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John's Root Beer

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1317 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186-5308
+1 262-542-2842
11:00 - 21:00
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Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Thu 11:00 - 19:00
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Las Vegas
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best root beer anywhere. Good food good service. Road work being done endangers this landmark place. Get there somehow and keep our roo tbeer floats afloat.

Thank Kathleen G
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They make their own rootbeer and serve it in frosted mugs! And not sure how they do it but they have the best hotdogs ever! Sit outside on their picnic tables, sun or shade and enjoy lunch!

Thank Jane K
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're from out of town or lived here your entire life, you have to experience Johns Rootbeer Stand. From the old school vibe of this pull up and park place to the great homemade root beer you won't be disappointed but quality or price.

Thank Britbee14
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

A timeless Waukesha classic that if you don't stop by this spot on a hot summer day, you;ll regret it! It's always made fresh and you never have the same taste twice. I recommend getting into their food menu; it's worth the wait! I will always love JRB and will continue to come here, someday bringing my kids as my... More 

Thank Aarron_Van_Buren
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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108 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Looks like A&W but it's just a shade off...The Root Beers Good. The Chili Dogs are familiar...Must be an A&W Stepchild!

Thank danheibler
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 22 March 2017

You MUST have a Frosty. My kids love this place - Classic Americana The root beer is awesome, real root beer all food is good, no burgers

Thank 346rick
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

All summer long, after mowing the lawn, my husband would collect all the kids and they would go for root beers, ice creams, or root beer floats at John's Root Beer. Really Good!

Thank dickandsue2013
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Best tasting Root Beer in town. Good food made fresh while you wait. Reasonable pricing. In summer you can sit on the picnic benches. Open all year round.

Thank 576josephf
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Old fashioned root beer stand. Had the chicken sandwich and the grandchildren had hot dogs. We all had root beer! No indoor seating and being December we ate in the car. Kids loved it!

Thank Teabop12
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

if you are looking to turn back the clock and take your son or daughter to a little drive in with great root beer John's is the place!

Thank 867f309

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1317 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186-5308
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Waukesha
  • Phone Number: +1 262-542-2842

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?