Restaurants in Wisconsin

Wisconsin makes over a quarter of all cheese sold in America (about 2.4 billion pounds worth), so it's no surprise that restaurants in Wisconsin highlight this star product. With the increase in farmers markets, craft breweries, indie distilleries and artisan food purveyors, though, Wisconsin has, in recent years, upped its national culinary profile; now, diners can enjoy everything from award-winning waterfront seafood restaurants and 50's-throwback diners to Northwoods supper clubs, gastro pubs, and the famous Door Country Fish Boils.

The most popular restaurants in Wisconsin include The Old Fashioned in Madison, which features a dark-wood, retro decor along with a menu of local specialties (cheese soup, walleye) and over 150 labels of state brews. Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, everyone from families and students to the hipster crowd heads to Comet Cafe to enjoy gravy-topped meatloaf, hangover-cure brunch dishes, and oversized cupcakes—and more craft beer.

Experience a fish boil at the inn, where you can learn about and watch the preparation of Lake Michigan whitefish over an open fire.

For seasonal fare, trundle over to this local foodie favorite. Its specialty is—what else—a cheese platter with artisanal Wisconsin cheeses.

Latin-flavored champion of local farmers.

Come in for a hearty family-friendly meal like the famed hickory-smoked ribs and chocolate–peanut butter mousse.

1950's-era steak house

This vegetarian’s delight serves innovative organic fare, including “Rattlesnake” Tofu.

Downtown chophouse

The perfect spot for authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks overlooking the Wisconsin River. The Hurricane Rosa, a fruity, red rum punch, is the house specialty.