Top 10 Local Restaurants In Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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9 February 2017

Oshkosh may not be the most famous city in Wisconsin, but its vibrant downtown and variety of festivals draw visitors from all over the world. In recent years, Oshkosh has been in the midst of a culinary renaissance. Oshkosh restaurants have embraced foreign influences, local suppliers and a variety of atmospheres to suit every taste. Enjoy our guide to the top ten local restaurants in the region.

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Ardy & Ed’s Drive In

Ardy & Ed’s Drive In has been an Oshkosh landmark since 1948 and any trip to Oshkosh would be incomplete without a visit. Ardy & Ed’s is an authentic 1950s drive-in restaurant with roller skating car hops. This fun, casual restaurant serves up frosty mugs of draft root beer, a variety of burgers and local favorites, such as cheddar cheese nuggets and Coney dogs. Seeing as it would be difficult to roller skate during Wisconsin’s freezing winter, Ardy & Ed’s Drive In is only open during the summer season.

Bangkok Thai Cuisine

Bangkok Thai Cuisine is a ‘hidden gem’ of Oshkosh. This locally owned restaurant offers the residents of Oshkosh a genuine taste of the Far East. Pad Thai is their most famous dish and for good reason. The level of spiciness and type of meat can be chosen for almost every dish on the menu, allowing the meals to be adapted to every taste. A vegetarian alternative is also available for most dishes, which is a rarity in most Oshkosh restaurants. Located near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, this small restaurant is a great spot for a quick lunch or deliciously satisfying take-out.

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Becket’s Restaurant

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Located in the former Park Plaza shopping mall, Becket’s Restaurant brings something different to the Oshkosh restaurant scene. The interior of the restaurant takes its inspiration from the architectural design of Welton Becket and the outdoor seating area is a pleasant spot to enjoy a meal on the bank of the Fox River. Becket’s Restaurant’s cool and classy atmosphere makes it a great place to meet friends for a cocktail or have a nice family dinner. On Wednesday nights, guests have the pleasure of enjoying live jazz music. Becket’s Restaurant puts a new twist on old favorites, such as the ‘grown-up grilled cheese’ and ‘Wisconsin mac-n-cheese’, which makes for a deliciously fun dining experience. Becket’s Restaurant also proudly serves local produce and homemade desserts.

Brooklyn Grill

The Brooklyn Grill is located in one of Oshkosh’s most historic buildings dating back to the 1800s. The restaurant’s design is inspired by Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s, which creates a fun dining atmosphere. It offers a long list of martinis, including the special ‘Oshkosh Martini’. The Brooklyn Grill serves a variety of sandwiches, salads and some of the best burgers in town.

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Dublin’s Irish Pub

Dublin’s Irish Pub brings a bit of Ireland to Oshkosh. Dublin’s also offers weekly team trivia and a ‘come in after an event’ special where guests can enjoy 2-for-1 on their first drink after attending one of Oshkosh’s many events. In addition to 30 beers on tap, Dublin’s Irish Pub offers a wide selection of food including traditional Irish fare such as shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Thanks to its warm and social atmosphere, this genuine Irish pub is a great place to share a pint of Guinness with your friends or enjoy a meal with your family.

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Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café

Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café is a true treat for any wine or beer connoisseur. As Oshkosh’s first and only wine bar, Gardina’s offers a wide selection of wines, craft beers, craft bourbons and scotches. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will help you select the perfect cheese or beautifully crafted dish to pair with a glass of wine. Gardina’s regularly showcases the work of local artists and serves a delicious Saturday morning breakfast during the local farmers market. Located in a beautiful 100-year-old building, Gardina’s has brought elegance back to the heart of historic downtown Oshkosh and is the perfect spot for a business lunch or romantic dinner.

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Manila Resto

Restaurant, Filipino, $$$
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Manila Resto is the first Filipino fine dining restaurant in Oshkosh and the surrounding areas. It brings together Filipino, Japanese and American cuisine to create a true melting pot of taste and culture. A robata grill is part of the Manila restaurant concept and puts this Oshkosh restaurant at the forefront of this grilling trend spreading around the country. Located near Oshkosh’s historic Grand Opera House, Manila is the perfect spot to have a delicious and unique meal before a show.

The Roxy Supper Club

The Roxy Supper Club has been an institution in Oshkosh for over 50 years. This award-winning restaurant serves a delicious Sunday brunch and embraces Wisconsin’s cultural heritage by serving traditional German food every Tuesday night. This is a great location for big gatherings or an intimate dinner for two. The Roxy Supper Club offers a large selection of dishes, including delectable homemade pastas and daily specials. Open for lunch, dinner and breakfast on Sundays, The Roxy Supper Club is always an excellent option for fine-dining in Oshkosh. If you cannot get enough of the delicious food at The Roxy Supper Club, it is also worth checking out its sister restaurant, Primo Italian Restaurant on Oshkosh’s north side.

Wendt’s On The Lake

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Located just outside of Oshkosh in the town of Van Dyne, Wendt’s On The Lake offers the ultimate Wisconsin Friday Night Fish Fry experience. In addition to a variety of other traditionally American dishes, Wendt’s fries up its award-winning lake perch daily. In the summer months, outdoor seating is available on the bank of Lake Winnebago and in the winter it becomes a popular destination for sturgeon spearing enthusiasts. The friendly, small town atmosphere of Wendt’s On the Lake provides for a comfortable family dining experience. Very popular with the locals, this family-owned restaurant is almost always packed on Friday nights but the food is well worth the wait.

West End Pizza

West End Pizza has been serving fresh, hand-made pizza in Oshkosh for over 50 years. West End Pizza uses original family recipes to make their pizza sauce, cheese, crust and sausage from scratch. In addition to serving delicious pizza, a variety of sandwiches and salads are available. No meal at West End Pizza would be complete without one of their all-American appetizers, such as sweet potato fries, mini corn dogs or breaded pickle spears. This family owned and operated pizzeria and sports bar is a fantastic place to spend a casual evening or watch your favorite sports team play.

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