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Exceptional Lake Views - 1878 On The Lake, Delavan, WI

1878 On The Lake

4.1
4.1
32 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
With panoramic waterfront views, an innovative menu inspired by our Midwestern roots, and an all-new interior design, we invite you to dine with us lakeside at 1878 on the Lake. Join us for steaks, seafood, and chops with a unique twist as we pay homage to Lake Lawn Resort's long-standing history and celebrate what's to come.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (262) 725-9155

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Billings

  • Neighborhood

    Lake Geneva

  • Cross street

    US Hwy 50, east of I-43

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • New Year's Day Bloody Mary Brunch

    $58.95 per person

    Jan 1, 2023 only
    Start the new year with family and friends at 1878 on the Lake while enjoying our annual New Year's Day Brunch. Chef John Billings with have a bountiful array of breakfast & lunch fare with traditional favorites. 1878 Lounge will be offering a Bloody Mary Bar for those interested in purchasing the vodka of their choice and building their own Bloody Mary. Regular menu will not be available. (Cost of brunch includes coffee, juice, milk, and champagne.)
  • Christmas Day Champagne Brunch

    $58.95 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Celebrate the holiday with family and friends at 1878 on the Lake while enjoying our annual Christmas Day Champagne Brunch. Chef John Billings with have an abundant selection of traditional holiday and brunch favorites. Regular menu will not be available. (Cost includes coffee, juice, milk, and champagne.)
  • New Year's Eve Prix Fixe Dinner

    $99.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Ring in the New Year with family and friends and a special menu from Chef John Billings. 1878 on the Lake will be offering a prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve that is sure to please. Our regular dinner will not be available.

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What 32 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. JM

    JudyM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    The food looked like it had been sitting out all day and I didn’t feel safe eating the seafood. They were removing the food before all the tables had even served themselves.
  2. CZ

    CristaZ

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The price was outrageous for the quality and taste of the food. It should have been priced more like $30 -40 for the buffet not $60. And it didn't include a drink. Service was also not great. I get it they were busy cause it was a holiday but we barely saw our waitress. Gave us water and only came back once we were done.
  3. JR

    JackieR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In all of my years, I have never eaten out on Thanksgiving. Because of foot surgery this year and being on crutches, we opted to visit 1878. What a fantastic experience for our family and the food was out of the world delicious. Thank you so much for making our Thanksgiving truly extraordinary, we are grateful! J & J Rozga
  4. EH

    ErinH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This is our 3rd year coming and the food has downgraded each year. A few sides were cold and some desserts had run out by a 5:30pm reservation. We love Lake Lawn Resort and hope they are able to up the good quality next year.
  5. L

    Lolo

    Louisville

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We enjoyed the carving station, seafood tower and all the trimmings.
  6. l

    lollie

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We came in for the Thanksgiving buffet. $60 per person-- what a disappointment! Even with a reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes for them to bus tables. Then it was another 20 min before we even got water! The buffet was just so-so. We had to wait for more peel and eat shrimp, more salmon, and beef, and nothing was really hot. The desserts were half out and all the fun ones in martini glasses we saw when we got there were gone. Took forever for our drinks and even though we were very polite and forgiving to our server, she was completely traumatized by the evening. When you spend that much money for a holiday dinner, you should have an experience to remember-- in a GOOD way.
  7. FF

    FamilyFromOP

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We went for their Thanksgiving buffet. It was ok. We didn't know what half the desserts were as they were not labeled. We also never saw the mini cookies. Turkey and ham were good as were the appetizers. Seems silly not to have included coffee in the price. A help yourself coffee station would have sufficed.
  8. L

    Lauc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Thanksgiving buffet was disappointing unfortunately
  9. SC

    SallyC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The service for our Thanksgiving dinner was poor. We were never asked if we wanted something to drink. They gave us water and that was all the service we had until we were brought the bill. The choices were limited, the dessert was terrible.
  10. KK

