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Cafe Calamari, Williams Bay, WI

Cafe Calamari

4.5
4.5
663 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

7:00 PM


Booked 13 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 663 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Overall

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Food

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Service

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Ambiance

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Value

  • Lake Geneva

    Innovative

  • Lake Geneva

    Romantic

  • Lake Geneva

    Great for scenic views

  • Lake Geneva

    Good for special occasions

  • Lake Geneva

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with friends to dinner and had a very enjoyable evening with great food. Keep up the good work
  2. PS

    PSHH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great hostess, good food served in a timely manner.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Cajun Pasta with Blackened Chicken was excellent! The service was exceptional. Great restaurant, will definitely keep returning.
  4. LC

    LisaC

    San Antonio

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and they were flexible with options to meet dietary needs. Only slight issue was waiting for bread at the beginning.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Great service.
  6. ER

    EricaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great atmosphere, and service was on point!
  7. L

    Lacey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great experience! Our server Rachel was attentive and answered all our questions
  8. L

    Loftlady

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a special occasion. We were greeted very nicely. Were asked to order drinks before we even had our coats off. When we got our wine, the appetizer came at the same time. It was the bruschetta and was topped with cherry tomato halves which rolled off the bread and were very difficult to serve and eat. We felt rather rushed, but then had a rather lengthy weight for our entrees. The steak and fettuccini Alfredo were both very excellent. Surprised with a large portion of tiramisu with a candle for my birthday. Very, very nice. Seasons are changing and the ceiling fans made it quite cool. The wine was outstanding. We had a delightful evening after a rather slow start and are pleased with our choice for this celebration.
  9. SM

    SteveM

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, terrific food, and attentive service. That’s all you need for a delightful evening. Don’t miss it!
  10. SC

    ScarlettC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and great service! Easy to make reservations online too!
  11. JB

    JohnnyB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at Cafe Calamari went over and above in helping make a 70th birthday celebration extra special. The celebrant and other guests had a wonderful evening.
  12. DS

    DwightS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a nice round table for 6, it was perfect for catching up. We had a very pleasant time. A little pricey. Bartenders very nice.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening!!
  14. m

    midge

    Milwaukee

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food is excellent and reasonable and the service was stellar! Cannot recommend it highly enough
  15. s

    shopatnord

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Too rushed with food. Service needs to tell kitchen to slow down. We were in and out of restaurant in 62 minutes and we had drinks and appetizers and dinner
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always good food. Did feel like the waitress did not have a lot of time for either checking on our needs but she was very nice. Perhaps they were short staffed.
  17. JK

    JustinK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for our anniversary. First time. We loved our meals and the atmosphere. House salads were fantastic! Tiramisu on the house for our anniversary was a really nice touch. We will definitely be back again. Wish we had checked out this restaurant years ago!
  18. M

    Millie

    Chicago

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Cafe Calamari is our ‘go to’ restaurant!
  19. JR

    JoelleR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    No valuable service 2 waitresses for poor service Too expensive Only the free dessert was nice for our anniversary
  20. MW

    MikeW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding view of the lake with great service and food! Loved the character of the restaurant. We must have had 6 different staff making sure we were cared for. It was a great experience at a totally fair price!
  21. FT

    Food4Thought

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is recognized as one of the best restaurants in the area. We were greeted at the reception desk with a smile and immediately seated. If anything, the wait staff was overly attentive when requesting feedback (a new waitress?). This remains a nice place to enjoy a fine dinner and we will be back again.
  22. JU

    JimU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here! Busy Saturday nite at 7:45. We had the blackend filet and the seafood Diavolo... Steak was cooked to a perfectly mid-rare. The flavor of both meals was excellent!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only issue, empty restaurant at 5:15 and hostess tried to put us in worst table. I hate going through that idiocy
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love Cafe Calamari! It’s one of our favorite “ go to “ spots
  25. DC

    DanC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Calamari is the classiest restaurant for miles around. The menu offerings are varied and the food is expertly prepared. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable about the various dishes when the customers seek assistance. Everyone makes sure that we are enjoying our meal without being intrusive or overbearing. This restaurant is what 'fine dining' is all about!
  26. RD

    RDWRER

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crab crusted Chilean sea bass was outstanding as was my husband’s filet. The service was excellent. We will definitely be back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

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

    DebbieD

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    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
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!!!!
  30. 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.
  31. SB

    ShannonB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible service!! Food was not the best
  32. 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 .
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. A

    Augiemom

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 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.
  37. 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
  38. 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!
  39. 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
  40. 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

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 663 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 13 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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