Variety is the spice of life, and the Wausau area offers plenty of options for your dining needs.  Creative chefs with a real passion for food offer a diverse collection of wonderful, handcrafted meals.  See why the Wausau area is a foodie's delight!

One thing that makes dining in Wausau unique are the number of local restaurants that offer farm-to-table fare.  Using ingredients and products grown and sourced here in Central Wisconsin, these are some of the best meals you will have.  If you are looking for a charming downtown restaurant try the Back When Cafe, who's chef and co-owner gives attention to detail in the kitchen through the menu, which features seasonal ingredients like walleye, pheasant, wild mushrooms, and herbs.  Thrive Foodery also offers a unique menu with a vintage modern dining experience that thrives upon their fresh fare offerings and a chef owned, community driven hometown feel.  The Red Eye Brewing Company continues to incorporate environmentally friendly initiatives to create wonderful food and artisan beers; from solar panels atop the roof which are utilized by the brew house to heat water, to 100% organic house made buns.  Sconni's is an Alehouse and Eatery that aims to highlight all of the best things Wisconsin has to offer.  They are committed to locally sourcing the eclectic, Wisconsin-centric menu, and are proud to serve fresh, made from scratch meals worthy of the standards of our local suppliers. 

Central Wisconsin is also home to many pubs offering local pub fare.  If you are looking to experience sports on numerous HD TV's, head to The Bar to enjoy wings, burgers, or fresh Chicken Cobb Salad. The Bar is a sports fans dream but also offers an extensive party menu, happy hour cocktails, and great pub fare.  Wausau Mine Co. offers a unique dining atmosphere with some of the greatest pizza, pasta, steaks, and more.  No trip to Wausau Mine is complete without trying an order of world famous original Italian Fries with Cheese!  The Wausau area also has many other local establishments with great fish fries, burgers, cheese curds, and more! 

Looking for more of a traditional experience?  Head to one of our local supper clubs.  Wisconsin is well known for this popular tradition and Central Wisconsin is proud to carry it on.  Expect to find great prime rib, fish fries, juicy steaks, and Old Fashioned, at our area supper clubs.  The Pinewood Supper Club features an original stone fireplace, thick pine planks, and an authentic northwoods ambiance.  Enjoy fresh selections daily and an extensive wine list.  Richards Supper Club and Bar, family owned and operated since 1987 features prime rib buffets, broasted chicken, all you can eat chicken wings, and a brunch buffet on Sunday's that has been voted as Best Buffet in Wausau. 

Central Wisconsin also features many other tastes such as traditional Mexican and Italian restaurants, Louisiana style fare, burger joints, and much more!  View the entire list of area restaurants below.

Food & Drink

You’ll want to experience the variety of wonderful dining options in the greater Wausau area, featuring handcrafted meals prepared by chefs with a real passion for food.  With many local chefs offering farm-to-table ingredients, high quality meats and seafood, fresh dairy and cheese products, and organic vegetables, you’re sure to find some tantalizing cuisine. 

If you enjoy sampling specialty craft beer and wine, Wausau has some award-winning options with three breweries, a winery, and a wine-specialty shop. Take in some live music, sit on a tranquil patio with friends, and sample some high-quality, local beverages.

Craft Beverages

The greater Wausau area is home to numerous microbreweries, wine makers, and distillers of spirits…


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