10 Great Places To Eat Out in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin | © Kelly Schott/Flickr
Haley Henschel

Nestled near the mouth of the Fox River is the heart of Wisconsin sports culture, the city of Green Bay. Whilst it’s best known as the home of the Green Bay Packers football team, with its impassioned fans packing Lambeau Field to the brim every home game, Green Bay’s dining scene is more than just themed sports bars. Check out this guide to the ten best restaurants in Green Bay.

Three Three Five

Eating at Three Three Five is more than a meal, it’s an experience. On most nights, the fresh, airy space hosts concerts and private events organised by ‘Traveling Chef’ Christopher Mangless. On select Wednesdays however, the public is invited to the private dining studio to join Mangless for ‘Open Market,’ a multi course, gastronomic spectacular in which the talented chef and his team prepare innovative, experimental dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients. It’s the chefs’ opportunity to be as creative as they’d like and the results are often unlike anything diners have ever tasted before. American Way magazine writes, ‘if sauté pans were electric guitars and tasting menus were set lists, Christopher Mangless would be the ultimate rock star.’ Reservations are a must for these performances.

Three Three Five, 335 N Broadway, Green Bay, WI, USA, +1 920 431 1111

1. Angelina Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian

An authentic, romantic Italian bistro with a meticulously designed menu and a made from scratch mantra is an unusual find in Green Bay. Walking into Angelina Restaurant however, is like stepping into the intimate warmth of an Italian home at dinnertime. Meals are served in many courses, setting a relaxed pace. Cosy up under a replica of the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a glass or two of your favorite wine, or, if it’s warm outside, find a table out on the patio under the soft glow of light bulb strings. Dishes such as the ‘Pappardelle ai Gamberi’, a shrimp and pasta dish, or the ‘Salmone alla Griglia’, a grilled wild salmon topped with pesto lemon vinaigrette, will transport you to the streets of Rome.

2. Chefusion

Gastropub, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Wine, Beer

The Packer crazed atmosphere of Green Bay is dynamic and often boisterous. If you’re looking to escape the sports centric crowd for a fine dining experience with the ambiance of an upscale Chicago restaurant, look no further than Chefusion. Since it opened several years ago, Chefusion has been gathering awards for both its facility and food. In 2009, then Governor Jim Doyle and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce presented it with the 2009 Wisconsin Main Street Award for Best New Downtown Business and in 2014, it received an OpenTable.com Diner’s Choice award. The establishment includes a restaurant on the first floor and a lounge on the second floor, featuring live music and experienced mixologists. Treat yourself to dishes such as the lobster and pork belly BLT or the veal short rib with ricotta gnocchi. Be sure to finish your meal with Chefusion’s luxurious lemon cake with ice cream.

3. Hagemeister Park

Bar, American, Pub Grub

Downtown Green Bay CityDeck along the Fox River
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Hagemeister Park embodies Green Bay’s spirit of camaraderie through and through. The park was initially home to Green Bay’s first minor league baseball team in 1905 through 1914, and then had the honour of becoming the Packers’ first playing field when the team was founded in 1919. When the Packers left three years later, the park continued to serve as a space for socialising, with an oval track for horse and harness racing, a dance hall, a bowling alley and a roller rink. After going unused for some time around the turn of the century, the land was revitalised and turned into a 9,000 square foot restaurant named after the original park in 2012. Choose between the rustic, elegant dining area or the patio dotted with cosy furniture and fire pits. Either spot is the perfect place to catch up with friends over craft beers and classic American cuisine.

4. Kroll’s East

Bar, Vegan

Kroll’s East, Green Bay
When a restaurant has been around as long as Kroll’s East, you know its owners are doing something right. In over 75 years, the only changes to come about at the restaurant are its prices. The building, named a historic site by the City of Green Bay in 2010, even includes its original basement, which was dug out by horses in the 20th century. Its menu still features simple yet savoured dishes like the bratwursts, award winning hamburgers, hand breaded perch on rye, and onion rings, the latter side dish was snacked on by President Barack Obama when he made a campaign stop in Green Bay in 2008. The Kroll family has perfected classic, homemade American style cuisine and preserved a welcoming, family friendly environment that has aged gracefully.

5. Mackinaw’s Grill & Spirits

Restaurant, Bar, American

Besides cheering on the Packers, there’s almost nothing more quintessentially Wisconsinite than vacationing with family and friends in a cabin in the northern part of the state. For those seeking a taste of the Northwoods within the city of Green Bay, a visit to Mackinaw’s Grill & Spirits will surely do the trick. The restaurant is housed in a log and stone building made of timber harvested from the owners’ family farm and pays homage to popular Wisconsin outdoor sports like skiing, hunting, fishing and snowshoeing with its stylish décor. The menu features everything from burgers and sandwiches to pasta, seafood and Mexican cuisine.

6. Plae Bistro

Bistro, American

Titletown Brewing Co
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Restaurateur Jill Bassett had a vision to bring a New York style bistro to Green Bay in the 2000s. Plae Bistro, ‘plae’ standing for ‘a place to laugh and eat’, is Bassett’s answer. Diners are provided with a menu with something for all appetites and budgets. Entrées range from Black Angus tenderloin medallions to gourmet pizzas and salads. Healthier fare like Ahi tuna is also a popular choice. Plae Bistro’s balance of quality and humility has earned it multiple accolades, including the prestigious title of Best Dining Experience of 2008 from the Independent Restaurant Association.

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