Sugar River Pizza

700 Railroad St
New Glarus, 53574
Reviews:
First of all, most importantly, the food was very, very good. However, even though we were the only table dining in on a rainy Monday night, the service was painfully slow. Then, the server misheard my order and brought us the wrong pizza. (Maybe having a Mac Daddy pizza and a Mac-N-Cheese pizza right next to each other on the menu was not a good idea?) They brought us out the right pizza very quickly after that (which begs the question why it took so long to get the order out the first time) and the server and owner were both super nice. I feel bad about complaining about what appears to a promising new restaurant, and I would likely give it another try because the food was excellent.
Looks like a brand new store, very comfortable, with huge benches for seating. The pizza crust here reminded me of my favorite place back home and for that reason I think that this is the place to go in New Glarus for pizza. They have that kind of crust that is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, and it's a little bit sweet. They have outdoor seating and would be a great place for larger groups, and of course there is New Glarus beer to be had.
This is probably my favorite pizza place! Lots of interesting options like baked potato, mac and cheese, five alarm/spicy, and many others. Great outdoor seating along the bike trail and a couple of fire tables. Kid friendly menu with good choices.

(608) 527-5000

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Glarner Stube

518 First St
New Glarus, 53574
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The Roesiti was pretty insanely good! It made us think it can also be the base to all fun meals like skillets, eggs on top, etc. When you first walk in, it seems like a bar but keeping walking to the back where they have tables, friendly service and a casual atmosphere.
Nice place, though a bit quiet for a Wednesday lunch. Had cheese curds and cured meat plate which went well with the local beer. The curds were pretty good the meat a bit dry and bland. My son had brisket which was a healthy slab. Overall good fair with huge portions if you appreciate such things. I'd go back for beer.
Go hungry, leave stuffed and with leftovers. What a cute place! We sat in the back and had a great time here. Our waitress was really sweet and we started off with a yummy cheese plate that was quite big to go along with our beers. I had the prime rib (the 20oz mind you) with yummy sides. There was so much food. Everything was so tasty. I'm a proud member of the clean plate club, but even I couldn't finish it. Fortunately our hotel had a mini-fridge. Great service, very nice people, well located in town. Would definitely go back.

(608) 527-2216

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New Glarus Bakery

534 1st St
New Glarus, 53574
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Love this sweet bakery and all the amazing treats they offer. Been in NG for over 75+years.
Love this unpretentious popular bakery, located right next to the ever popular Glarner Stube. I was so delighted I got some treats to wade me through the long wait at Glarner Stube. There are treats for all ages, and everyone found things they liked. There's usually a line, but the wait is not long at all. I personally really enjoy the original nut horn. It is coated with a nice sugar cover, but not too sweet. The pastry is rather thin, like a flaky pastry. And best of all, its filled with a nutty inside. A little like pecan pie, but not as sticky and sweet. I also tried the sticky bun. It is definitely a steal at $1.75! I like the pastry that is not too thick. Kinda like a cinnamon bun, but with nuts on top! My friend also liked the cookies and bought a pound to share with everyone! Great for party snacks! I definitely will stop by again if I pass by New Glarus. And, if you're hungry at Glarner Stube, remember to get some tasty pastries!!
Cute little bakery in the middle of New Glarus - they have doughnuts, cakes & cookies as well as some Swiss/German specialties like aniseed cookies. We tried a cream horn (delicious flaky pastry with a sweet cream filling) and took home some M&M cookies. Ok, most of the cookies didn't actually make it home because they were pretty tasty. If you don't have a sweet tooth, they also bake fresh bread and even sell homemade pretzels.

(608) 527-2916

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Culver’s Frozen Custard

10405 State Rd 69
New Glarus, 53574
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I had a pretty good cod meal here recently. It was done very well and served very hot. The fries were hot but still could be better. The roll was real mushy and like wonder bread. The price was equivalent to what I'd expect to pay for a nice fish meal at a sit down restaurant. So to me it was way overpriced. They did cancel selling the walleye and I asked about it and they said it was because walleye is over fished and they only carried it at a certain time of the year. So I thought that was cool. Culvers is ok for a quick meal but for the money you are better off paying the same at a nice restaurant for better food. Seriously though, people are really being fooled by this place because the food could be a whole lot better. Update: My last review for here was in 2011. July 2, 2015. I decided to stop by here for their cod because their fish is pretty good, but tonight it was awesome. Fried perfectly and all tender and delicious inside. Fries were pretty good too. But the thing that surprised me most was the shrimp. I wanted something more than just fish and decided to get a small order of shrimp. I did this against my better judgement because I have had some of the worst shrimp at Culvers. But tonight the shrimp was some of the best breaded shrimp I have had for a long long time. Am I ever glad I tried this again because now I'm coming back soon for some more of that wonderful shrimp. Who is working this kitchen? Perfectly fried and shrimp was tender, moist, delicious. So very good. I up Culver's two stars at this outlet for a truly wonderful meal. Worth every penny.

