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Cafe Calamari, Williams Bay, WI

Cafe Calamari

4.5
4.5
632 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 Tuscan ribs, flash-fried calamari or caprese salad. Move on to a main course of pasta Bolognese, three cheese tortellini, Sicilian Encrusted Filet, and grilled Chilean sea bass.

Vegetarians can enjoy a different vegetable choice every day, 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.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (262) 245-9665

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Bryan Baldi

  • Neighborhood

    Williams Bay

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 632 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Lake Geneva

    Best Overall

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Food

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Service

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Ambiance

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Value

  • Lake Geneva

    Fit for Foodies

  • Lake Geneva

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner was wonderful. Thanks to Tonya, she always makes our experience delightful.
  2. DD

    DebbieD

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant. Ordered the signature calamari appetizer and was disappointed that it was very rubbery. The service was excellent. The Italian pasta dish were good but nothing special
  3. EK

    ElizabethK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Lakeview restaurant in quiet Williams Bay. It's styled as an upscale Italian place, but pasta options are unimaginative (5 standard sauces/pastas). By the time you add a protein, it's a $30 entree and nothing great. "Sea bass" (unsustainable and likely toothfish) was featured. Nothing wrong with this place specifically. For the money, it just wasn't great. Bread is ok. Salads are ok. Everyone had an ok meal...just very expensive for the quality. We wished we had picked a cheaper cafe option in the end.
  4. SB

    ShannonB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible service!! Food was not the best
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great . I ordered the pork chop with mashed potatoes. It tastes great with the sauce it comes with. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend .
  6. M

    Maura

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and service were outstanding. The food tasted like banquet food- pre-made and then reheated, little taste and heavy sauces. We hope they can up their game on food.
  7. JH

    JanetH

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were told we had 75 minutes to eat outside. Everything was rushed. Our food came out 5 minutes after we ordered and was obviously not made fresh. My salmon and potato were luke warm. Once we said we didn’t want dessert waitress just dropped check on table, didn’t ask if we wanted another drink or anything else. Terrible service and quality of food not worth the price. The espresso martini was good.
  8. JC

    JCJC

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent hospitality from waitress, she provided great recommendations on menu. Delicious pork chops, pasta, calamari. Exceeded expectations.
  9. A

    Augiemom

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love dining at Cafe Calamari. We were also glad that we had Tanya as our wait person as she is so professional. We had Chicken Picata and the Walleye Special and everyone enjoyed their meals. It was a beautiful night to enjoy the outside dining available at the restuarant.
  10. T

    Trez

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Atmosphere was excellent. Service was excellent Dessert was excellent
  11. VS

    VickieS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and evening! We loved our food and the view from our outdoor table. Service was awesome!
  12. P

    Pamela13

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Have been dining here for years on our Labor Day weekend. Food was not as good as we’ve had in the past. Lemon sauce for sea bass was tasteless and the portions have decreased in size. Not totally bad but a bit disappointed
  13. RW

    RayW

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant with lake views. Food is very good. Service is prompt and friendly. Enjoyed the experience very much
  14. SZ

    SueZ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to cafe calamari in the past, always excellent food and service
  15. SD

    SteveD

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly staff. A wide variety of choices
  16. KP

    KarynP

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had perfect service and excellent food.
  17. AJ

    AlisonJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view and great atmosphere! Sat outside for dinner. The food was delicious and came out extremely fast. The staff was friendly and attentive. Would definitely return.
  18. SK

    StacyK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were married and held our reception at Cafe Calamari 21 years ago. Back then, they did a marvelous job and continue to do so today. We dined coming into a holiday weekend and the number of diners coming in was steady. The service was excellent-there were plenty of staff on hand and the level of service provided was great-we wanted for nothing. All of the food was excellent-appetizers through to the dessert. Thank you, Cafe Calamari, for making our anniversary special. You never disappoint.
  19. M

    Martin

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, beautiful view and fantastic service!
  20. LL

    LarryL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside on a perfect night. Had first timers with us and they loved it here. Never disappointed and will go back many times.
  21. G

    George

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect - a very enjoyable dinner. A perfect place for dinner prior to a Belfry concert!
  22. LJ

    LouisJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted by the staff at the door upon our arrival. We were given a seat with a wonderful view of the lake, right away and our orders were taken shortly after. We were given a free dessert for our anniversary and were wished a happy anniversary by the staff when we left. Very well done.
  23. CR

    CarolR

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great area by lake, however only ok food. Service was great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The views from the restaurant are nice overlooking Lake Geneva. The service was great friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. We both had specials Prime Rib and walleye would highly recommend both. Will be back and will try to sit outside next time.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Overall a nice place. But the food seemed mediocre. We ordered muscles & about third were unopened. Seafood Diablo had same issues as muscles & shrimp seemed like they had been frozen & thawed. Sea bass was excellent though.
  26. F

    Frequentdiners

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxing, delicious experience with great customer service and a very engaging yet professional wait staff. And, we were able to sit outside on the lovely patio!! Looking forward to returning soon!
  27. KC

    KCDM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our meal was very, very good. The service was even better! Tony, our waiter, was delightful, funny, personable and very efficient. All the servers were extremely friendly, polite, and efficient. The meal and dessert were delicious. My shrimp and chicken with farfalle was very good, but could have used a teeny bit more garlic and pepper, but that's my taste. My dining partner' meal, a pasta fra diavolo with cajun blackened chicken, was just fine. He ate it all! I took home a doggy bag! Woof, woof! Dessert was also delicious! Tiramisu! Yum! The ambiance was great. We were outside so the view and air were really nice. And we even had some unexpected "entertainment"! Someone who parked across the street apparently locked herself out of her car. So apparently a sheriff was called. That poor man struggled for over 30 minutes to use his "special device" to get in. So we were all watching the events unfold. Then a police car came, but by the time he got there, the door had been opened. But the "best" part was that for reason the car alarm sounded, and the driver, with keys and all, was unable to turn it off. So she took off, made an illegal U-turn, and headed off to who knows where with the alarm beeping all the way. I'm sure she was very popular. By the way, everyone on the patio at the restaurant clapped! Next time I go, which may be a year from now, I want to eat indoors only because I was really taken with the decor and ambiance. But since winter is around the corner, we wanted to be outside and enjoy the air and view.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Our server was fantastic.
  29. KS

    KSDW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on a deadline to go to a show and the server, Tammy, made sure we were well taken care of and on time to have a nice dinner and still be on time for our show. The food was great, service excellent and everything about our evening so nice. Highly recommend.
  30. B

    Bella

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! Great food and awesome service.
  31. SH

    SallyH

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food at very fair prices. Will definitely be back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely return!!
  33. PT

    PattiT

    Salt Lake City

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a good meal and atmosphere at the Cafe Calamari. This time we were able to dine outside, an extra treat!
  34. BT

    BobT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time back in 2 years & I am pleased to say everything was very good compared to during what I'd call the "Covid Peak". The Service was Excellent & the Food was by far much better. We plan on going back & give it a thumbs up when asked by others.
  35. TR

    ThomasR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    The oysters Rockefeller were the worst I ever had. Call down to New Orleans to Arnos and Galitajars and ask the chef how to make them. This was the worst meal I and my wife ever had.
  36. BS

    BobS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Calamari was good, some touch pieces. Allot of grease under it. Dessert was overpriced and very small. Food was cold. Mashed potatoes were bad.
  37. DC

    DawnC

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We sat outside in the atmosphere outside was lovely the service was top notch everyone was very attentive. The food was good but not great. Between the three of us we had a chicken pasta dish, a scallops pasta dish and a shrimp pasta dish. Presentation was beautiful but the food was a little bland. I had a lot of lemon and salt and pepper to give mine some of the flavor that it lacked.
  38. R

    Renee

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience1
    Great sitting outdoors in beautiful weather. Very good service and very good food.
  39. RG

    RobertG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    It was my wife's birthday and she was only acknowledged by the hostess....at another restaurant on Open Table's Lake Geneva list we received a free dessert, on a previous birthday. Also, at this other restaurant, they have linen table clothes and the noise level was totally acceptable. At Cafe Calamari, there was a very noisy party in an open area adjacent to our table. The signature dish of Calamari was marginal as compared to other Italian restaurants that we have eaten at. However, the Chilean Sea Bass was excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful food & service. Thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 632 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe Calamari

8 East Geneva Street, Williams Bay, WI 53191

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Williams Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Bryan Baldi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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