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Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern

Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mollycools.com
  • Phone: (414) 831-8862
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Mike Glaser
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kellie Frey (414) 831-8862

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland
  • Parking: No
A word from Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern
Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern is a fun, casual approach to fresh seafood and offers a variety of freshly caught seafood.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Visiting town for work, a local recommended Molly Cool's. I was bit taken back that they were located on the 1st floor of what seemed to be offices, that were closed, so it was very quiet. But it was DEAD inside the restaurant. My waitress did not want to be there, I had to get up and read the specials for myself. When asked she recommended the dish I selected, which was very good. There wasn't a wine list, because they are changing the list...bartender sent over a STALE Malbec that must have been open for at least a week. Oh did I mention that I was there during Happy Hour?"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The two of us were very happy with our seafood choices. My crabcake sandwich was filled with a thick, delicious, large crabcake. It couldn't have been better. My husband said his scallop BLT wrap was excellent and filled with many scallops. Sitting outside on a lovely afternoon with the river traffic passing by was pleasant and relaxing. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Service was good. Food was great. Perfect late-night stop with a scenic view and quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went for dinner. The fish was good but it was very pricey for not much. No bread was served with the meal. If you wanted additional sides you had to pay which added on to the bill. The view of the river was excellent. The service was very slow and the place was not that busy. It was not a good value for the money. There are many other places along the river that you can get good food at a very good value and more responsive service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very good service, nice atmosphere. I would have preferred a larger selection of actual "seafood" menu for lunch vs. sandwiches and wraps. However both the chilled shrimp cocktail and ceasar salad were very good; well prepared, nice presentation. The waitress was very pleasant and attentive. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I am very glad that I found this restaurant. It was very close to my hotel and to downtown activities I was involved in. The food was very good and our server was excellent."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Visited during Downtown Dining week. Overall experience was good, nice table overlooking river. Servers were very nice and pretty attentive. Food, for the most part, was good. The only complaint that I have is that I ordered salmon and it came woefully undercooked. I sent it back and received a new piece which was definitely better but still a bit underdone. My wife, on the other hand, said her order was cooked properly right off the bat. I think it is a good restaurant and despite my experience with the salmon, would try it again. If that experience is good, I'll add it to our list. If not, I'll probably scratch it."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We had a dinner for a group of 18. They ran out of a number of items on the menu AND our waiter had worse body odor than any homeless person I've ever met. Who wants to eat when they keep smelling body odor? It was disgusting and obviously the management isn't strong enough to talk to the waiter so the customer has to suffer."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I came for downtown dining week and tried the clam chower, fish and chips, and carrot cake. The clam chowder did have large pieces of clam, but was quite oily. The fish and chips were hot and breaded well, but not much flavor and the fries needed help too. And the carrot cake screamed the quality of mass production, but had an ok cream cheese frosting."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Restaurant has a beautiful river view! We went during DDW and the service was rediculously slow. It took a half hour to be served our drinks 2 feet from the bar. Both the manhattan and mojito were weak and way too sweet. The calamari was good but small and came with only one of the sauces on the menu. The salmon, also a very small slice but cooked nicely. The jambalaya is flavorful but spicy but meat and seafood are diced so small you cannot distinguish what you are eating. The desert size is a tasting. Key lime pie is creamy no bake style. Carrot cake is a mini cupcake. We realize many of the offerings during DDW are designed to get you to come back but based on sizes of their menu items and the slow disorganized staff I would not return. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went during Downtown Dining Week. The service was beyond slow. Asked for water right away, didn't get it until 25 minutes later. Got the salads before the drink, which took almost 15 minutes to get, was told the bar was busy. The person that ordered off the menu got anchovies in the Caesar salad, those that ordered the Downtown Dining deal didn't. Three times people showed up with food and wanted to know if it was ours, which it wasn't. Took 25 minutes after dinner dishes cleared to get the desserts, and that was after we asked. The waitress told us she was doing the best she can. The carrot cake for dessert was far from being a carrot cake and looked like some kind of prepackaged dessert. I would never go here again!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service was great, The Crab Cakes were to die for! Talked to the manager when we were leaving. She is Gem !! Will Definitley be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Clam chowder was excellent. Jambalaya was as well, though when it came i thought, "oh boy, that doesn't look to great". It turned out to be fantastic. Carrot cake for dessert was very good - not quite excellent but almost. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have eaten at Molly Cool's many times, but this experience left a lot to be desired. The service was not up to it's usual standard, the bus boy took plates before they were done, and there were some issues with our orders. We had a vegetarian come to dinner with us and there was not much for choices. Normally, I would be thrilled to recommend this restaurant, but not after my last experience. The only constant that I have found to be true is the food is very good and the drinks are excellent. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was good. Portions were on small side for the price. Beer was cold. Overall a nice experience. Would recommend to anyone looking for seafood."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Loved the couch/booths- very comfy. Love, love, love sitting by the water dinning. Had to dine inside due to weather but still nice."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I took my wife to Molly Cool's for Mother's Day and was not disappointed! The selection and quality of the different foods was outstanding. The prime rib at the carving station was some of the sweetest and most succulent meat I've ever had...and the "bark" was laden with terrific seasonings. The sushi was fresh as can be, and the pasta and potatoes were top notch. The raw oysters, shrimp and baked cod were awesome. Finally, the tiramisu, key lime pie and the poppy seed/blueberry muffins were out of this world. Topping off the meal with a couple nice cool IPA's from Lake Street Brewery while sitting outside on the deck made it one of the most relaxing Mother's Day my wife ever had!