Coquette Cafe
Coquette Cafe

Coquette Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.coquettecafe.com/
  • Phone: (414) 291-2655
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Coquette Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (16)special occasion (16)romantic (12)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (6)good for groups (6)great for brunch (6)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Tasty Options
    WisconsinCityGirl
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Excellent! So many wonderful choices. Plan to return to try them all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Satisfied!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We have visited Coquette Cafe on many occasions. The food, service, ambiance, and location make this cafe a must see for any guest! We have never been disappointed. Have visited the cafe for lunch, dinner, dessert, & Sunday Brunch and each experience was a memorable one. Each menu choice is made to perfection, and the wait staff is attentive to your needs. Should you visit the Third Ward make sure you stop by!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Natasha
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food is consistently delicious. This is a great spot to meet friends for dinner or to grab frites after a play.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YAY!
    ShannonVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Coquette Cafe is such an awesome place! The service was exceptional, everything timed perfectly. The food was incredible as well! This is only the second time I have eaten here, but we took a chance and brought our out of state parents to check out something new( they have been coming to visit for about 15 years and we always go to the same restaurants downtown). They LOVED it! We will definitely be returning! Thank you to our server and the kitchen staff for providing such a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We have been to CC about 5 times in the last year, and are always very pleased by the tasty food, very pleasant staff and solid service. we also like the design of the restaurant with nice tables in the front windows and some booths. The bartender is a complete professional, and the selection of drinks very fine. Excellent place for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show dinner
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here with my in-laws prior to an MSO concert. It was a perfect option -- great food, prompt and attentive service, lovely ambiance... It has been a long time since we've eaten at Coquette, and we hope to be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th Birthday Celebration
    Mossy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wonderful food, great vegetarian choices, beautiful atmosphere! A perfect way to celebrate my birthday with my family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite
    goodeats
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Experience at Coquette is consistent time after time, year after year. Great atmosphere, wonderful food. Never disappointed. Prices are very reasonable, as well. Full dinner, with dessert and drinks usually around $100 before tip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded my expectations
    Forrest
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    It was our first time at Coquette Cafe, and we did not know what to expect. Both of our dishes were absolutely delicious and were made less than 10 minutes after we ordered with the quality of a 45 minute wait they delivered delicious food, a good wine list and great dessert too! We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Lunch
    MarcusAurelius
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    My wife asked to come here for a mid week birthday lunch. Had the curried muscles followed by two different salads with chicken. We both commented in great the chicken tasted. Don't say that often.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    FoodwithFriends
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Although I had been to Coquette Cafe several times for dinner, this was the first for brunch. All four of us raved about our entrees. I had the Mediterranian Eggs Benedict - perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. We also sampled the pate plate, the corn chowder, creme brulee and Oeufs a la Neige. Great day and fabulous meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    mck738VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    always good --would like more emphasis on French food which it seems has been neglected in the last few years. great place for lunch too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1160 reviews are from the Coquette Cafe reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent service and fantastic food. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Paris in the Third Ward
    NeighborhooddinersVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Coquette Cafe does a marvelous job of transporting you to an intimate Parisian bistro. The floor to ceiling windows looking out to the street view is very authentic. The Trout Almondine was delicate tasting and superb. Service was good, but not excellent. We dined early so it was pleasantly quiet but bustling. Definitely would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great feature menu
    DrB8800VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The current Greek featured menu is one of the best. Outstanding service as always. One of our favorites in Milwaukee's Third Ward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch at Coquette
    Paulamilwaukee
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Four friends and I celebrated the birthday of another friend. We had a delicious lunch, with everyone ordering different dishes. Each dish was excellent. Our service was also fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not as good as before
    Diteach
    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
    AmazingVIP
    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
    CroonerTim
    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
  • Deena
    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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    HUNGRYFORMOREVIP
    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.