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Barnacle Bud's

$$ - $$$
Bay View
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1955 S Hilbert St, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1223
+1 414-481-9974
11:00 - 21:00
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Drink menu on the water with plenty of sun and shade good food friendly staff. There are two bars to choose from.

Thank bkucaj
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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206 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Vegetarians, you will be having roasted red pepper hummus with crackers (sub gluten free $1) and add vegetables (mini carrots, celery and cucumbers $1). Salad was iceberg lettuce- ah no thank you, pass. Grouper po-boy was more bun than fish, but decent, fish was good. Sides of fries, chips, cold slaw or $1 extra onion rings. Check out the huge... More 

Thank Ellen R
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

I have been to Barnacle Buds a few times now when visiting Milwaukee, most recently today. Our party of 11 enjoyed the Cod, Catfish, Grouper, a burger, and some good beer of various labels. Everything was delicious and quenching. There is a little seating indoors, but most seating is picnic tables under umbrellas, outside along the Milwaukee river. Today it... More 

Thank Michael E
Las Vegas, Nevada
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

If you like casual bars with good food it is perfect. Be aware even inside is warm on hotter days but service is good, drinks are decent and food is better than you would expect!

Thank Alan K
Niles, Michigan
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a place to have a drink or a beer outside on a great patio this is it! It reminds you of being in Florida at the tiki hut which is wonderful after a cold winter. The prices were reasonable. They do have specials throughout the week. The food was good....6 out of 10. The waitress... More 

Thank DebbieAustin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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393 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

We stopped in Barnacle Bud's on a Sunday afternoon and learned that the restaurant had brunch items on their menu. My husband ordered the Crab Cakes Benedict and I ordered the Tenderloin Benedict. Both meals were delicious and came with the best potatoes. For a $1.50 extra you can add bacon or sausage to your meal. The restaurant is very... More 

Thank TahitiZ
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1,068 reviews
440 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 433 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016

Only go if the weather is nice. Food is average bar food (I had the Fri fish fry and a beer). Relax and enjoy the riverfront ambiance. If you've never been before, use your GPS --- can be a little tricky to find.

Thank rollngstone
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Good sandwiches they had an oyster bar going once when I was there not brave enough to try it but everyone really seemed to be enjoying them so next time I go back if they have them I am going to give them a try. I am literally waiting for the first hot day to go and sit on the... More 

Thank Gina P
Kissimmee, Florida
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423 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Quirky little place on the river, awesome people, great food and adult beverages. Try the Crab Cakes Benedict it was delicious.

Thank Guinness44life
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

This is a really cool place to hang out for lunch with lots of outdoor seating. The front of the restaurant does not offer shaded tables but plenty in the back. The food is good (not great), the service is average (a bit slow) but the location is so unique and off the main road. Too bad what I have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?