New Restaurants To Try on Vacation in 2022

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Trying new restaurants covers two of the best parts of any vacation in Wisconsin: new experiences and delicious food. These good-vibe restaurants all opened in the last year or so, and they’ll make great, tasty memories during your 2022 vacation adventures.

Of course, while you explore new dining options this year, don’t forget to enjoy Wisconsin’s long-time favorite restaurants too. They’re looking forward to having you back!

Door County

The Door County peninsula has been a vacation favorite for generations. Tasty old-time traditions set this place apart, and new restaurants keep adding more tasty experiences to try.

Clover & Zot

You’ll find this chic euro-syle hangout on the shore of Bailey’s Harbor. The menu at Clover & Zot features up-scale variety at great prices and a long, thoughtful list of wine and beer. There’s indoor and outdoor seating — outside features lawn games and great lake views.


Up from their original home in Algoma, Skaliwags opened in Fish Creek in June 2021. Now the flagship restaurant of the Skaliwags brand, this location has quickly become a local favorite, specializing in seafood with mouthwatering presentation.

Green Bay

Green Bay’s unexpected culinary prowess makes time sharing a meal here especially memorable. Visit in July for the city’s restaurant week to dine your way through even more spots.


The new sister restaurant to the highly rated Republic Chophouse, Mangiare serves authentic Italian dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere. Diners love Mangiare’s top-notch service, and the dishes feature fresh ingredients with oils sourced directly from Italy.


Slander might just be a fun restaurant name, but it also nods to owner Elizabeth Kangas’ background in the legal field. The new restaurant in downtown Green Bay serves sharable plates and craft cocktails in an upscale setting.

Eau Claire

Headed to the Indie Capital of the Midwest? Try these new-to-the-scene restaurants in Eau Claire. Note: their restaurant week happens in September if you and your foodie friends are hungry for more.

Eau Juicy

This new seafood hangout serves Cajun-style crab legs, shrimp, crawfish and more. Put on the gloves you’re given, because things at Eau Juicy may get deliciously messy. Head out back to enjoy the patio seating and firepit.

Karl’s Bar-B-Q Express

It’s no-frills, just-tasty barbecue at its finest. The favorite Chippewa Falls BBQ spot opened a new location in Eau Claire for more foodies to enjoy. Enjoy Karl’s smoked-in-house meats at the restaurant or take it to for a picnic in one of Eau Claire’s parks.

At Lake Superior

Vacation adventures around Lake Superior, including the Apostle Islands, are as spectacular as the water. Fuel up at these new restaurants on the Great Lake.

The Cranberry Over Superior

This new bar & restaurant overlooking the Cranberry River and Lake Superior in Herbster serves not-your-typical dishes. Try their pickle-brined buttermilk fried chicken dinner on Saturdays. The Smoked Bloody Mary comes topped with cheese curds, pickled garlic, veggies and a whole smoked cisco  (lake herring) fish.

ScareCrow Pizza

When you’re Up North, pizza is a main stay that keeps everyone in your crew happy. This new pizza place in Washburn serves all the classic pizza favorites in a laid back, Northwoods lodge setting. It makes a perfect meal stop between Bayfield and Ashland.


Madison’s lakes and urban energy provides lots of vacation opportunity. Add these restaurants to your trip itinerary to try something new.

The Harvey House

This stylish, high-end restaurant is redefining — and celebrating — Wisconsin's iconic supper club traditions. Inside a renovated train platform, the Harvey House transports you to the booming age of big band jazz and doo-wop.  Enjoy fresh takes on classic supper club classics. Try the Grasshopper Baked Alaska for dessert.

The Botanist Social

This new brunch, dinner and late-night hangout specializes in gin cocktails and fine dining. The atmosphere: think leather couches, green plants and candlelight. Conveniently on vibrant State Street, the Botanist Social is in the heart of downtown Madison.

The Northwoods

It’s a big area, dotted with Wisconsin gems, and vacations here quickly become family tradition. Check out these new spots the next time you’re Up North.

Northfork Fin & Filet

In Arbor Vitae, Northfork uses local ingredients for their steak-and-seafood forward menu. It’s family-friendly and their patio pavilion is perfect for dining outside in the fresh, Northwoods air. Inside, try for a spot under the hanging wooden canoe, lit up with Edison bulbs.

The Portage

Find bar-food favorites at The Portage in Cable, a stylish new indoor/outdoor bar and casual eatery. The menu’s small and mighty, and the frequent live music and Instagram-able peace fingers sculpture makes this spot even sweeter.

Wisconsin Dells

Trips to the Waterfall Capital of the World have been a family favorite for generations, and new restaurants can add fresh flavor to your next trip.

The VUE Waterfront Dining & Bar

The new restaurant in the VUE hotel features some of the best river views and dinnertime sunsets in the Dells. The menu features unexpected variety, from a gourmet double cheeseburger to chicken marsala to miso ramen.

Lake City Social

Lake City Social features a sizable menu of comfort food and Wisconsin classics in a laid-back environment. In downtown, the restaurant is close to Wisconsin Dells’ waterparks. Lake City Social also opened a restaurant in Lake Geneva — check it out!


Still hungry for more? There are more new restaurants and classic favorites to discover in Wisconsin. Explore your next delicious adventures.


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