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Where to Eat While Visiting Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Find everything from fish fries to prime steaks in this popular resort city

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Lake Geneva is 80 miles northwest of Chicago.
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By and large, there’s no need to sell Chicagoans on the pleasures of Lake Geneva. A popular Wisconsin resort city that’s 80 miles northwest of the city, its lakeside location and rustic charm has long drawn Illinois residents seeking an idyllic retreat. The late Hugh Hefner in 1968 even chose the area for his first Playboy resort. That club is now long gone, but the city is devoted about its dining institutions: restaurants and bars develop passionate followings over decades, and even centuries. From upscale steaks and surf and turf to lakeside fish fries and locally roasted coffee, visitors will find plenty of delights for diners of all ages. Here are Eater Chicago’s picks for some of the best spots to eat and drink Lake Geneva.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers.

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1. Next Door Pub & Pizzeria

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411 Interchange N
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-9551
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Consensus around pizza is a rare phenomenon, but Lake Geneva locals and visitors agree that four-decade-old institution Next Door Pub reigns supreme among the top pizzerias in town. Casual and family-friendly, the restaurant features thin hearth-fired pies like the Pub’s Famous Garbage (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions). It also has an extensive menu of burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and four kinds of Bloody Marys.

2. Lake Geneva Pie Co

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150 E Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-5100
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There’s nothing slick or showy about Lake Geneva Pie Co. — just simple, stellar fruit and cream pies in nostalgic flavors like banana cream, lemon meringue, and strawberry rhubarb inside a golden crust. Staff also put out top-notch chicken pot pies and rich quiches stuffed with bacon, cheese, and vegetables.

3. Freddie's West End

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W4118 Lakeshore Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-6183

Fish fries are a way of life in Wisconsin, and Freddie’s baskets perfectly-crispy blue gill, walleye pike, and lake perch have made the unfussy tavern into a destination. Snag a spot at the bar or gobble down the goods at a table just steps from Lake Como.

4. Topsy Turvy Brewery

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727 Geneva St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 812-8323
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A newish entry among area breweries, Topsy Turvy is located inside a 110-year-old neo-Gothic church complete with intricate stained glass windows. Owner Dan Schuld is originally from Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs but he’s fully embraced Wisconsin drinking culture with hits like a Stellar Nova OG hazy IPA and Lake Path blonde ale.

5. Avant Cycle Cafe

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234 Broad St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 203-5141
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The quaint charm of Lake Geneva is arguably best enjoyed on a leisurely bike ride. Enter Avant Cycle Cafe, a local coffee roaster and bicycle shop that offers repairs and rentals. The brand fully integrates both sides of the business, even including links to online route maps on each coffee label. Fuel up before hitting the streets with brewed coffee, cold brew, and espresso drinks.

6. Great Eggs

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220 Cook St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 812-4077
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Sometimes, the name just says it all. This tiny lakeside cafe get straight to the point with a tight menu of eggy wraps filled with potatoes, veggies, beans, and cheese. There’s also a selection of lunch wraps like chicken-bacon-ranch (tomato, red onion, greens) and BLTs.

7. Mars Resort

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W4098 S Shore Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 245-5689
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Supper clubs are another staple of Wisconsin’s dining legacy, and Mars — which has existed under different names since 1926 — puts its own spin on the genre along the edge of Lake Como. Offerings range from racks of barbecue ribs and steak to fish fries (Wednesdays and Fridays only), and there’s a special beach menu of casual bites like grilled jumbo shrimp skewers.

8. Sopra Bistro

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724 W Main St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 249-0800
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Italian-American bistro Sopra is keenly aware of Chicagoans’s outsized presence in Lake Geneva, as chef and owner Simon Cumming previously worked under chef Jason Paskewitz (Blanchard) at JP Chicago. He’s highlighting crowd-pleasers like grilled baby octopus (arugula, pickled radish, banana peppers) and pan-seared sea scallops (roasted corn puree, grilled broccolini, Thai chili and cilantro sauce).

9. Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar

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835 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-1948
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Housed inside a precious cottage, Barrique is a relaxing retreat that’s ideal for posting up with a glass of wine to bask in lovely lake views. Staff tout more than 75 wines by the glass, bottle, and flight, and beer drinkers can choose among more than sixty options from craft and boutique breweries. There’s also an emphasis on seafood but this kitchen is a self-proclaimed “fried free zone” — instead, try the lobster rolls, Louisiana lump crab cake sliders, and shrimp ceviche.

10. Oakfire

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831 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 812-8007
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Patios are hot commodities in Lake Geneva, especially during tourist season. Oakfire’s second-floor outdoor deck is hard to beat, located just next door to Barrique overlooking the water. The six-year-old restaurant is best known for its Neapolitan-style wood fired pizzas pizza cooked inside imported Stefano Ferrara ovens. Favorites include the Bosco (sausage, cremini mushrooms, mozzarella, basil, pecorino) with optional giardiniera in a nod to Chicago. Additional locations are open in Kenosha and Minocqua, Wisconsin.

11. Hunt Club Steakhouse

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555 Hunt Club Ct
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 245-7200
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Hunt Club easily ranks among the top spots for a fancy night out in Lake Geneva, housed inside a 106-year-old mansion once occupied by plumbing magnate Richard Crane. It’s a cushy, intimate space with limited seating in the dining room and bar, outfitted with a stone fireplace and dark pine paneling. Steak is naturally the focus, and its difficult to go wrong with ribeyes, filets, and strips sourced from family farms in Wisconsin and Iowa.

12. Popeye's on Lake Geneva

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811 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-4381
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An area landmark for half a century, Popeye’s — unrelated to the fast food chain — has pleased generations of fans with its popular rotisserie chickens and all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry. Munch on crispy cod on the patio and take in spectacular lake views.

13. Scoops Ice Cream

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101 Broad St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 203-5193
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Scoops is the adorable ice cream parlor every small town deserves. Stop in for generous dishes and cones in flavors like strawberry cheesecake and maple walnut. Italian ice is also available.

14. The Baker House

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327 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-4700
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Patrons with flair for the dramatic may get a kick out of the Baker House, a 136-year-old Queen Anne Mansion that now serves as a Gilded Age-themed hotel, restaurant, and lounge. Get into costume by choosing from a large collection of vintage hats and sip French 75s amid opulent decor.

15. The Grandview Restaurant

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N2009 S Lake Shore Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-5690
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Catch gorgeous, romantic sunsets over Geneva Lake through the Grandview Restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Perched atop a bluff near Blackhawk State Park inside the the upscale Geneva Inn, it’s a popular spot for special occasions featuring prime steaks, seafood, pastas, and more.

1. Next Door Pub & Pizzeria

411 Interchange N, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Consensus around pizza is a rare phenomenon, but Lake Geneva locals and visitors agree that four-decade-old institution Next Door Pub reigns supreme among the top pizzerias in town. Casual and family-friendly, the restaurant features thin hearth-fired pies like the Pub’s Famous Garbage (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions). It also has an extensive menu of burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and four kinds of Bloody Marys.

411 Interchange N
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

2. Lake Geneva Pie Co

150 E Geneva Square, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

There’s nothing slick or showy about Lake Geneva Pie Co. — just simple, stellar fruit and cream pies in nostalgic flavors like banana cream, lemon meringue, and strawberry rhubarb inside a golden crust. Staff also put out top-notch chicken pot pies and rich quiches stuffed with bacon, cheese, and vegetables.

150 E Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

3. Freddie's West End

W4118 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Fish fries are a way of life in Wisconsin, and Freddie’s baskets perfectly-crispy blue gill, walleye pike, and lake perch have made the unfussy tavern into a destination. Snag a spot at the bar or gobble down the goods at a table just steps from Lake Como.

W4118 Lakeshore Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

4. Topsy Turvy Brewery

727 Geneva St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

A newish entry among area breweries, Topsy Turvy is located inside a 110-year-old neo-Gothic church complete with intricate stained glass windows. Owner Dan Schuld is originally from Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs but he’s fully embraced Wisconsin drinking culture with hits like a Stellar Nova OG hazy IPA and Lake Path blonde ale.

727 Geneva St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

5. Avant Cycle Cafe

234 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

The quaint charm of Lake Geneva is arguably best enjoyed on a leisurely bike ride. Enter Avant Cycle Cafe, a local coffee roaster and bicycle shop that offers repairs and rentals. The brand fully integrates both sides of the business, even including links to online route maps on each coffee label. Fuel up before hitting the streets with brewed coffee, cold brew, and espresso drinks.

234 Broad St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

6. Great Eggs

220 Cook St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Sometimes, the name just says it all. This tiny lakeside cafe get straight to the point with a tight menu of eggy wraps filled with potatoes, veggies, beans, and cheese. There’s also a selection of lunch wraps like chicken-bacon-ranch (tomato, red onion, greens) and BLTs.

220 Cook St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

7. Mars Resort

W4098 S Shore Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Supper clubs are another staple of Wisconsin’s dining legacy, and Mars — which has existed under different names since 1926 — puts its own spin on the genre along the edge of Lake Como. Offerings range from racks of barbecue ribs and steak to fish fries (Wednesdays and Fridays only), and there’s a special beach menu of casual bites like grilled jumbo shrimp skewers.

W4098 S Shore Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

8. Sopra Bistro

724 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Italian-American bistro Sopra is keenly aware of Chicagoans’s outsized presence in Lake Geneva, as chef and owner Simon Cumming previously worked under chef Jason Paskewitz (Blanchard) at JP Chicago. He’s highlighting crowd-pleasers like grilled baby octopus (arugula, pickled radish, banana peppers) and pan-seared sea scallops (roasted corn puree, grilled broccolini, Thai chili and cilantro sauce).

724 W Main St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

9. Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar

835 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Housed inside a precious cottage, Barrique is a relaxing retreat that’s ideal for posting up with a glass of wine to bask in lovely lake views. Staff tout more than 75 wines by the glass, bottle, and flight, and beer drinkers can choose among more than sixty options from craft and boutique breweries. There’s also an emphasis on seafood but this kitchen is a self-proclaimed “fried free zone” — instead, try the lobster rolls, Louisiana lump crab cake sliders, and shrimp ceviche.

835 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

10. Oakfire

831 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Patios are hot commodities in Lake Geneva, especially during tourist season. Oakfire’s second-floor outdoor deck is hard to beat, located just next door to Barrique overlooking the water. The six-year-old restaurant is best known for its Neapolitan-style wood fired pizzas pizza cooked inside imported Stefano Ferrara ovens. Favorites include the Bosco (sausage, cremini mushrooms, mozzarella, basil, pecorino) with optional giardiniera in a nod to Chicago. Additional locations are open in Kenosha and Minocqua, Wisconsin.

831 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

11. Hunt Club Steakhouse

555 Hunt Club Ct, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Hunt Club easily ranks among the top spots for a fancy night out in Lake Geneva, housed inside a 106-year-old mansion once occupied by plumbing magnate Richard Crane. It’s a cushy, intimate space with limited seating in the dining room and bar, outfitted with a stone fireplace and dark pine paneling. Steak is naturally the focus, and its difficult to go wrong with ribeyes, filets, and strips sourced from family farms in Wisconsin and Iowa.

555 Hunt Club Ct
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

12. Popeye's on Lake Geneva

811 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

An area landmark for half a century, Popeye’s — unrelated to the fast food chain — has pleased generations of fans with its popular rotisserie chickens and all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry. Munch on crispy cod on the patio and take in spectacular lake views.

811 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

13. Scoops Ice Cream

101 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Scoops is the adorable ice cream parlor every small town deserves. Stop in for generous dishes and cones in flavors like strawberry cheesecake and maple walnut. Italian ice is also available.

101 Broad St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

14. The Baker House

327 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Patrons with flair for the dramatic may get a kick out of the Baker House, a 136-year-old Queen Anne Mansion that now serves as a Gilded Age-themed hotel, restaurant, and lounge. Get into costume by choosing from a large collection of vintage hats and sip French 75s amid opulent decor.

327 Wrigley Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

15. The Grandview Restaurant

N2009 S Lake Shore Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Catch gorgeous, romantic sunsets over Geneva Lake through the Grandview Restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Perched atop a bluff near Blackhawk State Park inside the the upscale Geneva Inn, it’s a popular spot for special occasions featuring prime steaks, seafood, pastas, and more.

N2009 S Lake Shore Dr
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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