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Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro, Belleville, WI

Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro

4.8
4.8
402 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table

Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is located on the banks of the lovely Sugar River in Paoli, WI. The Schoolhouse was built in 1864 and was converted into a restaurant in 2008.

Enjoy a meal in our beautiful bistro or on the deck/patio as weather permits. We have a great selection of wine, cocktails, and carry a variety of domestic and craft beers.

The Schoolhouse is also a great venue for small events - micro weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, and any other celebrations!

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Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, American, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (608) 848-6261

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Luis Garcia

  • Private party facilities

    We book private events tailored to your specific needs. Please call for details! 608-848-6261

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Parking details

    Also Available Street Parking- No Cost Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Madison Shakespeare Company Performance

    Jun 5, 2022 only
    Join us for Sunday dinner & a great performance by Madison Shakespeare Company

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Guajillo Moules & Frites$18.00

    Guajillo cream sauce | Elmer's Farm chorizo | fresh herbs | grilled lemon | garlic aioli

    • Brie en Crouté$16.00

      Berry compote | local granola | honey

      • Bread & Butter$6.00

        Sourdough baguette | locally hand-rolled butter

        • Soup du Jour$7.00

          Salads

          Add to your salad | chicken $6 | halibut $15

          • Spinach & Grilled Scallops*$18.00

            Lardons | red onion | local egg | pecans | parmesan | asiago | warm orange bacon dressing

            • Bistro$8.00

              Bib lettuce | pickled shallots | radishes | walnuts | parmesan | citrus vinaigrette

              • Schoolhouse$8.00

                Local greens | radishes | cucumbers | carrots | red onion | cherry tomatoes | tarragon dressing

                Last updated: February 27, 2022

                What 402 people are saying

                Overall ratings and reviews

                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                4.8
                4.8 based on recent ratings
                • 4.8Food
                • 4.8Service
                • 4.8Ambience
                • 4.6Value

                NoiseModerate

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                1. A

                  Anonymous

                  Milwaukee

                  7 reviews

                  5.0

                  7 reviews

                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  We had a great brunch with friends! We arrived and was greeted with smiles from the host right away and shown to our table. As we were seated, our server approached us and notified that she was going to be with us shortly as she looked somewhat busy. We were okay with that for it gave us time to decided on what we wanted to eat. Once she took our order and we waited for our food, we noticed that the staff were super busy but still attentive. Our food arrived perfectly presented and so very delicious. From the appetizers, to the main entres, and dessert! We asked to speak to a manager to give our compliments to Chef Luis (glad his name is on the menu!) and the staff, but we were told there was no manager present. We found that a bit odd and unfortunate. So here we are trying to RAVE about the food and the service. We will be back!

                2. DL

                  DakotaLard

                  Baltimore

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Sunday morning. Service was welcoming and very professional. Very patient with first timers there. Everybody finished their plates and commented how delicious it was. Definitely will be back

                3. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  Pittsburgh

                  3 reviews

                  vip
                  5.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Great dining experience to celebrate graduation - atmosphere, ambience were first rare - food and cocktails spectacular- loved it all

                4. KR

                  KathrineR

                  New York Area

                  16 reviews

                  3.0

                  16 reviews

                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                  We came for a pre-theatre lunch. We were seated in a pretty but empty room then forgotten. We had to find staff to take our order. The food was very good, and the setting was pretty. Service was not the greatest.

                5. JE

                  JasonE

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Great food, service and ambiance. Will definitely be back!

                6. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  New York Area

                  5 reviews

                  5.0

                  5 reviews

                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Very special place! I want to come back soon.

                7. A

                  Annp

                  Chicago

                  11 reviews

                  vip
                  5.0

                  11 reviews

                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Everything, as usual was delicious ❤️

                8. PB

                  PeterB

                  Milwaukee

                  6 reviews

                  5.0

                  6 reviews

                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Great Mother’s Day celebration. Loved the avocado toast with salmon lox and fried egg on top. Side salad served with it also good. The lavender crème brûlée’s is awesome

                9. PL

                  PatriciaL

                  Milwaukee

                  7 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  7 reviews

                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                  The ambiance got a lower rating because we were off in the side room to be away from the music.

