Permanently Closed - Coquette Cafe - Permanently Closed

4.4
1801 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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, Chef Nick Burki and his 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Bistro, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday:11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Phone number
(414) 291-2655
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nick Burki
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Private party facilities
Coquette Cafe offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 50 guests for your gathering at no charge. An additional room that seats up to 100. The restaurant is also available for buyouts for rehearsals or seated events. Let us design the perfect event for you and your guests
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Private party contact
William Korinek or Nick Burki: (414) 291-2655
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between St. Paul and Buffalo
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Parking details
Complimentary parking behind building after 5 PM every night and all day on Saturday & Sunday
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Public transit
There are bus and trolley stops within one block of the front door.
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Special events & promotions
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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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WC
Milwaukee
1.0
Dined on February 25, 2018

Coquette Cafe closed-out of business-and Open Table failed to notify me. 6:45 PM on Saturday night and no reservation. Disappointing on all fronts.

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s
Milwaukee
1.0
Dined on February 24, 2018

They are closed! Do not make reservations with open table, because they are closed

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OT
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 18, 2018

There's parking right behind Coquette Café on weekends - I wish we had known ahead of time, but we'll certainly use it next time !

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TL
Milwaukee
3.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Overall this is a very good restaurant, I have been here many times, but this wasn't one of their best. Had the special, salmon cakes and although they looked good they were dry as corn meal and no flavor. The beet salad was also dry, with almost no dressing. Since I previously have had great meals here I will be back.

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f
Milwaukee
3.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Good service and cozy place but pumpkin ravioli was over cooked and trout had a sauce that WAY overpowered the mild trout.

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Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Always a culinary delight, especially the escargot and the French onion soup. I personally would like a trout sauce that was a bit lighter in color and flavor, but at the same time, I always order it because I love a French prepared trout. The desserts are generous and fabulous. The atmosphere is perfect, and our favorite waitstaff is always there ready, to please and professional.

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KJ
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Very nice as usual

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MY
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 15, 2018

The sad story is that this terrific third ward restaurant has closed. After many years of dining at Coquette, I can truly say I never had a bad dinner served to me or any of my guests at the table. Bon Chance

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D
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for early dinner on Valentine's Day so it was still quiet when we got there but kept hearing the hostess say they had no seating until 8:30 with the restaurant closing at 9. Coquette is our favorite place to go for that "special dinner" and they did not disappoint. I had Pork Loin with asparagus & fingerling potatoes; it had a lemon garlic sauce that made the food sparkle and the presentation was perfect. My husband had boeuf bourguignon a la Julia Child; I'm sure Julia was pleased. He said the beef was extremely tender and the sauce was the perfect balance of ingredients. For dessert, we split what was listed as a flourless chocolate cake but this was not like any flourless cake I have ever had. It had the deep, dense dark chocolate but it was almost like an outer shell. Because inside was this smooth, velvety chocolate yumminess. It wasn't thin enough to be like a lava cake filling but definitely not the normal findings for flourless cake. It was absolutely amazing. Especially when topped off with good coffee and cognac or a good specialty coffee. Can't let this review go without commenting on the wait staff. It's easy to be attentive and charming when the evening is just starting. But as our server got more and more tables to work she never missed a bet and was always gracious. She also knew the difference between being attentive and hovering.

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OT
San Antonio
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Perfect Valentine’s Day

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OT
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service, food good, atmosphere very nice

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Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

A nice spot for a memorable Valentine's Day date. I was able to make a reservation fairly late in game (thankfully!) and the food was terrific, service was good (had to wait a long time for our check, the only negative). We had the fixed price menu, which was a nice bargain, and the food delicious. We will be back.

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BR
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

We go there for Valentine’s Day every year. It is always a wonderful experience.

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D
Orlando
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

This café is the real deal and has an excellent chef! Food is authentic and Bill at the bar is an awesome bar tender!

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OT
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been going to CC since it opened and have never had a bad meal or bad services.

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G
Orlando
5.0
Dined on February 13, 2018

Outstanding French food. Ambience was outstanding. Service was great

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MB
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a lovely Sunday lunch. Everyone enjoyed their food. I would especially recommend the French Toast, the brussels sprouts and the beet salad. I had ordered the smoked salmon eggs benedict but found it too salty - not unusual for smoked salmon - and there wasn't even a hint of trouble when I asked for something else. I would highly recommend this restaurant for the good food and the gracious service.

