833 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5320243.041899 -87.905615
Neighborhoods: Juneau Town
Delicious, simple food; Trendy; great ambience! – This was our first time at Elsa's and we fell in love with the first glimpse of the restaurant. It is beautifully decorated, very trendy, and the crowd was a classy mix. We had a fairly big group of 10, and walked in at 12:50am. They courteously allowed us time to get our order together, since last call for food is 1am. Most of us ordered burgers, and I have to say, it was the best burger patty! The appetizer wing platter was delicious, but skip the "asian" flavored wing. I had a French Martini from the bar, and it was probably the best one aside from a bar I had it from in Miami.
Overall, it was a great place for a group of friends to meet up for a good time, good drinks and delicious, simple food. Whenever we're in Milwaukee again, we will definitely be back!
Elsa's a FLOP – Up for a great burger, a good red wine and people watching, Elsa's was the logical choice last night, a Saturday. What a mistake! The youngish, all white, male staff bossed around patrons as they looked past a party of 6 African American women who had been there since 5pm (It was 6:30). They took other's names, finally sat us (and that party of 6)only when we reminded the stern-faced men.
Once seated, we wanted a nice red wine to go with the burgers. The prices were insane: $25 for a HALF bottle of Iron Horse, $100 for a bottle of nothing special, $11 for a 6 oz pour (THEY MEASURE).
Eleven dollars for a glass of wine to compliment an $8 burger??? Our waiter (another flustered, crabby white guy) had at least 3 other busy tables that he was trying to cash out and turn over as fast as possible.
As the noice level increased, the smell of greasey food and bar smoke dulled our appetites. Then it occured to us! We didn't have to take abuse from our restaurant! We had a choice! WE WALKED OUT.
After waiting for 50 minutes for a table and then another 10 minutes for water, we left and drove straight to THE KNICK where there was an attentive waiter, good wine, fresh salads and a melt-in-your-mouth burger stuffed with gorgonzola cheese. Now calmer and full, we made a clear decision not to go back to Elsa's on the Park.
Rather, next time we crave that special kind of Milwaukee delicacy, we will buy our Karl Kopps burgers AT KOPPS ($2.80), bring a great red wine and picinic to the lake front--far away from the angry white men.
--The reviewer is a 40ish, married woman with kids, who now lives in Mequon after grad school in Colorado. She lived in Wauwatosa and grew up walking to the original Kopps near 60th and Center.
A Class Act! Great food. – I left Milwaukee in 1999 and have lived in Atlanta and now Nashville. I have yet to find my favorite spot, one that would live up to Elsa's. My friends and I called Elsa's "our office". I miss it. Great food, the people...such beautiful people and such elegance. I can't wait to get back to Milwaukee on a visit so that I can enjoy my favorite burger...Burger Alfredo. To die for...If you want a classy night out and great food, Elsa's On The Park is THE PLACE. Supasses the hot spots in Miami, LA and Vegas any day.
Trendy-If you like Rude Service and Snooty Patrons – I LOVE Elsa's...for the FOOD and I live downtown so I"m used to snooty patrons and the occasional rude service. Its the atmosphere I live in. So if you don't mind that sort of thing...its rather trendy and I great place to eat and socialize. It gets very crowded, very loud so it might not be the ideal place for a 'first' date, but just my opinion. You CANNOT make reservations, hardly ever any parking. They do have excellent burger, but there is also other options like the smoked salmon platter or chicken platter. The Golden Gate Cake (talk about decadence..uhhmmmm). Everyone should try Elsa's at least once, ok maybe a few times.
User review by cgartman1 – Food get's an A+ The chili is top notch but seasonal. Waitstaff is more than friendly, interior decoration is fantastic. The only downside is that some of the customers are pretty high strung.
Best in the Midwest – Just a 90 min. drive from Chicago and worth it..Salami & cheese plate and add the hot out of this world appetiz potatoes, fresh fruit platter ...portions are fantastic..consider sharing a few....service couldn't be better..come early..just a great place....sandwiches and nachos that went by our table made our mouth water...with a couple of wines each..$52..with tip $62...Barbara & Jerry
Elsa's is the place to be! – Seems as if everyone raves about the burgers (yes - they are good) but the wing platter is outstanding! The drinks are great too. Can't find a better B-52! I love to people watch!
Not just hamburgers – I have had the burgers and they are good, but don't just stop at the burgers. They have a good chicken platter also. The drinks are great also. Try the French Kiss Martini very good but expensive.
Great atmosphere, great desserts! – Went to Elsa's late on Friday night. The restaurant was packed, but we were able to get seated immediately without reservations. The modern atmosphere appeared to attract a large crowd of people in their 20's and 30's. If you go to Elsa's, I would HIGHLY recommend that you try the Golden Gate Cake for dessert. It is fantastic!
Best Burger! – Expect a wait but worth every minute. Best burgers in the area. Try the Las Brias or the Alfredo - both were outstanding!
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