I love Trocadero. Like a few other Milwaukee restaurants, they usually carry a Lakefront draft not available in bottles. I’ve mostly been here for brunch, which is outstanding (get a coffee, you’ll get a little square of Valrhona Ghana chocolate). And I think my brunch favorite is the Mrs. Crock, but I don’t recall. In looking at the website they appear to have a lot of cheeses too. And, late night tapas is also a fun time to stop in. The patio is open year-round, and all day and night. Winter is unique because they button off the openings between the roof and wall and light up the butane heat lamps. Great place.
This is a great place to stop after touring Lakefront Brewery, which in itself is a must when visiting Milwaukee. It’s a short but pleasant walk between the two across the Milwaukee River via the marsupial bridge under Holton Street.
We arrived at the restaurant smack-dab between Brunch and Dinner. In this two-hour gap (3-5 p.m.), there is a void of food service but there are cheese and dessert plates which can be enjoyed. We opted for a tray of Gruyere and 4-year-old Cheddar which were terrific and nice, respectively.
Tap selection was lacking (Bass, Guinness, Newcastle, Hacker Pschorr, Fat Abbey, Kronenbourg 1664, Lakefront Wit and Trumer Pils), but quality bottles included Chimay, Delerium, Duvel, Fischer, La Choulette and (of course) Lakefront.
Service was attentive, atmosphere held a touch of France that was quaint without being hokey, and soft music was relaxing with smooth Jazz a la Eartha Kitt and the like.
Trocadero was recommended by RAYBOY01, who also recommended the Bloody Marys. I watched a few get poured and they looked awesome, but I had a long drive back to Chicago so sadly couldn’t indulge.
I liked this restaurant. They have Fat Abbey on tap... I had half a Mr. Crock and half a Tomato,Basil,Brie sandwich. The Mr. Crock was better. Ate outside. The waitress kept coming back to check up, which was really nice. More wine selection than beer. The bottles selection is poor. I’d go back and take a date rather than with a fellow Ratebeerian... I’d like to hitup the coffee bar as well.
Great restaurant with one of the best atmospheres in the city. Plus, they have a heated patio that is perfect for wasting the day away. This place is a restaurant, cafe, bar and tabac. One bar is on ground level with about eight taps (some local, but mostly European) and another bar they call the Red Light (http://ztrocadero.com/redlight/main.html) which is upstairs with a few more taps. Have some bottles of French biere de gardes and a fair share of Belgians - probably one of the biggest selection I’ve seen at a restaurant or bar in Milwaukee, in addition to a range of micros and imports. The Mr. Crock sandwich is divine. Highly recommended.