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Cafe Calamari

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10 E Geneva, Williams Bay, WI 53191
262-245-9665
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
What a great place to dine.

It had been at least twenty years since my Wife and I dined at this restaurant. What a change! In the old days, Café Calamari was just ordinary - nothing to commend it at all. Boy, did they ever kick it up several notches. The food was excellent(the menu has expanded greatly to include many first... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Robert C
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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  • Romantic
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De Pere WI
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Wanted an Italian restaurant for dinner, so asked concierge at Geneva Ridge for a recommendation. She recommended Tuscan, which we had been to before, but wanted to try something new. She then immediately recommended Cafe Calamari, which was just 7 minutes from the Geneva Rdige complex. Very easy to find in an area of Lake Geneva that we hadn't been... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It had been at least twenty years since my Wife and I dined at this restaurant. What a change! In the old days, Café Calamari was just ordinary - nothing to commend it at all. Boy, did they ever kick it up several notches. The food was excellent(the menu has expanded greatly to include many first rate selections), the drink... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My boyfriend and I wanted Italian food during our stay in Lake Geneva and we came across this gem of a restaurant. We sat down to eat on the outdoor patio which had an incredible view of the lake. It was about 9:15pm so we were able to see the moon rise which was very romantic! Talk about great service!!!... More 

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Chicago, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We made reservations and got a table outside. Romantic and relaxing. Dinners came with salad and bread. The bread was hot and delicious. They toss the salad by the table but put too much dressing on for my taste and he brought out a fresh salad for me with dressing on the side. I wound up just using some of... More 

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Northen Ilinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a nice dinner there a few nights ago. We started with the Oysters Rockefeller which were very good. My wife had the special which was sea bass and I had the chicken parm. Mine was tasty but her's was excellent. The service was very good. The pictures on the website make it look very fancy... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

LOVED it. Found this gem after coming to this area for a few years for vacation. We will be back...wished we'd found it sooner. Great menu, different options for a varied group. We sat on the patio and it could not have been nicer. Nice view of lake and boats and a park is across the street so the toddler... More 

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North Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Patio was nice but the food was average at best. Service was okay and pricing was fair. Sauces lacked flavor, "famous" house salad lacked flavor, just a pretty much unmemorable dinner, except the view. Would never go back.

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Lake Geneva area has a smattering -- only a smattering -- of restaurants worthy of a special evening, and this is one of them. Expansive menu (not just Italian -- steaks, etc., too), professional service, excellent (and generous) cocktails. The bonus: In winter, a window seat provides a bay view; in summer, the large bayside terrace adds whatever breeze... More 

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Hubertus, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The ONLY place I will order chicken parmesan! Best I've ever had! Beautiful restaurant, great service, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and most of all, amazing food! Will bring everyone I can to enjoy this slice of heaven.

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Champaign, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

As this is one of our favorite restaurants in the Lake Geneva area, we pre-booked the place for our wedding rehearsal dinner. They were able to seat about 20 of us around a large rectangular table off to the side of the main dining room. Of course it was a little noisy, but the ambiance of the setting is warm... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 E Geneva, Williams Bay, WI 53191
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Williams Bay
  • Phone Number: 262-245-9665

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 37
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?