Where to Eat in Racine: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Almeta Stockton

Racine (/rəˈsiːn/ rə-SEEN) is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. Racine is located 22 miles south of Milwaukee. As of the 2013 U.S. census, the city had a population of 78,199, making it the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin. Its median home price of $103,625 makes it one of the most affordable cities in Wisconsin to buy a home. In January 2017, it was rated "the most affordable place to live in the world" by the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey.
Things to do in Racine

1. Wells Brothers Italian Restaurant

2148 Mead St, Racine, WI 53403-3333 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 262-632-4408
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

Wells Brothers Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By cru9477036 - Waukegan, Illinois

We went to Wells Bros on a Friday afternoon. It wasn't that full so my brother and I ordered the large pizza with sausage, pepperoni, green pepper, onion and black olives. I can only use one word to describe it. YUMMY The crust was as crispy as a cracker and it was not one bit greasy. The sauce was very tasty. The menu states that it is #6 in the nation I do believe it is.

My Mom had the all-you-can-eat cod. 4 good size pieces, cole slaw, bread. She said that it was very tasty. From the looks of the signs they have specials and we are anxious to return to try other thing. This is a casual place, bar-eating establishment as only WI can have.

We were pleasantly surprised I highly recommend the pizza. It ws delicious!

2. Javier's Cuisine

2011 Lathrop Ave, Racine, Racine, WI 53405-3776 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 262-598-9242
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Javier's Cuisine

Javier is a self taught chef, who wants to share his love of food and hard earned expertise, he has a unique ability to make dishes that produce delicious results. Javier’s cooking is multidimensional and is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The menu we offer has a wide range of options; it's a nice mix of family recipes and Javier's creations. We offer Mexican favorites with a unique flair; we also have delicious vegetarian options, and is a great place to treat your gluten-free palate as well. There is always a new special with Javier's Gourmet touch. We also offer a comfortable atmosphere for drinks and dining inside and out.

Reviewed By legacyendeavors - Racine, Wisconsin

Awesomely Delicious Mexican Style Food! Pretty great meals and pretty great service. Visually plated with vibrant colors and amazing smells from the seasoning. The salsa is pretty decent here and the guacamole is very good too. Margaritas are also available.

3. Olde Madrid

418 6th St, Racine, WI 53403-1218 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 262-619-0940
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 204 reviews

Olde Madrid

Reviewed By Whitney D - Racine, Wisconsin, United States

I went here at the beginning of the year with my mother as she was a regular. The food here is absolutely outstanding and the atmosphere is just as nice. The staff were friendly and offered many different suggestions One of these days we plan to go back for the Paella as we hear its fabulous!.

4. Kewpee Sandwich Shop

520 Wisconsin Ave, Racine, WI 53403-1051 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Diner Lunch, Dinner +1 262-634-9601
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 248 reviews

Kewpee Sandwich Shop

Reviewed By S H H - West Fargo, North Dakota

When we pulled into the parking lot, a bystander noticed we were from two states away and said this place was a must stop. It sure was! It was busy and we got seated right up at the main counter as it was the o my two seats available. People of all ages where enjoying a lunch here. Service was quick and efficient and the meal and was very reasonable priced and delicious. Overall, our stop was very quick, but it would be worth a stop again if we were in Racine.

5. Sebastian's

6025 Douglas Ave, Racine, WI 53402-5202 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 262-681-5465
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Sebastian's

Reviewed By Mme_X

Quick summary: Updated American cuisine. Small and larger plates, all well prepared. Moderate prices for eh quality. Friendly, professional service.

The husband was out of town, and I didn't feel like cooking after a long day. I've/we've been back to this place a few times over recent weeks, and it never fails to please. The menu has a nice range of small plates ($8-$14, with good-sized salads in the $8-9 range.) Mains with appropriate starch and veg are generally in the $20's. The mains include a few fish preparations, always great scallops, chicken, grilled duck, steak.filet, and one or two vegetarian options. This evening, I had a delish starter of grilled cauliflower with curry dusting -- a nice change from a salad (although Sebastians has some nice salad compositions.) My grilled scallops were four jumbo babies, well prepared, with a mound of basmati rice and spaghetti squash ($33, one of the more expensive mains.).

A number of well-chosen wines by the glass (mostly under $10 for a generous pour) and bottle. Full bar.

