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Burke's Lakeside

37238 Valley Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4745
+1 262-567-5242
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Ranked #21 of 69 restaurants in Oconomowoc
Price range: $9 - $24
Cuisines: American, Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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!"
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We've been to Burkes several times and enjoyed their food. Most of these visits were for lunch where they have extensive menu and many great options. This time we made the mistake of going for dinner and ordering STEAK. DON'T DO IT !! Meat cut so thin it's virtually impossible to have it medium rare. To top it off the... More

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I have been to Burke's many times, and each time I like to choose a different dish because nothing disappoints. My favorites are the jerk chicken, the quesadillas (some of the best I have ever had!), the lobster mac and cheese, the margherita flatbread, and the fish fry. I wish the salads offered healthier greens (less iceberg-type lettuce), but other... More

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Dousman
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We have been there twice. Food is too expensive and menu is small. Drinks are also expensive. The only thing good about the place is the bartenders. Was also too dark in this place during the day!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I are looking for places to go enjoy dinner in the area, we got a groupon to Burkes Lakeside and went to check it out. We had a cocktail at the bar first and enjoyed conversation with a bartender who gave us a little history on the restraunt. The menu has many choices of casual dining with... More

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My husband and I had driven past Burke's the previous week on a drive and decided to make the trip there for our date night. We didn't have reservations but were seated immediately. There is indoor or outdoor seating and we chose to eat in. The restaurant is located across from Silver Lake so there are very nice views of... More

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Delafield, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wedding party going on made our meal a little loud. Also, the staff seemed preoccupied by something else going on. Food was B-

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Last year I was told of this great "old style" supper club on the lake. Friends and relatives had visted and told me it was great LAST YEAR. So....we needed a new place to try and decided with all the recommendations we would try it. ACK!! 15 minutes for a table 10 minutes for a waiter 10 minutes for water... More

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Ashippun, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Had the opportunity to spend an evening out with my wife , the day before fathers day. Made a reservation for 6:30 arrived at 6:25 and was seated immediately (although there was a little discussion with the three hostesses) Our server, Courtney promptly came to greet us and ask us for a drink order. When the drinks arrived we ordered... More

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Matt R, General Manager at Burke's Lakeside, responded to this review

Hi Greg, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We were very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal and even more so that Courtney gave you genuine, caring service. There does seem to be a miscommunication. "Rocks" does not refer to the ice cubes you're given, it is an upcharge... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Went for Sunday brunch for my mothers birthday. First time we all ate at burke's(6 of us). We all agreed that food and service was very good. Great food,nice views,and nice clean place. My wife and I will be back soon. Good job everyone at burke's lakeside.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Burke's came recommended by a colleague so we decided to try it. Terrible choice. It's simple to keep me happy when I go out to eat. All I want is a good meal and a good server. I've given this place 3 shots and they blew it every single time. (Once we just went for a drink, and it took... More

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