Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.8
475 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.
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.
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 475 People Are Saying
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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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W
Milwaukee
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice performing restaurant. Promptly seated for our reservation. Service was professional and expertly managed. Menu items were prepared as described perfectly and served hot.

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

As it has been on past visits, the Red Circle was great. Good and service above the rest.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mary Ann our server was outstanding.

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SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I have visited Red Circle Inn - the experience has been great. They have the unique ability to attend to you at just the right moments and serve your food and drinks with perfect timing and temperature.

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great setting and a really nice bar area. We ordered 3 dinners in our group, appetizers, several drinks, and desert. I did think it was a little loud in the dining area. Otherwise, everything was great... the only issue was that the pork tenderloin I had was somewhat over-cooked, which I did pass along to the waitress. I did not have them redo it, because we were a little pressed for time, and the garnish and sauce on them was outstanding, so it tasted great all-in-all. Salmon dishes couldn't have been better.

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LW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the alder planked salmon - delicious, fresh! Served with tasty potatoes and green beans. The old fashioned was best I’ve ever had. Thanks for memorable dinner

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love, love the place. Been going there for a very long time. The food. The service outstanding. This restaurant excels in everything they do.

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CC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great with Sissy. Food was fantastic

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C
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening in an understated elegant atmosphere. Did not expect the Veteran’s Day special event when we booked the reservation but that’s what makes a restaurant like this, a class act.

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l
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diners. Very impressed. Food was outstanding, portions perfect.

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PF
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! If you want a quality meal in a lovely environment, this is your go to place!

The service, menu selections and “extras” make this the restaurant a rare find!

You have to try a soufflé!!! Where else can you get soufflé???

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D
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service really missed the usual quality this evening. We ordered a bottle of wine and asked to have it brought with our entrees. When our entrees arrived, our waitress (Jamie) said she would check on our wine. It finally arrived about 10 minutes later, after we had eaten more than half of our entrees. I told Jamie that she should not open the wine, and we will take it home. She talked to the manager who told her we could not take an unopened bottle out of the restaurant. We had to open it, sample it, and have it re-corked, which we did. Upon completion of our meal, I asked for a box for the rest of my duck entree. When Jamie brought our bill, I asked about my duck. She dashed into the kitchen and told me my duck had been thrown away. She did have the cook prepare another duck for me to take home. This was not a very pleasant dining experience.

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TD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at the Red Circle Inn. Went with another couple. We all had delicious dinners.

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RO
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding as always. I had a New York strip, Oscar style, that was perhaps the best steak I have ever had. My dates Beef Wellington was excellent. Service was great.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! It is by far my favorite place to eat. They have the best carrot cake around! The staff is friendly and the food is always delicious!

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BL
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we are never disappointed. Everything was wonderful

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very classy. I would recommend do a special occasion or a romantic date. Reasonably priced for the quality of food.

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EF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great- food and service etc all excellent!

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PL
Milwaukee
43 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as always was well made and imaginative. The staff is very friendly.

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S
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Norm and his staff did an outstanding job of hosting us for this lovely Saturday night dinner .
Will be back soon.

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JN
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation was eye appealing & the taste was delicious. Our servers Catherine and Jamie made us feel special. We will definitely be back.

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EF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was excellent! Will be dinning again for our anniversary shortly.

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JO
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Red Circle at least 2-3 times per year. Always a wonderful meal, great presentation, great service. Has always been very consistent.

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BM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time, excellent experience. Absolutely wonderful food. Only so so food was souffle, which you either love or nah.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience for a first visit. Initially not super-attentive to keeping our water glasses full, but picked it up after a couple refills. I had the filet mignon and it was expertly prepared and very flavorful. My wife had the chicken ratatouille and it was very good. We split the turtle cake for dessert and it was very disappointing. The cake was dry and tasted like it had been frozen and then thawed and served. The icing was hard and dry. Lastly, and this is more of a pet peeve of mine, the butter was chilled and crumbly. When serving warm bread, you should also serve soft butter - that aside, the bread was delicious. We will definitely return.

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RW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable birthday dinner at the Red Circle. The food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent. The portions were generous but not overwhelming, so just right. We will be there for more special occasions in the future.

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SA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant would have gotten a five star rating, but our table was located right next to the kitchen door and there was a constant in and out and every server had to walk by our table. We wanted something quiet and romantic but all that ruined it for us.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Old and dated decor. Dark, no ambiance and needs a facelift to bring a younger, more vibrant crowd in. Pricey!

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k
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, salmon and crab cakes were amazing.

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JR
Milwaukee
233 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Red Circle Inn equals fine dining in Waukesha county. They offer a very prime, tender, well-prepared filet, and is one of few places that offers that filet prepared ala Wellington. There is also a great osso bucco, duck, and veal picatta.

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PR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, very knowledgeable server, delicious food, outstanding venue!

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CF
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable dinner. Everyone was very friendly and professional. The food was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this for a nicer dinner.

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AZ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really just a lovely experience. Great vibe! Jeanine the hostess/ server/ manager is the core of energy at the Red Circle Inn. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and the food is delightful. Every time we dine here we say “ why don’t we come here more?” We Look forward to upcoming wine dinners and the chefs thoughtful presentations.

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BO
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is so awesome! Treated like royalty. Our favorite place.

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DT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place with historic charm. Three out of four dishes were spectacular. Service was exceptional. Desserts were also to die for!

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OT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the bar area as we love the jazz duo on Tuesday eves. The bar does get crowded and noisy at times. Food is great.

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend Sarah and I really had a wonderful time, and didn't realize this was the longest standing restaurant in Wisconsin! The food was out-of-this-world, our waitress was attentive, and the atmosphere was beautiful. We've dined now at dozens of places in the last year, in we both agreed this is in our Top 5 of all time!

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LL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was was outstanding as usual! Will be back!

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DJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, the baked Brie & Grand Mariner soufflé were outstanding. The duck was hard to pull apart & would have preferred an orange sauce but it tasted good. Beans were very good. Next time we would not have the house salad

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