The Ultimate Guide to Brunch in Milwaukee

As a mom, I can say that brunch is one of my favorite meals to enjoy when dining out. Is there anything better than a meal that we don’t have to plan, shop, cook or clean for? I think not. After asking around to other local moms, we’ve got a great list of some of the best brunch fare in Milwaukee. 

Looking for Mother’s Day Brunch Specials? Be sure to contact any of the amazing brunch restaurants you see below to see if they are running any fun promotions! Keep in mind that Mother’s Day is the biggest day of the year for brunch and you will likely need to make reservations early! 

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Mother’s Day Brunch Specials

Mother’s Day Special at all Lowlands Cafe Restaurants: On May 13th, moms get a free Momosa with brunch at any Lowlands Grand Café! So enjoy a great meal together, give her a big hug, and give a toast to the first lady in your life! Cafés are also still taking reservations for parties of 6 or more for Mothers Day Brunch, so round up the fam and join us without the holiday wait!

Mother’s Day at Marcus Restaurants

Mason Street Grill – Enjoy an intimate dinner celebrating mothers at Mason Street Grill. Open from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., May 13, Mason Street Grill will offer all mothers a complimentary glass of champagne and a rose along with dinner. To make a reservation, call (414) 298-3131. More information about Mason Street Grill and it’s a la carte dinner menu can be found at http://www.masonstreetgrill.com/.

[email protected] – Families can enjoy [email protected]’s a la carte buffet for Mother’s Day starting at 7:00 a.m. [email protected]’s Sunday Brunch goes until 2:00 p.m. every week. Reservations, while not needed, are recommended. For more information about [email protected], including the brunch menu, visit http://www.kilawatcuisine.com.

Mother/Daughter Tea – An Elegant Afternoon Tea at Blu at The Pfister – Blu hosts an elegant Afternoon Tea for mothers and daughters Mother’s Day weekend with multiple seatings available Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13. Located on the 23rd floor of The Pfister, Blu offers an enchanting location for moms and daughters to celebrate the holiday while taking in one of the best views in the city. Reservations can be made for the Mother/Daughter Tea Experience at Blu for 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, May 11 – May 13.

Reservations for tea can be made by calling (414) 935-5950 or by visiting http://www.blumilwaukee.com/specials-events/afternoon-tea

Hilton Milwaukee City Center – Celebrate mom this Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch at downtown Milwaukee’s Hilton Milwaukee City Center. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (please note: last seating is at 1:45 p.m.) Kids can enjoy a specialty buffet, including French toast, crispy chicken tenderloin, mac and cheese, fresh fruit salad, and vegetable bites with hummus

Price: $39 for adults, $17 for kids 6- to 12-years-old. Children 5 and under are free. To make a reservation, please call (414) 935-5940. More information about the Hilton’s Mother’s Day brunch festivities is available here.

The Pfister Hotel – Make Mother’s Day in Milwaukee a grand event with an unforgettable brunch at The Pfister Hotel. Savor traditional chef-prepared favorites with stations including The Carvery, The Griddle, a seafood display, gourmet dessert table, and more. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, The Pfister Hotel will serve an exceptional Mother’s Day buffet featuring several amazing specialty dishes. There will also be five action stations, including The Eggery (omelets made to order), a meat carving station, pasta made to order, The Griddle and a dessert action station. 

Price: $65 for adults, $24.95 for children 5 – 12 years old. Children aged 4 and under are free. Tax and gratuity are not included. To make a reservation, call (414) 935-5950. More information about The Pfister Hotel’s Mother’s Day Brunch is available herePlease note that cancelations within 24 hours of reservation, and no-shows, will be charged 50 percent of the estimated charge.

InterContinental Milwaukee – Give your mom a day to remember, while enjoying a beautiful, chef-prepared buffet in her honor. In addition to the brunch, all mothers will receive a rose and a glass of champagne to mark the special occasion. Mother’s Day brunch at the InterContinental Milwaukee goes from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and features

  • Grand Entrance Station with
    • Wisconsin cheese and charcuterie display
    • Peel and eat shrimp with Rehorst Vodka cocktail sauce
    • Salmon lox display
  • Farmer’s Market Station, which includes a variety of green, grilled vegetable and macaroni salads
  • Classic Breakfast Buffet with
    • Cinnamon brioche bread pudding
    • Butter drop biscuits with sawmill sausage gravy
    • Yukon potato breakfast hash with Poblano peppers and Maui onions
  • Chef’s Carvery Station, featuring
    • Sea salted crusted prime rib of beef with horseradish cream, oyster mushroom demi-glaze and cherry shallot jam
    • IPA brined turkey breast, onion gravy, cranberry jam and Hawaiian rolls
    • Blue Crab pot pies with rock shrimp, sherry and crisp puff pastry
  • Made-to-Order Omelet Station
  • Water Street Bakeshop with the Chef’s selection of petit fours, macarons, dessert miniatures, custards, brulées, fruit tartlets, and various cakes and pies

Price: $42 for adults, $17 for children 6- to 12-years-old. Children 5 and under are free. Tax and gratuity are not included. To make a reservation, call (414) 935-5943. More information about Mother’s Day brunch at the InterContinental Milwaukee can be found here.

