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Ratskeller Restaurant

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American, Swiss, European
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1217 17th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566
+1 608-325-3461
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Pecatonica, Illinois
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122 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Whether I'm bicycling in the warm months, or just looking for something to do in the cold months, the 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. lunch menu here has never disappointed any of the several people I have brought here. I think I paid $9.95. Anyway it was less than 10.00 per person. The drinks are extra, but coffee and sodas... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Visited for lunch and really enjoyed the charm of this Swiss restaurant. The lunch buffet was great and reasonably priced. They also had frosty cold New Belgium beers on tap. Next time in Monroe Ill be back.

Thank Jim A
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The menu has the greatest hits of the regional Swedish specialties; the clientele is likely to be celebrating a 40th high school graduation anniversary

Burlington, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

My wife and I recently attended the Green County Cheese Festival in Monroe. This festival not only celebrates the art of cheese making in the area, but it also celebrates the Swiss heritage of the area. While there we wanted to experience an authentic Swiss dinner. We read about the Ratskeller Restaurant that is located in the lower lever of... More 

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This used to be just great, the fish had a very tasty ,crisp batter. But, they have changed the recipe and I and others that I talked to agree that it is not as good anymore. Also, I like wine with my dinner, I ordered a glass of white and I was presented with a 3 ounce sherry glass for... More 

Thank Patricia F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I decided to check out the Ratskeller at Turner Hall....I was happy to see the sign on the street because this is a restaurant that I often overlook because it is off the square. The service was friendly, there was a wide variety of food on the menu and the salad bar offered a lot of options. I think the... More 

Thank Shayna P
Monroe, WI
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is definitely a heritage restaurant, which could be really cool, but when I took my family there, we waited over a half hour for a waitress to show up at our table while we watched all the regulars around us being served immediately. We ordered when we finally had the chance, and waited a full hour for the food... More 

Thank discriminatingtaster
Niagara Falls
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146 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Good craft beer on tap, friendly service and good food. Plenty of fish, excellent rolls with honey butter, good little salad bar with very good soup. And an accordion player! What's not to like? This step back qin time is a new favorite to add to our WI travels. It also has a funny little bowling alley.

Thank Blancaontheroad
Janesville, Wisconsin
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I was told I needed to try Ratskeller so drove the 40 miles to do so. Interesting Venue, the decor and atmosphere was reminiscent of a time gone by and comforting. We were greeted promptly and served promptly by smiling faces and made to feel welcome. The menu had the right amount of choices and some very tough ones at... More 

Thank sonja410
Laramie, Wyoming
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I attended a conference with a large group who ate a quick meal catered here and I was BEYOND impressed with the service we received. To cater 50 people in a limited amount of time is stressful and not an easy task, yet we were so well taken care of. I have dietary restrictions, and the staff took such care... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$24
American, Swiss, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Discover, Buffet, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1217 17th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Monroe
  • Phone Number: +1 608-325-3461
Authentic Old World ambiance and cuisine awaits you in the Ratskeller Restaurant of the historic Turner Hall of Monroe, the only Turner Hall of Swiss origin left in the US. Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, the walls of the Ratskeller chronicle the history and influence of Swiss immigration on the area. The menu includes authentic Swiss cuisine, as well as burgers, sandwiches and local entrée favorites.

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