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Wilson's Restaurant

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American, Diner
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9990 Water Street, Highway 42, Door County, Ephraim, WI 54211
+1 920-854-2041
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved loved loved going here as a kid in 70s and 80s. My family would go out for ice cream and then walk over to the water. Loved their gift shop area. My parents bought hex signs which were painted circles that meant something I think in Dutch for good luck. They were colorful and you hang them outside of... More 

Thank robbandchris
Verona, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

ice cream is the focus, but sandwiches and salads are good too. this is a legendary restaurant - get a photo

Thank Chris S
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and of course the ice cream is the best! What fun this place is. They give generous portions, too. My daughters love the root beer floats.

Thank stmichael94
South Louisiana
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Oh, my, where to begin. This place is a throwback to all of the best times summer brings. My husband and I had a wonderful lunch of pure junk food - taco salad, chili dog - and it was good for our souls. Their homemade root beer is awesome, so using it to make floats elevates it to a fantastic... More 

Thank CampingJan
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Relax, have a snack, enjoy the waterfront views. Walk the lake shore, or just people watch the day away.

Thank Kurt M
Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 452 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We stopped here for ice cream while on a cycling tour through Door County. Great ice cream in a great little throwback kind of burger and shake shop. We returned another day for lunch and of course more ice cream. There is a walk up counter to just order ice cream. There is always a wait to eat, but worth... More 

Thank Laurie S
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We stopped in for lunch last month and would go back again for the ice cream. This is a retro burger joint with basic food and the prices are right for what they are serving. My husband was happy with his lunch, but it's not my cup of tea. We shared a hot fudge sundae that was made with really... More 

Thank FlysAroundtheWorld
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We enjoyed stopping in here - we had no idea of the history, but upon entering and sitting down in our booth. It reminded my husband and I of our childhoods - little jukeboxes boothside. The food and surroundings were delicious!!

Thank Chops0660
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

What more could you ask for, great little diner, wall-mounted mini juke boxes at every booth. Great little place for burgers and fries and of course - Ice Cream!! They have a ton of flavors, my favorite is always Black Cherry, never disappoints.

Otsego, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We stopped here for ice cream. I thought they had a good selection and their prices were decent. The place was so crowded I thought it would take a while even for ice cream but, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly they were able to serve everyone.

Thank NooperDoll

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9990 Water Street, Highway 42, Door County, Ephraim, WI 54211
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Door County  >  Ephraim
  • Phone Number: +1 920-854-2041

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?