Cafe Calamari

4.5
377 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Café Calamari is a fine dining establishment serving upscale Italian fare in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Guests can enjoy the comfortable and elegant seating area where professional staff members offer an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine. At Café Calamari, you can start with an appetizer of polenta, calamari or caprese salad. Move on to a main course of pasta Bolognese, three cheese tortellini, New York strip steak and grilled seabass.

Vegetarians can enjoy mixed grilled vegetables, cheese strudels, tomato bruschetta and more at Café Calamari for a well-rounded meal. Every day, the chef highlights a different special, so be sure to stop by often to see what new flavors can be tasted.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

At Cafe Calamari we will be offering a special New Years Eve Menu!

What 377 people are saying
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Barb
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Seems to cater to local people. First question.asked by waiter is where we are from. Down hill from there.
Calamari tough, breading fell off, pork chop difficult to cut with steak knife. No flavor, potatoes no flavor. Poor presentation. Once food was delivered never saw waiter until we were presented with check. Not enough wait staff??
Restaurant was recommended by friends and family who frequent Cafe Calamari and live in Lake Geneva.

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TracieH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Upon arrival the hostess was very nice and greeted us with nice energy sadly that experience stopped there. We got seated and then not spoken to for about 15 mins. Once approached by a server we were quickly just asked what we wanted and that was the extent. It was sad and disheartening as we were there celebrating an anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I had a few friends visit me (in The Bay) for dinner and drinks. I wanted to show them what my community has to offer during the holiday season. Making reservations (Saturday evening) is a must and makes for a seamless arrival. As always, the staff was attentive, helpful and friendly. Our drinks were quick to make it to the table, the Lobster Bisque was decent (a touch salty) and the dinner specials were full of flavor and priced right. My friends really enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to visit during the “outdoor” dining season. Nice job Cafe Calamari…

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kristif
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner! Our server Tony was outstanding. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food.

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SteveD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the filet special and it was excellent. Everyone at our table loved their entrees. The house salad is the best I’ve ever tasted. Great atmosphere and service as well.

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MariaN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kara was our waitress and so very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.
Outstanding dining experience and food was top-notch.

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vipberttwins
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, good wine and good food.. we go here multiple times a year

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BCsobo
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner experience and server! The food was amazing! We will definitely be back!

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BruceK
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent Italian dinner. Wish the entree wasn't alacart.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met family here to celebrate a 64th birthday. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Food was delicious as usual. Silky smooth scallops and tiramisu for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service! Our server, Tony was outstanding!

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Susan
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The ambiance was nice…but it’s pretty dark in the restaurant and cell phone cameras are needed to read the menu 😂

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LindaD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Escorted to our table as soon as we arrived, waitress immediately came to the table and was very helpful regarding their specials and menu items. She was very friendly and food was excellent. Definitely a place to visit and eat when you are in the Delavan/Lake Geneva area

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KathyM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We wish you still had the hard crust homemade bread. We miss it.

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JaniceZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambience and the food is absolutely delicious.

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TomT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Service was pretty good considering the pandemic with restaurants getting help. Surprisingly not real busy considering could not even get a table at nearby restaurants. Great service at first, but slowly slipped. Food ok. Not piping hot when we got and Chicken Parma the chicken was dry and tough. Have had much better for same price and for less. I am putting that I would recommend to a friend as maybe had an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience. We’ll be back!

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vipSuzanneL
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Having dined at Cafe Calamari often in the early 90s when we lived in Woodstock, IL, we were happy to return as we visit from St Augustine, FL. The calamari appetizer was tender and crispy, especially the tiny ones with crowns of tentacles. The sauce was sweet and spicy.
Our two servers were attentive while letting us relax and visit with long time friends.

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PeterS
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was okay!
I personally thought that the Calamari appetizer was FANTASTIC!!!!
Chilean Sea Bass was just okay…nothing to write home about.
Pasta dish with chicken was just okay also.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food

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vipSJ66
Milwaukee
97 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were with friends and enjoyed a great meal with fantastic service from Cassidy. A very enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dinner was very good. My sea bass was delicious, however, the portion could have been larger for $40. The bar is so adorable and cozy and bartenders were friendly. It was our first time at Cafe Calamari and would return!

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TammyH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. It was fairly crowded and I was wishing the tables were more spread out, but other than that everything was great!

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Mich
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had sea bass that could have been cook another minute with the angel hair pasta and lemon buerre blanc very delicious. My table mates had steak that were great. Mark was a fabulous waiter! A bit noisy but nearly every table was full as was the bar. It was a very nice evening.

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mikek
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a perfect close to our getaway trip to lake geneva
We were in close to closing time but were not rushed and offered good ideas on eats and drinks. The service was great and friendly

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vipTraveler
Milwaukee
49 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Scallops are a must. Service was excellent. Tony and Mark made sure all was great. Must visit!

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vipEricM
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Café Calamari. The Service, food and atmosphere were fantastic!
We will definitely return for other menu choices. Our Servers, Tony and Eric provided suggestions that were very helpful.

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Carlos
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating here, food was great and the service was great. My wife and I really enjoyed the ambient and place overall. I requested a window view within two hrs prior to arriving and that wasn’t a issue. Our waitress brought us dessert that was outstanding. Thank you staff!

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JulieP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite place in the world. I honestly think magical things happens there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely divine

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LuLu
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at table in the bar which was perfect. Tony was an excellent server! Meals were Sea Bass, sautéed walleye, and Alfredo pasta with shrimp. All were excellent, cooked to perfection !
Thank you for a great dining experience

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flaco
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the better places to enjoy your evening without worrying about cost , service , reservation , dress or noise . I always enjoy going to Calamari with my guest !

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vipfoodjunkie
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining here and will definitely go back when we are in the area again. Food was fantastic. Best fried calamari I’ve had anywhere. Tender and flavorful. Caesar salad also very good. Mild dressing instead of the more harsh tasting I’ve had other places. Our main courses were also very delicious.
Thank you for a memorable anniversary dinner

LM
LaurakM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue for our first anniversary. Lovely view, attentive wait staff, wonderful atmosphere.

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CarlosB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Is a great restaurant, excellent service + good food= great times !

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Specifically asked for romane lettuce to be in my entree salad and I was served all field greens. Waitress was very rude about it when I mentioned it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Honestly some of the worst Italian food I’ve ever eaten.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wedding celebration

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Calamari using the Order Online button. Cafe Calamari also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (262) 245-9665.

Cafe Calamari is rated 4.5 stars by 377 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.