Get to Know Artisan 179

Artisan 179, located across the street from Pewaukee beach, is committed to bringing their guests the very best in Artisan cuisine and cocktails. The restaurant offers special events, which are open to the public, as well as the beautiful Rhino Room, Artisan 179’s private dining area. We chatted with Ted Anderson, managing partner, and learned more about all the restaurant has to offer.

Artisan 179 is open for lunch and dinner, offering different menus. You also have menus for mid-day and gluten-free. Tell us about the similarities and differences between your menus.

Our lunch menu features a wide variety of sandwiches and burgers with smaller portions of pastas, and the dinner menu features many protein entrees with a smaller selection of burgers and sandwiches. Both menus have the same small plate, soup and salad options, and all of our food is made with fresh, organic products. Our mid-day menu runs from 2:30-4:30pm and is a trimmed down version of our offerings.

Your bar is not only beautiful, but it’s sophisticated for anyone who enjoys a cocktail. Tell us what makes the Artisan 179 bar experience a special one?

We use only quality ingredients and we make our own homemade simple syrup and bitters. Our specialty cocktails, as well as our interactive smoked craft cocktail program, are out of this world. Our mixologists go above and beyond – besides making craft cocktails, or pouring delectable glasses of wine and craft beer, they are always good for laughs and conversation.

The Rhino Room, your private dining venue offers many amenities to make an event very special. What are the benefits of having a private event in the restaurant’s space?

The room itself has breathtaking views with its large picture windows overlooking Pewaukee City Beach. It’s completely private, has its own bar, bathroom, fireplace and high ceilings, making the room feel very spacious. We create custom menus based on the host’s wishes for their particular occasion. Guests can have a seated dinner or a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event. The service and food match the elegance of the venue, leaving guests raving about their experience in the Rhino Room. Contact Katrina Harland for all event inquiries at or 262-691-0200.

Artisan 179 regularly offers special events for guests to attend, with the next one being Valentine’s Day. Tell us about what visitors will enjoy at this event and the others you offer during the year.

Throughout fall, winter and spring we host a monthly five-course wine dinner. The chosen vineyard’s rep comes to teach guests about the wines and vineyard. Our chef also comes out to talk about each dish and why it was paired with that specific wine. The wine dinners are fun learning experiences with the opportunity to purchase the wines at wholesale prices.  On specific holidays we offer our regular menu as well as specials that are artistically created by our executive chef Matthew Miller.

For a visitor or someone new to the area, why should Artisan 179 be a destination?

Artisan 179 offers exceptional and friendly customer service that keeps our guests coming back. Add our tasty craft cocktails, award-winning wine list and stellar food, Artisan 179 is a must try when you’re in town. We also have a dog-friendly outdoor patio overlooking Pewaukee Lake, which is one of the most beautiful spots to watch Pewaukee’s breathtaking sunsets.

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