Taps: 24 / Bottles: 130
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.76/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Belgian-inspired food & beer. Part of a local restaurant group (Lowlands) focusing on Belgian food & beer. Growler fills of all(?) beers on tap are available.
Atmosphere- very good design. Comfortable and interesting.
Quality- the food is good but I'm not sure if they source ingredients locally. Beer selection is quality Belgian breweries and a few American breweries. They do have a few macros on tap/ in bottles.
Service- average to good.
Selection- this is a tricky one. If you're looking for Belgian beer, then you're going to be in heaven. If you want a stout or an IPA, then you're going to be disappointed. I suggest going when you're in a Belgian mood or on a hot summer day, when a nice crisp Belgian Single will hit the spot.
Food- the food is good, but falls short of being memorable. Definitely a step up from chain restaurants and family diners. A lot of Belgian-inspired dishes and some authentic Belgian dishes. Lots of fried appetizers, though, so not a particularly healthy meal. It was hard to gauge the quality of the food because so much of it was deep-fried.
Value- not really a value. You get what you pay for- good food and good beer.
05-24-2014 20:21:36 | More by robear
5/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Drove past Centraal around lunchtime and noticed it, based on BA reviews I was heading for Palm, a bit further out the street. Palm was closed, so I turned around and came back to Centraal, and I am glad I did. Beer list impressive, maybe 25 beers on tap. Did not look at bottles because taps so impressive, but there were a lot of them (contained in the "Bier Book," a nice touch. Had a Karmeleit Tripel, I can never resist that when it is on tap, and another beer called Confession Grand Cru, which is one of their private label beers from Belgium. Both very good, sadly had to drive to airport so could not sample more. Had a rosemary goat cheese macaroni for lunch, truly excellent. I sat at the bar, and the young bartender was well informed and obviously eager to learn more, and as the place was uncrowded we chatted about beer and Belgium quite a bit. Bar and restaurant are excellent rehabs of an old drug store, the bar is quite long and it is hard to imagine that it fills up very often. The back patio looked very nice as well. A great place, particularly if you are fond of Belgian beers. Then there is American craft beer "Sugar Maple" next door, at least later in the day.
08-05-2011 15:04:34 | More by BelgieScott
Cafe Centraal in Milwaukee, WI
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.