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About Swig

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.

217 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian

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

Cross Street:
Chicago

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 431-7944

Website:
http://www.swigmilwaukee.com/

Parking Details:
Many surface lots available, also, 2 public garages within 1 block.

Executive Chef:
Alex Sazama

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.

Private Party Contact:
Christine Bradford: (888) 329-9596

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Swig Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
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Tapas (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Romantic (13)
Fun (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Casual (10)
Cozy (9)
Business Meals (9)
People Watching (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 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.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 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!

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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Tahoe)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Chicken curry wontons were amazing! Good drinks too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Business Meals, Cozy, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great small plate offerings. A front table overlooking the sidewalk below was great for people watching. Service(by Kim) was courteous and well-paced, allowing us to easily make the theater.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Casual, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Took my grandma here for her birthday. We both LOVED the scones. I loved the bean cakes so much we ordered them twice. Delish!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for brunch, left hungry. Drinks were not good. Food was something just not much of it. Pricey.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always love coming here! Our server Kaylee was amazing :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Casual, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Authentic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Healthy, Tapas
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We always have a very nice time at Swig when we go out. We have some picky eaters and adventurous eaters in our group, and yet they always love it. The ambiance of Swig is so cozy and romantic! The staff is very accommodating and friendly as well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was great! Our server was SUPERB! He knew the menu, served us with a smile and had a great personality

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We came for a pre-theater dinner, and it was wonderful. The chicken wrapped around cheese was perfectly cooked and had a fine delicate flavor. The salmon was bolder, but delicious. the service was outstanding: attentive without being pushy. We had time enough for a shared chocolate dessert that was rich (neither of us could have eaten it alone) and of a tantalizing texture.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great salmon also bean cakes were very good. Great fireplace too

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The goat cheese with roasted red peppers and baguettes was AMAZING as well as the soy ginger infused Brussels sprouts. Our server Calvin gave great recommendations for drinks,appetizers as well as entrees.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Swig is offers a wonderful variety of fresh and well presented food. The ambience and location is outstanding.

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious meal, quick service, great atmosphere! A little spendy, but not more than you’d expect downtown! Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing as usual! I went with a large group for my birthday and we had a great time. Delicious food and impeccable service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a party of six, great service at the bar and at the table. Everyone enjoyed the apps , entrees and drinks. A good time was had by all!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Tapas, Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The restaurant was clearly built with no expense spared. The Ambiance was phenomenal, all the decorations down to the lightbulbs creates a wonderful atmosphere; we especially enjoyed the authentic fireplace build into the wall near the entrance. The food was pretty good despite scarce menu, but then again, it’s clear that this is a place meant for drinks, which in our experience left us underwhelmed. The drinks ordered themselves were decent drinks, however we waited at least 10 minutes for two simple drinks which seemed ridiculous. Our server, while pleasant, showed a deficit in attentive care, as water glasses weren’t refilled and there was a noticeable lack of care it seemed towards our group.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First time visiting Swig and it definitely will not be the last. Came out for dinner with friends from our of town and Swig delivered. Four different menu items for dinner and each was very good. If you haven't you definitely should check it out.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Tapas, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I hadn't been to Swig in at least two years and was very disappointed. I will preface my comments by saying that I dined with 3 other people. They said their dishes were "good," although nobody raved about them. Each couple split a salad. Again, nothing to rave about, but no complaints. I ordered the Wonton Wrapped Chicken Curry and it was so dry and tasteless (not even a hint of "curry") that I should have sent it back. However, our young waitress was doing a fine job and the restaurant was busy on a Saturday night, so I chose not to make a big deal about it. Sadly, I would not return to dine at Swig.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Underwhelming. I am not a good cook so if I feel that I could make it at home just as well or better it isn't worth it. Not worth it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent service and the salted caramel dessert was delicious. Great spot for my college friends to meet on our annual get-together. We've been friends for almost 30 years. Thanks for providing an excellent venue for us.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very good. Service average

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Swig is ‘tired’. Will all the nearby options they need to up their game. Food was uninspired - reliant on Re-heated sauces. Disappointing. Service was medium - more fitting for a pub.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our group of 4 enjoyed drinks and food at Swig before a Skylight Theatre performance. The pork tenderloin was juicy and flavorful, salmon with spicy pebre sauce cooked perfectly, and the scallop salad was visually appealing as well as expertly prepared. The ala carte brussel sprouts side dish needed more carmelization. Sweet potato creme brulee and salted caramel chocolate cake were perfect for sharing. Our server was attentive and efficient. A great experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Really enjoyed the evening. Had great service, great food in a pleasant atmosphere.
Highly recommend for any occasion!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food! Good service. Eclectic selection of eats like Avocado Pancakes!! I want these for brunch every week!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was delicious and so were the drinks!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been to Swig many times and love the location and atmosphere. This time, I'm sorry to say that the food was nothing special. We had a variety of small plates, entries and desert. Not one of them was something I would order again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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