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Alterra Cafe At The Lake

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1701 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1377
414-223-4551
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Coffee and Food to Shout About.

I love this cafe. The food is great, I can highly recommend the Oat Raisin Cookies and Avocado BLT. Try a Chai Shake too. It's not on the menu but do ask. It is good to sit, eat and watch the world go by.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I love this cafe. The food is great, I can highly recommend the Oat Raisin Cookies and Avocado BLT. Try a Chai Shake too. It's not on the menu but do ask. It is good to sit, eat and watch the world go by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I love coffee not straight but with lots of sweet stuff. Vanilla and caramel are best. Alterra has great coffee. The atmosphere with the location being an old pump station and across from Lake Michigan is wonderful. The drawback is you must have time to kill because the wait times are awful.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This has become my regular morning coffee stop! I used to be a Starbucks regular, but one try of their coffee and I can never go back! I absolutely love the atmosphere and will plan to be back often!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Love the location. Can sit for hours outside or inside enjoying your coffee! We generally go there every other weekend.

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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

If you are looking for the combination of fine coffee with beautiful vistas in Milwaukee then this is a stop you must make. The properly roasted and brewed coffee and freshly baked treats gives one a reason to pause and watch Lake Michigan in any weather with its panorama of changing scenes sun and rain, snow and ice. Locked onto... More 

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Fedlberg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Fun place to drink coffee! Really good and popular... But don't go on a Sunday in August. It's really crowded than and packed

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usa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 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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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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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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chicago
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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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  • Address: 1701 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202-1377
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: 414-223-4551

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