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The Essential Cafe & Bistro - CLOSED

21 S Wisconsin St, Elkhorn, WI 53121-1738
+1 262-723-1500
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good9%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
26 Sep 2016
“Healthy dining”
13 Jul 2016
Restaurant Hours Closed
Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
21 S Wisconsin St, Elkhorn, WI 53121-1738
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1 - 10 of 21 reviews

Reviewed 26 September 2016

Unusual recipes that are delicious-and healthy. Pricey for what you get but oh so good. Very easy to find in downtown Elkhorn

Thank elkhorneva
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I have yet to try something I haven't loved! Fresh, clean dishes that are incredibly delicious. I love eating here!

Thank Kristine P
Reviewed 15 April 2016

The owner of this establishment has a burden to feed the needy, and she not only does that out of her kind and generous heart, but also at her own cost....even if people don't donate..she feeds family and does it all by herself, She is...More

Thank Healingcuisine
Reviewed 28 June 2015

Passing through Elkhorn from Kenosha to Madison, googled restaurants in Elkhorn....this place came up, we gave it a try....can't wait to visit again. Food was fresh, organic and delicious.

Thank Kathleen D
Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

I stopped into this adorable little cafe for coffee and a snack. My Americano was great, and the banana bread pudding was absolutely phenomenal. The owner was very nice and welcoming, great customer service.

1  Thank sgavin83
Reviewed 21 January 2015

I have visited this place multiple times for coffee, and the drinks never fail to impress. The espresso is fantastic and drawn very well... one of the best espressos I have had in the U.S.! Have not eaten here yet but the use of all...More

1  Thank dgermai1
Reviewed 14 September 2014

We started with a light, flavorful chicken polenta soup. I had the sockeye salmon, and it may have been the best I have ever tasted. The salmon was moist and the skin was deliciously charred. Served on brown rice cakes with a delightful lemon-dill sauce....More

1  Thank multeataskr
Reviewed 13 September 2014

Love this place! Sit at the counter, watch Joanne prepare the soup of the day, whip up a cup of cappuccino by Nathan; oh yes it's a family restaurant which make it all the more appealing. I had the vegetable soup and it was delicious....More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

From the coffee to the breakfast sandwich it was very good . A must stop while in Seattle . Took some of the pastries with us as we go down the coast.

Thank jahalasz
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Perhaps a small town finds this place wonderful, but having great food choices in Milwaukee I find that this restaurant falls flat. Small portions for the price!! And they weren't small plate! Be prepared to sit a tables designed for two or sit at the...More

3  Thank SouthSideSockMonkey
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
USD 12 - USD 25
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Open Hours
11:00 - 05:30
08:00 - 03:00
08:00 - 05:30
08:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S Wisconsin St, Elkhorn, WI 53121-1738
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Elkhorn
  • Phone Number: +1 262-723-1500
  • E-mail
"New and Unique" that is what others are saying about The Essential Cafe & Bistro; from our organic and natural selections on the menu, to the classic modern decorating and the quaint court yard outside. It was our goal to bring a healthy, fresh, and nutritious alternative in comparison to the other restaurants here in the area. In addition, my business side wanted to create an intellectual, comfortable atmosphere where you can be proud to bring business colleagues or just catch up on some of your own work using the free WiFi. We hope you will come in and try one of our homemade hearty soups, or a refreshing salad made with fresh fruit or vegetables; or a freshly brewed cup of Colectivo coffee, or Rishi tea along with some homemade organic and non-organic desserts and bakery items. Our cafe/bistro is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals - if your experience here was worth talking about - please post a testimonial to our website and "like us" on Facebook! We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
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