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About Red Circle Inn & Bistro

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.

N44W33013 Watertown Plank Road
Nashotah, WI 53058
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Watertown Plank Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(262) 367-4883

Website:
http://redcircleinn.com/

Entertainment:
Tuesday evening Jazz Duo in the bar/lounge area as well as a lounge singer on Wednesday evenings.

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.

Executive Chef:
Mike Bressler

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 14 guests

Private Party Contact:
Norm Eckstaedt: (262) 367-4883

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

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!

Red Circle Inn & Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
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Cozy (17)
Romantic (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Business Meals (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Authentic (9)
Casual (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Fun (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Music (3)
Seasonal (3)
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Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tapas, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on February 2, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service, great food, great atmosphere!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Cozy, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quick Bite, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Great Beer, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 15, 2018

excellent food. excellent service. friendly. a real gem.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We were seated on time. Dining area well lit. Waitress had a great attitude and explained the menu, wine list and specials well. Every course was served on time without being rushed. All food was perfect, except that the roasted duck dish was a tad on the dry side. Wine was specially priced and my wife's souffle was gratis as it was her birthday. Overall we had a wonderful dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 8, 2018

This was aperfct choice for a birthday dinner... the beef Wellington was fabulous.. the grouper, was good although not their best ... sticking to the menu is a sure thing ... and of course the soufflés! They are outstanding! This is one of the few restaurants that I know that serves them. Our waitress was Sissy, and she was fabulous .

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We live in the Twin Cities and only visit the Milwaukee area once a year. Last year we stumbled on the Red Circle by accident. This year we made a point of returning. This restaurant is a gem. The ambience is great and the food and the service are even better. We only wish that we had such a restaurant near us. This time we enjoyed Oysters Rockefeller and a Duck entree but are sure that anything we selected from the menu would have been equally good. The server was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. 5 stars for sure

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went on a Saturday evening with friends. It has been some time since we dined at the Red Circle and we were very pleased that we went back again. Excellent service and great food. We were seated promptly for our reservation and enjoyed our time there. Two of us had the duck and two had the beef wellington. Entrees, salads and soups were excellent.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was awesome! We had appetizers, salad, soup, main course, dessert and after dinner drinks. Waited 15 minutes for cocktails upon being seated only to be told the bottle of wine featured on the NYE menu was not available. Ordered a glass of red with my dinner and it never came. Aside for some mediocre service, this place is one of our favorites! Downtown dining with the small town charm!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was 5 star. Food was great, service exceptional. Truly a rare find.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic food and service. It was a special evening and the experience was top notch. We will be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful place for a special evening! Our waitress was very personable and went out of her way to make our dining experience great! We will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service (Hostess & Server) was slow. It took OVER 10 minutes to sit at our table because we were trapped in the coat as the Hostess was moving very slow. It was cold and cramped in there. Then it took the server OVER 10 minutes to to get us our drinks. My New York Strip was not good at all. The fat was chewy and it was not seasoned good. For a meal that costed us $150.00 it was horrible! Next time we will go the 7 seas!

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food and service was outstanding. One of few restaurants that allows you to enjoy drinks and appetizers at the bar and transfer your bill to your table. My only complaint is when seated for dinner out there was very little space between us and other diners. We could easily hear their conversations and vice-versa.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The dining room experience was very nice. Good food and service.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was our 34th Wedding Anniversary. The staff (especially the waitress) was great, and made us feel special. Thank you for the complimentary dessert!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My steak was delicious and cooled to perfection. My partners grouper special was excellent also. The waitress was extremely friendly and helpful.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Have been dinning at the Red Circle for over 50 years. Never disappoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Meal was okay, but they have a separate menu in their bar that had more appealing dinners on it.
We were not made aware that you can’t get those items in the main dining room.
Service was good till end when she took orders from two tables of six before running our cc.
Finally asked another server to do it for her.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was delicious and service was wonderful.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had great service! Kathryn our serving was amazing. A very welcoming owner, Norm greeted us and sat us at our table. He truly cared about our experience. Thank you for desert

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Live music in bar on Wednesday nights so noise level is up if eating at bar. Yet good conversation level in main dining. Delicious as always and great staff, even with an event upstairs we never felt neglected and food was timely.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Disabled Access, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have dined at Red Circle Inn a few times for special occasions but not for several years. This return visit was a great experience and I should not allow so long to pass before going back. Food was excellent especially pan roasted white fish fillet. In fact everything that we selected was remarkable from the crab cakes and manhattan clam chowder to the special menu item, St Peter's fish (although the white fish was even better).
A draft from the dining room doorway was annoying due to where I was seated. The dining room is quiet and trying to ignore conversation at the next table was a small difficulty.
Service was friendly and attentive but not obtrusive. Dinner was served at a perfect pace. We really enjoyed the three-wine flight just to have a little variety at an economic price.
The Inn has a very fine reputation and our experience totally matched that.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always superb service and food. Celebrated birthdays and anniversary two nights in a row. Thanks Norm!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Love this place! Always great food and service. 2 different atmospheres between bar and dining room.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service and food were both great.
Have to say that the dessert (soufflé) wasn't anything special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Bistro area is quite small. We arrived a little earlier than our reserved time, were seated at last table available, which was one of the small two seat tables. Candle, flower vase and wine list took up extra space on top of table so don't feel you really need them. But, having said the previous, the FOOD WAS FANTASTIC!!!!! Cannot say enough about the flavor. Not being big eaters anymore, the size of the plates were just perfect for us. Will definitely go again and enjoy!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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