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Cafe Hollander Downer

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$$ - $$$
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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Green Bay
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the café Hollander for an Easter Brunch about 2:30pm on Sunday. Our waitress was soooo slow that by the time we ordered she had to remove the brunch menu and replace it with the lunch/dinner menu. Then she told us they were out of the tongue & cheek entrée! By the time we got our food (our... More 

Thank GreenBayPackerFan4
Lille, France
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Coming from France for business, I spent a lot of time in this great pub where you can drink good beers from Belgium. The choice of beers is amazing and excellent quality. The food is pretty good, and the place is great over the little river upon the building.

Thank lelazarus
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This eatery is a popular lunch-brunch location, so we tried it for dinner. The positives remain attentive but not overbearing service, ability to communicate without shouting (low ambient noise/pleasant oldies radio), and excellent pub food (Belgian style). The menu is scanty aside from burgers and sandwiches, but is complemented by an enormous list of available beers. Don't miss the sweet... More 

Thank Doc A
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I was excited when a friend suggested we meet for breakfast at Cafe Hollander this weekend, but that pleasant anticipation quickly turned to disappointment. The Cafe was not busy when we arrived at 8:45 on Saturday and there were tables available in all areas during our entire stay. Both service and food were disappointing. Our waiter was extremely attentive until... More 

Thank Quetzel55
Chandler, Arizona
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

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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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

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
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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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135 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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?