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Red Circle Inn, Nashotah, WI

Red Circle Inn

4.4
4.4
1327 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
- Wisconsin's Oldest Restaurant -

A lot’s happened since we opened our doors in 1848, and I guess you could say we’ve seen it all. From dirt road to plank road to railroad, Red Circle Inn has been serving up good food with good service for generations of people in Lake Country. Over the years, we’ve been a stomping ground for traders, trappers, settlers, working class, high class and everyone in between. There’s so much history in these walls, you can almost taste it.

It was former owner Captain Fred C. Pabst who gave Red Circle Inn its name and iconic red circle logo, a nod to his Pabst Brewing Company. He made the restaurant the place to see and be seen around the lakes, not just for a beer, but for high-quality food and warm hospitality.

Over 170 years later, the legacy lives on. As you enjoy your meal and the nostalgia of Red Circle Inn, you’ll learn why guests have been returning, generation after generation. Some might call Red Circle Inn a legend…that’s fine by us.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (262) 367-4883
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Joe Heppe
  • Private party facilities
    Our reimagined event spaces make great gathering places for groups large and small, and our dedicated events team will work with you to create a customized catering menu that's perfect for the occasion. PABST ROOM – 6 to 12 Guests | WINE ROOM– 13 to 28 Guests | PROVIMI ROOM– 40 to 100 Guests | POLASKI ROOM – 100 to 240 Guests
  • Private party contact
    Kim Ash : (262) 646-1600 ext. 103
  • Neighborhood
    Nashotah
  • Cross street
    Watertown Plank Road
  • Parking details
    Generous private parking lots adjacent to the building as well as immediately across the street. Additional on street parking in-front of restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,327 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Milwaukee

    Contemporary American

1,327 Reviews
  1. Andy

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an outstanding experience! My wife and I got engaged at the Red Circle in 27 years ago, and we decided to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary there for yet another return visit (we've dined there many times over the years). This time was one of our best visits ever. Nikki was a phenomenal server. She was extremely attentive, friendly, and helpful. She made us feel like we were her only diners that evening, and she went above and beyond to make our evening wonderfully memorable. In addition, the food was sublime! I had the pheasant and my wife enjoyed the scallops. They were both two of the best dishes we've ever had there, in a long line of great meals across the years for us. We already love the Red Circle Inn, and it will always be special to us. This experience was truly one of our best. A special thank you to Nikki, the chefs, and the greeter, who was also ultra-invested in making our night a great one.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While white tablecloth restaurants aren’t an economical value, they are a treat, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Lives up to its fine reputation, and a great place for special dining.

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  3. Timothy

    Miami

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were Warmly welcomed on arrival and enjoyed a good cocktail before dinner at the bar. We were seated at Our convenience and service was friendly and efficient. Refills on water, and coffee came without prompting. Food was served hot and at a good pace. The Fish and Pork chop were delicious. Salads were cold and crisp and had many interesting flavors blended in. The Onion soup was terrific in every way. The place has changed, but its still a wonderful location for fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere.

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  4. DavidC

    Milwaukee

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to the Red Circle Inn. We are huge Geronimo Hospitality fans and expected a lot. Our two top was in a nice location. The service cadence was well timed. Interesting odd experience - the hash brown potato, deep fried with a cinnamon flavor? Overall we enjoy other GH locations better. We will try again soon with guest.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we has a wonderful time with awesome service and food

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was acceptable. The server for the table next to us went into the history of the red circle inn, discussed the specials. I felt let down by my server after observing the second server.

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  7. DanH

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience…welcoming from each employee we had contact with. Amanda, our server was outstanding. It was our anniversary dinner and she made sure it was special. This was our first visit and will definitely be back. Great menu selection, good value and excellent service.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My first visit was amazing and that’s what brought me back for more. Our server, Summer, as the highlight of this visit. However, the food and drinks were just OK this time around. Thursday was Prime Rib night and my guest had to really work to cut through her Queen cut, even asking for a sharper knife, and just gave up halfway through. One of my favorites, the frozen cocktails were not smooth enough to get through the straw and had several clumps of ice cream. I really enjoyed my filet and mashed potato’s but was disappointed for my guests because we were there based on my raving recommendation. I want to chalk this visit up to an “off night” for the bar and kitchen.

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  9. Debbie

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was absolutely delicious and our service was paced just right!

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  10. Denise

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Supper Club! Our first time at the oldest supper club in Wisconsin. We will be back!

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FAQs

Red Circle Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (262) 367-4883.

Red Circle Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 1327 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Red Circle Inn

N44W33013 Watertown Plank Road, Nashotah, WI 53058

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Watertown Plank Road
  • Neighborhood
    Nashotah
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Generous private parking lots adjacent to the building as well as immediately across the street. Additional on street parking in-front of restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joe Heppe
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (262) 367-4883
  • Private party facilities
    Our reimagined event spaces make great gathering places for groups large and small, and our dedicated events team will work with you to create a customized catering menu that's perfect for the occasion. PABST ROOM – 6 to 12 Guests | WINE ROOM– 13 to 28 Guests | PROVIMI ROOM– 40 to 100 Guests | POLASKI ROOM – 100 to 240 Guests
  • Private party contact
    Kim Ash : (262) 646-1600 ext. 103
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