16 of the BEST Restaurants in Appleton, Wisconsin by a Local

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One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is go out to eat in Appleton. We have some wonderful restaurants and bars!

So, I promise this list will always have the most up-to-date opinions on Appleton’s best places to eat! From where to get the best fish to where to find the best fine dining and Mexican… this list has it all.


They update their menu frequently, based on what is in season. They do have a couple of staples, though, that I love – such as their Mushroom Ravioli and Ahi Tuna Tataki.


The restaurant has a fun, upbeat atmosphere. It’s a converted house that has quite a lot of room inside. It is almost always busy (for good reason) – despite its rather large size. So, be prepared to wait a bit or be sure to make a reservation. They also have a great outdoor dining area during the summer.

Red Ox Seafood and Steakhouse

The atmosphere is exactly what you would expect from a Wisconsin supper club – it feels like home! Some may turn their nose up at the “dated” interior, but in my opinion, it’s exactly how a supper club is supposed to look and feel.

Basil Cafe 

Basil Cafe is my go-to dining spot in Appleton. They have THE best food (if you like Thai and Vietnamese, that is). Plus, their prices are fantastic. It’s a very affordable night out! I love everything about this place – from the coconut-infused water to their Phó to their stinky fruit dessert. It’s all amazing.

ratellos Riverfront Restaurant

This restaurant also has the best view in Appleton. Its large glass windows overlook the Fox River and the dam, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of rushing water as you dine. Fratellos is also located in a former historic power plant, so it has a unique atmosphere. Plus, they have a big outdoor dining area in the summer.

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