5 Ethnic Restaurants in Milwaukee Wisconsin | Celebrating Diversity in Milwaukee

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite things about Milwaukee: it’s DIVERSITY.  This city truly celebrates diversity, and besides seeing it through their many festivals, you can experience Milwaukee’s love for cultures through their ethnic restaurants. The United States is a melting pot, and Milwaukee is a true testimony to that statement. Though I always recommend having a bloody mary and fried cheese curds while visiting, I’d love to show you some of my favorite ethnic restaurants in Milwaukee Wisconsin!

1. Middle Eastern Cuisine – Casablanca on Brady St.

Though it initially doesn’t sound like a middle eastern style restaurant, I promise you it is! The owner named this restaurant after his favorite classic film, though it was originally “The Sahara Inn” when he first opened it.  Casablanca has a lovely elegant feel to it with no pressure to arrive in black tie apparel. When you visit, I highly recommend ordering the combination appetizer. You get a little taste of everything from their hummus and falafel (which is to die for!), baba ghanoush, tabouleh salad, and potato salad.


2. Sushi – Screaming Tuna

Voted #1 Sushi in Milwaukee the past several years by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, OnMilwaukee, and MilwaukeeMag. After hearing about Screaming Tuna nonstop from all of my sushi loving friends, it was a requirement to go!  Their specialty rolls are pricey, but absolutely worth every dollar spent!

For all of the environmentally conscious foodies, I’m excited to tell you that Screaming Tuna DOES source seafood that is fished and farmed in environmentally friendly ways. They are Wisconsin’s first Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch partner; how cool is that!


3. French Cuisine – Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro

This Milwaukee restaurant is classy, upscale, and high end and offers a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Their French dishes range in traditional to modern in style, from escargots bourguignons (which is absolutely delicious, might I add!), foie gras, and tartare de boeuf. Put on your prettiest dress, or favorite tie, and treat yourself to this luxurious restaurant!


4. Mexican Cuisine – Bel Air Cantina

Bel Air Cantina has several Milwaukee area locations:

  • Oak Creek: 410 W Town Square Way
  • Downtown Milwaukee: 1935 N Water St
  • Wauwatosa: 6817 W North Ave

Admittedly, I haven’t been to this place (yet), but all of my local friends absolutely RAVE about Bel Air, and I’m always seeing snapchats & IG stories of the delicious food they’re devouring. Plus, a local restaurant with three locations MUST be fantastic and well off!


5. Indian – Maharaja

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I first fell in love with Indian food when visiting my aunt in California. Once home, I had to get a taste of it again, so we visited Maharaja for my birthday a few years back. If you’ve never had Indian food, this is a fantastic place to try it. The food is fantastic; no wonder it was voted “Best of Milwaukee” the past 18 years! If you go, I’d truly recommend the Chicken Tikka Masala (shown above), and you really cannot leave without having some kheer for dessert. Yes, I’m ordering you to splurge a little and have dessert. Just nod and say, “Yes, Miranda.”


Truly, this is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ethnic restaurants in Milwaukee, but a solid start if you want to experience America’s true diversity! Which culture’s cuisine is YOUR favorite?

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  1. I absolutely love this post! I’m all for celebrating the different cultures we have the opportunity to learn from and experience – and to do it through food makes it all the much better! I haven’t been to Milwaukee yet, but when I go, I’ll have to keep this post in mind. Now I’m intrigued to go venture out into my city to see what culturally specific restaurants we have! I’m partial to Haitian cuisine – but I also love Italian, Asian, and French!

  2. For starters, any place that uses the name “Screaming Tuna” deserves a place in my heart. I love sushi, and I’m excited to hear that it is one of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch partners! I’m planning a trip out to Chicago later this year, so I just might have to make a jaunt up to Milwaukee to try it out!

  3. Constance

    I had no idea Milwaukee would have such a diverse selection of restaurants. It’s definitely unexpected for me. I’ll definitely keep these in mind if I’m ever in the area. Thank you for sharing all these spots with us!

  4. I enjoy all the cuisines you’ve mentioned on this list, but am partial to Indian, Mexican and Ethiopian 😊 isn’t food the best way to experience another culture? Here in Boston we’ve tried Vietnamese, Turkish and Jewish cuisine too – and we love the tastes that they offer!

  5. The Screaming Tuna is calling my name. I think I can finish all that sushi plate by myself. Or, more to I don’t want to share it with others. 😉 Though I haven’t got the ‘thing’ with Middle Eastern Cuisine, maybe this restaurant will change it.

  6. Well, that was a gastronomic global tour. We live in Vancouver and it has some of the best Sushi in the world. But that image of Screaming Tuna does look amazing.

    I am a sucker for a good Taco and that image made me yell ¡Quiero un taco ahora!

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

  7. Oh my stomach!!!!! It was rumbling as I read your post. First, I like that there’s an attempt to reflrc cultural cuisine n all of this restaurant. That’s commendable. Second, the interior of these ethnic restaurants look beautiful. It’s not easy. Three, all the meals look yummy, I want to have them all but my love for sushi and sea foods will make me favorite Screaming Tuna. I nvy what you have in your hometown. Really.

  8. Wow, that falafel looks great! Haha, to be honest all of them do but I’m totally Jones’n for some falafel right about now. It’s a great guide, I’ll have to pin this for the next time I go to Wisconsin.

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