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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 9 times today


642 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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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Cross street
Washington and 1st
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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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What 642 People Are Saying
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viphappybaker (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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!

Carp (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

vipRobbo1 (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

supportlocalfarmer (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

vipTHeTs (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

CindyG (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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!!

vipSJ66 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Thomas, Joshua, Aaron and all the c1880 crew always do a great job. We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings, which I HIGHLY recommend! A just perfect balance of flavors , meticulous, beautiful plating , and creative, perfect wine pairings.
By far , the best restaurant I’ve found in Milwaukee (amoung many good choices)— we go back whenever we visit — the service is so good, it’s become more like a reunion of friends

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious 5 course meal celebrating NYE 2018 with excellent service! Dining room is always a bit drafty and there was an extended delay between the fish and meat courses. Wine pairings were spot on and we left very satisfied with both service and quality of food!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Tried the chestnut veloute which was deliciously rich could have eaten that alone with the warm brioche roll I had. the veloute was served tableside which was nice, and was poured over a little pile of mushrooms, pate and duck. Never had veloute before, would definitely try again. Also ordered the Steak Tartare which we have never ordered before. The steak was melt in your mouth, it was well seasoned with a nice touch of the pickled egg yolk, it was served with salted rye bread. I do not like rye bread but my husband enjoyed it with the meat. My husband beat me to the punch and ordered had the braised short rib which was served with a variety of roasted vegetables and polenta cakes. The polenta cakes were surprising and initially I thought they were scallops, they were crunchy on the outside yet deliciously tender in the middle. The beef was melt in your mouth delicious. I ordered the trout which although very delicious after tasting the short rib was a bit of a let down. Josh helped us pick out a nice bottle of wine and Aaron our server was very attentive and made some good suggestions. I would definitely recommend c1880 for a date night or special occasion.

vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Did the 5 course, it was an amazing experience.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Pricey but worth it. Food was Great. We had the tasting menu, and everything was outstanding. The chestnut soup, Foi Gras, Goat, and Lamb dishes were particular standouts. One of the better meals I've had since moving to this city 18 years ago.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

We were late for our reservation but I was calling several times to keep them up to date of my arrival. The person was ride over the phone and when we arrived at 8:30 , there was no one in the restaurant, so I did not know why if the restaurant was empty. We also ordered a specific bottle of wine and the server brought us the wrong bottle after he opened it. Milwaukee needs an upgrade