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Cafe Centraal

#116 of 1,242 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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2306 S. Kinnickinnic, Bay View, Milwaukee, WI
+1 414-755-0378
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 09:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 01:00
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Chassell, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The area in Bay View where Cafe Centraal is located is a lot of fun. CC has a good beer selection. We weren't completely satisfied with the quality of our food. My salmon was a little soggy.

Thank chumsmom
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with a bigger group for brunch and everyone's meal was great. Our server was very accommodating by splitting our checks for us. There is a lot of space, we didn't feel crowded with a large group. My meal was delicious, would go back again.

Thank AshleyMarieH13
Chicago, Illinois
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117 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I recognize that Cafe Centraal is part of the Lowland Group, which owns similar restaurants across the town including Cafe Hollander, Cafe Benelux, and Cafe Bavaria. All share similar menus and have extensive craft beers on tap and in bottles/cans. I went there in December - the perfect time to try its own special beer Santa's Rampage, which is very... More 

Thank Cellowu
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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161 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This was my second visit to a Lowlands Group restaurant in two weeks. Instant seating, fantastic, friendly, and efficient service, GREAT food. I will definitely go back. Great beer recommendations from our server. Nice, eclectic crowd.

Thank DLKWI88
Franklin, Wisconsin
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125 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A night out with 5 friends at Cafe Centraal was a delight. Our waiter Jeff was excellent in describing the menu items and taking care of food and drink order. Cafe Centraal is located in BayView which is considered the east side atmosphere on the south side of downtown Milwaukee.

Thank Deb O
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113 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

I was extremely surprised at the beer selection at this place. It was an unexpected bonus, if you're a beer connoisseur. The food was barely average. Or maybe I ordered something that was not their specialty. But if its on the menu, it should be good. Our server was great, and there were a few tvs around to keep up... More 

Thank John R
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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110 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite spots to take guests in Milwaukee, especially in the Bayview area. Frites are a MUST and I love the chipotle mayo to go with them. I would rate the food at Cafe Centraal as above average but not stupendous. What IS stupendous is the beer selection. Come for the beer, stay for the frites.... More 

Thank RebL1231
Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I haven't had something I don't love at Cafe Centraal!! Everything is so flavorful and their extensive list of beers is awesome! Just got their breakfast tacos that were so delicious! The chorizo wasn't greasy like you get at most places and they give you a good amount of food!

Thank Laura G
Potomac, Maryland
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Belgian beer? Oh yes - and then some Service? Excellent Space? Lovely and eclectic Parking - Street parking - can get dicey Food - Very good Price - Very reasonable Excellent overall - a nice surprise!

Thank Gerarddunn
East Lansing, Michigan
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173 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

The place is enormous! Large bar, nice area for street side dining but the real gem is the courtyard. Service was quick, nice beer selection, salads and starters are large enough to share.

Thank srainone

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2306 S. Kinnickinnic, Bay View, Milwaukee, WI
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-755-0378

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?