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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 120
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2608 N Downer Ave
phone: (414) 963-6366
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 01-15-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
I've gone to this place on several occasions and the last time was the last straw. Service is HORRIBLE. They are usually slow to wait on you, but the last three times it took 15 minutes before we were even acknowledged by the staff. I've sat in there and watched 7 different people working there completely ignore my girlfriend and myself. Food is okay. Selection of beers has potential, but they leave some obvious ones off their menu. Its a shame, because they do focus on Belgian beers, which is nice to have in Milwaukee. Never going back.
12-14-2009 16:22:51 |
More by bonk0076
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited Cafe Hollander after a co-worker mentioned it for lunch with a friend of mine. I thought the decor and food were very good, but the beer selection boring and the food very slow.
We arrived and scrutinized the beers on tap. I ordered a Delirium Noell and my friend an Avery Reverend, both of which were sold out. My friend re-ordered, only to discover his third choice was also sold out. We ended up splitting a 750ml of La Chouffe. Beer selection was pretty ordinary, with (obvioulsy) a fair number of stock-outs. I was disappointed in a number of other beer choices; Stella, Amstel Lt, Guinness, Leffe, etc.
Our server was friendly, but did not seem very beer-knowledgeable. We ordered sandwhiches, which probably took 45 minutes to emerge from the kitchen. Service was extremely slow, but friendly and the place seemed to be staffed entirely by young, good-looking women.
Food was quite good. French fries come with a bevy of saucing choices, and my club sandwhich had a spicy mayo and apples on it, which were both unique and delicious.
Given the slow service and fairly pedestrian imported beer menu, I would be reluctant to return here for Beer Advocacy reasons. I might return because the food was good, there a lot of french fry sauces yet to try, and because it was a pleasant environment.
01-19-2007 21:22:22 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is a great, euro-beer cafe. Service is good, selection is very good and food quality seems very good as well.
We had the pot pie and definitely recommend it. Likewise, the bread pudding is awsome.
The interior is a bit dark, run-down and dive-like, but definitely has a "euro-vibe" to it.
I've been back several times, and will continue to stop here when in the area.
My only slight criticism is the lack of rotating taps. The selection is great, but doesn't change that often. I'd like to see more seasonals, etc.
05-26-2009 21:03:54 |
More by datamike
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25 | $$$
They have tons of great Belgian beers, but they are all served at the wrong temperatures, and in the wrong glasses... Some of the beers I tried had definitely gone bad (yes, I know what Belgian beers are supposed to taste like).
Waitress didn't even know what they really had and what they didn't.
Food was "OK", but not great.
Probably would NOT go there again.
04-23-2013 18:50:53 |
More by Driver8rws
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here early evening on 19 Aug 2011 with ratatat and S before we picked up A at MKE.
Nicely renovated building across the street from what used to be Sentry. We wanted to eat outside on a beautiful summer evening but it was a half hour wait so we ended up inside. About two dozen Belgians or Belgian styles on tap with maybe three or four dozen bottles as well.
We ended up ordering the bruschetta, soft pretzel, benelux omlette and the four beer sampler. Bruschetta was pretty good, pretzel and omlette were decent. In the sampler we had the Monks Cafe, Tripel Karmeliet, Matilda and Piraat.
The part of the evening that stays the most in my mind was the waitress spending about 10 minutes giving us the rundown on the various dinner and drink specials of the night, I don't think I've ever had a waitress go into that much detail about that many items before.
08-23-2011 03:13:02 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Specializing in Belgian style beers, it's no surprise to come back to see Ommegang and Hoegaarden umbrellas adorning all the tables outside on the corner. The beer menus were also contained in Duvel folders complete with pictures of the beer as well as a description.
We sat outside again, but I can remember the inside being a collaboration of raw, rustic looking wood, and upscale-style decoration. Bikes, and parts of bikes, as well as pictures covered the walls and wicker-backed chairs surrounded the tables.
The building itself is on a weird corner that's similar in shape to the Flatiron building in NYC. Very cool setup and seating.
The quality of the beer was good as it was fresh as well as the food which was tasty as usual. The sweet potato fries, for $5, came in a giant cone that took quite a while to put back. The Margarita flat bread pizza is delicious but a little small for $7. It was in square form (maybe 8" across) and cut into four slices.
