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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 - 03:00
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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although now I break away from work at lunchtime vs stumbling in from the bars after classes at MU, there's little difference in what's served in the bowl now vs years ago. A different take on the chili you'd make at home for a Packer day party, it's quite tasty and worth a try. With beans, spaghetti or both, order... More 

Thank tvdirector
Springboro, Ohio
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109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 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
Reviewed 14 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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136 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 13 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 19 helpful votes
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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292 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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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218 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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?