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.
Although Rouge was very accommodating, they said OUR OPEN TABLE RESERVATION WAS INVALID because they are not part of Open Table. Be warned.
Consistently enjoy the Cafe for breakfast or lunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.