Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.6
417 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Good for Anniversaries
Nestled in the heart of "Lake Country" just 30 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Oldest Restaurant continues its 163 year storied tradition of fine cuisine and hospitality. Be it a fresh fillet of fish or seafood, an in-house center-cut butchered steak, prime veal or creative Bistro "Small Plates" at our bar, your table and our fine cuisine is waiting. Spirits, assorted brews, wine by the bottle and over 25 by the glass from sparklers to big reds with insured freshness due to our special wine system, await your selection. Be it an intimate table of two, a private dinner for 10 or a grand event for 250, please join us at our critically acclaimed Inn.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(262) 367-4883
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Carmona
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Private party facilities
Large receptions and banquets for 240 seated guests or 350 for culinary station events. Various private dining rooms available as follows:
Garden Room w/bar up to 240 guests w/dance floor 175.
Patio Room w/bar and grand fireplace up to 120 guests w/dance floor 100.
Green Room up to 28 guests
Red Circle Inn Room up to 12 guests
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Private party contact
Norm Eckstaedt: (262) 367-4883
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Watertown Plank Road
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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.
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Entertainment
Tuesday evening Jazz Duo in the bar/lounge area as well as a lounge singer on Wednesday evenings.
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Special events & promotions
We offer 1.5 pounds of Fresh Maine Lobster every Tuesday! Served with parsley potatoes, sweet corn, and drawn butter. Bonus is the lobster bib that we suggest you wear!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 417 People Are Saying
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Terrific environment, attentive and knowledgeable servers. Were familiar with and attentive to gluten free needs of the diners. the staff are fun people to be with.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Always an excellent experience. Professional staff and excellent food. Nicely presented

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Service was somewhat slow but friendly. When dinner was served, we were asked to order a souffle' if we wanted for dessert, because of 20 minute prep time. We did. They were delivered to our table 50 minutes later and 20 minutes after entrée dishes were cleared. Food was good, but not outstanding. Meat of pork trio was dry. Beef Wellington and filet were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and service - Mother’s Day brunch - dinner. 5 course dinner for less than $70 for 2
Very efficient service as well.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for a Mother's Day brunch. It was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great personal service, attentive staff. The lamb was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Service and presentation were impeccable. I had a mango and strawberry salad which was delicious. Wanting to save room for the 20 layer strawberry crepe dessert, I had the halibut appetizer special, which was delicious. My husband enjoyed the osso bucco, but said it was on the bland side. When my dessert arrived, it was beautifully presented, but not so delicious I felt the need to finish. Usually Red Circle is a step or two above this review. We hope to return to the amazing dinner we usually enjoy.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We stopped in for small plates and were so pleased to find that they had exactly what we wanted in the "Bistro" bar side. Friendly and helpful owner, excellent service and delicious food. We cannot wait to return for lobster night!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Because this is the oldest restaurant in Wisconsin and we've known its name and reputation forever, we were sure we'd been here before. Turned out to be our first visit, but it won't be our last. Chosen for a birthday celebration, the evening was perfect--excellent service, delicious food, plenty of menu options. We left happy.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Reservations made through Open Table, with a comment that the special occasion was for a birthday. We were seated immediately. Kathryn, our waitress, was excellent. She started out by explaining the specials, and then left an iPad at our table to view the menu, which has a visual display of all entrees. We ordered a crab cakes appetizer, and cocktail before dinner. Our selected entrees were the duck and white fish. Each were excellent. Brought half home for later. Salad and rolls are served before the meal. After dinner, we had an after dinner drink and a dessert. No mention was ever made to acknowledge the birthday. Other than that one blip, it was a wonderful meal and experience. In addition to our excellent waitress, the other staff (including the hostess) chipped in whenever water glasses or coffees needed filling. They also cleared used tables and prepares them for the next diners, leaving the waitresses the time to concentrate on the seated diners. We liked the fact that everyone worked well together and things flowed so smoothly.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

First time there for us. Service was great. The server (Oops forgot her name!) knew all the specials without any help of cheat sheet!Just enough service for our dining experience. Carrot cake perfect to end the night!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and fantastic service. Lamb was delicious and the soufflés were wonderful. Only criticism was that the seafood sampler was a bit small considering the price.

Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The Staff was great and the food was excellent! What a great time for all of us.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Service was great. Seating was a little cramped. Food was OK, the Beef Wellington had no flavor, the Veal Piccata was very tender. Overall a nice place but there are many better options for us.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our meal was outstanding . The wait staff was great. Our waitress was very noligable of the menu. Two of us had the Halibut and one had a steak all three we very good. We will be back again.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We enjoyed our dinners very much and had a very relaxing time together to celebrate our anniversary. Great food, wonderful staff and a place we will definitely go back to!

