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About Coquette Cafe

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.

316 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary American, Contemporary European

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

Cross Street:
Between St. Paul and Buffalo

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 291-2655

Website:
http://www.coquettecafe.com/

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

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking behind building after 5 PM every night and all day on Sunday

Public Transit:
There are bus and trolley stops within one block of the front door.

Executive Chef:
Nick Burki

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

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

Private Dining

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

Coquette Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Special Occasion (39)
Quiet Conversation (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Romantic (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Cozy (20)
Authentic (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Casual (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Great for Brunch (11)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a party of 6 at Coquette for a birthday celebration. The food, service, and atmosphere were fabulous! Will definitely be returning.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Had an absolutely wonderful time for our anniversary dinner. Great restaurant for a quiet, romantic celebration. The food was excellent... the pumpkin squash ravioli was particularly good.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Coquette Cafe was good again. Snapper, Tuna Sandwich done medium well with cole slaw, tomato bisque soup, soft drinks, French bread and unsalted butter and you have the makings of a fine pre-symphony repast. The Tchaikovsky Fifth was also good!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

My husband and I have loved this cafe since the first day it opened.
It is the most romantic restaurant in Milwaukee.
The food never fails to please and most of the time it surpasses expectations.
Service is attentive and elegant.
We love it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had brunch here on a Sunday. The cocktail was great (espresso martini). Got the quiche du jour and soupe...it was the BEST quiche I have ever had! Can't wait to go back next time I'm in Milwaukee!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing food and service as usual! I always take visiting family here when they are in town!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a lovely experience at the coquette cafe for our anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Shared an apple, greens, and pecan salad with a friend. Fabulous! Salmon special was tastefully presented and exceptionally good. Will definitely return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Mind you we went for lunch, so scrutiny is silly. Stellar staff and great food. It's a great space with pricing in line for the offerings. I'll be back.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We alerted our server that we were celebrating 2 birthdays. She forgot and did nothing ( they usually have a dessert with a candle) and had to be reminded 2x for a glass of wine and then took it to another table.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I was wholeheartedly disappointed with my experience at Coquette. I had looked forward to visiting for years and unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. First, the server was very kind, attentive and patient as we asked several questions about the menu. That's the only positive I can provide. The bartender was not personable (although the martinis were tasty). We had a a reservation on a weeknight. Only 3-4 other tables were occupied during our entire 2 hour visit so I don't know if reservations are necessary during the week. Once we ordered, it took much longer than expected for our food to arrive, especially since the restaurant was not crowded. Of the four in our party, three ordered salads without protein and one ordered the Polet Roti. The food was average, nothing extraordinary and nothing to motivate me to visit again. The atmosphere was not as I expected either- very unassuming.
Do not expect a special treat if you are celebrating a special occasion. It was my daughter's birthday which I reminded the hostess upon arrival. They brought out a large plate with "Happy Birthday" written with caramel sauce and small dollops of whipped cream across the plate, one of which a lit candle was placed.
A total let down...will not recommend to others.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

As always, food was excellent, service outstanding . . . this is our "go to" place for outstanding dining in Milwaukee.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The charcuterie was the best part of the meal. The salads were good, but not overly inspiring. I had the meatloaf, which I really enjoyed, but the mashed potatoes could have been better. Those that had the trout were disappointed. The fish was swimming, but the “sauce” was thin and not overly tasty. If you want dessert, go for the meringue. It definitely made the dinner. Atmosphere is good.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Couwuette has been one of our favorite spots for years. We eat out alot at various places trying new spots all the time. In the past we knew we could always come back to couwuette.

Tis time the hanger steak seemed like it was reheated. The coc au vin was a bit tough or dried out. The onion soup was very good as were the Ponte frites. A typically the wait person we had was really behind the eightball not anticipating our needs as in previous occasions.

