Three Brothers Restaurant

Neighborhoods: Bay View
Cuisine: Hungarian, Serbian, Eclectic & International

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

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"Food, ambiance from the staff"
"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. "
"Low light"
"Would be helpful if they took credit cards but not really an issue because we've come to accept it and prepare. "
"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!"
  • 12/29/2017

    A diner from Chicago, IL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Food, ambiance from the staff
  • 12/28/2017

    A Hungarian food lover from Racine, WI tried it.

  • 11/18/2017

    A Hungarian chowhound from US tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/13/2017

    A Hungarian chowhound from Brooklyn, NY tried it.

  • 11/12/2016

    Myleswisconsin tried it.

  • 1/25/2016

    A dining patron from Brookline, MA tried it and liked it. They liked the food.

  • 10/20/2015

    A Hungarian food lover from Milwaukee, WI tried it.

  • 10/14/2015

    A dining patron from Milwaukee, WI tried it.

  • 8/30/2015

    A Hungarian food lover from Cedar Grove, WI tried it.

  • 8/25/2015

    A Hungarian chowhound from Delafield, WI tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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 Milwaukee, WI

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.

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 Milwaukee, WI

Me thinks not

Started out rough — we walked in at 4 pm on a Saturday evening and were asked if we had reservations by the young man who greeted us. He then went behind the bar, read something for about three minutes and then came and escorted us to a table. None of the tables began to fill until we had been seated for at least 45 minutes, so the reason for his hesitation and question about reservations seemed senseless.

The ambiance is “kitsch” and the tables have little room between them, so much so that you were almost touching the elbows of the people sitting next to you and hearing their conversations.

Cocktails were around $13, so we passed. Beer menu is extremely limited, and they stated that they were out of some of the 5 brands mentioned by the waitress.

We were told that the entrees (the burek) which we preferred would take 45 to 60 minutes to prepare, so we chose two other items which, we were told, would not take long. However, even our “second choice” items took about 45 minutes before we were served.

I had the tilapia. Beige cooking! The fish was literally on a bed of water, the dumplings were bland, the carrots half raw and bland, and the cabbage was also floating on a bed of water. It was a complete disappointment.

Serbian coffee? Old Town Serbian Restaurant’s coffee is far better.

Then came the clincher: when it came time to pay, we were told that they do not accept credit cards (only cash or check), and we were told to go to an ATM around the corner. Thank heaven that one of us brought his debit card. This is 2016, man!

Never again!

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 Chicago, IL

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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  • Three Brothers is currently only open for dinner.
  • Credit cards are not accepted here. Be sure to grab some cash before you sit down to your meal.
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