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“Top-notch Pub and Beer” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company
2305 Sherman Street, Wausau, WI 54401
715 845 3000
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Ranked #11 of 132 restaurants in Wausau
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Madison, Wisconsin
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112 reviews 112 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Top-notch Pub and Beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I grew up in Wausau, and have lived in Madison for the past ten years. So when the Great Dane, a Madison staple and legend, opened up a location in Wausau a few years ago I could not have been more pleased (well, I would have been more pleased if it were downtown).

The food is consistently above average, you'll not be disappointed. That said, it will not blow you away. The menu is large, though, and everyone will have a hard time deciding what to enjoy. The appetizer portions are large, and will definitely keep you pleased until food arrives, or happily occupied at the bar.

The Great Dane brews all of their own beer, some of it on-site, including seasonal specials. Like the food, most of the beers are just above average, although several are quite good. Their Emerald Stout is among the best stouts I've had (and I am a Stout person), and Crop Cricle Wheat, and Cherry Wheat, are excellent.

The atmosphere is fun for dinner or drinking, with friends or with family and kids.

On Sundays, they offer a brunch buffet for $15, which is the biggest spread for a brunch I've ever seen, with a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert items that are all good.

The Great Dane is also a great place to host parties, as they have a wonderful ballroom, as well as group dining spaces that are available without a fee. I had my daughter's baby shower hosted here, as well as anniversaries and birthday parties.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Worth Visiting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a nice restaurant and their beer is very good. The menu has some good items, and some okay items. The soups always seem to be good, as is the chicken salad.

The ambiance is great, and, again, they brew their own beer, which is very good.

Visited August 2012
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Beer Bland, Food worse”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

The beer here is lacking but the food is what is really the worst! They have lots of options, however need a new cook! And the menu is a newspaper style and very unproffesional. Staff is all younger and inexperienced. They talk amongst each other and friends more than they care about the satisfaction of their patrons.

Visited July 2012
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Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great food and beer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We enjoyed watermelon beer and it was so good! I had the mac and cheese made with pilsner and the artichoke dip. Both were very good. We enjoyed eating on the patio and never once were rushed by the waitress. Great service and food!

Visited August 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great beer and atmosphere!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We were in town on vacation and decided to drop in for a beer and light meal. We are looking forward to going back the next time we are in town. The beer, decor and wait staff were perfect. The food was pretty good. My husband enjoyed a cream soup with brats in it. My quiche was OK but nothing special. The salad greens I had were a nice mix and very fresh. We look forward to trying more of the menu.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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