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Ishnala Supper Club

Ishnala Supper Club

Ishnala Supper Club

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Ishnala Supper Club Map
Address:
S2011 Ishnala RdWisconsin Dells 53965
Phone:
(608) 253-1771
Open:
May 5 - October 27
Website:
http://www.ishnala.com
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Overview
Just minutes from the Wisconsin Dells and located in the middle of beautiful Mirror Lake State Park, a long winding road takes you through hundreds of acres of meadow and forest to the Ishnala Restaurant on the shore of tranquil Mirror Lake. Then enjoy a breathtaking view while you relax in our main dining room where giant Norway pines grow right through the roof. At Ishnala, fine dining joins with nature to create a truly memorable dining experience.
Classic Experience

Ishnala means “by itself alone” in the language of the Winnebago Indians. Located deep in the woods and perched high above picturesque Mirror Lake, the land was once used by the Winnebago Indians as a ceremonial ground. In the early 1800s, a log cabin trading post was erected there. The current restaurant structure amazingly still has the original stone fireplace, log walls and staircase from that trading post. With Frank Sinatra music lilting in the background, and lobster and New York Strip served all around, it’s a slice of perfection. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 
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The Ishnala Supper Club is one of the Dells' famous fine dining options. At Ishnala, you'll enjoy excellent food & great views. Find reviews, directions & more.
     
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    03/29/2012This is by far the best place I have ever dined. It's really busy on the weekends, but I don't even care - it's so worth it! The staff is superb. The food is perfectly prepared, and very supper club esque! The building itself is so unique and has been around for years. Read the history on the front page of the menu, it's so neat! I've loved every server I've had there. What a beautiful place. Can't wait for this season!
    -EvelynMadison,WI
    08/24/2011We had our first visit to Ishnala Supper Club last night (August 23) to celebrate my boyfriends birthday (we won't mention age). It is absolutely beautiful, we sat by the window at a table for two, we got a bottle of Kenwood Merlot and had a glass before ordering. We both had Filet Mignon along with the au gratin and caesar salad, the waiter we had was wonderful and timed everything out so that we were able to enjoy our meal along with the specatcular view of Mirror Lake. After dinner we walked along the outside down by the water and around, was truely a birthday dinner he won't forget. Plan to take my daughter here for her 30th next May as she will love it.
    -LoriPortage,WI
    02/24/2010Growing up my family vacationed in Wisconsin Dells every summer. As our annual tradition we always visited Ishnala, our favorite restaurant! My sisters and I still talk about Ishnala...the wooded drive to get the ancient canoe found at the bottom of Mirror Lake...the stuffed local animals who looked all too real under the steps inside the restaurant...waiting for our table with kiddie cocktails on the decks outside...sitting next to the tilted windows that lean over Mirror Lake. Ishnala was the first place I ever ate fish!...and I loved it! I hope to bring my son Seth to Ishnala this summer. It has been years since I have been there, but I want to continue the tradition!
    -HeidiPalos Park,IL
    07/28/2009My husband and I celebrated our honeynoon in Wisconsin Dells and we had our 1st very special dinner at Ishnala. The food and atmosphere were wonderful. I will never forget it. We just celebrated our 8th year anniversary last week. We will be going back to Wisconsin Dells in a few weeks and plan to go back to Ishnala for dinner.
    -PhyllisChicago,Illinois
    07/25/2009We were married in Iowa on July 25, 1966 and spent our honeymoon in the Dells. Tonight we had dinner at one of our favorite restuarants on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and tried to remember where we ate dinner 2 or 3 times while at the Dells. I just went on line and found you. It brings back fond memories.
    -Jay & BevGautier,MS

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    Just Desserts04/01/2010A culinary tour featuring favorite desserts from area restaurants.Read More
    Just Desserts
    04/01/2010

    del-bar-wisconsin-dells-18Del-Bar

    If you leave without trying the Strawberry Schaum Torte, shame on you. This tower of chewy confectionary clouds with centers the consistency of marshmallow goodness alternating with whipped cream and strawberries, has been on the menu for 50 years, and is divine in its simplicity. As owner Jane Wimmer pointed out, it requires just a few ingredients, but delights on many levels. Close competitors to this top dessert -- the Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Torte.

