By Jennifer Posh
From the relish tray to frosty ice cream drinks, the supper club is a Wisconsin institution that locals have loved since the 1930s. The tradition is still alive and well today in Milwaukee, where you’ll find supper clubs thriving right alongside the farm-to-table and award-winning restaurants that make up Milwaukee’s “new school” dining scene.
Milwaukee’s supper clubs range from longtime favorites that still are making “best-of” lists to bold contemporary twists on the classic institution. Next time you visit, give one a try!
This supper club has been family-owned and independently operated since 1946. Described by Travel & Leisure as a “classic supper club setting with a Mad Men vibe,” the Five O’Clock Steakhouse is locally and nationally renowned for its premium steaks, served alongside supper club staples like the relish tray and fresh salads prepared tableside. Plus, for even more retro fun, step upstairs for live music on Friday and Saturday in the 1940s’style Alley Cat Lounge.
Located just south of downtown, this supper club has been delighting patrons since 1974. Family-owned and operated, The Packing House produces all dressings, stocks, sauces, breadings and soups from scratch in their kitchen. In addition to the classic supper club fare, locals love their famous Friday Fish Fry.
Take a step back in time at a Hollywood-style supper club. Joey Gerard’s is a new restaurant with a nostalgic feel, bringing traditional supper club favorites to modern families. With locations in Greendale and Mequon and an impressive menu of ice cream drinks, it’s easy to enjoy retro favorites here.
Experience a contemporary take on the supper club. Located in the historic Shorecrest Hotel, this new restaurant blends old school flair with a fresh, modern menu, offering entrees divided into a “Classic” and “Contemporary” section. Put this club on your list if you’re looking for a new-school twist on an old favorite.