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Burke's Lakeside

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American, Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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37238 Valley Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4745
+1 262-567-5242
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In April of 2010 when the space was completely renovated, and a large...
In April of 2010 when the space was completely renovated, and a large wraparound (soon to be legendary) deck was added overlooking the shores of beautiful Silver Lake. The dining room evokes a timeless design with rich dark cherry wood and centered on an enormous natural stone fireplace. There is also a banquet room that seats 200 with a hardwood dance floor and stage where live music is played every weekend. The bar is a classic design and perfect for enjoying happy hour, before and after dinner drinks, sporting events, and live music events. Burke's menu features American classics, such as aged grilled steaks like the signature "John Burke", stuffed meatloaf, the "Dorothy Burke" (our shrimp scampi feature) and Pabst Beer braised ribs. Regional American foods like cast iron salmon and the classic Friday hand battered fish fry are favorites of many. World cuisine items such as shepherd's pie, chicken schnitzel, artisanal flatbread pizzas and tapas platters can also be found on the menu, along with Burke's classic originals like lobster and shrimp wontons, crab cakes, and lobster macaroni. Whether you have a business meeting, special occasion, or just want a break from the ordinary, Burke's Lakeside is ready to make your night memorable. "It's cooler by the lake!"
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Good for:
Outdoor seating
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Consistent high quality and great food.

Beautiful lake view from most seats and outdoor area available weather permitting. Menu is limited but covers all the bases. I've never had a bad meal here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Terry M
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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112 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful lake view from most seats and outdoor area available weather permitting. Menu is limited but covers all the bases. I've never had a bad meal here.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was there with my husband for lunch on 2/7 after not visiting for a couple years. Both entrees came warm at best and the tenderloin was chewy. Service was okay, but we don't plan on going back.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We were a large group and I think our waitress was new. She didn't know the menu and we had to continually ask for things.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

the restaurant is small enough that it is easy to get waited on but not to small to seem cramped. Food is good and the seating outside is nice in the summer evenings

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My list of complaints on the food, the service and the manager are too long to list. The food was sub-par for the price, etc. I have never been to a restaurant that deserves such a horrible review.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We live near here and have watched the restaurant change owners a few times. We were glad to see it open again. It is a supper club type atmosphere with good food but not great food. Prices are $10-20. I liked the whiskey chicken and the presentation was very nice. Portion size was good too. My husband had the fish... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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99 reviews 99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

First time there and not disappointed. Am very glad we got there early as this place filled up FAST!! WOW!! Turns out it fills up fast for a very good reason, the food is excellent!! For our Friday Fish Fry they had Cod and only Cod. It WAS great Cod!!! Soft, flakey and perfectly battered and fried, some of the... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I have been to this restaurant on several occasions and find that while the lunches are very good, the dinner's are just average. The lunches have a great selection of home made soups, salads, and sandwiches, including the usual burgers and blts, but also things like crab cakes. We have always been disappointed at dinner, however. Last evening was no... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We went back here for a New Years dinner even after we have had many poor experiences and one good one here. We had a $10 gift card that they put on our windshield and others when we were eating at another restaurant. So we thought we would try it again. Long story short. 2 poor martinis very poor service... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a great place to meet for business, gathering with friends, special occasion, or any other time when you need the meal to be good, the service to be right, and the atmosphere to accompany your occasion. Consistently a great place to dine.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 37238 Valley Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4745
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Oconomowoc
  • Phone Number: +1 262-567-5242

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 24
  • Cuisine: American, Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

In April of 2010 when the space was completely renovated, and a large wraparound (soon to be legendary) deck was added overlooking the shores of beautiful Silver Lake. The dining room evokes a timeless design with rich dark cherry wood and centered on an enormous natural stone fireplace. There is also a banquet room that seats 200 with a hardwood dance floor and stage where live music is played every weekend. The bar is a classic design and perfect for enjoying happy hour, before and after dinner drinks, sporting events, and live music events. Burke's menu features American classics, such as aged grilled steaks like the signature "John Burke", stuffed meatloaf, the "Dorothy Burke" (our shrimp scampi feature) and Pabst Beer braised ribs. Regional American foods like cast iron salmon and the classic Friday hand battered fish fry are favorites of many. World cuisine items such as shepherd's pie, chicken schnitzel, artisanal flatbread pizzas and tapas platters can also be found on the menu, along with Burke's classic originals like lobster and shrimp wontons, crab cakes, and lobster macaroni. Whether you have a business meeting, special occasion, or just want a break from the ordinary, Burke's Lakeside is ready to make your night memorable. "It's cooler by the lake!"
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?