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Red Circle Inn, Nashotah, WI

Red Circle Inn

4.4
4.4
1301 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 20 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 1,301 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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Milwaukee

    Contemporary American

1,301 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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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  2. 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

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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

    1 person found this helpful

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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.

    2 people found this helpful

  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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

  14. NancyH

    Chicago

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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.

    2 people found this helpful

  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    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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  22. 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

  23. 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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  24. 131karen

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No complaints, service was excellent, food delicious!

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  25. MattC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. Some of the best escargot I've ever had. The duck, stroganoff and pork chop was top notch. The pheasant was a tad bit over done. Look forward to coming back.

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  26. Murph

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are looking for explosions of flavors in your mouth..look no further. Our group of 4 started off with some tasty whisky and brandy old fashioned's in their very cool throw back looking vintage bar. We ordered the very different but amazing French Onion soup, succulent scallops, the extremely tender palate pleasing rib eye, the fantastic beef stroganoff (I could eat an entire plate of just the meat with it’s layers upon layers of flavors while eating it), and a side of the delicious mashed potatoes. Our server Kayla was super friendly and had a great sense of humor. Our group goes from supper club to supper club in Wisconsin to review and taste test, and this one checks off every single box! A very well oiled machine and highly recommended. We don’t typically go to the same ones more than once, but we would be willing to make an exception for Red Circle Inn!

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  27. AngieL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service, excellent food - a great place to take friends from out of town for the Wisconsin ambiance.

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  28. MeganS

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always! We got the Pheasant and the Beef stroganoff, it was delish!!

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  29. RandyC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak and beef stroganoff were delicious. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Enjoyed all the old photographs in main dining room. Very pleasant experience overall.

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  30. DavidW

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have not been to the Red Circle Inn for many years. Our food was excellent. I had the”untraditional beef stroganoff” and my wife had the”PheasantBreast.” Both were excellent! The broth in our French onion soup was like a rich brown gravy, not thin and watery like so many other French onion soups we’ve had. Our dinner was topped off with a delicious crème brûlée. Our waitress was absolutely superb! (Amanda). We will definitely go go back.

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  31. ChrisG

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. First time there 01/20/24. Great food and beverages. Good range of choices on the menu plus daily specials. We had an appetizer plus bread and the relish tray. And only made it through half my entree. Which is not bad because I finished the rest the next day. We will definitely be back !

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  32. AliN

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend The Red Circle Inn to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or date night. It was romantic, peaceful, had seriously delicious food and great service.

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  33. StephanieF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quaint, peaceful dining room with a lot of interesting history. Service was kind and personable & food was delicious.

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  34. JenniferK

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at Red Circle and we will be back! From the manager (Kyle), bartender (Brandon) and server (Mylee) it was an absolute pleasure to be there. Food was phenomenal and service was top notch!!

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  35. DianeW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat just inside at a small table in main dining room. Was okay.

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  36. JamesT

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well worth the hour drive. EVERYTHING was first rate.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent in all respects. And the tour and history was a special treat.

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  38. Great

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Reservation made for bar menu/hightop. Seated, then give a dining room menu. One of the four items we ordered was a crabcake slider. We were served two crabcakes instead, which is an item not even on the bar menu. I would suggest more description of the bar menu items, if feasible.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. finiand

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food. great ingredients, colors and flavors. anyone who doesn't enjoy it is crazy 😁

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  40. StoneSoup

    Milwaukee

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very classy yet comfortable ambiance. The food was simply delicious. We'll 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 1301 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 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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