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Barnacle Bud's

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1223
+1 414-481-9974
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good46%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“grouper” (12 reviews)
“fish fry” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Delicatessen
€€ - €€€
1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1223
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The people are very nice, and the service was outstanding; but a bad brat in Wisconsin, come on now! It's pretty easy to cook a brat. The crab was not very good and the mussels tasted like they came on a slow boat from New...More

1  Thank bill j
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little outta the way place, super friendly staff and really, really good food! Cannot wait to go back again next I visit!

1  Thank Guinness44life
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant/bar is a very popular place on a summer day (or a HOT day in Fall) in Milwaukee. It is fun to watch the boats being put into the water. Lots of groups in boats on the Milwaukee River stop in for a drink....More

1  Thank TahitiZ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came to this locally famous seafood joint by boat and the five of us had an enjoyable meal. I had the Brat, which was average with a very small portion of sauerkraut, which was also so-so. My wife, however, had the Lobster Roll which...More

1  Thank Jdeppman
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We love to come to barnacle bud's when it's open. It's a hidden (in an unexpected commercial area just over the bridge south of downtown) milwaukee gem that doesn't take reservations. My husband loves the grouper basket and my favorite is the coconut shrimp. I...More

1  Thank chaplainrandee
Reviewed 6 September 2017

On my way to the restaurant I thought my GPS was telling me the wrong way because it seemed like we were heading towards a factory. Lo behold there was the restaurant tucked beside a boat landing. I had lunch here on a Friday and...More

1  Thank Melissa W
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We are used to fresh Grouper Reubens in FL. This was the first time we found one in WI, what a great find. One of a kind place with great atmosphere and funk menu. Fresh oysters and wings for apps were great. Grouper dinner and...More

1  Thank Mary S
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Getting to Barnacle Bud's is part of the fun although recent additions of signage have lessened the feeling that you weren't meant to be driving in that area. BB's is a bit of a dive but a very casual and fun place on a warm...More

1  Thank CNJJJP
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Unimpressed with the food and prices. I ordered a grouper sandwich and it was a thin strip of fish, like someone's vinyl watchband. Sandwich was $10.85 with an additional 25 cents for lettuce and 50 cents for a hothouse tomato slice, which is ridiculous! Others...More

1  Thank lindancer
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Docked at Barnacle Bud's yesterday with a group of friends. I felt like I was instantly transported to Key West. It's exactly the type of atmosphere we were looking for. Food was good. Can't wait to come back.

Thank Av8ir2000
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1223
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Bay View
  • Neighbourhood: Bay View
  • Phone Number: +1 414-481-9974
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