If you’re planning a trip to Janesville, Wisconsin, be prepared to indulge in some fantastic culinary experiences. From classic American fare to international cuisine, Janesville has it all. From casual cafés and pubs to fine-dining restaurants, there’s something to satisfy every taste bud in Janesville.
I visited Janesville with a group of writers in July. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best restaurants in Janesville that are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Visit Janesville hosted my visit. All opinions are my own.
1. Milwaukee Grill
If you find yourself in Janesville, Wisconsin, looking for a delicious place to eat, look no further than the Milwaukee Grill. This cozy restaurant offers many mouth-watering dishes, but their hummus salad dip stands out. It’s made with the creamiest chickpeas and topped with red peppers, tomatoes, and roasted almonds with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It’s a game-changer and an absolute must-try appetizer item on their menu. Others at my table enjoyed the Wisconsin cheese curds.
For my entrée, I ordered the Mandarin chicken salad. I loved the crunchy noodles and sesame seeds on the salad.
The Milwaukee Grill has hit all the right notes — delicious food, a comfortable environment, and friendly service. It is a perfect spot to grab a bite and relax with friends and family.
What To Order At The Milwaukee Grill
- Starter: Hummus salad or cheese curds
- Entrée: Mandarin chicken salad or a burger
2. Genisa Wine Bar
If you’re searching for a cozy spot to enjoy Italian-inspired cuisine, look no further than Genisa Wine Bar in Janesville, Wisconsin. This charming spot offers an extensive wine list and a menu that will satisfy your taste buds. Every dish is made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and the chefs put a contemporary spin on traditional Italian favorites.
Our group visited for dinner and everyone raved about the dinner choices. You’ll find something to love on the menu whether you’re in the mood for a hearty pasta dish or a light salad. And don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of one of the many exceptional wines available.
What To Order At The Ginisa Wine Bar
- Starter: Rosemary roasted nuts or the “Grand Charcuterie”
- Entrée: A brick-oven pizza or three-meat lasagna
- Dessert: Seasonal brick-oven cobbler
- Drink: Wine
3. 29 South Cafe
You know that feeling when you walk into a restaurant and everything clicks? That’s what it feels like when you step into the cozy atmosphere of the 29 South Cafe. It is a family owned and operated restaurant, and from the moment you arrive, the outstanding service makes you feel right at home. And the food, oh my! Every item on the made-from-scratch breakfast menu is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.
We visited for breakfast, and several of those in our group ordered and raved about the savory quiche with fresh fruit. But if you have more of a sweet tooth like me, you can’t go wrong with the peanut butter and banana pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar.
What To Order At The 29 South Cafe
- Savory Entrée: Quiche
- Sweet Entrée: The peanut butter and banana pancakes or the French toast
- Sides: Potatoes
4. The Sandwich Bar
If you’re in the mood for a delicious sandwich, The Sandwich Bar in Janesville, Wisconsin, is the perfect place. With a menu filled with tasty and unique sandwich options, you will surely find something that will hit the spot.
I tried something new and had the triple turkey sandwich. It had a layer of brined turkey breast, braised dark meat, and crunchy fried turkey skins with a bacon-onion jam. This sandwich is a real crowd-pleaser.
We shared a chocolate chip bread pudding for dessert and the “Color-Me-Pink” drink. Everything was delicious!
The Sandwich Bar is also uniquely decorated, paying tribute to Julia Child and other chefs with wall-sized colorful murals. It is a must-visit spot in Janesville.
What To Order At The Sandwich Bar
- Entrée: Triple turkey sandwich or the “Jolene”
- Side: French fries
- Dessert: Chocolate chip cookie
- Drink: Color-Me-Pink
5. Northleaf Winery
If you’re a lover of wine and charcuterie boards, then you’re in for a treat when you visit the Northleaf Winery and Tasting Room. With a wide variety of delicious wines to choose from, you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re looking for something unique to take home, they also offer wine jams and jellies for sale as well as their enticing wines.
We stopped for a wine tasting and they brought out a charcuterie spread from which you could make a meal. They provided a list of wines; you can select those you want to taste when you order a tasting flight. I gravitate toward sweet wines and loved all that I tried.
Northleaf Winery offers a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for a date or girls’ night out. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or enjoy a good glass now and then, check out this delicious wine bar.
What To Order At Northleaf Winery
- Starter: Charcuterie board
- Drink: Tasting flight
6. Sandee’s Thai Fusion
Sandee’s Thai Fusion is a must-try for foodies and cocktail enthusiasts, with a vast, eclectic menu featuring Thai food and a spectacular range of delicious drinks like the “Blue Hawaiian.”
Everything is made from scratch and cooked to order, so plan for a relaxing and unrushed dinner as you indulge your taste buds.
Whether you’re in the mood for pad Thai or a perfectly cooked curry, Sandee’s has got it all, and with their friendly service, you’ll feel right at home.
What To Order At Sandee’s Thai Fusion
- Starter: Chicken satay or shrimp bacon wrap
- Entrée: Thai sweet and sour or pad Thai
- Dessert: Thai famous sticky rice and mango
- Drink: Blue Hawaiian
Pro Tip: They allow you to select the level of spiciness on many dishes.
7. Buckhorn Supper Club
If you’re on the hunt for a delicious and unique dining experience, look no further than the Buckhorn Supper Club. Located near Janesville on beautiful Lake Koshkonong in the heart of the Badger State, this iconic Supper Club has been serving mouth-watering meals for generations. From perfectly cooked prime rib to their seafood and beef Wellington, everything on the menu is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
We dined on their patio overlooking the lake. They had a special steak bruschetta appetizer on the menu when we visited, and it was huge and so good. The meat just melted in your mouth and it was large enough to have as a meal. I had the filet mignon as my entrée and it was outstanding. The person seated beside me ordered the prime rib and it filled the plate!
The Buckhorn serves some seriously delicious cocktails, including their “X-Rated Vacation” drink. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, the Buckhorn Supper Club is the perfect spot for a memorable night out.
What To Order At The Buckhorn Supper Club
- Starter: Steak bruschetta or cheese curds
- Entrée: Prime rib or filet mignon
- Dessert: Chocolate peanut butter pie
- Drink: X-Rated Vacation or their old fashioned
Pro Tip: At this time, the menu changes daily.
Bonus: Campbell Boys 53534
If you’re considering going on a picnic but don’t want the mess of preparing all the food, consider Campbell Boys 53534 for a tasty picnic lunch option in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Their delicious sandwiches are the talk of the town — for a good reason — they’re simply scrumptious! We enjoyed their box lunches picnic-style after a morning of kayaking. Not only are the sandwiches tasty, but they’re also made with fresh ingredients, making for a satisfying and healthy meal.
Janesville, Wisconsin, may not be known for its food scene, but it offers a diverse selection of restaurants that cater to all tastes and budgets. From fine dining to casual, this town has it all. If you’re planning a visit to Janesville, make sure to give some of these restaurants a try!