9 Best Rooftop Restaurants In Milwaukee, Wisconsin

rooftop restaurants in milwaukee
Natália Cagnani
Natália Cagnani 

Either at the end of the day or during the weekend, eating out or simply enjoying the view of the city from an upper floor or the roof is a good way to spend time. It seems that even the food tastes better when you are in an open-air space, isn’t it? All the conversation flows in a more relaxed manner. Well, it could be just an impression, or maybe not. Nevertheless, rooftop restaurants offer you the quality ambience, fresh breeze, and the feeling of open space. Why not have a good time with your friends or loved ones at one of the best rooftop restaurants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

1. Café Benelux

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In the heart of the vibrant and energetic Third Ward, Café Benelux is known for its impressive beer selection, a delectable lay for brunch and amazing rooftop view. Not counting the inspiration taken from the grand cafes of the European Lowlands (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). It’s one of the hot spots in Milwaukee to hang out with friends for a meal or drinks any time of the day. Maybe even a romantic date in the evening. From the famous bloody marys to hundreds of rare beers, this is a place to keep busy in a very good way.

Café Benelux

Address: 346 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Website: Café Benelux

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 11pm

2. Good City Brewing

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Posted by Good City Brewing on Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Can you imagine a hot day and a cold craft beer? Now add a great place with a rooftop space to feel some fresh air, appreciate the view and have a good time with your friends. Good City Brewing is one of those spots with an open-air space on the second floor that accommodates up to 450 people, special focus is on the fascinating view of the Entertainment Plaza. The restaurant’s motto is “Seek the Good” which they do through fresh and limited releases of beer (a small batch is produced right there with a pilot brewing system) and local food. Also indulge in the famous curry fries and downtown pizzas.

Good City Brewing

Address: 2108 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Website: Good City Brewing

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 12am; Sun: 11am - 10pm

3. Glass + Griddle

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Posted by Glass + Griddle on Tuesday, 21 January 2020

This restaurant is on the first floor of the building at Milwaukee Brewing Co., with glass around just like part of the name suggests. It’s not a coincidence! There is also a glass skylight that covers 85 percent of the establishment. The space fills about 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) with a room for private events and ground-level beer garden. In this area, there is even a wall of live hops that offer freshness to the décor.

Glass + Griddle

Address: 1130 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Website: Glass + Griddle

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 4pm - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 10pm (closed on Mon)

4. Braise Restaurant and Culinary School

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As a restaurant and also a culinary school, Braise embraces natural food (vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free inclusive) made with the freshest ingredients from Wisconsin. That’s why the menu and all the creative cocktails are seasonally inspired. Besides the support to the city’s farmers and artisan producers, which helps to foment the local economy and the principles of sustainability. The lights, fabrics that imitate tents and backs that resemble cushions make the rooftop a cosy place to spend some time with friends and family. It also offers a romantic ambience for couples.

Braise Restaurant and Culinary School

Address: 101 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Website: Braise Restaurant and Culinary School

Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 11:30am - 1:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Tue & Sat: 5pm - 10pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

5. Pizza Man Milwaukee

Has anybody asked for pizza? It’s always a good idea, no matter the time, right? There is a rooftop restaurant in Milwaukee, where you can eat one of the best fine Italian food and enjoy some fresh air in a comfortable and relaxed ambience. Pizza Man was voted one of the best pizzas, handmade pasta and wine collection in the city. The restaurant also offers delivery service till 4 am, in case you feel hungry or wish for a slice of melting cheese and your favourite filling in the wee hours.

Pizza Man Milwaukee

Address: 2597 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Website: Pizza Man Milwaukee

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm

6. The Outsider

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Posted by The Outsider on Thursday, 21 November 2019

An elegant destination for everybody that likes spending time in restaurants with a rooftop is called The Outsider. Above Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, this is a one-of-a-kind venue, especially inviting in the winter months because of its warm and sophisticated atmosphere. When you get there, you will find soft daybeds, fire pits and blankets, turning the outdoor space as cosy and comfortable as being indoors. If you go during the evening, sunset views will soothe your nerves while you savour delicious cocktails.

The Outsider

Address: 310 E Chicago St f9, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Website: The Outsider

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 4pm - 12am; Thu: 4pm - 1am; Fri: 3pm - 1am; Sat: 2pm - 2am; Sun: 2pm - 11pm

7. Red Lion Pub

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Posted by Red Lion Pub on Friday, 13 September 2019

What about the taste of Britain’s food in Milwaukee? That’s exactly what Red Lion Pub offers. As soon as you reach the front door, you get the feel of approaching a British pub. From the front to the hardwood floors, onyx tables and stools and all the decor inside. Modern music and some electronic amenities turn this pub into a cosy venue to hang out in the indoor dining room or at the outdoor rooftop patio. Meanwhile, try the fish n’ chips, shepherd’s pie and the half-pound burgers, followed by imported brews and spirits. Hooligans and occasional karaoke hosts are welcome.

Red Lion Pub

Address: 1850 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Website: Red Lion Pub

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 2am; Sat: 6pm - 2:30am; Sun: 6pm - 2am

8. The Rooftop

If you are looking for the best view of Milwaukee’s downtown skyline, you should go to The Rooftop, above the Glass + Griddle. Once you get there, enjoy some handcrafted cocktails, as well as summer-inspired collections and beers from the Milwaukee Brewing Co. Groups. Parties of all sizes are welcome for special events, a night out with friends, or a date. And if you feel hungry, just order food from the ground floor. While waiting, you can get lost in your thoughts and appreciate the view.

The Rooftop

Address: 1130 N 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Website: The Rooftop

Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 4pm - 12am; Sat - Sun: 10am - 12am (closed from Mon - Wed)

9. Brothers Bar & Grill

Posted by Brothers Bar & Grill Milwaukee on Saturday, 24 February 2018

Brothers Bar & Grill wants to make you feel satisfied, serving up comfortable and juicy American food (in large portions) and a stock-full of cold beer. Speaking of this beverage, there are 35 to 40 taps ready to pour your favorite label. And also a wide liquor selection. Appetizers, sandwiches, fresh wraps and burgers mould the menu. Don’t leave without trying the cheese curds and enjoy the old Midwestern tavern mood around.

Brothers Bar & Grill

Address: 1213 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53221

Website: Brothers Bar & Grill

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 7pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 2am (closed on Sun & Mon)

Spend time at the selected rooftops in Milwaukee

View from a rooftop
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If you are about to go to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or if you are already in town, be sure to explore the best rooftop restaurants around. Good food, exquisite cocktails, cold beer, and some fresh air are all you need to have a great time. This is what will feed extra energy that you need to discover everything the city has to offer and much more. Now the only thing to do is choose one of the places to be the first on your list.

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