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High Rock Café

High Rock Café

High Rock Café

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232 BroadwayWisconsin Dells 53965
(608) 254-5677
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Modern American cuisine with a sense of adventure, High Rock stands out with bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Serving lunch and dinner, you can enjoy this local’s favorite restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Wisconsin Dells. High Rock Cafe offers casual dining in a contemporary atmosphere, experience our new outdoor deck! Unique salads, wraps, sandwiches, delicious crab cakes, pastas, steaks, and so much more. Great local micro-brews and wine list, and new specialty craft cocktails. Open daily at 11 am.

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See why High Rock Café was voted best restaurant in Wisconsin Dells by Trip Advisor. Read customer reviews, view the menu, map the location & more.
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    02/08/2010My daughter and I love sitting up above street level, relaxing in the restaurant and watching the world go by down below. Just a fun and cozy place to be. So quaint and sweet. Great food to boot. We go there several times to eat when we visit the Dells.
    -DebraForest Lake,Mn

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    Here Are Tonight’s Specials2010-06-24The ultimate meal, from appetizer to dessert.Read More
    Here Are Tonight’s Specials

    ishnala-mirror-lake-wi-dells-19For starters, let’s sample a favorite appetizer, the cheese spread at Ishnala, here in the Dells. This restaurant is perched on a plot of land overlooking Mirror Lake that was once ceremonial grounds for the Winnebago Indians and later a trading post. The salads and rolls are the perfect next course. Ishnala is open Memorial Day through mid-October, so plan accordingly. For soup, the loaded potato soup at the High Rock Café in Downtown Dells is one of those instant classics worth a stop unto itself. And the view from this second-story restaurant lets you see all the comings and goings while you simply relax with an incredible bowl of homemade goodness. Ask about their soup du jour too.





    kaminski-bros-chophouse-wisconsin-dells-steak-19The side dish to order, hands down, is the "fully loaded mashed potatoes" at the Kaminski Bros. Chophouse, a great restaurant in Wisconsin Dells restaurant located inside the Chula Vista Resort. This mountain of potatoes, enough for four or more, is loaded with flavors. Given the taste and the portion size, you’ll be happy to take home leftovers.








    house-of-embers-wi-dells-restaurants-19For entrees, we recommend the ribs at House of Embers, the walleye at the Del-Bar, and the burgers at Monk’s Bar & Grill in Downtown Dells. Let’s start with the ribs. In 1959, Wally Obois decided his new restaurant would be famous for hickory smoked BBQ ribs. And so it came to be. Today his son Mike uses the same technique to make these deliciously tender ribs using a specially designed smoke house and a secret BBQ sauce.





    del-bar-wisconsin-dells-fine-dining-19Over at the Del-Bar supper club, established in 1943 as a roadside steakhouse and also owned and operated by the original family, the pan-fried walleye is to die for. The staff, some of whom have been there 20 years, will be happy to recommend just the right wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine cellar to accompany the fish. Delish.

    On a more casual note, the place to go for burgers is Monk’s. Just ask any local. This place has been serving "World Famous" burgers since 1947. Choose from one of 10 types of burgers on the menu and, while you’re at it, why not ask for a side order of deep fried Wisconsin Dells white cheddar cheese curds too. Monk’s has two locations - the original downtown bar and grill, and an expansive new restaurant at the Wilderness Resort, one of our lovely Wisconsin Dells resorts.


    For the sweet tooths in the crowd, this culinary adventure is just not complete without a stop at the Cheese Factory Restaurant. The building was actually a cheese factory for decades, a Wisconsin Dells landmark of sorts, before being converted into an eatery. The desserts here are made the old-fashioned way - hand-made by specific bakers who are responsible only for that particular dessert. There’s Glorious Chocolate Cake and Hazlenut Torte, but our favorite has to be the Princess Cake -- vanilla cake between layers of lemon butter-cream frosting and raspberry filling and covered with roasted almonds. Check please.


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    Original People - Justin Draper And Wade Bernander2010-04-01Lifelong friends, co-owners & chefs at High Rock Café.Read More
    Original People - Justin Draper And Wade Bernander

    high-rock-cafe-wisconsin-dells-restaurants-26Here is Justin and Wade's story in a snapshot.

    Lifelong friends, co-owners and chefs at High Rock Café.

    Both left Wisconsin Dells for five years to travel the country in search of culturally interesting recipes. They classify their cuisine as "modern American" and enjoy the fact that people are willing to experiment a bit more when on vacation.

    Non-Edible Creation:
    The unusual chandelier at the top of the stairs, with forks, spoons and knives hanging from it, is their creation.

    Favorite Sandwich on the Menu:
    The "Soprano," made with sautéed garlic shrimp, bacon, provolone cheese and tomato served on a toasted honey oat bread.


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    Recognized For Their Good Taste2010-04-01Food and wine awards, plus a winning Wisconsin breakfast recipe.Read More
    Recognized For Their Good Taste

    wisconsin-dells-restaurants-cheese-factory-28Restaurant reviews and culinary awards count for a lot with travelers, especially “foodies” who plan their trips around local food finds.  So the Wisconsin Dells Visitor Bureau decided to poll the local restaurants on its roster to see who’s been recognized for their good taste.  Here’s a quick sampling: 

    • Uno Pizzeria & Grill was named America’s #1 Healthiest Chain Restaurant by Health Magazine.
    • Cheese Factory Restaurant made it big on “Everyday with Rachel Ray,” with its Big Cheese sandwich recognized as one of four “Over the Top” grilled cheese sandwiches in the country.
    • Culver’s (two area locations), a Wisconsin original, was voted the #1 Burger Chain in America in the Consumers’ Choice poll from Restaurants & Institutions Magazine.
    • High Rock Café has held the top spot among Wisconsin Dells restaurants for several years running based on TripAdvisor.com consumer reviews.
    • Two area supper clubs - Field’s at the Wilderness and the Del-Bar - have been honored with awards from Wine Spectator Magazine.

