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“Pleasant surprise”
Review of Baker House

Baker House
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Ranked #10 of 95 Restaurants in Lake Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Baker Street
Transit: Aside from our pier and walk-up, drivers are all welcome, especially ones with two wheels. (Trailers, RVs, Bi-Planes and Monster Trucks are asked to park in the public city lot just behind the House).
Description: Indulge Yourself at Lake Geneva's newest, most luxurious Inn on the lake. 13 Fireplaces, Decadent Furnishings, Interactive History, Live Entertainment, Over the Top Fun! EXPERIENCE Small Plate Dining & Chef Special Entrees, while lounging Fireside Scrumptious Brunch Buffet on SUNDAYS from 10am to 2pm. The Five Star Luxury suites are now open and reservations can be made by telephone or our website. SunDowner celebration nightly from Memorial Day to Labor Day!Check back with us soon for our upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner at MaxWell's Mansion!
Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Went to Baker House with some friends. It was like stepping back in time. Love the ambiance, the costumes and the food.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank JennyDiaz
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English first
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great ambiance”
Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

The ambiance of being in an old victorian home is great! And they have hats you can try on and play with. Quiet rooms with fireplaces made for a romantic evening. The food was just okay, the specialty drinks were delicious!

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1 Thank Dnsr25
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Portsmouth, UK
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“A very lovely evening”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

On a visit from the UK to stay with friends in Chicago we headed north for the hour long drive to Lake Geneva, which is a favorite in the Fall. The lake is magnificent with all the reds, yellows and greens reflected in the water.

We chose The Baker House as I hadn't been there before, though they had. I'd heard all about the hats and was looking forward to having a dinner with a difference.

On arrival, we had first chose our hats. There are dozens dotted around the various rooms to choose from and it was fun finding just the right hat .... mine was a straw cloche decorated with pretty flowers. Perfect! Most guests, including children, chose to join in the fun and wear hats.

The staff offered to take our pictures and were very patient as we posed in different spots to get the best shots. The house is beautiful. Just about the whole staff are young people and they were very friendly, smiley and professional. The older guy taking reservations was a little formal but efficient in arranging the table.

After drinks in the bar, we were seated in the front conservatory area, overlooking the lake..though our view was interrupted a little by a marquee.

Our waiters for the evening were young guys who were dressed in turn of the century Victorian costumes. They were very nice to talk to and did a great job advising us on the menu and providing attentive but not overwhelming service (I hate it when waiters ask every two minutes if everything is ok, interrupting the flow of conversation - these young men had it just right).

We had starters and main courses and the food was delicious. Great portions and well cooked.

The view of the sun setting over the lake made the evening even more lovely.

The bill came to $100 with service for three of us, which I think is a great price to pay not only for dinner but the whole experience of eating there. I only wish I could have kept that little hat as a keepsake!

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank WendyAM
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Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“"We are out of that."”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

The food is very, very average. For the quality of the food, the prices are ridiculously high.

The building is interesting and the only possible reason to go there. Consider it a very expensive "tour" with a few bland snacks thrown in.

I took guests. My guest ordered a Dewars, "We are out of that", I ordered a portabello appetizer, "We are out of that", my guest orders a dessert, "We are out of that."

I spoke to management concerning this and was told, "Sorry, but those things are out of our control" I agree, things are out of control here.

  • Visited September 2012
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Really disappointing, but a brilliant setting.”
Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

We visited the restaurant on a Tuesday evening and had booked a couple of weeks before. When we arrived there was a private function on meaning that the garden was closed to us which was disappointing as we would have liked a drink before hand. When we arrived they also looked to seat the private function guests before us even though we arrived first.
The food was a bit disappointing. I understand that they have a menu with a concept of sharing. This wasn't explained very well to us and the menu doesn't really have a great variety of sharing dishes. The food was disappointing too with our fishcakes being slightly burnt and the scallops overcooked. There are positives though. The view and setting are excellent. I just wish the food was as good!

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1 Thank ajrb101
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