Trocadero

★★★★☆
  • 1758 N Water St

    Milwaukee, WI 53202

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  • 414-272-0205

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Here's the deal. First off the menu has changed so many times it has no personality. The food (currently) is a wannabe upscale fine dinnig along with the prices. Who wants to pay $16 dollars for a blue chez mac n chesse? At least make it

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★★★★★

Here's the deal. First off the menu has changed so many times it has no personality. The food (currently) is a wannabe upscale fine dinnig along with the prices. Who wants to pay $16 dollars for a blue chez mac n chesse? At least make it

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This place has been renovated six times. One would think that it would improve at least slightly, but the overall experience just is not worth the money that you could spend somewhere else.

The food is average, at best. The menu is pretty scant, and the prices are high. The drinks are especially costly, and they are always trying to upsell you to the next highest liquor. They don't tell you anything costs more. For example, if you ask for a side of ketchup, that costs you .75, but if you use the ketchup on the table, it's free.

The service is SMOTHERING and sloppy.

When I ate there, they charged my card THREE times for one meal. They were three different amounts as well. I had to then wait until the money was credited to my Visa, $150! The sever never mentioned to me that she swiped my card more than once.

I would suggest that you save your money and head to somewhere less expensive with better service, or take your money to an equally pricey restaurant and at least have great service.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has been renovated six times. One would think that it would improve at least slightly, but the overall experience just is not worth the money that you could spend somewhere else.

The food is average, at best. The menu is pretty scant, and the prices are high. The drinks are especially costly, and they are always trying to upsell you to the next highest liquor. They don't tell you anything costs more. For example, if you ask for a side of ketchup, that costs you .75, but if you use the ketchup on the table, it's free.

The service is SMOTHERING and sloppy.

When I ate there, they charged my card THREE times for one meal. They were three different amounts as well. I had to then wait until the money was credited to my Visa, $150! The sever never mentioned to me that she swiped my card more than once.

I would suggest that you save your money and head to somewhere less expensive with better service, or take your money to an equally pricey restaurant and at least have great service.

Pros: sweet potato fries

Cons: service, prices, few menu choices,

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I had dinner at Trocadero a few days after open. There was a nice crowd. 2 bars were open, one on the main floor and one upstairs, both pretty rockin'! They pulled away from there mojitos to make AMAZING margaritas ( from scratch apparently! ) Not only the margaritas but almost the whole menu is made from scratch!?!? you can definitely taste it!!! YUM!

2
★★★★★

I had dinner at Trocadero a few days after open. There was a nice crowd. 2 bars were open, one on the main floor and one upstairs, both pretty rockin'! They pulled away from there mojitos to make AMAZING margaritas ( from scratch apparently! ) Not only the margaritas but almost the whole menu is made from scratch!?!? you can definitely taste it!!! YUM!

Pros: Awesome atmosphere, great selection and diverse menu!

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I ate the Breakfast Burger. Awesome! It's literally a giant cheeseburger with scrambled eggs on it. I was visiting family in Milwaukee and this was my sister's recomendation. She's big on brunches so I followed her lead. Trocadero has plenty of traditional brunch options in the French style. Make sure you have breakfast potatoes with whatever you get. The Bloody Mary is better in Milwaukee than any other city in the U.S. and Trocadero stands in with plenty of options here too. Throw a couple of those down!

2
★★★★★

I ate the Breakfast Burger. Awesome! It's literally a giant cheeseburger with scrambled eggs on it. I was visiting family in Milwaukee and this was my sister's recomendation. She's big on brunches so I followed her lead. Trocadero has plenty of traditional brunch options in the French style. Make sure you have breakfast potatoes with whatever you get. The Bloody Mary is better in Milwaukee than any other city in the U.S. and Trocadero stands in with plenty of options here too. Throw a couple of those down!

Pros: Parking was cake

Cons: Can't say, really

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I like the restaurant for brunch and after work and weekend drinks. The summer atmosphere is great. The food is pretty good but make sure you look at the menu before dining. If you are in the mood for crepes, you will not be disappointed. If you think the menu suits your tastes, you will enjoy your dining experience.

