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c.1880 Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.c1880.com
  • Email: reservations@c1880.com
  • Phone: (414) 431-9271
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Hauck
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington and 1st
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from c.1880
At c.1880 we believe that food is the art of the earth. We specialize in contemporary cuisines highlighting the seasonal bounty of Wisconsin’s finest farm-fresh produce. Featuring local suppliers and the freshest ingredients Wisconsin has to offer, c.1880 is dedicated to using organic foods made from scratch using seasonally available, local produce, house cured meats, fresh herbs, fruits and organic vegetables.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Easily one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee! Creative, interesting, fresh, seasonal food never disappoints. Be sure to try the soup - it changes often, but whatever it is will amaze you. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Awesome food and great wine list. Too bad the lady next to us was complaining the whole time because she was distracting from the overall experience "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went to c.1880 on a recommendation from someone we had just met, so didn't have anything but their word to base the recommendation on. We were not disappointed! The food was superior to anything we've had at other 'good' Milwaukee restaurants and the presentation and service of all dishes was above expectation. What I really loved though, was that despite the high end service of dishes, the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting and the prices are very reasonable for that caliber of menu. Next time I'm looking forward to just sitting at the bar with a nice glass of wine and a plate of deliciousness - that's how casual it can be! A real pleasure to dine there."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The welcoming was pretty chilly. We had really good food and yet our server left a lot to be desired. e.g. needing to be asked repeatedly to describe the menu items when we could overhear other servers going into detail describing the various choices. We had fun that night because we wanted to, not because the restaurant was particularly accommodating. All in all, I would not go back because I can get food as good in other restaurants where people seem genuinely happy to be there."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was cooked perfectly, the combinations were unique. The staff is very well trained and well informed. Really excellent."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "It is incredible that the chef is able to be so creative in such a small kitchen. The food was outstanding and served hot. The timing between courses was spaced appropriately. All around a great experience. Your restaurant is a little neighborhood treasure. We are fairly new to Milwaukee and have eaten at the restaurant three time already. And plan on bringing more people in the near future."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband had recently been promoted at work and we wanted to celebrate. He had mentioned c. 1880 before, but we hadn't had a chance to go, so I booked the reservation about 30 hours in advance. The most popular times (6:30-8:30pm) were already taken, so we took 6:15pm. Our server was very knowledgable and helpful with the menu. My only complaint: the menu is too vague in my opinion. It just lists ingredients but not how they are prepared. My husband had the salmon appetizer and lamb-cubed entree and loved them! I had the celeriac soup, which was so amazing, then the short rib. The short rib listed horseradish, so I was concerned about the heat level, but it was mild and balanced with the other ingredients. The wine was great as well!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had gone to c1880 for a Valentines meal a year back and were very impressed with the atmosphere and food experience. So we decided to go for our four year wedding anniversary, but also invite some dear friends/ my best man. This would be their first time, but have wanted to go there for a long time. Well, what can I say - the evening turned out wonderful like last time and our friends loved it too! I would recommend it for a special place to dine. It's cute and romantic with great wisconsin class.....their theme for the restaurant, with lovely old picture of Milwaukee on walls. Service is excellent and you will not be disappointed with the food menu as it's truly unique in it's creativity, quality and taste."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Tried c. 1880 for the first time. Haven't been in the building since it was Marchese's Olive Pit, which was pretty bar-like. What a difference. Fantastic service, tremendous presentation, and awesome food. My wife and I were beaming after we'd left, meaning we will def. be back sometime in the near future. (note: LOVE the sparse menus. Tried things on a whim, and had the meals completely explained table-side. Fun!)"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Our second visit and once again really enjoyed it. Terrific service, although the bartender seemed to have only one speed! Everyone was very knowledgeable about the food. We had a couple of specific questions and they were easily answered on the spot. Aaron was a great server. My only suggestion would be to look at the desert menu. It seems a little unambitious given the high standards of the rest of the fare. It was a great dinner, we'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was very good! Liked the decor and ambience. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Run, don't walk to this fine restaurant. I loved everything about it from the warm and inviting decor to the amazing food. My goal in finding a good restaurant now it to find a place that has a creative chef who can take local, sustainable foods and create food that I cannot create at home. The portions here were perfect, the food was beautiful, and the flavors were complex and amazing. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Second time visist because needed to see if the the second time was as good as the first. It was. We will be back for thirds."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Last dinner was excellent but this one was generally mediocre. Server was not particularly helpful and tried to rush us through the meal. Wine was excellent. Celeriac soup was very flavorful. Young lettuce salad was good but nothing special. Entrees were disappointing. Lamb was good but arrived luke warm on top of very bland cold baba ganousch with pita panzanella that was basically small cut up pieces of dried toasted pita bread without any other garnishings or flavorings. Monkfish was just ok. Vegetarian rutabaga was very ordinary. Shortribs were good, but nothing special. All in all a very expensive medicocre meal"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The tasting menu was absolutely fantastic; especially since the wine was paired with each course. The deserts are fantastic in their own right. Wonderful place for foodies."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had an absolutely outstanding dinner on Saturday evening. Unique ingredients and combinations. Superb wait staff very knowledgeable about the menu and able to deliciously describe the food. Experiential dining ... pouring of the soup broth into the bowl at the table (the celeriac soup), pouring the sauce over the venison at the table (and how many restaurants serve venison?). Trout was excellent. Our first visit. Won't be our last. Convenient location and highway access."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "c1880 is one of our favorite places. Service was spot on. We had the tasting menu, and our sever checked with us to find out if we were ready for the next course or if we needed a break .There were a more than a few outstanding components in the dishes we sampled. Monkfish was fantastic, but it was outshone by the accompanying vegetables. And the horseradish snow! Amazing. However the grapefruit dessert had a pudding base that was not to our taste..The whatchamacallit is great! I wish they could figure out how to keep it just a little warmer in there.. The curtain vestibule they put up helps tremendously, but there is still a draft. In my opinion, this is Milwaukee's top restaurant. The wine/chef's tasting nights are really fun!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Really amazing food. For an appetizer we had a pork belly with forbidden rice (i'm going to use that at home - so good and so delicious) and bok choy. Yumm! Our entrees were short ribs with cole slaw, herb-roasted potatoes, and horse radish. Need i say it was out of this world? The other entree was trout with sweet potatoes puree and lentils. It was exquisite! In Russian, there is phrase to describe something very tasty, "You will lick your fingers!" I bet you will!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Milwaukee sure scored big when Chef Thomas Hauck opened up this Walkers Point gem just under two years ago. The food at c1880 is stunning not only in taste, but also its presentation. Upon seating you are also presented with one of the best wine lists in all of Milwaukee. There are local vineyards, rare esoteric wines and classic Cabernets. They also have an impressive selection of Whiskeys as well. I highly recommend trying the 5-Course Tasting Menu. It's not as much food as it overwhelmingly seems but gives you a chance to taste Chef Thomas' talented, incredible range. It's like eating artwork. Service is knowledgeable, personable and consistent. Thank you c1880! I will be back!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Celebrated an anniversary with family, including a California foodie. We ordered five different appetizers, all shared, and all delicious. Main courses were good, with the short ribs ( braised) the winner, For dessert, we ordered two Whatchamacallit, and it was awesome. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Food, service, atmosphere... everything was excellent. Truly one of the best dining experiences I have had in Milwaukee. The carrot appetizer was wonderful, the short ribs were perfect."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Haven't had such high quality in such a long time. Prix fixe TOTALLY WORTH IT in every way. Waitstaff knowledgeable and excellent."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The tasting menu provides the opportunity to test many of the options here, and both the trout and monkfish were some of the best prepared fish available in Milwaukee. The celeriac soup is also excellent. The service was at a comfortable European pace and the staff was very knowledgeable about the contents and preparation of each dish. The restaurant is small so it was quiet, although the bar is in the main dining area. An overall relaxed and casual feel. The wine list is not overly long and offers a number of wines that are reasonably priced and off the beaten trail. Try the Whatchamacallit for dessert - it is fun (and very good). Overall highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "1880 never fails to please. Food is spectacular and no matter how busy they are you never feel rushed. My one quibble is would wish for deserts creatively match entrees."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Cozy and warm while providing incredible food and service. Will be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "small, intimate place. We went there for Valentine's Day and had a great meal, even though we were somewhat in a hurry to get to a play before curtain time. We each had the tasting menu, and each got different choices for each course, and then shared. Everything was incredibly delicious! This is by far the best food in Milwaukee (admittedly probably not a particularly high bar to clear!). The waiter and the chef staff were very attentive and seemed to enjoy explaining each course. