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The dining scene is Wauwatosa has exploded over the past few years, creating a wide variety of new options for hungry Tosans. (PHOTO: Lori Fredrich)

Wauwatosa dining guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Oct. 12, 2019 at 9:02 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.

It's time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we'll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, who's winners we will dish out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee!

Wauwatosa's dining scene has evolved dramatically over the recent years, exploding with new options from the string of North Avenue eateries on the east to the options at the Mayfair Collection on the west and right down in the heart of the Village itself.

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

ABV Social
11200 W. Burleigh St., (414) 837-6290
ABV Social is an open, vibrant eatery focused on beer, bar food and sports. There's a game room and, in season, outdoor seating, too.

AJ Bombers
11340 W. Burleigh St., (414) 221-9999
Great burgers and frozen custard are on tap at this second location of a favorite Downtown eatery. And, go ahead, throw those peanut shells on the floor.

3041 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 476-6900

This family-owned American / Italian restaurant has been in its Wauwatosa location for more than 50 years. The Friday night fish fry is popular, but the entrée selections give it the feel of a chophouse.

Balistreri's Italian Restaurant
812 N. 68th St., (414) 475-1414
Balistreri's is a local legend and its 'Tosa location is family-friendly with great, thin-crust pizza, cheese bread or spaghetti and meatballs. The other, larger location is just around the corner on 65th Street and Bluemound Road.

BelAir Cantina
6817 W. North Ave., (414) 988-8533
With a large bar and a welcoming fountain patio – to say nothing of $2 tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays – this BelAir location proved popular from the day it opened. The vibe is great, but BelAir doesn't take reservations, so on $2 nights and weekends, you might plan to have a margarita at the bar while you wait for your table.

Blue's Egg
317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
Blue's Egg is one of the top brunch spots in Milwaukee. The menu features a blend of modern American items combined with old world ingredients. If you are headed to Blue's Egg try using the No Wait or Yelp App to check wait times and get put on the waiting list remotely.

Ca' Lucchenzo
6030 W North Ave., (414) 312-8968
Ca' Lucchenzo offers some of the best Italian pasta in Wisconsin. Food offerings are rooted in the Italian tradition of seasonality, which means an ever-changing selection of dishes, many of which will sport produce gleaned from Rare Earth Farm in Belgium, in Ozaukee County. If you can't make it in to eat, they also offer ready-to-cook housemade pastas and sauces for carry-out.

Cafe Bavaria
7700 Harwood Ave., (414) 271-7700
A sister restaurant to Cafe Hollander, with which is shares some of its riverside patio, Cafe Bavaria has a German theme, natch, including pretzels, schnitzel, spatzle, sausages and more, served alongside some top-notch German beer. Brunch is served on weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check this out while you can, because soon the cafe will be transformed into The Buckatabon.

Cafe Grace
11200 W. Burleigh St., (414) 837-6310
With a vibe straight outta Marais, and a menu to match, Cafe Grace is the perfect location for a special night out on Tosa's ouest side.

Cafe Hollander
7677 W. State St., (414) 475-6771
This Tosa outpost of the local Hollander chain opens early seven days a week for breakfast and Sunday brunch and is open late as a bar, too. Enjoy your meal in the dining room or outdoors (in season) along the river. Expect a wide selection of European beers. And kids will like watching the trains go by.

China East
6810 W. State St.,(414) 456-9988
Quick and easy Chinese food with the option for take out.

Chinese Pagoda
7200 W. North Ave., (414) 774-8400

The Chinese Pagoda and 'Tosa go way back. It's a small, quaint restaurant with reasonable prices and although some dishes cater to American tastes there is plenty for those who love Chinese and Chinese-American food.

City Market
8700 W. Watertown Plank Rd., (414) 479-0479
The café is attached to the Wisconsin Athletic Club and right on the County Grounds near Froedtert and Children's Hospitals and is a great place for breakfast or lunch, with a variety of coffee drinks to accompany bakery items, build-your-own sandwiches, soups and salads.

Colectivo Coffee
9125 W. North Ave., (414) 259-9383
6745 W. Wells St., (414) 453-4800
If you're an Alterra fan, the menu here is familiar, with the usual assortment of coffee, tea and juices, alongside bakery items, salads and sandwiches and wraps. The Wells Street location has a fire pit that's popular all year 'round.

