Only a few years ago, Baileys Harbor’s best days seemed to be behind this Door County village. Driving through, Baileys Harbor seemed forgotten in the shadow of the villages on the Green Bay side of the Door Peninsula. Those days are long gone. The old moniker that the Lake Michigan side of Door County is the “quiet side” no longer applies. Baileys Harbor is booming, and it has become an excellent place to eat. Here are some of the best restaurants in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
The Door County location of a highly successful Green Bay restaurant, Chives has made a name for itself as one of the places to see and be seen.
Chives is a favorite of Green Bay Packers players when they visit Door County. And, it’s easy to see why.
Chives puts an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, appealingly presented. And, the restaurant itself is appealing. In a classic Baileys Harbor building, Chives masterfully created an atmosphere combining both antique, rustic charm and modern chic decor.
Over the past few years, restaurants have been choosing to offer more limited menus, choosing to focus on deep flavors in fewer items rather than on broad offerings. That trend towards a smaller menu was accelerated during Covid.
Chives is no exception. But, despite the focussed menu, most diners will certainly find something appealing and satiating.
Door County Brewing Co. Taproom, DCBC Eats & Music Hall
Baileys Harbor’s renaissance can probably be traced back to the Door County Brewing Company’s decision to locate its taproom here.
While beer takes center stage at the Brewing Company (and rightfully so), they have also opened a casual dining venue next door. It’s a convenient location to grab some food to eat in their lovely beer garden out back.
The menu is limited and focusses on pub favorites like BBQ and pizza. It’s limited, but sometimes all you want, all you need, is a good brew and a piece of pizza to refresh after a day exploring Door County’s natural beauty.
Clover & Zot
For a nice change of pace, try Clover & Zot. Most Door County restaurants focus on crowd pleasing American food, but Clove & Zot offers European inspired dishes. The different flavors are a welcome addition to the Door County food scene.
Clover & Zot also offers something surprisingly rare in Door County: outdoor, waterfront dining. If the weather permits, you will definitely want to experience their lovely dining patio overlooking Lake Michigan.
If it’s too cold or wet to dine outside, their dining room is a pleasure to eat in. Open and modern, it still manages to produce a comfortable environment.
Heirloom Cafe & Provisions
A quick place to grab breakfast or lunch, Heirloom Cafe offers sandwiches, soups, and salads with locally sourced ingredients.
Heirloom Cafe gladly facilitates to-go orders, so if the weather is nice, grab your food, and eat in one of Baileys Harbors lovely waterfront parks.
The Florian II Supper Club exudes the essence of a Wisconsin supper club, with buildings from the 70s, neon signs, and a family-run operation. Now in the 4th generation of family operation, the Florian II has one of the most amazing Lake Michigan views from their dining room, and live music is at the center of the experience that they offer.
Even if you’re staying on the Bay Side of Door Couty, make your way over to Door County’s quiet side for this unforgettable experience. The Florian II does not take reservations, however, so be ready to wait at the bar for a table. This is all part of the supper club experience.
As with most supper clubs, Florian II is a great place for a Friday night fish fry.