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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Wisconsin

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Van Acre Igloos restaurant
5.0
5 (154)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Wausau
About the restaurant
From March 1 - March 30, our cozy igloos will trade in their winter motif to become a tropical paradise! 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
HopeU
Dined 5 days ago
Service was great! Parker did a great job. He was very good with explaining the new menu items and welcoming our guests from out of state. Wished the scallops would have still been on the menu. But the salmon was very good. We all had a great time.
A photo of Foxtown Brewing restaurant
4.7
4.7 (310)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Mequon
About the restaurant
Foxtown Brewing is steeped in tradition and driven by a passion for great beer. Once the Opitz Zimmerman Brewery in the mid-1800s, Foxtown is a reclamation of Mequon history. We’re not the biggest brewery around, nor the flashiest, but you’ll see that we take brewing very seriously. Every ingredient in every recipe is backed by reason. Our beer is good on purpose.
Top review
NinaCvip
Dined 6 days ago
Perfect as always. Zack was our server…he could not have been lovelier, warmer and so accommodating. Other team members, although weren’t tending to us, made us feel so welcome and so warm. Food was of course delicious. One of my go-to haunts for the last 3 years.
A photo of Malarkey's Pub and Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (217)
$30 and under
Pub
Wausau
About the restaurant
Malarkey's Pub & Townies Grill are a must stop when in Wausau. Locally owned and operated, we are in the heart of the historic downtown. Located just steps from the Grand Theater, 400 Block, River Walk, kayak course, Jefferson Street Inn, Wausau Mall, shops, restaurants, parks, it's easy to stop here on the way to anything!
Top review
GIDDYUP
Dined 6 days ago
Great service. Josh, the manager, again was great as always. We have dinner before shows at the Grand and Malarkeys/Townie always treats as well. Thanks
A photo of Union House Cedarburg restaurant
4.6
4.6 (117)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Cedarburg
About the restaurant
A small-town business with a city vibe. Located in Downtown Historic Cedarburg, WI.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
We enjoyed it. Music might have been a little loud but the food was good
A photo of Liberty Station - Madison restaurant
4.5
4.5 (509)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Madison
About the restaurant
Liberty Station - Madison offers BBQ and American comfort food in Madison.
Top review
MarkD
Dined 1 day ago
Great atmosphere, great food, topped only by awesome service!!
A photo of Third Street Tavern Milwaukee restaurant
4.4
4.4 (99)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Lunch - Happy Hour - Dinner - Late Night Drinks
Third Street Tavern is a corner bar with amazing thin smashed old fashioned burgers, cheese steaks, appetizers and classic video games.

Tavern features a premium bar, local craft beers, and a full cocktail list in a unique bar bar and grill atmosphere. Locals and tourists stop in for the burgers, handmade mozzarella sticks, Philly cheese steaks, classic arcade games and the vibrant late night scene.

Top review
MarieG
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and location. Perfect before event at fiserv.
A photo of Hinterland Brewery & Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1173)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Green Bay
About the restaurant
Fashioned after a German hops house with an urban twist and a better sense of humor, our Beer Hall boasts two wood burning fireplaces, display kitchen, full lunch and dinner menus and open garage doors to our Beer Garden during our two weeks of Wisconsin summer. It’s the perfect vibe when you want to pop in for a gourmet wood fired pizza, out-of-this-world burgers or other Hinterland favorites.
Top review
JenniferM
Dined on 21 Jan 2024
Great beer and upscale pub food. Bartenders and waitstaff are friendly and helpful. Loved the Goat Cheese dip and house made chips. Delicious. Hummus and Winter Harvest salad were also great. Many beer choices make this a don’t miss stop. Right across from Lambeau in Titletown area makes this a destination apot. The space is open and has large fireplaces at both ends.
A photo of Bavarian Bierhaus restaurant
4.3
4.3 (240)
$30 and under
Bavarian
Glendale
About the restaurant
In 2016 the Bavarian Bierhaus re-opened the space once occupied by the Bavarian Inn. It features a bierhall, a 15 bbl brewery, and multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces. The Bierhaus will continue the tradition of being home to diverse regional events and festivals. We welcome you, and invite you to support your friends, neighbors and community by signing up for our emails, following us on Facebook, checking our website and downloading our Bavarian Bierhaus app for upcoming events.
Top review
Linda
Dined 1 day ago
What a fun and lively place to have a fish fry! Would go again.
A photo of Iron Duck restaurant
4.1
4.1 (166)
$30 and under
American
Green Bay
About the restaurant
Iron Duck was created with the idea of providing a space for the community which
is welcoming and accommodating. Our goal is to provide phenomenal comfort food with
an emphasis on local and cultural cuisine and unparalleled service. Set in one of the most unique buildings in Wisconsin, our aim is to provide an experience that you will never forget.

Top review
CraigM
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
The food and service were both excellent. Good quality all the way around.
A photo of Craft - Trade Hotel restaurant
4.1
4.1 (106)
$30 and under
American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Drawing upon the rich history of Milwaukee’s craftsmanship we present, Craft. The history of Milwaukee dates to the early 17th and 18th centuries when traders first began to travel through and eventually settle in what is now Milwaukee. Deep European roots brought craftsmen and skilled hands to the area and to this day an ethic of hard work and determination inhabits the spirit of the city. Early on the area was full of coopers, butchers, shoemakers, and farmers. Milwaukee’s beer history started in the 1840’s, driven by the presence of the frontier settlement near the Great Lakes. Immigrants, including Welsh and German settlers, yearned for the native beers of their homelands, so they embarked on making delicious craft beer with techniques from their native countries. Craft features a cuisine including locally sourced foods, hand crafted cocktails, and a vast selection of local beer.
Top review
Dablazer2vip
Dined 3 days ago
The food that I ordered was done very well and the the service was excellent
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