After a hot summer day on Wisconsin’s waters – fishing, tubing, boating, or just soaking up some sun – you’re sure to be ready for a good meal. But it’s not just anywhere that “going out for dinner” means buckling a life jacket instead of a seat belt, and pulling up to a dock instead of a parking lot.
In Wisconsin, a day on the water often means dinner on the water, too – and that’s part of the fun! This summer, boat on up for a bite to eat at these waterfront hotspots.
Sail Loft - Milwaukee
Located in the heart of the historic Third Ward, Sail Loft is the perfect spot to catch a sunset along the Milwaukee River. Their outdoor patio is the place to be in the summer; enjoy drinks and appetizers with a view, or choose dinner from the large menu featuring plenty of seafood. Dive into a plate of Maine lobster ravioli, sip a glass of wine, and watch the waves rolls by – you can’t go wrong here!
Milwaukee Ale House - Milwaukee
This historic location dates back more than 100 years, as a place where sailors would dock and get fitted for new sails before heading out onto Lake Michigan. Today, the Ale House serves up delicious pub-style food and features a variety of house-brewed beers from the Milwaukee Brewing Company. After docking, enjoy a meal and a pint upstairs in the dining room, out on the two-story riverside patio, or downstairs in the “Hopside Down,” the Ale House’s cozy Irish pub.
Jimmy Seas - Green Bay
Drop anchor at Jimmy Seas for fantastic live music along the Fox River. No matter what time of day you’re passing through, there’s always something worth stopping for here – in the morning, drop in for breakfast and brunch cocktails by the water, and weekend evenings bring in bands for a full night of fun. Good food, good friends, and a concert under the stars: all the makings of a perfect summer night!
Reefpoint Brew House - Racine
Enjoy a summer evening dinner on the patio at Reefpoint Brew House, surrounded by awesome views of Lake Michigan and the marina below. Offering an impressive selection of local beers, Reefpoint is a great place to sit down and stay awhile over drinks and a plate of BBQ, slow-smoked daily and topped with your choice of homemade sauces. Stop by for live music on Friday and Saturday nights!
Gordy’s Boat House Bar and Restaurant - Fontana
Right on the shores of Lake Geneva, this bustling marina is a must-visit for boaters! Tie up on the pier and head into the Boat House for a delicious meal and a nautical, laid back atmosphere. Known for it’s Sunday Bloody Mary bar, Friday fish fry and beautiful views of the lake, Gordy’s is the kind of quintessential place you want to visit after a day on the water– big umbrellas, Adirondack chairs, the whole nine yards.
And what summer day on the boat is complete without ice cream? Stop right next door at Gordy’s Surf Shack for an old-fashioned scoop.
Blue Bayou Inn – Manitowish Waters
Dock your boat at the Blue Bayou for a Northwoods spin on classic Creole and Cajun food. The menu and atmosphere are a bit classier than your typical dockside eatery, so you’ll want to leave the bathing suit on the boat. Regulars love the crawfish etoufee and jambalaya, and if you’re feeling adventurous, try the alligator bites! For a casual drink or appetizer, relax on the lakeside deck or in the adjoining Steamboat Lounge.