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The National

#127 of 1,242 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
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839 W National Ave, Historic Walker's Point, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1304
+1 414-431-6551
07:30 - 15:30
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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97 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a cute little small establishment with seating for maybe 40 people. The concept is very unique when you walk in there, there isn't anyone to seat you or great you when i walk in, you walk over to the counter, order your food and pay for it then you seat yourself. You also get your own coffee and... More 

Thank fairlady75
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I've been to The National probably 15 times and never had something I didn't like. The full English breakfast is delicious as is the breakfast burrito. Coffee is great and the atmosphere couldn't be cuter. Plus, they have a cute patio out back when the weather is nice. I'd say it's in my top 5 favorite breakfasts in Milwaukee!

Thank katyydid
Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Marvelous breakfasts, delightful cafe atmosphere. We went our first day in Milwaukee because on a "best of" list. Then went our second day too! We will definitely go back whenever we can ...

Thank astroprof
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Decided to stray away from the usual brunch spot to give this place a try. I was expecting better based on reviews but left disappointed. You order at the counter and are given a number to take to a table. Which is fine except seating is very limited due to the size of the cafe. There is also no waiting... More 

Thank Gerald G
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168 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is a charming little cafe with fresh locally sourced dishes. As restaurants go, it's tiny. They even have a couple of tables in the windows. Kind of a folksy atmosphere--reminded me a little of a European cafe. You order at the counter and they bring the food to your table. We were there for breakfast and the coffee was... More 

Thank Janet G
Level Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

All good things must come to an end... for years, I was a regular to this cafe, and have seen it blossom over time. From the fresh baked bakery in the morning, to the changing seasonal menu - it was defenitely held near and dear to my heart and my stomach...... I am disappointed to admit, it's just not the... More 

Thank Wander L
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We love coming for breakfast. I had the HUEVOS RANCHEROS: a GF option and throughly enjoyed it. We will be back soon.

Thank michaeljohnw891
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1,068 reviews
440 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 433 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I brought a group of 6 and was a bit concerned because they don't take reservations and it's not a large place -- but it all worked out great. Weather was perfect, and the patio out back is lovely. (You order your food at the register / and they deliver it to your table). Good quality food / I won't... More 

Thank rollngstone
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150 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I enjoy the Vietnamese chicken sandwich. This is a cute place with great food but not for those who might be on a time crunch, due to the quality and detail that goes into making the food. Highly recommended.

Thank Lizzie-Luvs2Travel
Jasper, Canada
Level Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

The food was splendid and the outdoor seating was a marvellous backyard garden full of beautiful flowers and a cute fountain in the centre. It's such a unique wonderful feeling eating at this place and everything is so fresh and healthy!!!! Had to go twice in my four day visit to Milwaukee, definitely recommend 100% 😍👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻💛

Thank Everysecond

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
07:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 839 W National Ave, Historic Walker's Point, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1304
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-431-6551

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