Permanently Closed - c.1880

4.5
673 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Serving for over 5 years, 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.

Extensive wine list and full bar available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 431-9271
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Hauck
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Private party facilities
c.1880 has an array of options for private dining. We are a popular destination for food concise diners. With a massive selection of wines and world class cuisine, we aim to please parties of all sizes.
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Private party contact
Joshua Wolter: (866) 544-7983
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington and 1st
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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TO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off the charts as always— I look forward to the next chapter for Thomas Hauck, Joshua Wolter, and Aaron Mayo—- an incredible team. Thanks for all the great occasions!

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NB
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to have one last dining experience here... We hate to see the restaurant close.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sad this wonderful restaurant is closing. Exquisite duck

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DA
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are heartbroken that Circa is closing. It is a superb restaurant that we counted on for outstanding food and service. We will miss it so much. We knew when ever we went and whoever we went with it would be an excellent and memorable experience. I am so sorry it couldn't last. Especiall now with so much new residential development in the area.
I wish we could wave a wand and make it STAY.

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WG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Milwaukee

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a
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Circa 1880 is going out of business at the end of the month. It was a special place until now, but our dinner last night was sub par. $15 for the Crab appetizer which contained almost no Crab, lots of foam and a few pomegranate seeds on two Belgisn endive leaves. My short ribs were stringy and tasteless, certainly not how they used to be. If this had been out first visit, we would not have gone back.

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RW
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome last meal at 1880.
So sad that Chef Hauk is closing the doors.
Looking forward to see what is in his future. Hopefully it will be in Milwaukee

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Review is all good. Unfortunately, we’ll be sad to see it brought to its end. Came in several times over the years, always with great results. All the best.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. As always. We are sad to see c.1880 close, but so happy for Thomas and Sara and their next chapter.

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s
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining there. When we learned that it was closing, we were sad and wanted to go a final time.

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u
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a date night and we decided to go for the a la carte option and not the tasting - the food was amazing and cooked to perfection from the starter right down to brewing their own coffee table side - we will be back! ❤️❤️

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SJ
Milwaukee
63 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 4 start with fantastic beet and foie gras appetizers. Excellent!!! Our entrees were superb with excellent service that included a detail description of each entree. A great meal. Very sorry to see this place close.

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KM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very sad to know they are closing in just a few weeks :(

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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Thomas Hauck and his staff. From a great bottle of wine to yummy desserts, everything was delicious and beautifully prepared. Our server was friendly and helpful. So sad this gem is closing. Thanks Chef Tom!

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TS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going since inception...always loved seeing the chef peeking out....the same waiter who has been taking care of us from the beginning was there but not our server that night. he took time to come say hello/goodbye one last time....BEST FOOD EVER! My picky son who has never eaten anything but the rolls and the Whatchamacallit actually had the short ribs and inhaled it with zest. He is officially a foodie because of you...thank you!!!

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal and top notch service. We were sad to learn that the place is closing at the end of the month. Hats off to the chef n his staff n best wishes in their future endeavors.

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P
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food: for the price, the food was not as flavorful or vibrant as other places we have dined in the same category of "fine dining". Nothing was bad, the food was good, but not as good as others in the category

Ambiance: just mediocre. We were seated in the back and the seating wasn't comfortable. They were not chairs. The bar area would be nice for meeting friends.

Value: for around $50 more, we could have gone to a restraunt at the same "fine dining" level as c1880, and gotten food that was more flavorful for the price.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our son’s 21st birthday, a milestone! We enjoyed the tasting menu. Excellent experience- food, service, vibe. C.1880is a neighborhood gem, we will be sad to see it close.

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SH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant will permanently close soon. It's kitty-corner from my daughter's apartment, and one of the top 30 restaurants in Milwaukee. So we decided to try it. Everything was good, but didn't WOW us. Plating was beautiful. We did not take pictures because it is not appropriate in this pricey of a place. We would have appreciated (sorry) salt on the table. We'd have been civilized enough to taste before sprinkling.

If c.1880 were going to be open longer, we'd likely try it again, and would recommend to others.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique menu, very tasty. Staff friendly. Cold if you sit by the door. Good selection of wines.

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m
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. I love the tasting menu and all the interesting combinations they offer. I am really sad that they are closing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So sad to see this great place go. Truly a place of unique and colorful culinary art.

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LV
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was attentive and the drinks were good. I had the pork belly and lamb and they were both delicious.

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gonna miss this place. The food, staff, wine and cocktails are always great.

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MV
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! the short rib is to die for! and the service is excellent!

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner celebration. The people are wonderful, helpful, and make you feel right at home. The food is over-the-top good, and served in unique ways.

Thank you for a memorable experience.

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E
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The only possible criticism was that the dinner rolls were barely warm, not hot. The foie Gras was a terrine, not sautéed meat, but it was very good. The pork Howell was rich and yummy. Great Waldorf salad, scallops, ant trout. The food portions were all shareable, so we could have ordered four dishes and made three courses. We would have still been stuffed. Very good $12 wines by the glass. The 7 course price fixe would be huge, bring your appetite.

