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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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (19)
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Notable Wine List (10)
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Cozy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 hours ago

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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·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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 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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·Dined on November 18, 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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·Dined on November 16, 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 11, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 9, 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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·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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was very good. Service was great. Was fun to use the iPad for menu and drinks. It was busy. We were close to other guests. Conversations were not real private. My husband would have appreciated a little more light.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A classic in lake country. Outstanding food and hospitality.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We celebrate our anniversary and our birthdays here every year.
We love the Beef Wellington and the Veal Entrees. Lemon souffle is excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Hostess was great and accommodating. Waitress was very good in many service respects, but in understating how to ensure a customer’s preferences she was a little too cavalier; and the food that needed to be prepared just so had to be sent back and redone. Overall good experience but understand the food is in the fairly expensive category.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Red Circle is always a great place to dine and we go there every few months every year. The menu offers well-made options - I particularly like the filet, the Beef Wellington, the osso bucco, and the duck. There was a very nice sweet potato soup to start the meal this time. Service is spot on.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our food was amazing! I had the Beef Wellington and my wife had the Veal Picada. Our waitress was awesome! She was polite, informative and really cared and it showed. We will definitely be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The staff were very courteous and friendly. The grilled pork chop entree that I had was fantastic. One of the finest pork entrees that I have ever had. The wine selection was very good. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. The noise level was very low, making it easy to have a conversation.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent service, friendly, knowledgeable staff. High quality food, pricy, but good for a special treat. Order the souffle, for sure!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Other than the small, stuffy room we were in all was good.

Attentive staff, great flavor. We had 4 different steaks and the duck and everyone was happy with their choices

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Good, service, etc was excellent. Oysters Rockerfella were the best I ever tasted.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great place as always been going here over 40 years!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent in every way but a bit noisy. Great wine list, large selection of all courses.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Most of the staff was very professional. I liked using the iPad to look at photos of food items. The bench seating seems "cheap" for such a formal restaurant. I had guests on both sides of me, within 2 feet. It was too easy to hear other conversations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our meal and service were excellent. We will go back again soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Everything is great except the mussels, way too salty, and the porksteak, bland, no flavor.
I expect better food from a restaurant where everything else is excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary there with a leisurely early evening meal. Everything about the meal was perfect!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Fantastic as usual! My husband and I along with our son who was visiting from out of state came here for our wedding anniversary. Our meals were terrific! I had the lamb which was done perfectly. (A month earlier I had the duck and it was fabulous also.) My husband had the special Cajun halibut which he said was very tasty and perfectly done. My son had the steak special which he said was outstanding. Our waitress was very good and helpful for my husband and I have allergies and or food intolerances which she was very helpful in getting us the right food. Being it was our anniversary my husband and I both received a free dessert of our choice. I had crembrulle, my husband had sorbet and my son had the tuxedo cheesecake. All were fantastic! I really love this place for a fine meal without having to be very dressed up if you don't want to be. Highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Food and staff outstanding. So much history. Wish we lived closer!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always superb service; menu is limited but interesting; features are excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 5, 2017

My wife and I both had their beef filet which were done to perfection. Juicy and tasty as usual. This visit we had their crème brulee and I had their bread pudding. Both were great, but the bread pudding was excellent. I will definitely have that again. The wait staff is always great, but I have to say my waitress this time around had to be the best so far. Vicki, was attentive, but not intrusive and really listened to want we wanted. Her recommendation for the bread pudding was spot on based on my interest in desserts. Hostess followed through with my request to be by a window, great waitress and fantastic food, made for a great evening. Also the old fashion at the bar to get the evening started was really good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

The food (beef wellington and filet mignon) were fantastic. The beef had a melt in your mouth texture with good flavor. The shrimp bisque before the main course was silky and I wish I could have licked the cup clean. The only downside was that the tables were close together that it made me a little uncomfortable. I felt like I was dining with my neighbors and when the waitress served the table on either side of us, she was almost on top of me. I would definitely go back as the food was well worth it.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 1, 2017

They always treat you well. Friendly,attentive service. Excellent menu and food is fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Our server was excellent from helping with selections to being attentive and fun.
Food was acclaimed by all six diners.
The history told through photos and staff were very interesting.
A real gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The staff went the extra mile to make sure our business meal was a success. Thank you for a great evening. I will be back. Vicki our server was awesome.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 18, 2017

As usual excellent meal and service in an environment that makes it so easy to talk. Great

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food, service and atmosphere was excellent. I especially enjoyed the wedge salad - it was absolutely delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Fabulous five star experience all around. Outstanding wine selection and attentive wait staff. Started with oysters Rockefeller which were some of the best I've ever tasted. My husband and I had the filet and salmon. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the French green beans and roasted potatoes complemented the dish perfectly. Finished the meal with their carrot cake which amazing and worth every calorie. Highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I've eaten at a lot of restaurants over the years, and most in the lake country area. The Red Circle Inn outshines them all. Yes, the restaurant is the oldest in the state. Yes, they do focus on dishes that many places have abandoned years ago such as beef wellington. However, they are the shining example of how fine dining in lake country should be done. Every element of our meal was perfect. Here's our meal.

Drinks: I had a classic Maker's Old Fashioned, my girlfriend had a glass of wine. Old fashioned was perfect. Strong, but flavorful with just the right amount of bitters. A+

Bread: The rolls were warm, perfectly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Butter was soft, which was perfect for the warm bun. A+

Entree: I had beef wellington with garlic whipped potatoes and baby carrots. Perfect! Beef wellington can be difficult to master. They executed it perfectly. My steak was a text book medium rare, the flavor was outstanding and the sauce awesome. The whipped potatoes were very flavorful and the carrots (home grown) were perfectly cooked. My girlfriend had the halibut special, which was served with edible flowers(home grown), grilled zucchini and an herb sauce. It was wonderful and very nicely presented. Especially the addition of the borage flowers which really set it apart from other restaurants. A+

Dessert: We split the apple tart and a classic brandy alexander. The tart was flakey and perfectly cooked. A+

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Organic, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Dinner was delicious! Service was outstanding!

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