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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Wisconsin

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Wisconsin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1166)
$31 to $50
American
La Crosse
About the restaurant
We are currently open for dine-in, take-out, and curbside delivery.
The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern has been changing the dining experience in La Crosse since 2006. By offering supreme product and hospitality, we have become a favorite of locals and a travel destination all in the same. Our menus highlight seasonal American cuisine that includes certified angus beef and fresh day-boat seafood. With a focus on the freshest foods of each season, our culinary team allows the ingredients to speak for themselves. Every detail is appreciated in everything we do – enjoy the results of hard work and high standards. Our current menus can be found by visiting www.thewaterfrontlacrosse.com
Thank you for supporting local businesses!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Our second time eating here and it’s always amazing!
A photo of Kaminski's Chophouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (904)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Wisconsin Dells
About the restaurant
Through an exclusive arrangement with the nation’s premier meat supplier, we offer corn-fed, dry-aged, center-cut beef, inspected and selected by master butchers. When the beef arrives, we refrigerate it in a perfectly calibrated environment until the moment it enters our custom-designed broilers – each capable of reaching up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. Over the top? Not if you want the kind of char that steak lovers dream about. Not if you want to serve a steak that has no equal. Welcome to the great steak of Wisconsin.

The same dedication to quality explains why we deal with only the best seafood suppliers, why we procure locally sourced meats and produce whenever possible, and why we have created one of Wisconsin’s truly great wine lists. It also explains our insistence on providing the Dells’ most accomplished level of service in a truly comfortable environment overlooking the Wisconsin River.

Top review
DnCPaul
Dined 5 days ago
Chophouse is our "happy place", where the food and staff are always top-notch!
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4.9
4.9 (46)
$30 and under
Spanish
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
CAVAS lounge by Chef Ana, a Brazilian awarded Chef, provides a surprisingly cozy, small and welcoming environment, serving inspired traditional dishes from lived experiences in Argentina, Brazil and Spain. Recognized by Yelp as the best restaurant in the Midwest, CAVAS is settled in the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee next to the Milwaukee River with a view of the Hogan Bridge. Serving indoors and outdoors, CAVAS features the best Paellas, Empanadas and Sangrias.
Top review
JanetAvip
Dined 3 days ago
This place is a real GEM. New fav MKE resto. Everything was perfect from start to finish. Small, intimate, romantic space with beautiful table settings. Tasting menu with wine pairings was phenomenal. Normally too much food for me, but this was just perfect. All dishes were so delish and thoughtfully prepared. Ana and her husband are the most gracious hosts. We will be back again and again . So glad we found Cavas. 💗
A photo of The Capital Grille - Milwaukee restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2706)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
Buged3
Dined on 16 Apr 2024
Small group celebrating my retirement. The staff had a congratulatory card and some confetti on the table. Little touches that added to the experience. Thank you.
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4.8
4.8 (159)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Wausau
About the restaurant
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! THANK YOU!
Our patio features two igloos dubbed the North Hut and the South Hut, outfitted with blankets and space heaters to keep you warm and in a vacation state of mind. Our dedicated team services each igloo, and our full menu is available for lounge style dining and specialty tropical cocktails. We can hardly wait for you to experience the tiki fun!

