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“Really enjoyed our dinner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grey Rock

Grey Rock
643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake, WI 54941-9750
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Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Green Lake
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed our dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

We had a really good dinner and service at Grey Rock. Pretty surprising considering the terrible customer service at the Heidel House next door.

We requested a gluten-free vegetarian meal and they provided. The toffee creme brulee was very good. Good meal, great views, beautiful sunset overlooking green lake.

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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2009

We had heard good things about Grey Rock but never had the opportunity to dine there. We finally gave it a try and loved it. The dining room has floor to cieling windows overlooking Green Lake that presented a stunning sunset.

The service was outstanding and attentive. My wife had the scallops and I the filet. Both were outstanding. Grey Rock has become one of our favorite places to dine.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great view & atmosphere but awful food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2009

We dined at Grey Rock on two separate occasions. One in the Sept 2008, the other June 2009. The first time, the food was ok, not great considering the price and reputation. The second time, we would have to say it ranks as one of our top five worst meals ever. Service is fine, atmosphere cool and we can get there by boat, which we love. BUT the food is awful. We had chef specials and regular off the menu entrees, all with bad results. Will not be back.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, WI
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Grey Is Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2009

Took my whole family---Surprisingly good food, fantastic ambience, & TREMENDOUS SERVICE! ("ANGEL" WAS OUR SERVER) Rating against anything else in the area or southern, WI, it's WAY HIGH in the curve...

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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97 reviews 97 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Great View -- Disappointing Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2006

Located in the up-scale Heidle House Resort on Green Lake, Wisconsin, Grey Rock Restaurant is advertised as "Swanky -- but Fun" however we found it to be "Swanky -- but Flawed."

Grey Rock promotes itself as a white table cloth "award winning" restaurant but since that last award we suspect the Chief has either moved on to another restaurant or was on vacation during our visit. The decor is excellent (albeit that the white table cloths are covered in white butcher paper -- rather tacky) with an outstanding view of beautiful Green Lake. However, the view is really the only reason to consider visiting Grey Rock.

The wait-staff is courteous, attentive, and professional (the only fault with the wait staff is failing to include a butter knife with the bread and butter basket). Pre-dinner drinks (house white Riesling) and call-gin Martini) were presented as in an up-scale restaurant (individual Martini shaker) however the drinks must has sat at the bar for sometime as the Martini was badly watered down from melting ice in the fancy Martini shaker. A properly chilled Martini glass with the drink professionally mixed and poured by the bartender would have tasted much better. The house Riesling was bitter and, we suspect, was not in fact a Riesling.

The featured soup was beef and wild mushroom, which was too thin and needed salt. The two main course dinners we sampled were walnut encrusted walleye and rock salt baked prime rib, both of which were disappointing.

The walleye was very dry and lacked any flavor. We suspect the fillets had been siting uncovered in the cooler too long and dried out. The potato dish featured an apple-cider flavoring which over-powered the dish. A cherry-relish served with the dish tasted of simple cherry preserves.

The prime rib was a Saturday featured dish and advertised as rock salt encrusted. The petite cut was ample but there was no evidence of the wonderful crust that forms when a prime rib is correctly jacketed in rock salt. The flavor of the meat was "off" with a slight soap-like taste and was sent back to the kitchen. The wait staff said the chef was using new herbs and spices and they accounted for the unusual taste of the meat. The prime rib entree was taken off the bill. The fresh asparagus was properly prepared and was very tasty.

The average bill for a party of two will be about one hundred dollars including tax. We hope we just had bad luck here, however on a warm October Saturday night most of the tables at the Grey Rock were empty -- not a good sign.

On a positive note, after dinner we retired to the Grey Rock lounge and were pleased to learn John Harmon was playing jazz in the bar -- no cover charge. The music was outstanding in a small intimate setting overlooking Green Lake. We had an opportunity to sample drinks while enjoying the music and they were properly prepared with friendly service from the bartender (no waitress). The only concern was that there were only 12 people in the Grey Rock lounge for this live, free jazz event! Its unclear how long a restaurant can provide high caliber, free entertainment with only 12 lounge guests on a weekend night.

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