Third Ward Caffe
Third Ward Caffe
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Third Ward Caffe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thirdwardcaffe.com/
  • Phone: 4142240895
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 2:30PM, Brunch Saturday 11:00 - 2:20pm, Dinner Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 8:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Third Ward Caffe reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Had a lovely dinner on New
    WildKat
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Had a lovely dinner on New Year's Eve. Our table was ready right on time as we arrived. The greeting was warm and welcoming and we were seated at a window table - awesome! Holiday decorations filled the warm atmosphere. The service, food & pace was excellent! Great wine list selections! So happy we chose Third Ward Caffe to celebrate the New Year! It's a gem we'll visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We'll miss this place now
    wwelburnVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We'll miss this place now that it has closed (as of New Year's Day 2013)
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  • Food was good. They had some
    MichaelJ8
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Food was good. They had some very healthy choices on the men. The steak was cooked perfectly and the desert was tasty. Service was good, but the staff had an akward energy about them, as if the politeness was forced and unnatural. Not a big deal really, could just be my perception. Decor is... well, not the greatest. Do not like the color scheme, seems too old fashioned. Good quite place for a romantic intalian dinner. Desert is good. The place serves as a bakery too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our first visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    This was our first visit to Third Avenue Cafe and we will be back. Lovely everything about the cafe.
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    romantic
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  • Enjoyed seasonal specials
    Amber
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Enjoyed seasonal specials - pumpkin soup and ravioli; large variety of entrees, small plates, soups and salads; wonderful desserts. Great place for romantic dining for two, or, small groups. Warm and friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our recent visit to Third
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 12/16/2012
    Our recent visit to Third Ward Caffe was enjoyable. We visited after the Christmas Carol at the Pabst on a Sunday evening. The food and wine were very good, but we were a bit disappointed in the service. We felt like we were keeping them when they were ready to go home. Our reservation was for 7:15, 45 minutes before their Sunday 8 pm closing. Hopefully the service will be in line with food on our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic food! Definitely
    wh0caresVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    Fantastic food! Definitely a nice outing for a special occasion and romantic place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • as always, perfect!
    Dynamic
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    always one of our favorite places....been going for close to 25 years and Jane and Randy have become dear friends.....You'll love it too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Food is always fabulous and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Food is always fabulous and such a cozy intimate atmosphere . food so authentically italian!! classic not trendy, a favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Fun Italian-Style Saturday Brunch
    MKEpatronVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Third Ward Caffe manages to stand out from the crowded field of Milwaukee brunch spots. Within it's charming ambiance, we very much enjoyed the unique Italian inspired menu. We especially like that the brunch menu was paired with the lunch menu. This led to an eclectic mix of delicious cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Outstanding food and service three meals in a row with a group - everyone had something different each time and all was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • We have dined here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    We have dined here many times and have always been pleasant. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is excellent, the service is good and we love the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • very good, dinner was very
    Steve
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    very good, dinner was very good, entrees great, pumpkin soup great, lemon pistacio dessert so-so, would have been better with more lemon, chocolate cake was amazing!The service was very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Never let's me down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    The Third Ward Cafe never let's me down. Haven't been in awhile but their food is fresh and delicious. My friend had the carbonara and compared its quality to a place she loves in Little Italy in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Good Food. Great Carrot Cake!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    The third ward cafe has a wonderful atmosphere that would be excellent for a romantic date, or a trip with people that are special to you. The age of the clientele is usually a bit older, but I did not feel out of place (I am 25). The food is fairly well priced for the quality and amount that you get. My ravioli was obviously homemade, and delicious. The Chianti we ordered was smooth and complimented our food well. And you can't beat their carrot cake - it is to die for. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good meal at a quaint italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Northern Italian
    JOmarVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    A local neighborhood favorite of ours. Often overlooked by too many Milwaukeeans. Classic northern Italian cuisine. One of the few spots to still get veal in town. We go back every other week, guess that shows when the server just asks if I want my usual to start after seating us at "our" table. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Always fantastic!
    FredVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    We were glad to experience some of the autumn menu favorites, like the pumpkin soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Overlook This One!
    surpriseme
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Third Ward Caffe is consistently more than good. The food on their regular menu beats any other Italian restaurant in Milwaukee, and their special seasonal menu has no rival. While it can be a little tricky to park sometimes, the food and service is more than worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Wine tasting dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    Their special event wine tasting dinners are a great evening. Great wine and food and always an interesting evening meeting new people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's pumpkin soup season
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Excellent food and excellent service. If you haven't enjoyed their pumpkin soup, now is the time. I know my husband and I will be enjoying it every week until the season is over. Well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • A delightful gem in the Third
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    A delightful gem in the Third Ward. Authentic, original cuisine and a terrific wine list. (Please don't tell anyone else...)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our dinner was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Our dinner was outstanding. The scallops, salads, veal and tortellini. We celebrated our 18th anniversary and couldn't have been happier! It was especially nice to find a restaurant of this caliber open on a Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Unprofessional staff
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    This was my first visit. I went in expecting to enjoy it. It did not come close to my expectations.The carbonara was over-cooked (mushy) and lacked flavor. Wine service was comical and unprofessional. Forget about being shown the labels of our requested Chianti and Cabernet Sauvignon; the server set the bottles down on a nearby table, asked my date to move his glass before she would pour his (they were preset glasses on a small table for 2), and then poured a glass of white (?) wine. She later noticed her error and offered to bring a new glass, but he said it was okay. I then observed a server mimicking a customer to the other service staff members as they hung around the bar area. I don't plan to return.