                10. CD

                  ChrisD

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Lovely atmosphere, kind wait staff-delicious food!

                11. RD

                  ReturnDiner

                  Chicago

                  8 reviews

                  5.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  It was our first visit and we will be back for sure. Everything was perfect and I highly recommend!

                12. E

                  Emily

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  If I could give 6 stars, I would! The food and the service were phenomenal! I ordered the Cacio Pepe e Funghi and my husband ordered the filet. Both were delicious!

                13. MP

                  MaryP

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  We could not have had a more enjoyable experience! Our waiter Bryan was amazing! Be back soon!

                14. DC

                  DoorCountyFan

                  Milwaukee

                  12 reviews

                  vip
                  5.0

                  12 reviews

                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Charming restaurant with excellent food and service. My haddock was delicious. Would order it again, moist, not dry. Would have liked more sauce but overall 5star restaurant.

                15. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  Chicago

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                  overall5food5service3ambience5

                  Absolutely adorable. T

                16. JP

                  JohnP

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  I really enjoyed the food and the service as well as the setting was terrific!

                17. KG

                  KayG

                  Milwaukee

                  25 reviews

                  vip
                  5.0

                  25 reviews

                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Hidden gem in Paoli area. Loved the ambiance, food and service. Metsy, our server was fun, friendly and made our dinner an enjoyable experience. We went there for anniversary dinner and felt special.

                18. AM

                  AnneMcDade

                  Milwaukee

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                  overall3food5service5ambience2

                  Loved the food and our waiter was awesome. We were sat in the back room though with several tables and the noise level was terrible, I couldn't hold a conversation with my husband.

                19. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  Milwaukee

                  2 reviews

                  5.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  The most amazing menu and wait staff. Thank you Bryan ♥️

                20. A

                  Anonymous

                  Milwaukee

                  8 reviews

                  vip
                  5.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on April 22, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Everything was perfect as always! We come often and we brought friends with us this time and they enjoyed their first time.

                21. G

                  Greg

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Always a pleasant experience and we always look forward to our next visit.

                22. MH

                  MikeH

                  Birmingham

                  8 reviews

                  5.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Excellent brunch memu - had omelette and chicken panini - both excellent Young man that served us was excellent too

                23. A

                  Anonymous

                  Milwaukee

                  8 reviews

                  vip
                  5.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Everything was great from the greeting by the host, to our server Josh, and of course especially the food. We will be back soon!

                24. s

                  sicilianlover1

                  Milwaukee

                  20 reviews

                  4.0

                  20 reviews

                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                  Overall a unique and plesant experience. We were seating in the very back room and the table was wobbly and room was very warm. Seating Area by the bar looked the most inviting. Will go back when outdoor seating is available.

                25. H

                  Hayato

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  First time here, menu selection was plentiful for any food lover. Dining was nicely lit and beautiful. Live music was a great touch to dinner service. Wait staff/front of house was amazing and catered to questions and suggestions. Our server Lois was amazing and made the experience wonderful. The food arrived in good time and was an experience! We will be coming back again :)

                26. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                  Food is excellent from start to finish. It is pricey for the portions, it excellent.

                27. J

                  Joan

                  Milwaukee

                  5 reviews

                  5.0

                  5 reviews

                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  The Beef Wellington was the best we've ever had -- excellent cut of meat. The wood-fired sea bass was excellent, too. Service was very attentive and helpful in making suggestions about what entrees to choose.

                28. CW

                  CWard

                  Milwaukee

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 7, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                  We ordered the beef Wellington and scallops and they were both amazing. Excellent service.

                29. JH

                  JimH

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Delicious meal, with just the right amount of service and assistance with questions about the menu. Very pleased with everything, and the live music was a very enjoyable addition. Friendly interactions with staff and musician made a nice evening out with our neighbors! Thank you, we'll be back 😊

                30. r

                  royc

                  New England

                  5 reviews

                  4.0

                  5 reviews

                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Five of us ate there. Entrees included beef Wellington, scallops and halibut - all were very well cooked and tasty with nice veggie/starch accompaniments. Cocktails were decent, not great. Small but adequate wine list. Attractive spaces and pleasant service. Looks like a nice spot overooking the Sugar River to eat outdoors when warm.

