Coast Restaurant
Coast Restaurant

Coast Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coastrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (414) 727-5555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Guests to Coast are invited for: × Dinner - 5:00 - 9:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. × Sunday Brunch - 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Guests may enjoy sit down and station service with options for the whole family. × Happy Hour martini bar - 4:00 - 7:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. × Private dining - Coast offers private dining for anniversary parties, birthdays and special family celebrations. Contact our event planner to make a reservation.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Justin Riege
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: About Zilli Lake & Gardens Coast is just one of several Zilli Lake & Gardens venues available to clients for meetings or special events. From outdoor patios overlooking Lake Michigan to private, high-tech meeting rooms, each Zilli Lake & Gardens rental space features unique design elements and built-in amenities.
  • Private Party Facilities: Meetings By Design The Zilli family has a wide variety of venues to consider when planning your next meeting or special event. From outdoor patios overlooking Lake Michigan to private, high-tech meeting rooms, our facilities are guaranteed to meet your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Candy Zilli 4142771056x411
  • Special Events: Zilli Lake & Gardens will be hosting special events including New Year's Eve.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Astor
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking & public parking lots (on Michigan & Wisconsin) also available.
A word from Coast Restaurant
MILWAUKEE, Wis. —May 25, 2009— Whether you’re meeting for a drink after work or entertaining corporate clients, Coast is the place to go for great food and drinks with a view. The popular downtown Milwaukee restaurant has reopened after extensive renovation with a new menu, a happy hour martini bar, and weekday evening, private and holiday dining.
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Coast Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4
    Service5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (2)good for groups (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • HOME RUN!
    luvfoodbev
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It has been a long time since dining at COAST. I was not only pleasantly surprised but found the dining experience to be exceptional in every way. I will return soon. The staff is very professional and friendly. They will do anything to accommodate their guests. I suggest that you give it a try! I have also attended monthly group events for their happy hour and have never been disappointed with the drinks and small plates/snacks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only review submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 153 reviews are from the Coast Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Better for a group event
    wh0caresVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I stopped in for happy hour/early dinner. I was the first one there at 5:00 and another party didn't arrive until close to 6:00. Server said they are more for special occasions and groups. Food was okay. I ordered from their happy hour appetizer menu where you got special price on one appetizer and drink. Small portion but can't complain about the very cheap price. Service was poor. Great view of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Very, very quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy Stations
    JEDINITE
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Champagne bellini bar was a great choice! lovely background music, cooked-to-order omelet station, extremely creative station setups. We all love love loved it. Oh I forgot to mention the chocolate fountain that was a lot of fun dipping.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch with a view enjoyed by all
    fishfryfanatic
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    we dined at Coast for Mothers day. We had a group of 10 and were extremely happy. Our server was very good but a bit too talkative. It is not a huge ponderosa buffet but what they do offer is high quality. We also went to Boerner for Brunch on Easter Sunday which was very well enjoyed. Kind of bummed out that the gardens were not ready.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Easter Brunch
    kkgf
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This wasn't your average brunch! The food was excellent and price was reasonable. We will definitely do this again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Goody
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    It had been a few years since I was at Coast resteraunt so I was sure what to expect. Our party of five all enjoyed the food that was hot and fresh, which doesn't always happen at bruch stations. We had excellant service and would highly recommend Coast to others.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service not as good as the food
    Cowboy07
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My family went to Coast for Easter brunch and the food was OK, it was good. The place is situated in a very nice area, by the lake and the museum. The service on our table was weak though; it always took a long time to see our waitress for the additional drink, removing the dirty dishes and even getting the check.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Easter Brunch
    JenLovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Very enjoyable - tasty - wish there was a mimosa bar not a bloody Mary bar - it clashes with the food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were the only ones in the
    Judes
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We were the only ones in the restaurant. It was great from a service perspective, but a bit odd when trying to host a business dinner for people in from out of town... just strange. The waiter/bartender was great and helpful and the food was good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Years Eve
    Nancy
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A Great spot for a special New Year's Eve. The "Speakeasy" theme was fun and well executed. A fun evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coast is a downtown great secret
    Riesling
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Coast is a wonderful spot to dine downtown. Their is parking in the adjacent parking structure that is validated, the ambience is excellent as is the views, food and service. It is a best kept secret for downtown dining!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for all occasions!