2
★★★★☆

I like the restaurant for brunch and after work and weekend drinks. The summer atmosphere is great. The food is pretty good but make sure you look at the menu before dining. If you are in the mood for crepes, you will not be disappointed. If you think the menu suits your tastes, you will enjoy your dining experience.

Pros: Excellent outdoor dining, good drink specials

Cons: Service can leave things to be desired; meal quality is varialbe

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This place is great. Having lived in New York and being from Chicago when my wife and I move to MKE we were consistently disappointed by the dinning experience. This place however was a breathe of fresh air. Good food, a trendy (but friendly) crowd we've really enjoyed the few times we've gone there. Even now with our 9 month old baby the staff is great with us and her and we've enjoyed the "scene" there. In fact we went there for Mothers day with my infant daughter and my grandmother and we all loved it and had a great time. The patio is a nice break and off the beaten path so you don't have to sit on a high traffic sidewalk like other places with "outdoor seating". Only thing I would suggest is that they should implement a no smoking policy.

2
★★★★★

This place is great. Having lived in New York and being from Chicago when my wife and I move to MKE we were consistently disappointed by the dinning experience. This place however was a breathe of fresh air. Good food, a trendy (but friendly) crowd we've really enjoyed the few times we've gone there. Even now with our 9 month old baby the staff is great with us and her and we've enjoyed the "scene" there. In fact we went there for Mothers day with my infant daughter and my grandmother and we all loved it and had a great time. The patio is a nice break and off the beaten path so you don't have to sit on a high traffic sidewalk like other places with "outdoor seating". Only thing I would suggest is that they should implement a no smoking policy.

Pros: Good food, Good Patio, friendly crowd and wait staff

Cons: the occasional inconsiderate smoker.

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This French themed restaurant, inspired by the metro stop of the same name, serves up one of the best brunches around, all in a great outdoor dining atmosphere. We always make a point to stop here for lunch if we are passing through or visiting Milwaukee. The drinks are particularly good. There are four Bloody Marys to choose from: the Traditional; the Frenchie; the Southsider; and the Mediterrean. None of them will disappoint. Also, try the matches. They rule.

5
★★★★★

This French themed restaurant, inspired by the metro stop of the same name, serves up one of the best brunches around, all in a great outdoor dining atmosphere. We always make a point to stop here for lunch if we are passing through or visiting Milwaukee. The drinks are particularly good. There are four Bloody Marys to choose from: the Traditional; the Frenchie; the Southsider; and the Mediterrean. None of them will disappoint. Also, try the matches. They rule.

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We travelled an hour on a Friday for dinner here because of a reader survey saying this place has the best patio dining in Milwaukee---comparing it to New Orleans dining. One cheesy fountain, a few tropical plants and a view of the old riverbed sure didn't compare to The French Quarter or even John Hawks Pub! Our hostess was downright rude and the food so-so--highly overrated. I ordered a gimlet--not even an olive. We won't be back.

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★★☆☆☆

We travelled an hour on a Friday for dinner here because of a reader survey saying this place has the best patio dining in Milwaukee---comparing it to New Orleans dining. One cheesy fountain, a few tropical plants and a view of the old riverbed sure didn't compare to The French Quarter or even John Hawks Pub! Our hostess was downright rude and the food so-so--highly overrated. I ordered a gimlet--not even an olive. We won't be back.

Cons: rude hostess--stuck 5 of us at a table for 4--refused to get a larger space or even respond to our request--

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Trocadero is a regular haunt for me and I'm usually thrilled with food and pleased with the service. The menu is decent - try the soups and it's a great place for drinks and appetizers with friends. Their outdoor patio is one of the best in Milwaukee.

