Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.7
820 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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JeanetteB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service and ambiance at Red Circle Inn were outstanding. However, the food wasn't quite worth the amount of money we paid for dinner. I would not revisit this location again.

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ScottM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner there and it was just wonderful in all aspects. Highly recommend!! Very romantic place!

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SusanneL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Red Circle Inn was scintillating. Amanda, our server, and her wait staff were personal and attentive. Then, after our meal, the kind staff gave me a brief tour of the upstairs of the building as I was interested in the history and architecture. The experience was remarkable. I will come again.

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Great
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, prompt seating. COVID protocol excellent.

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CathyS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a local establishment that offers class, excellent food and friendly service, Red Circle Inn is for you. Please support your local small businesses!

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vipLuvGreatFood
Milwaukee
58 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We dine at Red Circle often. It’s one of my top 5 go-to’s in the area. Valentine’s Day was no different. I was not aware of the special menu. But they had some great choices. Just a little disappointed we were put in the back dinning room. I hate that room... it’s like dining in a basement. We arrived at 4:30 so almost all tables were available, but we were told the main dining room already had reservations. Made me feel like our reservation was not as important as someone else. Then my favorite part on Red Circle is the toffee that comes with your bill. They did not serve toffee on Valentine’s Day. Instead they made heart candy that tasted like wax. A special day did not feel very special. Especially with us dinning out has been cut back due to Covid-19 and concerns for my husbands health which is poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We loved our dinners, service was good except the hostess forgot about us waiting in the bar after we had reservations. Otherwise a good experience

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DeanS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Absolutely my favorite fine dining restaurant anywhere! Food is always unique and exceptionally good. The atmosphere is classy, cozy and comfortable.

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TImS
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed with a visit. My wife and I have officially declared the Red Circle Inn as “our place”!

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JaneL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Red Circle Inn has a wonderful supper club feel. The ambiance is quiet, relaxed and cozy. Our service was exceptional, Vicky did a wonderful job being attentive yet not intrusive. All of the food was excellently prepared and high quality; I loved my beef wellington. It's a great place to have a memorable meal and enjoy a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.

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vipKatrinaZ
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful birthday dinner! The food is always amazing!

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JeffH
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with excellent service and our meal was fantastic

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Lynn
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at The Red Circle Inn every few weeks and love it every time. Amazing staff, delicious food and charming atmosphere!

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Peppin
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Unfortunately our experience was not pleasant. It was an hour wait for our meal. The chicken was dry. We than got a complimentary dessert. We got home to eat it and the cake was dry and old. I would have had a better experience at a fast food place.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was better than expected, service was great, precautions were taken.

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vipTomM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

oysters Rockefeller was outstanding
the filet was also top level
never had a bad dinner there
service personnel the best

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JBPB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. The whitefish was outstanding as usual. The bluefish special was good, but a bit strong tasting

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Mary Anne was amazing!

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TerryLeahy
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, wine all wonderful. Mary Ann great

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Lynne
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend the Beef Wellington which is absolutely delicious. The Lemon Soufflé with Raspberry Sauce is also absolutely delicious.

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JulieO
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. As a lone diner, it was very welcoming. Food and service exceptional as usual!

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vipSJ66
Milwaukee
91 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red Circle Inn is definitely a dining experience for all to enjoy....special occasion, anniversary, etc. The service is outstanding without being obtrusive, but the good service is only overshadowed by the exceptional food. This is a restaurant that I would highly recommend.

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vipScott
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience here.

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CarolF
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Food is fabulous and the service great.

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Rick
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, service were outstanding! Food was definitely 5 star, plentiful and absolutely delicious with more than enough on our plate. And of course, the bark to top off an amazing, enjoyable evening. Our server, while we missed Vicki, was outstanding. Thanks for such a great experience!

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DianeH
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

I have been coming since I was a kid. This was the worst food I have ever eaten there we have had Christmas parties there also. It’s was disappointing. And our guests food was not good either.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We were seated in a back room that had no ambience — really bad, closed-off room! Still a good dinner, but I won’t go back without making sure of good seating!

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terryc
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always excellent. the best of the best people and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food.

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Giftcard
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fans of Capital Grill, Eddies, Mr.B's or Carnevors or any Bartoletta Resturant will be disappointed here. Mid tiered price and food.

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vipTJN22
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Honestly disappointing. We have been frequent guests at Red Circle over the past three years and generally enjoyed our visits. On this occasion, the entree was served lukewarm at best. The steak was warm, green beans cool, and the potato was so cool, it would not melt butter. To our chagrin, the server never asked us about our meal once served. We left without a dessert and likely will not return.

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vipEdwardo
Milwaukee
103 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always our place for special occasions as well as just fine dining. My Filet was perfect as was the Grouper special ordered by my wife and one of our guests. The other guest ordered the Wellington which she said was fantastic.

The owner is almost always there insuring that everything is attended to. just a great Independent Restaurant in Lake Country. Wisconsin.

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CarrieW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food was good though a bit over cooked for our taste. I had the duck & my husband had pork. Both sauces were excellent. I had salad & my husband had the clam chowder both again excellent. Our service was not spot on had to wait for my wine flight in fact needed to flag our server down. Both servers felt awful and made up for it with a free coffee & dessert. The carrot cake alone is worth the drive. I’d go back just for another piece. The place was nicely decorated and it had plenty of charm. Tables well spaced for the current pandemic. Over all it’s a special occasion place

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markw
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have always enjoyed going to the Red Circle Inn. Everything is always consistent and the food is very good.

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RobertM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner in all respects. The duck had crispy skin, hot, tender meat with a superior cherry sauce. Tha lemon sole special was moist with a light crab stuffing. Service was attentive without being obtrusive. All our wants were addressed promptly.

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GregS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server should have checked on us more often. bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

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Misty
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our dinner was very enjoyable. Our waitress was perfect; attentive and warm while not over doing it. Most of the food was exceptional. My only criticism would be the veal shank seemed rather dry and may have been a day or two old. Everything else was spot on. Virus protocols were followed.
We look forward to returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Great deserts on the house :)

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vipPeterK
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic!

My wife and I split the rack of lamb. It was excellent! We paid the split charge and each got a salad and vegetables and potatoes and it more than we could eat.

Omar gave us great service period and the drinks were excellent too.

Highly recommended!

FAQs

Red Circle Inn & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (262) 367-4883.

Red Circle Inn & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 820 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.