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Kegel’s Inn - Milwaukee's Most Authentic German Cuisine!


Legendary Friday Fish Fry



Authentic German Food in West Allis, Milwaukee, WI


(414) 257-9999


Kegel's Inn

5901 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI, 53214
United States



  • Mo - Fr: 11:00am - 2:00pm

  • Sa & Su: Closed


  • Mo - Th: 4:30pm - 9:00 pm

  • Fr: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Sa: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Su: Closed


Less than 10 Minutes from Downtown Milwaukee

Located in the heart of Milwaukee's West Allis neighborhood, Kegel's Inn serves up the most authentic German cuisine, where everything is made from time honored traditional family recipes. Inside you'll find a warm atmosphere, friendly service and one of the most beautiful beer halls in the country. With incredible hand painted murals, original leaded glass windows, and heavy wooden beams, one can almost hear rounds of "Du Bist Mein Herzen" reverberating in the Bierstube. Since 1924, Kegel's Inn has been the locals' go-to destination for authentic German cuisine and continues to top the charts as one of the best places to catch a Friday Fish Fry in Milwaukee.

A few of our hundreds of reviews on Google

5 Stars, Mike S., April 2018

“This is the kind of place you can safely recommend to others. Always a full house, and for good reason. The food is well made, with generous portions. Kegel's is on most people's lists for best fish fry. Owner Julian is a remarkably friendly guy. You may have a wait when you get there but buy a drink and enjoy a good time.”

5 Stars, Dan K., March 2018

“The atmosphere is very neat and feels like you're in Germany. The fish fry is fantastic. If you plan to go for a Friday fish fry, it's packed so those without reservations will wait a while. You can stay in the bar area and enjoy a good German beer while you wait.”

5 Stars, Ben H., March 2018

“Wonderful fish fry worth the wait! Not only a great German atmosphere, but great German dishes as well. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.”

5 Stars, Zach S., March 2018

“Charming atmosphere, historical ambiance, excellent food and THE BEST staff ever - for sure a Do Not Miss when you're in Milwaukee. I'll be back many, many times.”

5 Stars, Marilyn W., January 2018

“Food was excellent. Wonderful atmosphere and waitress. Very charming place. Authentic German cuisine.”

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Directions to Kegel's Inn

From Downtown Milwaukee:

  1. Take I94 West

  2. Take exit 308B (on the left) to Miller Park Way

  3. Turn right on W National Ave.

  4. Kegel’s Inn is located less than a mile on the left-hand site of the street

From Waukesha:

  1. Take I94 East towards Milwaukee

  2. Take exit 307B (on the right) to Hawley Rd.

  3. Turn right on S. Hawley Rd.

  4. Turn Left on W National Ave.

  5. Kegel’s Inn is located less than a block on the right-hand site of the street

Nearby Landmarks, Attractions and Businesses:

  • Best Western Milwaukee West (0.2 miles away)

  • The VA (0.6 miles away)

  • West Allis Towne Center Shopping Center (0.7 miles away)

  • Miller Park (1.4 miles away)

  • Milwaukee Mile Speedway (1.5 miles away)

  • Wisconsin State Fair Park (2.8 miles away)

  • Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory - Milwaukee Domes (3.5 miles away)

  • The Rave (3.5 miles away)

  • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (3.7 miles away)

  • Greenfield Park Golf Course (4.2 miles away)

  • Milwaukee County Zoo (4.6 miles away)

Lent at Kegel’s Inn


Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar, traditionally a time of fasting and reflection. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday, begins with Ash Wednesday and is not complete without a Fish Fry at Kegel's Inn. 


 Start - ash wednesday, march 6

End - good friday, april 19

Reservations during lent? 

Yes! We do take a few reservations………however, it is unlikely to get a reservation for a Friday night by calling the day of. We take reservations until 10 pm & usually fill up at least a week out. Not to fear, just walk-in! 

During Lent, we are not able to make reservations for parties larger than 6 people. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Walk-In Availability?

Absolutely! Most of our dining room is geared to accommodate customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. We actually think the Wisconsin Fish Fry experience is more complete by just walking in and putting your name on the list. Then, enjoy your surroundings as you belly up to the bar, enjoy a Nitro old fashioned on tap, and revel in the company around you!


Please understand that due to high call volume for take-out, our 1 phone line may prevent you from reaching us. As an alternative, we encourage you to come inside to place your order. Wait times for orders to-go hover around 15-20 minutes from the time the order is placed. Just enough time for a German beer or an Old Fashioned!


Skip the wait! In an effort to reduce wait times on Lenten Friday nights, Kegel's Inn also provides Wednesdays as a less congested option to our Friday Night Fish Fry. Reservations are welcome and recommended.


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by phone: (414) 257-9999


Although reservations are not required, we always appreciate when you call ahead.


UPDATE! - Due to high demand for Friday Fish Fry and the upcoming Lenten season, we will not be accepting parties larger than 7 people!

Yes, even with our small dining area, we do accept a few reservations every Friday, however, it is very unlikely to get a reservation during busy hours by calling the same day. Reservations between 5:00 and 7:30pm usually fill up at least a week out. Not to fear, we do save plenty of room to walk-in and we serve till 10pm!


While it is customary to wait for a table on Fridays, we understand walking in can be a bit intimidating if you've never been here before. Here is a quick guide to enjoying the wait at Kegel's Inn on a busy Friday Night

1 - Get your name on the list
Walk all the way to the end of the bar and give your name and party size to Julian Kegel.

2 - Belly up to the bar
Enjoy the great selection of German Beers and Classic Supper Club Cocktails from one of the lovely bartenders.

3 - Feel the Gemütlichkeit
Spend your time noticing the friendliness and good cheer. Allow your senses to notice the authenticity of your surroundings.

4 - Take yourself back in time
Kegel's is a 1924 prohibition-era speakeasy. Revel in the craftsmanship of our original murals, the intricate woodwork and gorgeous leaded stained glass windows.

5 - Rejoice when your name is called. 
Getting a table is a little bit like Yahtzee, so make sure you cheer accordingly!

6 - Enjoy yourself!




Although we love the dining experience at Kegel's Inn, we understand a meal in the comfort of your own home can be just as enticing after a long day.

For Takeout - Call 1-414-257-9999


Kegel's Inn has a long, rich history of entertaining large parties. With a dining room that seats up to 100 guests*, our customizable dining room is perfect for  birthdays, wedding rehearsals, holiday parties, business meetings, anniversaries, graduations, school field trips, memorial luncheons and so much more! 


Custom Menu Offerings

Booking Details
*No minimum for booking during normal kitchen hours.
*$1000 minimum to book during non-kitchen hours

Kitchen Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm & 4:30-9pm Saturday 4:30-9pm - Sun Closed


  1. Apartment #3 is good for two people looking to enjoy a quaint studio with lots of old world character!

  2. Apartment #5 sleeps 6 people in an updated 2-bedroom and a huge kitchen with plenty of room to spread out!

Tell your friends to stay with us next time they visit and they will receive a $20 Gift Card for staying with us for 3 days or more!