    Margo
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    We would definitely recommend this restaurant (Coast) to celebrate any occasion. The staff is very accommodating. While there was plenty to choose from the menu, we still wanted more variety for our big party, especially appetizers and deserts. The Beverage Director took care of that. He also helped to choose wines. The table was set and laid just as we wanted. Very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 30th wedding anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    A gift of a Zilli's gift card brought us to Coast. Coast is Zilli's only remaining restaurant and it is open to the public only Tues thru Fri as Zilli's focuses on their catering business. Our server informed us that the limited number of entrees (5) was reduced by one as the sirloin steak was not available. My wife and I then both elected for the filet, done medium well. Most restaurants will butterfly filets ordered medium well, but Coast did not. The order took awhile, but the filets arrived perfectly medium well. We ordered the calamari appetizer, which was fine and desserts which were also fine. Food and service were both very good. We had a lot of privacy as there were at most 4 tables going while we were there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the $$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I expected better food for the money...I've had much better food for the money at other restaurants. The Mother's Day brunch was way over priced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only reason I rated the
    chsp
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The only reason I rated the "ambiance" lower is because it was very warm in the area we were sitting. The place is beautiful!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day 2013
    Redly
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Coast was striving to do a nice brunch for Mother's Day and they succeeded. I personally would have appreciated more fresh salads and a different desert option rather than a chocolate fountain but the bellini bar was a nice touch and ALL of the food was exceptional. Our server, Logan, was very attentive and the servers overall seemed to work as a team to clear plates and fill waters. We will definitely be going back! The only drawback is the different "levels" of the restaurant for an elderly person to manuver for a stationed brunch. As long as other customers keep their young children from running amuk the ambience was lovely.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch was very
    Izzy
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Mother's Day Brunch was very good!! Service was very attentive. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    It was a nice brunch...not over the top with selections, which was refreshing. Four of us dined and we each had our favorites. There was enough to appeal to everyone, but not so much that you felt over-endulged. It was expensive. Therefore, I may be inclined to consider other options next go round. Did not look at the regular menu, but assume brunch price was indicative of the regular fare. If so, I may frequent only on special occasion. That would be unfortunate, because it's a beautiful location.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was good sliced beef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    food was good sliced beef in the au jus made it a bit tougher - was great if you got it before it was drowned a bit too hot by the windows server only came around for the bill basically - but the water guy / busser he was Great! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure what to make of it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    My son and I dined there. I made reservations thinking it would be busy (most restaurants are on a Friday night at 7:00 pm). We hadn't been to eat here for a couple of years, and my first impression was that the place hadn't changed at all (which surprised me since they had closed & opened to accommodate their emphasis on large groups). I'm never quite sure when they're open to the public. The menu hadn't changed at all either. The place was deserted-- just my son and I all evening. The bartender was nice, but he was on his laptop in between serving us (couldn't really blame him). The food wasn't very good, I'm afraid-- it was overcooked and perhaps had been frozen a little too long. It was a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The meal was cold, the favors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    The meal was cold, the favors were nothing special. I would not return, when there are so many better options in Milwaukee.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coast is usually a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Coast is usually a favorite of ours. We were hoping at least a portion of the regular menu would be available on Valentine's Day, it wasn't. Will dine again, but not on Valentine's Day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were there for Valentines
    Tyutyi
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We were there for Valentines Day- but for a Girls Night- and we were surprised that it was so empty! The food was very good and the service too! Only tiny minus - on that day they had the Valentines Menu and they didn't gave us the obvious choice of the a la carte... plus the server should know what kind of champagne he`s serving... (but maybe thats justs me being spoiled by Switzerland) Overall a wonderful night with great food- anytime again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was ok, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The service was ok, but the waiter was absent for significant periods of time. The soup was good, but everything else was horible. We each had new york strip, but I have never seen a strip with so many muscle segments and connective tissue. The need a new butcher and chef. The worst steak I have ever had.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I Have been outside having cocktails in the summertime but this was my first experience inside for dinner. My wife and I both enjoy great food. The combination you created and the quality delivered on a busy night was outstanding. The flavors, pairing of the wines and presentation of each dish made our dinner delightful. We have already mentioned it to several friends. We did not stay for the evening. We were hoping that the entertainment Coast booked for New Years eve would be "for us" but realistically, the piano is not a party instrument. This caused us to search for entertainment at the last minute.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I had a very
