The Red Oak Restaurant

4.6
271 reviews
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Welcome to The Red Oak Restaurant, where we specialize in carefully prepared local and seasonal cuisine served in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Firmly rooted in southeastern Wisconsin, The Red Oak celebrates the richness of the area by crafting dishes and drinks from locally grown produce, humanely raised animals, and locally produced artisanal cheeses, beers and spirits.
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Orlando
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another excellent meal by a staff that works particularly hard to make sure everything is perfect. Special thank you to the bar manager, Heidi.

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F
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff was very friendly. This was a special occasion for us and The Red Oak exceeded our expectations. The food was phenomenal. We sent our compliments to the chef. The menu has many different options and is priced well. We will definately be back

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PB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Creative local fare, expertly prepared & served. LOVED the Tuna Tartar. Even the specialty cocktails are unique and fabulous, the Bee Sting...yummy. Our now all time favorite local night out choice.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always an excellent meal and atmosphere.Farm to table is the only way to go.This place is a lock for delicious food from an ever changing menu.Drinks are wonderful and the staff and atmosphere are second to none! You will not be disappointed!!

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TG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

It was Valentine’s Day and they were busy. No excuse. We waited over an hour for our dinner after ordering. The chicken was overdone and dry. The filet was supposed to be med well, that came out rate and the hamburger came out med instead of medium well. They sent the filet back and still came back med rare. I then took it to go because my family was done and it was 9:45.

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KH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We dined here for the first time on Valentine’ Day. The food was wonderful. The Filet Mignon was cooked to a perfect medium rare, as requested. The scallops were wonderfully done. They had run out of Lobster Bisque by the time we got there (was really looking forward to this). The atmosphere was very nice, however, very loud. Unfortunately the service was not in line with the quality of the food. Our drinks were left empty for long periods of time without being checked on. Our appetizers (duck confit and mushroom soup) took a long time to arrive at our table (over an hour). Our meal then followed another 45 minutes later. I would try the restaurant again, just because of the quality, in hopes the service was subpar due to a holiday rush.

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JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Usually delicious, but this particular night, the service was lousy (waitress was very nice), and the food took forever. Granted, it was Valentine’s Day, it took about 2 hours for a party of two to eat dinner. This hidden gem is a must, wish the ambiance was as good as their food, but I do appreciate them supporting local artists. Overall, recommended and will try again.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolute worst dining experience in over 50 years of dining out. Waited one hour and forty five minutes and food never did come out. I went to the manager to inquire about the delayed food service and she immediately apologized before I could even explain the situation. Her and two other employees knew about the situation and all were apologetic but no one could explain to me the reason for the delay nor when the food might come out. They didn’t offer to look into the delay . There was obviously a known reason that they knew about, but would not offer me an explanation . It was the Most bizarre dining event my wife and I ever experienced . We politely walked out and won’t go back .

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor Service & Mediocre Food. We waited over an hour for our mediocre food. We had empty water glasses & empty cocktails for 30 minutes until we finally stopped our waitress to get refills. The food was mediocre for the price. The hospitality fee of 20% was ridiculous for the service. Overall just unimpressed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we have been there and it was perfect.

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CE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately the pasta special was not good. It was clumpy and had 2 very small pieces of lobster only, was to have lobster and oyster meat. Both of our meals were cold. Good server but will not return as food was average at best and costly.

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J
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Always good food and a nice experience.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good although the chicken we had (two different entrees) was a little salty. The presentation of the food and room was very nice too. I wish the portion sizes were slightly larger. My boyfriend helped me eat my rice because he was still hungry after his appetizer and entree and he isn't a hefty man. I understand the prices being a little high because the food is locally sourced, just wish there was enough served.

For a special occasion I would recommend Red Oak.

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience all around! From the bartenders to the wait staff (Bri was so sweet and accommodating), to the food and drinks- everything was excellent! We will continue to enjoy ourselves at the Red Oak! ♥️

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Sadly, our last two meals at The Red Oak have been very disappointing. Our waitress was unattentive, the frise salads (with apple?) were not acceptable because they were incredibly bland. My husband and I ordered the salads with chicken and salmon, which were not even close to tasting like farm to table. It was more like heated up frozen meat. I would love to recommend this place, but based on our last two visits, I can not. On a more positive note, the bar is beautiful and the bartender was very courteous.

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TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Service and food was delicious.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! I love this place!
Food is great, drinks are good, and service is fabulous!

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PP
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible find! There is nothing like the Red Oak in the neighborhood. Great food and drinks from local farms and distilleries. The entire team is so welcoming and friendly, you feel like part of the family. From Brunch to dinner, appetizers to desserts, every meal we have had there has been creative and delicious! Can't wait to go back!!

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, delicious birthday dinner! Wonderful restaurant, we will be back.

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KD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come fairly often, but came this time for Restaurant Week. Delicious!

