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Red Circle Inn, Nashotah, WI

Red Circle Inn

4.5
4.5
1318 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 16 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 1,318 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Milwaukee

    Contemporary American

1,318 Reviews
  1. Denise

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. JohnS

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly great meal after a difficult day of driving.

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  3. KenR

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant under new ownership for a year or so. Our first time back since the sale. The service was top notch but the noise level (acoustic) was louder than I liked as the dining room filled. Food was good but in my opinion not great. One exception was the walleye dish - the fish was excellent. French onion soup was bland with little onion or beef flavor and had a dark rye bread. Baked potato was average small russet. O woo try it again I’m a fed months to see if thr SRF any changes.

    1 person found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A bit to loud for our liking. The sauce was overpowering on the pheasant.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated at table on bar area. Unfortunately shortly into our dinner a person came in to play music and it was so loud that we couldn’t even hear anything at our table. Ruined the evening

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Steaks and potatoes were great. I recommend the ribeye with RCI sauce on the side.

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  7. Vcb1

    Milwaukee

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding (Ryan), food was good but higher priced.

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  8. TreyG

    Austin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very early dinner at 4.30 PM. Service, food, ambiance were all excellent. Highly recommended!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here on a Tuesday for the pheasant, and other 3 ordered scallops, swordfish special and beef stroganoff/short ribs. All excellent - A or A-. desserts were great! very good value. Mary Ann was one of the best servers I ever had - professional, patient, accommodating for special requests - and really made this an excellent experience.

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  10. Buzzy

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding … we were there to celebrate my mother’s 75th birthday and our waitress was superb. Mom felt loved and valued because of her extra touches. Merci beaucoup!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Caesar salad was good, menu indicates anchovies are a component of the dish which is a traditional caesar ingredient, but I was charged $1 for each. Very petty. We were not allowed to bring our bottle of wine & pay the corking fee. Bar food looked good but main dining service needs spiff to presentation.

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  12. JillG

    Milwaukee

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place had been recommended to us by friends. We are so glad we went. Cocktails were delicious- my husband raved about the Old Fashioned. The Caesar salad and French onion soup were both on point. Our entrees included the walleye and the mahi mahi special. No room for dessert but the options were impressive. We will be back,

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  13. JillH

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was great. Super friendly bartender, Laura. Great cocktails! Summer was our waitperson. Super nice, friendly & gave us plenty of time. Food was wow! Salmon, walleye, beef stroganoff & seafood risotto were our four entrees. Pickled veggies & rolls were yummy. The entire building is so clean & well maintained. Go there!

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  14. MandyB

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a wide variety of the menu are everything was prepared very well.

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  15. EMMMilwaukee

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been here for dinner 3-4 times. I think the food gets better each time. Our server Philip was great and made up for having to wait 35 minutes past our reservation for a table. While I love the look of your bar, you really, really need a foot rail. It is not a comfortable bar to sit at if you have bad knees. The bartender also messed up 3 of our 8 drinks because he can't remember your order when he goes to make them. Not an issue for us because we eventually got the right drink, but a lot of waste for the bar. Seating in the dining room is very comfortable. Excellent steaks, love the jo jo potatoes and the service was well-paced. We'll be back, but I'll continue to complain about the bar without a foot rail.

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  16. Kush127

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish The Red Circle Inn was fantastic. We can't wait to return. Our waitress was great and we never waited for anything. Our water was refilled constantly. The general manager even took us on a personal tour of the whole place!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service great meal - will be back . Interesting history

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  18. CelesteA

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    6 of us for dinner and we all had a variety of food from steak to seafood to pasta. Plus appetizers. It was just ok! For that price, it should have been fabulous!

    1 person found this helpful

  19. MikeandLucy

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent from our waiter to all the other staff. Served promptly, food was hot. The Caesar salad and the duck was too salty for our tastes. Wine was good and the dessert, bread pudding special was delicious.

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  20. RyanB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our anniversary at the Red Circle. First time we went there, will definitely go back. Entire staff was very attentive from the host, bartenders, service help staff and a big shout out to Phil our waiter, who was outstanding. Attention to the details was outstanding including the postcard signed by the staff wishing us a Happy Anniversary. My wife and I each ordered the filet with bearnaise sauce, potato selections, Caesar & Wedge salads, a side of brussel sprouts, and a bottle of wine. Everything was done to perfection. Had an after dinner drink and great conversation with other patrons at the bar. We will definitely be back to try some of the other items on the menu.

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  21. LizL

    Milwaukee

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were looking forward to our experience and the Red Circle Inn came up short. Our server was relatively curt, the bus girl was very nice. The food was ok at best. My husbands steak was tough and chewy - and it was his birthday. We did have a birthday postcard at the table which was nice, but even a scoop of ice cream or something with a candle would have been a nice touch. We will not be coming back

    3 people found this helpful

  22. LaniW

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new go-to brunch place! By far the best holiday brunch we've had! We haven't been for dinner since the reopening, but brunch convinced us that we need to stop in.

