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Wilson's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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9990 Water Street, Highway 42, Door County, Ephraim, WI 54211
+1 920-854-2041
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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United States
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cute old fashioned burger and "soda" stop. My husband and I stopped for lunch here, after biking through Peninsula State Park from Fish Creek. Great place to stop for a quick lunch! The shakes are better than the burgers. :)

Thank Live2Travel412
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved loved loved going here as a kid in 70s and 80s. My family would go out for ice cream and then walk over to the water. Loved their gift shop area. My parents bought hex signs which were painted circles that meant something I think in Dutch for good luck. They were colorful and you hang them outside of... More 

Thank robbandchris
Verona, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

ice cream is the focus, but sandwiches and salads are good too. this is a legendary restaurant - get a photo

Thank Chris S
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

The food and of course the ice cream is the best! What fun this place is. They give generous portions, too. My daughters love the root beer floats.

Thank stmichael94
South Louisiana
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Oh, my, where to begin. This place is a throwback to all of the best times summer brings. My husband and I had a wonderful lunch of pure junk food - taco salad, chili dog - and it was good for our souls. Their homemade root beer is awesome, so using it to make floats elevates it to a fantastic... More 

Thank CampingJan
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Relax, have a snack, enjoy the waterfront views. Walk the lake shore, or just people watch the day away.

Thank Kurt M
Aurora, Colorado
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288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 453 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

We stopped here for ice cream while on a cycling tour through Door County. Great ice cream in a great little throwback kind of burger and shake shop. We returned another day for lunch and of course more ice cream. There is a walk up counter to just order ice cream. There is always a wait to eat, but worth... More 

Thank Laurie S
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

We stopped in for lunch last month and would go back again for the ice cream. This is a retro burger joint with basic food and the prices are right for what they are serving. My husband was happy with his lunch, but it's not my cup of tea. We shared a hot fudge sundae that was made with really... More 

Thank FlysAroundtheWorld
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

We enjoyed stopping in here - we had no idea of the history, but upon entering and sitting down in our booth. It reminded my husband and I of our childhoods - little jukeboxes boothside. The food and surroundings were delicious!!

Thank Chops0660
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

What more could you ask for, great little diner, wall-mounted mini juke boxes at every booth. Great little place for burgers and fries and of course - Ice Cream!! They have a ton of flavors, my favorite is always Black Cherry, never disappoints.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9990 Water Street, Highway 42, Door County, Ephraim, WI 54211
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Door County  >  Ephraim
  • Phone Number: +1 920-854-2041

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?