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were skeptical of the grapefruit dessert, but it was a superb way to end the meal. Excellence all around."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We both ordered the chef's menu and were absolutely delighted by all of the courses and choices. The service was attentive w/o being obtrusive, the waiter's insights were helpful and the ambience perfect for a romantic night out. The food, and I don't say this lightly, was among the best I've ever had. You turn yourself over to the chef's whims, and are richly rewarded for it. For a Chicagoan to say this is tantamount to treason, but this 1880 could compete among the better Chicago restaurants."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've only been here twice, but both times have been the best meals we've had in Milwaukee. True fine dining. It is pricey, but really not that bad for the quality of food and overall experience of dining. I've paid more for less other places that were supposed to be great. c.1880 quietly achieves perfection without pretense."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Have been here before--the food and service have been wonderful every time. The presentation of the food and the flavors are always a treat."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Made a late reservation thru OpenTable and had no problem getting in. Restaurant was mostly full on a Friday at 830. Dinner was fantastic. Started with the crab appetizer and I haven't tasted fresher crab in Milwaukee. I had the venison, she had the short rib. Both were perfect. Service was not overbearing and informative. Overall a great night out. I am a restaurant professional, and I will say this was a great experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We were3 explorers looking for new flavor combinations. On a Saturday evening 3 family members made a 1st visit to Circa. No parking valet, but street OK. Comfortable look and feel outside with a large clock tower nearby. Unostentatious. Menu is comprehensive, service is attentive without being obsequious, beverage list has nice variety of tastes and prices. No rush to study food menu and beverage list. Our appetizers ranged from $9-14 (named carrot, crab, and persimmon). Our entrees ranged from $18 - 35 (named rutabaga, pheasant, and venison). Simple names but complex & delightfully intriguing flavors. Wonderfully complex grapefruit yogurt dessert. All of our choices had exceptional presentation and melding of a variety of tastes."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed three courses. A salad with persimmons which was marvelous, followed by the shortrib which was beautifully presented and served with a delicious sauce poured tableside, followed by the Whatamacallit for dessert. Everything was excellent and the service exceptional. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had a WONDERFUL New Year's Eve Dinner. 5 excellent courses with thoughtful wine pairings. Outstanding service by a very knowledgable waiter who was also very easy on the eyes! Would heartily recommend!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This restaurant was buzzing from food to efficiency of wait staff! The food is phenomenal with the chef at the helm and his staff both in and out of the kitchen to make your experience here exceptional! Everything works in perfect harmony! Really good! We will visit again!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We stopped in early on Friday night before a show. Never been there before, but knew it was on a list of "Best Restaurants" in Milwaukee. Without a doubt, this was in our personal top 5! It must be said that the best part of the evening was our waiter, who was more knowledgeable that any person I've ever encountered in a restaurant. Both of us had fish (one had monkfish and the other trout) and it was cooked perfectly. The tastes were complex and delicious. We also had appetizers, but be warned that the portions will only serve one if you're hungry. However, like our entrees, both appetizers were amazing and plated beautifully. Without a doubt, we will go back to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Great meal on December 28. Trout and Monkfish op of our list. Carrot sales..fantastic..would have again. Argentinian wine was above average."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "There was no part of the meal, the ambiance, or the service that was lackluster. We had an excellent time. It was actually rather exciting that the dishes are not described on the menu - the chef combined them all fantastically."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Everything about c.1880 was fabulous. Ingredients, preparations, flavors, and plating all stand out. Lovely little restaurant, knowledgable servers, and delicious food! Proud of Milwaukee for having such a great spot. Will highly recommend to everyone I know, and can't wait to come back and try more."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant with excellent and interesting food. The waiter was very knowledgable about the food preparation and menu options. Service was prompt and attentive. I'd highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We tend to dine at steakhouses so c1880 was a bit outside our box. Two of the entrees were outstanding - -the pheasant and the short ribs. Our son had the salmon and declared mine was better (made me feel good). His girlfriend had the rutabaga which she enjoyed but felt it was a bit rich. They shared Whatchamacallit for dessert which they loved. I was deciding between the coconut dessert and the brioche noel. Decided on the later based on the waiter recommendation. It was very disappointing - -dry and tasteless. They were starting to get busy by the time we had dessert so there was a long wait for it. Overall it was a nice experience but I am not real comfortable recommending it to friends."
    Dined on 12/14/2013