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Red Circle Inn & Bistro

4.6
402 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(262) 367-4883
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Bressler
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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 guests
Red Circle Inn Room up to 12 guests
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Private party contact
Norm Eckstaedt: (262) 367-4883
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Watertown Plank Road
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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.
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Entertainment
Tuesday evening Jazz Duo in the bar/lounge area as well as a lounge singer on Wednesday evenings.
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Special events & promotions
We offer 1.5 pounds of Fresh Maine Lobster every Tuesday! Served with parsley potatoes, sweet corn, and drawn butter. Bonus is the lobster bib that we suggest you wear!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 402 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed our dinners very much and had a very relaxing time together to celebrate our anniversary. Great food, wonderful staff and a place we will definitely go back to!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Although my wife and I have eaten at Red Circle Inn in the past, we were very disappointed with one of our meals. The blacken white fish was very good. As for the duck, it was at best "fair". The meat was rubbery and very hard to chew. The meat was also very fatty and the fat had to be scraped off before being able to eat part of the duck. This is usually one of the best parts of the duck meal if cooked correctly.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great dinner. Beef Wellington was excellent. Definitely will go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I have never been anything less than delighted by service, food and ambiance. Will continue to visit regularly, bring friends and recommend. Thanks Norm & staff for another great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Our Food was excellent,very hot, presentation was lovely
Staff very knowledgeable, and very helpful with portion sizing.
Helpful with seating and Special needs of the Elderly

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Norm...we always enjoy coming to RCI... and this time the Quilt Cabernet was a great new treat...Regards!

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The history of this restaurant is impressive. Three of us were here to celebrate a birthday. Two of us ordered the seafood starter for two to share; at $23.00 it was meager. The amount of soup in my cup didn't equal five ounces, but it was excellent. Our guest ordered a bourbon with a splash of water; it was delivered absolutely full to the brim in a martini glass (huh?) while his second, which he requested be served in a rocks glass, barely reached the 1/2-inch point on the glass. The pastry surrounding my beef Wellington was charred; the chef should be ashamed at having let that "thing" reach the table. I can only hope our server didn't realize the condition of the pastry or I would be more than a bit regretful at the generous tip she received. The dessert souffle came highly recommended by our server, so my husband and I each ordered one (because it was his birthday, his was complementary); if it's supposed to be loose, runny and tepid, they've got a winner (we've both never before had dessert souffle.) Our guest had an apple tart which he said was nice. My husband enjoyed the entire experience immensely but did reference the disparity between the portion and price of the seafood starter.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My wife and I loved everything about this place. My lamb was to die for and my wife loved her fillet.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

First time there and a good experience. Liked the history of the place. Good food, great service. nice atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our favorite place to eat when we are in the area. The food is outstanding!

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Went for wife's birthday my duck was excellent crispy skin but not dried out she enjoyed her veal . We hadn't been there in years now we have been there twice in the last month worth the drive, staff is friendly and accommodating .

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was my birthday they gave me a complimentary soufle it was very good , I had the grouper it was done great , the wild rice was a little crunchy but good flavor. My boyfriend had a new York strip very good

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

OUTSTANDING!! The food was absolutely amazing!! Our waitress was superb. Everything exceeded our expectations. We'll certainly be back!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service and food were outstanding. You can not go wrong with this place.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The experience was outstanding. The food was perfection; the service (Mary Ann) was superb, and the atmosphere was everything that you could want for a special dinner.

I had the filet mignon, and my wife had the white fish. Without question, it was the best steak I've had in years, and we eat out a lot.

The best recommendation I can make is we will be dining at the Red Circle Inn again soon, but this time we'll be taking our best friends with us.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

A Wisconsin historical gem. If you're craving a classic dinner dish, such as Osso Buco or Beef Wellington, this is your spot. Veal Oscar was a special last night and it was out of this world. The service was excellent and the Red Circle Inn is both cozy and elegant. Dessert was on them because it was our anniversary. What a lovely evening we had. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We celebrated 2 birthdays and had a great time. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent experience, friendly and great food both off the menue and specials

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Red Circle Inn was fantastic. Service, atmosphere, food - everything was wonderful. Our server, Vicki helped make a memorable evening and birthday celebration.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The best food I've had in a long time. Superb! And everyone was so friendly. Nice quiet atmosphere for date night.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We’re never disappointed with the Red Circle. The food is always interesting and excellent. The service is professional and complete! The ambiance is more traditional and not hip. But, the quality is consistently high.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Always excellent food, service, & drink!!!

