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

April 14, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

Waunakee /wɔːˈnə.kiːˈ/ is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States (est. 1870). The population was 12,097 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Waunakee bills itself as "The Only Waunakee in the World." The village was named as #78 in CNN Money's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" for small towns in 2009.
Things to do in Waunakee

1. Dunkin' Donuts

404 W Main St, Waunakee, WI 53597-1102 +1 608-850-9578
Excellent
0%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
50%
Poor
25%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Alex L

Have tried Duncan in Waunakee twice now and it's just not what it used to be. Too commercialized and has lost its quality. If there were a better option for donuts I would seek it out.

Gets two stars because staff is very friendly and cheerful despite being slow and probably underpaid.

Kwik Trip has far better coffee available for more than half the price...now that I think about it, the donuts at Kwik Trip are comparable to Duncan Donuts less the selection...

2. The Lone Girl Brewing Company

114 E Main St, #101, Waunakee, WI 53597-1271 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 608-850-7175
Excellent
39%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 122 reviews

The Lone Girl Brewing Company

We are a new restaurant and brewery in Waunakee offering delicious food, craft beer, and other drinks in a fun atmosphere that everyone can enjoy - from couples and groups of friends to families with kids. Our brewpub inspired menu features a locally sourced, upscale take on bar food. Including choices of burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, a children's menu and other pub grub. Whether it is a pale ale, IPA, stout, amber ale, or golden ale; you can choose from our own craft beers, made on-site in our brewery, as well as other domestic and international beers. And if you are in the mood for something else, our full bar has a boutique wine selection and craft cocktails. We promote a family first atmosphere at our 7,000 square-foot brewery. Our 4,000 square-foot rooftop has open-air seating, a gas fire pit, a gaming area, and space for live music performances. Our free, first-come-first-served brewery tours give you an unfiltered look into our craft brewing process. Be sure to ask about reserving a private dining room for parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, reunions, and community events. We can accommodate groups of 10 - 70 people. Stop by today and enjoy everything The Lone Girl has to offer!

Reviewed By BadgerRay - Waunakee

We went for the Friday night fish fry. There was a small salad bar included and it was fresh and very good. The baked cod was perfectly done but don’t order the skinny little overdone french fries. A small cup of tasteless coleslaw was also included. Our waitress, Sarah, was excellent and efficient and explained the specials to us.

3. Rex's Innkeeper

301 N Century Ave, Waunakee, WI 53597-1135 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 +1 608-849-5011
Excellent
38%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Rex's Innkeeper

Reviewed By MadcityJan - Madison, Wisconsin

We went there on Sunday and must say we were very disappointed in the service. The salad bar was okay the soup was the best part. We had reservations and yet we stood at the whole station for about 5 minutes. Staff kept walking past...MoreThanks For Taking the Time to Review, Sorry about the Wait, We did have a Waitress Not Show . But That is not Your Fault, Sorry again, Rex

4. Trader Gus Shell - Athen's Gyros

5420 Willow Rd, Waunakee, WI 53597-9133 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Greek, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 608-249-6720
Excellent
63%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Trader Gus Shell - Athen's Gyros

Reviewed By Barbara B - La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States

I'm not from the area, however, I have stopped by this place twice now passing through town and it hasn't been open!! When searching on the internet and google; Trader Gus, it displays the hours of the convenience store only, not the gyros place. Don't be fooled. They are building a restaurant next to the convenience store that has been in progress for a while now and it still is not complete! Would LOVE to try the gyros here and will continue to come back. Hopefully, one of these times it will be open.

FYI....when we pulled up and realized the gyro restaurant was closed, three other cars stopped as well. You would have business on Sunday!!! Please consider being open on Sundays!!

5. China Wok Chinese Restaurant

204 S Century Ave Ste A6, Waunakee, WI 53597-1272 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 608-849-9638
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Reviewed By DawnEAR

While the food was good, I found it a little pricey for what it was. I brought my 7 and 10 year old for supper just for buffet and spent almost 40. Three meals, one water and two root beer. I thought for what we received a bit pricy. Children didn't eat much and I had one trip to the buffet. Staff was friendly and food was ok.

6. Culver's

900 E Main St, Waunakee, WI 53597-2500 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 608-849-6599
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Reviewed By minkmink - Wisconsin

After attending the funeral for the president and CEO of Culvers, we decided to have lunch at Culvers in Waunakee.
All the employees are so friendly.
We had butter burgers and chicken tenders. Our meals were brought to our table. Everything was hot and delicious.
Very happy with everything.
As we were leaving more then one employee said good bye and wished us a good weekend.

7. M-N-M's

509 E Main St, Waunakee, WI 53597-1486 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 608-850-3665
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Reviewed By Heila H

The greatest, friendliest, helpful family I have met.
Coffee - I always have a latte and since I have become milk sensitive, they have almond milk available.
The sourdough bread is absolutely delicious. Needless to say I always have sourdough sandwiches.
They have created a welcoming ambiance topped with their unique personalities.
Highly recommended.

8. Blowin’ Smoke

1336 Montondon Ave, Waunakee, WI 53597-2662 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 608-850-9848
Excellent
31%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Blowin’ Smoke

Reviewed By Isthmuse - Madison, Wisconsin

I have eaten here three times. I enjoyed the Reuben sandwich and I enjoyed the riblet sandwich. However the rib meat on the latter sandwich contained a fair amount of cartilage which I had to spit out. And lastly I had the burnt ends. These were very tender and smokey with BBQ sauce served on the side to cut the richness of the meat. Friendly and efficient wait staff. Pleasant atmosphere although I wonder why there needed to be three TVs on. This may be OK in a sports bar, but perhaps not in a casual restaurant.

9. Spring Garden Restaurant

225 S Century Ave, Waunakee, WI 53597-1249 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 608-850-3732
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Spring Garden Restaurant

Reviewed By Michelle B - Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Was in for breakfast on a Sunday. Hostess seem flustered. Food was dried out and the waitress was very rude. She acted as if we were bothering her when we asked for more water. We mentioned the food was a bit dry but told her it was fine because we waited long enough for the dry meal didn't want to wait longer for a new meal. We just wanted the check leave.

10. Zoe's Pizzeria

604 E Main St, Waunakee, WI 53597-1403 Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating Fast Food, Italian, American, Pizza Late Night, Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 18 +1 608-849-7900
Excellent
55%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Zoe's Pizzeria

New York style pizza Wisconsin style pizza Lunchtime pizza by the slice Salads Pastas Sandwiches Dine In, Carry Out or Delivery

Reviewed By David20130609 - Waunakee, Wisconsin

Enjoyed out pizza for Zoe's Pizzeria. On time delivered pizza. Hot and very good pizza. Very good prices and delivery.

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