Three Brothers Restaurant

  3.5 rating over 3 reviews
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2414 S Saint Clair St
Milwaukee, WI 53207-1928

Neighborhoods: Bay View
Cuisine: Hungarian, Eclectic, American

Three Brothers Restaurant is a Hungarian, Eclectic, and American restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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Overall
87%
Food
100%
Service
100%
Ambiance
100%
Pros
"Great old world food"
"Unbelievable flavor"
"The ambience takes you back to simpler times. After a day or week of dealing with your fast paced life, settle down and relax with a caraf of the house red, enjoy the company of your dinner companion and dive into your menu choice of good old world comfor"
"Wiener schnitzel and Burek are fabulous "
"Beef Burek"
"Old Milwaukee charm. Good, authentic Hungarian dishes. No frills just tasty and reasonable. "
Cons
"None"
"Low light"
"Would be helpful if they took credit cards but not really an issue because we've come to accept it and prepare. "
Comments
"I really don't understand the negative comments. I live in Michigan and I look forward to my next visit. I suppose if you're looking for a ritzy place, this will not do. Of the three dishes I've tried, everything was so delicious it nearly br"
"Relax and enjoy over a good meal"
"It's in our top Milwaukee five and on the short list to take out-of-towners. A New Year's Eve tradition too!"
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Live2Explore

 Milwaukee, WI
Three Brothers Restaurant 2.0
 

A Milwaukee Tradition - Please don't judge MKE by this place

I was seriously disappointed with Three Brothers. I have had both excellent and mediocre Serbian and Hungarian food in my life. This fell into the latter category and the ambiance, well some might call it charming – I found it to be dingy and noisy.

This place is a Milwaukee standard and a Milwaukee tradition. Serbian/Hungarian ethic blue-collar corner Schlitz bar diner. Tucked in the NW corner of Historic Old Bay View in Milwaukee with, what should be an astounding view of the city on a clear night, is this gem of a building and a sorry tradition of a restaurant. When people think that Milwaukee has no good restaurants, their experience probably started here. Please do not judge our city by this restaurant.

One indicator of its age and stuck in the last century: CASH ONLY. No credit or debit cards or ATM (nearest one is on KK 1/2 mile away). This isn’t a complaint – merely an observation. Our average meal (dinner+drink+tip) ended up at $43 each – so carry lots of cash.

POSITIVES: What it does have going for it is friendly staff and traditional dishes. (quality of those dishes can be debated). It is in a cool, historic building. Oh, and they did have a good drink – a Serbian Long Island Iced Tea.

Food – less than good. Think beige food. Every dish, with the exception of the grape leaves, was beige. The goose was dry and tasteless. A couple of people had some ok dishes, but most seemed to disliked it. The Burek (think filo wrapped spinach and cheese quiche) may have been the winner (4 on a 10pt scale) but certainly not worth $20+. Nothing on the menu was worth more than $12, yet all was over $20.

This is no place for a vegetarian – your only option would be the spinach Burek. The only other green thing on the menu were the stuffed grape leave, however I think they may have had beef in them (unsure, but traditionally they would).

Atmosphere: Some called the place “charming” – dingee is the word I’d use. Tables were clean and kitchy but the walls, the bar, the lamps, the chairs were worn and dirty. The mural on the wall still has the smoke stains of the last century embedded in it. The bar is piled from end to end with dishes and I don’t think they were all clean – perhaps they were just old and scratched. Did the place have charm? yes in an 1970s kind of way. But I’m sorry, with outrageous prices and a packed restaurant, you could seriously clean, paint, stow the dishes, update the room and bring it to the 1990s with little to no effort.

NOISE-LEVEL – Unbelievably noisy – no acoustical tiles and tall ceilings – remember this place has never been updated and it is a third generation family restaurant.

"Free Range" Goose

1/2 of a goose breast? with the pale beige stippled plucked skin staring at you. Dry – oh so dry and tasteless. Served with: cooked cabbage – moderately ok; Homemade stuffing/dressing – good and unknown ingredients; carrots – firm and good.

My neighbor had goulash which had a decent sauce which help give some flavor to the goose.

Burek - Spinach and cheese

Think filo wrapped spinach quiche. It takes an hour for them to make, so you are going to wait a while. It is the best thing on the menu and the only quasi vegetarian dish. Call in ahead to order and save some time. Nothing spectacular

Serbian Long Island Iced Tea

Serbia/Hundary is know for its fruit brandies. This is a Long Island Iced Tea with three, I think, fruit brandies – plum, peach, and ??. This was the only savior to the meal, though a bit steep on the price.

Three Brothers Restaurant 2.0
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Rissas

 Chicago, IL
Three Brothers Restaurant 3.0
 

Mostly Okay

We liked the burek but were much less enchanted with the dumpling soup that came with it. We also liked the crepe desert. But far and away the worst thing about the restaurant is how loud it is — there is no sound proofing plus it has high ceilings so sound echoes around and around the room, an especially unfortunate situation if you are seated near noisy diners. We were told to get a reservation which was an excellent idea as there is no place to wait inside the restaurant and when there is a table ready they take whoever is closest to the door.

Burek - Spinach and cheese

I think this has beef in it. We liked it very much. We took the half we didn’t eat home and it was great warmed up the next day.

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  • 07/03/2013 - A diner from Saint Louis, MO tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 10/14/2013 - A diner from Racine, WI tried it and liked it.
  • 12/23/2013 - A diner from Milwaukee, WI tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Old Milwaukee charm. Good, authentic Hungarian dishes. No frills just tasty and reasonable. '
    Cons: 'Would be helpful if they took credit cards but not really an issue because we've come to accept it and prepare. '
    Comments: 'It's in our top Milwaukee five and on the short list to take out-of-towners. A New Year's Eve tradition too!'
  • 01/17/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 05/12/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 05/20/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 05/31/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 07/18/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 07/24/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Beef Burek'
    Cons: 'Low light'
  • 07/30/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Wiener schnitzel and Burek are fabulous '
  • 08/02/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 08/28/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 09/27/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'The ambience takes you back to simpler times. After a day or week of dealing with your fast paced life, settle down and relax with a caraf of the house red, enjoy the company of your dinner companion and dive into your menu choice of good old world comfor'
    Comments: 'Relax and enjoy over a good meal'
  • 10/04/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 10/13/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Unbelievable flavor'
    Cons: 'None'
    Comments: 'I really don't understand the negative comments. I live in Michigan and I look forward to my next visit. I suppose if you're looking for a ritzy place, this will not do. Of the three dishes I've tried, everything was so delicious it nearly br'
  • 11/08/2014 - A diner from Mountain View, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 12/15/2014 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it.
  • 01/23/2015 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 4 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 01/25/2015 - A diner from New York, NY tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Great old world food'
  • 02/13/2015 - A diner tried it.
  • 04/11/2015 - A diner from San Francisco, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
  • 08/25/2015 - A diner from Milwaukee, WI tried it, liked it, and rated it 5 stars. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.
    Pros: 'Food'
  • 08/30/2015 - A diner from Muskego, WI tried it.
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