We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

John's Root Beer

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1317 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186-5308
+1 262-542-2842
11:00 - 19:00
Closed now
See all hours
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Thu 11:00 - 19:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 54: English reviews
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A timeless Waukesha classic that if you don't stop by this spot on a hot summer day, you;ll regret it! It's always made fresh and you never have the same taste twice. I recommend getting into their food menu; it's worth the wait! I will always love JRB and will continue to come here, someday bringing my kids as my... More 

Thank Aarron_Van_Buren
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
108 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looks like A&W but it's just a shade off...The Root Beers Good. The Chili Dogs are familiar...Must be an A&W Stepchild!

Thank danheibler
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 22 March 2017

You MUST have a Frosty. My kids love this place - Classic Americana The root beer is awesome, real root beer all food is good, no burgers

Thank 346rick
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

All summer long, after mowing the lawn, my husband would collect all the kids and they would go for root beers, ice creams, or root beer floats at John's Root Beer. Really Good!

Thank dickandsue2013
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Best tasting Root Beer in town. Good food made fresh while you wait. Reasonable pricing. In summer you can sit on the picnic benches. Open all year round.

Thank 576josephf
Level Contributor
61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Old fashioned root beer stand. Had the chicken sandwich and the grandchildren had hot dogs. We all had root beer! No indoor seating and being December we ate in the car. Kids loved it!

Thank Teabop12
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

if you are looking to turn back the clock and take your son or daughter to a little drive in with great root beer John's is the place!

Thank 867f309
Waukesha, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Not only does John's have great root beer, they have great food too! It is just like the old time root beer stands. Our favorites are the hot dogs, BBQ and cheese fries AND of course the root beer!

Thank O7958RQjills
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Will be back again!! The food was delicious, and the Root Beer is tops!! Great service and smiles. I'd recommend anytime.

Thank Lisa S
Level Contributor
21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

When I get a craving for good root beer, John's is the place I go. They make their own root beer in small batches on the premises. Smooth and frothy in big mugs. A fun meal outing for the family.

Thank Denise D

Travellers who viewed John's Root Beer also viewed


Been to John's Root Beer? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1317 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186-5308
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Waukesha
  • Phone Number: +1 262-542-2842

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from John's Root Beer staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?