Third Ward Caffe

Third Ward Caffe - an authentic Italian experience in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward district.  Located in a converted 1875 produce warehouse on the historic "commission row" the Third Ward Caffe run by Jane and Randy Nelson. Today the menu features veal, beef, chicken, pizza and over 20 pastas complimented by seasonal specials which take advantage of the herbs and vegetables grown on their 20 acre Door County farm. This authentic menu is enhanced by over 100 specially selected Italian wines.


Reservations are recommended. Click 'reserve a table' on the left to make a reservation through Open Table.

Payment Methods

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club, cash and travelers checks.

Gift Certificates

Please contact the Third Ward Caffe or stop in and see us. We are happy to mail gift certificates or have them waiting for you to pickup.


Metered parking is available in front of the restaurant on St Paul Ave and just around the corner on Broadway St.

Private Parties

The Third Ward Caffe is available for private parties any day of the week based on availability. We can offer you the entire restaurant or just one of our two rooms for your event.

Wedding Event

The Third Ward Caffe is unique space for a wonderful wedding. A variety of spatial and seating options can accommodate up to 100 guests for a ceremony, reception, sit-down dinner, dancing, and more.

Please contact us for assistance planning your private event.

New Seasonal Items


Vitello Tonnato

chilled veal roast served w/creamy tuna-caper sauce


luscious fresh figs with imported Italian prosciutto


Spinaci - spinach, blueberries, peaches, & candied pecans, poppyseed dressing


Scampi - jumbo peeled shrimp sauteed w/mshrooms & onion in garlic butter, over angel hair pasta


Trio Grilla

grilled chicken, wild boar & garlic sausages w/cannellini beans


pistachio dusted lamb t-bone chops oven roasted, served on arugula with fingerling potatoes


seared beef medallions toped w/imported gorgonzola cheese, served w/ mashed potatoes

Clients Say

Here's what our customers say about us

This is a great place to enjoy a well-prepared meal after a downtown matinee or before an evening show. The service is friendly and efficient, and will give special attention to those who mention they want to be finished to be at the theatre or concert on time. Interesting pastas and specials made with in-season vegetables are highlights. I have visited several times and always had good luck finding on street parking within one block. The location is near a freeway exit and major streets that lead to many of Milwaukee's downtown attractions, and so is easy to find." Dane L. Odom
A great place for a romantic dinner! Food, atmosphere & staff are all wonderful! It's a great restaurant with a fun atmosphere for a fun dinner with friends or for a quiet romantic dinner for two. I was really amazed when my husband gave me a wonderful gift for St. Valentine's day from here. It was an amazig night in an amazing place!Elen Moore
Varied italian menu with some great dishes. The pumpkin ravioli (on their fall and winter menu) are to die for! there is something for everyone from meats to fish to pasta. Upscale casual venue with a pleasant atmosphere. Overall, a solid kitchen that provides an excellent value.Sherry Cantu

We had lunch here one Saturday. The eclectic menu offered everyone a satisfactory choice, and the food was excellent! Two of us split a Caesar salad and a portobello mushroom appetizer, both were flavorful. The kitchen split them for us, always a nice touch. (we had said to the waitress we were sharing but anticipated doing our own splitting which most places expect.). My husbands "straw and hay" pasta was delicious...he wouldn't share a taste. Our fourth had a beef tenderloin sandwich and left not a crumb.

The rolls are very fresh and warm, and they serve olives in a herbed olive oil at the table. Our waitress kindly refreshed ours twice!

On top of the wonderful food the place is charming to look at and conversation friendly. The only minor herbal teas.

We will return next time we are in Milwaukee.

Willie Ray

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