The service was average. We went around 3 in the afternoon and almost no one was there. Instead of being attended to regularly we were pretty much left alone (which is good and bad). Really, just average. Not crap but not outstanding.
The shining, yet dull part of Cafe Hollander is their beer selection. 14 tapped beers and a long list of Belgian bottles and cans. That's the shining part. The dull part is your tears hitting the menu as you look at the prices. Regular beers aren't bad for going out: Miller Lite - $4, Bell's Oberon - $6, Unibroue 330ml bottles - $7 (ouch). As the beer got bigger or more rare it got ridiculous. I really want to put the value at $$$$ but I have a hard time because the "cheaper" beers aren't outrageous like the pricer ones. I like it there though, so I'll be back like usual.
Probably, the worst part though is their discarding of the best soup ever: The White Cheddar Ale soup. That was the best thing ever!
07-06-2009 23:31:53 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Cafe Hollander is my go-to for Belgian beer. If you want some good beer, come here. I have never been disappointed by a beer here!
As for the food, I would say it's average. It isn't bad, and it's a nice place to go to for lunch, but I wasn't that impressed with the food, and I've been there a bunch of times for lunch and dinner.
I've never had a problem with the service here. As for the decor, it's a nice enough place. I wouldn't say the atmosphere stands out to me.
It's worth trying, especially to try some interesting beers you can't find other places.
03-31-2013 20:01:41 |
More by kaydee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
It had been years since I stopped in here. The wife and I happened to be passing by so we stopped in for a few.
Like all Lowlands joints the place is loaded with wood from floor to ceiling. Plenty of Belgian inspired art and decor. Easily the smallest of all the LG spots. Tables up front bar in the center and more tables in the back.
Tap list and bottles are usually heavy on the Belgian ales. A few others sprinkled in from time to time. Almost always some sort of sour which makes me very happy. Proper glassware for all beers.
The food at all the LG establishments is fairly similar yet always fantastic. We didn't eat this time but I have eaten here in the past and the food never let me down.
We are lucky to have the Lowlands Group in town. They sure know how to do Belgian beer cafe right.
04-07-2012 19:22:47 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nestled on the corner of Downer and Bellevue, blocks from the college campus Cafe Hollander is a nice dutch/cyclist themed resturant/bar. They have 20 taps, mostly belgian or belgian styled (besides Kronenbourg 1664... WHY?) and a large list of bottles including some rarer selections. The taps were the proper temp and clean.
The wait staff is prompt and friendly. The beer and food came fast though the place was filled to capacity, we got the last table for 4.
The food was right now, great burger, slightly euro themed with good fries.
Overall a great place to eat and drink.
02-22-2010 01:15:17 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This a great little eastside cafe (formerly Gil's Cafe) in a beautiful part of the downer strip. First things first, regardless of what people like or dislike about this place, it is great to see a place like this in the area that I live. Anyways, the atmosphere is nice with a slight euro cafe feel to it. Summertime is great since they have a good number of outdoor tables to eat at. The bar is decent sized and wraps around into a back room. It sort of has a renovated farmhouse feel to it. The beer selection is pretty decent for mainstream Belgians including many of the trappist beers. They are a little light on American craft beers besides Ommegang and Goose Island series. One thing I did enjoy was their tasting sampler which consisted of four 4oz samples of any of their Belgian tap lineup. A bit pricey, but nice to be able to try 4 different Belgians before dinner. All beers are served in their appropriate glasses which always warrants two thumbs up. After the sampler, my friend and I order GI Matilda, Kasteel Bruin and Westmalle Triple. The food was very good as all four of us enjoyed our meals. Yes, like others have mentioned, the frites are pretty fantastic. They even have a very nice kids menu. The staff was very friendly and seemed quite knowledgeable, and garbed in typical east side fashion. Prices were a bit steep on the beer, but I guess I am just happy to see places in Milwaukee offering beer selections like this. And if you are so inclined, they offer DeuS for $50 for all those special occasions.
06-04-2008 04:35:15 |
More by ALESwhatCURESya
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