One sticking point is that sometimes the food is inconsistent. The salad nicoise is a good example. I've had the best and worst experience here with this classic salad. The last time I had it, the tuna was overcooked to the point of cardboard and the potatoes were weirdly black. I would have sent it back, but I was there for a business lunch and didn't have time. And while their brunch is good (don't miss the bloody marys!) skip - no run from - the chocolate croissants. They are consistenly awful - rubbery and reheated with runny chocolate.

Don't get me wrong - this is one of my fav places to hang out in Milwaukee - the atmosphere won't disappoint, the food is usually wonderful and they have a good wine list, fun drink specials and the best patio!

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★★★★☆

Trocadero is a regular haunt for me and I'm usually thrilled with food and pleased with the service. The menu is decent - try the soups and it's a great place for drinks and appetizers with friends. Their outdoor patio is one of the best in Milwaukee.

One sticking point is that sometimes the food is inconsistent. The salad nicoise is a good example. I've had the best and worst experience here with this classic salad. The last time I had it, the tuna was overcooked to the point of cardboard and the potatoes were weirdly black. I would have sent it back, but I was there for a business lunch and didn't have time. And while their brunch is good (don't miss the bloody marys!) skip - no run from - the chocolate croissants. They are consistenly awful - rubbery and reheated with runny chocolate.

Don't get me wrong - this is one of my fav places to hang out in Milwaukee - the atmosphere won't disappoint, the food is usually wonderful and they have a good wine list, fun drink specials and the best patio!

Pros: Location, atmosphere, drink specials, appetizers, overall recommended

Cons: Inconsistent food, inconsistent service

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First, I've eaten here at least fifty times (I am very experienced at eating out...). This isn't just about ambience or drinks, the food is always excellent. Traditional Parisian cafe atmosphere and beautiful outdoor patio. Nice selection of French wine and cheese plates for the afternoon or evening. Breakfast on weekends is superb. The bloody marys are excellent, with 8oz Heineken chaser in the bottle. Some traditional French menu staples as well. Get there early for weekend breakfast or plan on waiting. If you are waiting, stop in the front corner of the restaurant for the coffee bar or move towards the inside of the restaurant for the full bar and enjoy a drink before the meal. The patio is available all year and the garden is available during a good part of the year. Nice views from the patio too, old industrial/new residential. Plus you can see across the Milwaukee River to another neighborhood. The atmosphere is great. Very close to Brady St. area and convenient to downtown.

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★★★★★

First, I've eaten here at least fifty times (I am very experienced at eating out...). This isn't just about ambience or drinks, the food is always excellent. Traditional Parisian cafe atmosphere and beautiful outdoor patio. Nice selection of French wine and cheese plates for the afternoon or evening. Breakfast on weekends is superb. The bloody marys are excellent, with 8oz Heineken chaser in the bottle. Some traditional French menu staples as well. Get there early for weekend breakfast or plan on waiting. If you are waiting, stop in the front corner of the restaurant for the coffee bar or move towards the inside of the restaurant for the full bar and enjoy a drink before the meal. The patio is available all year and the garden is available during a good part of the year. Nice views from the patio too, old industrial/new residential. Plus you can see across the Milwaukee River to another neighborhood. The atmosphere is great. Very close to Brady St. area and convenient to downtown.

Pros: Best outdoor dining, best bloody marys, best breakfast, wine nights

Cons: Never really saw anything I didn't like

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Their heated outdoor patio makes this place a winner right from spring through the end of fall! The wine list is glorious. Trocadero is a good bet for an enjoyable evening.

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★★★★★

Their heated outdoor patio makes this place a winner right from spring through the end of fall! The wine list is glorious. Trocadero is a good bet for an enjoyable evening.

