Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.7
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755 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.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The secret of their success is consistency of purpose

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PennyZ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Service, dining experience and food

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vipMikeO
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
12 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
11 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

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BrianL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dinner and cocktails. Interesting menu, great martinis and delicious raspberry vinaigrette.

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JenniferA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing! My first time dining here was in June and I
Couldn’t wait to go back!

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vipKarenB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Covid conscious and safe for everyone. Food was outstanding as usual. Really enjoyed being able to eat inside and not have to worry.

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vipPatriciaF
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience as usual!

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gregf
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, polite service and delicious food. What more could I ask for? :-)

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DaleS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio. Great food and service, as usual. Mosquitoes got bad around 8:30 so we finished dessert inside.

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GailB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would’ve liked vegetarian options. Perfect portions! Friendly and accommodating staff.

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MKEDiner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Without question, the Red Circle Inn has some of the best food in the Milwaukee area. I visit the Red Circle once or twice a year and each visit is the same - the most flavorful meal of the year.

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DanielW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table for three on a Friday night, for a birthday dinner. Our last visit here was many years ago.
Everything about our dining experience was outstanding from start to finish. Service was impeccable.
From beginning to end, starting with the crab cakes and shrimp cocktail appetizers. A filet for my wife, and a New York Strip for me. Our son had a Pork Loin / scallops surf & turf.
Nothing but praise for this wonderful restaurant. We will be back. Much sooner than later.

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KarenB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vicki our server was awesome. Fillet Mignon, Sweatbreads Portofino and Duck Confit was excellent Highly recommend the Ahi Tuni Poke

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Timbo
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. The mussels were perfect, with a wonderful sauce. The arugula salad was out-of-this world. We will be back!

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PennyZ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks where outstanding and the food is always amazing! We tried the new chocolate raspberry dessert and loved it. The staff is always wonderful and the owners must be very proud of their establishment. Red Circle Inn is always one of our favorite places!

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vipLuvGreatFood
Milwaukee
57 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Made a reservation weeks prior to dinner. Added a note to advise our 15 yr Anniversary. Asked to sit in the main dinning room. We arrived for dinner and were taken to the back room that looked like we were in the basement ( no windows or ambience. I mentioned I requested the main room. I was told no room available. We were then taken upstairs to an empty banquet room. It was 5:30 at night. Restaurant was still pretty empty. So I was very disappointed. )No mention of our anniversary. Dinner just was disappointing by the time it arrived. We are members of the red circle. And I’m just disappointed in the way we were treated on our anniversary as customers that dine with them often. I walked past the main dinning room twice during dinner and two tables were seated from our arrival until we left.

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vipBecky
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a a wonderful birthday celebration here. The food was fantastic and we were very impressed with the expensive wine list. We can’t wait to return!

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vipTomM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal there until our last visit.
My wifes filet was done to perfection but my oysters Rockefeller was burned. Very much over done.
We will return but I will think hard about having the Rockefeller again

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markw
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent, the owners and staff are great. We go at least once a month sometimes more.

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 755 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.