About Baker House
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Join us for casual, small plate dining & fireside cocktails in our decadently furnished 1885 mansion. In the spirit of the great lakefront "cottages" of yesteryear, the BAKER HOUSE has recreated a world of Gilded Age living where grand entertaining is experienced daily and lavish parties are thrown nightly. Sing along at the player piano in our music room, play poker in the game room, savor fine wine in our library and dine fireside in our parlor. Instead of traditional restaurant seating, guests are served in plush wing backed chairs and overstuffed fringed couches throughout the mansion. Our menu of small plates is conducive for lounging and sharing & features many regional items such as Wisconsin artisan cheese boards, savory charcuterie, seasonal fondues and heartier favorites like sirloin sliders and robust garden paninis. Situated on the East shore of Geneva Lake with panoramic views of the lake and Riviera. For an extra special evening, book a second floor mansion hotel suite!
Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Dessert
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: every Sunday 9:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner Hours September thru May: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Hours Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Everyday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
**PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW SMALL PLATES MENU!!
$30 and under
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Thursday nights feature Tom Stanfield on Piano, Trumpet & Vocals
Friday nights Carolyn Wehner on Piano & Jazz Vocals
Saturdays live piano with all the vintage classics
Shhh- Maxwell Mansion's SpeakEasy is open on Fridays @9pm - See our FaceBook page for the weekly Pass phrase.
We look to develop each event according to the needs of our clients so that the experience is amazing for all. Our Chef is versatile in most cooking styles with a preference for Contemporary American with a local flair but rest assured that each bite is delicious.
We have our own private lot of 44 spaces of which we have dedicated 4 for our Hotel Guests and 1 for Handicap access.
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).
Private Party Facilities:
Each of our elegantly furnished Rooms (Dining, Library, Music, Game and Porch) is able to host various events as well as the recently renovated exterior garden terrace. Baker House in conjunction with the Bella Vista(Adjoining property) can also host events holding up to 250 people in their facility.
Private Party Contact:
Maureen Slater: (262) 248-4700
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We host many special custom events through out the property - weddings, re-Unions, corporate outings & retreats, seminars, engagements and anniversaries.
Baker House Ratings and Reviews
We had heard good things,about the Baker House,which is why we choose, to celebrate, our daughter's 18th birthday. We had a 1:00 pm reservation, but had to wait, for over fifteen minutes,to be seated. It was awkard,waiting,as the hallway, filled with other guests, who also had to wait, along with the traffic ,of customers, trying to get into the bar area and then with the wait staff. While waiting,I heard two, separate guests ,talking about how they had not made reservations, but were seated. I felt, that they may have been the cause, of many of us, having to wait. We were very disappointed, in the food selection, as there were empty food trays and very poor selection. Some of the food trays,did get refilled,but others,did not. The fruit tray,had been picked over,leaving,only the less desirable fruit. We all commented,that for the price,$32.00 per person,we would have expected, much more of a choice and higher quality of food. I would recommend, cold shrimp, some sort of roast beef etc.,crepes,for the banana foster,pancakes etc. At one point, a manager,was touring, a large group of people, promoting the brunch, but this group,got in our way, of getting to the food areas. The best part ,of our experience,was the atmosphere,of the Baker House, but will not be returning or recommending this location,to others. The Baker House,is so rich,with history and charm, that it is unfortunate,to have management, seem to try to save money,by short changing, the customers,with such a low budget menu and to expect customers,to have to wiggle,through crowds and wait a long while,to be seated, even with a reservation. I am sending this message,privately,in hopes that my comments,will inspire,positive change.
It was interesting. We got to experience the nostalgia of an old house that is still beautiful and functioning, may not be everyone's cup of tea if you're not into history. The food was good, I liked the made to order omelet and the bananas foster French toast. I believe we paid more for the experience than the food, $32.00, could have gone to a cheaper brunch without the specialness of the house itself. I feel it was worth the price to experience it once, wouldn't necessarily go back there to eat.
One of the best brunch experiences we've ever had: dining in a cozy room next to a fireplace, overlooking Lake Geneva. Food was fresh and classic; the made-to-order Eggs Benedict were luxurious. Service was warm, charming, attentive and the champagne glasses were kept full. We are really looking forward to going back.
We went for Sunday brunch. Everything about it was wonderful. The hostess and our waitress were both attentive and friendly. All of the food was delicious. We were never hurried so we really took our time, enjoyed the refilled champagne, and got to sample almost all of the food offerings. We were seated on the glassed in porch and were next to the window so we had a view over the lake. It got a little noisy from the table next to us, so we were glad it wasnt completely full while we were there.
We had Sunday brunch at the Baker House. There was champagne and the waitress kept our glasses full. The food selection was great - there was an omelet bar, French toast and biscuits and gravy, among other breakfast dishes. There was also chicken and seafood items if you were hungry for lunch. They had a chocolate fountain with Belgium chocolate and an assortment of items to dip in the chocolate, including strawberries. There wasn't anything I tried that I didn't like. Everything was made from scratch and you could certainly tell - it was delicious.