The service is as friendly, expert, and professional as ever.

Charming rustic room furnished with craftsman-style chairs and fixtures. Interesting artwork on the wall. We enjoy the small-ish side room with the fireplace on a chilly April evening (yes, this is Wisconsin - chilly in April.)

We also took guests here a few weeks ago. All the dishes were top-form. I cold also come here to assemble a few small plates for dinner -- a lot of interesting choices.

So - of course I'll be back! The best place in town, and always a winner.

6. Jose's Blue Somberero

6430 Washington Ave, Racine, WI 53406-3920 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Southwestern, Latin Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 262-886-5600
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 218 reviews

Jose's Blue Somberero

Reviewed By Unterleider H - Novo Hamburgo, RS

I had a great time with my friends at this restaurant. Everything we ordered was good and fresh, specially the guacamole done in front of us inside a stone bowl. The mood is friendly and happy. There is a nice bar balcony and decoration is typically Mexican.

7. Cliff's Boathouse Cafe

301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402-4952 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 262-633-1767
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Cliff's Boathouse Cafe

Reviewed By TeeSue - Waterloo, Iowa

Was it Cliff himself, who greeted and seated us immediately? Was is he who prepared our potato pancake perfection? Was it the owner or his namesake who checked in with us, after our hearty breakfasts arrived? I don't know. But the experience at Cliff's Boathouse Cafe was excellent from entry to exit! By all means, take the recommendation and try to potato pancakes (even if you think that sounds 'iffy'). When asked if you'd like sour cream and applesauce with them, the correct answer is 'yes'. After all, unless you're from this part of the midwest, you're not likely to get a better offer to try them. A wonderful place! PS My daughter and I had left a previous local breakfast eatery, without being waited on at all, despite a 20 minute wait. THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN AT CLIFF'S.

8. Reefpoint Brew House

2 Christopher Columbus Causeway, Racine, WI 53403-1055 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 46 +1 262-898-7333
Excellent
33%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 206 reviews

Reefpoint Brew House

We are a competition style smokehouse with a heavy emphasis on seafood in a fun Brew House atmosphere. Our Executive Chef has partnered with an award winning pit-master to be able to offer a one of a kind BBQ experience with our slow smoked meats and our 6 signature sauces. We feature Smoked Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Ribs and Wings, Seafood, Steaks, Prime Rib Burgers, Sandwiches and Fresh salads. We offer Daily Specials everyday and a Sunday Brunch featuring an Omelet and 2-Meat Carving Station, Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes, Pancakes, French Toast, Biscuits & Gravy, Fresh Fruit, Pastries and Desserts. In addition you can order Fresh out of the Kitchen Eggs Benedict with a Spanish flare, Breakfast Tacos, Banana Bread French Toast and Strawberry Crepes. Check out our gorgeous state-of-the-art enclosed outdoor patio with power louvered roof that's fully heated for all seasons use along with a full service outdoor bar and TV's. We have over 100 choices of craft, import and domestic beers including our 2 signature beers, Grampa Jack's and Belle City Ale.

Reviewed By legacyendeavors - Racine, Wisconsin

Located on the Lake Michigan Racine Marina and a beautiful harbor area, this place has a very nice vibe to it and an incredible view of the water. Located near some fishing places and very close to the heart of downtown Racine. The food is great and served with a variety of choices plus friendliness. Has a wonderful bar and it is well stocked for most drinks! The ambiance is great with views of the lake on three sides. Very nice Happy Hours! Really enjoyed this place.

9. Oh Dennis

4301 Douglas Ave, Racine, WI 53402-2956 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Barbecue Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 262-681-1715
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Oh Dennis

Reviewed By charlesdeutschland - 53402

They are known for Grilled ribs and is a casual popular spot for some on the north side of Racine. Grilled ribs have a different taste. Casual, noted as one is served on disposable plastic ware. They have a nice selection of maybe 8 beers on draft.

10. Meli Cafe Pancake House & Restaurant

1158 Prairie Dr, Racine, WI 53406-3972 Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Diner, American, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 262-583-1876
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Meli Cafe Pancake House & Restaurant

Reviewed By Kadee49 - Racine, Wisconsin

This is a Greek style pancake house with an enormous amount of selections on the menu. Coffee is refilled frequently. The portions are large and done in perfection each time. Prices are very reasonable.

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