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The National will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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  • dairy-free available (DF)

  • gluten-free available (GF)

  • vegetarian (v)

  • vegan (V)

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The Cafe

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Welcome to The National, located in the heart of Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood, just south of downtown. We love Walker's Point for its rich history, traditions, and unique flavor and are honored to be a part of this tapestry. Almost everything we offer is made from scratch, and we use the best of fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. From our olive tapenade to our ginger-infused yogurt, from house-made hummus to the basil pesto. Expect flavor, originality, and only the best ingredients.

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Born in Santa Monica CA, it was a toss up between surfer or chef. Her formative years were spent experimenting; not just in the kitchen, but with fixing small mechanical items and helping her dad take apart his motorcycles. After collecting a degree in Anthropology/Sociology in De Pere, WI, Nell spent almost a decade living and working all over the world, which fueled her passion for international cuisine. Having obtained a culinary degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Nell moved to Milwaukee to surround herself with her favorite people - Midwesterners - and immerse herself in the local culinary scene. Nell is open about her ketchup obsession, hopes to one day ride the Tran Siberian Express, and has been known to serve tripe in dessert form.

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    Our team embodies the spirit of The National. They are hard-working, bright, talented, fun-loving souls that enjoy the arts of cooking, serving and making people happy.


    Ship captain, wicked humor, calm in the storm.


    Dancer, catering maestro, ray of sunshine.

  • Ashley

    Beverage manager with a heart of gold and a funky style.


    I'm not the master and the genius behind our much sought after Huevos rancheros.


    Mr. congeniality. Lover of cheese and music.


    Artist, animal lover and French toast connoisseur.


    The noodle man with a flair for sarcasm and a quick wit.

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We’re coming up on The National’s 4-Year-Anniversary, on December 1st, 2015! We can’t believe it’s already been four years. Thank you to everyone who’s supported us and got us this far!

Congratulations to Nell for releasing her new book, Ramen Fusion Cookbook, out October 6th, 2015!

Check out our catering menu!

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Even the mayor enjoys our Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich! (It was his first egg sandwich EVER)

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Ramen Fusion Cookbook

Written in 2015 by the National's own Chef Nell Benton. Pick up your copy at the National, or

Buy Ramen Fusion Cookbook on Amazon
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Weekend Brunch Specials

Order our famous "Hot Mess" plate, only available on Friday - Sunday.


January Food For Thought Dinner

Time: TBA
Location: Amilinda, 315 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Food for thought is a dynamic group of Milwaukee chefs who care about the community, and who use their skills to promote and support great local causes. This time, proceeds will go to the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. Check back for more information, or follow us on Facebook to get our updates!

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    is available for all kinds of catered events of all sizes, from corporate luncheons to private dinner parties. The National provides local, sustainable and organic ingredients, giving you the opportunity to offer excellent food to your guests while lowering your carbon footprint.

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The National Is Really International

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Dawn of the Bread

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839 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53204


Tuesday - Sunday
7:30am - 3:30pm