Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.8
937 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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MarleneS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a very special restaurant for any occasion or no occasion at all ,this is the place to go . Absolutely the best!Norm Jeanne Mary Ann and Vicky they all do an excellent job and then some. The staff members are attentive and friendly. If you haven’t been here, try it ASAP

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PatS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Circle Inn never ceases to amaze me - its the best food, service, and
ambience that I could ever hope for. So happy to have them in our area.
It is always a wonderful experience dining there and it will continue to be
one of my very favorite restaurants. Thank you!

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VictoriaF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was our first time dining there and will definitely be back the food was amazing!!! Highly recommend the Au gratin onion soup or if they have the soup of the day cream of tomato basil soup. Also the veal osso bucco was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Disappointed

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rosaidaj
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great 👍 service was great 👍 would definitely go back

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KAS2
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always an excellent meal

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RossW
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Dining room is too cramped
Had to lean my head to keep from getting sideswiped by serving tray.
Wait staff had to continually dodge each other and step away from table just to let another through. Quite loud.
Decor in Dining room clashed with traditional look and feel of Bar and back dining.
Not sure why they are Serving Scotch in a snifter.
Mw wife had beet salad to start that was good but must have had a half pound of Feta slices on it.
My sweetbreads were not what I was used to here years ago. Reduction was verging on burned and on the bitter side and was too heavy for delicate sweetbreads.
My wife’s homemade ravioli was very good, and while my filet in my Wellington was cooked well, the way the pastry is formed, leaves many pockets of under cooked dough.
Have heard things here have slid and after this visit I must agree. Not sure we will be back anytime soon.
Used to be a favorite of ours, disappointing.

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MikeO
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an excellent meal combined with great service and friendly staff

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RogerS
Milwaukee
41 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ALWAYS GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE...NEVER DISAPPOINTED WITH THE RED CIRCLE INN....TRY THE PUMPKIN SOUP11

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PatF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Beef Wellington is always top notch - great place for a quiet and intimate dinner

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JerryR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from our server Vicky, delicious, well prepared, dinners, and a very pleasant surprise of a free dessert for our anniversary!

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vipTimothy
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint at the Inn. Friendly staff and great food.
They seem to anticipate your needs and treat you like you are the only customer.
Food and drinks from both the main menu and Bistro menu are terrific.
You will not be disappointed.

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CathyC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday night was our first time dining at Red Circle Inn. Online reservations were simple, we were greeted at the door and seated instantly. There was an abundance of very friendly staff, which is unusual for restaurants these days. The menu was interesting and varied, and the food was Amazing. (Leave enough room for the souffle after dinner!) With its cozy, warm decor and atmosphere this is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion as well as a date night.

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HollyL
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food courteous service and reasonable prices!

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dbqirish
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Red Circle Inn for special occasions, like birthdays and our anniversary. The food is always delicious, service is fantastic, and the ambience is nice: quiet enough to have a conversation.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was superb. Our waitress was Amanda. Food delicious too. We were celebrating an anniversary and it was a great choice to spend it at the red circle inn. I wish that you could still eat upstairs 🥰

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WalterK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always had a great meal and visit
Your dining room has comfortable ambiance

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KimW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our Anniversary and everything was superb! Amanda was our server and was the best - we dined on Beef Wellington, wedge salad, and had both the lemon and grand Marnier soufflés- all was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious beef wellington and wedge salad. The potatoes and carrots were very good also. Drinks were good and half price for HAPPY hour (6:15pm). Service was excellent from the bartender and waitress to the busboy. We'll be back. It was a pleasant surprise and very enjoyable. Glad we went.

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vipBill
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and service every time we go to the Red Circle Inn.

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vipMichaelB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food!

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JerryS
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Celebrated Birthdays. Great food and Service Excellent. Ambiance set to be darker in restaurant than would like. Will be coming back soon.

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MacD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good meal, and promptly served. All staff were friendly and cordial

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AnnL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro is a wonderful place to go for a special occasion. Our waitress was wonderful, very attentive and helped with recommendations. This is a pricey place so know you will be spending quite a bit for dinner.

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Miranda
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST anniversary dinner we could've imagined! Everyone did an outstanding job and the food was exceptional! Definitely our favorite restaurant in all of Lake Country! We will be back many times and celebrate many more anniversaries at Red Circle!

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barbarab
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Red Circle Inn. It’s great for special occasions.

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KimS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Unfortunately, our table was next to the dining room door and every time the door opened the draft as horrible. Food and service were very good, as always.

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CathyS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary Ann knows how to take care of her customers! We are part of the Red Circle Inn Inner Circle club. We went for our 35th anniversary. We felt spoiled and well cared for. Thank you!

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2eat4health
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This visit to the Red Circle Inn was not my first. It’s my choice for a special evening or for midweek dinning in the Bistro. It never disappoints
Tonight we had oysters Rockefeller for appetizer. I had a bowl of baked French onion soup. My husband had a house salad. For dinner he had
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Chops and I had Beef Wellington Perigourdine Both were excellent

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Calicocats
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining experience with so many menu options! Food was expertly prepared and beautifully presented! Highly recommend!

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PeterB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a nice evening....and for the anniversary dessert. Thanks, too, to the wait staff who retrieved the anniversary card we accidentally left behind from the garbage. Above and beyond the call of duty. Joan and Peter Bruce

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent, service was slow, it was very noisy in the restaurant. Our reservation was for 7 pm but we didn't get seated til 8pm

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vipTimothy
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is our favorite spot and it did not disappoint on our anniversary. I tried the Pork chop for the first time. It was awesome. Perfectly cooked with a number of subtle seasonings.
Service was friendly and very personal. Pace was perfect.
For my dining, you can’t go wrong with the Red Circle Inn.

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JIMC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding

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Lynne
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything was excellent. Server, service, food, dessert was all great.

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JenH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food!! The service was really great, we enjoyed our wait person. She had great personality, knew the menu and was timely with our dinner. Noise level was out of control.

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DebbieW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Staff were friendly and provided excellent service. We had a wonderful evening!

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MicheleP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall and the food was fantastic!

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MichaelS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is the only restaurant in Milwaukee area that we know that still serves soufflés.

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MichaelO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good service and great food!

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 937 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.