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Real Chili Restaurant

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1625 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1704
+1 414-342-6955
11:00 - 00:00
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Thu - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Springboro, Ohio
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108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I travel to Milwaukee every couple months for work. I have lived in Cincinnati area for the past 20 years. I hear so much about Skyline / Gold Star / Cincinnati chili that it makes me sick. Real Chili blows them all away & is a great little dive. I always look forward to the food & hospitality. If you... More 

Thank OrrG411
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I don't give out 5 stars often but this place deserves it. Fantastic food, good service and the best chili anywhere. The should franchise this stuff. Try it you'll love it. Order the Marquette special not on the menu. I like it hot...you'll thank me.

Thank mnick554
Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I used to love Real Chili. In my head it was great. But after 10 years I had it again. Salt lick. Sooooo disappointed. Hoping it was just a day that was off :(

Thank Jennifer V
Los Angeles, California
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132 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

After getting off the freeway and driving west on Wells Street to reach Real Chili, I took in the noticeable change that has been made in the buildings in the area. Upgrades made to rid the area of dilapidated storefronts has truly made the vicinity surrounding Marquette University more an urban campus. It was raining and that made for a... More 

Thank MeMeDaVinci
Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

It was the only place still open at 1:30am and i was not disapointed. Food is good, employee was friendly and service is quick!

Thank Tabak51
Delray Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

All my Marquette peeps know what I'm talking about! Best late night (and even breakfast) food there is! I'm making a Milwaukee road trip from Florida (via Chicago) in a couple weeks just to get a bowl!

Thank Mike C
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

$6.50 for a cup of God knows what. It was like eating dirt on top of 1 ounces of small noodles. Maybe people go there to watch the bums. You have to be drunk or a street person to like this place.

Thank Jose J
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277 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Never visit campus without a visit to Real Chili!! Love the beans!! The service is always prompt if you are in a hurry.

Thank itraveleverywhere
Brooklyn, New York
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217 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is such a good place. The chili is great and the local favorite way to eat it is on top of spaghetti. It's also an old school place which is what i love about it!

Thank adam r
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

It's a Cincinnati style chili. Diner/counter atmosphere-can tell it's a late night post bar spot. Decent if u like the meat and bean only style altho very greasy. 6 or 7$ a bowl plus extra for toppings seemed a little steep.

Thank Sean T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1625 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1704
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-342-6955

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?