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For 2
7:00 PM
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907 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Pre/post Theatre
Celebrating 11 years as Milwaukee's first small plate dining restaurant. And now serving small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees.

Swig is meant to be a fun, shared experience where guests can choose from a variety of flavors and sample several menu items each visit. Start with just a couple of choices and see where our menu takes you. The menu also features infused cocktails, an eclectic array of wines and champagnes as well as award-winning desserts.

Swig's earthy tones offer a warm and cozy environment that makes for perfect place to spend your evening and experience a classy, big-city atmosphere in Milwaukee's Third Ward.

If you don't happen to find the reservation time that you're interested in, please do contact the restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Weekdays: Lunch from 11 am to 4 pm; Dinner starting at 4 pm
Saturdays: Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm; Dinner starting at 3 pm
Sundays: Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm

Happy Hour weekdays from 2 pm to 6 pm
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Phone number
(414) 431-7944
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alex Sazama
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Private party facilities
Swig offers the entire second 2nd floor exclusively for private events. This space offers two different room options, the Roasting Room and the Broadway Room.
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Private party contact
Christine Bradford: (888) 329-9596
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Cross street
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Parking details
Many surface lots available, also, 2 public garages within 1 block.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 907 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dale (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Another great experience at Swig. Food was wonderful and well presented. Our server, Calvin, was excellent - very attentive and always smiling . Looking forward to our next visit!

vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had a few friends in town and picked Swig for it's excellent 3rd ward location, but really hadn't been there in a long time after they dropped some of our favorite dishes (seared ahi tuna and beef skewers small plates). We were happy that we tried them again. The food and the service (Calvin) was excellent! We shared 6-7 small plates (crab cakes, short ribs, snap peas to name a few), all of which were excellent as was the salted caramel dessert. We'll be back.

WMKE (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

We were sat in the very back of the restaurant where the lighting was very poor and right next to the restrooms, the first thing we noticed was how uncomfortably warm it was and continued to fan ourselves with our menus while our waiting to be greeted by our server. It took over 10 mins for us to be greeted by Kalvin (who told us it’s spelt with a K) and when he took our drink order I was the only one who ordered wine and it took almost another 10 mins to get the pinot noir that I ordered and a few more minutes after that before he took our initial food order. We ordered 3 small plates to share as an appetizer and those took a very long time to arrive. My entree arrived to the table about 4-5 mins after my friends entrees arrived and I also ordered a second glass of wine, this time a rosé to enjoy with my salmon entree. Unfortunately the server didn’t deliver that until I was 2 bites away from finishing my entree.

Food was very good!! A++ actually!
Kalvin however just seemed distracted and too rushed. Timing and execution we’re very poor in my opinion. Despite not delivering food/drinks timely, Kalvin was very charismatic and always smiling when at the table.
My biggest complaint was how uncomfortable it was to be seated at the back of the restaurant with poor overhead lighting and it being so warm that sweat beaded on my forehead while I was trying to enjoy the visit.

This is my second time visiting Swig and I’m 50/50 on whether I’d come back.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

This was a birthday dinner. We were promptly seated and tended to throughout our meal. At the end of our meal we were offered complimentary champagne for my birthday, was a great surprise!

RobotBistro (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My Girlfriend and I came for her Birthday. Neither of us had been before but it came highly recommended by friends, and we absolutely loved it. It was a prefect romantic evening. The ambience was on point. The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive and helpful. We will definitely be back.

tsnb (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Swig is our favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. While we really enjoy many others, Swig has nailed 5/5 on service, ambiance, and most importantly, the food . . . on every single visit. Their signature small plates, salads and entrees with seafood really set them apart.

OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

On the outside it looks to be a very nice place for a dinner date. When it came down to the food, it ended up being pretty meh. Nothing spectacular about the food, definitely a disconnect between the preimum pricing and the quality of the the food on the table. Of the 4 small plates we ordered only one was really rave worthy. The others were intended to be twists on the standard small plate fare you find, but the execution of each fell short. No distinct curry flavor in the chicken curry won ton, the smoked salmon stack was marginal at best. The brie was ok, but ok is the best you can call it.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We love stopping at Swig for a bite to eat and a drink before a show at the Riverside or Pabst. Parking is seldom an issue.

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

It was very easy to make a reservation. We were seated promptly. The Service was wonderful. The food was very good. We enjoyed ourselves.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Swig does not dissapoint: great food and cocktail, nice ambience and location, solid service!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious salads, excellent coffee, solid service, desserts to die for. But...I’d like at least one smaller dessert option: two sugar cookies w one scoop of lemon or lime or raspberry sorbet. This would balance the entree and allow the diner a bit of sweet without feeling overfed.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

We were fortunate to have SWIg recommended by the concierge at the Pfister. Swig is easy distance from major hotels downtown. Our waiter was new to Swig but experienced and very helpful. Glad we found Swig.

vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Chicken curry wontons were amazing! Good drinks too.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Great place, food and service. We were there for apps, and they were delicious. Berry bruschetta and black bean burger app.

Twothumbsup (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Food was good. Great romantic ambiance. Waitress did nice job. No bread with the pasta? Meals plenty but for the price I would expect a side or salad.