Pfister Special Events

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$31 to $50
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Comfort Food
The Rouge is a Milwaukee classic, a historic dining room serving the finest Sunday Brunch. The downtown Milwaukee brunch menu features over 40 unforgettable items including carving stations, made to order pasta and omelet stations, fresh fruits and cheeses, and a decadent dessert display. Mimosas and signature Bloody Mary bar also included.
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.1
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4.0
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K
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I was torn as to whether or not I would recommend the Pfister for Mother's Day Brunch. I checked "yes" because the Pfister is a beautiful setting and the food has been good in my experience. Over the years, attending Mother's Day brunch here has become a family tradition. However, the service has never been outstanding and it seems to have gotten worse. The servers are pleasant, but do not seem to have the time to re-fill coffee cups (the coffee was luke warm & we had to ask for a hot pot of coffee to be found), to inquire if anyone at the table would like a 2nd drink (an exception may have been my father who was drinking a Bloody Mary. The rest of us chose Champagne or mimosas), and to quickly keep the table free of dirty plates. For a 17% service charge - high for a buffet, I think, unless times have changed....keeping the table free of dirty dishes, keeping coffee cups filled with hot coffee, if guests desire, and offering a second mimosa should be a given. We are considering trying a new venue to celebrate Mother's Day next year.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lots of food but the service was quite slow. Several times we had to clear our own plates and for what we paid that should have never happened. Great food.

r
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing!
The food is delicious and perfectly prepared.
The service is outstanding!
Absolutely worth the trip!

KD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This brunch was fantastic. We had a party of 13 after Marquette’s graduation. The staff was wonderful and the food was superb. Eggs Benedict is tough to do and serve at a buffet - these were flawless. Great pasta station, carving station and salads. We had a diverse group with lots of dietary preferences and this buffet was perfect. And the mimosas were plentiful!

EL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Terrible atmosphere/experience. Bright lighting, round tables close together with large white table numbers - it was like we were in a fancy trough. Service was poor and our server was defensive after we sat for 10 minutes without being approached. Food was on par with what it should have been for the price, nothing special. Will not be back.

MB
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rouge at the Pfister Hotel offers a wonderful brunch in their handsome and historic dining room. This is a buffet brunch, but it's far removed from the zoo-like experiences other restaurants offer.

The food was fantastic, and there are plenty of choices for everyone. I dined with a vegetarian friend, and she was rather pleased with the offerings. The dining room isn't as large as some venues can be, and yet the tables are not placed on top of each other! It was very easy to move around. The dining room was quiet and comfortable.

I want to especially mention the staff. Every single person working was polite and cheerful, a very welcome experience. My friend and I were waiting in the lobby for the Rouge to open, and a front desk employee asked if she could do anything for us. If this was a check to see if we were loitering, which I can understand, it was done in the most professional, polite way.

KK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Although Rouge was very accommodating, they said OUR OPEN TABLE RESERVATION WAS INVALID because they are not part of Open Table. Be warned.

VM
Atlanta
294 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2013
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Consistently enjoy the Cafe for breakfast or lunch.

L
Milwaukee
39 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

While I never came across a restaurant that was outstanding 100% of the time! Cafe Pfister is very reliable in providing good food and service. The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. Usually go for breakfast.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had a good selection of soups, salads and sandwiches - all with just enough of a twist to make it their own. I will definitely go back.

p
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an ideal spot for a pre-post-Riverwalk-stroll meal or snack! Salmon-spinach salad is perfection, as is the cheese soup. Oh--and the take-home dessert (signature cake) was a to-die-for-treat.

HE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Reason for Visit: Wedding in Milwaukee and staying in the hotel.
Price: Priced well for breakfast, especially with the quality of the food (organic).
Overall Experience: Looking for healthy options on a weekend getaway was a pain, but Café Pfister was a great option for breakfast and I ate there on both mornings in the hotel. Being an organic food consumer, I was pleasantly surprised by the organic menu options.
Recommendation: Organic egg white frittata, organic fruit smoothie, oatmeal... This is the place you should be eating breakfast if you need healthy/organic options in the morning and you are staying in/near the hotel.

VM
Atlanta
294 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love having breakfast at Cafe Pfister. The service by the staff is excellent. The food is good. The decor is pleasant. And, most importantly, it is a relaxing experience in my busy life.

D
Milwaukee
81 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Café Pfister has been a family favourite for decades especially for quiet breakfast meetings. This visit proved the point: I had asked for a booth, and it was ready on my arrival; our server was outstanding - polite, quick, and returning often with the coffee pot. Both our omelets were delicious. Finally, considering it is the premier hotel in Milwaukee, the cost is reasonable.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We stayed in the Hotel Pfister under the Bed & Breakfast package (which came with a breakfast for two in the Cafe Pfister). The prices felt a little high until the food came. I would say that you definitely get what you pay for. A $14 "Hungry Man" gives you three eggs, a meat choice (I had three perfectly cooked slices of bacon), a large portion of hashbrowns, two fluffy pancakes, and four slices of toast!! Add to that the fact that they serve Starbucks coffee (there's a full Starbucks station inside), and you have a great place to eat.

