Recommended Restaurants in Door County

Most guests, of the Chanticleer, ask for dinner recommendations.  They often inquire, “Name the best restaurant in Door County”.  Our answer to that question, “it depends”.  We have two favorite restaurants, and both are excellent.  We enjoy them both so much, we promote them through our dinner packages. 

Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant, in Sturgeon Bay, is a terrific restaurant if you enjoy steaks and seafood.  Located literally on the shore of Lake Michigan, it would be difficult to find a restaurant with a better water view.  Located in an old stone lodge, built in the 1930’s, you can see Lake Michigan from every table in the house.  Serving juicy steaks, fish and the best lobster in Door County, you’d have a hard time not finding something to satisfy your appetite. 

Donny’s also has a stone patio, where you can enjoy a drink before dinner.  Simply take a seat on the patio and Mary will come out and take your drink order.  When your table is ready, she’ll come out and let you know.  With wonderful food, terrific service and a beautiful view, Donny’s is one of the best places, for dinner, in Door County!

The Inn at Kristofer’s, located in Sister Bay, is our favorite fine dining restaurant.  The food is terrific and they offer a spectacular sunset view, looking out over the Sister Bay marina.  My absolute favorite dish isn’t even a dish. It’s a starter!  The Brie with Warm Brandied Fruit is so delicious; I have a hard time sharing it with Bryon.  New this year is an outside dining area, which is a welcome treat, since there are very few restaurants, in Door County, who offer outside dining.  They also offer cooking classes in the winter months.  Contact them quickly, since space is limited and the classes are very popular!

If wonderfully fresh food, paired with a terrific wine selection and a spectacular sunset view is what you’re looking for, then The Inn at Kristofer’s is the restaurant for you.  Please check out their website at 

There are a lot of excellent restaurants on the peninsula, but for a consistently wonderful dining experience, we highly recommend Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant and The Inn at Kristofer’s!

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