Coquette Cafe
Coquette Cafe

Coquette Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.coquettecafe.com/
  • Phone: 4142912655x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday:11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Hatleli & Nick Burki
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are available for all of your catering needs. Give us a call at 414-291-2655 to discuss your upcoming event. You may also email us at Coquette_Cafe@sbcglobal.net
  • Special Events: Our Garden Room is perfect for Special Events up to 50 People. We are also able to rent out larger areas of the Dining Room for events. Please call us at 414-291-2655 or email us at Coquette_Cafe@sbcglobal.net

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between St. Paul and Buffalo
  • Public Transit: There are bus and trolley stops within one block of the front door.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking behind building after 5 PM every night and all day on Sunday
A word from Coquette Cafe
Nestled in the Landmark Building in The Historic Third Ward, Coquette Cafe serves up authentic bistro fare in warm, casual surroundings. Coquette is the kind of place where guests can pop in any time of day for everything from French Onion Soup and Flatbread Pizza to Crisp Provincal Roast Chicken. Whether it's cozying up to the bar for a glass of provincial French wine or exclusively brewed French ale, or having dinner or a small banquet in one of its three bustling dining areas, Chefs and Co- Owners Nick Burki and Chris Hatleli and their wonderful staff are eager to accommodate one's every need. Although brand new in February of 1999, Coquette's informal decor blends well with its vintage surroundings. The dark wood, mirrored back bar and glowing gold walls invite you in to experience top quality and unassuming fare that you might find in the home kitchens of French grandmothers.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Coquette Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)special occasion (63)neighborhood gem (60)romantic (54)great for lunch (33)notable wine list (24)good for groups (22)great for brunch (20)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Good, but not as good as before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We have come to Coquette Cafe on several occasions, and have always bee very pleased before, but this time we were somewhat disappointed. We both thought that our entrees were forgotten and overcooked, which resulted in a rubbery Red Snapper. The Cow au Vin did not suffer as much, except for but the sauce. The French onion soup was wonderful, and the Lime Meringue pie was to die for. We're hoping that this was just a one-time event, and do plan on returning again in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food & service
    Amazing
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Consistently good food including the seasonal menus. Service was 5 star all the way. Tends to get rather noisy due to the architecture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent little place! The food is amazing, and the ambiance is perfect for a date. Great wine list, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was my first visit to this restaurant and I was so impressed with the food and the service. I will be back on November 7.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experiencve
    GammaDorey
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times for lunch. This was a first time for supper/dinner, and I was equally impressed with the food and service. I requested and received a quiet table in the back, and we were able to engage in a quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as always!
    HighStyleonaBudget
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been coming to Coquette Cafe for several years and this most recent visit did not disappoint! Such a relaxed atmosphere, great service, excellent food. Can't wait for our next visit! This time we didn't have an entree in favor of an appetizer plus sandwich/flatbread. I highly recommend the Alsatian salmon flatbread and the smoked salmon croissant. Fantastic desserts and perfect espresso too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First timers
    Ride2fast4me
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always wanted to try this place, and finally did for Sweetest Day. Very authentic French bistro atmosphere, in the heart of the artsy 3D Ward. Good menu with many of the French classics. Service was prompt and attentive, the Kir Royale was a very generous portion, and the dinners were delicious. Good free parking after 5pm behind the restaurant with easy access through the back door. Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Place
    mykindoftown
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I have been coming to Coquette for many years and have never been disappointed. It is always great to walk in and be greeted by the waitstaff that remembers you, and treats you like a long lost friend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love this place
    Lovethecafe
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have never had a bad experience dinning here. The wait staff are polite, enjoy what they do and make diners feel comfortable and never rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The staff is amazing. Bill and his servers do a great job and the food is awesome. Thank you for making our night a special one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wife's birthday dinner
    Sooner4040
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had never been to this restaurant before and even found good parking on a Friday Night (I KNOW, we were shocked too). The service was exceptional, from the hostess to our server. The food was delightful, though I wish I would have ordered the Red Snapper my wife ordered, looked awesome and I had to "sneak" one bite, though my pumpkin ravoli wasn't bad at all. Plus the bonus was watching the dance studio across the street practice (evidently someone is getting married here soon). Would definitely recommend this to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice experience
    Mary
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our group of 4 ordered varied items and everyone loved what was served. The server was knowledgeable and friendly but not overpowering. Great place for dinner before theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My dinner was outstanding and only wish we had had more time to linger before theater commitment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappointed
    foodyme
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I've been going to Coquette for 15 years now and have never been disappointed. A couple servers I wasn't thrilled with over the years but otherwise everything is delicious, it's the only place I clean my plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative culinary
    eatingoutVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Cozy environment with skilled and friendly servers. This eatery has a wide variety of well prepared dishes. Perhaps the most amazing offering is their basic field greens salad with the most amazing house dressing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service and attention were excellent. My wife and I shared a salad which was very good, and my wife gauged her salmon choice as also excellent. However, I've had better hanger steaks before. This time, the red wine shallot sauce overwhelmed my tough steak. My pet peeve though, were the wine glasses. This restaurant uses tiny, diner-type wine glasses filled to the brim where there is no room to smell the bouquet of our good wine selection. To me, this detail takes away from a good dinning experience and it cheapens the place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    rick1119
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I had the specials offered that were not on the regular menu. The food was great and so was the service. Order the corn chowder if they offer it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Reasonable French Food
    Nancetta
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    LOVE Coquette Café!! Wonderful French food without the attitude! Lovely setting in the unique and beautiful 3rd Ward. A quiet gem of a restaurant with outstanding food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We Love coming here, the food is excellent, the wine choices are very good, and the ambiance is great! We love sitting at the bar and having dinner as well, great vibe! The meatloaf is amazing, it's hard for me to order anything else, even though there are lots of great choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    Juliarh
