Café Grace in Wauwatosa offers feast for the eyes as well as the stomach

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It has been described as polished and professional, yet understated, with aesthetic details galore.

The flavors of Paris have taken residence in a prime Tosa location that brings a bit of formal flair to the area.

Nestled within the up-and-coming Mayfair Collection, Café Grace has become a local gathering place for everything from a casual rendezvous to an anniversary or birthday celebration.

“We loved Café Grace,” said patron Alyssa Schwartz, who dined there recently in celebration of her husband’s birthday. “We couldn’t stop looking around at the little details, like the freshness of the white paint and black accents and green foliage.”

The kitchen gleams under beautiful lights and the wait staff bustles around dressed in chic blue jeans with white shirts and black aprons.

“The service was efficient, but we didn’t feel rushed at all,” said Schwartz. “Everything was very laid back and comfortable and when we left there wasn’t an empty table to be seen.”

Artful aesthetics pair well with culinary creativity, as the menu clearly dictates.

Fresh, seasonal fare rounds out the menu

“Our menu changes seasonally so there’s always something fresh and new,” General Manager Jay Culp explained.
While Culp recently joined the fold from a prior gig at Harbor House, he said one of the things that makes Café Grace unique is the comradery and longevity of the staff.

“We really have great people working here both behind the scenes and in the front of house,” Culp said. “We take care of our employees so they can take care of our guests and give them everything they’re expecting and more.”

The bistro seats about 90 patrons, and Culp shared a behind the scenes secret behind its design.

“We are west facing, which was done on purpose in the design to offer a great natural sunlight in the early evening,” he explained. “We’ve really put together a warm feeling of the classic Parisian café, with an inviting and beautiful space and artfully crafted menu.”

Cote D’Agneau (Strauss rack of lamb) and Poulet de Ferme (herb and citrus marinated chicken) are among the staff favorites from the unique vertical rotisserie, and for Culp it’s all about the Duck Confit.

“Whenever I see something like (duck confit), it’s a must-have for me,” said Culp. “It’s not something I’m going to spend $23 on duck fat to cook at home…and just has this decadent, crispy skin and falls of the bone…. it’s delicious.”

Conveniently located close to home

The best news of all is its location. Just minutes from the Mayfair Reserve, Café Grace offers its guests an atmosphere of je ne sais quoi, or a “certain indescribable something.”

The same can be said of the Mayfair Reserve, where we offer residents the chance to have the kind of to-do list that brings you joy every day.

Luxurious one- and two-bedroom apartments including refined features and finished, Mayfair Reserve has all of the small-town comforts in a big-city environment.

And just down up the highway a couple of minutes you’ll find a Parisian treat for all the senses.

“There really aren’t many fine dining restaurant options in the area, but this one goes above and beyond that,” Culp said. “We have something special here.”


At a glance

WHAT: Café Grace

WHERE: 11200 W. Burleigh Street, Wauwatosa

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

CONTACT: (414) 837-6310, [email protected]


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