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  23. ChristineB

    Milwaukee

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food, atmosphere and service. Phillip, our server was wonderful.

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  24. TammiW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was off putting when we were presented with the bill and our server said we owed $41.88 for the tip. We were told “I calculated the tip snd added it on, you need to pay cash it can’t be put on your gift card or credit card. We were a party of 3 and we felt this to be very odd. The only receipt that this calculation was on was my copy handwritten.

    4 people found this helpful

  25. HCM1

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exceptional service and exceptional food! Looking forward to our next visit!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding, and the food surpassed our expectations. Q and Nicki graciously welcomed us and patiently addressed all our "first-timer" inquiries. We thoroughly enjoy a great supper club experience and will definitely return!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting under new management. Same gorgeous place, really nice updated menu. It did not disappoint!! Highly recommend.

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  28. DebbiK

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it dinner. Very impressed with all of the personnel

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  29. MKS2018

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Good effort on the redo. Bar looked good Relish tray nice. Ice cream drinks on menu. Prime rib Thursdays. Could be a good supper club Sadly we didn’t order any of the above. Likely won’t return in foreseeable future for dinner. . Nice place to dine if you want to hear everyone else’s conversation. Seating close and noise level, if there is even 1 loud table, is very distracting. Stick to steak and potatoes if order dinner. Specials aren’t so special.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. NancyH

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started with the fritters to begin our meal. They were very tasty and it was a larger than expected serving. We continued our meal by sharing the wedge salad. The blue cheese and dressing were outstanding. Next, we shared the untraditional stroganoff. It was plenty of food for the two of us and an excellent choice. We ended the meal by sharing an apple, ice cream, and caramel dessert. It was another delicious treat. Our server suggested a lovely Pino Noir that was perfect with each course. Overall, it was a delightful experience.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were sat right by the kitchen door. I definitely would request another table next time. Also, it was very loud in the dining room. Food was delicious!

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  32. RachelW

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mae Lee was a gem!! Food is 10/10 and the overall give is just awesome. Kyle has a great team and the BOH is a solid, talented crew. My go-to in lake country

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  33. Nicole

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time back since the change in ownership and we were all disappointed in our four different meals. Initial red flag is when your choice of steak is accompanied with a sauce. With any well prepared-and more importantly-quality cut of steak-the meat should stand on its own. Unfortunately there was no flavor or seasoning to each cut of steak. We wanted to try a little of everything-appetizers to dessert, and we will not be back. The quality just isn't there.

    3 people found this helpful

  34. MichaelB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Can’t wait for new menu; my wife and I and friends are eagerly awaiting its arrival

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  35. locals

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent wine selection, even by the glass. Everything was bright and fresh on our palette. Wasn’t expecting everything to be this good. We sampled most if the appetizers, had entrees, drinks, and desserts. Recommend the meatball appetizer. The stroganoff was unlike any I have had. Big fan. The steak was served with chef butter and choice of sauce. Menu is modern twist on throwback supper club vibe. Everything was consistent quality. Ample waitstaff and excellent service. Would definitely recommend. Total overhaul on the old Red Circle.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. MaryM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the young, super-friendly, super-helpful hostess to the wonderful ambiance and food, everything was 5 stars. Our waitress was so friendly, and funny, and knew the menu to perfection. We had thee best steaks, stroganoff, crab claws, oysters, escargot and roasted brussel sprouts. After dinner drinks were a Bailey's martini (absolutely perfect and delicious) and a Grasshopper (equally perfect and delicious). Thank you for your spot on attention to detail and one of the best meals we've had in a long time~Mary and Randy Burian

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  37. EmilyD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful supper club. Everything was perfect, from checking in with the host, to signing the check and receiving chocolates. We’ll absolutely be going back!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started out our Valentine’s Day meal with a porter beer for me and a Cabernet for my wife. We then had a large Caesar salad which we split between the two of us. The bread was delicious and were vegetables (asparagus and broccolini) and a couple of different spreads. I ordered a small beef tenderloin with bourbon peppercorn sauce and hashbrowns. My wife ordered the beef stroganoff. In addition, we had brussels sprouts with pork belly and andorange glaze on top. I finished it off with a black coffee which was strong; just the way I like it.

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  39. KurtA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Caesar’s salad was only average. Zinfandel wine was not good. Cabernet sauvignon was good. Beef stroganoff was good. Apple tart was excellent. Ambience was dated. Noise level was too loud.

    2 people found this helpful

  40. RenataT

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. From the front young guy to the waiter, everything was perfect. Great place, great service, delicious food and drinks. I missed more dessert options but that’s fine. I will try it again, for sure. Highly recommend this place.

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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 4.5 stars by 1318 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 16 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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