(608) 527-5690

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Puempel’s Olde Tavern

18 6th Ave
New Glarus, 53574
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I stopped in at Puempel's after a day at New Glarus Brewing and dinner at Glarner Stube, so all I was looking for was a beer to finish my evening. It was a weekday evening and the place was nearly deserted which was fine with me. I liked the hole-in-the-wall feeling of the place. It has one of those old fashioned floor plans with a long wooden bar on the left and a few tables on the right. The walls are covered in large hand painted murals that look like they have been there for a very long time. As others have mentioned, the ceiling is indeed covered in dollar bills that people have thrown up there with tacks. I don't really see the appeal of it. Perhaps it seems more fun when you are a drunken tourist. For me the ceiling fans blowing them around made it seem a little like there were flies moving around up there. All four taps at this place were dedicated to New Glarus Brewing, which is just what I was looking for. In the mood for dessert, I had a Raspberry Tart beer and my wife had Two Women. We sipped our beers and chatted about our day in New Glarus. This place turned out to be a nice end to our day. My review of 3 stars is not meant to be a negative reflection on this bar. I simply did not spend enough time here to say whether I am a fan or not.
FANTASTIC! I can't think of a better word! We were in New Glarus to go to the Brewery since we love their beer. While we were there the lady at the counter handed us a New Glarus coupon book. We flipped through and found Puempels. It was a "buy a cheese platter and get a beer free". Since we were in Wisconsin and love beer and cheese we gave it shot. Best idea EVER. It is such a hole in the wall and a fantastic place. You can tell the place has been there for awhile and very historic. We talked with the bartender for awhile and she gave us a run down of all the local beers. Even got us hooked on a few we've neevr heard of. If you are ever in New Glarus I can't recommend enough that you stop in for some drinks. It's not so much a restaurant as it is a bar. The best part is that they seem to really support small, local brewery beer. It's a lot of fun and the people will sit and talk with you even if you're from outta town, or state (as in our case!)
Ok lets start. Are you in New Glarus? Good! Feeling a little parched? Even better. Do you need a cheese fix? That's right we know youre addicted to a nice slab of Swiss cheese. Puempels is one of the oldest Establishments in New Glarus. It's a staple and a gem in New Glarus. They'll fulfill the thirtiest soul with their great selection of New Glarus & Swiss beers. The sandwich department is a little slim, but all you need is a cold Swiss Cheese sandwich on rye and you will feel complete. On the weekends, especially in the summer, they offer great music. When there is music there, watch out! This place gets packed. Be carefull on how many Spotted Cows you ingest, because if youre not careful the next thing youll know youll be polkaing with a guy named Hans. It's great place to mix with the locals, and catch the true New Glarus spirit.