     

     

    house-of-embers-wisconsin-dells-18House Of Embers

    Here, we recommend Bonnie's Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie. It's a mouthful, to be sure. Named after owner's wife, here's an analysis of this Dells pie from the bottom up. The crust is made with toasted pecans, then it's filled with vanilla ice cream, topped with lemon curd, then frozen. Next it's covered with a golden crown of meringue and candied lemon zest. Obois says this pie, which is served year-round, is his personal favorite.

     

     

     

    cheese-factory-restaurant-wisconsin-dellsCheese Factory Restaurant

    When you walk in this pretty little Wisconsin Dells restaurant -- it's actually housed in a converted cheese factory, thus the name -- your eyes will invariably be drawn to a rotating glass case filled with mouthwatering desserts. There are classic fudge brownies, cute cupcakes piled high with frosting, seasonal pies -- all homemade mind you. But the Princess Cake will call to you. Picture vanilla cake between layers of lemon butter-cream frosting and raspberry filling, then covered with roasted almonds. Enough said.

     

     

     

    Other restaurants noteworthy for their desserts include Field's at the Wilderness (Bananas Foster), Kaminski Bros. Chop House (their signature KBC Brownie Sundae) and Ishnala Supper Club (pecan cinnamon rolls, which come with the meal, but are absolutely dessert-worthy).

     

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    Here Are Tonight’s Specials06/24/2010The ultimate meal, from appetizer to dessert.Read More
    Here Are Tonight’s Specials
    06/24/2010

    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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    Dells Restaurants With A Water View04/01/2010Tantalizing Views - Restaurants that serve up pretty panoramas.Read More
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    04/01/2010

    wisconsin-river-restaurants-25River Moon Café

    It would be easy -- and a crime -- to drive by this gem. A bit hidden in a little enclave of shops behind Mexicali Rose restaurant, the café is perched right on the river next to the Kilbourn Dam. In fact, you're so close to the water that when you dine outside, you can hear the squeals from the folks taking the jet boat ride. The food is fresh, fresh, fresh. We asked owner Mary Helland about some of the favorites on the menu and she said the pumpkin bread and the spaghetti sauce, both recipes of her mom's, top the list.

     

     

    river-walk-wisconsin-dells-25River Walk Pub

    This place is perfect for a Friday fish fry in the Dells, a leisurely dinner of slow-roasted prime rib, or maybe just an appetizer basket of beer-battered cheese curds. Just don't leave without stepping out the back door for a stroll on the Downtown Dells RiverWalk that is just a few feet from the pub's outdoor dining area.

     

     

     

     

    rivers-edge-wisconsin-dells-25River's Edge Pub & Grub

    This quaint stop, just a few miles out of town, sits right on the Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River. Customers like to call it a best kept secret. Not anymore.

     

     

     

     

    Ravina Bay Bar & Grill

    Located on the South Shore of beautiful Lake Delton, directly across the bay from the Tommy Bartlett Show. They are known for their wonderful al fresco dining experience and fabulously fresh fare including flatbreads, sliders and wraps.  A Wisconsin Dells locals’ favorite.

    While not on the river, another restaurant with incredible water views is Ishnala Supper Club which is literally perched over pristine Mirror Lake.

     

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    A Classic Influence Every Step Of The Way09/16/2010Pay homage to all that's classic.Read More
    A Classic Influence Every Step Of The Way
    09/16/2010

    Prefer The Wisconsin Dells Classics

    Enduring. Endearing. Those were the two words that guided the research for this story on the classic Wisconsin Dells vacation. Many of the Wisconsin Dells hotels, attractions and restaurants included below have been building up a fan base for decades and across generations. Others are slightly more contemporary classics that still say “Wisconsin Dells” in a big way. Combined, they make for lots of choices for travelers who like to go classic.

     

    classic-dells-motels-100Classic Wisconsin Dells Hotels & Motels

    A good starting point is downtown, where classic Wisconsin Dells hotel and motels right on the main street are well maintained and still very popular. There’s Fitzgerald’s Motel, where the front sign reminds you to “Smile, you’re on vacation.” Last year, Fitzgerald’s celebrated its 60th anniversary, and owner Margaret Gewont is 100% sincere when she tells you guests are more like extended family than vacationers. A peek in the guest book proves it, with the first entry reading: “Margaret is the ultimate hostess.” The list of downtown Wisconsin Dells hotels and motels is long and varied, so take your pick.

