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Cafe Hollander Downer

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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2608 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4244
+1 414-963-6366
08:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 02:00
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Chandler, Arizona
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had lunch here with a group of six people for an informal business meeting on a weekday. Several in my party had burgers which they enjoyed; I had the beet salad and butternut squash soup. another in the party had the mussels, which he enjoyed as well. None of us would rave about the meal, but it was tasty... More 

Thank DesertRoses2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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108 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The news that this eatery is open at 8 a.m. on weekdays seems to be a surprise--there was only one other table occupied during our 9 a.m. breakfast. Many are missing an excellent meal. Known for its weekend brunches, the breakfast menu had all the regular items plus specials. The eggs and blueberry pancakes were delicious. Service was excellent, and... More 

Thank Doc A
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in on a Tuesday night and we were seated right away. Staff was very friendly and efficient. There was a nice beer selection and our drinks were brought right away. My friend and I both had burgers, both ordered medium and both were closer to rare than medium. That would be my only complaint of the night. I had... More 

Thank Wisconsin_Fun_Mom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our recent trip to Milwaukee to visit my friends daughter. Her daughter told us that we had to try this place called Cafe Hollander. From the moment we pulled up it was a great experience. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. The service was swift and the food was outstanding. The restaurant was clean and organized.... More 

Thank Marnie K
Madison, WI
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124 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Breakfasts are wonderful; perfect place for lunch; great for dinner and perfect for late night. Prices reasonable; service spot on. Outstanding mac and cheese (perfect for cold Wisconsin winters!). I love this place!

Thank KLMMadison
Vancouver, Canada
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230 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Hollander is the place to go when you want a good breakfast, and you've got some extra time to enjoy it with friends! We were impressed with the atmosphere, the food, the great coffee in orange mugs. The bikes everywhere, and eclectic decorations are a bonus! Generous servings of pancakes, and eggs with toast. We loved the pan -... More 

Thank Bill D
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Cafe Hollander had a great atmosphere. It felt more like a bar than a breakfast place. There were beer posters and bicycles everywhere. They even had beer on their menu for breakfast along with many other alcoholic breakfast beverages. I LOVED what I ordered (one of my friends recommended it to me). It was the quinoa skillet and it was... More 

Thank Emily L
The Woodlands, Texas
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150 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Are you looking for a place that has a wide variety of beers, then Cafe Hollander is a place to be. However the food quality is just so-so; the four of us, were ok with it, but definitely not impressed. My "mac and cheese" with brie, was watery, no flavor, and I think the brie cheese flew over it, and... More 

Thank DutchTX
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

You could tell this was a well liked placed with how it was packed from wall to wall and guests waiting outside for a table. We were with a party of 14 and it didn't seem to phase them at all. The look of this place is very cool. I ordered the chorizo scrambler burrito and the flavor was absolutely... More 

Thank Kylie B
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This place had terrific food and a very impressive beer list. They also had great bloody Mary's. There were so many things on the menu that I would like to visit again if I'm back in the area.

Thank Holly S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2608 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4244
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-963-6366

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