Soup of the Day

Weekly Soups

Tues: Ham and Potato
Wed: Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla (VV)
Thurs: Mushroom and Brie (V)
Fri: Tomato Basil (VV)
Sat and Sun:  Soup du jour
(all GF)

  • dairy-free available (DF)

  • gluten-free available (GF)

  • vegetarian (v)

  • vegan (V)

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New menu available at the cafe, and posted here very soon!

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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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    Polenta Cakes.

  • Huevos Rancheros

    Vietnamese Baguette

    Rice Bowl

    Lemon Almond Cake

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Ramen Noodle Update
Due to the high demand for ramen, we are unable to keep up with in-house noodle production. We are now using a traditional Japanese ramen noodle, made by Amoy.

Congratulations to Nell for releasing her new book, Ramen Fusion Cookbook, published on 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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There are no scheduled events at this time.

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    Catering photography by Rachel Kabukala


    We provide full scale catering, from corporate luncheons to private in-house dinner parties. We are happy to work with you to customize your catering menu. We use only the freshest ingredients, oftentimes locally sourced. 

    All of our bakery is made in-house, with love.

    From cakes, to scones, to bars and cookies. We also provide customized bakery platters for catered events. From baby showers to bridal showers, we love throwing themed catered events, such as traditional English tea parties!

    We specialize in wedding catering

    and provide all staffing as well as working with Canopies to secure tableware, chairs, linens and dishware. We cater weddings up to 200 guests, and can provide plated dinners, buffets, or heavy hors d’oeuvres.

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The National Is Really International

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Dawn of the Bread

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National Cafe serves up some of Milwaukee’s best ramen

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Restaurant Review: The National Cafe

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Five Great Reasons to Visit Milwaukee

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3 Places to Taste the Ramen Renaissance in Milwaukee

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839 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53204


Tuesday - Sunday
7:30am - 3:00pm