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SchoolGrounds Cafe

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4691 County Rd N, Cottage Grove, WI 53527-9761
+1 608-228-9488
06:00 - 15:30
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Sun 08:00 - 15:30
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 15:30
Fri 06:00 - 00:00
Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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Cottage Grove
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere is fun and historical. This is an old School house completely transformed. Inside are pictures of how it was, and people who actually went to the school. It was an art shop as well, may still be, I have not been inside since it reopened. Good food and of course great coffee.

Thank I6937YDbillm
Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Open again as of Feb 2017. Cute. Local. Exit 244 off 94, nice stop on a road trip. They are open morning to early afternoon. And hiring😊

Thank susanchica
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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100 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

long wait for coffee but cute place, restored very nicely. Lunch menu was over priced with average food. They are now closed. Too many lunch options nearby.

Thank allaboutthefamily
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Coffee, pastries, sandwiches - all delightful! And the folks that work there are very nice! Highly recommennd!

Thank Getcrafty1961
Waunakee, WI
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155 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Good coffee and good light lunch/breakfast fare in literally an old school with brings charm to the experience. Good service and pleasant staff.

Thank Mike R
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The SchoolGrounds cafe has a nice staff, a contemporary feel, and a weird overall layout. Paintings on the walls and artsy stuff in glass cases makes the first impression rather confusing but coffee house acceptable. The coffee which I got at the counter was hot and delicious but the location of cream, sugar, and utensils was a bit cramped and... More 

Thank Josh J
Janesville, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped here and had coffee, cocoa and lemonade, all of which were very tasty. I especially liked the flavor of the hot cocoa, it had great flavor and could taste the chocolate without being overly sweet. We indulged in some of the bakery items, the frosted "dog bone" cookie, the brownie, and carrot cake, all of which were very... More 

Thank Em D
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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83 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

If you are looking for a great cup of coffee to go with excellent bakery, this is a great spot. The staff is very welcoming and helpful. The bakery is delicious as I am sure are the breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The owner is passionate about his business and works hard to pair great service with excellent food. They have... More 

Thank Onthego1950
Shanghai, China
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45 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

My latte was very good, but it is their orange/chocolate scone about which I am dreaming. What an absolute treat -- I can't wait to return, and I will have lunch there next time.

Thank Shanghaisol
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

UPDATE- Now I have had their breakfast sandwiches and they are really good! My original assessment still stands... Great place with awesome staff, and great coffee!

Thank K P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
American, Cafe, Healthy
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:30
06:00 - 15:30
06:00 - 15:30
06:00 - 15:30
06:00 - 15:30
06:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4691 County Rd N, Cottage Grove, WI 53527-9761
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Cottage Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 608-228-9488
SchoolGrounds Cafe is an inviting cafe married to a beautifully restored 1910 one-room schoolhouse. Handmade bakery and pastry onsite daily and we also accept custom bakery orders as well. Incredible coffee and espresso beverages. Handcrafted breakfast porridge, gourmet egg sandwiches, belgian waffles, and frittered french toast served until 10:30. Our signature sandwiches and soups served from 10:30-2:00pm daily (served until close on live music days). Weekly live music events. Wifi. Catering and take-out orders. Gallery features distinct art and craft from numerous local artisans. Easy to find off I-94, exit 244, between Madison and Milwaukee.

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