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K
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

TOTAL disappointment and waste of money. We’ve been trying to go to c1800 because of the ratings on Open Table, and anticipated a wonderful meal. From the first, when they seated us in an uncomfortable back corner, it was a disaster. The foie gras wasn’t. It was a light mousse that could have been anything and looked like a can of cat food emptied on a plate, paired with a greased soaked and fried biscuit. The duck was undercooked and lacked any flavor or subtlety, except for a raw 5-spice sauce they poured over it. I had to send mine back because I couldn’t chew it. The vegetables were ok, but basic. The veal cheeks were dry and stringy. The worst was the dessert. Do not on any circumstances get the “whatchmacallit.” It is a huge dish of old cereal mixed with whatever, topped with mediocre vanilla and chocolate custard (see picture). And the special surprise for our birthdays? Multicolored sprinkles! Nothing was well proportioned or plated, nuanced, or even just plain good. Staff was fine, if a little distant.

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w
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, wine, and food were all excellent. It was a little uncomfortable that we were the only guests in the restaurant.

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Our party of 6 had 6:30 reservations and was seated promptly. Unfortunately, the table was adjacent to the bathrooms. We had a direct view of the toilets each time the bathroom doors were opened. A simple screen could easily remedy this situation. Timing between drink orders, appetizers and entrees was lengthy. Over 45 minutes for our entrees even though we placed the order at the same time as the appetizers. No explanation or apology for the delay. Food was spotty. Some dishes were well prepared such as the pork belly and beef tartare appetizers as well as lamb and scallops entrees. The duck and pork chop entrees were uninspired. We finally escaped at 9:15 very disappointed that our visit to c1880 was such a bust. At a similar price point we have had much superior experiences at several other restaurants in the Walkers Point area.

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S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining experience. Great food and discerning service.

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h
Milwaukee
83 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I'm afraid that the c1880 kitchen wasn't at its best for our table Saturday night. That said, there were enough high points for me to return on another occasion. The appetizers/salads were all excellent, especially the Waldorf and beet salads, which although they sound ordinary, were transformed into something very inventive because of the unique sauces and unexpected ingredients. Our problems related to 2 of the 4 entrees not being properly cooked....resulting in rare Pork and rubbery duck. Dessert went a long way toward making up for that, with the Chef accommodating our table with a improvised version of their most famous dessert, which was sold out by the time we ordered. Management did everything they could to make up for the shortfalls, and it is otherwise a lovely spot.

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EA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. White bean apple cider soup and Whatchamacalit dessert will be the new standard for other places we at at to beat. A little pricey, but the food quality, preparation, and display reflected it. Great special occasion romantic date place to go!

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C
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time at c.1880. Food was awesome, great menu. Only real negative, but a significant one.........the wait time between courses was alarmingly long........and the place wasn't that crowded.

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R
Milwaukee
85 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I decided to dine at C 1880 after not having been there for a number of years. We found the food to be very good and were pleasantly surprised at the depth of the wine list. My wife had the lamb and I had the trout and both meals were very good. Each meal was prepared superbly and we enjoyed them very much. We found a nice bottle of Soave wine on the wine list that complemented the meals very nicely. Our server was very attentive and was always available whenever we needed her. All in all it was a very nice experience and we will return in the future.

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s
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

c1880. is a half way point to meet our friends and this was our first time trying this restaurant. We tried the tasting menu which had nice options. We had the wine pairings with each course, also. The food was good. The chef's signature chestnut soup was outstanding. I especially liked the trout and my husband really enjoyed the carnitas and lamb meal. As a whole our group would not do the wine pairings next time. My husband tried their cocktails and said they were good. Our waitress was perfect, her great sense of humor fit in well with our group.

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TH
Milwaukee
136 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a great meal at c1880. Had a friend visiting from Chicago and she was impressed. Had the Monkfish which was a really good piece of fish well prepared. Also had the Lamb which was also great. Very good food overall. Would recommend.

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CG
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating a special occasion and treated ourselves to a fantastically delicious and beautiful dinner at C. 1880. Every time we come here, we wonder why we don't do it more often!

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JQ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really exceptional experience overall. We were impressed with the appetizers and wine selection. We both had scallops, which were some of the best we’ve ever had! Loved the decor and ambience. It felt like a beautiful space that someone really cares about and is proud of. The only (tiny) negative I’d say was the random table, space heater and service hutch in the area just outside the restroom. If at all possible, I’d put a screen in front of these, as they really take away from the otherwise beautiful restaurant. We will return, and we will heartily recommend to our friends! It’s great to find a truly upscale yet laid back restaurant in Milwaukee that “gets it” - from service to ingredient quality to lighting and music selection. Well done, c1880!!

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SJ
Milwaukee
63 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional, as you would expect. It is the little things that make this a great restaurant. Such as heated cream for your coffee versus cold cream in your hot coffee. A small canapé after dinner. This is what takes a good dining experience and makes it great.

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