Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.7
539 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to this historic Wisconsin landmark in Nashotah. The food, friendly attentive service & dining experience was beyond our expectations. This restaurant deserves every one of its 5 star rating. We will most definately dine here again when we are in the area.

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WT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for Mother's Day brunch and it was wonderful. Appetizer of bluepoint oysters were the best ever according to my wife. My filet and eggs were delightful and cooked perfectly. Wife's salmon
was excellent too as was the service from Mary Ann. We'll be back again and again!!

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WM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Seating was tight and crowded. Overall however a good experience.

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S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in the world.

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LB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating a family get together, we met at the Red Circle Inn which was convenient for us Madison area people and the Fox Point people. Just the right place. Food choices for our varied group, attentive service and pleasant surroundings. We will return. The only negative part of the evening was a lost phone, most likely slipped off of someone’s lap.

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D
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. We celebrate our anniversary every year there plus we go for their bistro menu when we are looking for something quick after work

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vicki is amazing.

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TD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! My steak was done to perfection and the mussels were to die for. Our waiter was efficient and friendly. We had a new wine called Bonanza that was tasty and affordable. Bartenders were friendly and make a good drink. We have always had excellent service, outstanding food and a relaxing time at Red Circle Inn.

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JD
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Although the food was good the noise from the bar and overall feel was not great. At first they tried to seat us in the bar (we had reservations for 2 and the table was for 4) but with the noise level we asked to be moved into the main dining area -- we were next seated next to the bathroom -- not great. The dining area was mostly empty

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R
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A great and friendly place with outstanding service. Not great ambiance but it makes up for that in service.

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PZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend the Red Circle to anyone In fact we brought friends to dinner with us that night. They enjoyed it as much as we did!

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MH
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Oysters Rockefeller, Gulf shrimp and a wedge salad. I also had their cream of golden beet soup which was OUTSTANDING! To finish, we had dessert - an apple tart and the rhubarb crumble. Both absolutely delicious!! The best part though, was the bartenders!! Such great service by them and fun conversation :)

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JM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a special friend’s birthday

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CW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner, celebrating both my husband’s birthday and our anniversary! No complaints!

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F
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fabulous evening at Red Circle. A wonderful anniversary celebration.

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P
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service as usual.

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

Wonderful night out at The Red Circle! Had drinks at the bar followed by a delicious dinner and dessert in the dining room. Great service too. Highly recommend.

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

Great service. We had a small, private dining room, which was very nice.

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

Great service and and excellent meal. Owner, Norm is extremely friendly and ensures all guests are well taken care of. Waitress was knowledgeable and attentive.

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DJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening. Food was delicious!
Great service! Very relaxing!
We took dessert home and also a box of their famous delicious toffee.

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JO
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual. The Bistro/Bar area is very energized. The dining room is just right for a lovely night out. Celebrated our anniversary and birthday. Staff is excellent as well. Mario is always our request

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N
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal with friends. Steaks were perfectly prepared! Service was excellent! We will definitely be back!

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RB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful evening!

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good for a unique atmosphere with some history to it. Service was very good and so were the desserts, including the chocolate toffee that comes with your check.

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CV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is wonderful! Not to be missed if you’re in the area.

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OT
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have fined at The Red Circle for many years. Norm and his staff provide great food,service and drink. They never disappoint and it is one of the finest restaurants in the area. We’re ready to go again soon.

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s
Milwaukee
32 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our (requested) seating was in the bar area to listen to the music. We ordered from the "bar (Bistro) menu". I had the sliders (3), which were very good. One had the scallops rumaki. Scallops were deep-fried and wrapped in bacon. She said were good, but overcooked. She has been coming to RCI for 40 years, so was somewhat disappointed in this dish. One had the Seafood Wellington. It was a bit heavy with the salmon, but very good. These were smaller portions than the regular dinner menu, yet ample servings. The ambiance was perfect, as well as the service. We will definitely go back to try some of the other interesting menu items.

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

one of the best restaurant experiences in southeast wisconsin. Norm the owner is there to see your being taken care of, and the waitress is there for everything. Food is A+ especially steaks. Definitely worth the drive for a special occasion or just to check out the happy hour.

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MO
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and service love the Beef Wellington

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for two birthdays. Service, food, ambiance - perfect. Jeannie (our server) and Norm (the owner) go out of their way to make the experience wonderful every time.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance!.. definitely will be back!

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JL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was GREAT! The dining room is small so if there are people speaking loudly it's not really conducive to table conversation. But our server was top notch, and we would go back there in a heartbeat!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Horrible service

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GP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent- top notch. Ambiance was lacking. Fireplace was not lit. Bar was a little loud. But, overall the Red Circle Inn is a great place with great food.

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ML
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really wanted to give a 5 star review but just couldn’t. First, we were not a fan of the location that we were sitting. Our table was incredibly close to the tables on each side of us - I felt like we were dining with strangers. The food was delicious but not hot when it was brought out to us. I realize that it was busy (Valentine’s Day) but a warm Filet was disappointing. The service was fantastic but I felt like they shut off the heat at 9pm - it started to get noticeably cooler. To be honest, we will not be rushing to return.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for Valentines Day dinner and the food was great. Would go back.

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

Wonderful spot for a quiet and delicious Valentines Dinner! The staff and food were amazing. Highly recommend.

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KS
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Early valentines dinner, half price wine bottles, beef Wellington-can’t go wrong!

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D
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the food, ambiance, wait staff, and wine night special :)

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My duck was overcooked and dry. The rice was to salty to eat. The beef filet was tender, but not as favorful as other choice beef.

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