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Coquette Cafe

1799 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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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
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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
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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

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What 1799 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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 !

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

vipfloydster (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

vipTortugita (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

1964KJ (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Very nice as usual

vipMissYouCoquette (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

Darla418 (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.

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Perfect Valentine’s Day

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service, food good, atmosphere very nice

Wisconsultant (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.