Baker House

4.3
885 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Special Occasion
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Join us for casual, small plate dining & fireside cocktails in our decadently furnished 1885 mansion. In the spirit of the great lakefront "cottages" of yesteryear, the BAKER HOUSE has recreated a world of Gilded Age living where grand entertaining is experienced daily and lavish parties are thrown nightly. Sing along at the player piano in our music room, play poker in the game room, savor fine wine in our library and dine fireside in our parlor. Instead of traditional restaurant seating, guests are served in plush wing backed chairs and overstuffed fringed couches throughout the mansion.
NEW MENU IS BEING POSTED!
Our menu of small plates is conducive for lounging and sharing & features many regional items such as Wisconsin artisan cheese boards & charcuterie, seasonal fondues and heartier favorites like Salmon Wellington Style and Braised Short Ribs. For an extra special evening, book a second floor mansion hotel suite!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: every Sunday 9:30am - 2:00pm


Summer Restaurant Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm & (NEW!!) SUNDAYS~ (:30am~2pm

**PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW COCKTAIL MENU!!
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Phone number
(262) 248-4700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Each of our elegantly furnished Rooms (Dining, Library, Music, Game and Porch) is able to host various events as well as the recently renovated exterior garden terrace. Baker House in conjunction with the Bella Vista(Adjoining property) can also host events holding up to 250 people in their facility.
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Private party contact
Maureen Slater: (262) 248-4700
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Catering
We look to develop each event according to the needs of our clients so that the experience is amazing for all. Our Chef is versatile in most cooking styles with a preference for Contemporary American with a local flair but rest assured that each bite is delicious.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Baker Street
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Parking details
We have our own private lot of 44 spaces of which we have dedicated 4 for our Hotel Guests and 1 for Handicap access.
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Public transit
Aside from our pier and walk-up, drivers are all welcome, especially ones with two wheels.
(Trailers, RVs, Bi-Planes and Monster Trucks are asked to park in the public city lot just behind the House).
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Entertainment
Thursday nights feature Tom Stanfield on Piano, Trumpet & Vocals



Friday nights Carolyn Wehner on Piano & Jazz Vocals



Saturdays live piano with all the vintage classics

Shhh- Maxwell Mansion's SpeakEasy is open on Fridays & Saturdays @9pm - See our FaceBook page for the weekly Pass phrase.
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Special events & promotions
We host many special custom events through out the property - weddings, re-Unions, corporate outings & retreats, seminars, engagements and anniversaries.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 885 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Baker House is a gem! Now that Deb has brought Hazels cuisine to Lake Geneva, Wi, we can all be spoiled! Scrumptious food. We enjoyed Sunday Brunch on the porch! Champagne for all!

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DF
5.0Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I came for Sunday brunch and we had no idea what we were in for... never did we imagine it would be such an intimate and romantic experience! Our waitress was phenomenal and had our champagne glasses refilled without even asking. The food was excellent... one of the best eggs benedict I've ever had! We WILL be back!

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

A great overall experience. The home in which the restaurant is housed is absolutely stunning. You are encouraged to dress for the period with fun vintage hats. The ambiance is like a period party, including a group retreat to the garden for a toast to the home's original owners at sunset. The drinks were delicious but the food left something to be desired. Veggies were overcooked and cold. My salmon, while well cooked, was just boring. Same for my husband's chicken and crab cake. Still glad we visited for a trip into the past.

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J
3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

While the setting was nice, the service was horrible. When food finally came it was lukewarm. They need more and better servers.

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b
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Everything was so great!

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RO
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Sunday brunch is fantastic. Wonderful service. Unique dining experience in a historical setting. Highly recommended!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great view, great martini and the entertainment was awesome!!

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CS
2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Poor service - canceled drink order when it didn't come before meal was over. Food mediocre at best. Waited a while for check, waited a while for change (which wasn't correct.) Ordered after dinner hot Irish coffee, received a cold Bailey's cocktail beverage over ice. Waited 20 minutes for a decaf coffee....disappointed.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

This has been somewhere I always looked forward to re-visiting. Unfortunately, there have been some changes and, as a guest, I could feel it was different. The wait staff was very young and inexperienced...I ended up opening my own bottle of wine as the server (who appeared to be 16) did not know how to. When seated, there was a half empty glass of water on the table from a previous diner.....attention to detail is lacking. Small things, but it changed our usual dining experience and did not meet expectations. Maybe once the staff settled in more and Whatever changes have occurred play out, we will try to return...but it won’t be anytime soon :(

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Thursday night dinner, with my husband and young son. Neat vibe; really excited to experience The Baker House as we pulled into the parking lot. The food however was a huge disappointment. Bacon wrapped jalapeños were served partially frozen, we sent them back. The cocktail party for 2 (3 tiers of food) was served room temperature - which I find odd as it was scallops, shrimp, and chicken. My meal was basically pot roast (which I do not like), sold under the name of beef medallions. Awful; I sent it back. Then the bill arrived, I couldn’t believe they didn’t comp a single thing OR offer something complimentary; bill was over $120. Massive disappointment. Service on the other hand was fine, she was apologetic and polite.

