In a couple of weeks I'm renting a condo in the Dells for an extended weekend with family - 4 kids, 4 parents, 2 grandparents. The last time I was there, the restaurants we ate at were average at best, has anybody found a hidden treasure in the Dells? Looking for options for the following scenarios:
Restaurant where we can all have dinner together (family friendly)
Nice restaurant intimate restaurant for just me and my wife.
After a long day of waterpark chaos - looking forward to unwinding with nice dinners.
Well the trip didn't go quite as I planned - we all had too much fun at the waterparks and dinner became an afterthought. Visiting the Dells in the fall was great, the crowds were non-existent and the (indoor) parks weren't too crowded, My brother and his family surprised us by arriving on Friday, bringing the total size of our group to 14.
On Friday night we chose pizza at Moose Jaw, and it was good. We went with their specialty which had sausage, peppers, onions and mushrooms and it went down great with a cold glass of beer.
By the time Saturday night rolled around, everyone was pretty tired so we decided to take the kids and try Monks. The atmosphere was great for our large party and the food was pretty good. The burgers have great flavor, but weren't as hot or juicy as I had hoped for - but we all got our food at the same time and the service was good, I would definitely go again.
Thanks for the help and advice.
I second Monk's for the burgers. Fries are good too.
We had great meat-free meals at The Cheese Factory. Highly recommended.
We also went to Moose Jaw for pizza and beer. The wait at 6:00pm was forever. By 9:00pm we walked right in. Had an excellent garlic and artichoke heart pizza. The beer is really good too.
I second Moosejaw. The Dells is pretty dead after summer is over, but Moosejaw is operating and popular year-round. The atmosphere is warm and inviting... place is really beautiful inside, in a kind of log lodge style. It has crackling fireplaces on cold days, and a high loft dining area, where my daughter was delighted to sit and be able to look down at the lower level dining room. My boyfriend and I went there last January when there were below zero temperatures outside, and the only drawback to this place was that there is no double-entry foyer to break the wind... the frigid wind blew right into the big main diningroom and people nearest the door were wearing their coats! We made a request to sit away from the door and were led to a back dining room, and the friendly staff sat us at a table right next to a fireplace with a roaring fire. Moosejaw also has their own micro-brews, if that appeals to you. We ordered a micro-brew sampler that came out on a wooden tray with 4-oz glasses to sample from... fun sharing between two people!
What a great place to go off-season! The area is stunningly beautiful. Be sure to ride the 15" gauge train just outside Wisc. Dells. And take a trip into Baraboo - a pretty town with an OK cafe above the used bookstore (which is a wonderful bookstore) on the main square.
I found two nice restaurants when I was in the area last spring - I've mentioned them so much that I'll just link to my earlier post: