About Pfister Special Events

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.

424 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Jefferson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(414) 273-8222

Website:
http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/

Parking Details:
Valet or self park available in the Pfister parking structure.

Public Transit:
Public Bus

Executive Chef:
Brian Frakes

Private Party Facilities:
This expansive and regal setting is available for private functions from weddings to private birthdays and everything in between. Also makes an excellent business setting for presentations, meetings, and entertaining. Please contact Dining Room Manager for details.

Private Party Contact:
Veronica Sparks : (414) 935-5985

Additional:
Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
We do have some space available to accommodate larger groups in a semi private area. Please think of us for your special occasion - we can develop unique experiences for all types of events. We welcome an opportunity to host your next event.

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4.2

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Moderate

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2013

Consistently enjoy the Cafe for breakfast or lunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 22, 2013

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 12, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 21, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 21, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 30, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 4, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 25, 2013

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 16, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 8, 2013

The presentation and cusine were awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 26, 2013

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 14, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 24, 2013

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 25, 2012

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2012

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 15, 2012

Was a nice brunch for the price.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2012

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2012

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 1, 2012

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2012

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2012

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 13, 2012

Great spot of nice lunch downtown!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 25, 2012

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.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 17, 2012

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 17, 2012

We always enjoy our Sunday breakfast at the Pfister cafe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 12, 2012

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2012

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2012

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2012

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 16, 2012

The wait staff is always very friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 25, 2012

They are always very friendly and quick service

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2011

One of our favorites. Great people and great food.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 24, 2011

We've traditionally celebrated our daughter's Christmas Eve Birthday here and love it every year!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 24, 2011

Best Eggs Benedict I've had! Love coming here for breakfast. We came here with our kids and grandkids on Christmas Eve, and were so happy with the food, service and overall experience, we might make it a tradition! Kids were treated with little gifts, and e giant lobby tree made a nice place for family photos! Thanks for staring our holiday out so niceley!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 27, 2011

Really friendly. Lunch portions really sustantial - did not need dinner later in the day!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 26, 2011

food was great. i loved that i was given 3 different choices for dipping sauces for my french fries. they were all fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 5, 2011

Busy Sunday morning. Long wait to have our order taken and be served. The waitress was nice however. Banana's foster french toast was good. The eggs benedict had just one, very thin slice of ham.

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