The Red Oak Restaurant

4.7
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$30 and under
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American
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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RD
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellently prepared food and great service.

d
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The fresh menu, local ingredients, and enlightened tipping policy make for a gem in quasi rural Wisconsin. Even the cocktails use locally produced spirits. I had a brand new gin which was from southeast Wisconsin and made for a lovely gin and tonic. I had the trout over rosemary couscous and was over the moon. My wife had the pork chop with polenta which was cooked perfectly with a delicious char.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant! It never disappoints! The food and service is always excellent. Love the unique handcrafted cocktails. It’s always so hard to choose just one.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great find! Very nice but relaxed atmosphere. We could carry a quiet conversation. They emphasize local farmers and suppliers. The steak was excellent! Perfectly prepared. Service was great. We’ll be back!

LP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for special dinners. Birthday, anniverary. Etc. The food eccellent locally grown. The support locals. Thursday is Magic night. There is a magician that goes to the table and does s personal little show for you.

AM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service (esp Heidi and Lottie) !! Never disappointed

MG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, setting and service. Overall this restaurant is worth it.

DJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Red Oaks during Kenosha's Restaurant Week. We very very pleased with our experience. The waitress was so attentive to our needs, explaining in detail when we told her it was our first time. The food she explained is locally sourced as much as possible. She made modifications for my special diet. It was delicious, well prepared food. We will definitely be back

RD
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for restaurant week so it was very busy. Not sure if it’s normally that busy or not but if so maybe just want to work on speed of service a little. It wasn’t bad but it did take a while to get our drinks and the waitress seemed a little overwhelmed. I ordered the salmon salad and my husband ordered the fish fry. Both were delicious. The soup was a loaded mushroom soup which was ok. I was expecting more of a creamy mushroom soup but it tasted more like a loaded cheesy baked potato but with mushrooms instead of potato. Maybe that’s what they were going for. Still, it was good. Love the environment. Very cozy.

S
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Food always fresh. Love the farm to table commitment. Never disappoints. Fridays very busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good food. Pride in farm to table. A little tacky talking about workers wages 3 times from 3 different staff before even getting a cocktail. Drinks took a very long time. Wrong order for 1 guest took over 30 minutes to get the right order. Overall nice experience, might try again. Good place to stop for a night cap or before starting your evening out.

BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Service was excellent as was the food. Would have given stars, but two salads ordered were gritty...sand in the lettuce mix?? We told the server, not to complain, just FYI, and she cheerfully did not charge for the salads. Duck confit was to die for as was the goat cheese appetizer. The fries were voted the BEST by those who ordered them. Everyone's drinks were good, although the second cosmo ordered was not as strong as the first???? Will definitely go back as the food is exceptionally good and the service is always excellent.

SF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Vickie was a terrific server who explained the restaurant, their offerings, etc. with clarity and enthusiasm. Absolutely LOVE the fact that restaurant sources locally wherever possible, and makes food from scratch whenever possible. The automatic 20% hospitality fee (rather than traditional tipping) is great since their focus is on a more livable wage for ALL their staff, not just front-of-house. Restaurant is easy to get to. Am very much looking forward to seeing their February/March menu - which changes every other month. Definitely will be back again and again.

F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a true farm to table restaurant! The service and food was amazing – highly recommend. The concept that they adjust the menu accordingly to the seasons makes every occasion a delight!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This was our first visit to The Red Oak Restaurant. While the ambience was nice and the service great, the food was mediocre. We ordered the $16 tenderloin sliders (2 sliders), the $13 black bean and mushroom burger and fries. The 2- sliders were quite small for $16 and the Black bean and Mushroom burger had the consistency of mashed potatoes. That said, the fries were quite good.

BD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant updates the menu every month depending on availability of produce. This is a farm to table restaurant. All the entrees served to our group of four were excellent. The gratuity for service is automatically added to the bill, in lieu of tipping. A great concept and we really felt the whole team provided great service.

d
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! It is so nice to have such high quality dining available out here. The place was jumping which makes me optimistic for a long future. I had the lamb shank over polenta. The lamb was fall off the bone tender and the polenta was delicious. My wife had the tenderloin sliders and they were equally amazing. Add the Bourbon old fashioned with local whiskey and rosemary simple syrup and I could have stayed all night!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Everything about it! The atmosphere, the variety on the menu, the fun drink menu and everything that I’ve had as my meal is fabulous! Sonos the service l! Can’t wait to go back again!

b
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome delicious, our waitress, best ever. Loved everything about the dining experience . My group enjoyed it as much as I, we all will return.

