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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.
Nashotah, WI 53058
Contemporary American, Steak, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Watertown Plank Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Tuesday evening Jazz Duo in the bar/lounge area as well as a lounge singer on Wednesday evenings.
Generous private parking lots adjacent to the building as well as immediately across the street. Additional on street parking in-front of restaurant.
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
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
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.
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 .
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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