(608) 527-2045

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New Glarus Hotel Restaurant

100 6th Ave
New Glarus, 53574
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I dislike this kind of generalization, that if you are over 50 you may like the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, and if you are under 40 probably not. But I think it is going to be that kind of either/or for most. And hard to categorize/review imo but definitely fits that one restaurant in a tourist town that dresses the help up in some period costumes and the food is 5 star if you like that, but otherwise it's only ok. And if you don't like that particular style of food or period then it's a two and what are you doing here? All THAT here is Swiss, and the food was better than I was expecting plus I like Swiss food. Looks pretty good for a 100 year old building and they have worked to keep it looking good, but don't look too hard because you will find some real signs of age and dirt frankly if you look too hard, under our table for example on a not that busy Saturday night. Wait staff were adults, but seemed perpetually distracted by something else and a lot of the other staff looked like high school help and good for them but usually erratic depending on their focus and training. So service was erratic and it wasn't busy. I saw several lipstick wine glasses sent back and we received the weakest coffee I have ever actually been served by an adult in a cup WITH a small pitcher of the same light brown color water that I sent back. And what adult server forgets to show you the desert cart? You will find that all here but we had an A-OK time and recommend it with reservations. The Saturday night buffet was one of our two choices and a deal at $19 including 5 different meat choices, salad bar, cheese options, and creamed spinach and green beens for color. And if in doubt I recommend sticking with the buffet. Several other dishes sounded good and we opted for a Threefer of pork, veal, and beef tenderloin with the same mushroom topping over all 3. Then we spent too much time figuring out which was which and then which we liked better (the order above) for another $7.50 over the $19 buffet price. It was good but not way better than the buffet. And if the buffet is available, you may want to go take a good look at it and the salad/cheese bar options before you commit, we did. Better by the bottle wine list than you would expect in a beer town, reasonably priced. There are burger and sandwich options. Seating is varied with many options you may want to consider. There is some booth window seating that overlooks the street and some pretty window boxes that we opted for over a larger stuffy room with more table seating next to the large stage/dance room toward the bathrooms. Most of the AC was on the dance floor, with a little left over for the window booths and nothing in the middle where the buffet and kitchen vents. You will hear whatever the live music is regardless of where you sit, so head for the booth windows if available, it was less stuffy over there. There were more people on the polka dance floor than eating at 8pm and they clearly had been there before. I understand the bowling alley is a fun and inexpensive place in New Glarus and I did get to see my first semipro polka dancer in bowling shoes, and I am not going to forget that. We had two of the higher priced dinners and a bottle of wine over two and a half hours, coffee, and spent a little under $100 tip/tax, including substantial leftovers from the tasty three tenderloin plate. We enjoyed it, but if we had gotten trapped in some of the other seating areas on a busier Sat night with even more erratic service, probably not and I am sure that can happen here. If you are a really picky foodie I would suggest you go spend $150 somewhere else. Gueti Reis!
For a 100 year old building it should not be in this great shape! Service was excellent, the Saturday night buffet was excellent. 5 meats- the schnitzel and spatzel were my favorites. Fantastically decorated chateau with outfits to match. We should have stayed for the love music Saturday and Sunday but was exhausted. For a post brewery stop it was awesome.
What a cool Swiss restaurant! I loved the atmosphere, and the service was great too. I came with a group of 8 adults and 2 babies and they were very accommodating. The food was delicious. The only problem was that I couldn't understand what half the items on the menu even were because they were in Swiss/German.

(608) 527-5244

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New Glarus Hotel

100 6th Ave
New Glarus, 53574
Reviews:
It's hard to beat a town where life size plastic cows decorated in Swiss themes rome around and wood braced buildings that remind you of Zurich are at every turn. New Glarus is such a town and has many great places to meet up with friends, enjoy fondue and take a much needed break. The New Glarus Hotel has been a staple in our lives for half a decade. We have been here for a wonderful New Years Eve celebration, 4th of July and much more. The food and ambiance remind you of a well loved Swiss or German dinner club. Solidly prepared foods combined with some great reislings and local beers. The spatzl, sauerbraten and other wonderful dishes will make you wish you had worn your "stretchy pants".
I'd rate this a 3 1/2 star restaurant. It's kind of a touristy place where the waitresses dress up in Swiss garb, menu is heavily Swiss influenced, even printed in a colonial font. This translates to tourist prices. Every time we've dined here they were not busy. This is usually during lunch time rush where all the other restaurants are packed or have a wait, so we've always been able to sit in the four season room facing the streets downtown. It's a great vantage to people watch. We've gotten their spetzel, schnitzel, roesti, and oddly enough, the fried fish sandwich and everything was good. But this is as far as it goes, nothing is really a standout but there are no hard fails either. The bread basket is very good. They have lots of New Glarus beer on tap and do a buffet brunch on weekends. The atmosphere crates a nice ambiance so overall, it's a place worth checking out if you have no other dining options.
Wow! Saturday night they have a bufet with prime beef, Chicken, and all the Swiss side dishes. The bufet was full of fresh items that were all fantastic. The salad bar was well managed and kept full and fresh..... the best part it was full of Wisconsin Cheese! The resturaunt also has a full bar! In fact two bars...... Next time your in New Glarus stop buy for a cilinary Swiss treat! Dave Gombosi