     

    downtown-wi-dells-shops-100Downtown Wisconsin Dells

    As long as you’re already on the main thoroughfare, keep your car parked and put on your walking shoes for a stroll up and down Broadway. You’ll pass fudge shops like Swiss Maid Fudge and Wisconsin Dairyland Fudge and likely succumb to the sweets being made behind the picture windows. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, with its quirky and fun-to-read-about displays from adventures of days gone by, is one of the many amusing Wisconsin Dells attractions on Broadway. As long as you’re downtown, go ahead and have one of those old-timey pictures taken. For souvenirs, Bailey’s Landing and Winnebago Gift Shop are both known for their wide selection of Minnetonka moccasins, a fashion statement in Wisconsin and on the runways of New York.

     

    wisconsin-river-tours-100Classic Wisconsin River Tours

    On your walk through the Dells, you’re sure to see a Duck or two. Not the feathered kind, but the WWII amphibious vehicle kind that takes visitors on tours of Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River. Hop on and enjoy the splashdowns and scenery. Another classic river tour choice is a tour boat, either double decker or paddlewheeler. Some even offer shore landings, which is really the best way to experience the grandeur of the sandstone bluffs in the area.

     

    dells-animal-attractions-100Animal-Related Dells Attractions

    Now on to real animals, as in the deer at Wisconsin Deer Park, one of the classic Wisconsin Dells attractions that’s been in business for more than 50 years. Here you can feed the deer and also interact with American elk and bison. Wisconsin Deer Park also acts as a zoological supply service, with deer from their park being placed in zoos all over the country.

     

    tommy-bartlett-show-100Tommy Bartlett Classic Attractions

    Two Wisconsin Dells attractions that begin with the founder’s name, Tommy Bartlett, are staples on the classic vacation itinerary. There’s the famous Tommy Bartlett Show staged on Lake Delton, the longest running water ski show of its kind in the country. It's replete with complicated ski tricks, fast boats, comedy and acrobatic acts thrown in for good measure. Plus, the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory - Interactive Science Center is also known for its hundreds of hands-on science experiments, a real Russian MIR space station and an exact replica of NASA’s Mercury space capsule.

     

    noahs-ark-water-park-100Noah's Ark Waterpark - A Classic Wisconsin Dells Water Park

    If you want to experience a classic Dells water park, then Noah’s Ark Waterpark is it. It opened in 1979 and is the largest outdoor water park in the country, adding something new nearly every year.

     

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    More Wisconsin Dells Classics

    There are a number of other classic finds worthy of their own mention. In lodging, Dell Creek Motel, with its pretty courtyard gardens, has some of the best curb appeal in the community. On Lake Delton, there’s Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort, a fun place for family reunions. For shopping, Aunt Jenny’s Got-It-All Store is a third-generation Dells’ family business which prides itself on its fun selection of apparel, souvenirs, moccasins, jewelry and toys. For breakfast, try Mr. Pancake with 30 varieties of pancakes and waffles; Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty with scrumptious donuts; or Howie’s Restaurant, home of Howie’s self-proclaimed “Huge Breakfast” and, if you’re really hungry, his “Super Breakfast.”

     

    wisconsin-supper-clubs-100Classic Wisconsin Supper Clubs

    The classic Wisconsin supper clubs in the area deserve a paragraph of their own. If you’re wondering what the requirements are for supper club designation, here goes: clubby bar in which to enjoy that Wisconsin cocktail favorite, the brandy old fashioned, before you sit down to your meal; well trained staff who see to your every need and never rush you; crisp table linens; interesting architecture; relish trays and fresh baked rolls, standout wine cellar; and steaks, seafood and chops that are remarkable. If that sounds mouthwatering to you, then consider one special dinner out at the Del-Bar, Field’s at the Wilderness, House of Embers, Ishnala Supper Club, or the newest entry in the genre of classic supper clubs, Kaminski Bros. Chop House at Chula Vista Resort.

     

    big-sky-twin-drive-in-wisconsin-dells

    Drive-In Movies In The Dells

    For one last flash from the past in the Dells, the drive-in movie.  Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater shows double features of first-run movies on two screens every night during the summer. Its concession stand is kitschy and comfortably cramped, serving everything you’d want from a classic snack bar. Side note, if you stay at Holiday Shores Camp-Resort or the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, ask about their seasonal outdoor movies too, shown right on the grounds.

    That’s it, the classic Wisconsin Dells getaway, filled with sweet memories to last until the next time you visit.

     

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    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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