welcome to "the cheel"

where we are serving up fresh flavor altitude and farm-to-fork attitude in every scratch-crafted morsel

...from the Himalayas to the Rockies

the cheel is all about the authentic flavors and ancient food preparation techniques of Nepal. Led by owners Barkha and Jesse Daily, both of whom grew up cooking with their families from a very young age - Barkha in Kathmandu, Jesse in Idaho - the cheel is a place for food adventurers, enthusiasts, and aficionados willing to try new things.

At the heart of the menu are “tidbits” or small plates that feature momos, delicate and savory dumplings served with crisp, spicy dipping sauces or aachars. Tamarind, ginger, sesame, timur, jimbu, cumin, mustards, saffron, chili pepper, garlic – these are the heritage ingredients that impart their distinctive tang. Did we mention cilantro, lemon, and lime?

Thali, or feast, is a traditional Nepalese dinner of flavor-infused and lightly grilled vegetables, marinated lamb or wild boar, rice and lentils. Soups, salads, sides, and dal, are here too, all with a Kathmandu spice-route inspired spin.

the cheel is located in downtown Thiensville in a rare 1890's Victorian landmark that has been lovingly restored and re-imagined. The eclectic décor including an original art deco bar, high tops and banquets, and covered 4-season outdoor patio, is suffused with a contemporary Asian feel and metallic accents.

Enjoy any of our sassy-crafty cocktails, our nod to our building’s storied past, made with house infused liquors, fresh pressed juices and exquisite bitters, or choose from a great variety of wine, beer, and non-alcoholic libations.

Quench your thirst for food adventure, taste the heat and feel our passion, for serving up a unique and convivial dining experience where you can relax and just "cheel out."






Party of 8 or more
No reservations

Contact Us




105 s main street
thiensville, wi 53092


    4:00pm - 9pm
    Tuesday - Thursday
    11:30am - 9pm
    Friday - Saturday
    11:30am - 11:00pm

    4:00pm - 10pm
    Tuesday - Thursday
    11:30am - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday
    11:30am - close  


Craft Cocktails



October 2019

Wednesday, 10/30 @ 6:30pm - Donna Woodall Trio
Thursday, 10/31 @ 7:00pm - Halloween Masquerade w/ Pierre Lee Band

November 2019

Saturday, 11/2 @ 9:00pm - Flood Brothers
Wednesday, 11/6 @ 6:30pm - Standard Issue w/ Sue Russell
Saturday, 11/9 @ 9:00pm - Liv Mueller w/ Mrs. Fun
Wednesday, 11/13 @ 6:30pm - Dan Lloyd +
Saturday, 11/16 @ 9:00pm - Tommy Gerlach Band
Wednesday, 11/20 @ 6:30pm - Wiegratz & DeRose Jazz
Saturday, 11/23 @ 9:00pm - Cameron Webb Soul Trio
Wednesday, 11/27 @ 6:30pm - Dan Dance Trio
Saturday, 11/30 @ 9:00pm - Cohen, Noden & Wilson

December 2019

Wednesday, 12/4 @ 6:30pm - Soulfoot Mombits
Saturday, 12/7 @ 9:00pm - One Lane Bridge
Wednesday, 12/11 @ 6:30pm - Dan Lloyd +
Saturday, 12/14 @ 9:00pm - Marvelous Mack & Friends
Wednesday, 12/18 @ 6:30pm - Patrick Van Biber
Friday, 12/20 @ 9:00pm - Cassie Betcher Duo
Saturday, 12/21 @ 9:00pm - Donna Woodall Trio
Wednesday, 12/25 - Closed for Christmas Day
Saturday, 12/28 @ 9:00pm - Olschmidt & Cohen
Tuesday, 12/31 @ 9:00pm - New Years Eve with Pierre Lee & Stephen Hull


the cheel has been listed by Travel Wisconsin as one of the seven destination restaurants in all of Wisconsin.

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3 Dishes: The Cheel's Barkha Limbu Daily

"The cheel definitely embodies and exemplifies my passion for delicious food, especially when it's made with high quality ingredients," says Chef Barkha Limbu Daily, "The restaurant prepares every dish from scratch.

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Lakeland Alumni Guide Current And Potential Students

Lakeland’s 2016 Business Colloquium took place on Tuesday, March 1, bringing four Lakeland alumni who have been successful in business back to their roots.

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Barkha Limbu Daily Shares The Flavors Of Nepal, Burma, Tibet

When Barkha Limbu Daily left her home in Nepal to come to Wisconsin in 2003, her only idea of America was from movies.
Attending Lakeland College, she was the first in her family to come to the United States for school. She loved the school but missed the foods from home.

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Lakeland College Graduate Hosting 2nd SOAR Event At The Cheel

When Barkha Limbu Daily arrived at Lakeland College from Kathmandu, Nepal, more than a decade ago, she quickly discovered a great way to make friends.

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Local Restaurateur Profile: Barkha Daily, The Cheel

Thiensville probably isn’t your first thought when it comes to the Wisconsin food scene, but if Barkha Daily has her way, that will change. 

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Chef Spotlight - The Cheel's Barkha Limbu Daily

When Barkha Daily first came to the United States to attend Lakeland College in Sheboygan, she had plans to become a criminal profiler or psychologist. Instead, she ended up majoring in marketing, 

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Craft Cocktails: A New World Of Libations

When ordering a cocktail in years past, most of us had one requirement; it simply needed to taste good. Now, since the resurgence of craft cocktails, we are starting to expect more.

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Good-For-You Dishes Are Everywhere

It might seem like everything is breaded and fried or draped in bacon, but restaurant menus do have dishes that a dietary guidelines advisory committee member would order. Good and good-for-you dishes are everywhere, if you look for them; here are a dozen examples:

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Milwaukee's Best New Restaurants Of 2014

A Spanish restaurant, a Nepali restaurant. Restaurants where diners can start their day, and a restaurant where diners can end it with a midnight snack — or an entire dinner.

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The Cheel Offers A Taste Of Nepal In Thiensville

A Nepali restaurant in Thiensville? I heard that more times than I could keep straight after the Cheel opened in summer in the little village's downtown. Everyone was expecting German, maybe?

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Grand Opening Is Friday And Saturday At The Cheel, Thiensville's New Nepalese Restaurant

Reminder: The Cheel, a restaurant serving Nepalese fare and other food from the region around the Himalayas as well as American plates, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend in Thiensville.

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The Cheel Will Open This Weekend

The Cheel, a restaurant specializing in Himalayan fare, will open this weekend on the southwest corner of Buntrock Avenue and South Main Street in Thiensville.

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The Cheel Brings Nepalese Fare To Thiensville

Currently, the building at 105 S. Main St. in Thiensville, is under construction. Paper covers the windows, which are etched with the message: "Cheel out… we're coming soon."

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The Cheel Will Serve Nepalese And American Plates

A restaurant serving dishes from the Himalayas is due in July in Thiensville, apparently the only such brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Milwaukee area.

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HOPE for NEPAL: Thiensville woman starts fundraiser to help earthquake survivors

A local woman spent Saturday morning desperately trying to reach her family members -- many of whom live in the area hardest hit by the Nepal earthquake.

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Himalayan-style fish fry dazzles customers at The Cheel in Thiensville

Taming and Flaming the wild boar with chef barkha limbu daily

Five of the best chefs in Milwaukee, WI, compete in a French restaurant.