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Alterra Cafe At The Lake

1701 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1377
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Ranked #55 of 1,393 restaurants in Milwaukee
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Most recent review
- Jul 8, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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105 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It's Alterra, with a new name, all over town. Great coffee (I don't drink coffee but everyone else comes here for it), tea, scones, breakfast sandwiches, muffins, et al. Keep going. It's warm outside and those tables are available with table service. Now we can bring the dog.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Stopped several times during my time in Milwaukee based on the recommendation of my boyfriend, and I couldn't have been happier with my experiences! The location in an old pump house added a lot of charm to the already beautiful lakefront locale. The coffee was also delicious. They had a good selection of cafe foods, as well as unique t-shirts... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Alterra has excellent coffee. Whenever I am in Milwaukee, I make a special trip just to get as much as I can! The food offered in house is also excellent in quality. Great bakery and deli sandwiches, salads, etc. Staff is always friendly and prompt - and the barista even makes latte art for me! Fun place!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Great place, good food, nice area. Great for people watching & breakfast or lunch before hitting beach or frankly anything.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The coffee is great - I've visited several coffee places, and Alterra always is consistent in flavor, quality and service. One thing I appreciate is they give you your coffee without a lid (sometimes with foam art), which is a nice step toward sustainability (lids available if you want them). This location is in a unique re-purposed building. The exposed... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

There are many other Alterra outposts throughout Milwaukee to get their excellent coffee so there is really no need to wait in a line that can stretch for 20-30 minutes to get that coffee here. The location, as others have said, is unique, but not enough to justify the wait times.

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Nashotah, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This is a wonderful adaptive reuse of a a long desserted building. The coffee is always good and the atmosphere is great.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

It's like Starbucks wishes it could be in the way that its honest to who it was and is, without an ounce of corporate in it. It's a cool look, cafe chill feel, great food options to complement a solid range of coffee choices. Very Seattle feel in it and you can tell they care about the quality of product... More

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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My son and his wife had their first date here, so this coffee shop has always been a special place for our family. When I come to visit them from Denver I always try to get here at least once; this last trip we found ourselves here four or five times for various reasons! It is a fun, relaxing place... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Built in a 100+ year old pump-house, this is THE place along Milwaukee's wonderful lakefront. The coffee is, of course, wonderful. The Expresso Shakes are so good they defy description. (My carb free wife finished my shake before we'd left the city on the way home and I had to stop and another Alterra to get one for myself.) The... More

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