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r
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Excellent farm-to-table cuisine. Complex flavors that blended deliciously. The menu changes monthly in step with seasonal availability of provisions. While our server was friendly and informed, the wait times and attentiveness were very, very slow. It really detracted from the experience. The wine list has some good selections, but is limited. The ambiance is pleasant, but not intimate. We will certainly come back.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

So happy to find a restaurant like this in the area. Vastly better than all the other bar food type restaurants in the vicinity. Farm to table, sustainable, conscientious. Our food was delicious. Service was slow, but friendly. Went in the winter but can't wait to go back when its warmer and there's more food direct from nearby farms.

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SH
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Red Oak made a fantastic meal and so many items are or can be made gluten free.

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times, always good, but this last visit was outstanding ! Everything was incredible.

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DB
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Brunch consisted of a menu of breakfast and lunch items. Our party of six each had a Bloody Mary and one of the breakfast items. The Bloody Mary’s were rather tasteless, due in part that they each started with a full-glass of crushed ice which left little room for whatever tomato-based mix was used. Food items were mostly just ok. Buckwheat & Ginger pancakes were tasty, but over-cooked. Egg dishes were sparse and the accompanying potatoes were tasteless.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at The Red Oak. There were four of us for dinner, we split the Wisconsin Cheese and Sausage Board as an appetizer, personally, I had the Tenderloin...DELICIOUS! We will definitely go back.

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CZ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Red Oak from recommendations from two friends. The service was good per the mandatory 20% gratuity charge. However, we were rudely surprised at some of the charges. $16 for a martini is well beyond the level of this restaurant. We were in NYC three weeks ago and even in Manhattan they don't charge that much for a martini.....this is Paris Wisconsin!!
Food was good and we will probably be back but won't order any drinks!

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DK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined there four times and have never had a bad experience. Farm fresh ingredients even some of the liquor is locally produced.

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SH
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Red Oak always delivers excellent food and choices. As a Celiac, it is nice to know that the staff know GF and many of the choices are naturally Gf. We love Red Oak!

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RE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good and always consistent. Menu changes frequently, so there is always something new to try. They try to use locally sourced ingredients. Love the bar area! Had fun with the local magician as well.

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BB
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great. Portion sizes were just right. Loved the seasonal veggie mix too. We will be back!

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Honestly this last time at the Red Oak was disappointing. Food took a long time to come, the chicken was overcooked and the steak was fatty. It was New Years Eve and there was a group of 12-15 who were VERY loud. We will try it again cause we have had good meals in the past but this one was not good🙁

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Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing farm to table restaurant in the middle of farmland, USA. A very welcome surprise and amazing food, even on a busy New Years Eve!

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MA
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal as always. Awesome meal for New Year’s Eve. The staff is always very nice and goes the extra mile to make you feel at home.

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JT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food. It’s one of the best restaurants in the region, rivaling Chicago and Milwaukee.

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The concept, non processed, handmade items and menu options get 5 stars from me. The buckwheat gingerbread pancakes sounded wonderful, however were very heavy and dry - used all the butter and the entire pitcher of syrup and it drank every bit, but it still didnt make it enjoyable. The flavor was good, but perhaps a blueberry compote and and a meat side and just one or 2 cakes instead of 3 would make it more palatable. The other entrees were great. Server indicated people had called off sick, and service was a bit slow and items were forgotten. Dining room was cold, but decorated nicely and they offered coupons and tree ornaments for the kids. Chef made accomodations for a dairy allergy. I'll definitely give them another shot.

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O
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great service

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing farm to table restaurant in Bristol, WI on Hwy 45 south of Union Grove. Exactly! Definitely worth going to try out, and we will definitely be back. It’s a beautiful place inside, and unremarkable looking on the outside. Don’t be worried. You will enjoy it. We call it our new hidden gem, although it’s been open 2 years so clearly we have been living under a rock.

We went for the Friday fish fry, but I ended up with bison meatloaf and mashed potatoes with parsnips. It was tasty! Hubby enjoyed the walleye fish fry with homemade fries and apple sauce. He started with the curry carrot soup and I had the side house salad which were both excellent. The rest changes the menu every 2 months.

Our server was very nice and if anything he was overly attentive, but we liked him so weren’t bothered by him. The restaurant believes in a living wage for their employees so there is a 20% automatic surcharge added to cover the tip. We always tip 20% anyways, unless we get offended or ignored by our server, and even then we tip, so for us it’s not a problem. Consider it like Europe’s VAT if you need a reason to explain it to yourself. Or like Japan where tip is in the price already. You will enjoy it, believe me.

Also the bar is classy and huge, so make a reservation and go early for a cocktail or two first. We also might go just for appetizers and cocktails sometime soon with friends. They have lovely tables in the bar for just that reason. The cocktail list is enormous and they have multiple craft beers and a lovely wine selection.

Finally, the space. The dining room is big, with high ceilings covered with what looks like soundproofing panels to catch the noise. Net you can have an intimate dinner conversation in the corner and no one will hear you. Plenty of windows looking outside and beautiful hardwood floors. They rotate the artwork with local artists. Check it out!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Tableside entertainment (Joe Diamond) was really great. Overall amazing restaurant in an unexpected location.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit was amazing! Service was fast, food was delicious, and server was very friendly. We will definitely be going back.

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