Cafe Calamari

4.5
171 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
What 171 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
service
4.5
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4.3
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vipukchic
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was fantastic! Cafe Calamari never disappoints! Always enjoy our time here!

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corvettemomma
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Busy Saturday night and clearly getting things back to normal after Covid. Our wine server needs to smile more. Table of 5 ladies out having fun and all we got was a scowl. Our server was good but also spent more time waiting on the men in the restaurant. Will def be back…food is too delicious to not return. Just wish we had a little better service for the high end restaurant Cafe Calamari tries to be.

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DennisM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in more than a year and a half and the staff and chefs made it worth the wait. We have dined here several times in the past, but the service has never been better than it was this time. And the food is always top of the line. Only place I'll order calamari.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

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JackieF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time. Food excellent! Wine wonderful. Portions just right. Calamari was super. Wonderful atmosphere! Great anniversary dinner place.

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CynthiaH
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony and Elaine were excellent. They went above and beyond to make our experience wonderful! The food is amazing!

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markw
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone was very friendly, and the food was very good.

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gr3atf00dtastin8
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and fun!! I really enjoyed the food and spending time with my girl friends! :)

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vipKathy
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Not one server had a mask on! Maybe Wisconsin doesn’t require masks??? I was very uncomfortable.

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vipAnne1111
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another amazing dinner here! My husband had a chicken dish with peppers and sausage that he loved. The portion was enough for him to fill up and take some home. I had the Sicilian encrusted filet and it did not disappoint! The flavor was outstanding and the cut was tender. The service is great every time we go. We will be back for sure!

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KarenC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come to Cafe for special occasions and having skipped all of 2020, this recent visit was highly anticipated!
Our server, attentive with perfect timing as always. Food was excellent as we expected!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday weekend away.

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GeorgeF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea bass grilled and blackened is ridiculous!

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Patt
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The setting is very nice, and the service was exemplary. My steak was just fair—too chewy and overdone...not what I’d expect at a nice please like that. My table mates had fish and pasta, which they said was good. I would go back for a special occasion but would order something other than the steak.

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JosephM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great overall dining experience - would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, great seats with a view of the lake!

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MykelH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and lake view!
I will definitely go back for the rib appetizer

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Foodgenius
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

After we ordered our main meal, the salad came almost immediately. The food took another 45-60 minutes to come to the table. Our waitress never came by to give any status. She stopped by after 45 minutes and asked if we wanted some more drinks. When I asked about the delay, she said the kitchen was backed up. The expected protocol would have been for her to come by, apologize for the delay, and offer something complimentary as a token of appreciation for our patience.

Also, the pasta diavolo was very bland and lacked seasoning. I’ve ordered it before. It is an excellent dish, but this time, it fell short of our expectations.

We often dine at bot Cafe Calamari and Harpoon Willies and wanted to share this feedback. We’ve never had an issues before and have come there for birthdays and anniversaries.

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CathyM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to eat. Very friendly staff excellent food. A little pricey but well worth it.

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NanciG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

35 year Anniversary

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susiel
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out there on Saturday evening.
The service was superb the restaurant is absolutely beautiful The food was delicious and plenty filling and you must try their desserts.
Along with a glass of wine we going to ask for a better anniversary for the two couples we were with celebrating theirs as well.

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stacyl69
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best evening! Thank you!

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Rozbudr
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous everything!

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Dave
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was authentic, great bar, very friendly staff, and wonderful atmosphere. We will be back in the nice weather to sit outside on the patio!

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Sharon
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We dined with another couple and all of us felt that the servers and staff should have worn masks as a curtesy to those in the restaurant.
In the past, the house salad was included with the meal, and we were surprised that it is now available at an extra charge. My husband ordered a fish special which came with garlic mashed potatoes, and I had salmon which included green beans. I ordered mashed potatoes not realizing they didn't come with my fish, so it was an extra charge. Rolls were included with the meal. The wine that we ordered was $9 a glass and was a very small pour. We think that with the price of the meal the salad should be included and that the entree should include a starch and a vegetable. This was always a special place for us to dine, but we were disappointed with our experience this time.

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DrJanG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my visit to this treasure located next to William!s Bay. The view of the bay was gorgeous. The menu was extensive. I tried the sautéed calamari. The ambience was very nice. I sat in the bar area and felt very comfortable at a high top table for one.

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vipFinMo
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The restaurant, views, food quality, pricing and service were all excellent. Just be aware it is in a rare completely covid-19 free zone where NO ONE (including all servers and staff) wear a mask ever.

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SteveK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Our was great and provided excellent service to our family. Food was great and the old fashions are awesome. Great place!

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Jaclynne
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and service! The espresso martini is especially delicious.

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SteveS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just avg Italian food. Not notable in any way. Server was pleasant but service slow. Noise from bar area very loud.

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Suzy
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good. However since the pandemic and their renovations...the price of food has increased about 30 percent and they no longer offer a complimentary salad...that bow costs 6 dollars...so 30 percent more plus six bucks...dinner is 100 bucks without drinks.

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Rickey
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

loved our table location. server was outstanding. neighboring table was so loud we couldn't hear ourselves talking normally

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KatieB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is outstanding every damn time! Service is on-point, attentive and friendly. Some of the best oysters rockefeller anywhere! Pasta, seafood, steak...it's all delicious. Ambience is dark and romantic. Love this place!

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vipMillie
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Cafe Calamari is always a great time for us. The service is excellent, and the food delicious. It’s our go-to place!!

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JoyS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and excellent food at a great price.

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ElanaG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Portions were perfect. Service was phenomenal

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GloriaP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food wasn’t good very coffee shop for a nice restaurant. Chicken picatta gloppy and very processed, Spaghetti Basil. Canned Tomato paste, Italian sausage very good

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ChrissH
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, beautiful views...expensive but worth it

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MaryD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on Friday night. Great food and service.

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vipAmandaG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Atmosphere is nice, appetizers were delicious. 2 of the 3 meals were good. Got the special surf and turf and steak was chewy and tough and shrimp were raw. Very disappointed. Kitchen needs to work on consistency. 2nd time we have been there and 2nd time same thing, some stuff prepared well and other stuff inedible.

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 171 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.