Native Bay

★★★★★
  • 127 W Cedar St # 5

    Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

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  • 715-726-0443

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This was an awesome place that just didn't really fit in with rural Wisconsinite tastes. Had a great location by Lake Wissota, tasty, original food made as much as possible with local, organic ingredients, and died due to a combination of the economy and the fact that up here they still eat roadkill (people will tag and take home deer they hit on the road, I am totally serious).

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★★★★★

This was an awesome place that just didn't really fit in with rural Wisconsinite tastes. Had a great location by Lake Wissota, tasty, original food made as much as possible with local, organic ingredients, and died due to a combination of the economy and the fact that up here they still eat roadkill (people will tag and take home deer they hit on the road, I am totally serious).

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While the bar menu is still basic Western Wisconsin fare, the main dining room is actual cuisine. And it is a pleasure for those who live in the Chippewa Valley but have a broader palate and like to eat meals that veer away from deep fried flesh with a side of mounded deep-fried cheese curds (not that there's anything wrong with that ;) ).

The chef - Nate Berg - is part of the "Slow Food" movement, and his menus and pacing between meals represents the tenets behind enjoying meals that satisfy without being overwhelming. So do not expect your usual overflowing Midwestern plate here - you will leave full and satisfied, as your stomach has time to settle between courses and the portion sizes are normal sized (as opposed to haute-cuisine or super-sized).

The dinner menu changes on a weekly basis, based on what is available through local providers of meat, fish and produce. There is usually one vegetarian option in the entrees and at least one in the appetizers. They also offer a Chef's tasting menu at $50 per head - this is a 6 course meal custom designed for your table - if you have special needs or allergies it is better to call ahead a few days so he can prepare the menu.

It is best to go in and expect the unexpected. A recent steak tartare appetizer was served by hollowing out a soft-boiled egg, mounding the steak inside the hollowed ends, and spicing the yolk to be piled on crostini. A lobster croquette served as a between-course amuse-bouche was the equal to any I've had in New England or Florida.

Entrees do vary. You'll never find anything bad, but some items are definitively better than others. A recent walleye was tasty...but my husband's Angus tenderloin with heirloom beets, wild rice w/chevre and a maple balsamic sauce was definitely the "winner" that evening. And anything with smoked trout is usually outstanding.

Dessert is usually a mix of ice creams and cakes, but you can also get a cheese plate, with high-quality Wisconsin cheese (the type you pay huge amounts for back in NYC ;) ). Coffee comes in a French Press (they do it for you).

So if you are looking for truly fine dining, this is the best place to go in the area without heading into the Twin Cities.

5
★★★★★

While the bar menu is still basic Western Wisconsin fare, the main dining room is actual cuisine. And it is a pleasure for those who live in the Chippewa Valley but have a broader palate and like to eat meals that veer away from deep fried flesh with a side of mounded deep-fried cheese curds (not that there's anything wrong with that ;) ).

The chef - Nate Berg - is part of the "Slow Food" movement, and his menus and pacing between meals represents the tenets behind enjoying meals that satisfy without being overwhelming. So do not expect your usual overflowing Midwestern plate here - you will leave full and satisfied, as your stomach has time to settle between courses and the portion sizes are normal sized (as opposed to haute-cuisine or super-sized).

The dinner menu changes on a weekly basis, based on what is available through local providers of meat, fish and produce. There is usually one vegetarian option in the entrees and at least one in the appetizers. They also offer a Chef's tasting menu at $50 per head - this is a 6 course meal custom designed for your table - if you have special needs or allergies it is better to call ahead a few days so he can prepare the menu.

It is best to go in and expect the unexpected. A recent steak tartare appetizer was served by hollowing out a soft-boiled egg, mounding the steak inside the hollowed ends, and spicing the yolk to be piled on crostini. A lobster croquette served as a between-course amuse-bouche was the equal to any I've had in New England or Florida.

Entrees do vary. You'll never find anything bad, but some items are definitively better than others. A recent walleye was tasty...but my husband's Angus tenderloin with heirloom beets, wild rice w/chevre and a maple balsamic sauce was definitely the "winner" that evening. And anything with smoked trout is usually outstanding.

Dessert is usually a mix of ice creams and cakes, but you can also get a cheese plate, with high-quality Wisconsin cheese (the type you pay huge amounts for back in NYC ;) ). Coffee comes in a French Press (they do it for you).

So if you are looking for truly fine dining, this is the best place to go in the area without heading into the Twin Cities.

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Native Bay is an upper class style atmosphere with the food and wine to match. They have a rotating menu, so you are not likely to eat the same thing twice. The have live music on weekends right now, a nice deck right off of the water for the nice weather days, and offer quite the variety of food and beverages to meet anyone's approval. This is a nice place to have a romantic dinner for two, or rent a pontoon, for a few hrs and then enjoy the bar menu on there deck. You should really check this place out, it has become one of our family's favorite places to go. Make your own opinion, don't let someone else do it for you.

PROS: great food,beverages, service, and location-NOT you AVERAGE place
CONS: not open all week.

5
★★★★★

Native Bay is an upper class style atmosphere with the food and wine to match. They have a rotating menu, so you are not likely to eat the same thing twice. The have live music on weekends right now, a nice deck right off of the water for the nice weather days, and offer quite the variety of food and beverages to meet anyone's approval. This is a nice place to have a romantic dinner for two, or rent a pontoon, for a few hrs and then enjoy the bar menu on there deck. You should really check this place out, it has become one of our family's favorite places to go. Make your own opinion, don't let someone else do it for you.

PROS: great food,beverages, service, and location-NOT you AVERAGE place
CONS: not open all week.

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