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We were put off immediately when 5 of us entered the very crowded vestibule and were rather rudely told to move aside. Then we were seated in the most boring, windowless, ugly room. Our waters went unfilled even after asking for them to be filled. Our waitress failed to mention that the default salad dressing was a cranberry vinaigrette. It was only when taking the final person’s order that we heard about any salad dressing choices. Our waitress did nothing to engage us. C’mon, if you are charging those kind of prices, you better have great service. The meals were delicious, but we were pretty turned off by the whole experience. None of us will return.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The overall experience was very pleasant. The food was fabulous but a little bit pricey. The server Julia was fantastic. We sat in the bar which was just fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It is rare situation that combines a short drive, casual dress and elegant dining for a memorable dining experience. It is a gem in Lake Country!

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

This is our 'go to' special occasion restaurant. The bistro/bar is warm and welcoming, and the restaurant side is quiet and romantic. The chef is amazing; however, the sauce on the grouper special was salty on this occasion. The filet has never let me down. I love that they have traditional favorites such as beef Wellington and creme brulee, but also take risks with spicy fare and non-traditional items on their specials menu. We live in the area, but this place is worth a drive to Lake Country.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first visit. I was a little bit disappointed by the decor, but the service was excellent which can be difficult to find in lake country. Really wonderful server. Delicious dinner and cheesecake. We will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been to the Red Circle Inn several times. We have always found the food to be excellent. We love the Beef Wellington and the sniffles. We like the ambiance of an inn which has been there since 1847.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Consistently a special dining experience. A menu that offers seafood to meat to small plates and bistro dining in the bar. Libations always to taste. A wine list to satisfy any palate. Your meal is paced well. Service is friendly with great attention to details . One of our top five favorites.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

4 of us had an very nice dinner here. All the meals were excellent . We ordered the Beef Wellington, Duck Montmorrency and the fresh Whitefish fillet. The food was prepared perfectly. The entrees came with whipped potatoes and fresh vegetables. All meals came with soup or salad which were excellent as well.
The ambiance is very nice and service was very good but not intrusive. Prices are moderate $28-39 for the entrees we tried.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Red Circle Inn touts itself as Wisconsin's oldest restaurant. We had a nightly special (blackened grouper) and the lobster. Both were excellent -- the whole lobster in particular was a very good value at $44. For dessert we had a chocolate souffle, a rare find on a restaurant menu.
Service was excellent, but for some reason the waitstaff seemed determined to seat us near the kitchen in a dining room full of vacant tables. We finally prevailed on another table, but we later noticed staff once again steering diners to the table near the kitchen. There was live jazz duo in the bar, which competed with recorded music playing in the dining room. Finally, the dining room was a little cool -- maybe the table near the kitchen got some reflected warmth.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful food as always and great service. Most tender pork I’ve ever had and attentive staff.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Such a treat to have incredible food and off the charts service. Both of us were celebrating our birthdays and we were treated like royalty. The Cesear salad was terrific and the Whitefish outstanding. They treated us to a souffle. Neither of us had ever had one before and at our age..... We wanted to lick the plate, it was that good. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service, great food, great atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Very enjoyable with great food, service and
good wine selection for everyone

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a nice anniversary dinner here and would definitely return. Very good food and great service!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Red Circle Inn is a wonderful blend of classic upscale dining and casual elegance. We enjoyed every moment from fabulous wine, tasty salads, wonderfully prepped entrees, and decadent desserts. Katherine our server was professional and warm without going overboard. If you haven’t been here lately, you’re missing out. It was awesome!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

My husband and I went to have a date night/celebrate my birthday. I had not been there before. It is now one of my favorite restaurants! Everything was amazing! The waitress was great! The food was wonderful! Everything we had was delicious! We will be back! I recommend this to all.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The Red Circle Inn is a gem situated in the heart of lake country area. Great spot for quiet conversation with friends. We enjoyed drinks at the bar before being seated at our table in front of the fireplace (great on a cold night in Wisconsin). We enjoyed the oyster's rockefeller appetizer (which could've been a meal in itself). Everything we ordered was better than the we expected, Osso Bucco (2), Beef Wellington & the steak of the night New York Strip was all done to perfection. I had Veal Osso Bucco & I can say without hesitation it was outstanding piece of meat I have had in a long, long time! It came with the best bussels sprouts I have ever had & real mashed potsatoes. All 4 of us brought left overs home.
Definitely worth the price you pay. Although I would'nt be able to eat that way every week, it's a wonderful date night or gathering place to enjoy great friends & great food.
And leave room for the Grand Manier soufflé, you'll be glad you did!

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