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was my second time at Coquette and it was still a pleasure to eat there. I had the veal meatloaf which was great, and my son had the red snapper which was excellent. We were meeting old friends who did not know the place, and it was the perfect place to bring them to familiarize them with Milwaukee and with Wisconsin. Great food, grat beer and wine, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    HUNGRYFORMORE
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went Friday night and enjoyed an amazing soup, great salads and incredible entrees. It was cozy and easy to have a conversation. Our server was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    FredVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner the other evening. My wife finally tried something other than her favorite hangar steak, and kept raving about the roasted chicken! The evening's special duck breast was perfectly prepared and presented. Our niece loved her French onion soup and the pizza she selected. Thanks for making her birthday celebration special with the decorated dessert plate and candles. She had been looking forward to this dinner all year since it is her mom's favorite place. David is always the perfect server, very knowledgeable of the menu, personable, and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    RSVM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Got everything except dessert. Cocktails, starter, wine, main course and after dinner drinks were wonderful. It was busy, but my wife and I were surprised it was not busier. One main dish had a slightly overpowering sauce, but still great flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coquette
    9231chapmab
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been to coquette Café many times. Their French onion soup is extremely delicious and their entrées were very good. I had a Coq au vin which was incredible. although you have to be warned that the dishes can be quite rich. Their wine list is extensive and the beers they have are also very good. The dessert was a the icing on the cake and we could not have ended the night any better. I recommend coquette Café to all of my friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rich
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    In general the food was not cooked properly. Sauces were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special date
    special
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I received a gift certificate for your place and knew it was an elite restaurant, so I wanted to use it in a special way. I had a pleasant and quiet meal with my daughter. The environment made our Sunday very special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Adorable French restaurant
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is an excellent french restaurant with authentic quality items on the menu. There are several options ranging in price that make it possible to have cheaper meal if necessary. The food tasted great and the service was wonderful. I had a wonderful time and would love to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paris finds Milwaukee
    Amazing
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Best place in Milwaukee for Paresian food. Martinis are always perfect and now they are expanding their specials to experience other cultural foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality and creative
    MAERVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Can rave about this restaurant enough. In the epicenter of Milwaukee activity, the Third Ward, the food was more creative than any I've seen in some time and more importantly, didn't just look good, it tasted good. I was there as part of a art tour group for luncheon, and loved it so much I returned with some group member for dinner. I'm telling all my foodie traveler friends about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French food.
    GourmetmomVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Have yet to be disappointed at this lovely French cafe. The food is always outstanding and the service wonderful. Just wished I lived closer so I could dine there more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Meal at a Special Resturant
    UrbanGardener
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our party, celebrating a birthday, was served by an exceptionally attentive waitress. She interacted with us, but also maintained a great level of service throughout the meal. The birthday boy ordered salmon, even though he's not a big fan of salmon. He said it was the best salmon he's ever had. I ordered the cheese and caramelized onion ravioli. Although the flavors were really good, it wasn't as attractively presented as the other entrees at the table. The other entrees included a chicken sandwich and two other salmon entrees. Everyone enjoyed the food, the Sidecars and the rose wine selection. It's nice that this restaurant has affordable sandwich and entree salad options and a prix fixe menu option, in addition to the entree selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Cafe
    love3rdward
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect, but the meal was pricey. I had the con a vic and the chicken was tender and moist and the meal as a whole was good. For the price I would have thought it would have been a better presentation or more flavorful. I was there during the week and it was quiet and low key which was nice. The menu over all was ok, but perhaps I was expect more edgy French diners. The server was pleasant and very attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent meal
    Eater
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Coquette Cafe offers excellent food at reasonable prices, and has a very nice wine list. Both of our meals were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Evening
    I43pair
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A first visit for my wife and me, and it was a great experience; wonderful ambience, very attentive service, excellent food, relaxing/casual/non-rushed atmosphere, good background music. We can't wait to go back, even though it's a 45 minute trip into the city, to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great luncheon
    Alberto
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food excellent, the service attentive, the restaurant atmosphere appropriate for conversation. Coquette is a winner
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful charming experience
    Enjoydining
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had lunch here and were treated very well. Our waitress was very attentive. Our meal was wonderful and dessert was delish!9
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, as usual!
    Andi7314
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I love going for their French onion soup and following up with the crembrule or dessert. In my experience, Coquette's version of these two items is the best in town! The service was great; our waitress was a gem and was on top of any of our dining needs. She made wonderful menu recommendations as well. We will be dining in again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hitting on all cylinders!
    jcgsbgVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife & I have been Coquette regulars for years, going back to probably 5 years before the sale. So, obviously, we like the food & atmosphere. But I must note, over the last few months, the restaurant is knocking it out of the park every visit. This is the best I've know CC to be in all the years we've been going there. Each & every dish is expertly prepared, perfectly spiced, and gorgeously plated. The specials, particularly the seafood entrees, have just been magnificent. I heard somewhere that you have a new sous-chef, so that's probably part of the story, but it seems to us that from the owners down to the dishwashers, everyone at CC is at the absolute top of his/her game. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as always
    DDthexton
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Coquette is a favorite place to take serious food lovers. In addition great classic French dishes, they also have seasonal specials that are wonderful. It's impossible to have anything other than delicious at Coquette!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    MKYOU
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food, ambience and service (Richard was our waiter) were all outstanding. The wine list had a number of good American and French options for a reasonable price. We’re new to Milwaukee and we’ve found our French Bistro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet