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Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.9
4.9
1092 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

7:00 PM


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

  • 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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4.9
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  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    We did have a nice meal on the items that were available aside from some borderline burnt roasted potatoes. We had a 7 o’clock reservation and two of the three different entree selections we made were sold out !
  2. EJ

    EllenJ

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Good was lukewarm and unremarkable- pricey for what you get. Service was excellent and place is nice
  3. A

    Annto

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Ree Circle. Always have. Always will. Try the veal!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, awesome service, will definitely be back again
  5. MO

    MicheleO

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service Vicki was our server she timed the food perfectly and explained the menu items throughly Fine dining! Wonderful we will be back!
  6. JK

    JimK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was inventive, well-prepared, and flavorful. We dined indoor where it was a little dark, but quiet enough to have good conversation. The food was a little pricy, but it was good.
  7. TS

    TerryS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the evening was first class. Our waitress, Debra, was great, along with the meal. Thanks for a great evening.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food. Main dining room quiet with great service. Gran Marnier soufflé to top off a wonderful meal and experience.
  9. b

    bdj964

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We sat outside and shared several small plates. The food was excellent.
  10. BS

    BethS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Chowder was incredible Main was very good Deserts... mango cheesecake and bread pudding were wonderful Amanda our server was fantastic! Friendly, checked in at the right times, great personality. She really enjoys Red Circle which was excellent.
  11. B

    Briang

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time as usual with excellent food and very friendly service.
  12. JL

    JimL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff is fantastic, the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is retro! This is a favorite place of my wife and mine. It is always excellent and the people taking care of you are the nicest in the area!
  13. DM

    DennisM

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The table was perfect and the service paced perfectly for our purposes. I don’t go to Red Circle as much as I’d like, because it is an hour away. But that I do go there multiple times a year, despite the distance, says much.
  14. DS

    DuwayneS

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a wonderful restaurant that we save for special occasions. The service is excellent and the food is the best. I had a special strip steak that was done perfectly it came with green beans and red potatoes. My wife had the duck which is the best she ever had. Our son had the scallops special which was excellent. We all had desert which was very very good. We always come me her for special occasions.
  15. R

    Rich

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been served by Vickie on many occasions. She’s friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient!
  16. CR

    CurtR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful anniversary dinner in a charming venue. Red Circle has always been a joy for our family. Not a throbbing, noisy place where you have to shout over the din to converse with table mates. Presentation of the entrees was very nice and befitting the preparation in the kitchen. Thank you Red Circle
  17. ML

    MaryLouise

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    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.
  18. SS

    StoneSoup

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  19. PK

    PeterK

    Milwaukee

    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.
  20. S

    Sophie

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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!
  21. 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.
  22. JM

    JerryM

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

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

    gregf

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive service by Debra, and comfortable surroundings.
  25. 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
  26. T

    Timothy

    Miami

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  32. JM

    JerryM

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. WS

    WhiteStone8

    Chicago

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 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!!!
  36. 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.
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. m

    momsshopping

    Milwaukee

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 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.

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 4.9 stars by 1092 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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

  • 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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