Ellison Bay Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Ellison Bay

April 14, 2018 Trinity Boughner

Ellison Bay is an unincorporated census-designated place in northern Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Liberty Grove and is located on Highway 42 along the Green Bay. As of the 2010 census, its population is 165. Sur La Baie, one of Wisconsin's largest and most expensive homes, is located nearby.
Things to do in Ellison Bay

1. Door County Ice Cream Factory & Sandwich Shoppe

11051 State Highway 42, Sister Bay, WI 54234-8901 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American Dinner, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 920-854-9693
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Door County Ice Cream Factory & Sandwich Shoppe

The Door County Ice Cream Factory and Sandwich Shoppe makes its own super-premium ice cream on site. Patrons can watch ice cream being made during production hours. Over seventy varieties of ice cream and sorbet are made with 29 available on any given day. We also have a full line of sundaes, shakes, malts, and draft root beer floats. Enjoy your ice cream in one of our freshly made waffle cones or enjoy a sundae with our house made hot fudge. If you are hungry for a meal, we offer a full line of sub sandwiches as well as soups, salads, and homemade pizza. Enjoy your ice cream or food in our building which was constructed in 1912. Adorning the walls are vintage photographs of Sister Bay and the surrounding areas. We have an outdoor play area for kids and plenty of seating both inside and out.

Reviewed By David W - McFarland, Wisconsin

We visited expecting to see ice cream being made but were disappointed when we arrived to one employee and an store empty of customers. To be fair, we visited in lat October so maybe during the busier time of the year there is a better chance to see some action but not a this time. Not very impressed.

2. Base Camp Coffee Bar

10904 State Highway 42, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9639 Takeout, Seating Cafe, American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 920-854-7894
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Base Camp Coffee Bar

Open daily, offering delicious teas, great coffees, cocoas, fresh bakery and vegetarian light fare.

Reviewed By Crashman1000 - Keller, Texas

Our favorite coffee shop in sister bay. The homemade baked goods are incredible. I had one of the best Americano drinks I've ever had. Place is small but quaint with tables outside as well. Very polite order takers.

3. Brew Coffeehouse

12002 State Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210 Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating Cafe Lunch, Breakfast SGD 4 - SGD 7 +1 920-421-2739
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Brew Coffeehouse

Brew Coffeehouse is an inviting, casual coffee shop located on hwy 42 offering the best in coffee, espresso and tea in downtown Ellison Bay. We have free WiFi, spacious comfortable seating, and tasty homemade bakery. For breakfast, try our Homemade Granola, Sausage, Egg and Cheese Croissant or Breakfast 'Brew'ito. For lunch, we offer a small menu including a soup du jour, and sandwiches varying daily. Brew is a great stop to meet with friends and family, hunker down and catch up on computer work, or just grab an excellent mocha on the fly. We are open daily, all year round. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By Tramble - Chicago, IL

We discovered this lovely little coffee house walking through the town. There are a variety of coffees and freshly baked "sweets." The thickly sliced banana bread was moist and tastey - large enough to share. Inside there are three rooms with comfy chairs and tables. In addition, there are a variety of interesting books to browse while enjoying the brew! The staff is friendly and welcoming.

4. Grandma's Swedish Bakery at Rowleys Bay Resort

1041 County Road Zz, Ellison Bay, WI 54210-9713 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Brunch +1 920-854-2385
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Grandma's Swedish Bakery at Rowleys Bay Resort

