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Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro, Belleville, WI

Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro

4.9
4.9
856 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is located on the banks of the Sugar River in Paoli, WI. The Schoolhouse was built in 1864 and was converted into a restaurant in 2008. We pride ourselves in supporting local vendors and ingredients to bring you the best quality dishes.

Enjoy a meal in our beautiful bistro or on the deck/patio as weather permits. We have a great selection of wine, cocktails, and carry a variety of domestic and craft beers.

The Schoolhouse is also a great venue for small events - micro weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, and any other celebrations!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, American, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (608) 848-6261
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Luis Garcia
  • Private party facilities
    We book private events tailored to your specific needs. Please call for details! 608-848-6261
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Parking details
    Also Available Street Parking- No Cost Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 856 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Best Overall

  • Wisconsin

    Best Ambiance

  • Wisconsin

    Best Value

  • Wisconsin

    Great for brunch

  • Madison

    Best Overall

  • Madison

    Best Food

  • Madison

    Best Service

  • Madison

    Best Ambiance

  • Madison

    Best Value

  • Madison

    Innovative

  • Madison

    Hot spot

  • Madison

    Neighborhood gem

  • Madison

    Great for fine wines

  • Madison

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Madison

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Good for special occasions

856 Reviews
  1. debbieh

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal, fantastic service, great music on the beautiful patio.

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  2. LarryA

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of four was seated outdoors on a well-shaded patio - very pleasant. Our server Aiden was friendly and attentive. Three different brunch menu items were ordered, all of good quality and generous portions. We want to go back to try dinner sometime.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One table of ladies were very loud !! Overall excellent experience!!

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  4. Localfoodie

    Columbus

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent but the service was a disappointment due to a large group in another room that backed up the kitchen.

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  5. Debbiek

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal and wonderful staff made it so nice! Food really is good xceptional!@

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  6. erin

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful brunch and excellent service!!! Highly recommend this place for weekend brunch!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You have to travel to Madison to find a comparable fine dining experience. And it is certainly worth the trip from town. Outside seating by the river is beautiful, but inside the schoolhouse is also elegant. Most highly recommended.

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  8. MariK

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a wonderful experience at the Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro. The building inside and out was beautiful and the food was delicious! The food presentation was incredible! I can't wait to go back!

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  9. dnavigator

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place we just discovered this weekend. Food was excellent, service great.

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  10. KimS

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around…a bit pricy, but Well Worth it! Food was AMAZING…waiter was excellent and attentive! Ambience was excellent! This place is a GEM in the countryside.

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  11. Carey

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great music and Beef Wellington!! We love coming here, especially on the music nights. The decor is very charming.

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  12. TomK

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is by far our favorite dining experience in the Madison area. It's hard to pass up the wood-fire grilled filet, but I felt daring and opted for a carrot ricotta ravioli from the new menu. Amazing. Brian's service is outstanding, and he makes me feel like I have a direct connection to the chef and entire food preparation process. This was our second visit in two weeks, and I'm now looking for an excuse to visit again. Brunch, maybe?

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  13. JennyH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening. Brian was a great host for the night. He explained the menu and answered all of our questions. The couple we brought along had never been and loved the food.

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  14. TracyS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro was an absolute delight! We were seated promptly at a lovely table, the service was absolutely outstanding, and the food was delicious. Lamb Ragu had homemade pasta & just the right richness to it, my husband had the Duck Á L’Orange & enjoyed every bite. We had the Baked Alaska for dessert, what a treat! I would highly recommend this place for any special occasion or just a lovely night out.

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  15. CarolS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service & food. Good place to meet up with friends

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  16. ChrisMP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great experience. I was really happy I finely went.

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  17. Average

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food great ambience, and good service. Music was excellent, but a small room too loud.

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  18. MelissaB

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service and the spring bread salad was excellent!

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  19. Anon

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service here as always! Their brunch menu is delicious. The new salmon and crab cakes dish was divine. Tomato soup one of the best I’ve ever had. Prime rib grilled cheese always hits the spot. Pleasant waitstaff who are attentive and great ambiance.

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  20. jonM

    Jackson Hole

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu choices and farm fresh ingredients make for a culinary experience that is amazing Top that with great service and a wonderful location and you have the perfect dining experience Highly recommended

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  21. Anonymous

    Milwaukee

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was delicious and Aiden our server did a fine job.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's so convenient to make the reservation via OpenTable. We submitted a particular request in the note section, and the Paoli staff followed our request exactly as we wanted it!

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  23. KaitlinT

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was super duper cute and the drinks were great. The food and service were the main downfalls. I will pick elsewhere over here next time.

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  24. Anonymous

    Milwaukee

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My mother and I loved the new brunch updates. We actually have not been back in a few years, so it was quite a nice change. We came later in the afternoon and we thought it would not be too busy - but it was! Our server did great, but we feel service could have been better if there was another server to help with all the other tables. It just took a while for our server to get to us at moments. The young man still did a great job.

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  25. MichealD

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The American Bistro is a special place. Wonderful atmosphere, scrumptious food, and great service. We love coming back here!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch and lunch selections. Awesome bloody marys!

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  27. JohnR

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Schoolhouse is a great place to have an exceptional meal at a reasonable price. We had brunch, omelette and salmon avocado toast, dessert, mimosa's. Great food & ambience.

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  28. HolgerJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just great place in every regard, food, ambiance, service.

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  29. Reino

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday brunch was enjoyed by all of us. We had a variety of mains and all were tasty.

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  30. StevenB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the better restaurant meals we have we have had in some time. The service was friendly, efficient and very attentive. The meal from drinks to dessert was close to perfect. Our first time here and it assuredly will not be the last.

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  31. DianeC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience at Paoli Schoolhouse was satisfying and pleasant. Our waiter went out of his way to accommodate us and he was genuine. The food was delicious and presented nicely. Well done. Thank you and keep it coming!!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem Paoli has! The food, the service, the live music - unbelievable! Will definitely be back!

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  33. Debbiek

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful in every way- atmosphere, food, food presentation, and friendly staff. Our favorite!

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  34. WendyF

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was such a treat. Food was amazing, drinks were delicious. Soup and dessert tasted like nothing I have ever had before. My new favorite restaurant

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  35. SamS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bryan was so kind and helpful. He made our experience that much better! The food was delicious, we had the frites (pronounced “frits”), brussels sprouts, bread and butter, the steak special, and chocolate cake and the crème brûlée for dessert. Everything was absolutely amazing. The frites are a must in my opinion, as well as the crème brûlée.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, lovely atmosphere!

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  37. NickK

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great service was very attentive. Will definitely go back and bring friends.

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  38. Zach

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value and quality food. Quiche was amazing! Wife got the Croquet Madame which was delicious as well!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was spectacular. I didn’t expect to have seafood, but it was wonderful. The smoky old fashioned was delicious!

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  40. StevenR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited menu but very good choices. Pork Chop and Artic Char excellent. The host is very accomodating and seems to remember your likes when it comes to wine .

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FAQs

Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 848-6261.

Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is rated 4.9 stars by 856 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 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro

6857 Paoli Rd, Belleville, WI 53508

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, American, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Also Available Street Parking- No Cost Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Luis Garcia
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (608) 848-6261
  • Private party facilities
    We book private events tailored to your specific needs. Please call for details! 608-848-6261
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