know it's a little outside of Waukesha, but Johnny Manhattan's is a fantastic choice if you are going to be a little north of Waukesha! They are located in Richfield/hubertus area. It's a great place to show off to visitors - beautiful main dining room!

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tayler777 | Nov. 21, 2010 at 2:03 p.m. (report)

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Our waiter Brian was rude and disrespectful, clearly lead by example...owner was just as bad. Had to fight for them them to honor their own gift certificate that we had purchased from them, my wife had to speak with the owner at the bar instead of them coming to us. Owner embarrassed my wife in front of entire bar of customers. WORST restaurant experience ever. The waiter then decided it was smart to start smarting off to us with the owner. I have never been so disrespected in my life. We only decided to try this place because we bought the gift certificate that he would not honor. We went out to celebrate my birthday and the birth of our first child. The owner and waiter Brian not only harassed us at our special occasion but humiliated us during such a happy time in our lives. Food is also overpriced and average quality at best, go to Kurt's Steakhouse in Delafield, you will be much happier with their service and food. Im a discussed at the way we were treated and recommend that you don't go there so that you never have to experience what we did.

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scottfeldstein | April 21, 2009 at 3:44 p.m. (report)

I highly recommend Generations at 5 Points. The food is excellent and the staff are friendly.

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justapalooka | Feb. 14, 2009 at 11:09 a.m. (report)

Ching Hwa: WORST. MEAL. EVER. Standards for Chinese food in Waukesha must be pretty low. Wrong on so many levels. MSG laden yet still no flavor. Just the taste of sodium. AVOID. Don't let the nice decor fool you.

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sbukosky | Jan. 19, 2009 at 6:55 p.m. (report)

How could you miss Christina's on Delafield? The place is Waukesha's busiest breastfast spot for over 20 years besides a great lunch and dinner. Worth going just to pester Barb and Georgia. Mateo's on Sunset makes fantastic pizza and has a great soup called Italian Chili. You have to try it! Michael's further down Sunset has Pizza that reminds me of Ned's in Milwaukee, and I say that as a positive! Did you mention Murf's on Sunset also? Besides great custard they have a fantastic monster hamburger and killer onion rings. Don't forget Suburpia on Grandview.

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