Elsa's on the Park, located at 833 N. Jefferson St. next to Cathedral Square downtown, provides customers a grandiose place to eat American classics. Whether you're on a hot date or just want to dine somewhere exquisite and eccentric, consider Elsa's for your next food excursion, a 20-minute walk from campus or short bus ride to Wisconsin & Jefferson-Jackson.
High ceilings, white walls, dimmed lighting and candles at every table set the mood inside of Elsa's. Mirrors run across the restaurant, while large glass doors await you at the front. Once arriving, you must look for a waiter who will then help you find seating. Elsa's doubles as bar, and seems like a legit place for anyone looking for a new spot with a fresh social scene. "Elsa's is a warm, inviting, sophisticated, and modern place to eat and hang with friends," said Lauren Gilbert, a senior at Marquette.
Unless you plan on getting just an appetizer and dessert, having a decent amount of money ($35 to $40 for a party of two) can provide you with more wiggle room in a multitude of ways. A lot of Elsa's options sit around 13 to 15 dollars, but some of their sandwiches are around $9 if you do not want to spend a crazy amount of money. Dressing up is also something I'd definitely recommend, as the ambiance gives off a more mature feel. Try to stay away from t-shirts, ripped jeans, or anything that says "I came here unprepared."
Elsa's staple item are nachos but also provide a gamut of burgers from an Alfredo option to one with salsa, avocados, and jalapeño peppers. Pork-based options run galore, along with salads and soups. I opted to go with a "Big Boy Patty Melt" and eventually devoured 9 oz. of beef slathered with fried onions, topped with Swiss and American cheese all placed on grilled pumpernickel. Waffle fries and a salad came with my burger and gave me a newfound appreciation for patty melts.
The wait for our food was a little longer than expected, but sometimes waiting is a sign that your food was made fresh and in this case, rang true. Elsa's is open until 1 a.m. on the weekends so it is a good late-night option unlike Sobelman's, which closes early. After 5 p.m. you must be 21 and older so if you're little younger just go before and don't force your hand (Unless you really feel like it).
Overall, I appreciated Elsa's elegance but especially loved how their food is filling and not some flimsy piece of fish with one green bean. Comfort food, along with higher-end dishes, provide people with choices, and that's just how I like it. Elsa's makes dining a walk in the park, and for this restaurant located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, that's exactly what it is.
Two Milwaukee Bucks players were eating at Elsa's while I was there!
Elsa's dessert page comes first on the menu (Odd I know).
Their washrooms are dimly lit with blue lighting and replica foam on the ground.