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KB
Milwaukee
3.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

Had not been to CC in many years but always had fond memories of the atmosphere and the food. We were looking forward to celebrating my birthday but left very disappointed with our meal. Did not feel it was the same quality as we remembered. Caesar Salad included on online menu not available, sausage on flat bread pizza was way too spicy, dessert special not available (chocolate tart) and hanger steak with frittes had way too much sauce. Wait staff was friendly and atmosphere still nice.

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A
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 9, 2018

Consistantly good French food and attentive service.

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b
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 8, 2018

Our favorite French restaurant in Milwaukee. Our server handled our lunch perfectly, not intrusive and checked on us just as the right times.

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OT
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for a business lunch - very attentive waiter - good food - nice ambiance.

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FE
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on February 4, 2018

Great atmosphere on a quiet, snowy Sunday morning. Excellent, classical French fare in warm surroundings. Will definitely be back!

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OT
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on February 3, 2018

We been here several. The food is always awesome and the prices are very reasonable. Best French food in Milwaukee.

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BA
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on February 3, 2018

This is a lovely restaurant with a European flair. The food is always delicious and our service was attentive and professional.

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MV
Chicago
4.0
Dined on February 3, 2018

Coquette is one of our favorites and the service is always excellent. The food can vary depending on the day and unfortunately my flank stank was luke warm and my frittes were cold. I did send the fries back and our server promptly delivered hot fries but I really hate sending food back to the kitchen! Won't stop me from coming back for our favorites..the great bread and butter, onion soup, amazing salads and entrees.

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Atlanta
5.0
Dined on February 1, 2018

as always excellent food and service. I would like a bit more selection on the such as duck or game like venison. In Europe wild boar is one my most liked meals. Turbo fish likewise is hard to find. One of these times I have got to try the meatloaf however meatloaf in a good French cafe somehow gives me a mental block out. Meat loaf seems to common. But based on your reviews seems to be well received. How about frog legs, leg of lamb even rabbit. Thanks for a great night. Arno Jacobsen

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Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on January 31, 2018

Always excellent service. Onion soup is superb.

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Milwaukee
3.0
Dined on January 28, 2018

It was fine

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Tahoe
3.0
Dined on January 28, 2018

It had a nice Euro feel and that aligned with the dishes. We came here for brunch & the brunch selection was fair. Nothing spectacular, but a reasonable value.

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Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on January 27, 2018

Coffee and cranberry juice, 2 eggplant casseroles and a bit of key lime pie and you have the makings of a very nice pre-MSO dinner. Good service, too!

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S
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on January 20, 2018

It was better than expected. The ambience was very nice and service was great (though I didn't get my wine until my dinner was done, but they recognized error and didn't charge me for it). Food was very good with decent French fare that's affordable. Like the casual atmosphere (not jeans/shorts casual, but just easy going). Had a great dinner

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A
Milwaukee
3.0
Dined on January 19, 2018

Best creme brûlée in the city!

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DR
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on January 18, 2018

A friend’s birthday lunch!

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OT
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on January 15, 2018

Food food!

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JS
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

Consistently good. Good food, service, and clearly management.

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R
Hawaii
4.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Coquette Cafe is a solid place to go to for a good meal. Service is good as well. My only complaint was that it was quite cold where we were sitting. I could have sat with my coat on the entire time, and I would not have been too warm. As it was, it took me quite awhile to warm up AFTER we had left the restaurant. Admittedly, it was one of the those very cold days in Milwaukee, but, nonetheless, when I pointed it out to the hostess as we were being seated that there was cold there, and that I could feel a cool draft of air, she kind of just looked at me and smiled. I gathered that all the seats were that way.

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Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Coquette Cafe is a favorite for satisfying the craving for a food and dining experience in the French style, from the mini-baguettes through the entrees to the always delectable desserts. Try the Salade Nicoise for lunch - always a favorite.

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Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

Wanted to like it food was just too salty. Wonderful Service and nice atmosphere.

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Miami
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

The whole package. Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and really friendly service!

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