(608) 527-5244

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Kleeman’s Bar & Grill LLC

116 5th Ave
New Glarus, 53574
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Great atmosphere, amazing white cheese curds, local beers on tap, friendly staff. Come for the curds, stay because it's fun.
Don't let the Chalet fool you. It's a dive bar without the strange smells, the grime, and the dusty bottles. I just love the laid back atmosphere that Kleeman's offers. If you want to get your drink on this is the place to go to. When I was there I met some honey's that were old enough to be my daughters, but drunk enough not to give a shit. Got's to love any place that offers that.
I'm not going to tell you not to go to Kleeman's... but there is no point. Toffler's is right around the corner, Sportsman's is as well, the Stube... The decor, lay out, locals and owner of Kleeman's are all uncomfortable and unwelcoming. We didn't realize how close they were to closing for the day when we ordered beers, which they gladly sold to us. A moment later, we've got the owner, who is clearly intoxicated, yelling at us from across the bar to hurry up and leave because they are closing. He came around the bar and got in our faces, accusing us of sipping our beers. They were still open for 4 more minutes at this point. We argued that they shouldn't have sold us anything then, or at least warned us before they did. He proceeded to start pulling cash out of the register to "buy back" our beers. You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me. At this point, all the drunken locals are yelling at us to go the F back to Illinois, so we just leave. They all follow us out and continue yelling at us. So, we go to the car, and up stumbles the owner, I think his name was John, about 5 minutes later. He spends the next 15-20 minutes acting like he's apologizing, when he is really just making all kinds of lame excuses. I just wanted him to go away. Please stop. Please just let us leave. He finally let us leave when we agreed to come in for free bloody marys the next day. Nice gesture, I suppose... but thanks, no thanks. If you need a bloody - go to Puempel's Olde Tavern for their build your own bloody bar, with every garnish you could ever need!

(608) 527-5499

Dive Bars, American (Traditional)

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Chalet Landhaus Inn Restaurant

801 Highway 69
New Glarus, 53574
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The hotel is old school and definitely dated but I am giving it 4 stars because the staff is delightful and the property has charm. The beds were decent but the pillows were horrible. I am a down pillow person so hard, lumpy foam was "no bueno" but at the end of the day, that really didn't matter that much. I had a great overnight stay and I liked the place a lot. I sat on the lovely little terrace area by the pool and enjoyed a New Glarus Berliner Weisse before supper as the sun was going down. I walked into town and bought enough cheese to sink a ship and even found one shop that stayed open past 5pm! I had dinner at another place in the village that was good but I wish I had eaten at the hotel or at their sister restaurant in the village. I have definitely decided that I am not a huge fan of traditional Swiss food---especially in August! I did however see a few menu choices at the hotel that I think I would have liked better. The breakfast in the morning was simple but satisfying and again the staff was just lovely, taking time to chat and making guests feel welcome. The cheese was delish! New Glarus is a special place and this hotel fits the town perfectly. I can see visiting here a few times per year since it is actually really close to Chicago but feels like it's thousands of miles away in a different era. I will definitely go back and I will probably bring my own pillow :)
Watch out...I'm going against the grain here and say that we REALLY enjoyed the food here. Starting off with the special house salad with an array of Eastern European specialties like beats, potato salad, sour kraut, and greens in a house made ranch style dressing. So good. Then had the geschnetzeltes (veal in a mushroom sauce) was incredible. Add the spatzles (Swiss cheese dumpling) and it was great. We also has the potato bacon soup that we really enjoyed. My son had the kids spagetti with this smoked like sauce that was to die for. Kind of a chipotle flavor without the spice. He ate all of not which is unusual for him. Finally, we had the Oreo chocolate cake which was good and surprisingly moist. Of course...it doesn't hurt that they had a great selection of new glarus brews that you can enjoy there or take to go. I had the binder and fat squirrel that night. Would really come back here for sure. Would give this a 5 star if it wasn't for the kind of rude service and unusually high prices.
We stayed here just for one night when visiting New Glarus Brewery. Nice staff, clean hotel. The decor is very "old Swiss" themed and quaint. Refrigerator in room and free wifi are a good benefit from a small hotel. Walking/bike trail in back provides a very short walk to some nearby restaurants. We didn't try the restaurant or pool.

(608) 527-5234

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Sportsman’s Bar & Grill

506 1st St
New Glarus, 53574
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A super dive bar but they had a ton of local beer options and dinner specials that can't be beat. I got 2 pieces of Haddock with 3 jumbo shrimp, a baked potato, coleslaw, roll, and color for $6.75. My husband got 2 brats, au gratin potatoes, a roll, and cookie for $6. The service was great too!
I struggle with even giving this place one star...the food was disgusting... Very greasy and they obviously do not change their frying grease. A friend had a toasted ham and cheese sandwich that was swimming in grease...if you a stomachach, this is the place for you! Not a fan at all
Spotted cow on tap. Friendly service. Amazing cheese curds. Didn't eat here but food looked good. If u r in town go to new Glarus brewery- so fun!

(608) 527-2225

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