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Wild Rice Restaurant

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84860 Old San Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-6002
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff

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Beautiful Place and Hidden Gem

If you want something a little different and very artisy this is a great place to go. We just had drinks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary H
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want something a little different and very artisy this is a great place to go. We just had drinks.

Thank Mary H
Liberty, Missouri
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Unique building in perfect forest lakeview location, with impeccable service and absolutely superb cuisine!

Thank Donna K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Was extremely disappointed in meal- halibut not well prepared and served with mediocre sides. Companion had steak- well flavored but gristly. Server stayed out of sight and never questioned how meal was- even when my plate was filled with uneaten food. Wine was excellent. We will not return. Terribly disappointed after looking forward to this place.

Thank poncepat
Carbondale, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Ate at Wild Rice October 2014. Our first time there, very upscale dining and atmosphere. Absolutely lovely with all the glass to look thru from one end of the restaurant to the other including the kitchen. Natural atrium in the middle surrounded by glass again. It was our 50th Anniversary and had a wonderful dinner, great wine, and waiter was... More 

Thank Janet H
Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Bayfield Wisconsin is a charming artsy community on Lake Superior but to have such an outstanding restaurant in this small town was completely unexpected. Sleek, elegant decor opened the door to outstanding service and food that one expects at multi-star restaurants in major cities. This is a don't miss, and needless to say they do fish very well.

Thank MaryDenver28
North Carolina
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290 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This fine dining restaurants provides excellent food and service. It is located in the middle of the woods. Google Maps thought it knew how to get there, but sent us into dead-end neighborhoods twice. Look for the signs on the main road and follow them, which is not easy to do in the dark. Everything we had was excellent -... More 

Thank cemckeon
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We have been eating at the Wild Rice since the mid 1990's. We had not visited Bayfield or Wild Rice for five years. Sometimes the quality of a restaurant will lessen over time. Wild Rice has maintained its high standards and quality. My dining partner had the wild rice soup as a starter and the rib steak as a main.... More 

1 Thank WisRiver
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88 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Absolutely a favorite restaurant! Every time we visit Bayfield, we make sure we have reservations for this restaurant. It is expensive, but not pretentious, just fabulous quality. The flavorings are magical and the staff are wonderful. Worth every penny!

1 Thank bobalu11
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My wife and I had dinner at the Wild Rice Restaurant just outside of Bayfield recently. This is a beautiful setting that overlooks Lake Superior, in an eclectic Finnish A-Frame structure that is an architectural masterpiece. The food and service are equal to their venue, with pleasant and unobtrusive staff who serve gourmet food, such as the a Wild Rice... More 

2 Thank Bruce H
Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Mary Rice and her outstanding staff have thought through every detail of what makes a great dining experience, and they have delivered with excellence every time we've been here. The food is so fresh it explodes on your palate. The presentation is so beautiful that you almost don't want to take the first bite and destroy the artwork on the... More 

1 Thank Todd H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 84860 Old San Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-6002
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Bayfield
  • Phone Number: 715-779-9881

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic


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