A small hip bar with a cafe feel to it. Large bar on the far wall of the place with a decent amount of seating. Service was alright and not particularly beer oriented. Considering the number of taps, the selection wasnít anything to write home about. Food was nothing special either and it was a touch pricing. Considering the options in the area, not sure this is worth a visit.
jbuzz (43) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 22, 2015
Way over priced beets..small portions on meals.service and knowledge of staff is fine.
Iíve been here a few times and for the most part, the service has been awful. Whether itís being shoehorned into a corner table where the people next to me bang into me or being ignored for 20 minutes by a waiter who proceeds to switch a beer on my sampler without asking, messes up the food order of a person with allergies and then never comes back to see if we need anything like another beer, this place has rubbed me the wrong way. The tap list is mostly Belgian Ė and while there are a few decent beers Ė itís mostly a ho-hum list unless you only like Belgians. The prices are pretty high, a trip here could set you back quite a bit. The food was okay. There are simply a lot of better affordable and friendly options in the immediate area for to ever want to step foot back into a place I now refer to as Cafť Sucktraal.
Having been to Benelux and Cafe Centraal, Iíll just say the food is about equal, but the staff is much friendlier here. I suspect the location has a lot to do with that. Being from Colorado Iíve found the character in KK Ave to be far more unique than where Benelux is located. This would be a top choice for a good dining and drinking night out. My wifeís not a fan of beer, but Iíd still bring her here.
During last Milwaukee trip stopped in. Pretty cool Belgian cafe that serves a solid selection of Belgians on draft and by the bottle at reasonable prices. Nothing particularly shocking here but really pretty good selection. Kind of reminds me of some of the spots in Philadelphia. Nice.
There are better beer selections in this great Bay View neighborhood, but it is hard to top the selection of Belgians (and American-made pseudo-Belgians) at Cafe Centraal. See for yourself at http://www.diablosrojos.us/admin/pdfs/cafecentraal_beer.pdf. The best food options are found on the weekend brunch menus (along with a heavenly section of Bloody Marys and spiked breakfast drinks--sorry if mentioning that is heresy on ratebeer.com!). The dinner menu is a bit limited. A good late-night choice is ordering a cone of frites and one or two dipping sauces.
Belgian beer lovers are lucky to have Centraal and its sister bars Hollander East Side and Hollander Wauwatosa. Outstanding selection of Belgians including Trappist biers. Very thoughtful choices and well picked Belgian style beers not from Belgium. I beleieve 20 tappers on hand.