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c. 1880

#118 of 1,235 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
American, Contemporary
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1100 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-2451 (Washington and 1st)
+1 414-431-9271
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Usa
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Milwaukee has some good restaurants and this is one of the very best! Service was excellent. I had the crab appetizer and it was so tasty. It was was followed by the short rib which was melt in your mouth. My husband and I shared the house specialty for dessert which is a chocolate and caramel wonder called whatsamacallit. Way... More 

Thank Kathryn H
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

anyone who checks my reviews will see a series of well thought out and fair posts. This is no different. It was easily the WORST dining experience of my life. I could write a book but.... Last night was our 34th anniversary. My wife was excited about trying C 1888. I had never heard of the place. Arrived early and... More 

Thank Bill F
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

c.1880 is our go-to-restaurant. The food is innovative and wonderful and the service is superb. If you are looking for a special place to celebrate, c.1880 will fit the bill. The soups have been out of this world and the deserts are great...try the whatchcallit if you like chocolate. This is an expensive place to eat but it is well... More 

Thank William H
Ocean, New Jersey
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Situated on the corner street, no real sign to speak of. Drove past it twice until we realized that it was the place. That being said, what a wonderful meal we had once we got in. We had the five course tasting menu and we couldn't of been gap it with the food. Just the right size portions . I... More 

Thank jnvpulv
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We chose this restaurant on the basis of many Trip Advisor reviews. We were unfortunately disappointed. The service was fine. Meal included roll and butter, additional if requested. The food was very tasty and presented well. However, the portion size for the price was ridiculously small, especially the bouillabaisse. There was one shrimp, two small pieces of fish, tiny mussels... More 

1 Thank Joseph G
Eagle, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This was our first time dinning at c1880 and it certainly will not be our last. From the cocktails at the bar to the wonderful meal, it was a very positive experience. The plate presentation was just beautiful and the flavor of each of our meals was excellent.

1 Thank Cindy R
Fox Point, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This was our second trip to c. 1880, and we were as impressed as our first visit. Chef Thomas is a master at creating well balanced, subtle flavors in every dish. The wait staff is friendly and attentive without hovering. The wine list is thoughtful, with bottles at just about every price point. If you live in Milwaukee or are... More 

1 Thank FoxFamilywi
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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188 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

In an unpresuming neighborhood this is quite a high style place. Multiple servers and interesting though faux industrial design makes good atmosphere Wine list good and well selected. Carrot soup with great seasoning choices was enjoyed by my wife. The Bibb salad should be called a pea salad with lettuce has the very fresh peas overwhelmed the 5 lettuce leaves.... More 

Thank glmorrisiii
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

My wife and I dined here recently to celebrate her birthday, and although we had heard good things, we weren't sure what to expect. The menu had a lot of appealing options, so we thought we'd try the tasting menu - and we're very glad we did! My wife added the wine pairings for added value to the experience, and... More 

Thank Erik K
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

What a spectacular meal. One of the best restaurants in Milwaukee. Menu seems small, but the items are delicious. We had the carrot bisque which was delicious. As apps, the foie gras was great, but I found the strawberry sauce a little too sweet, but it was still excellent. Pork belly app was outstanding! I had the duck and it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1100 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-2451
    (Washington and 1st)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-431-9271

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?