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6 Small Plate Restaurants Worth Tasting

By Mel Tobiasz
Staff Writer

Small plate dining is a growing trend in the restaurant industry. With so many options, small plate dining allows for the perfect sample and shared experience. Grab your friends and a cocktail as you try out these restaurants with small plate options.

Odd Duck – Milwaukee 

Located in the Bay View area of Milwaukee, Odd Duck is a local restaurant that features an ever-changing small plate and shareable menu inspired by local ingredients. The menu also has a variety of dining options for vegans and vegetarians.

With an extensive wine list in and a variety of craft cocktails to choose from, Odd Duck has drinks to pair with every meal. If you’re feeling adventurous try one of their featured cocktails, like the Wisconsin Cadillac or the Philadelphia Fish House Punch.


Enjoy the big-city atmosphere at Swig, Milwaukee’s first small plate dining restaurant. Swig creates a fun, shared experience for guests, providing a range of dishes and flavors to enjoy. In addition to their small plate selection, Swig also features more than 20 different martinis, an eclectic array of wines and champagnes, and a selection of mouth-watering desserts.

Visitors can sample menu items while enjoying good drinks and company at Swig’s fireside dining or large outdoor patio. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of Swig’s signature infusion cocktails with your dinner.

Paddock ClubElkhart Lake

Stop by Paddock Club in Elkhart Lake for the ultimate small plate dining experience. This local restaurant offers a diverse menu that combines seasonal ingredients with European culinary tradition. From Thai coconut curry salmon to crab cake benedict, there are a variety of options for visitors to sample.

While you’re there, take some time to explore Paddock Club’s craft cocktail menu to find the perfect pair for your small plate meal. Craft cocktails range from their hibiscus margarita to a pomegranate mule.

The NorbertWest Bend

If you’re looking for a causal and classy night out for dinner, The Norbert Bar & Kitchen in West Bend is the perfect option. Offering a wide range of small plate options from a menu that changes nightly, The Norbert is the perfect location for those looking to try out small plates.

The Norbert boasts a diverse drink menu with cocktails like the Tiffany Martini and the Elder Flower Gimlet. They also have a wide selection of beers and wine, providing many pairing options with your small plate dinner.

Father Fats Public HouseStevens Point

Enjoy a unique communal dining experience at Father Fats Public House in Stevens Point. This restaurant offers the best of small plate dining, combining an ultimate hit list of ingredients straight from Wisconsin. With a range of portion sizes, diners can mix and match dishes and share with those around them.

Aside from delicious signature dishes, Father Fats Public House also offers a variety of craft cocktails for diners to try. From the Moonshine Margarita to their Black Walnut Manhattan, there’s something for everyone.


Graft offers a selection of Midwest-inspired small plates in addition to an impressive selection of wine and craft cocktails. Small plate dining at Graft gives visitors the opportunity to create new and exciting collections of dishes to match their favorite drinks. Try out the Huey Lewis and Dewar’s cocktail or the regularly rotating punch.

Graft prides itself on using local ingredients and creating thoughtful, intentional pairings and presentation. Diners will come for the food and stay for the atmosphere and hospitality.


Pair your dinner with one of these craft cocktails, or sip on a classic Old Fashioned for a true Wisconsin experience! 

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