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KF
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Really glad to see that since the soft open service issues have been resolved. Food was excellent.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Was so great! Hats from the period were so fun to wear! Sunday brunch was excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We live an hour away, and felt like doing something different for Sunday Brunch. It was well worth the drive. The food is in various sections of the house, which allows for no lines and smooth navigating to gather food. Everything was displayed beautifully and tasted delicious. Our table was on the all-season porch, overlooking Lake Geneva. Spectacular view! The staff was courteous, fun, informative and accommodating. An unusual feature of Bakers House is their huge inventory of hats (men’s and women’s). Children and adults are able to pick a hat(s) to wear while dining, bringing some extra fun, to anyone who chose to engage. This restaurant is a must do for all!

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SL
2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We really wanted to enjoy this place. When we walked in, you could feel this history and allure of days gone by. Unfortunately, the rest of the night was not up to that standard. We ordered a cheese fondue appetizer and when it was served the cheese was cold and the candle was Not lit. It came with only a few applied slices, bread slices, and a dozen small rolled gold pretzels. They had to reheat it. You could tell hey did and now the edges were burned from the microwave. We all ordered the fish fry which also included fried shrimp and when the.order came the food was already cool, and there was no tartar sauce or cocktail sauce brought with the meal. We had to wait another five minutes plus while the food got colder for them to bring two small containers for all 4 of us and then wait longer for them to make some more. We also had ordered a nice bottle of wine - Cakebread Cabernet. It was priced at $95. Fair price for that wine in a restaurant. When the bill came we were about to pay it in full with a 20% tip despite the waitresses attitude throughout the night, but then we noticed that she had charged us $175 for the bottle of wine. We brought this to her attention and she could see the tip we were about to leave on the signed receipt. We scratched it off and asked her to figure out why the wine was rang up at the wrong price. She stormed off, and came back with the new bill, now the proper price. We readjusted the tip to now 16% which was still generous given her service, but she saw the new lower amount of the lower bill and clanked our plates around and never said another word to us. No good bye. No thank you. No sorry for overcharging us $80. We couldn’t help but think this price mistake was no accident to us our of town visitors.

There are other issues including a cold draft from the AC blowing on our table and the fact that we walked in a day earlier, asked for a specific table on the patio, watched them assign it to us, and yet we did not get it

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We had a great time celebrating a friends birthday, Shea our waitress was excellent and made the memory better....thankyou!!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Reserved a table for lunch with a family visit from my siblings. Claudia did an outstanding job as a server and a source of information. She also took our pictures following lunch. The food was excellent and the value was obvious. We would recommend The Baker Housse to any and all!

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LA
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

great time. sat. pm with a toast to the sun was clever and fun

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JM
2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The restaurant is in a beautiful old Victorian style home. It is quite lovely. My group was disappointed with our visit for several reasons. We made a reservation during Restaurant Week and we were expecting the special that was advertised. We found out after we were seated that they were out of the special. After about a 10 minute wait, the waiter came by and said that our food would be out shortly to which we replied "we haven't even ordered yet". About 5 minutes after finally ordering, the waiter came to tell us that they were out of another item and a couple of us had to change their order. When the french toast came out it was cold and the waiter actually put his finger in it to see how cold it was. It would have been nice if they offered to take some money off the bill for our trouble or if the manager came by to speak to us but they did neither. The waiter was a pleasant young man and we did ask him to tell the manager that we were disappointed in our experience.

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OT
1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Annaversary

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Lunch during Lake Geneva 'Restaurant Week'. Enjoyed the salads and reuben sandwich offerings. Beautiful view of the lake and gardens from the porch dining area. Hope they participate again in next year's Restaurant Week.

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RR
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Overall, we had a great early evening dinner at Baker House. We loved the location, decor, and ambience of Baker House.

Unfortunately, our server left something to be desired. I don't know if she was having a bad night, or whether Baker House mgmt hired a dud; but, ultimately, the poor service reflects on them.

I'm reluctant to get into the particulars, but feel I must say something specific to back up my review.

1. I ordered an appetizer and an entree. I was surprised when our server brought my entree almost immediately after delivering the appetizer. To make matters worse, she plopped the entree down in front of me, actually shoving the plate with the entree to the side.

2. I didn't notice, but my wife (who worked in restaurants during college) pointed out that our server never checked on us to ask how our meal was, if we needed anything, etc.

I'd like to think our poor server experience was an aberration and would not hesitate to try Baker House again.

