Cafe Calatrava

4.4
53 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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Cafe Calatrava sits on the ground level of the Milwaukee Art Museum overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. Our Mediterranean inspired menu of scratch made dishes will satisfy any appetite. Please join us for lunch or Sunday brunch while taking in the most spectacular views Milwaukee has to offer.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
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Phone number
(414) 224-3858
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Zak Groh
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Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When visiting the Art Museum one should definitely plan lunch here. Outstanding food, presentation, service and ambiance. I highly recommend it.

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JH
New England
48 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great spot for lunch. An unexpected find. Had an enjoyable lunch in a fantastic spot.

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MD
Leipzig
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Surprisingly reasonable prices along with an excellent ambiance made this the perfect place to eat before spending time in the Museum.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed. The Cafe is one reason we are members of the MAM though we live in Illinois.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, service, and great price!
I recommend it!

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AO
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brought group from retirement community. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. Our wait staff was friendly and attentive. The Hostess helped with the 2 walkers we had right off the bat. Very positive and satisfying experience! Thank you!

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JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and service - loved the twice cooked chicken. Disappointed that there was no crumble left for dessert.

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PC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My only complaint is the fact that the woman seating people claimed I did not have a reservation. I took out my phone and showed her the reservation and miraculously she found my reservation.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious menu. Yum. Try is soon and often.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Portions a little underwhelming for the price but good food on a beautiful place.

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NH
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This was the perfect spot for our lunch for 5 people. The food was good and we were able to relax and talk, without being rushed to finish.

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Lovely view. It was perfect for out of town guests.

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SD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff managed 13 of us at two tables with grace and good will. Many thanks.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Limited menu with a few daily specials that are added to menu. Pasta dishes are a good bet.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very very slow service, which was disappointing as we wanted to move along and get back to walking thru the museum

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to meet with friends, and the food was exceptional.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and great burgers! It worked well to meet my friend there and see the current exhibit.

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S
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were visiting the Art Museum for an exhibit. It is a lovely setting with beautiful views of the lake. The dishes we had were quite good but the selection was limited. Maybe they try to do too many meal times.
The coffee cake was a nice touch with our coffee .

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Cold interior. Apologetic and thoughtful staff that tried to make things right. The skate was tasty. Colaflower soup was too spicy. They had a good gluten free bread.

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JT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious! The view outstanding, great place to enjoy a meal.

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K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very fresh and upscale. The waitress recommended a turkey sandwich strongly, which turned out to be deep fried and bland, so we worked around it as we had over ordered. she did not come back to check on us until 20 minutes later, and we sent the turkey sandwich back and asked for nothing in exchange as we wanted to return to the museum. She left it on the bill and then sheepishly told us that she could ask the manager, who took it off.

The view was lovely and the water and iced tea were never empty. they should take the turkey sandwich off the menu. Mushroom soup and marscapone mousse with rhubarb were great, as was the company.

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b
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The foraged flatbread was not hot and not that good. The Meyer lemon poundcake was very dry and not easy to eat the way served. The avocado toast was outstanding. I have been here several times over the last year and this meal was just not as good as I expected.

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T
Milwaukee
98 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server took very good care of us. We had visitors from out of state with us & she really made them feel welcome & special.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious; we enjoyed the St Patty's Day specials. Service was only ok. The server seemed unenthusiastic to be there. She also didn't seem to take my food allergies seriously.

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BM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great, food was great!! Capped off a nice day with my Mother. Thank you for the awesome experience !

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Creative menu, fun place to people watch strollers among lakefront.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had lunch at Cafe' Calatrava on a Saturday. I was glad that we had booked early through Open Table so that we did not have to wait in line. I had requested a table with the best view of Lake Michigan, and we were seated at the perfect table. The portion sizes were adequate for a midday meal. The menu offered some unique choices that encouraged us to expand our horizons.

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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual, the entree list was interesting and healthy. Good service considering it was very crowded. If it had been less busy and quieter, it would have been a perfect lunch. Highly recommended.