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  • Delicious food excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    All in all it was a wonderful experience. I was in town from NY visiting my family. We get together each year after Al's Run. The food was spectacular and the staff was accommodating. I'd come backe again next year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Awesome Loved it. We lived
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Awesome Loved it. We lived in the 3rd ward as newlyweds and revisited the cafe 22 years later. Outstanding. Only rec: dim the lights a little!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • We went to dinner with some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    We went to dinner with some friends from out of town and had a very nice dinner. The food and service was excellent.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • We, like other reviewers,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    We, like other reviewers, had driven by Third Ward Caffe a few times and decided at the last minute to get a reservation on Open Table and try it out. The specials board out front convinced us to try a few of the specials - a spinach salad with blueberries and peaches and tortelloni with portabella. The salad was overall tasty, but the peaches were under-ripe. The pasta dish was fairly bland, and needed a dash of salt, even though I don't generally add salt to food. Our waitress was inexperienced and did not know the menu very well. She was attentive, but rushed us at times. The restaurant wasn't too busy when we arrived, but customers filled in as the evening went on. Overall, there are lots of good reasons to try Third Ward C
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • World class right in Milwaukee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    We have been the the Third Ward Caffe once before about one year ago and enjoyed our time there. Again this past Saturday evening we had a fabulous time. The owner greeted us and we had a great conversation with her, just a terrific start. The decor, art & mural, and the music combined with a beautiful weather night set a positive, happy, and fun mood. We had a Formagio six variety cheese appetizer that was amazing and a pair of creative salads that were wonderful. My wife ordered the Salmon dish and I had a summer item, Veal Saltimbocca. Both were very very good. My veal dish was the best dinner out for this year. We wrapped up with an order of the six layer Chocolate Temptation - fantastic! What a wonderful restaurant & a great time!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • As always, Third Ward Caffe
    eagl3sVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    As always, Third Ward Caffe did a wonderful job of attending to our needs and got us out in plenty of time to make our theatre performance. Food is always delicious, service is always outstanding and prices are reasonable.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Food, It was cooling
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Great Food, It was cooling off outside and a large family group made the inside too noisy for the good food you serve. We went outside and enjoyed the meal and ambiance. Mike Frontier
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We go here all the time for
    Carol
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    We go here all the time for quite date night but they were going on a two week vacation the next day and I felt like the staff was already in vacation mode and the food witch has always been great wS average. I felt like they were just using everything up before they close for a while. Bread was stale, no fresh specials . Waitress was bad she almost spilt the water all over when feeling our glasses. I ordered a different pasta with my meal and did not get it on first try and she said I did not ask for the different pasta and my husband said yes I did. She did take it back but got to eat while my husband watch me since he had been done . I love this restraunt but will not go back the weekend before they close for vaca.
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    romantic
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  • Service rated good - likely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Service rated good - likely because it was busy and servers couldn't be at attentive as they might have wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Looked like a cute place so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    Looked like a cute place so we tried it. Food was good, some had better dinners than others. My seafood pasta dish was not as good as the description, rather very bland. I may or may not return. Carrot cake was great.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food & service were great.
    foodiegal
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Food & service were great. Carrot cake was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • I tried this restaurant during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    I tried this restaurant during Downtown Dining week for lunch. It was a beautiful day to sit outside and enjoy a nice meal. I had the Pomodora Insalata, Basilico, & Dark Choco Brownie. All very tasty!
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Third Ward Caffe is a overlooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    Third Ward Caffe is a overlooked gem in the 3rd Ward. The food is always fresh and authentic and the service is always personal and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • We often stop for dinner here
    Passage1333
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    We often stop for dinner here after a matinee concert or play, because the food is delicious, with both light and substantial selections, often with creative seasonal dishes. We have been consistantly lucky with parking close by on the street, and the location has easy access to the freeway system. A favorite!
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I love the atmosphere. I almost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    I love the atmosphere. I almost feel I'm in Italy. the food is imaginative and delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We've been long time fans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    We've been long time fans of the Third Ward Bistro. Having spent many summers in Tuscany we're happy to say that the food is much more representative of great northern Italian cooking than most local pizza and pasta restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third Ward Cafe is such a
    BreguetVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Third Ward Cafe is such a wonderful place and Stacy is our favorite waiter anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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