Celebrated a 50th Birthday and Wedding Anniversary with friends and it was wonderful! We were treated to a private room where we thoroughly enjoyed the champagne brunch, The food was plentiful and delicious with a large variety! Would recommend this for any occasion!
After driving 2 hours we were hungry,we gave our name and were told it would be about 5 min.15 minutes later the hostess tried to seat us with a table of 18, we waited because she didn't check the book and confused us with another group. Overall a neat place but way overpriced for brunch.
Gorgeous Victorian House with various seating options both inside and outside across from Lake Geneva. We went for Sunday brunch. Cost was approximately $32 per person and well worth it - a great variety of foods and desserts and excellent quality - no complaints here! I thought the waitstaff outfits needed a bit of updating - yes they fit the era but were a little dowdy. Overall EXCELLENT BRUNCH AND VENUE!
I visited the Baker House for Sunday brunch on 9/25/16 and again on 10/30/16 both times we were celebrating a 70th birthday. This is a truly unique restaurant that serves up both good food and an enjoyable experience. The staff and the service they provide is top notch. They are all pleasant and willing to please. They engage in conversation, and encourage you to stay and enjoy both the ambiance and the food, for as long as you like. I am thinking we will make the Baker House a regular destination even when we don't have a special occasion to celebrate. It is well worth the 2 hour round trip drive from Cary IL. The only suggestions I have is that I wish they served regular dinners during the week days as I'm not really into the small bites and expensive drinks. Also, both my reservations were made in advance through Open Table. I found the process not very user friendly. Just when I was ready to call to book in person, I was surprised to receive an email that said my reservation had gone through and was confirmed.
I did like the fact that they sent followup email reminders. While I didn't really need the reminder I felt better THEY knew we were coming! All in all a 6 star experience!!!
We hadn't gone for dinner but for the interactive musical murder mystery theater, it was wonderful and the cast were fantastic. I still say Mrs. Ivory had more of a motive to poison BeBe than Mrs Hamilton and definitely had more of the moral fortitude to do it, but as our team mates from France (a wonderful young couple) supposed, the simple deduction was the answer. We will return for another attempted dissection of stratagems....in other words, it was fun for those that like solving mysteries.
Beautiful views but the food was not great. There was a murder mystery and some bachelorette parties going on so service to us was not that great since we were not a part of it. Also expressed an interest in a dish but said I would hold off on ordering it. The waitress brought it out even though I hadn't ordered it. And it was very cold in there!
We recently went to this place for my husband's birthday. It was an amazing experience!! They have lovely hats..yes I wrote it right..hats!! A very royal experience with great food.
I had a watermelon pizza and vegetables with spinach dip. My husband had a beef entre. It was perfect!
Hostess was very cute and polite. Good service!
Very nice location with a great view of Lake Geneva. My wife and I had selected the restaurant for our last night of our vacation and were very much looking forward to dinner. Once we were seated we were a bit taken back by the limited menu. In particular, there were only 3 main courses (a chicken, beef and a fish). Given the narrow selections we were expecting each to be well executed which was not the case. The food was honestly very average with the only exception being the crème Brule which was good. Overall we would not recommend the restaurant to our friends.
We were at Baker House over the weekend, and we had a great time. The setting is wonderful, with the main dining room overlooking the lake for a lovely sunset view. The rest of the Victorian home is also interesting to explore and makes for great ambience. The service was very good and unobtrusive. We had the cheese plate, being in WI, which was very good. The quiche was a bit over cooked, but flavorful, and the chicken was nicely prepared and tasty. The beer & wine selections were also decent and reasonably priced. When in the area, we would definitely return.
Baker House is a very historic and well preserved home that has charm and elegance. We loved all of the hats to choose from! We had two bad experiences though, one in the bar, and one with the meal. The wine that was served was flat and old and once notified they quickly returned with new drinks. I ordered the chicken and I received two pieces, one was good, the other was raw - like it had not been cooked at all. I didn't notice it until I had already eaten the other piece and then wondered if I was going to get sick from food poisoning. Of course, they didn't charge us for my meal, but it ruined our evening as I was afraid I was going to get sick. I would go back again for the atmosphere, but would not order the chicken.
My wife and I have been here a number of times over the past few years. The service, food and atmosphere is outstanding. We have recommended the restaurant to a number of our friends and neighbors. All have enjoyed their visit to the Baker. We plan on returning for New Years and our next anniversary.
MY husband and I did not have a good experience at Baker House. We were the only diners in the restaurant and waited for an hour for our dinner to be served. THe food was overpriced, pork was dry, and the menu was not the same one as the Internet. The place was itself very charming but the food terrible.
We went to Baker House last year for Fathers Day and was quite pleased. This year not so much. We asked if we could sit out on the porch as last year and was told no this was where we were sitting. The food was sparse and not so many selections as last year. Totally different environment I might give it a try once more but didn't feel it was worth $32 per person.
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