The Original Pancake House

Breakfast Spot
2625 N Downer Ave (btwn Belleview & Park), Milwaukee, WI 53211, United States
Closed until 7:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 7:00 AM–3:30 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 150 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Keighley B.
    "The coffee was amazing and the pancakes were huge and top-notch"(20 Tips)
    Gaby T.
    "Great bacon and potato pancakes"(3 Tips)
    VISIT Milwaukee
    "The omelets are fabulous (you can totally share it)."(8 Tips)
    MATT S.
    "only option for pancakes"(2 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • pancakes
  • omelettes
  • potato pancakes
  • crêpes
  • waffles
  • French toast
  • bacon
  • family-friendly
  • trendy
  • coffee
  • authentic
  • good service
  • great value
  • fresh squeezed OJ
  • lively
  • good for groups
  • piña coladas
  • cozy
  • good for dates
  • Donny M.

    Belgian Waffles are amazing here and person with me had the waffles with apples baked into them! Being a newly young single guy, I have to say that the servers are Hott!😻

    Donny Muraco · July 20
  • Jason D.

    Cozy place on Milwaukee's far North side. Bring your appetite because the portions are huge. Metered parking seems to be the only option around here too, so bring change.

    Jason Dazey · November 22, 2014
  • Megan S.

    The hostess was rude and acted like doing her job was a burden.

    Megan Smith · November 8, 2014
  • Rono

    Overrated breakfast. The beverages are super small with a big price. Been here a few times and there are much better places for breakfast that come at a better value.

    Rono · October 9, 2014
  • Keighley B.

    The coffee was amazing and the pancakes were huge and top-notch

    Keighley Breeze · September 5, 2014
  • Scott C.

    The pancakes are legit & love the fresh squeezed orange juice! Wait times can be longer on Sat & Sun mornings. Paging system would be nice so you can go out on Downer and not wait in tight space.

    Scott Connell · August 23, 2014
  • Rae R.

    This place is amazing! ! But one of the hostess walks really hard and its very annoying when she keeps walking back and forth... omg

    Rae Rae · April 13, 2014
  • Chevelle W.

    Pancakes were awesome

    Chevelle W. · April 3, 2014
  • Carmen H.

    Great bacon!!! Nice breakfast selection,scrambled eggs were good as well. ☕

    Carmen Holzman · January 13, 2014
  • Christian G.

    Deliciously awesome

    Christian Guilbert · October 27, 2013
  • Shareef J.

    Turkey links are a little pricey, but good

    Shareef Jackson · September 21, 2013
  • R S.

    Two lady's rooms, watch out guys!

    R Speen · August 15, 2013
  • Marques

    Yummy food

    Marques · August 4, 2013
  • Nick S.

    The bacon pancakes are great and have a unique texture

    Nick Shaffer · August 2, 2013
  • Mark B.

    Great omelettes!

    Mark Brouch · June 2, 2013
  • Alex M.

    The best chain restaurant ever.

    Alex Morgan · April 21, 2013
  • Matt M.

    Seems obvious but next time I will order pancakes and not an omelette. Too dry. Beautiful restaurant. Service is mediocre. Servers and manager sat at front booth - sitting, eating, drinking.

    Matt Martinson · February 20, 2013
  • Kat P.

    Call ahead 30 minutes ahead of time and put your name in - little to no wait when you get there!

    Kat Pummill · January 13, 2013
  • Pam W.

    One of my all-time favorite breakfast spots. Lots of food and reasonably priced. I recommend the potato pancakes. Service is awesome.

    Pam Williams · January 6, 2013
  • William J.

    The chocolate sauce on the pancakes is a game changer. Always great service.

    William Jones · December 8, 2012
  • Jasmine S.

    Jesse was an awesome server. Get the Spinach Crepes. Delicious!!

    Jasmine S · December 7, 2012
  • jamie s.

    fyi: the blueberry compote is not compote. it's syrup.

    jamie schmid · October 6, 2012
  • Erica L.

    Gigantic omelets! I could barely eat half.

    Erica Lilyann · September 23, 2012
  • EN W.

