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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Wisconsin

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Wisconsin? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Walnut Room - Hotel Northland - Green Bay restaurant
4.5
4.5 (409)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Green Bay
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Hotel Northland’s own Walnut Room. Original to the Hotel and dating to 1924, the Bar and Restaurant decor transports patrons back in time. Honoring American history while embracing the contemporary, the Walnut Room Bar features hand-crafted unique cocktails and other beverages. Offering a bar menu of drinks prepared with fresh squeezed juices, made on-site syrups, and reminiscent of the 1920’s. Also serving muddled Wisconsin Old Fashioneds.

The Walnut Room bar features an extensive wine list numbering 200 varieties. Wine is available by the glass or full bottle. The Bar has a by the glass program along with a high end coravin program.

Ten Draft Beers from around the world and around the corner.

Appetizers available for purchase and enjoyment at the Bar. Join us and let us make the Walnut Room your new go to place. Sit back, relax and enjoy weekdays or weekends
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
We had a great time celebrating our anniversary. Our server Nicole provided excellent service, and our food was delicious! We will definitely be back for dinner again.
A photo of Buck & Honey - Mount Horeb restaurant
4.7
4.7 (58)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Mount Horeb
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's house. We are privately owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare with only the freshest available ingredients, curated by our Executive Chef, Sammy Millan. We are new to the Mount Horeb community and couldn't be more excited! Great pastas, tender steaks, seafood, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out our extensive wine list too. We offer a cozy environment with amazing staff. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Also We serve brunch from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. We also have an amazing event venue on the second level. We are here to show what Wisconsin hospitality is all about!
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cathymvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Food was great and enjoyed the new Haba Marga Tini. We ate outside, which was a great experience. The service was excellent from Lauren, who seated us, to Robert who waited on us.
A photo of I.d. restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1642)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Delafield
About the restaurant
A modern American kitchen located in the heart of Lake Country. Small plates, featuring locally sourced ingredients, and craft cocktails headline this farm-to-table restaurant. Choose from the artfully curated wine selection or let the sommelier on staff make expert recommendations. The Sunday brunch menu boasts one-of-a-kind dishes and breakfast classics. Private space for every event--from intimate dinners to large gatherings.
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Melissa
Dined 1 day ago
We absolutely loved our date night at I.d. Parker was such a great server, the food & drinks were delicious, and sitting at the chefs counter let us be apart of the action. I’m so glad we tries this place and plan on making it a go to! PS - highly recommend the whipped feta
A photo of Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2331)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Located at the base of Milwaukee’s famed Cudahy Tower, Bacchus welcomes guests with reservations five days per week (Tuesday through Saturday), with two menus to choose from – a customizable three-course signature menu and a five-course tasting menu; both conceived by Executive Chef Nick Wirth and The Bartolotta Restaurants Owner and Co-Founder Chef Paul Bartolotta.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Service was great, food was even better. We were celebrating our anniversary and they thanked us multiple times and gave us a free champagne toast. 10/10
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Monona restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1366)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's. We're locally owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare made from scratch with only the freshest available ingredients.… Great pastas, tender steaks, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out the extensive wine list, craft cocktails and beer selections. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Located on the Yahara River in Monona, featuring 23 boat slips for boat parking and dock side carry out.

Summer months include patio seating, that is first come first serve, and non-reservable.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food and drinks were excellent. The menu selections were good - offered a variety without being overwhelming. The restaurant was very busy and a bit loud - lots of hard surfaces and the open concept add to the overall noise level. Minor service hiccup with getting utensils and napkins. Offered bill splitting which was great for our group as our orders varied greatly. Would come back!
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Sun Prairie restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1538)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sun Prairie
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's. We're locally owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare made from scratch with only the freshest available ingredients.… Sun Prairie's taken notice by awarding Buck & Honey's 'Best Restaurant', 'Best Steak', 'Best Dinner', 'Best Place for Live Music', 'Best Lunch', (and more) every year! Great pastas, tender steaks, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out the extensive wine list. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Now serving brunch from 10A-2P on Sunday!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Outdoor seating is incredible. Pete Henry was the entertainment. If you haven’t seen him, do yourself a favor and check him out.
A photo of Buckley's Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (273)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Buckley's is a cozy neighborhood spot in the heart of Milwaukee's East Town. Located two blocks from Lake Michigan and the Calatrava, Buckley’s is an ideal all occasion restaurant in downtown Milwaukee. An ever-evolving menu showcases seasonal ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. To compliment your dining experience, peruse the thoughtfully curated 200 bottle wine list or select a beverage from an extensive cocktail program that has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the city. Customize your dining experience to meet your needs whether you choose to enjoy a four course meal or simply grab a burger at the bar. However you choose to enjoy a visit to Buckley’s, do not forget to order a signature house-made dessert. You won’t regret it!

At this family owned and operated restaurant, guests are treated like family. Come see for yourself!
Top review
Wiscguy
Dined 6 days ago
Great food and friendly service that wa also professional!
A photo of Bonfyre American Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2318)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
Bonfyre features Contemporary American Cuisine in an upscale casual environment. In addition to our hand-cut, wood-fired steaks, guests can enjoy fresh seafood, rotisserie Chicken, pastas, signature salads and so much more from our seasonally changing menu.

To compliment the cuisine, Bonfyre’s bar features classic cocktails with a modern twist, creative new libations, domestic craft beer selections and a wine list consisting of 60 labels from both North and South America.
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madcityfoodie
Dined on May 24, 2024
I took a star away because the prime rib sandwich was not good. The meat was fatty and the bun was hard and cold. The au jus was over salted and the twice baked potato had a weird tasting cheeses in it. The ribs and risotto were five stars. The old fashioneds were excellent and expensive for being the nightly drink special. Service was great.
A photo of Van Acre Igloos restaurant
4.6
4.6 (159)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Wausau
About the restaurant
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! THANK YOU!
Our patio features two igloos dubbed the North Hut and the South Hut, outfitted with blankets and space heaters to keep you warm and in a vacation state of mind. Our dedicated team services each igloo, and our full menu is available for lounge style dining and specialty tropical cocktails. We can hardly wait for you to experience the tiki fun!

Please note reservations are available in 1.5 hour blocks with a $150 food and beverage minimum. A nonrefundable $100 deposit is required at time of reservation and will be credited to your food and beverage purchase. For this special dining experience, single checks only and 18% gratuity will be automatically added. Reservation times are 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 Monday - Saturday. Maximum capacity of 8.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
Great food and drinks. Pricey but every little details they put into the place and the service is spatacular
A photo of The Knick restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2119)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
About the restaurant
Come enjoy an upbeat, contemporary dining experience at one of Milwaukee's favorite restaurants. The Knick offers an exciting menu and great nightly specials. A big city feel with friendly service, we offer an unique specialty drink menu and feature over 60 different vodkas from around the world. Enjoy our homemade desserts or a "Great Maltini" as a nightcap after a night on the town. End your weekend with our fabulous brunch and indulge with our signature "Queen Mary".
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Always good food and a good experience! Definitely a regular!
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