Riverwest Co-op & Cafe

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

4.3 / 18 votes

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Organic grocery store, bakery & vegetarian deli.

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Grocery/Bakery/Deli, Caterer, General Store

The Cafe has made-to-order sandwiches, soups, and smoothies, using organic and locally grown produce whenever possible. They also serve weekend brunch and have vegan pancakes, french toast, tofu scramble, and more. Fresh all-vegan baked goods -- cookies, chocolates, breads -- made daily. Catering is also available.

The Cafe also features themed nights, such as "taco Tuesdays" and "pizza Saturdays", while the co-op itself offers discounts on certain products/categories throughout the week, such as 10% off El Rey products on Tuesdays, 10% off produce on Wednesdays, and 10% off all bulk items on Thursdays.

The store has all organic produce, wide selection of vegetarian and vegan groceries, sizable bulk section. Pet food, child care, and health & beauty supplies. Locally produced soaps, crafts & candles.

Both the store and cafe are staffed almost entirely by volunteers.

Added by excessively on Feb 16 05 (last updated Apr 11 10)

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Most Recent Reviews

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My wife and I ate here twice while in town and both times the service was extremely friendly and helpful. The guys in the kitchen prep area were simply THE BEST.

The cafe is very cozy with just 4 or 5 tables and I could see it being pretty tight if it is chilly/rainy taking away the option of outdoor seating. The prices were very reasonable.

The food was some of the best diner-style vegan food I've had anywhere in the country. The sandwiches ($7.50 - $9.50) all were excellent. We tried the tempeh reuben, BBQ tofu, and seitan philly sandwiches. I loved all three and they all had plenty of Daiya/sauce/gooey awesomeness.

For $2 you can sub out the tortilla chips for 4oz of any deli side which included balsamic kale salad and a southwestern sweet potato salad both of which were very tasty. They also were offering two vegan soups. We tried the coconut lentil soup which had great flavor and texture and was served with some delicious multigrain toast. They also had giant vegan chocolate chip cookies for only $1.50!

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This is the spot! I LOVE THE CO-OP!!!! They have high ethical standards (I hope the co-op goes all veg soon), and the service is friendly.

The cafe is all vegetarian and has tons of vegan options. The smoothies are vegan and are always amazing, as is the seitan Philly cheesesteak sandwich. They do pizza nights on Saturdays which offer tons of vegan options (including BBQ unchicken pizza, roasted veggie pizza, and more), along w/ other themed nights like "Whole Grain Mondays" and "Taco Tuesdays".

They offer brunch on the weekends, which is always delicious. Some options are breakfast burritos, vegan pancakes and French toast, tofu scramble, vegan biscuits and gravy, and more. I think the biscuits are a little hard, but the gravy is good. Between the pancakes and French toast, I'd definitely vote for the pancakes (I love the blueberry), but I've also had the special chocolate and mint French toast, which was divine.

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1 block south of Center (#22 bus), 3 blocks west of Humboldt (#10 bus), 3 blocks east of Holton (#14 bus).

Located on the corner of Fratney & Clarke.


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • American
  • Deli


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Quiet


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7am - 9pm
8am - 9pm

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