    KenK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Very Disorganized! Waitstaff did not have support. Drinks from the bar were flat and watered down. Children were touching the food at the buffet. The carving stations were wonderful and staff was very friendly. The ham was the best! The quality of the food was very good.
  11. HM

    HollieM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant! The Thanksgiving Day buffet was outstanding! The food was fantastic, there was plenty of staff (all very friendly), and the rooms were clean and well organized!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the Thanksgiving feast and it was great. Every dish was cooked just right and people were so friendly. Will make this a yearly event for sure !
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was subpar and not worth the expense
  14. VM

    VanessaM

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was just OK for a very high price. The facility itself could use updating and cleaning.
  15. l

    lizm

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for thanksgiving buffet and everything was superb!!!
  16. EM

    EricM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the experience! It was great food and great times for me and my family!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving buffet was a wonderful experience! Excellent food and atmosphere!
  18. AM

    AliceM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  19. EW

    ElizabethW

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our first time back since they’ve reopened the old Frontier space. The remodel brightened up the space - lighter colors, the old carving/omelette area gone and it seemed more open. We were there for Thanksgiving dinner, a group of 12. I’ll start by saying what a wonderful time we had, the food was amazing and none of my comments should detract from the overall experience to be had at Lake Lawn. Things not so good: When our reservation time came the hostess dropped off the group at a table and walked away - the table was a 10 top (we had 12) so as we were starting to realize we needed more room and there was no high chair I had to go back up to the hostess stand to get her back to help. Our waiter had a hard time getting the drinks right (1 wine and the rest soda) and then we had to flag him down to come back so we could get another round. Someone wanted mustard so I had to go find someone to help. Things good: The food was fantastic! The staff welcoming and helpful. The price - $60 each seems high but it really was a value for the occasion and variety and setting. The desserts were *chefs kiss* out of this world! I did have a moment of sadness they didn’t have their signature flourless chocolate cake but the chocolate covered strawberries and martini glass chocolate mousse were to die for. Overall it was great and we’re planning on going for New Years.
  20. j

    jodyr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the Thanksgiving buffet. It was a nice spread with a variety of foods to meet anyone's taste palate. I enjoyed the salad bar with artichoke hearts and marinated vegetables, cheese and oysters and shrimp. The hot offering included beef tips and salmon on top of the carving station with turkey and ham. The dessert table was a huge hit with my children. We dined for an hour and half and our table as well our fellow patron were not rushed through the dining experience. A huge plus for a family dinner.
  21. K

    Kurt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding and memorable feast. Cost was concerning would like to see a lower price for 65+. Will definitely consider 1878 for thanksgiving in 2023. Staff were terrific well done and thank you!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a Thanksgiving meal here. Great waiter, great food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Thanksgiving buffet for me & 3 teens
  24. JL

    JohnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The buffet at 1878 was outstanding - Food was great and service was excellent
  25. C

    Chicagovisitor

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal and look forward to returning!
  26. LH

    LisaH

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were professionally prepared. We would go back again. The presentation was beautiful
  27. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the walleye and the chicken dinners and both were absolutely delicious. For dessert we had the apple crisp and it was a home run. Definitely coming back to try the other entrees. Also had some old fashioneds which were very good.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new restaurant renovation is beautiful and the food was delicious! I also can’t wait to come back to hang in the bar area for drinks beforehand because it is so inviting and fun!
  29. JL

    JackieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful new restaurant! Food was amazing. Highly Recommend.
  30. MB

    MicheleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food, great service and staff. We will definitely be back! Thank you so much for a wonderful family night!!
  31. SM

    StaceyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful views, great atmosphere, and delicious food...we will be back
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good place

FAQs

1878 On The Lake is rated 4.1 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for 1878 On The Lake

2400 E Geneva St, Delavan, WI 53115-2024

Additional information

  • Cross street

    US Hwy 50, east of I-43

  • Neighborhood

    Lake Geneva

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Billings

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

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