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Wausau Area Restaurants Offer Endless Delicious Options

Closeup of pasta dish with bottle of wine

The City of Wausau offers a vast variety of excellent restaurants with reasonable price-points, including casual kid-friendly dining and elegant and ethnic venues. Many of Wausau's best restaurants are located near the base of Granite Peak. As a hospitable ski town, Wausau restauranteurs welcome our visiting ski families anytime.

WOW (Wausau on the Water) Is Wausau's premiere entertainment facility. Voted Wausau's best new restaurant featuring Riverfront dining and views of Granite Peak. Our 20,000 square foot facility Features full service sports bar/restaurant with American style pub fare and 28 craft beer taps, full redemption style arcade with over 40 games and massive prize wall, Plus a 6000 square foot, multi-level laser tag arena that can house 36 players at a time! WOW is a perfect place for kid AND adults to have fun and enjoy Wausau's Wisconsin river and downtown area. ! 715-298-6012
1300 North River Drive
Sun-Thur 11-10 pm
Fri & Sat 11-12 A.M
Just north of the Eye Clinic on 1st
Carmelo's Italian Restaurant
Located at the base of Granite Peak, Carmelo’s Italian Restaurant offers casual dining with a great view of the slopes. Enjoy Italian specialties, steak and seafood, or just drop in and unwind in the spacious cocktail lounge. 715-845-5570
3607 N. Mountain Road
Open 5 p.m. daily
At the base of Granite Peak
Red Eye
Since 2008, Red Eye has been committed to serving only the best handcrafted beer and artisan food to our guests at our brewpub near downtown Wausau. We source much of our food from 16 different Wisconsin farms, a majority of them within 25 miles of our restaurant. Stop down and taste for yourself why we are the top rated restaurant in Wausau! 715-212-9273
612 Washington Street
Monday-Saturday 11 am-close
(kitchen closes at 9 pm)
Closed Sundays
4.8 miles from Granite Peak
Thrive Foodery
Voted Wausaus "Best New Restaurant 2015"! Thrive Foodery comes alive in a unique industrial warehouse offering a fun and casual atmosphere. Enjoy some of the areas best craft beers or experience one of Thrives signature infusions at the butcher block bar. Modern American dishes are prepared in an open kitchen that features a Chefs bar hand crafted from repurposed materials. Large groups are welcome! 715-393-4040
2105 N Second St.
Monday – Saturday 11-10
5 miles from Granite Peak
El Tequila Salsa
Central Wisconsins premier authentic Mexican restaurant, is located off the same exit as Granite Peak! El Tequila Salsa offers the areas largest selection of salsa, tequila and house made Mexican food. From the second you walk through our doors, you will feel like you are on vacation! With the fun music, smiling faces, and great atmosphere, youll have a great time! Happy hour specials 3pm-6pm daily! 715-298-3277
2000 North Mountain Rd
Dining: 11am – 10:30pm
Bar is open late
1 mile from Granite Peak
Michaels Supper Club
Michaels Supper Club is family owned and operated. The place to go for "come-as-you-are" fun and fine dining. Known for fresh seafood selections, fine wine, veal entrees, unique salads, vegetarian options, cutto- order U.S.D.A. choice aged steaks and homemade desserts. Banquet facilities for up to 50. Reservations recommended. Trip Advisor recommended. 715-842-9856
2901 Rib Mountain Drive
Dinner M-Sat 5-10
Lounge open at 4 p.m.
1.5 miles from Granite Peak
2510 Restaurant
Experience Wausau's Landmark, 2510 Restaurant. We are a full service restaurant, bakery, and deli, just five minutes from Granite Peak, featuring a relaxed and casual dining atmosphere. Our 140- item menu is sure to please appetites of all ages. We offer a full bar and lounge area, plus four cozy fireplaces to sit beside and enjoy one of our famous "winter warm-up" drinks! Our deli serves breakfast and our banquet facilities can accommodate up to 60 people. 715-845-2510
2510 Stewart Ave.
M-F 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.;
Sat 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
3 miles from Granite Peak
Nueske's at Gulliver's Landing
Enjoy the unique décor as you dine on some of the finest food in the area at Nueske's at Gulliver's Landing. Darrell and Cheri Nueske and family offer fresh steaks, seafood, and on Saturdays our awesome Prime Rib. Also serving a huge brunch on Sunday from 11-2. 715-849-8409
1701 Mallard Lane
T-Th 4-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 4-10; Sun 11-9
1.5 miles from Granite Peak
Back When Café
Located in Historic Downtown Wausau, Back When Café offers causal dining for lunch. At night, the transformation to fine dining features steaks and seafood, full bar, fine wines and candlelight. Voted “Most Upscale Restaurant in Wausau.” 715-848-5668
606 Third Street
Open Tues-Sat; Lunch: 11-3; Dinner: 5:30-10
Private or Banquet Rooms Available
5 miles from Granite Peak
City Grill
Experience The City Grill, an American Bistro with fine casual contemporary dining. Located downtown next to The Jefferson Street Inn. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Great bar, extensive wine list, steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. 715-848-2900
203 Jefferson Street
M-Sat 7am - 11pm
Sunday 7am - 9pm
5 miles from Granite Peak
Wausau Mine Company
Visit Wausau’s most unique atmosphere at the brand new Wausau Mine Company. The new building opened in November of 2008 and is a must see! The interior looks like an underground cave. Featuring a full bar and lounge, serving pizzas, steaks, sandwiches, pasta and our famous Italian Fries. 715-845-7304
3904 Stewart Avenue
Serving daily from 11am-10pm
4 miles from Granite Peak
Great Dane
Visit The Great Dane Pub, the Midwest’s most awarded brew pub. Within five minutes of Granite Peak. Within three minutes of Hampton Inn and right next door to Marriott Courtyard. Immediately off Hwy 39/51. DJs on weekends. 715-845-3000
2305 Sherman Street
Dining and bars open late!
Sunday Brunch 10am - 2pm
1.5 miles from Granite Peak