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Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.8
4.8
1077 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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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (262) 367-4883

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mike Carmona

  • 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 guestsRed Circle Inn Room up to 12 guests

  • Private party contact

    Norm Eckstaedt: (262) 367-4883

  • Neighborhood

    Nashotah

  • Cross street

    Watertown Plank Road

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday evening Jazz Duo in the bar/lounge area as well as a lounge singer on Wednesday evenings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. ML

    MaryLouise

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been happy diners at the Red Circle for many years, as well as curbside during the pandemic. They never fail to serve excellent food with impeccable service, but without pretension. The lounge has more ambiance than the dining room, but the noise level is quite high, as opposed to quite low in the dining room. The bistro menu is the same level of quality as the regular menu, and the bartenders are top notch.
  2. SS

    StoneSoup

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very attentive and pleasant. The host even had cheater glasses available "for rent" while we were at our table looking through the menu since my husband forgot his in the car. The atmosphere was elegant yet casual. As the dinner rush ramped up the noise level was a bit moderate but not annoying or distracting in any way. Food was very good, the hubby says "best risotto he's every had". Overall fantastic date night, we will be back.
  3. PK

    PeterK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Norm and his staff did a great job. We had a drink at the bar and were seated for dinner. Our server Debra came over right away and told us about the specials. All of entrees were delicious including one the specials, the pan seared scallops. We had a wonderful evening.
  4. S

    Sophie

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Located in a beautiful spot outside Milwaukee, Red Circle Inn and Bistro lived up to its reputation. Hard to decide from the excellent menu but 3 of us had Beef Wellington and the 4th had duck. We would order the same again!
  5. MA

    MAW1110

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 51 anniversary here. The menu has a good variety and the food was excellent as well as the presentation. The mussel appetizer was wonderful. My husband enjoyed the special entree of sea scallops and I had the beef Wellington. Vegetables were nice and crisp. Red Circle is definitely a place to celebrate a special occasion.
  6. JM

    JerryM

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class service. Great menu and food worth the price.
  8. g

    gregf

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive service by Debra, and comfortable surroundings.
  9. PL

    PeterL

    Milwaukee

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Red Circle Inn is one of favorite places. the food is wonderful. The service is excellent
  10. T

    Timothy

    Miami

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s hard to beat this place for quality, service and value. Folks are always friendly.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time in and we were very impressed. Very nice, simple decor. Cozy place for dinner. The salads were very fresh - could tell the lettuce was local or home-grown. I loved the Iberico pork skirt steak and the hash was awesome. My wife had the scallops and she said they were excellent. Had the lemon blueberry soufflé for dessert and it was as light as a feather - delicious. We will return.
  12. S

    Shar

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very accommodating and staff excellent. We will be back. Sharon
  13. MB

    MarkB

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We've had excellent meals at RCI previously; we were looking forward to celebrating our anniversary with you. I was surprised at the fact that the dining room was full on a Monday evening. I don't know if that lead to a staff shortage; our waiter, Sammy, was doing his very best. The wait for food seemed interminable. We were there for about 2 1/4 hours. We were eating for about 45 minutes of that time. We would have had coffee and dessert, but I was going crazy and we left. The food and cocktails were wonderful! The decor could use some sprucing up!
  14. A

    Anniversary

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    30th Anniversary Dinner was fantastic. Not rushed in between courses. Very pleasant dining experience.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  16. JM

    JerryM

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always
  17. KJ

    KenJ

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One this visit we tried the Bistro. It's a comfortable place to each and the menu fits our appetites. Amanda was great: helpful, friendly and professional. We will be back and hopefully bring friends with us.
  18. BR

    BillR

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really terrific in every respect. Cannot wait to go back.
  19. WS

    WhiteStone8

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A DELICIOUS Meal with EXCELLENT Service!!! We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our Anniversary at thr Red Circle Inn!!! We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this wonderful restaurant!!!
  20. PM

    PatM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy going to the Red Circle Inn. The food and service are always excellent and it's just a delightful place to dine.
  21. MB

    MarieB

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Red Circle Inn & Bistro is always excellent. Food outstanding, waitstaff friendly and efficient. We go there often and always recommend to our friends
  22. PB

    PatB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service with a great menu. Always feel comfortable sitting in the dining room or at the bar. Thank you
  23. BK

    BrianK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was great, the service was good except we were celebrating my wife's birthday and overheard the waitress (not ours) at a different table ask the couple she was waiting on if they were celebrating anything special. When the couple said yes, she told them they had a desert coming (foc). Our waiter never asked us if we were celebrating anything, I even put that we were celebrating a birthday in my reservation. Otherwise the food was great, priced right, and we will be back. Our waiter was very polite, quick, and overall very good.
  24. m

    momsshopping

    Milwaukee

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was our 31 anniversary and our first visit to this great restaurant. The steak was tender and delicious. I did request a change of vegetable that came with it from green beans to Brussels sprouts that was offered with some other dishes. Although it would not have made a difference, the server did not tell me there would be an up charge for this of $4. I also mentioned when I made the reservation that is was our anniversary. No mention was made of this while we were there. Although these little things certainly will not keep us from visiting again.
  25. JM

    JerryM

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  26. DP

    DianaP

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We hadn’t been to Red Circle Inn for many years but went last night. What a treat! We had a reservation and were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Our waitress was so friendly, the food was delicious, and we had a very nice extra! We will be back soon!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 47th anniversary at Red Circle Inn and it did NOT disappoint us. The filet was melt in your mouth and the lemon soufflé was outstanding.
  28. BW

    BobW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit and we had a wonderful time! The food was excellent, the staff was great and very attentive.
  29. p

    pjdevitt

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always top notch and the service is first rate.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We will be back!
  31. PG

    PaulG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to eat. Great food and great service. The people are outstanding!
  32. L

    Lucky

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for special celebration.
  33. W

    Wiscguy

    Milwaukee

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and excellent service from Vicky our server. Broad menu and wine list.
  34. JR

    JamesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very well run and great food…… it is what a great restaurant should be….
  35. SL

    SusieL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always great
  36. T

    Timothy

    Miami

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly spot. Greeted by owner on arrival. Table was ready and service began at once with fresh rolls and cocktails. Salads and entrees were serve at the proper time and were all delicious. Bonus was happy hour prices. Hard to beat this spot.
  37. G

    Giftcertificateuser

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soups here are always DELICIOUS! Beef Wellington is sooo good. The salmon with sriracha sauce is too hot. The soufflés are wonderful.
  38. R

    Redruby

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service! Nice place to celebrate our anniversary
  39. JB

    JBPB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good and service were excellent….again
  40. BH

    BrianH

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The warm bread, tuna appetizer, soup and salad, and entrees were very good. But something was amiss. My beer glass had a crack in it. After waiting quite some time was told no mint available for my wife’s mojito. Service for our entree was very slow. The sauce for my lamb chops was brought out after I had already eaten one of them. $60 seemed pretty excessive for the lamp chops for the 3-4 bites I got from each of them or 6-8 total. We were provided free desserts because we were celebrating our anniversary. However both the chocolate soufflé and the banana foster were not very good. Was not our best experience at The Red Circle Inn.

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 4.8 stars by 1077 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Red Circle Inn & Bistro

N44W33013 Watertown Plank Road, Nashotah, WI 53058

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Watertown Plank Road

  • Neighborhood

    Nashotah

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mike Carmona

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday evening Jazz Duo in the bar/lounge area as well as a lounge singer on Wednesday evenings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (262) 367-4883

  • 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 guestsRed Circle Inn Room up to 12 guests

  • Private party contact

    Norm Eckstaedt: (262) 367-4883

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