VM
Atlanta
294 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe Pfister is a favorite for breakfast. It is wonderful. Delicious food, pleasant decor, helpful service.

JR
Milwaukee
263 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Father's Day brunch and it was very nice. Plenty of options to choose from and all reasonably priced. We loved the Eggs Benedict and the corned beef hash.

2
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The presentation and cusine were awesome!

JG
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have never been to Cafe Pfister before, but now it will always be on my brunch list. Service and food was great!

R
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch at the Pfister. The service was outstanding. There was a good selection of entrees for lunch. Try to get the Atrium seating. It is like being on the streets of Paris. Food was outstanding.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot for brunch. Dined here numerous times and enjoyed every experience. Staff is accommodating, friendly, and prompt. Food is always hot and quick. Recommend to anyone

M
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2012
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We went back to the Cafe Pfister for Christmas breakfast because we enjoyed it so much last year. This year the food was not nearly as good. I had looked forward to Eggs Benedict, but found that the eggs were way over-cooked (as in almost hard-boiled) and there was barely any Hollandaise sauce on it. The hash browns had burned areas. Will go somewhere else next year.

T
Chicago
399 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2012
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We found Sunday brunch at the Cafe Pfister to be rather uninspired. The atmosphere was okay in the atrium where we ate but the restaurant looked a little dated and in need of some updating. Our food was okay but nothing special. It did not match the graduer of the hotel lobby and the lovely Christmas decorations in the lobby. If our expectations were not so high we might have been more impressed with brunch.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2012
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was a nice brunch for the price.

MK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2012
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Because of its hotel guests, Cafe Pfister offers a unique business lunch experience. The eclectic mix of people along with the historic decor provides for an interesting environment that my business acquaintances appreciate. Menu selection is well-matched to this vibe.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2012
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice, reasonably priced, awesome coffee. We had breakfast for seven and everyone loved there food.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time everything was just about perfect; on one earlier visit my breakfast was almost room temperaturem and had to be replaced, wasting time (though, to be fair, as I recall, some adjustment was made to our bill to acknowledge the problem). Apparently, based on my experience this time, that earlier problem was atypical. The only (minor) issue this time was the fact that my (white) toast was only slightly toasted, but no so badly that I felt an urge to have it toasted further. All in all, we were very pleased this time.

j
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We moved to Chicago from Milwaukee about a year ago. To be honest the Pfister Hotel is the only reason we use to go back to Milwaukee. And the Pfister Cafe is a big reason. Best pancakes on the planet. We have aptly named them Pfister-cakes in the family. They are amazing. Plus if you add the cities best bloody mary.....enough said.

m
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is not a cafe in any hotel, it is in the best hotel in Milwaukee. When you enter, you are greeted by a colorful variety of pastries. Tables are well spaced. The al la carte brunch menu has so many wonderful choices, it is difficult to choose.

Delightful meal!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot of nice lunch downtown!

TF
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2012
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was really slow. It took over 7 minutes for our drink order to be taken. Then another 15 minutes before our meal order was taken. Then over 30 minutes to get three salads! When the salads did come the greens were wilted and they didn't seem fresh (it could have been sitting for a while but I don't know that it is just what it seemed). Overall the timing was way too long (the table behind us sat down after us, got similar service) and due to timing got up and left 5 minutes after their food came.

JR
Milwaukee
263 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2012
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It's a good breakfast/lunch hotel dining room, not greatly different from similar facilities in other nice hotels in other major cities. The menu had many nice choices for brunch. I had a nice Eggs Benedict that was amped up with chorizo sausage. The Bloody Mary's were good and the amount of garnishment was over the top.

m
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our Sunday breakfast at the Pfister cafe.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2012
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I attended for Downtown Dining Week. The soup and pizza were delish. Really fresh ingredients. The service was leisurely, so I would allot 1.5 hours for a lunch break.

WM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with a girlfriend to catch up during Downtown Restaurant week. Food was wonderful. Service was exceptional. Great lunch spot.

OT
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Avery friendly place for breakfast or lunch. Casual. We arrived 1/2 hour and they were able to seat us.

S
Denver
93 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2012
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious brunch. The Banana's Foster French Toast was yummy, but a bit thicker, less runny caramel sauce would have been better. Great service in a pleasant room.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff is always very friendly.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are always very friendly and quick service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. Great people and great food.