    The most recent culinary honor, however, goes not to a restaurant in Wisconsin Dells but to a B&B - Bowman’s Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast, LLC.  Innkeeper Nancy Bowman won a recent Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association’s statewide recipe cook-off for her Wild Rice Cran-Apple Breakfast Bake. The judges, who included two Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs, plus a food journalist and author, praised Bowman's winning dish for its contrast of "hearty" with "sweet" and its "tremendous mix of robust flavors with creative extras."  Bowman was pleased to share her recipe.


    wisconsin-dells-bed-and-breakfast-28Wild Rice Cran-Apple Breakfast Bake

    Number of Servings: 4 generous or 8 side dish-sized portions
    Baking Time: 30 minutes
    Baking Temperature: 350°F




    Ingredient List:
    1 ½ c. cooked wild rice
    ¾ c. raw oatmeal
    2 large red apples
    ¾ c. dried cranberries
    ½ c. raisins
    ½ T. cinnamon
    ½ c. chopped nuts (you can use either walnuts, pecans or a mixture of the two)

    2 c. milk
    ¼ c. brown sugar
    ¼ tsp salt
    2 T of butter
    In large bowl mix wild rice, oatmeal, thinly sliced apples (not peeled), cranberries, raisins, cinnamon and nuts.  Set aside.
    In separate bowl mix together milk, brown sugar, salt and butter and heat in microwave oven until hot.  Mix hot ingredients into rice and fruit mixture.  Put into buttered 2 qt. casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.


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    Dandy Reasons for a Downtown Dells Stroll2010-04-02Glockenspiel and the RiverWalk; two free reasons to take a stroll through downtown Wisconsin Dells.Read More
    Dandy Reasons for a Downtown Dells Stroll

    glockenspiel-downtown-dells-29German Glockenspiel - Downtown Dells

    Take the children to see the giant Glockenspiel with a musical re-enactment of the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin every half-hour, on the hour. The legend goes that the Pied Piper rid the town of Hamelin of its rats and mice by charming them away with his flute playing. When the citizens of Hamelin refused to pay the piper the price they had agreed upon, he charmed away their children in revenge.

    The German Glockenspiel with its fairy tale re-enactment is FREE making it one of the best Wisconsin Dells deals. It's located in the 400 block of Broadway, Downtown Wisconsin Dells.


    dells-river-walk-wi-dells-29Dells RiverWalk

    Stroll the Dells RiverWalk with vistas of the Wisconsin River and its sandstone bluffs now easily accessible to the public for the first time in 75 years. This ¼-mile paved path offers Dells visitors not only a breathtaking view of the Dells' unique scenery, but sprinkles in game tables and comfortable benches along its expanse in invitation to sit a spell and take in all of Mother Nature's glory. Walk, bike or run the Dells RiverWalk, but be sure to put this special experience on your Wisconsin Dells itinerary. It's one of the most scenic Wisconsin Dells activities available and it never disappoints.

    The Dells RiverWalk entrance is located at the 100 block of Broadway in downtown Wisconsin Dells. It's free and open to the public year-round.


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    What Kind of Meal Are You in the Mood For?2011-04-07Read More
    What Kind of Meal Are You in the Mood For?

    The Tour de Force for Foodies Starts with Wisconsin Dells Supper Clubs

    If you can’t wait to relax over a brandy old-fashioned, munch on some Wisconsin artisan cheese before being seated, and then linger over a multi-course meal that might include yeasty rolls, crisp salad, rich soup, steak or seafood with an incredible sauce, a side of buttery baked potato or fresh asparagus, and decadent chocolate torte with aromatic coffee for dessert, then have we got the supper clubs for you.

    Field’s at the Wilderness and the Del-Bar were both designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, which of course adds to the ambience of these restaurants in Wisconsin Dells.  Copper Oak Steak House, House of Embers, Kaminski Bros. Chop House and Ishnala Supper Club round out the list.  For one night, don’t lament the calories.  Just enjoy!

    Seasonally Sensational, Vegetarian, Homemade Dining

    For a seasonal menu that is beyond words, check out High Rock Café in Downtown Dells.  It recently doubled in size, which is a sure testament to its popularity with visitors and newspaper restaurant critics alike.

    For vegetarian, a pleasant surprise is the Cheese Factory Restaurant.  The entrées reflect flavors of the world.  It's a great way to be introduced to this style of cuisine.  Here’s a recommendation: Try their grilled cheese, named a Top 5 in the U.S. by Rachel Ray.

    While dining in Wisconsin Dells, enjoy the beautiful landscaping outside Sarento’s Restaurant a treat for the eyes, while the extensive Italian menu and specialty pizzas offered are a treat for the tummy.

    The surf and turf meal on the Dells Boat Tours Sunset Dinner Cruise is prepared fresh at one of the docking spots.  Their grill masters are to be commended.

    Sweet tooths should unite at CheeseCake Heaven Deli Restaurant.  The owner literally spent four years perfecting her cheesecake recipe, which now comes in 90 varieties.  Everything on the restaurant menu is homemade too – pastas, soups, sandwiches, the whole nine yards.

    Enjoy your food tour of Wisconsin Dells.


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