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch at Cafe Calatrava for the first time on a Saturday afternoon (1/14/17). The staff is professional and friendly and I particularly enjoyed the restaurant's ambience and prompt service. I would advise making a reservation as I did to ensure that you have a table ready when you arrive. The museum wasn't paticularly busy and the restaurant was almost full. The food portions were favorable and my friend and I weren't able to finish every dish BUT we wouldn't have ordered less. We had the Chicken Liver spread, cheese board, ravioli, pizza, benigets and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Our server Sam gave us the perfect amount of attention and her team provided great assistance. I will definitely return and I believe that if you're in Milwaukee, you should definitely dine at Cafe Calatrava.

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MA
Milwaukee
37 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful view on a sunny winter day. Fun to watch the activity along the lakefront with a mimosa in my hand. The egg benedict with croissant and mortadella was outstanding!

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and a great atmosphere! The only negative was the pizza, overdone. The rest of the food including dessert was delicious. But, burnt crust pizza should never be served!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect way to kick off a holiday trip! On the way to the airport, had a leisurely stroll through the impressionists, then a lovely dinner in the cafe!

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Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place for lunch with the girls, located under the Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee doesn't offer many places to dine where you can look out over Lake Michigan. The light and the room is beautiful and the food is nicely prepared. The room is not huge so get there early or make a reservation over lunch hour. The menu is not huge either, but features thoughtfully prepared local fare. Get the trout if it is listed. The staff is always genuinely friendly, helpful and professional. A nice place to stop after checking out the latest exhibit, but many times a destination all its own. Go for the view, stay for the food.

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J
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and pleasant service in a special place!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a deal: good and tasty food, friendly helpful staff, excellent waterfront view, bill came in well within budget for our anniversary celebration.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time there and it will not be the last! Food was great!

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MH
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative menu and great service with a great view! Great for lunch and the arts!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My friends had never been to Cafe Calatrava and one had never been to the Art Museum. When they came into Milwaukee for a get-together, this was the first place we headed to. They loved it. Thanks for the memborable experience and never letting me down.

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SP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I was really disappointed that having a reservation did not mean that a decent table was literally saved for us. We had the worst table in the place - in the very back next to a large glass window. Right outside the window was cobwebs, bugs, etc. The tables in the front of the restaurant looked out over the lake. Our service was rather slow, we had empty plates in front of us for 15 minutes with no attention from our waiter while I could hear the manager tell people that it would be a 15-20 wait to be seated. I was very frustrated with the whole experience.

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RS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't been here, you should come! If you were here before they hired Chef Jason Gorman, you should come back!

Chef Gorman has always impressed me with his skill at developing flavors and understanding the importance of texture and appearance in the composition of his dishes. This makes him makes him a great fit for the Milwaukee Art Museum!

1st Course
Whipped Smoked Salmon with Dill, Capers, Tomatoes,Lemon and Za'atar Flatbread.

The different ingredients in this course all worked together to produce a lovely result.Not to strongly Salmon flavored, not to acidic, just perfectly creamy and lightly smoked. The Za'atar dusted flatbread added a needed crunch and a little spice.

Main Course
Saffron Rigatoni with Lump Crab

One of the best pasta dishes I've ever had. Perfectly Al Dente handmade pasta, with Saffron worked right into the dough was tossed with Grape Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, Olive Oil and a generous portion of the star of the show, Lump Crab! This was a special, but if it were on the regular menu I'd come here just for it.

Dessert
Birramisu
A twist on traditional Tiramisu made with Sprecher Imperial Stout.

When this came to my table, I didn't think I could take more than a bite or two, but it was so good I easily joined the clean plate club! As for the beer, which did have me a little worried, it actually worked fine. You could tell something was different from the traditional Tiramisu, but the beer didn't punch you in the mouth to announce its presence. Which, in this case, is a good thing. Service is friendly and efficient and they are Wheelchair Accessible.

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