Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.7
866 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lynnfaith
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Red Circle Inn. The setting is quiet and pretty. Our server was very attentive. I had the whitefish and my husband had a pork chop special. Both were very good along with rolls and butter, asparagus soup and couscous grapefruit salad. There is a nice wine and dessert selection. It is great for a special occasion.

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robc
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I made our reservation I explained my wife and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary (June 8) by returning to the hall we had our reception, The Red Circle Inn. Both our server and maitre d' knew we were there to celebrate our milestone and were both wonderful hosts to us. Our wine, dinner, complimentary desert, and service was amazing and we were both so pleased and happy. We were allowed to walk the hall upstairs which brought back flashback memories of our big day and all that has happened since in our 30 year journey together.
Thank you Red Circle Inn for never disappointing, and always delivering an amazing experience for your guests.
Sincerely,
Rob & Lisa Casper

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JulieO
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent service and entrée selections. Curry Mussels are my favorite!

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vipSueB
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. The service is fantastic- so good. The halibut was excellent. It was so good to be back to see everyone and enjoy great food and conversation.

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DarinK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our dinner experience was impeccable! Martha, Norm and the staff create a memorable evening second to none!

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vipMamafox
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our friends Wedding anniversary!

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CHEERSTOTHEYEARS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Wonderful atmosphere. Always a pleasure to dine at Red Circle Inn.

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful destination dinner!
Charming ambiance and excellent service.
The food is outstanding!
I recommend the ahi tuna appetizer and one can never go wrong with the beef Wellington!

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JBPB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent as usual, service was not so much, seems to have been a new waitress, missed a lot of things(asking about the soufflé in time, wrong dessert delivered, no chocolates with the bill, etc), didn’t seem to have it together. Too bad because we were introducing mew ppl to the place and the service was questionable at best

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and attentive service.

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Lucinda
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to celebrate birthdays...consistently delicious meals and the nicest staff!

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BrandonO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service, great food! Waitress was extremely helpful with allergy concerns by going above and beyond to make sure the ingredients. Food was done perfectly. The room was full of dinners, yet everyone was at a reasonable noise limit (I personally hate loud environments when fine dining). Wine selection is not bad, though I would like to see a little more grape variety. You can definitely find some higher-end wine here, if that is your preference.

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DaveG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience. The food was great as was the service.

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vipJRPMD
Milwaukee
286 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

RCI has stood the test of time because of great classic dinner options, great service, and a great old building loaded with atmosphere. The Beef Wellington is like an old friend - I want to be reunited with it every time I eat there.

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Debbie
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. It has become a tradition with us to always go there for our anniversary. We know we will be served a far superior meal and we never walk away disappointed. Every time we go we say “wow that was just so good”. Thank you Red Circle Inn!

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Lynne
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, entrees were excellent, we love the Red Circle Inn.

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KAS2
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. We celebrated my wife's birthday. The food and service was exceptional.

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JBPB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent service as usual

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vipJerryM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent.

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KellyW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and food we have had in a LONG time!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not much value in the small plate bistro meal. Food was delicious but servings were very small.

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Doug
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic and always special One of our favorite spots!

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betsyw
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers wore masks and were great. Tables were nicely spaced and quiet. The food was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time dining at the historic Red Circle Inn & Bistro. We celebrated my birthday. I LOVED my little birthday card signed! Our server Amanda was so sweet! She made our experience joyful. I had the duck and it was cooked to perfection. A nice light crispy skin tender and juicy. I have never had a souffle. It was spectacular! So velvety. I told my hubby we will be dining there more often! Thank you to the staff for an excellent experience!

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MikeM
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a special place - great food - we had 4 different entrees & they were all delicious. Service is excellent. A real treasure.

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JimW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for any special occasion the service and food is outstanding.

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Michael
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and this was no exception

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LarryO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service at an exceptional value. Happy hour cocktail pricing is a winner.

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vipJerryM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had a table upstairs for the first time. We will go back soon.

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CherrylL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at the Red Circle Inn as we celebrated my 75th birthday. The past few months have been rough for our family with the loss of our dearly beloved son-in-law. Our dinner at the Red Circle Inn was just the right event to help all of us as we look forward to many more shared happier days to come. Thank you to our server and the chief for making it so very special for all of us.

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DelafieldRez
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RCI is our favorite local restaurant. We're fortunate to live close to the oldest restaurant in WI. Service is always outstanding and we love Jeanne. We had the filet and the portabella mushroom appetizer which were awesome. Their soups are always really good. We were seated upstairs and the bartender was great, but it was too quiet for us. It's time to bring back all the bar stools and bar tables on the main level. Also, not a fan of the mask wearing. It should be optional. Ready to move on!

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GLENNR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent as usual. COVID restrcton being observed effected the ambiance. Staff was great as was food. Love the creme brûlée.

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vipJRPMD
Milwaukee
286 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

RCI was one of the last restaurants we ate at before things shut down, so we chose it to be the first to go to when we had both vaccine shots and a few weeks time. Great to be back. The food and drinks are always first rate. And our server was terrific.

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TeddyRM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The kitchen staff was very loud and could be heard in the dining room carrying on their discussions and laughter, which was annoying.
The food was good but not exceptional. We had expected better from such an expensive restaurant.

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vipRogerS
Milwaukee
40 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Complying with all COVID regulations and we felt very safe. Never been disappointed and enjoyed a birthday dessert as well..

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an awesome experience. One of our favorites.

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vipTimothy
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly and outstanding service. Great menu variety and all selections we tried were terrific.
Servers were very aware of pace and made the evening a very nice one.
Always a nice experience and also a good value.

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MarkP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat in Lake Country. Great food, great history, great ambiance. Fantastic place. And the bar provides a more casual,less expensive alternative too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Circle Inn is amazing dining experience. From the Host (owner) to the buser there is not anything that could change. The food is amazing and the ho.emade toffee is a must have. Mary Ann our server had the greatest personality and knowledge every item on menu to the wine list. Could not ask for a better dining experience.

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Vita
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating indoors at a restaurant since the pandemic began. We felt very safe as tables were spaced and everyone was masked. Wait staff was very polite. Our waitress Vicky was great. I had the cream of asparagus soup which was delicious and velvety, followed by sea scallops which melted in my mouth. My husband had the special which was a ribeye, also very good. Since it was our anniversary we received complimentary desserts. The souffle with Grand Marnier sauce was wonderful. We felt very pampered! The Red Circle in certainly didn't disappoint! We can't wait to go back!!!

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 866 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.