Wonderful Features of Rowleys Bay Resort Historic Swedish Scratch BakeryFor more than 40 years, Grandma's Swedish Bakery has been tantalizing the taste buds of Door County visitors and natives with homemade pastries, decadent sweet rolls and other from-scratch bakery items. Family recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, ensuring that you will receive the same authentic Swedish delights originally baked by Grandma. Specialties include our 1/2-pound pecan and cinnamon rolls and Door County's only from-scratch bagels.Door County's Affordable Waterfront ResortRowleys Bay Resort offers the best of both worlds-a waterfront destination with affordable lodging options. Whether you prefer a traditional room, suite, cottage or vacation home, all are just steps away from 700 feet of shoreline. As the largest waterfront resort in Door County, we accommodate and cater to the needs of a wide range of groups. The atmosphere is casual, relaxed and friendly. With our restaurant, bakery, pub, pool, library, game room, fitness room, banquet hall and meeting rooms all under one roof, families and groups feel safe and connected. Our rustic Stuga, nestled under cedars in front of the resort, is perfect for private parties and events.100 Acres of Solitude on a Pristine BayRowleys Bay Resort is situated on 100 secluded acres dominating a pristine, undeveloped bay on Lake Michigan. Think of our unique, peaceful setting as a cul-de-sac without noisy through-traffic and bumper-to-bumper people. Be as one with nature as you enjoy four-season bird watching on our never frozen bay and the unique Mink River Estuary. Nature's light show on the water at sunrise and sunset come at no extra charge!Active Sports Access at Your DoorIf you have a passion for sports, you have to come to Rowleys Bay Resort. From canoeing and kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding and fishing, you won't find a better place in Door County for aqua adventures. The marina and DNR launch are your gateway and quick getaway to Lake Michigan and the Mink River. Sand Bay beach, accessible from our trails, is a great place for a summer dip. Kayak rentals and tours, as well as charter fishing boats, are available dockside. Landlubbers can walk, run or mountain bike on our 5-mile trail system. Featured attractions at Rowleys Bay Resort include Door County's only canopy zip-line and off-road Segway tours through our expansive property. All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant OfferingsIn addition to an all-day menu, Rowleys Bay Restaurant features Door County's longest buffet and salad bar, providing you with variety, flexibility and tremendous dining value. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights the generous buffet includes the area's only all-you-can-eat fish boil, complete with an historical reenactment of the area's namesake Peter Rowley. The restaurant's famous Sunday Brunch buffet includes chef-carved prime rib and other choice meats, as well as pecan rolls and a variety of scrumptious treats from Grandma's Swedish Bakery. Our retro-inspired Rowley's Pub offers our own signature vacation drinks and cocktails, plus a selection of beer and wine, all at prices you won't believe.

Reviewed By GLTO - Lombard, Illinois

Breakfast buffet is the best ever. This was my first time and will definitely go again this Fall. There was not one thing I can say can be improved. Service and food is very good. Swedish pancakes, cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls and Almond Danish Puff were my favorites. Don't hesitate to take any of the baked goods home. We bought all three pastries from the bakery before going home. All froze very well. Don't miss Grandma's Swedish Bakery!

5. Door County Creamery

10653 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9595 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards European, American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 920-854-3388
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Door County Creamery

Farmstead Cheesery and Eatery. We make cheese and gelato right here at the store from our farms milk. Here you are able to sample and watch how all our handmade farmstead products are made. Artisan Sandwiches, Salads, Soups, Cheeses, Meats, Beers, Cheese & Wine Pairings and anything you might want for a picnic we can help you assemble. Come pet our baby goats and spend the afternoon on our sunny patio.

Reviewed By Rudy V

This is a must stop when traveling Door County in Sister Bay. It has a selective menu but don't let that stop you. It is perfect for lunch and has a good selection of wines. However it is my favorite place to stop and sample fresh soft and hard goat cheese. The chèvre is the best I have ever tasted. I prefer the plain but it comes in a variety of flavors. I make a special trip to load up for home. If you can't make the trip to the Door they have a web site you can order from, but when the goats stop milking your going to be out of luck. Tasting is believing and believe me it is the best just say'n...

6. The Fireside Restaurant

11934 State Highway 42, PO Box 51 Sister Bay, WI, Ellison Bay, WI 54210-9736 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards American, Southwestern, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 +1 920-854-7999
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

The Fireside Restaurant

Door County's Ellison Bay is home to The Fireside Restaurant. Serving reinvented comfortable classics with a fresh new twist. Pull up to our spectacular bar for a fun fabulous cocktail. Come in and try our local Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned. Executive Chef Blake Schar pushes creativity in Door County. Chef Schar is strong, solid and on-point with homey, classic comfort foods, showing favor to those warm dishes that Mom use to make. Although he is not shy to admit his bias for butter and bacon, don't let the Midwest in him fool you. Chef Schar pulls on his formal training from Scottsdale Culinary Institute, searching for ways to incorporate Southwest flavors like chipotle peppers, cilantro, cumin, and ancho peppers without taking the bold flavors too far. Watch for formal elegance in his food as well as interesting twists on comfort foods.

