Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.7
772 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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Lynne
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with the service or food at the Red Circle Inn. Veal entrees and Beef Wellington are always delicious. Save room for the Lemon soufflé with Raspberry sauce.

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bruinater
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorites in lake country. The grand old restaurant is a great place for a celebration as we were there for my wife's birthday. The appetizers are always changing and interesting. The bacon wrapped scallops were a treat. The entre menu reflects the seasons. My side loved her three cheese ravioli. Dark chocolate hazelnut torte for dessert. Great wine list on the tablet. AND don't forget toffee on your way out.

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Debbie
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you want a really nice meal Red Circle Inn will never disappoint. It is above all others. There is a reason why they have been in business so long. Thank you and hope there are many more years!

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vipSushiLover
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was cafeteria quality and the presentation was weak. Not sure how they stay in business

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vipJRPMD
Milwaukee
278 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy having dinner at the Red Circle Inn. It's a charming, historic space with great food and service. Their steaks are nearly perfect in preparation, tenderness, and juiciness. We had a beautiful filet this time plus a 22 oz. ribeye that was so tender and a perfect medium rare. The only criticism was with the veal osso bucco which I didn't feel had any Italian flavors - very standard American brown gravy.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful dinner with friends here last Saturday night. The food and service were outstanding.

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JohnS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding. Only downside was that we were in a small room with two other tables and we could hear just about every word spoken at the two other tables.

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SteveW
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fun to get back to Norm and the red circle

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening celebrating my birthday!

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DonS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. It was one the nicest dining experiences that we had in many years. The food and staff were great!
We will definitely come again!

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. I'd highly recommend the Osso Buco. Only recommendation is that they should have more gluten free options.

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KayC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a wonderful dining experience here. The atmosphere is classy, the food delicious, and the service impeccable.

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vipPattiE
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Even with only three tables in the room, the table next to us was so loud that we endured all of their commentary and conversations and could barely hear to have our own. Server was great, food always great, just a bit too loud.

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LakeCountryDiner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. Seating on the porch meant occasional Harleys and big trucks roaring by - not much can be done about that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience as always. One of our all-time favorite restaurants in the area.

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vipFore57
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening out at Red Circle Inn. All wait staff were very professional and friendly. Drinks and food were delicious and served promptly. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The secret of their success is consistency of purpose

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PennyZ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our evening was wonderful. We enjoyed the house Chardonnay. We tried one of the evening specials which was delicious. Our chocolate dessert was sinfully delicious! And the service at this restaurant is always impeccable.

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randyg
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as usual. Service was great as usual. Didn’t care for wearing the masks, but not restaurant’s fault

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vipCooker
Milwaukee
46 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We went to Red Circle for our Anniversary We had very fond memories of this restaurant as our favorite for many years. Last visit before pandemic was not great but decided to try again. Still not anywhere near restaurant it was. Remodel has taken all charm out of dining rooms. Food was good not great. Restaurant does have outdoor dining and does good job with Covid precautions. Friendly and cordial service and greeting. Veal dish needed more flavor, Osso bucco also and should have been cooked til tender. Drinks were very good so go for appetizers and drinks.

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JulieO
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Service, dining experience and food

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vipMikeO
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual we had a great experience starting at the bar with a glass of the House Featured wine and In their dinning room we both had the infamous Beef Wellington which was delicious followed by a Chocolate Soufflés for dessert.

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Lynne
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrate our Anniversary here every year. The Beef Wellington is excellent. My husband loves the Veal entree’s. You must save room for the Lemon Soufflé infused with raspberry sauce, definitely delicious.

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MKEDiner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Red Circle Inn is one of my favorite restaurants. The flavor in the sauces is extremely deep showing that the Chef has invested time in developing each dish.

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TinaP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great attentive service. Red Circle Inn is a safe and wonderful place to enjoy great food!

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for food. The drinks were great. The steaks we had were very tender anf done to perfection. Our waitress was superb and even the ypung man was very attentive to our water glasses and empty dishes. I would highly recommend

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KeithR
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was a last minute, Saturday night reservation. We were pleasantly surprised how good the food and service was.

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vip5star
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have gone to Red Circle for years no it is our favorite place. It is extremely consistent with the food and service. Norm has done a great job with social distancing and I would not hesitate to return there or recommend to others.

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Sagar
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always great! We sat outside and the restaurant took proper precautions for COVID-19, requiring masks of all guests. Our server, Vicki, was great! She was very attentive and friendly.

We will definitely be going back there again!

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GlennS
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food was great and prepared to perfection. Been here many times and plan to be back again!

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dbqirish
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Red Circle Inn to celebrate our anniversary, and it was our first visit here. The staff were friendly and efficient. I had lobster, house salad, french onion soup and a lemon soufflé. My spouse had the pork rib eye, house salad, and creme brûlée. We were served hot rolls, as well. All of the food was very good, and the desserts were complimentary because it was our anniversary. The atmosphere was low-key and quiet enough for good conversation. I would definitely come back, and will recommend it to friends!

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AlanO
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Server forgot our appetizer and brought it out late. Otherwise it was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good

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vipMikeO
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have made necessary changes for social distancing and maintaining cleanliness all of which made us comfortable. As always the meal was excellent and the servers/staff we friendly and accommodating. Still one of my favorite places

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TomF
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vickie was outstanding server. The veal cutlets were outstanding.

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Dave
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was just okay and for their prices should be better. Server never told us about happy hour and just dropped items off while running by. Homemade chips were burnt. Sliders were good. Crab cakes not so great.

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DenneyZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff wore masks, tables were well spaced. We felt safe eating here for our special occasion.

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vipTomM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The veal was spectacular and the chocolate tart was amazing.
Service unrivaled

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Bill
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We regularly dine at Red Circle Inn, and we've never been disappointed. We've grown to expect that the food and service will be top-notch, and once again, that was the case. Our server, Mary Ann, was exceptional. She has served us on several occasions, and now when we make a reservation, we always request her.

Perhaps, the best thing that can be said is we have taken many friends to the Inn and recommended it to both friends and relatives when they are looking for fine dining in Lake Country.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always great food and great service

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 772 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.