    foodyme
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    My husband and I had a very romantic lovely dinner on New Year's Eve. We didn't know we could not order off the menu, so we had to go with the New Year's Eve menu which was very lovely. I would have preferred a choice of a filet of beef, rather than chicken which is what I ordered only because I didn't care for the other two choices. It was delicious though, and the lobster bisque was very good as well as the ceviche bar. Overall it was a very lovely experience. I look forward to going back to Coast restaurant some other time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I went here to celebrate a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    I went here to celebrate a 23rd wedding anniversary on Friday, December 7th and hoping for a quiet, romantic evening. Unfortunately there were a loud group of young children and a baby that was crying most of the night. I realize this was out of the restaurant's control but it was not pleasant. Food was excellent, service was good but seemed a bit understaffed. Restaurant was clean and decorated tastefully.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great meal and a good
    John
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Had a great meal and a good time. Hopefully they stay as a restaurant and not go into 100% bookings
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • THe place was almost empty,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    THe place was almost empty, in fairness it was the first night of Summerfest but I was still surprised by how empty the restaurant was including the bar. Very limited entree menu. My dining guests ordered the tenderloin filet and it was fine. I ordered the cedar plank walleye and it was dry and unremarkable. The simple selection of beer was a problem as it was cool at best and definitely not cold. I ordered my second one with a glass of ice. The wine was fine. We did not sample the deserts.
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  • Don't waste your money or time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    The service was very poor. There were only about 15 people in the restaurant with 3 people on the waitstaff. It took about 10 minutes until our waitress approached our table, and then didn't take orders for drinks (she said someone else would). 5 minutes later, another waitor did and then we waited another 10 minutes to actually get our drinks. It was then another 20 minutes until we ordered our entrees. The disturbing part was that other tables that had larger groups seemed to get more attentive staff than our table did. After our dinner, we requested the raspberry cheesecake. We were told that they don't carry that (even though it is on the menu) and they suggested a different cake. Overall, a very poor experience....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always get great food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We always get great food and service at Coast's Sunday Brunch. Loved the newest feature, a bottomless Bellini Bar. It was a beautifully, sunny day, which made the experience even greater. Thanks for a wonderful Mother's Day Brunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There for Mothers Day. Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    There for Mothers Day. Good selection on brunch. Service poor as far as keeping table clear. When we did need extra help it was slow in coming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Service and food was excellent, highly recommended for brunch. We go every year for Mother's Day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were surprised to arrive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    We were surprised to arrive with our group of 10 to a beautiful, but empty restaurant. There were only 2 other tables of diners there at 8 pm. The manager explained that it is really a catering restaurant, but they are still open to dining. The appetizers were very good. They did not have bottles of wine, but only by the glass. The menu was limited. Many of us had walleye and it did not have much taste. We would not return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I am a florist who has not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    I am a florist who has not yet used your venue. We came out to check logistics for an upcoming event. The staff was very helpful and we know the wedding flowers will only embellish the current facility. The food was outstanding and I believe we will be visiting your location again in the near future just to enjoy the food. Thanks again for your help
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was my first time dining and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    Was my first time dining and everything from the service to the food to ambiance was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful waiter and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    The waiter, John, was outstanding. He was attentive but not intrusive. He made great suggestions. Most impressive is that he did not push the most expensive item on the menu to boost the bill for his tip. One of the best waiters I have had in a long while. I will return based on this experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was there for Valenetine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Was there for Valenetine's Day dinner. My filet was excellent but my date's fish was very bland. The desert (velvet cheesecake) didn't seem all that fresh. Gave our jackets to the coat check girl/hostess, but she was nowhere to be found when we were leaving. Was there for a company outing last year and it was excellent, but this time I was very disappointed, especially for the price ($55 per person). The meal did come with two servings of wine that was passable. May try again, but probably not anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and Romantic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    My Fiance and I went to Coast on Valentine's day and loved it. The food was some of the best we ever had. This has got to be one of the top restaurants in Milwaukee. I strongly suggest giving Coast a shot. You will want to go back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, but too pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    My husband and I went here for Valentine's Day and were impressed by the quiet, romantic atmosphere, friendly service, and gourmet food, however, because the price was so high, we unfortunately will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet