Enjoying a hearty meal and delicious drinks with friends in a cozy supper club is a classic Wisconsin experience. With around 250 of them in the state, however, it can be easy to miss out on some wonderful places if you’re not a local. That makes the discovery of charming small-town hideaways all the more fun, and each is big in personality and perfect for quality time with your favorite people. Head off the beaten path to explore these unforgettable supper clubs.
Black Otter Supper Club – Hortonville
Owners Bob and Geri Guyette were both employees at the Black Otter Supper Club in Hortonville when they married in 1998. Five years later, they bought the restaurant that means so much to them. And now, under their loving leadership, the Black Otter continues to be a local favorite. Visit for a petite cut of tenderloin, or arrive ravenous to tackle a ten-pound slab of prime rib. Eat all of that “extreme cut,” and the reward is a T-shirt, gift certificate and Wall of Fame induction. Whatever you order includes soup and salad bar and good times had by all at this quintessential Wisconsin supper club.
Buck-A-Neer Supper Club – Stratford
What began as a blacksmith’s shop in the late 1800’s is now a favorite spot for Friday fish fry, good company and all-you-can-eat steak in central Wisconsin. At the Buck-A-Neer Supper Club in Stratford, classic supper fare reigns supreme — meaning delicious prime rib and seafood, starting with a hand-muddled old fashioned and ending with a towering ice cream drink. Newer favorites include deep fried alligator bites and s’mores martinis. Be sure to get a group picture with the vintage neon “Buckaneer” sign out front to commemorate your Wisconsin night out.
Cedar Lodge Supper Club – Malone
“Generous portions at reasonable prices” is the motto at Cedar Lodge Supper Club, located on the quiet (east) side of Lake Winnebago in Malone and owned since 1988 by the same family, who takes pride in making everything from scratch, including their hearty Sunday breakfasts. Pair your food with a local seasonal beer on tap from nearby Rowland’s Calumet Brewery for extra deliciousness. Every meal here starts with the restaurant's beloved cinnamon-spiced apple fritters and ends with you and your crew full of good food and great memories.
Dreamland Supper Club – South Range
Dreamland Supper Club is a historic gem located six miles east of Superior in South Range. The restaurant's lively history includes the years during Prohibition when it functioned as a speakeasy, and you can still see the vintage menus displayed inside. You and your group will get the full supper club experience here, including four classic courses of homemade relishes and breadsticks, soup, salad, and whatever delicious entrée you choose. The stars on the ceiling help give this supper club a true Dreamland feel.
Donny’s Girl in Watertown is the perfect supper club to bring the whole family, as this restaurant has been in Donny’s family for two generations. In the winter you can stop by on snowmobile, as the restaurant is right off the scenic Wild Goose State Trail. Refuel with barbecue ribs or a walleye pike fillet, and don’t forget to try one of the rotating dessert specials. Keep the fun going and bring home one of their homemade Old Fashioned mixes to enjoy with friends after hours.
Van Abel’s – Kaukauna
Just east of Appleton is a supper club whose dining made the map decades ago and still earns rave reviews. Van Abel’s opened in Kaukauna in 1848 as a saloon and rest stop for cattle-driving farmers in route to Green Bay. Now, a fourth generation welcomes everyone from tables for two to wedding receptions for 500. On the menu: time-honored recipes for green beans and bean salad, chicken booyah and country-style all-you-can-eat broasted chicken with all the classic sides. Start with an Old Fashioned or Bloody Mary; each comes in a 16-ounce canning jar. Other highlights include an onsite arcade and separate food allergy menus. Make Van Abel’s a stop on your route for a little history and a lot of good eating.
Weatherwood Supper Club – Mountain
If it’s the “up north” supper club experience you’re after, look no further than the Weatherwood Supper Club in the Northwoods. Accessible by car or snowmobile in the winter, you’ll have plenty to fuel up on including classics like steak and lobster and even fried frog legs. Stop in early for their “double bubble” special: two drinks for the price of one. Start your meal by sharing a warm loaf of bread with friends and keep warm with good food and better company.