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Although my wife and I have eaten at Red Circle Inn in the past, we were very disappointed with one of our meals. The blacken white fish was very good. As for the duck, it was at best "fair". The meat was rubbery and very hard to chew. The meat was also very fatty and the fat had to be scraped off before being able to eat part of the duck. This is usually one of the best parts of the duck meal if cooked correctly.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great dinner. Beef Wellington was excellent. Definitely will go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I have never been anything less than delighted by service, food and ambiance. Will continue to visit regularly, bring friends and recommend. Thanks Norm & staff for another great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Our Food was excellent,very hot, presentation was lovely
Staff very knowledgeable, and very helpful with portion sizing.
Helpful with seating and Special needs of the Elderly

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Norm...we always enjoy coming to RCI... and this time the Quilt Cabernet was a great new treat...Regards!

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The history of this restaurant is impressive. Three of us were here to celebrate a birthday. Two of us ordered the seafood starter for two to share; at $23.00 it was meager. The amount of soup in my cup didn't equal five ounces, but it was excellent. Our guest ordered a bourbon with a splash of water; it was delivered absolutely full to the brim in a martini glass (huh?) while his second, which he requested be served in a rocks glass, barely reached the 1/2-inch point on the glass. The pastry surrounding my beef Wellington was charred; the chef should be ashamed at having let that "thing" reach the table. I can only hope our server didn't realize the condition of the pastry or I would be more than a bit regretful at the generous tip she received. The dessert souffle came highly recommended by our server, so my husband and I each ordered one (because it was his birthday, his was complementary); if it's supposed to be loose, runny and tepid, they've got a winner (we've both never before had dessert souffle.) Our guest had an apple tart which he said was nice. My husband enjoyed the entire experience immensely but did reference the disparity between the portion and price of the seafood starter.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My wife and I loved everything about this place. My lamb was to die for and my wife loved her fillet.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

First time there and a good experience. Liked the history of the place. Good food, great service. nice atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our favorite place to eat when we are in the area. The food is outstanding!

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Went for wife's birthday my duck was excellent crispy skin but not dried out she enjoyed her veal . We hadn't been there in years now we have been there twice in the last month worth the drive, staff is friendly and accommodating .

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was my birthday they gave me a complimentary soufle it was very good , I had the grouper it was done great , the wild rice was a little crunchy but good flavor. My boyfriend had a new York strip very good

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

OUTSTANDING!! The food was absolutely amazing!! Our waitress was superb. Everything exceeded our expectations. We'll certainly be back!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service and food were outstanding. You can not go wrong with this place.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The experience was outstanding. The food was perfection; the service (Mary Ann) was superb, and the atmosphere was everything that you could want for a special dinner.

I had the filet mignon, and my wife had the white fish. Without question, it was the best steak I've had in years, and we eat out a lot.

The best recommendation I can make is we will be dining at the Red Circle Inn again soon, but this time we'll be taking our best friends with us.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

A Wisconsin historical gem. If you're craving a classic dinner dish, such as Osso Buco or Beef Wellington, this is your spot. Veal Oscar was a special last night and it was out of this world. The service was excellent and the Red Circle Inn is both cozy and elegant. Dessert was on them because it was our anniversary. What a lovely evening we had. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We celebrated 2 birthdays and had a great time. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent experience, friendly and great food both off the menue and specials

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Red Circle Inn was fantastic. Service, atmosphere, food - everything was wonderful. Our server, Vicki helped make a memorable evening and birthday celebration.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The best food I've had in a long time. Superb! And everyone was so friendly. Nice quiet atmosphere for date night.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We’re never disappointed with the Red Circle. The food is always interesting and excellent. The service is professional and complete! The ambiance is more traditional and not hip. But, the quality is consistently high.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Always excellent food, service, & drink!!!

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We were put off immediately when 5 of us entered the very crowded vestibule and were rather rudely told to move aside. Then we were seated in the most boring, windowless, ugly room. Our waters went unfilled even after asking for them to be filled. Our waitress failed to mention that the default salad dressing was a cranberry vinaigrette. It was only when taking the final person’s order that we heard about any salad dressing choices. Our waitress did nothing to engage us. C’mon, if you are charging those kind of prices, you better have great service. The meals were delicious, but we were pretty turned off by the whole experience. None of us will return.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The overall experience was very pleasant. The food was fabulous but a little bit pricey. The server Julia was fantastic. We sat in the bar which was just fantastic.

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