Reviewed By LeBonVieTravels - Chicago, Illinois

Hubs & I dined here yesterday while enjoying a 3 day romantic getaway and were very pleasantly surprised at the wonderful meal. We were seated next to a roaring fire which was wonderful on a chilly evening. Our server and all the rest of the staff were very attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. I took two of our server's suggestions for the chef's tomato basil soup (superb!) and the shrimp and grits with goat cheese from Door County creamery. (We had lunch there so we're hip to the yummy goat cheese). Hubs had the bacon apple loin chops with sage stuffing. Delicious! We shared tastes and then I wanted pork chops and hubs was finally convinced grits could be tasty. Unfortunately no room for dessert but we did share a bottle of wine. Pleasantly surprised again to have dinner under $100 even tho we had a bottle of wine. We definitely recommend The Fireside in Door County. PS the chef was involved in the Iron Chef competition in Milwaukee and Green Bay and his specialties from the competition have a medallion next to them on the menu. While several businesses told us they were closing for the season at end of October, Fireside said they are staying open through end of February.

7. Waterfront Restaurant

10947 State Highway 42, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9640 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 920-854-5491
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Waterfront Restaurant

Reviewed By panielsen - Racine

This was a "must" on our Door County visit every time but after our last meals, we are re-evaluating that decision. My Blackened Shrimp over Grits was so piled on with "stuff", that it was trying to be something else than what I experienced a few years ago here and loved! The same was for hubby's pork dish - sauce was so thick and too many flavors all over the place like it was just dumped on to look like a complex dish, very disappointing. Maybe the "small plate" or tapas night might be the way to go for us next time as we have so enjoyed the atmosphere and service here.

8. Wickman House

11976 Mink River Rd, Ellison Bay, WI 54210-9705 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 38 +1 920-854-3305
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 304 reviews

Wickman House

Wickman House is located in a historic lodge in Ellison Bay, Door County. Offering sandwiches from Paying tribute to the property's original owners and namesake, this historical landmark was reborn as Wickman House in 2012. The renovation and design of the property are dedicated to restoring its history with an eclectic blend of original decor from the early 1920's. Also true to the property's original purpose: the restaurant's focus is on sustainable agriculture, featuring a menu inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and gardens. Finally, the property's enhanced space strives to be a true gathering place, much like The Ellison Bay Lodge was nearly a century ago. The proprietors, chefs, and staff at Wickman House strive to provide their guests with the ultimate dining experience through professional service and the use of only fresh, sustainable foods. All seafood is humanely harvested and sustainably considered. Nearly all ingredients not arriving from the sea come from local Wisconsin farms, artisans, and growers. All baked goods, desserts, sauces, stocks, and soups are made in house from scratch, just the way the Wickman Family would have wanted.

Reviewed By Jolsongoude

Some friends recommended this restaurant; we're so glad we took that recommendation. Kindred was our server, and he, along with the rest of the staff, we're as good as any we've ever experienced.

The craft cocktail menu is fabulous and worth exploring. I had the Old Timer, basically an Old Fashioned made with a very smoky mezcal. It was lovely. My wife had a Caipirinha, which was also terrific.

The house-made rolls were delicious. We ordered the deviled eggs, and they were mind-blowing.

I had the Caesar salad, and my wife had the seasonal salad. Both were wonderful.

For my entree, I had the smoked Portobello MLT. It and the accompanying hand-cut fries were delicious. My wife had the daily fish special. Tonight's special was scallops. It had a bunch of different ingredients including pork belly and habañero jam. It was outstanding.

Halfway through the meal my drink was gone, so I thought I'd try another. I ordered the Prita - a margarita that included a bit of peach puree. Yum.

We had no room for dessert, but my wife said the coffee was outstanding, too.

Wickman house is a little more expensive than the better restaurants on the Peninsula, but in our opinion, it was worth every penny. Don't miss it.

9. Gills Rock Coffee

12625 State Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210-9784 Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating Cafe Breakfast +1 920-854-9907
Excellent
75%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Reviewed By Michael470 - Breckenridge, Minnesota

Found this shop after a bike ride on Washington Island. Americano double shot for my partner, Machiatto for me. And a Door County cherry scone that is not findable elsewhere.

10. The Shoreline

12747 State Highway 42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210-9792 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 +1 920-854-2950
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

The Shoreline

Reviewed By gary c - Babbitt, Minnesota

We were there on Thursday and each had one of their specials. My wife had the Crab Shells and I had the Pork Schnitzel. Both well prepared, great presentation and delicious. Great salad and service as well.

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