Pros: Heated Outdoor Patio

Cons: Parking

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My girlfriends and I have always loved Trocadero. Amazing cheese plates and drink specials. The outdoor dining area is fabulous. I try to recommend it as much as possible.... until recently.
I recommeded Trocadero to some friends of mine and asked them to meet me there. We arrived at 6:50pm and were immediately asked to see all of our ID's. I advised the hostess we were here for dinner and wanted to be in the dinning area. They showed us to our table, gave us menus and then 10 minutes later they were kicking us out. The hostess came back to the table with a manager and stated since not everyone was 21 years old we had to leave. I was in shock. I never heard of this before, especially this early in the evening. She stated that their liquor tax is lower if they do not have minors in after a certain time and that a sign is posted at the door. This sign is a hand written tiny piece of paper by the door.
Again I have always enjoyed this restaurant but this rule is a little odd, especially so early in the evening. And the embarrasement of my guests being escorted out was wrong. The hostess should have advised us of this policy when she was checking our ID's.
My suggestion would be that they get a bigger sign and politely tell people this policy when they first arrive.

2
★★★★☆

My girlfriends and I have always loved Trocadero. Amazing cheese plates and drink specials. The outdoor dining area is fabulous. I try to recommend it as much as possible.... until recently.
I recommeded Trocadero to some friends of mine and asked them to meet me there. We arrived at 6:50pm and were immediately asked to see all of our ID's. I advised the hostess we were here for dinner and wanted to be in the dinning area. They showed us to our table, gave us menus and then 10 minutes later they were kicking us out. The hostess came back to the table with a manager and stated since not everyone was 21 years old we had to leave. I was in shock. I never heard of this before, especially this early in the evening. She stated that their liquor tax is lower if they do not have minors in after a certain time and that a sign is posted at the door. This sign is a hand written tiny piece of paper by the door.
Again I have always enjoyed this restaurant but this rule is a little odd, especially so early in the evening. And the embarrasement of my guests being escorted out was wrong. The hostess should have advised us of this policy when she was checking our ID's.
My suggestion would be that they get a bigger sign and politely tell people this policy when they first arrive.

Pros: Great cheese platters and late night specials

Cons: After 5:00pm they only let people who are 21 years or older dine there

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Almost feels like Paris especially when eat on the patio (except for the tannery). Perfect for Sunday brunch. Good cheese selection and the pates are excelent. This is best value in the French category. After eating here once you will become a regular.

2
★★★★☆

Almost feels like Paris especially when eat on the patio (except for the tannery). Perfect for Sunday brunch. Good cheese selection and the pates are excelent. This is best value in the French category. After eating here once you will become a regular.

Pros: Atmosphere, Cheese, wine, pate

Cons: You aren't in Paris

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I ate here with my two sisters for brunch, and the food was excellent. The staff is very friendly and we ate outside on the patio. My sister asked me if I knew why the patio was so warm, and then said that they had a heated patio. It's a perfect place to take the loved ones. I would high recommend someone to take their girlfriend or for the lady's to bring their boyfriend here. It's a very nice place, and the menu is superb!

2
★★★★★

I ate here with my two sisters for brunch, and the food was excellent. The staff is very friendly and we ate outside on the patio. My sister asked me if I knew why the patio was so warm, and then said that they had a heated patio. It's a perfect place to take the loved ones. I would high recommend someone to take their girlfriend or for the lady's to bring their boyfriend here. It's a very nice place, and the menu is superb!

Pros: Great Food, Romantic, Pose

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This is a great restaurant!!! The food and the wine list are superb. Great atmosphere - old narrow building, very warm and cozy. The menu is constantly changing but everything is so good. I have been there several times and have always had great service. They even have a heated outdoor patio. I would recommend this to anyone -especially as a romantic date spot - they play great music as well. Gets you in the mood for an evening out on the bar scene. I give it 5 stars *****

2
★★★★★

This is a great restaurant!!! The food and the wine list are superb. Great atmosphere - old narrow building, very warm and cozy. The menu is constantly changing but everything is so good. I have been there several times and have always had great service. They even have a heated outdoor patio. I would recommend this to anyone -especially as a romantic date spot - they play great music as well. Gets you in the mood for an evening out on the bar scene. I give it 5 stars *****

Pros: Great atmosphere, GOod Music, Wonderful Menu

Cons: , Very busy, Parking limited

 

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