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“Jam Packed Joint”
Review of Mars Restaurant

Mars Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 95 Restaurants in Lake Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Elkhorn, WI
Level Contributor
52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Jam Packed Joint”
Reviewed December 12, 2008

We live in the area and typically visit Mars 3-4 times a year. There are fewer places in the Lake Geneva area to sit outside by a lake and have a cocktail than you would think. Mars is one of those places and that's probably the biggest reason why its always so busy. The second biggest reason is that there are a bundle of folks who live in the surrounding houses only during the summer season and...they like to party and...they don't want to get a OWI ticket so they go to the closest place they don't have to drive. You'll run into plenty of heavy-drinkers at the bar here. I'm not big on crowds and it's always very hard to get a seat at the bar here - and the bartenders seem to move at one speed - and it isn't fast. The third reason the place is busy is that it has pretty good food. The ribs a very good. Ten years ago it was a better value but prices are still very fair. This place could be an even bigger goldmine if the owners would put a few bucks back into it every decade or so - and they haven't. It's certainly in need of a thorough cleaning and updating. Still, if you don't mind a jam-packed joint and the accompanying inevitable wait for a seat and service, this might end up being your favorite spot.

1 Thank Mike C
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English first
Northern Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“NOT the best ribs in town!”
Reviewed November 23, 2008

Mars is more of a bar than a restaurant. The atmosphere was loud and smoking. Food quality was less than average. There was a loud, rude gentleman, obviously drunk, whom we were told was the owner Don. If so, that is no way to run a business. It will be the last time we visit Mars. If you are looking for the best ribs in Lake Geneva area, do yourself a favor and find your way to the Clubhouse Inn (an old style supperclub) on the opposite side of Lake Como.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Ribs in Town???”
Reviewed September 7, 2008

Unfortanately, we won't be back to Mars anytime soon after this weekend..........our waitress was very rude and short.........no personality! Our food was not very good and came out with hair in it.... not just in one dish - two of the six dishes! Thanks but not the best Ribs in town......

1 Thank JVIL
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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A "Must Go" Every Time We're Up There!”
Reviewed August 27, 2008

Mars is a wonderful little restaurant with reasonable prices, extremely friendly staff and the BEST ribs. Every time we're up at the lake we plan a dinner at Mars and we've never been disappointed.

I'd recommend going for "early dinner" (5:00ish) because the waiting line gets longer the later you eat. There are lots of seats near the windows and it's a great place to watch the lake action, listen to the live piano and sip a glass of Pinot Noir!

1 Thank Diana5241
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Delavan, Wi
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Gag me with a spoon!”
Reviewed July 18, 2008

this is a dirty, filthy bar restaurant in a great location. You can sit on the deck and look at Lake Como..
I had a cheeseburger there and they put fake cheese on it from a bottle.. I sent it back and didn't eat at all.. after all this is Wisconsin, America's Dairyland.. and I couldn't even get real chees on my burger!

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