A Dells institution since 1938, The Del-Bar—so called for its location between Wisconsin Dells and neighboring Baraboo—got its start as a small roadhouse grill specializing in charbroiled steaks. Gone is the tiny roadside building; well, not really. The dining room has been incorporated into the current Prairie-style restaurant, five times the size of the original structure. Steaks are still the highlight of the menu, which includes grilled fresh fish and shellfish, pasta and poultry. The wine list is quite extensive, with several hundred selections, mostly from California, and bottles are 20 percent off with a dinner purchase several nights during the week. Diners can also purchase a bottle to go for 10 percent off the list price.
Wine discounts aside, dining here isn’t cheap. Entrees range from $20 to $40, although you can order a sandwich or salad for $10 or less, and Fridays boast a $13 fish fry. The food is worth the price, cooked to perfection, well-seasoned and tasty. The deep-fried cheese curds are some of the best in the state.
While the atmosphere is pleasant, the dining room can get noisy and service tends to be on the slow side, even for those who arrive early to avoid the crowds. The Del-Bar is open for dinner.