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“Nicely Done Fish Fry”

Butler Inn of Pewaukee
Ranked #10 of 87 Restaurants in Pewaukee
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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313 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Nicely Done Fish Fry”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We went to the Butler Inn on a Friday Night and had 6:00 pm reservations. Our group of 4 was seated immediately in a half-filled dining room at a table wedged so tightly into the corner of the room that we had to move the table out to get into the chairs which were "locked up" against the walls and therefore unable to be otherwise accessed. The decor is a little more upscale than many of the restaurants in the area and quite nice. Service was timely and friendly. The fish fry included several choices of fish and potato and was of above average quality, though price also tended in that direction. Overall, we had an enjoyable evening, though extracting ourselves from our table was a bit of chore when we were done. As we left, we saw some muscians entering, indicating that there must be live entertainment later in the evening.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Joe C
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
“Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Great food and entertainment while you wait and eat! Little pricey but well worth it, very romantic atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Arndogger
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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great date night.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

Went here for a date, the atmosphere is very nice, the fireplaces are very homey. The food is good and service comes with a smile.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Bridget H
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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What is the point of a reservation at this place?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

We visited on 1/26/13. We had a 6:30pm reservation. When we arrived, they were very busy, and told us to find a place in one of the bar areas. They left us there for 2 hours! They never offered us ANYTHING! What is the point of a reservation then? We asked for some bread around 7:30pm. They brought a basket with no butter. We bought 2 rounds of drinks. After waiting another 1/2 hour after the bread, we asked for a free round of drinks, which they provided.
The only reason we didn t leave is that we had a good-sized gift certificate that we wanted to use. Otherwise, we definitely would have left after waiting 30 minutes for a reservation. We never would have let it go to 2 hours if we were paying full price.

After they seated us, the waiter apologized for the wait-time, saying "what can I say - It is Saturday night". I guess this means they repeat this fiasco every week!

The food was above average, but not fantastic. My $18 fish dinner had two 2 x2 pieces of fish and a baked potato - with no butter. I had to ask for tartar sauce twice. The bread basket they brought to the table again had no butter. We had to ask for it.

The place was also EXTREMELY NOISY! The guy on the keyboard was too loud, and the crowd was even louder. Everyone had to shout to talk to the people at the same table. It was ridiculous.

With wait times like this, don't even think about coming here if you have small children. Definitely WOULD NOT RECOMMEND to anyone else, and WILL NOT return.

  • Visited January 2013
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3 Thank Michael S
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New Berlin, WI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Rude service, did not get what we ordered??”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Party of 7 went to dinner 1/26/13. When we arrived at 5:10 p.m., parking lot only had 2 cars and we thought the place was may be closed. Was open and there were only 2 tables being served, rest of the place was completely empty. We were told by the very rude hostess that she would "see what she could do" to get us a table and told us to wait at the bar. We ordered drinks at the bar, which was fine service, as no one else was there! About 10 minutes later the rude hostess came back to show us to our table. Two waitresses came over as they said our party was so large (7 people) that we would have 2 servers. We ordered and when the food arrived, 2 of the steaks were pettite, when king size was ordered and they said they were serving the king. Now, we have been to the place many, many times and in fact, one person at our table was served a king, as ordered, other 2 steaks did not compare and were indeed pettite, yet over and over we were told they were not. Surf and turf was ordered with shrimp, but lobster was given to the tune of $93.00. Servers told us that was what was ordered, when it was not, just like the steaks. They have a new service concept as they have young runners shall we say, that come by about every 2 minutes, no kidding, asking to take plates away, when we were clearly still eating. That was extremely annoying and we noticed other tables being extremely annoyed with this service concept. Service was less than stellar and down right rude. Will not return.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Chris H
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