Colonel Hart's
7342 W. State St., (414) 476-3070

Treat yourself to a wide selection bar food – appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and Friday fish fry – while catching the game on one of 10 plasma screen TVs. Wings are just 35 cents each on Thursdays.

Corner Bakery
11500 W. Burleigh St., (414) 476-2233
Corner bakery started as a neighborhood bakery in Chicago, but has since expanded. However, when you go into Corner bakery you are still able to get fresh artisan bread sandwiches topped with fresh ingredients.

Cosmos Cafe
7203 W. North Ave., (414) 257-2005
Located on the site of the former Barrie's Frozen Custard – a Tosa landmark for a couple generations – Cosmos offers great Greek food, fish fry, burgers and more – to enjoy in the small dining room or for carry-out.

Cranky Al's
6913 W. North Ave., (414) 258-5282
Cranky Al's is a West Side favorite for donuts and coffee in the morning and for pizza in the evenings. Rather than a traditional slice, pizza lovers can order the personal 10-in. pizza with any variety of toppings.

Eddie Martini's
8612 W. Watertown Plank Rd., (414) 771-6680
This is where fine dining meets old-school supper club. The breadth of experience and expertise at Eddie Martini's easily makes it perfect for everything from a business meeting to an intimate date night for two.

Firefly Urban Bar & Grill
7754 Harwood Ave., (414) 431-1444
Firefly's menu features appetizers, sandwiches and entrees from its wood-burning grill and smoker, as well as microburgers, fondue and crunch salad. Don't miss out on the s'mores for dessert, which you get to make at table with a cute little personal grill.

Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ
725 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 774-5540

Genghis Khan offers an elaborate buffet laden with various thinly sliced meats, freshly cut vegetables, more than 10 kinds of sauces and natural spices to create your own exotic meal.

George Webb
6108 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 453-2392
12201 W. North Ave., (414) 774-4377
George Webb, a Milwaukee-area institution, likely needs no explanation here. Open 24 hours a day, you can grab a booth or belly up to the counter and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner anytime of day.

Gilles Frozen Custard Drive In
7515 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 453-4875
Milwaukee's oldest custard stand offers hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, onion rings and, of course, some of the city's best frozen treats for dessert.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant
2727 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 771-3333
Don't let the strip mall location fool you, Ginza is a great place to grab sushi or other Japanese dishes, like teriyaki, tempura, miso soup and other specialties. Smart folks grab a soft shell crab appetizer and the delectable Wauwatosa roll (when in Rome!) and smile all the way home.

Habanero's Mexican Kitchen
869 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 607-9025
Featuring an impressive array of authentic dishes served in a lively, welcoming atmosphere, this locally-owned restaurant provides a strong alternative for foodies who don't want to head to the South Side for their Mexican food fix. Be sure to take advantage of the fresh table-side guac.

7118 W. State St., (414) 258-5600

This 'Tosa Village favorite is small and comfortable with an extensive menu that can please the meat eater and the vegetarian. Please don't forget to order a margarita.

6519 W. North Ave., (414) 585-0577
xduxwrxfsvfxcbbxczerduwaxywxzuvutzfzThis is the second location for Hue Vietnamese Restaurant, the first of which is located in Bay View. Delicious noodle dishes, pho and other Vietnamese specialties made from fresh ingredients are served in a simple, elegant – but casual – dining room. Warning, don't park in the lot to the west of you'll get ticketed. But don't worry, there's plenty of street parking out front.

Il Mito Enoteca
6913 W. North Ave., (414) 443-1414
Il Mito serves fabulous northern Italian dishes along with a mix of Mediterranean and South American-styled entrees. Adjacent to the restaurant is Chef Michael Feker's School of Culinary Magic.

10499 W. Innovation Dr., (414) 259-0793
Located in the Crowne Plaza West, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a nice dining room and on a patio with a fireplace. There's a fish fry on Fridays and brunch on Sundays, too.

Jimmy's Island Grill & Iguana Bar
2303 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 837-2121
Family friendly dining across from Mayfair Mall, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in an island-themed atmosphere. Seafood, salads and sandwiches rule the menu, which also includes a variety of steaks, ribs and chicken. Enjoy the Tiki-ish patio when the weather cooperates.

Jose's Blue Sombrero
7615 W. State St., (414) 453-2300
This multi-location Mexican eatery has replaced the long-lived Chancery location in the Village and has added some great outdoor seating. Don't miss the margaritas or the tableside guac service, both of which are Jose's highlights.

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