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C
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We chose Baker House for the experience to see this vintage house during restaurant week. The menu for RW was limited. My husbands Berry Explosion pancakes were huge and to die for. My "chopped" salad wasn't chopped and was more side salad sized--mixed lettuces with sides of cranberries, sunflower seeds, parmesan (and corn which I picked off)--no chicken or avocado and only few tomato pieces. If my husband hadn't shared I would have left hungry! It's a nice place for something different or special, but we probably won't rush back.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food and great atmosphere

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great place to have dinner with the family!!!

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JW
1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Went here for Sunday brunch on our anniversary, food was ok but not worth the cost of the brunch. Our server Chris was very pleasant, and Julie who sat us was also very pleasant. Would have probably had a nicer time if not for another manager who we felt was barking orders at everyone which made us feel very uncomfortable and our visit very unwelcoming!! Would not eat here again due to this.

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GG
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The baker house was a fun experience. From the whimsical decor, to the variety of dishes served. We were very happy with the whole dining experience and look forward to having dinner there some evening.

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TT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful experience at the Baker house! Brunch was top notch with ample food choices. Everything we tried was exceptional! Trying on the different hats and seeing the beautiful mansion made the experience even better.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Loved the atmosphere. Felt the staff needed more training and manager should not scold them in front of the customers.

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J
2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Went on a Saturday night dinner date with my wife. The food was disappointing. The location was nice and the sunset champagne toast was fun. We had a great view of the sunset over the lake after asking to move from a table directly in front of the live entertainment at the grand piano. But it kept coming back to the food. How hard is it to cook a steak medium rare? We have no desire to go back.

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OT
2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Birthday dinner out

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We took in brunch, then stayed overnight. Everything was over the top. Cannot try to explain how wonderful our experience was.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Loved the brunch at The baker house! Will definitely be back and hope to sit on the enclosed front porch next time. Food was amazing!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We came here for our anniversary looking for something a little unique. The atmosphere was definitely different set in this old mansion. The food was good but not great. We were the weekend before Memorial Day and the staff was brand new and in training so they made a few newbie mistakes. We started by ordering Martinis slightly dirty with blue cheese olives. The server wrote down very specific details and after returning with an update that they did not carry Kettle One we settled on Grey Goose. I must say the bartender got it right. The drinks were very well done. The meal was however somewhat below expectations. I had a Rib eye which was cooked close to how I like it the meat was a little tough.

After dinner we did go to the bar for a nice Kir Royal.

Now I hear they have a great Sunday brunch and I return for that.

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l
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere, people. A real experience. Vintage hats line the walls for your pleasure as you dine. Feel as though you've walked into a time from the past. Elegant atmosphere and delicious food. The staff is friendly, helpful and delightful to be around. We highly recommend this unique experience.

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JB
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My husband and I love The Baker House! The atmosphere, food & Sunday brunch are spectacular. Always a unique experience going back in time.

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HP
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a delightful Sunday Brunch with terrific service and food fit for foodies.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I would have rated my experience at Baker House 5 stars because the food was awesome and our server was great, but due to the issues with the disorganized and rude front of house staff I could not. I made reservations for Sunday brunch a few months prior to the reservation date and received 2 confirmation emails. Upon arriving at our reserved time, the host told me that our table wasn’t ready as other customers were still there and we would have to wait. There was no place to sit so the six of us awkwardly stood there and had to constantly move to get out of the way. We finally found a place off of the coat room to wait. About 15-20 mins later I went up to the host stand to ask about the status of our table. The same woman who originally told us our table wasn’t ready forgot we were even waiting. We were finally sat at a table that was seemingly open prior so that was odd. Positives-The food was great as was our server Kris, and everything in the chafing dishes were warm. Great selection of food to fit everyone’s tastes. Right as we were standing up to leave and asked our server for a picture, the other hostess (blonde, older woman) rudely said, “Are you planning on leaving anytime soon because another table has been waiting and has reservations.” We said we were just trying to get a picture. As we left, she said loudly to our server, “Those ladies in front have been waiting for over 20 mins!” as if to blame her or us. I was shocked at her tone. My question is why allow reservations if you won’t have the table ready? I can understand waiting a few mins but we waited 20 mins just to get yelled at for unknowingly holding up other reservations. I suggest that because you’re a busy restaurant, create a time restriction and communicate this when people originally make a reservation as well as require the waitstaff to (politely) remind their guests when they arrive. I hope they figure out a new system and employ staff who can keep their composure under stress.

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OT
1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We didn’t get served and the food was cold and old tasting..loved it once but won’t be back again

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KB
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Amazing champagne brunch - excellent service by Chris and the food was delicious - I love the ambiance of this mansion - it made me feel happy to be there and I had fun trying on those hats

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JR
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great brunch experience. Phenomenal food and ambiance

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