Part of what makes the restaurant so enjoyable is the atmosphere. The bar area and intimate dining atmosphere are perfect compliments to the food that is served. This is a popular spot on weekends, so it can get a little tight at times, but it is nothing that is unmanageable.
The menu is extremely diverse and is routinely updated. I really think that this makes Coquette unique in terms of Milwaukee dining. Offering diners variety is important and makes coming back an exciting experience.
For the appetizer we had the fruit, cheese, and bread ($12.95). This went very well with the wine we had ordered from their extensive list. We also ordered the French Onion Soup ($6.95) and simply put, this is one of the best versions of this soup in town.
I was impressed with the number of entrees and their variety. We tried the Hanger Steak with Red Wine Shallot Sauce and Pommes Frites ($22.95) and it was fantastic. The steak was cooked perfectly and the sauce absolutely made the meal. We also tried the red braised chicken with pearl onions and bacon ($19.95), and it was very good. The entrees are relatively large, so diners get tremendous value for the amount of money that is spent.
Finally, while it is certainly not the showcase, the Angus Cheeseburger ($9.95) served at Coquette may be one of the better burgers in town. While it may seem inappropriate to order a burger at a place like Coquette, I must admit, it is completely worth it if you have a craving.
As most would expect, the service is top notch. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly at Coquette and we had a very enjoyable experience with our waiters on each of our visits.
Another unique aspect of the Coquette experience is the fact that the restaurant offers cooking classes and the opportunity to spend a day in their kitchen! I am unaware of any other restaurant in the city that allows diners the opportunity to have a behind the scenes tour and learn tricks of the trade from members of the staff themselves. More information about these offerings is available at the Coquette Cafe website.
Finally, for the quality of food served, the price is great. This is one of the best spots in the city, and it is priced in a manner that everybody can enjoy. This is a special spot and we highly recommend Coquette Cafe for your next special dining event.