    Make sure your Vegetarian Omelette doesn't come with a big cube of ham.

    EN Wisdom · August 16, 2012
  • Dani K.

    This sounds odd...but the pancakes are TRULY legit and memorable. Breakfast lovers unite here!

    Dani K. · June 22, 2012
  • Danielle D.

    Watch out for all the hot dilfs here

    Danielle Danner · May 16, 2012
  • Lisa W.

    Best crepes and eggs in Milwaukee!!!!!!

    Lisa Westveer · May 13, 2012
  • courtney

    The golden brown waffle is the best breakfast. So simple but so delicious. Also if you get hash browns get them extra crispy!! So good!

    courtney · March 29, 2012
  • Gaby T.

    Great bacon and potato pancakes

    Gaby Turer · March 9, 2012
  • Christine T.

    I recommend the brown sugar & banana french toast or, if you have some time to wait, definitely give the Dutch baby a try. :)

    Christine Tousignant · January 17, 2012
  • David H.

    Try the Pina Colada Pancakes

    David Hartman · January 13, 2012
  • Chris L.

    The beverage glasses are HUGE!! I had 46 pancakes and could only drink 1/3 of my orange juice because the cup was so big. 2 gallons at least. Bill Brasky couldn't finish that orange juice!!

    Chris Larson · November 23, 2011
  • PupilsBabyBlue ..

    While you wait order hot chocolate or coffee :)

    PupilsBabyBlue .com · October 15, 2011
  • MATT S.

    Apparently pancakes are now exclusively cooked in peanut oil. So forget ordering an omelette because the only option for pancakes you'll have is potato pancakes.

    MATT SCHOTTING · October 2, 2011
  • Brian M.

    Bacon as thick as your wrist!

    Brian Moore · August 17, 2011
  • Daniel S.

    Opens at 7am, closes at 2pm (3pm on weekends).

    Daniel Spiewak · July 12, 2011
  • VISIT Milwaukee

    Start with the Apple Pancake for your table. The omelets are fabulous (you can totally share it). They're as big as your head! Share a side of the roasted potatoes too!

    VISIT Milwaukee · June 10, 2011
  • Ashley B.

    The orange juice is to die for!

    Ashley Baeseman · April 14, 2011
  • Brian M.

    Fiesta omelet is amazing, perfect breakfast and even better left over!

    Brian Moran · March 5, 2011
  • Helen B.

    WHY ARE THE BEVERAGES HERE SOOOO SMALL AND SO UNREASONABLY PRICED. I like my pancakes but I also like a normal sized beverage along with them.

    Helen Bonokollie · February 6, 2011
  • Ronnicia J.

    Very spacious, and modern feel to this spot. I almost enjoy it more than the location in Madison! Banana pancakes are a plus :)

    Ronnicia Johnson-Walker · January 29, 2011
  • Jacob B.

    Arguably, the best breakfast location in milwaukee. Very fast & fresh. Get the coffee - smooth as silk - and the crispy bacon.

    Jacob Brennan · January 15, 2011
  • Elaina S.

    If you cant finish a full order go for the junior pancakes, 3 pancakes and a side is perfect size!

    Elaina S · December 4, 2010
  • Sophie S.

    Very customizable. Ask for substitutions and they will be happy to accommodate. No soy milk, though :(

    Sophie Sensat · November 28, 2010
  • Reggie W.

    You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu here. Order a side of bacon (it's thick cut) and rest assured that this statement is accurate.

    Reggie Wegner · November 6, 2010
  • Greg C.

    The portions are very generous.

    Greg Carter · August 11, 2010
  • Greg

    This place will turn non-pancake lovers into pancake lovers. Seriously, you must get the pancakes!

    Greg · June 12, 2010
  • Jessica Lynn S.

    HUGE portions! Omelettes taste homemade but split with a friend.

    Jessica Lynn Shull · April 24, 2010
  • Stephanie M.

    Banana pancakes :)

    Stephanie Muller · April 18, 2010
  • Shannon G.

    Best bacon in town!

    Shannon G. · February 13, 2010

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