Cafe Calamari

4.4
91 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 91 people are saying
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vipMarieT
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food, drinks and service. Absolutely wonderful. We will definitely be dining here again when we come to Lake Geneva area. We really had a nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in lake Geneva! Always good food and service.

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BCsobo
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite, great bar and consistently good food. Prices are the best in the area for the level of food, drink and ambiance. Bartender was/is exceptional.

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Suzy
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love cafe calimari but since covid they have raised prices about 30 percent and now the complimentary salad costs 5 dollars more...so now the meal is really pricey.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet night out. Great food and attentive but unobtrusive service. Can’t ask for more

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kathyt
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved all the food, the wait staff was fabulous. It was a wonderful evening

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stephanies
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambience. Due to covid there is a limited menu. We were a bit concerned because our food literally came to our table in 5 minutes. That makes us think, it wasn’t fresh? The marina sauce had no taste. We enjoyed the food over the Summer, but not this time.

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MikeL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Better service. Right down the street from the Belfry Theater. They put forth the extra effort when they know you are trying to make the curtain. Don't miss this gem. Tip your waitstaff generously. They'll earn it.

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kend
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

all service is very prompt which can make the dining experience quicker when everything is so enjoyable you wish it was a bit longer.

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CBCW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nothing like it used to be. The pear honey sauce on the pork chop was more like the Carmel you dip an apple in. Awful! Presentation was lacking, the scallops and garlic mashed potatoes on a white plate had absolutely no garnishment, not even a speck of green herb. The plate looked anemic. Not what I was used to there and not going back

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WinerDiner
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo good!! Very good service and wonderful pasta dishes.

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ArielR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ordered seafood diavolo and it was Great but can't overcook the Calamari especially since that's your name lol... still enjoyed the experience will be back

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vipPickyPicky
Milwaukee
48 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaible place with good service, reasonable prices, and OK ambience. We will be back.

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SallyH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite in the Lake Geneva area. Love the ambiance and the service is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was quite average. They need better chef.

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DWoz
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Six of us had such high hopes for this place as it has a beautiful setting right on the lake. We were welcomed, and sat quickly. Our server came over and asked for our drink order which was one glass of wine and one soft drink, the rest of us were still looking at the menu deciding what to order. After that, a different server approached and asked us if we were ready to order our meal. At this point we had been sat for 20 minutes and still had not been given any water which was frustrating because we were all thirsty. This deterred us from ordering any other beverages besides water. We placed our food order and within a couple minutes, 2 out of 3 salads ordered were delivered to our table. We assumed the 3rd would arrive soon but after 10 minutes, it still had not arrived. Our servers had not come to check our table, so we had to ask a different server if we could get the salad that was ordered for one of us. After our final salad arrived, the time between waiting for that salad and our actual meal was approximately 45-50 minutes. We were extremely disappointed it took so long. When the food finally arrived, it looked appetizing, it just lacked salt and flavor as 4 of us noticed. Wish it would have been a different experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Nice setting on patio overlooking Williams Bay. Service was good but both entrees and starter were just ok. Chicken Alfredo under seasoned and chicken was dry and charred. A bit of salt, fresh parsley and less cook on the chicken would have made this dish much better. Chicken parm was better but again nothing special. Fried calamari for starter was too greasy and hadn’t been drained properly and marinara was served cold.

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SteveG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Will be back very soon!

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HTrussell
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent evening. Masks were worn by all the staff though all the tables on the front of the deck were seated and several on the side were empty.

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KatieB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! I will be returning when I am in town

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we walked
In the door, we had an excellent experience. Our table wasn’t ready but the hostess kept us informed about availability and she seated within 5 minutes. The wait staff was excellent and the food was outstanding. It’s my favorite restaurant in the Lake Geneva area.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Upon request we were seated at a window table with a view of the lake. The only drawback was the noise level was fairly high.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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REbecca
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Definitely recommend the sea bass.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and everything was perfect. The food was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We came here to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Started with the bruschetta and it was a soggy mess. The bread was not toasted enough so the tomatoes just soaked right in. I ordered fettuccine with an alfredo sauce. The sauce was very thick and had no flavor. I tried salting it but that didn’t even help. My daughter order the pork chop with mashed potatoes. When I asked how was it she answered that the sauce on it was good! It was just an oval piece of meat with a scoop (I’m sure they use an ice cream scooper) of bland, overcooked potatoes . Her food looked bland and tasted worse. Neither of us ate even half of the food and I know the waitress noticed but she didn’t bother to ask how it was. I felt bad for my daughter as it was not a good birthday dinner!!!

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FrankL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Prime Rib- I asked for it RARE- and , not like other restaurants - I got it RARE
Thank you, Asked for Creamy Horseradish- and got it .

Wait staff was very pleasant and drinks were good.

We will be back.

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MBMa
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Plus we were seated so we could view Williams Bay while we ate. Very nice!

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Markk
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Outstanding service but food is just average. The pork chop was served with a honey pear sauce that was terrible. It didn’t compliment the chop at all. Looked like peanut butter. Drinks were terrible too. Old Fashioned served with so much club soda it tasted like a kiddie cocktail.

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vipMoltebene
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The tables aren’t socially distanced as they should be. Food was very good. Very good waitress

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EmilyD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner and the staff. We were able to sit down, enjoy some drinks, order and receive our food all within an hour.

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CraigK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, we had the scallops and a salmon special. Service was very fast and very attentive.

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JoshF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal overall! Would recommend to anyone who loves Italian food!

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Dessert
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The food is just okay. Service was good. View is nice.

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EleanorS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Staff was attentive. Beautiful view of Williams Bay!

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AKuhl
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Waited too long for a table, even with reservations. Too loud. Food was cold and flavorless. Would not recommend this Cafe Calamari to an enemy! Service was very quick and professional.

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vipjohnH
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

For a finer dining restaurant the experience was not what we would expect. Overall we felt rushed through the meal and our time there as we were in and out in less than an hour. The server did not appear to know what vegetables were on the menu as she told us it was broccoli and it was asparagus on the plate. Not a big deal but we did not realize and we’re not told that there was a charge for refills on regular soda but was a disappointment when given the bill and a quick “I’m sorry”from the server when we asked. The food overall was good but not outstanding and have had better at other restaurants in the area. Maybe it’s the location of the tourist trap in the area. I would give them another chance but not anytime soon.

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Suds
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here, can't wait to come back. Food was outstanding and the service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the ambiance. The bartender was excellent! Wish I could remember name but he’s been there a long time!

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A GREAT dining experience! Our server, and all other staff were EXTREMELY friendly. She recommended the daily specials which were FANTASTIC! The parmesan crusted giant shrimp appetizer was AMAZING! House salad dressing...delicious, pork with pear sauce...YUM! I had the special of crab encrusted seabass with a creole crayfish sauce...I'm still thinking about it! Everything was literally perfect...meat and fish cooked just right, great cappuccino and salted caramel cheesecake...I can hardly wait to go back!

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 4.4 stars by 91 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.