Kid Friendly Milwaukee Brunch Spots

cafe centraal

Biermosa at Cafe Centraal

There’s something on the menu for everyone at each of these restaurants! If you’re looking to hit up some place a little more casual and very kid friendly, our favorites are:

Cafe Hollander – With four locations in Tosa, Downer Ave, The Corners at Brookfield, and even one in Madison, Hollander is a can’t miss brunch stop. Because beignets

Cafe Benelux – Milwaukee Third Ward. It’s hard to choose between the cinnamon streusel french toast and the liege waffles! And of course, for the grown-ups, a Bloody with Milwaukee’s own Rehorst garlic-infused vodka.

Cafe Centraal – This is well above your classic brunch spot, located in Bay View. The Biermosa is killer and there is a menu item called “Cheesy Gooey Spicy Mess.” What’s not to love about that?! BONUS :: An entirely Gluten Free Brunch menu!

Cafe Bavaria – Located across the pedestrian bridge from Cafe Hollander in Tosa. The kids will love the pretzel french toast!

Mad Rooster Cafe – Right down the street from Miller Park, Mad Rooster is wonderful and very kid friendly. Love the Breakfast Burger and the kid’s menu is awesome. And be sure to check out “The Hangover,” a plate designed specifically for those mornings. 

Blue’s Egg – N 76th St, Milwaukee. This place is an institution. Dubliner Eggs Benedict with corned beef, Creamy Polenta with poached eggs and kale, their signature stuffed hashbrowns, and so much more. Blue’s Egg is famous for taking brunch to a whole new level. 

Hubbard Park Lodge – Shorewood.  Very kid-friendly and served family style! 

Hungry for delicious BBQ (yes, even at brunch) check out one of the two Smoke Shack locations.

Milwaukee Brunch Gems

GingerbreadHouse

Gingerbread House

For more amazing food, and great atmosphere hit up any of the following places and you won’t be disappointed: 

Engine Company #3

Cafe Corazon

Goodkind

Gingerbread House – Muskego. Has that kind of kitschy vibe backed up with yummy food. 

Beans and Barley

Honeypie Cafe – KK. A huge favorite among MkeMB readers! It’s the little gem you don’t want to share. Whatever the special is, try it! It’s so good and the menu is so varied you could do brunch and then be back for dinner in 5 hours. It’s just THAT good. The atmosphere is very eclectic Milwaukee.

The Comet Cafe – Bacon. Period.

Cafe at the Plaza

The National

Story Hill BKC – Owned by the same folks as Blue’s Egg and Maxies. The menu here changes seasonally and it is always acceptable to drink wine at 10 am here. 

Cafe Lulu / Juniper 61 – You can’t go wrong with either of these sister restaurants. Juniper has a peaceful hidden patio that can be enjoyed when the weather is nice.

The Knick – A Milwaukee staple.

Simple Cafe

Mimosa – Franklin’s newest breakfast and brunch spot featuring locally-sourced, organic ingredients. 

Brunch –  You can’t go wrong with a flight of bacon! Plus, they just launched a second location in Brookfield so you can get your pancake fix even easier. 

Le Reve – Leave room for dessert. Trust us. 

Palomino – They make a darn good chicken and waffle

Company Brewing – The Pork Belly Hashbrowns are divine!

Il Mito Enoteca – They have a build your own Bloody Mary bar. Yum!

Buckley’s – In the warmer month, enjoy brunch outside in the sunshine

Movida – Sundays only. Enjoy the food and drinks of Spain.

McBob’s – May I suggest the Corned Beef Hash? Corned beef is what McBob’s is famous for, afterall.

Black Sheep – This place is definitely more than a wine bar!

Brass Alley – Craving low-country food? This place has you covered.

Red Dot – Breakfast Poutine – need I say more?

Wauwatiki – Its a hard choice between the Nanner Cakes and the Biscuits and Gravy. Their whole menu is gluten free!

MJ Stevens – Great stop for the “North of the City” folk in Hartford. They have a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 to 2 and reservations are highly recommended.

Are you headed to brunch with your own mom and without the kids? We like both Smyth (at the Iron Horse Hotel) & Bacchus, for a brunch that’s more on the adult side. At Smyth, you’ll find impeccable service, an unlimited mimosa bar, an omelet bar, the seafood bar, the dessert table that’s unmatchable. With the white table cloths and red padded chairs, The Iron Horse Hotel puts on a true Milwaukee brunch. Oh, and crepes with lemon ganache! 

New on the Scene to Brunch in Milwaukee

Sweet Diner – May I suggest the Chilaquiles? It’s delicious. All their pancakes and waffles have a gluten free option, as well.

Stella Van Buren – Located on the 3rd floor of the new downtown Westin. The food looks almost too good to eat! 

Birch + Butcher – They have DIY mimosas, y’all.

Toast – They have a kids menu!

Parkside 23 – No, PS23 is not new. But brunch is a new offering for them. And rest assured, they offer their famous, delectable creamed corn on the brunch menu. Try the mimosa flight!

Milwaukee Brunch

Sabrosa Cafe + Gallery– Aside from good food, there is often live classical music

Hotel Madrid – Bottomless mimosas

Belfre Kitchen – Located in one of the oldest existing buildings (a former church) in Delafield, it’s certainly worth the drive if you don’t live out West.

OPENING LATE SPRING 2018Zisters is coming to Elm Grove! (13425 W Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove) Replacing Penelope’s Diner, Zisters will be open daily 7a-3p and offer a juice bar as well. 


You just can’t go wrong with brunch in Milwaukee. Be sure the check the links and make your weekend plans complete with hollandaise sauce, mimosas and thick-cut bacon! 

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