The Essential Café & Bistro - Wholesome, natural, & organic homemade foods
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My son and I would like to welcome you to our website, and hope to meet you at our   cafe/bistro.

The Essential Café & Bistro is focused on providing high-quality food and service in order to promote an unforgettable experience when visiting us - we will do everything we can to exceed your expectations!  

Not just any cafe...
More than just a "coffee shop" we offer a comfortable modern environment that includes indoor and outdoor seating.   We make and  serve delicious wholesome, natural, and organic food  (made here on-site) by only using the most premium whole ingredients.  

Here at the Essential Cafe/Bistro we support local businesses!  We proudly serve Colectivo coffee & Rishi Teas along with many other  products produced here locally in our great state of Wisconsin.

We have a variety of offerings to choose from.  Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us!
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!  

Cozy & comfortable outdoor seating and tables

Upscale, clean, friendly environment

Normal Hours of Operation
Sunday's: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday:  8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday:  8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday:  8:30 - 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday  8:30 am - 3:00 pm; 
(Check out "Dinner/Catering Choices" page to see how you can book a private dinner or event, or open up a dinner)

21 S. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, Wisconsin  53121

Note:  If a dinner is "open" then you must RSVP before 3:00 pm the day prior to the dinner date and inform us as to which entree you would like.

NOTE:  At times we may need to close on any of the days and times listed above for special or unexpected circumstances ~ we will do our best to list these times with as much advance notice as possible.  Thank you in advance for understanding. 

(262) 723-1500

(Family Owned & Operated)
Owners: Joanne Benkowski & Son, Nathanael Benkowski