So overall we were disappointed

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

An outstanding dining experience. The Hanger Steak is a favorite of ours, as is the Pumpkin Ravioli. Usually go for the delicious French Onion soup, but tried the Thai Peanut & Carrot soup special; it was fantastic. Salads are a delight as well. And the best Creme Brulee around. Not to mention friendly, super attentive service. We recommend Coquette Cafe highly and hope for many happy return visits.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nice ambiance for a date. Excellent choices on menu. Try the pumpkin ravioli. Such great flavors!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We have been enjoying the Coquette Cafe since opening day. Tonight's meal was wonderful! Our longtime friend and server David was the consummate professional, as always, and the meal was better than expected. Go, enjoy, ask for David's section. You will not be disappointed!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 17, 2017

An excellent meal as always. Coquette Cafe has become a favorite of myself and my friends.
I was disappointed that the mussels weren't on the menu and this "forced" me to have the hangar steak, which has become my new favorite, pommes frites and aioli excellent.
We shared the charcuterie plate - great variety and the desserts, chocolate mousse, pumpkin pie and creme brulee were wonderful
Will return frequently.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My husband's meal was not what he expected. Pumpkin ravioli was too creamy. He left most on his plate.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Pumpkin ravioli was perfect. The roasted Brussels sprouts were great. Perfect fall dinner

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Superb food served hot. Good wine list. Server very attentive. Corner table perfect for our group of 6.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food and service as always. Specials are outstanding as is service

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Restaurant's very good, as rated above; no need for more comment.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Reliably delicious, with sincere service and innovative seasonal selections, e.g., pumpkin ravioli. Vegetarian-friendly.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was authentic and fresh tasting. Portions were perfect. Would definitely eat here again.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Coquette Cafe is our go to restaurant when we come back to Milwaukee. The food is always excellent and they never rush us, which is nice when we are getting together with friends we haven’t seen in a while.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It was lovely, a food runner spilled water on me but it wasn’t her fault and I don’t chide the restaurant staff for it! Delicious dessert menu.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Saturday night 7.30pm seating and apparently short of chefs so took 1 1/2 hours for the main course to arrive from being seated. Not acceptable even though they were offering free drinks in compensation.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Never disappointed. The food is always delicious. My only complaint is that the lighting was too bright. In the evening I like the lights turned down a bit.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Normally we love this place but on this night the waitress we were assigned was either new or overbooked. It took forever in between her visits to our table. She went off to get us a new carafe of water and it was a half hour later before we saw her again to remind her we were still waiting for our water. Anyway we survived but was not ready for such slow, inattentive service. Also, my eggplant casserole was very dry and pretty tasteless.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I hadn't been here for severall years and found it was as good as I remembereed. The menu has good variety and the desserts were excellent.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great waiter.
Nice and quiet which we love.
Food was ok.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

My family and I visited Coquette Cafe for Sunday brunch. We waited over an hour for our food once it was ordered. When it came, two of eight meals were cold. We were offered complimentary desserts and the cold meals were heated and then taken off of the bill. But this was not a quality experience and I regret taking my out of town family members there.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always Coquette Cafe dishes up an amazing meal. My wife and I have been here several times before and we love food an atmosphere that like a Paris restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Kind of hidden away but their food is out of this world. It was quiet and not too busy the night I went but service was outstanding and food really was the closest to Authentic French I have had in the Midwest. Given the quality of the food I would say prices are very very fair!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 25, 2017

This was our first visit to the restaurant. It was within easy walking distance to our hotel. The waiter was great, he spoke French! The cheese plate and entrees were great. We will be back on our next visit to Milwaukee.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Really a favorite of ours, excellent service, great variety of menu choices. Everything tasted great and had great presentation. The French onion and squash soups were very good. We had noted on the Open Table reservation that it was our anniversary, Coquette staff saw that and had a little something special for us at the end of our meal. Just a wonderful time - thanks!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our group of old work buddies was seated promptly for our reservation. The waitress was helpful and knowledgeable but not intrusive. Our table had a variety of options for lunch, including a quiche, salad and sandwiches. A nice touch was the mini-baguettes that we shared before the orders arrived. Food was excellent. We were not hurried as we lingered over the last bits of conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Solid food and service once again. If you want French food and don't want to break the bank this is a great option.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was very good, atmosphere good for a date with your wife, husband, girlfriend boyfriend, definitely will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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