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Ethel's at 250

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250 Rittenhouse Ave, PO Box 1531, Bayfield, WI 54814-5046
+1 715-779-0293
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ethel's is our favorite restaurant in Bayfield. On a hot day, we appreciate the air conditioning! One of my favorite dinners is the pesto pasta with whitefish. They open at 5 pm, and although they don't take reservations, you can call ahead for "priority seating".

Thank snowy_and_sunny
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270 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ethel's is a charming restaurant that has been nicley restored with very good artrisan woodworking throughout. Small bar area with a few seating areas. Small outside porch and a larger dining room attractively decorated. We both had a very good whitefish filet over caesar salad. Fresh, flavorful and well prepared. We ordered a wonderful chocolate desert that was decadent. Would... More 

Thank GiseppeGord
Blaine, MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought it would have been better than it was. Nothing special. Just okay. Fish was a bit bland. Husband had a burger that was fine.

Thank SandLBecker
Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ethel's never disappoints us, and this year's annual visit was no exception. We love the 'call ahead' feature and have always been pleased. This year we went twice. The first night three of the party ordered various types of pizza and each person loved their choice. I ordered the pesto chicken with pine nuts and it was outstanding. The second... More 

Thank siants2016
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14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here was great 3 adults and 1 newborn child we tried the spaghetti and meatballs some cheese bread , ravioli , and a steak. All of it was great. We actually thought it was some of the best food in Bayfield. The owner even offered to hold our newborn at our table while we ate. We would definitely... More 

Thank Clint C
Rochester, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called ahead for reservations as a party of 5, 2 adults and 3 teenage children. Sally was very friendly and accommodating. When we arrived she greeted us by name. Our table was not quite ready so she offered us a table on the covered deck where we could start with drinks and appetizers. The atmosphere is warm and friendly.... More 

Thank 99laura
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by our cruise Captain. Wonderful food in a small town!! Friendly service in with quaint atmosphere.

Thank Shawn K
Hanover, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in at Ethel's on a Wednesday night without a reservation. We waited about 20 minutes for a seat. Popular place! We were seated at the bar to wait for our table. We had a really nice bartender who helped us make sure we picked the right bottle of wine. Having a drink at the bar ended up being... More 

Thank Rachel A
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fish was great. Anything in Lake Superior is probably on the menu at night. Fresh and well prepared. The steak was not very good.

Thank lyndafergy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ethel's has a terrific and very welcoming staff. But for a place that specializes in pasta they don't cook it very well and their sauce is just ok. Pre-meal salad was great.

Thank James F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $30
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 250 Rittenhouse Ave, PO Box 1531, Bayfield, WI 54814-5046
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Bayfield
  • Phone Number: +1 715-779-0293
We are a seasonal restaurant in downtown Bayfield. We will open the first weekend in May and close the third Saturday in October. Join us again for dinner Wednesday-Sunday evenings from May 6 - October 22, 2016!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?