Please note reservations are available in 1.5 hour blocks with a $150 food and beverage minimum. A nonrefundable $100 deposit is required at time of reservation and will be credited to your food and beverage purchase. For this special dining experience, single checks only and 18% gratuity will be automatically added. Reservation times are 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 Monday - Saturday. Maximum capacity of 8.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 Mar 2024
Great food and drinks. Pricey but every little details they put into the place and the service is spatacular
A photo of Norton's of Green Lake restaurant
4.8
4.8 (36)
$30 and under
American
Green Lake
About the restaurant
Norton’s of Green Lake has the style and warmth that makes for a memorable supper club experience. No matter the occasion, Norton’s welcomes you to an unforgettable waterfront dining experience. We are located on the north shore of beautiful Green Lake at 380 S Lawson Dr and have been proudly serving guests since 1948. Our staff are dedicated to continuing the iconic service and atmosphere that both Green Lake’s local residents and visitors from both near and far have come to expect for the past 75+ years.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
Everything was absolutely outstanding!! One of the best dinners I had in such a long time, everything from the staff to each course was just fabulous! Highly recommend!
A photo of Opus at The Belfry House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (206)
$50 and over
French American
Lake Geneva
About the restaurant
Indulge in an exquisite dining experience at Opus, where the art of culinary finesse takes center stage. Immerse yourself in a world of gastronomic delight with our meticulously crafted 5-course or 7-course tasting menu.

At Opus, each plate is a canvas, expertly painted with a harmonious fusion of flavors, textures, and colors that dance on your palate. The culinary journey is a celebration of creativity and innovation, elevating your dining experience to new heights.

Primarily a dining venue, Opus is also a destination amongst many wine enthusiasts. An optional wine pairing featuring innovative and world-class wines from our award-winning wine menu is also available for each course.

Our intimate limited-seating dining room and the culinary delight it serves will surely leave you feeling transported to a small European town.

Top review
DaveP
Dined on 24 Mar 2024
The food was outstanding and our server, Skylar, was exceptional. Would highly recommend and am looking forward to returning.
A photo of Mangiare restaurant
4.6
4.6 (321)
$31 to $50
Italian
Green Bay
About the restaurant
The Mangiare Story
We trace our roots to Republic Chophouse, Green Bay area’s premier steakhouse and standard bearer of fine dining in northeast Wisconsin. Located just down the street from each other and under the same local ownership, Mangiare and Republic are sister restaurants that offer the best dining experiences north of Chicago.

We use only the freshest and most authentic ingredients for the offerings on our Mangiare menu. Featuring balsamic and oils sourced directly from Italy and breads from specialty bakeries, our chefs create intensely satisfying dishes that match the level of service which sets us apart.

Our attention to detail and commitment to excellence holds true regardless of whether your taste for the evening is classic Italian fare in a family-friendly atmosphere at Mangiare or steak in the unpretentious, yet fine dining environment of Republic.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Top review
Caressah
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
Food and service was amazing! Would highly recommend this restaurant!
A photo of Kanpai - Third Ward restaurant
4.5
4.5 (701)
$30 and under
Sushi
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Kanpai is a local family-owned restaurant that first opened in 2012 and has been maintaining its sparking reputation for serving extraordinary sushi and sake in a sensual, contemporary atmosphere. Kanpai has brought Japanese fusion cuisine to succulent levels and a sushi experience not found elsewhere in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 Apr 2024
It is a great sushi place, we really enjoyed it and will come back. Good service and nice ambiance.
A photo of Heritage Supper Club - Legacy Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (57)
$31 to $50
American
Green Bay
About the restaurant
Welcome to Legacy Hotel’s signature restaurant, Heritage.

Featuring the storied history and traditions of Wisconsin, Heritage Restaurant combines the best of the region’s favorites with modern approaches to a menu that is quite simply, Legacy-level.

Come step into a place that exudes comfort and style. It’s here that everything just fits. The lighting. The jazz. The high-backed chairs. The windows to the garden. All carefully selected to prepare you for the flavors and culinary experiences of Heritage.

Executive Chef Aaron Morse and his team are proud to present local ingredients selected for you to enjoy Wisconsin’s famed breakfast, lunch and supper club experience—crafted in way that Chef describes as familiar, comfortable, and approachable.

It’s here that you’ll know you’re in the right place to celebrate life’s every-day and special celebratory moments.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Had the White fish, and it was absolutely terrific. It was very flavorful and seasoned perfectly. My son had the mushroom risotto, and he loved it. Very good dinner! A bit loud in the dining area. This wasn't a big deal for me, but I wanted to mention it as it might affect others.
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