Historic Fine Dining
Contemporary Cuisine in a Historic Setting
If you enjoy warm ambiance, authentic old world charm, local history, excellent food by an award winning chef, and impeccable service then this is the place for you. Walk through our doorway and take a step back in time to 1908. At first you may notice the elaborate mahogany bar and cabinetry that were ordered from the Chicago World’s Exposition in 1893 (only one of three ever made by Brunswick). Then your eyes might wander to the Lofty tin ceilings, wood wainscoting, tiled walls and ornate floor mosaics. These original features have been well preserved and remain original to the building today. We pay homage to the past by carrying on a century old tradition of the Founder, B.J. Wentker: providing our patrons with an exceptional experience in a unique atmosphere where they may enjoy the finest wines, beer, liquors and cuisine available through casual fine dining.
Come experience fine food, service, and atmosphere without the black tie requirement. Our menu is specially designed by our chef seasonally so that you may enjoy the freshest selections. Each dinner entrée has recommend pairings of wine or beer to enhance flavor and please your palate- though one is always welcome to select wine, beer, or specialty cocktails from our extensive drink menu. Our lunch menu and atmosphere are more Bistro style than fine dining.
Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
Happy Hour- Drink Specials daily from 2-6 pm
Late Night Happy Hour- Drink Specials:
Tapper Tuesdays - Enjoy 9 oz. Draft Beer selections for $2/each
Thrifty Thursdays - Take $2 off Appetizers
Friday Night Fish Fry - All dinners are served with Homemade Coleslaw, Fresh Baked Rye Roll and your choice of French Fries or Homemade Potato Pancake (see menu for offerings)
Saturday Surf & Turf Dinner Special - filet with choice of shrimp, scallops or lobster (see menu for details and pricing)
Wine, Martini & Beer Flights are always available!
Reservations are appreciated for all special events. Call or email us to make your reservations today!
Book your holiday party with us! Call for Private Room Availability and Special Menus. Christmas Decor into January. Call (262)767-1514 or email us at email@example.com
Mardi Gras Week! We will have a special Mardi Gras menu available from February 21st through February 28th (this will temporarily replace our normal menu). Click the "Mardi Gras Week!" link to look at the menu!
Music & Wine Wednesdays - Enjoy any bottle of wine (valued under $50) at half price with every dinner entree purchase. Relax to a variety of live music performances from 6-9 pm.
***There are a few changes in our music schedule for the coming weeks:
*Please note: below is our usual line-up, however the musicians may change without notice.
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B.J. Wentker's offers dining experiences that will tantalize your taste buds with contemporary cuisine by Award winning Executive Chef Karl Ernst, dazzle your eyes with a uniquely historic atmosphere, and soothe your ears with live music performed on Wednesday evenings.
The history of B.J. Wentker's steps back in time to 120+ years ago. A jovial fellow by the name of Bernard J. Wentker, a German immigrant, had a vision to create an elegant establishment where townsfolk could partake of the finest wines, beer, liquors and food available. In pursuit of this passion, Wentker left his job of eight years with the Finke-Uhen Brewery and purchased the hillside triangle tavern in June, 1894. In the year of 1908 he demolished the wooden structure and constructed the current brick building, which included luxuries of the times - steam heat and electric lighting. The Grand Opening on November 7, 1908, revealed an elaborate mahogany bar and matching cabinetry that were ordered from the Chicago World's Fair (only one of three ever made my Brunswick). Lofty tin ceilings, wood wainscoting, tiled walls and ornate floor tiles were other extravagant details that are still original to the building today.
B.J. Wentker's has been owned and operated as a tavern and restaurant since 1908, though it was briefly disguised as an ice cream parlor during prohibition! We continue in the pursuit of Mr. Wentker's passion - to provide our patrons an exceptional experience in a unique atmosphere where they may enjoy the finest wines, beer, liquors and cuisine available.