The Red Oak Restaurant

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295 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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TS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The price was a little high but the quality was noticed

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MP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant ! Great food, atmosphere and wait staff. You will not be disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service!

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, and will definitely be going back. They offer gluten free and vegan options!!!

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IS
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ussually great and wife's meal really good this time
My quiche was a little dry and dry was the lemon cake.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bar service is excellent. The menu is diverse and the meals are excellent. Another great night at Red Oak

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like that the gratuity is included in the entire bill. I feel that that the cocktail drinks were a bit expensive. The food was outstanding!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We like the Red Oak and their menu but the service last Saturday was not good. Our server barely came to our table, wasn’t confident about the menu, never asked us if we wanted dessert. It was disappointing because we always have good service when we go and food is good.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on April 4, 2019

I apologize for the disappointing service on your last visit. We strive to consistently provide good service and will revisit training with the staff. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

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Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We've been here once before a few months ago with friends. A good 1/2 way point for us. The first time it was good. Tonight we met up with the same friends, but had some concerns. We got there right around opening (5pm) and very few people were in the bar - our friends were running 20 minutes late. The bartender promptly gave us a drink menu to look at...20, yes 20 minutes later, she asked us if we were ready to order a drink. Really???! She was initially filling drink orders for the dining room - fine. But then she was putzing around cleaning glasses & chatting with other customers while another bartender was talking with those same patrons. She finally served our drinks, just as our friends were walking in the door. Our dinner - walleye special & ramen chicken were meh - underseasoned for sure. The steak tip sandwich wasn't top notch either. We were never asked how the food was. I certainly would not have left a 20% tip, however this place includes a 20% gratuity on all drinks/food, no matter how many are in your party. A European-type tipping system works, but only if the whole experience warrants a 20% tip. I give the overall rating ☆☆. Too bad...

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d
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beer battered walleye with lemony tartar sauce is amazing. Fun drinks. Nice atmosphere. Love the environmental sustainability.

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PA
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Their brandy old fashioned was very good. The food was okay. My baked cod was good. Moist and tasted good. My husband's walleye was a disappointment. It had so much batter on it he scraped off most of it. Their homemade applesauce was very good.
The service staff was very nice and attentive.
I really dislike that the restaurant automatically added a 20% .
Not sure if we'll give it another try.

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KS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Red Oak! The food is always delicious and interesting. It’s definitely not the norm for this area. I like that they use as much local ingredients as much as possible. I had the duck confit over polenta. The duck was very tender with good flavor. It reminded me of eating in France. My cocktail was a lovely pink martini (cosmopolitan). Then the dessert was pot of something. It was this not too sweet chocolate kind of pudding/mouse but more substantial! It was Devine! As always the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable! The atmosphere is interesting. They always have such great artists work to look at!
Yes it’s always a treat to go dine with them!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

This restaurant charges a “hospitality fee” instead of customary tipping. However the net effect is that the wait staff does not have to rely on providing excellent service in order to make their money but can be as rude and condescending as they care to be and still get paid the same. Only three tables were occupied the night we were there to be served by one waiter. He appeared to be more interested in providing the other patrons with details of his travels than with serving our table. When my wife pointed out how long we had been ignored during his extensive travelogue with other customers, he rudely pointed out that “we weren’t his only customers”. ....with only three tables. We had been anticipating ordering dessert but promptly left after his disrespectful reply to my wife. We have eaten here several times before over the years. The menu is imaginative, the food delicious, and well priced in a pleasant country setting. Nevertheless we won’t be back even though we had been eagerly anticipating this meal. Apparently hospitality fees, no matter how “progressive” it sounds, translates to “I’ll treat you the way I want and there’s nothing you can do about it.” Too bad a poor waitstaff ruined what should have been a great experience.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on April 4, 2019

I am incredibly sorry for your experience. There is never an excuse to be treated disrespectfully. We strive to hire and train staff that is motivated to provide outstanding service. We have addressed this failure with the waiter working that evening. We hope you will give us another chance to earn your business in the future.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cuisine, friendly wait staff and delicious food and drinks as always.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food this time was just too salty. I ordered the chicken and kale and both were too salty

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B
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to the red oak restaurant. The changing menu of food and drinks is a great surprise for anybody that is a foodie.

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MJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our March friends birthday party at Red Oak and it was perfect! The service and food were amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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LS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant! I make a point to bring friends as often as possible.

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. I recommend the steak sandwich and Ray our waiter was a hoot. Very nice and attentive. He recommended a great chocolate dessert pudding which is to die for. Love this place.

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JD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great but aspects needed work. Some of my meal was hot and some wasn't which was odd especially because it wasn't terribly busy. Our server wasn't the greatest. We had to repeat what we wanted several times. Our ice teas didn't taste like iced tea and even though we asked for sugar, it wasn't brought to us (the tea tasted like water so we just drank water). Everyone was super sweet because we did have a small baby with us.

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TR
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with wonderful food.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wanted to share a local farm to table restaurant with friends

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T
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty awesome. Casual but classy with unexpectedly good food. Will come back and so will my daughter.

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic craft cocktails and delicious food! Love the whole concept and values of this restaurant.

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A
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2019

Tom, we agree it was no excuse and just want to say we are very sorry we disappointed you and your family. We are working on making sure it doesn't happen in the future.

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KH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed the food, but do apologize for the lack of service and long wait times. While not an excuse we were not well prepared for the volume of guests we had on Valentine's Day. We do hope you give us another chance.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2019

I apologize for the lack of service and long wait times. While not an excuse, we were not well prepared for the volume of guests we had on Valentine's Day. Thank you for your willingness to give us another try.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 .

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2019

We sincerely apologize for the inexcusably long wait time. We were ill prepared for the volume of guests we had on Valentine’s Day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2019

I am very sorry for the disappointing experience you received on Valentine's Day. We were ill prepared for the volume of guests we had that evening. There's no excuse for the lack of service and are working to ensure that doesn't happen in the future. We hope you will consider giving us another chance in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we have been there and it was perfect.

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CE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on February 17, 2019

I apologize for your disappointing experience. There's no excuse for the cold entrees and lack of seafood in your pasta. We have made some changes to ensure that doesn't happen in the future and hope you will consider giving us another chance at some point.

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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 9, 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 9, 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 8, 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.

The Red Oak Restaurant
Responded on February 11, 2019

I am very sorry to hear of your disappointing experience. There is no excuse for the lack of service you received and we'll make sure that it is addressed. The apple variety is too bland and we're working with Brightonwoods to select a more appropriate variety. We take pride in the wild caught Alaskan salmon & humanely raised chicken we serve, however that didn't come across on your dish and we'll figure out why. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback we really appreciate it.

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

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Service and food was delicious.

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