RK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate there for the first time on Friday, 17th of January. Just walking in, we fell in love. We had Mike , which I recommend highly. From the get go, it was a great experience.

F
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit off the beaten path, this restaurant was a wonderful find! The ambiance was homey, festive, and truly welcoming. The menu changes regularly and features locally sourced ingredients, and they were combined perfectly in the seafood chowder and arugula, apple, and walnut salad I tried. Their cocktail menu was impressive, and their Winter Old Fashioned was delicious. My server and other members of the team were attentive and knowledgeable.

RD
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another amazing meal here. The food was amazing and the service attentive. Truly a fun delicious time.

c
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there last night and service was great from the start. Very friendly and all of the food arrived on time. The chef (Josh) even came out to introduce himself and give us a bit of history, as well as how they manage their menu. The pork chops were amazing, the roasted chicken and filet were awesome as well. All were cooked to perfection.

The mussel/sausage starter was very tasty as well.

The bar/restaurant were clean and even though the eating area is a somewhat large area, the ceiling had what appeared to be dampening panels; our party of 4 never had an issue hearing each other.

We will be back.

AH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Oak had a great menu and the service level was exceptional! Will definitely be going back!

MS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Red Oak is a 'living wage' establishment, meaning they automatically add 20% gratuity to your bill, which is shared with all employees. Prices are reasonable and the automatic 20% tip was not a problem for us since the service team we experienced left us smiling and satisfied. Great service from the Hostess that greeted us, to Lottie the Bartender that served us a fabulous holiday rosemary infused old fashion, to Holly our competent and friendly server, to Heidi the Manager! The menu was complete with something for every palate. Would highly recommend The Red Oak Restaurant!

SR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice time! Would like to come back again for dinner and try their brunch.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people and food

RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I recommend the Red Oak...the food was prepared to look, smell and taste great. The rural location was a plus for me (easy parking, country view, farm to table, locally sourced).

AH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly excellent food, appropriate portions and superb service. A well stocked bar with wide variety of uncommon alcohol and interesting drink menu. A truly hidden gem.

BD
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sometimes it’s nice to step outside the box and enjoy well prepared food and fantastic service.

EV
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience with the new and improved Red Oak Restaurant. We were greeted promptly and pleasantly - and it only got better from there! Our server (Mike) was really friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. He kept our drinks refreshed and checked back often to make sure we were ok. Our food was outstanding! We will definitely recommend this restaurant and are looking forward to returning to taste more of their delicious food!

FL
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Normally in Wisconsin, a restaurant in the middle of the country is going to be bar/pub fare. Not this place! Pleasantly surprised and will go back. Food tasted great. New foodie find in southern WI - more are popping up! Genuine farm to fork - hospitable service!

RD
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service to match. Love this place!!

SB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully creative and delicious food and great farm to table concept. Greatly enjoyed ourselves

JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite brunch place! We'll be back! The pumpkin pancakes were stellar!

OT
Milwaukee
75 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sustainable food and fair gratuity policies apply. The fish, veggies and desert were very good. Excellent wait service.

LA
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to go to the Red Oak every time I visit my parents. I believe the first time I found out about the restaurant was a year and a half ago when my wife and I were visiting from Nashville, TN. We all loved it and since then my parents take other people who visit them to Red Oak and everyone who has gone loved the atmosphere, food, and service. It will always be the restaurant to go to when visiting.

KK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Oak has quickly become our #1 favorite place to go when we want the absolute best dining experience in the area. We love going at least once (and preferably more) for each new season’s menu. The staff, the service and the incredible food and drinks get five stars from us at every visit, without fail.

MJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met a long time friend here for a much needed catch up. Had a wonderful dinner over a 2 1\2 hour time period. No pressure to eat and get out. Food was delicious and service was terrific. Already recommended it to others.

RD
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food here was local and amazing. Prepared properly and well seasoned. The service is to match with friendly, welcoming staff. This is a must visit.