Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern

Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern

  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (24)great for outdoor dining (14)special occasion (10)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (7)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)romantic (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)neighborhood gem (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • out of business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Made a reservation, showed up for dinner and the restaurant was closed, out of business. Ended up going to Lake Park Bistro, which was fantastic, but pricey.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good quick bite
    JPSKI
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Stopped for a quick meal before a concert and were not disappointed
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Shouldn't have have to pay for parking, ran out of steak and king crab legs at 6pm. Good ambiance, and views. Food seems slightly over priced for quality.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great prices great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Crab cakes are delicious! Very fresh and perfectly cooked. We also had sushi and it wasn't what you would normally get but it was different in a good way, for example the salmon in the roll had a smoky taste and the spicy mayo they use is delicious. To en it all we had a creme brule and a key lime pie. I gotta say the key line pie is again not what you usually get when you order one of these, it was a hard crust with a great cream icing and inside there was a key lime jam-like filling, so when you cut the crust it will flow out like a liquid spilling out. Having said this, the taste was delicious and missing it with the crust and the icing made it taste amazing. As per the creme brule, quite simply one of the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Darts27
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. He had the stuffed Grouper which had very little flavor. I had the grilled salmon and asparagus. My portion was insanely small. I ended up leaving the restaurant hungry. And our bill with the $20 off Groupon was $75. It was crazy over priced compared to the portion size and quality of food. The view was beautiful though. Right on the river with all of downtown Milwaukee surrounding us. Needless to say, we will not be going back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sandy L
    SandyL
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went to Molly Cool's on Friday night to celebrate my friends birthday. We made a reservation, but certainly didn't need one. There were only a few other tables with diners. The waiter was good, and attentive. We looked at the menu online and were disappointed when we saw the actual menu in the restaurant. Many of the items we planned to order were not offered. Our waiter said the menu had just been changed two weeks ago. I wish the website had been updated at the same time to reflect what they really offer. We did enjoy everything we had which included crab cakes, southwest chicken egg rolls, crab legs, soup, potato cakes, and the fish and chips. We had dessert, which we all enjoyed also.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • breakfest
    hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good breakfast selections with some of the best bloody's downtown Unfortunately our waiter seem to only be able to focus on one table at a time and he had several tables . Pleasant when we saw him but disappeared for long periods of time. We will return, have had good service in the past.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was ok salmon was good a bit of a small portion and only served with carrots which were a bit crunchy key lime tart very hard couldn't cut with knife had to break pieces off pretty place chicken was ok
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outdoor seating
    hatesmellyoutdoors
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were seated outdoors, had a table closest to the door. What was really off-putting was the trash behind us and the smell. Had friends there from overseas, was very disappointed. But the food was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeff s.
    jeffs19
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Not very good service at all. Hostesses were rude and confused. Wait staff was unattentive and disinterested. A lot of employees walking around and bumping into eachother. If not for great parking location we would mane reservations elsewhere. We will be searching for different options for Bradley center preshow and game parking and dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for a special night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I made reservations ahead of time for a special dinner prior to a concert. Upon arrival we were seated in the bar area at pub tables. Not too romantic. I checked the menu online prior to going and saw some dishes that looked great.Upon arrival, none of those were available and the menu seemed very limited. We ordered drinks and an appetizer to start with, and received and ate the appetizers all before any drinks ever came. For dinner I had the stuffed Grouper. Rather dry and not very stuffed, not worth the $28 or $29 bucks. My wife had the chicken and shrimp penne pasta. There was actually only three small shrimp in there and the chicken was kind of dried out. The service was excellent. I just would not go back for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot before show at Marcus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good food and service. Free valet parking and short walk to the Marcus Center make this a great option for a pre-show destination. Right on the river for great views.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    rocthom
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    When we arrived our table for 11 was already set for us. The food and service was very good! Everyone really liked their food selection. The service was fantastic! The waitress was very attentive to the group even though the restaurant was at full capacity during lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only saving grace was the food...
    ATLfoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing and delicious
    funfoodmke
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late-Night Dinner
    totefische
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Service was good. Food was great. Perfect late-night stop with a scenic view and quiet atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 543 reviews are from the Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern reviews archive.
  • Good food
    1customersview
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great find
    sabbaticalchef
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On The Fence
    Batobus
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Midwest
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Molly Cool's downtown dining week
    Chris
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Experience
    diningqueen
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Molly
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time with good friend
    MrsWhy
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been Better
    elof24
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    badgereater
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Mollycools
    Luvthosecrablegs
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Loved the couch/booths- very comfy. Love, love, love sitting by the water dinning. Had to dine inside due to weather but still nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Mother's Day!
    Go2MollyCools
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodchica
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The Maryland oysters were good and the entrees were delicious. Drinks were very expensive and tasted of little alcohol.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with a spectacular view
    tablereviews
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great food. Kid friendly. Great Front seat view of the Milwaukee River.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Molly Cool
    gpatterson1
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Shawnie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be wonderful...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • descent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My night
    MsStylz
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I had a wonderful time as usual! The food was awesome, the waitress was amazing! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my first time and
    Minez321
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible food.
    Bill0168
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic