Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro

4.8
145 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is located on the banks of the lovely Sugar River in Paoli, WI. The Schoolhouse was built in 1864 and was converted into a restaurant in 2008.

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!
**We also offer gluten free and vegetarian options.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 145 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice ambience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful building, warm and friendly staff!

TC
vipTonyC
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent. We both had sea food entrees and they were delicious. We were socially distant and felt completely safe. Service was wonderful. We will return.

MD
MichealD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a small Wedding at this location. It was wonderful I will go back again as often as possible. Food was absolutely terrific, the staff was courteous and discreet, and the atmosphere was wonderful.

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pamh
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming. Unique. DELICIOUS!!! Love this place💕

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vipBabs
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice lunch. Can’t say enough about the safety measures taken. The new atmosphere was very elegant.

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MichelleM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointing brunch. We had made a reservation for 1:45pm, knowing they closed at 2pm. I felt as if we were preventing them from closing. After arriving we found out the lunch menu was not being served and instead it was the brunch menu. Our server didn't tell us the monte cristo sandwich was sold out. When I finally decided on the dutch pancake it came stuck to the skillet it had cooked in. In the past I had raved about this restaturant, unfortunately not this time.

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DebA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot, wonderful food in a quiet location. Each one of us were thrilled with our choices. Will certainly return.

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ScottS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your looking for a Great place to have an intimate dinner and want to get out of Madison this is the place!!!

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vipJAP57
Milwaukee
30 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here for birthdays and we love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch as always

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KathyJ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Only brunch available at noon on a Saturday. Uninteresting menu for brunch. Ordered a panini and the bread was way over toasted and dry. Soup was bland. Lunch menu is much better.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The Paoli School House has potential... we love Paoli itself... and what the area has to offer. The building is charming and could be really great. But the food is just ok... yet priced high end, the atmosphere could be great! But there was no music playing in the background at all and All we could here was the dishwasher. I don’t think we will be back.

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vipBarbieM
Milwaukee
40 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paoli Schoolhouse offers an fabulous dining experience in a lovely setting. The restaurant has been freshly updated. The food was nothing short of amazing. We will be back again soon!

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vipTonyC
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was our first night out eating inside a restaurant in over a year. The Schoolhouse did everything possible to help make us feel safe. Tables were socially distant+. All the staff wore masks and were very helpful. The food and wine we ordered were outstanding. Service was excellent. We were very glad we decided to go out. Highly recommend the Schoolhouse!

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CindyO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice selection of delicious food.
Staff were absolutely wonderful. The setting was great. It was a little on the pricey side so plan to splurge a bit

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StephanieP
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at the Schoolhouse and I loved it. The food was gorgeous-I had filet and my friend had scallops. Both of our plates were beautiful. I also got chocolate flan for dessert and it was perfect. Private, quiet, small, socially distanced and great. I can't wait to go back for prime rib on a Saturday! It was raining the day I went, but the outdoor patio looks really nice.

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LeslieD
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I really like this place and have been several times. We went for Easter brunch and my brother's birthday. I had the crab cake eggs benedict and it was very tasty. However, we did wait over an hour for our food, probably closer to 90 minutes. Having worked in the food service industry, I suspect someone in the kitchen called in sick last minute and they were short staffed. They did not charge us for ANYTHING! I couldn't believe it and at least wanted to pay our bar tab, but they insisted and said that we should never have to wait that long for our food. True service. I will certainly go back, as I think this particular case was an anomaly.

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LuckyOne
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great like usual! Always a solid choice! Glad it is still around.

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Kepperyummy
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely incredible! Took a chance and reserved for my wedding anniversary. Best decision ever!! The food and service were amazing!! The general manager was our waitress and rendered phenomenal service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious and the service was terrific. We love this place. If you haven’t tried it please go and support this fabulous local restaurant!

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AaronT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food.

Quiet.

Relaxing environment.

Can wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique setting with great food.

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JanHan
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful place. The dining room is much brighter and lighter, very elegant. We love eating outside by the river and look forward to the patio opening. Food is excellent and attractive.

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SharonF
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well spaced for social distancing. The food had excellent presentation and taste. Will definately return.

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LilyM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Service and food were fantastic. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very cute setting; I would definitely recommend as a date spot. We for brunch and had the prime rib hash and Dutch baby pancake. Both portions were perfectly sized and delicious! I wish the menu was a little bigger, but I suspect it has been condensed because of covid.

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dlynch4444
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.!!!!!!!!!
What else can I say

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our experience. Food was phenomenal!

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch - extremely quiet due to Covid but a wonderful dining experience

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Steve
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a rare night out to celebrate her birthday. Best place we could have gone in the Madison area. We've tried most restaurants and know a good one when we find it :-)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The charm and excellent service were icing on the cake to an incredible meal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Nice and romantic spot for our anniversary.

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StevenK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Paoli Schoolhouse is a beautiful, warm, and welcoming restaurant with attentive service and exceptional food. My wife and I went there for Valentine's Day 2020. One of the appeals was the broad variety of items available on that date, unlike so many restaurants that offer a special of either prime rib or one seafood option.

Despite the fact that it was -10F outside, the inside was warm and comfortable -- not drafty, despite the age of the beautifully restored building. We were seated in a small, semi-private space that allowed for nice conversation between us.

Drinking water glasses at the table were refilled obsessively. Our waitress doted on us. The food was without compare. The Paoli Schoolhouse is clearly an adherent of the slow food movement, which advances the notion that food should be high quality, locally procured (to the extent possible in the middle of winter in Wisconsin), cooked slowly and carefully, and enjoyed in a relaxed and unrushed environment. Eating here was an enjoyable experience.

Make the trip to Paoli and try the Paoli Schoolhouse. You won't be disappointed.

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TimL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Schoolhouse is a great place. Loved the food. It far exceeded our expectations and they did a great job creating the perfect Valentines Day ambiance. We will definitely be back.

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MadisonK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food, service was awesome, music being played by the kitchen staff could be heard in the dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was awesome! It’s the most adorable space with fresh flowers everywhere. Most importantly the food is delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a spectacular meal and loved the new look.

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 4.8 stars by 145 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.