                31. A

                  Anonymous

                  Milwaukee

                  8 reviews

                  vip
                  5.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                  The main reason we came in was to try the special (Seabass). We saw it on Instagram and wanted to give it a try! It was delicious! The different textures and flavors all complemented each other. The only bad thing I would have to say is our server did not describe the special like it was on Instagram. We were confused and actually double checked the post. So the knowledge from the server could have been better. Other than that, everything else was a great experience!

                32. Q

                  Qwertyuiop

                  Minneapolis

                  3 reviews

                  5.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  My husband and I both loved our meals- some of the best food in the Madison area (beef Wellington and sea bass). The true star of the show was the kids meal. By far the best meal she has ever had at a restaurant. Fresh chicken, mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus! Love that we had the option for real/delicious food for our child to also enjoy. It was a beautiful family meal!

                33. TM

                  TerryM

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Due, perhaps, to a birthday party near us, our dining space was exceedingly noisy.

                34. FF

                  FoodFreaks

                  Milwaukee

                  12 reviews

                  5.0

                  12 reviews

                  Dined on March 31, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  What an amazing experience! Our dinner club picked this restaurant as it's outside of Madison but not too far. A huge thank you to Bryan for the fantastic, engaging service throughout our meal. The place is so cozy and beautifully decorated. I highly recommend the Spicy Margarita (it's blue) and for entree, everyone loved the Scallops dish and the Halibut. Bryan convinced us that dessert was worth it (and it was!). We shared the Vanilla Creme Brulee and Chocolate Souffle. Will definitely be back and would like to try their brunch some weekend too.

                35. F

                  Francophile

                  Chicago

                  16 reviews

                  5.0

                  16 reviews

                  Dined on March 31, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  As always a great experience with super food.

                36. MV

                  McVeezee

                  Milwaukee

                  6 reviews

                  5.0

                  6 reviews

                  Dined on March 27, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Food was terrific- we ordered 3 different items off brunch menu and everyone loved their meal. Service from Trey was great-- he was helpful, knowledgeable, and provided excellent service. This restaurant is absolutely a 10 on the charming scale, too -- can't wait to try the outdoor patio when weather cooperates!

                37. D

                  Dino

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  The food was fantastic, the ambiance is wonderful.

                38. M

                  Marie

                  1 review

                  5.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  A hidden gem with consistently delicious, local food!

                39. LH

                  LindaH

                  Denver

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on March 25, 2022

                  overall3food4service2ambience4

                  Waiter boxed up our food without even asking if we were done. He made us feel rushed and like he wanted us to leave so he could close up early. We had a 6:30 dinner reservation so we weren’t there past closing.

                40. MJ

                  MariaJ

                  Milwaukee

                  10 reviews

                  5.0

                  10 reviews

                  Dined on March 24, 2022

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  The Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is a lovely spot to dine with friends.

                Safety precautions

                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                • Physical distancing

                  • Limited number of seated diners
                  • Distancing maintained in common areas
                  • Extra space between tables
                • Protective equipment

                  • Waitstaff wear masks
                  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                • Screening

                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                FAQs

                Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 848-6261.

                Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 402 OpenTable diners.

                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

                Make a reservation

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                Booked 12 times today
                Experiences are available.
                Google Map for Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro

                6857 Paoli Rd Belleville, WI 53508

                Additional information

                • Neighborhood

                  Madison

                • Hours of operation

                  Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

                • Cuisines

                  Farm-to-table, American, Bistro

                • Dining style

                  Casual Dining

                • Dress code

                  Casual Dress

                • Parking details

                  Also Available Street Parking- No Cost Parking

                • Payment options

                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                • Executive chef

                  Luis Garcia

                • Additional

                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                • Phone number

                  (608) 848-6261

                • Private party facilities

                  We book private events tailored to your specific needs. Please call for details! 608-848-6261

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