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We offer regional cuisine with international flair, featuring locally grown ingredients and a frequently changing menu.
PRICE RANGE
$6 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During an overnight stay in Eau Claire we ate at the Informalist because it was in the Lismore and convenient. I was surprised by how many good looking choices the menu had. We shared a pizza and a green salad as it was fairly late....The service was great. The server was attentive, timely, professional and made some recommendations which were appreciated. I'm not used to seeing servers (and all staff) wear a mask anymore so I found that odd. The pizza was very tasty. It had three cheeses and a bit of honey infused in the baking process which added some interesting notes. I'd order it again. The salad was lettuce 3-5 tiny radishes tossed in oil. It was very basic and lacked effort but it hit the spot. This restaurant has a great ambiance, is clean, has some fine menu choices but the prices were a bit high in my book. I would eat here again as the prices aren't really a burden once you read the fine print on the menu. I've never seen this on a menu before but it suggests that it isn't necessary to leave a tip as the prices are elevated so staff can have a living wage.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this review about your recent experience, and for commenting on our living wage / no tipping necessary policy. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your experience, and hope that you will dine with us again in the future if you are in...More

Reviewed February 6, 2022 via mobile

Excellent service though and they did not charge us gor the drinks, but it was really odd. Our food was missing ingriedients, juice never delivered, we got it after check and we understand but, we had no luck here😀

Date of visit: February 2022
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing about your recent experience at The Informalist -- we are deeply sorry that we missed the mark, and truly appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed February 4, 2022

When staying at the Lismore we always order room service from the Informalist, Great Food & Great Service.

Date of visit: January 2022
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TheLismore, Owner at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2022

Thank you for the kind words!

Reviewed July 22, 2021

Very unimpressed with my experience there. Despite being $22, the pizza I got was quite oily and so soggy that I couldn't pick up a piece in my hand. I probably could have overlooked this if it had good flavor, but the pizza was below...average - I've had better from Dominos. A friend with me noted that her rabbit was under done and another thought that the texture of her veggie burger was soggy and unappealing. Additionally, we were eating outside on a hot day and had to continually ask the waitress for more water - she never checked on it herself.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for sharing about your experience at The Informalist, we are deeply sorry that we missed the mark on your experience, but hope that you will give us another try in the future.

Reviewed June 30, 2021

upon check in they did tell us it would be a good idea and we didn't listen. Had to wait over 1 hour. Food was very good.

Date of visit: June 2021
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for your review of The Informalist!

Reviewed June 21, 2021

I love salads, especially during warm summer days, but after so many I decided to try something different. I found it on the menu listed as a light vegetable plate called "Grilled Squash." The presentation, the vegetable ingredients and the sauce which can be drizzled...over top made the dish absolutely wonderful.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for reviewing The Informalist! We appreciate your thoughts and are so glad you had a wonderful experience!

Reviewed January 11, 2021

During this pandemic we have been doing a lot of ordering curbside from the Informalist including holiday meals. What has impressed both my husband and me is the superb meals that we have ordered. My husband was particularly impressed with the quality of the food...but also the seasoning! And believe me, he's not easy to impress!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for reviewing The Informalist! We appreciate your thoughts and are so glad you had a wonderful experience!

Reviewed August 24, 2020 via mobile

The Informalist is a beautiful restaurant with a fun atmosphere! I’m pretty sure all of the products they use to create their dishes are from local farmers. If you’re looking for non traditional dishes, this might just be your place! Very good food and wonderful...service!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for reviewing The Informalist! We appreciate your thoughts and are so glad you had a wonderful experience!

Reviewed February 16, 2020

Somewhat hip and trendy place to have a drink and a unique appetizer or dinner. Staff is attentive and restaurant is not what you would expect for a hotel place.

Date of visit: February 2020
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for your review of The Informalist!

Reviewed February 15, 2020

We were blown away by The Informalist! Diverse menu with many creative and delicious vegan/vegetarian options. Very high quality food clearly made with a lot of effort. The beet hummus is incredible! We also had a veggie burger, avocado toast, and house cut fries; equally...amazingly prepared and flavorful. The atmosphere is bright, airy, comfortable, and stylish. Plenty of seating options available. Staff were friendly and attentive; service was perfect on all fronts. We appreciated that straws were not included with any of our drinks and cloth napkins were used. We had read other reviews mentioning The Informalist being pretentious and we did not get that vibe at all. It’s clear they are forward thinkers and in a league of their own judging by their menu options, food quality, and staff. We can’t wait to come back!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for your review of The Informalist!

Reviewed December 26, 2019

This place totally insists upon itself. drinks are over priced and not that great. My wife had a pot pie and said it was awesome tho. My pizza was fine- but I could have gotten a much better one at Toppers for less $$. Lots...of beards and too-hip hipsters working. Really nice interior tho.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for your review of The Informalist!

Reviewed November 16, 2019

The restaurant was beautiful and warm. The menu was interesting but the execution of the food was fair. We had Yellow Curry and the Mini-nut Squash, two entree's that seemed like they would be full of flavor but they were both rather bland.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Thank you for your review of The Informalist!

Reviewed October 9, 2019

Had a great at-the-bar meal here with a colleague. Entire meal was terrific - fresh and well prepared - and the salad dressing is pretty much life changing. Very much enjoyed and would recommend.

Date of visit: October 2019
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

Thank you for your review of The Informalist!

Reviewed October 9, 2019

The food here was amazing and prices were very low for the quality of the food. Wish I could eat here every day.

Date of visit: October 2019
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

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Reviewed October 4, 2019 via mobile

Most hotel restaurants are not much to rave about, but this one is. A wonderful scratch kitchen with a unique menu. Great wine list, spirits and craft beers to meet everyone’s taste. Reasonable prices and portions. Need to get back to try more of the...menu!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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TheLismore, Marketing at The Informalist, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2022

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Yes, The Informalist offers takeout services.

The Informalist is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5