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General Info
Year after year the original Botanas on 5th Street has been voted #1 Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee by many local papers and on-line organizations.
BBB Rating
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Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (414) 672-2771

Fax Number: (414) 672-2771

Fax: (414) 672-2771

Payment method
all major credit cards, discover
Price Range
Walker's Point
Vegetarian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Caterers, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Take Out, Latin American, Healthy, Seafood, Vegetarian

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Buffets, Outings, Banquets, Trips, Parties, Family Functions, Restaurants / Cafes

Price Range : Average


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Cold food and very poor custom...

Cold food and very poor customer service. Stay away!!! Go to La Fuentes.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Average Food, Below Average Service

Bad service from the minute we walked in the door, to the minute we stepped out. The Mexicans practically beg for a tip, reminding you to 'give 15%.' I can see why they need to remind people, given their bad service they are probably used to making less than average in tips. If they only could grasp the concept of good service translating to a tip that exceeds 15%. The manager is terribly unpleasant, I can see why the wait staff don't smile or have any manners. I had spicy pork tacos which were terribly dry and bland. I applied the table salsa to add some flavor. My husband had enchaladas which were sub-par. Will NEVER go back or recommend this place to anyone. There are many Mexican restaurants on this corner, this has the least quality overall.



Provided by Citysearch - 

food was o.k. service was good. margaritis were excellent. nice astmosphere. awfull doesn't begin to describe how terrible the guacomole was. it was the worst i have ever had. i could not even eat it!! it was the consistency of a milkshake. i think they put avocados in a blender until smooth. it's just gross. no flavor. no onion, tomatos, jalepenos, garlic, lime, or cilantro. i know this is not the way there mom taught them to make guacomole. no time or effort involved. go ahead, order, you have been warned.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My favorite Mexican in Milwaukee

Love it. This restaurant has the appropriate balance of truly authentic mealsand the usual standby cuisine. Drinks are good and atmosphere is fun. I eat here often for lunch and dinner and have not ever been disappointed.



Botanas has the best authentic...

Botanas has the best authentic mexican food in the city along with exceptional service and cleanliness!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Lousy at Best!

Had a date here this weekend, but found the atmosphere rather dull...... After picking at the stale chips and salsa and watered down margaritas we decided to go down the street. Not recommended.!



Provided by Citysearch - 
All around great

Just went to Botanas for the first time after going to many other Mexican restaurants around Milwaukee. We were impressed. The patio was nice, each table had an umbrella. We got tons of refills on chips and salsa and water was refilled promptly. The margaritas were super and our food was great. We had empanadas and tamales and both had good portions. The service was great. We were not rushed at all, even though the patio was full by the time we were done. I will definitely go back and bring friends and out of town guests. Highly recommend Botanas for awesome Mexican food!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst Mexican Food in Milwaukee

My husband, my friend and I stopped in at Botanas for what we thought was going to be a good dinner. We ordered the most standard appetizer, guacamole. Unfortunately it was very bland, had no flavor and wasn't very fresh.. We had to ask for extra limes (which were dry) to give it some flavor but our attemps failed.
The plates came without basic items (limes, tortillas). The shrimp coctail came with no crackers, lime, cilantro, etc.... Also the shrimp weren't deveined. The beer was cold, that's good. I guess this place is good for patrons who just want to drink and don't care for well prepared Mexican food.