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Rookery Pub Fine Dining

20100 County Highway M, (at Cable Nature Lodge), Cable, WI 54821
+1 715-794-2062
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Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Cable
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: TripAdvisor's #1 Rated Area Restaurant, Rookery Pub Fine Dining offers the most flavorful and creative cuisine in the Wisconsin Northwoods. The Rookery's ever-changing menu features weekly fresh fish specials, beef & bison steak, specialty salads, housemade soups, and other creative dishes incorporating fresh seasonal ingredients from local producers. Including some of the best vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options you'll find anywhere. Our full bar offers a great selection of regional microbrews, premium liquor, and more than three dozen fine wines. We believe you'll find our cuisine to be second to none in the Cable/Hayward area. In fact, many of our guests from much larger communities with dozens of great restaurants tell us we're their favorite anywhere. In addition to our TripAdvisor #1 ranking we're also the only local restaurant to be AAA Three Diamond Approved. Plus we're Travel Green Wisconsin certified. But it's not only casual gourmet dining at its finest that has earned the Rookery a reputation as one of the most distinctive restaurants in northern Wisconsin. The stunning oversized nature photography prints on canvas that grace the walls of the restaurant lend a unique aura of beauty and serenity to your dining experience. And after a delectable dinner why worry about driving? Instead feel free to polish off that wonderful bottle of wine. Knowing you can simply walk upstairs to spend the night in one of the finest guest rooms in the area. The Rookery and Cable Nature Lodge are located just seven miles east of Cable, on County Hwy M in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
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pine island, minnesota
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Thank goodness we spend a lot of time in the Hayward and Cable, WI area in the summer time. I say that because we love to dine out and there is no place we would rather go than the Rookery! Our anniversary dinner there a few weeks ago was as wonderful as ever. We started out with an appetizer, stuffed... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Being a long time summer resident of the Chequamegon Forest , the Rookery is always considered a splurge, with gourmet food offerings from appetizers through the entrees. All that we ordered was well prepared and exquisite. Unfortunately each time we have visited the Rookery, something is off and this last visit it was the service, which unfortunately brought our overall... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

The food that I had here was as good, if not better than anything I've had in the finest restaurants in Mpls/St.Paul. That's saying something!

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

First off let me say I find it really disappointing that some of the reviews below try to tarnish what I consider one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. And I travel all over and have eaten at the best places in Vegas and other large cities. Why do people that don't understand fine dining and are... More

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Peoria, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This little place does not have a view of the lake, but is definitely worth an evening. We ate in the formal dining room. We loved looking at the beautiful nature photos that covered the walls. The menu was creative & all the food we tried was definitely delicious! The service wasn't as smooth as it should be at a... More

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Milwaukee, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

OMG! Ordered the Kobe Bleu Cheese Burger to split with my guy -- and should have ordered my own. First of all, I like my burgers well done and the chef convinced us to go less well done to truly enjoy and honor the Kobe beef ... so we did. As a burger connoisseur, I can honestly say The Rookery's... More

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Eagan, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

we have been going to the Rookery since it opened about 6 years ago.. We love the atmosphere, with the black lab, who recently passed on, and the new black lab. We appreciate new business starting up, in the north woods.. Coming from an old dairy operation, old John Deere tractors, hand cranks, bailing 5,000 bales a year, milking 45... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Rookery was the best experience we've had in decades of coming up to the area. The staff was incredibly attentive and the food was both delicious and presented in a way that reminded me of the fine dining restaurants of large cities I had visited. They had an excellent beer and wine list and the variety of the menu... More

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Bangor, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The outside appearance was not mowed, the building looked great. We entered the building with a black lab, who also has a bed in the bar area. The dining area has no windows, but was clean. The service was slow, we were there 2 hours and the food took 90 minutes to come. Food portions small, no salads or relishes,... More

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Bill B, Owner at Rookery Pub Fine Dining, responded to this review

This reviewer was part of the same dining party as the reviewer below. It appears they decided to team up in an effort to diminish our TripAdvisor #1 rating. Their food was not "uncooked." Just not overcooked, which is a terrible thing to do to Kobe beef. As their headline acknowledges, we're simply not their kind of place. And the... More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This restaurant was aweful! To begin with the restaurant on a Saturday night only had 15 people eating. Second, the staff was more concerned about entering our order into the Ipad than to look at us. Third, she never offered additional refills, Fourth, we had to wait for over 80 minutes for our food which was cold and undercooked. Cost:... More

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Bill B, Owner at Rookery Pub Fine Dining, responded to this review

Actually, YES. And we're quite honored to be #1 on TripAdvisor. Thanks to the nearly 90 percent of guest reviews that are overwhelmingly positive. Of course, one problem with being the area's top rated restaurant is that our reputation occasionally attracts diners who are not a good match for the type of cuisine we offer. People often more focused on... More

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