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Red Circle Inn, Nashotah, WI

Red Circle Inn

4.4
4.4
1334 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
  • Neighborhood gem
- Wisconsin's Oldest Restaurant -

A lot’s happened since we opened our doors in 1848, and I guess you could say we’ve seen it all. From dirt road to plank road to railroad, Red Circle Inn has been serving up good food with good service for generations of people in Lake Country. Over the years, we’ve been a stomping ground for traders, trappers, settlers, working class, high class and everyone in between. There’s so much history in these walls, you can almost taste it.

It was former owner Captain Fred C. Pabst who gave Red Circle Inn its name and iconic red circle logo, a nod to his Pabst Brewing Company. He made the restaurant the place to see and be seen around the lakes, not just for a beer, but for high-quality food and warm hospitality.

Over 170 years later, the legacy lives on. As you enjoy your meal and the nostalgia of Red Circle Inn, you’ll learn why guests have been returning, generation after generation. Some might call Red Circle Inn a legend…that’s fine by us.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (262) 367-4883
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Joe Heppe
  • Private party facilities
    Our reimagined event spaces make great gathering places for groups large and small, and our dedicated events team will work with you to create a customized catering menu that's perfect for the occasion. PABST ROOM – 6 to 12 Guests | WINE ROOM– 13 to 28 Guests | PROVIMI ROOM– 40 to 100 Guests | POLASKI ROOM – 100 to 240 Guests
  • Private party contact
    Kim Ash : (262) 646-1600 ext. 103
  • Neighborhood
    Nashotah
  • Cross street
    Watertown Plank Road
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,334 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Milwaukee

    Good for special occasions

  • Milwaukee

    Contemporary American

1,334 Reviews
  1. MistyG

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Sunday Night Supper menu is a great concept with price value but we were underwhelmed by the food. I would rather order from the regular dinner menu. Our steaks were burnt on the outside and initially they weren’t sure who was supposed to be serving out table. Server that did finally help us was friendly and helpful.

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  2. DonW

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to visit The Red Circle Inn for the first time this past weekend. We are 71 years old and I would tell anyone that this was one of, if not THE BEST dinners we have ever had anywhere. The history and ambience are wonderful, service people are friendly and helpful, but most of all the food is top notch! I recommend everyone try this restaurant at least once. I guarantee you will be back!

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  3. mark

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Second time, first time was a disaster. Received a gift card which we us d today. We live in Tosa. We won’t go back. Too far away for the value.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the Sunday evening family style menu. Pick your m protein and ALL side and appetizers are included. I hade ribs which were fabulous. The meat fell off the bone. Wife had half chicken which was crispy outside yet very moist inside. Everything was delicious. Our server Carissa was very attentive, frequently checking up on us. It was a very relaxing evening.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The presentation, service and food was outstanding. Best pork chop I have ever had. Relish tray was delicious. So was Old Fashion that was only $7 ! Manager was very attentive as well. Definitely will be coming back and telling our friends and family who plan to vacation near by. Thank you

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  6. BobM

    New York City

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, wonderful food, service and drinks. Would definitely go back!

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  7. Andy

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an outstanding experience! My wife and I got engaged at the Red Circle in 27 years ago, and we decided to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary there for yet another return visit (we've dined there many times over the years). This time was one of our best visits ever. Nikki was a phenomenal server. She was extremely attentive, friendly, and helpful. She made us feel like we were her only diners that evening, and she went above and beyond to make our evening wonderfully memorable. In addition, the food was sublime! I had the pheasant and my wife enjoyed the scallops. They were both two of the best dishes we've ever had there, in a long line of great meals across the years for us. We already love the Red Circle Inn, and it will always be special to us. This experience was truly one of our best. A special thank you to Nikki, the chefs, and the greeter, who was also ultra-invested in making our night a great one.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While white tablecloth restaurants aren’t an economical value, they are a treat, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Lives up to its fine reputation, and a great place for special dining.

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  9. Timothy

    Miami

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were Warmly welcomed on arrival and enjoyed a good cocktail before dinner at the bar. We were seated at Our convenience and service was friendly and efficient. Refills on water, and coffee came without prompting. Food was served hot and at a good pace. The Fish and Pork chop were delicious. Salads were cold and crisp and had many interesting flavors blended in. The Onion soup was terrific in every way. The place has changed, but its still a wonderful location for fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere.

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  10. MissLiz

    Milwaukee

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak was phenomenal, pheasant and Salmon were very good as well. The croutons make the ceasar salad extra special and we all enjoyed our cocktails.

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FAQs

Red Circle Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (262) 367-4883.

Red Circle Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 1334 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Red Circle Inn

N44W33013 Watertown Plank Road, Nashotah, WI 53058

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Watertown Plank Road
  • Neighborhood
    Nashotah
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joe Heppe
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (262) 367-4883
  • Private party facilities
    Our reimagined event spaces make great gathering places for groups large and small, and our dedicated events team will work with you to create a customized catering menu that's perfect for the occasion. PABST ROOM – 6 to 12 Guests | WINE ROOM– 13 to 28 Guests | PROVIMI ROOM– 40 to 100 Guests | POLASKI ROOM – 100 to 240 Guests
  • Private party contact
    Kim Ash : (262) 646-1600 ext. 103
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