Café Benelux & Market

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Café Benelux & MarketCafé Benelux & Market

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

346 N Broadway
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202-5816
United States

(414) 501-2500 | map

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Added by cmashuda on 06-21-2011

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 26
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

I would give this place a very high rating for its beer and atmosphere but I would give it barely passing marks for its food. If you want to drink good, interesting beer go here. If you want good food, go somewhere else.

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Photo of UtisTheLaw
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited a friend in Mulwaukee, and he knows of my interest in beer. The restaurant is large with both indoor and rooftop seating. The beer selection, at least coming from Texas, was very impressive. That being said, I have a knack for ordering beers on the menu that places do not have in stock. With a selection of what appeared to be well over 200 beers in bottles and draught, I believe I picked three different times to no avail. Granted, I was eventually brought a Hannsen's Geueze that was no longer in the system, and ended up being charged less than retail for it.

We had brunch, very good french toast, which was aided by a great view and nice weather. I believe my friend enjoyed his eggs. This would be a good place to bring anyone from out of town, and also a nice selection for locals.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A must in Milwaukee.

My family and I recently spent a few days absorbing the beer culture in Milwaukee and Benelux was certainly a diamond in the rough. We arrived here on a tip from our hotel bartender and immediately fell for the ambiance and decor. We entered in through the market side (very cool that this place has a market). We were immediately greeted, seated and very well served. Our server was very helpful and casually friendly and he wasn't shy about discussing beer and brewing even though his personal knowledge base was not huge. He was very interested in knowing more about beer in general and didn't mind learning a little bit from his patron.

We were there for breakfast and enjoyed gigantic pannekoekens, one with hame and a wonderful Belgian beer cheese sauce. We also tried 2 of their signature bloody marys and these were delicious as well. Each was served with a bump of a Belgian wit (this comes from a brewery in Belgium that they exclusively contrat with).

The beer list (book) was extensive and well organized. It was very well made and looked expensive which was really cool considering the fact that they print a new one monthly. My server even allowed me to take one with me which I was happy to do.

I will be back to Milwaukee and will certainly keep Benelux on my itinerary.

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Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

One of my friends told me about this place, so I went before a Labor Day party before picking up a growler at whole foods.

We sat up on the roof. It is a very nice biergarten, very americanized but still pleasant with nice views of the city.

It was still brunch time and I got the Hodge Podge which was basically just some breakfast foods thrown on a plate, but it was tasty and filling, no way I could finish it. I tried some of thier house beers and they actually are pretty good, especially the Grand Cru. Also had Duvel Single and Regular, good temps. The beer menu is more expansive than the other Lowlands Cafes with an especially interesting IPA selection. They also appear to change the bottle menu monthly.

The place is decked out in Belgian decor and you can also but a lot of souvenirs in the shop.

Overall it is pretty much a must stop in Milwaukee for beer wankers even though my review score isn't that high, maybe the system on this site is screwy or maybe I just prefer atmosphere over service by a mile but it wasn't like the service was bad, just average.

Went again, ordered only 2 beers and they brought the wrong ones both times, the waitresses here don't know jack shit.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here with the wife and some friends recently.

First off I love the decor and atmosphere here. I've been to all the Lowlands establishments and this one just does it for me. The blonde wood, the tables, the cool stair case with open air sky light, the garage doors, the roof top. I love how you can purchase all the glassware they use as well other breweriana. It's also cool that they have a solid selection of beers to go.

The food was pretty good. No surprise from these guys. Service was a touch slow but friendly. The beer menu is long and Belgian influenced. I ordered a 3F oude gueuze with my breakfast. At first they claimed it was sold out. Happily about 10 minutes later the waitress returned and said they found a bottle. Score!

Prices were a bit high but that's a given from the Lowlands group. Maybe not an everyday place but this will certainly go into my regular weekend brunch rotation.

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Photo of Beerfayce
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have a good friend bartending at Benelux and have visited a few times, once for dinner, once for drinks and appetizers, and once a stop by the bar.

Entering Benelux requires one to walk past large displays of specialty items, mostly glassware, setting the tone for what is to come.This restaurant is tastefully done in light wood with plenty of relevant Euro and Belgian beer signs and other breweriana. The main dining room is fairly large and open with a beautiful wooden staircase dividing the space; a small and comfortable bar area sits near the South wall with a "market" (per the neighboring Public Market) on the East side of the restaurant selling deli and take out options. Heading upstairs will take you to a glass enclosure, which helps to flood the dining room with light during the daytime, leading to the rooftop for open-air seating.

My first experience was dinner in the main dining room the opening Friday, so I expected some chaos and a crowd as well. My friend had prepared me for the amount of Belgian beer on tap and I was not disappointed; great representation of both bottles and tap focused on Belgian and specialty European beers. I went with the "High Speed Wit", an apparent exclusive from Van Steenberge, and my friend had an Ephemere, also on tap. My beer was served incorrectly in a tulip, but the server noted it before I inquired and immediately offered to comp it for me, which I appreciated. The Mahi-cake sandwich and burger we ordered were decent, if slightly pricey at $13 each. The dining floor seemed to be packed with confused servers and workers running about, but again I expected this as both the opening weekend and because of the quality of service that I have experienced at other restaurants in the same group. Besides the beer mistake and a server attempting to serve us another table's food, everything was decent, although nothing to rave about.

My second trip happened the next week Sunday afternoon with 2 friends- we took seating on the rooftop to enjoy the warm weather and some good beer. Service was worse than my initial experience, with 4 instances of food or drinks that we didn't order coming to our table and long absences by our server (granted, it was packed again). The food was also less impressive: we elected to order and share appetizers and ended up with some tasteless crab croquettes and some house-made "tater tots" that were unpleasant and gummy. The beer was still very good, and served correctly- we were able to try unfamiliar bottles of Scaldis and Dupont, tapper of Hommel beer (not my favorite) and standbys such as Piraat, Chimay, and the rest of the "exclusive" Van Steen tap series, a Dubbel and a Grand Cru.

I hope that they can improve the many service issues and even out some of the food quality as time goes by, but although I won't forsake any of my favorite bars to come to Benelux I will still make stops here from time to time if I want to lighten my wallet and enjoy a great variety of Belgians.

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Café Benelux & Market in Milwaukee, WI
4.06 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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