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Maryland oysters were good and the entrees were delicious. Drinks were very expensive and tasted of little alcohol."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food. Kid friendly. Great Front seat view of the Milwaukee River."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The grouper is incredible, and the crab cakes have big chunks of crab -just the way they should be. Try the carrot cake too!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had an excellent experience with the food. Everything was well done and great tasting. The only downside is you must be aware that everything is ala carte and as such the price jumps quickly. A little too fast for me. Special occasions only."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The overall service, food, and ambience was excellent! My only criticism was the shrimp on my Po-Boy a little salty. Other than that - great. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I have to say I have been to Molly Cools quite few times over the last few years and this last time was a complete let down. I didn't know I they had changed the menu, which can be good sometimes, however not in this case. I normally get the king crab legs or the lobster. While they still had the king crab legs, they no longer had a full lobster. I ended up ordering the twin lobster tails and they were like pure rubber! I also chose asparagus as one of my sides and not one of the stalks was done. Raw asparagus is not a good taste. My husband did have the crab legs which he said were just okay, but was still not happy with them. I think we are definitely on the lookout for a new seafood restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was good, server was friendly- but busy so we didnt see him as often as needed. 1 main downside was they brought 3 meals out and 5 min later had to ask what happened with 4 plate- which was brought out another few mintues later."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had a wonderful time as usual! The food was awesome, the waitress was amazing! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was my first time and it was a very nice scene. The food was great. Had a good portion size. The service was good as well. Veey nice place to dine."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Frozen waterlogged crablegs and lobster. Why ruin Salmon with BBQ sauce? and then I tried it apparently the salmon is so bad the cooks disguise it. Raw carrots and this weird pineapple strawberry mix of a crumble."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I attended a business dinner with 3 other colleages and the food was great! Everyone enjoyed their dinner and the service was attentive."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food here is great and the service is awesome! It also has a nice patio and a great view of the river!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We did not expect anything special from this place as it looked like a college town hangout. Boy, were we ever surprised. It was a Friday in Lent and we were looking for fish. There were so many choices that it was hard to choose. The clam chowder was one of the best. The fish and chips were excellent as it was light on the batter. The grilled whitefish was done to perfection as was the grilled rapini. The meal was topped off with one of the best cappuccinos--big cup not the wippy regular coffee cup many places serve. The wait staff was very attentive. As visitors from out of state, we were made to feel welcome."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great location with a scenic view and within walking distance to many downtown activities. We were seated right on schedule and the service thoughout was commendable. With it being a Friday in Lent we stuck with the walleye fingers and fish fry, both of which were very tasty. However, the large menu variety made it difficult to choose. We did order the calamari as an appetizer which was very dissapointing, but the waiter kindly took it off our bill. The only other issue was the noise level due manly to the large number of kids in our seating area which made it difficult to converse. All said, we would return to Molly Cool's."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a relaxing dinner and then went to the Rep. It was relatively close to walk and was a convenient place for us to go to before the play. We enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went during the NCAA tournament. It was a ZOO because of all the people in town wanting/needing food and drink all at the same time. Tough time getting a drink at the bar ahead of our reservation (we were early) because there were so many people. But the didd manage it. They did a great job overall. They were spot on time for our reservation, regardless of the many, many people there. The service was terrific and timely. The oysters were varied, very fresh, and well shucked. Beer selection very good. Seared tuna salad exceptionally good. We've enjoyed their oyster specials and lobster specials etc. before too. Can be pricey, but quality is good. Well run establishment--important in Milwaukee; many good places. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We were worried that we would not have good food or service the weekend of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, however since we had a reservation, we were seated exactly on time and received such amazing service and food. A bit pricey, however the food and service was worth it. Very prompt and helpful service and delicious food. They dealt with a very large crowd very seamlessly. Very cozy place with a wonderful view as well."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Shrimp and Cod were delicious. Extra special with this sweet thai sauce."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Best calamari in the state. Fresh, light bread coating, tasty marinara sauce. Shrimp Po Boy sandwich on soft roll with very tasty and light sauce. Had reservations and was taken directly to a table. March madness time and place was filled and noise level was good so that you did not have to scream at someone to be heard. Definitely going back for other great looking menu items."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Looking for something more than jus the usual Friday night fish fry (don't worry...they have that as well)? Look no further. Meatless menu options galore! Check out their menu (the Walleye fingers were fantastic)."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "All five entreys ordered that night more than met everyone's expectations. The on draft selection of beverages was just an unexpected added bonus. All of the wait staff bent over backwards to make our dining experience pleasant. Will definitely plan to entertain there in the future."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It had been a minute since I'd eaten at Molly Cool's and was pleasantly surprised to see a change in menu items. My husband and I both ordered snow crab legs with our choice of sides (2 ea). Unfortunately, the legs were over cooked and it was a lot of work to get to the crabmeat. Although a manager came to the table just as a routine check to see how things tasted, I informed her that the crab legs were over cooked and her reaction was to wince and simply walk away. We certainly weren't looking for a free meal, however, it would have been appropriate, to at the very least, make the meal that we were going to pay for correct. All was not bad, the flavor was there, nicely seasoned. I'll stick to happy hour at the bar area."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding, but recommend asking for a quiet location within the restaurant. The table that we were assigned was an unusually noisy location."
    Dined on 2/27/2014