Chef Shack Bay City
The jewel in the Chef Shack empire crown, this historic bar & restaurant has been around since 1920, in the tiny Wisconsin river town called Bay City.
Chef Shack companies purchased this fine property in 2012 and have lifted it to the next level in cuisine & service in a rustic natural country setting.
Guests traveling the Great River road experience this special destination in delight and turn into believers of what a restaurant in the middle of nowhere can deliver. Chefs & life partners Lisa Carlson & Carrie Summer have brought their New York City training to this small 40 seat establishment.
Sourcing organics and creating a French focused menu for the publics delight weekends only each year through New Years eve.
Creating a" hidden and hard to find" secret dining experience and exceeding expectations.
Ok it was a road trip and it was a special stop. Perfect in many ways. Hospitality and great food. We will make the journey again in the future.
Great ambiance and service. The cocktails were lovely. With such a limited menu, every dish should be knocked out of the park good and unfortunately the food missed the mark. The baked artichoke dip was mostly garlic cloves with a little artichoke. The curry cod lacked visual appeal and the taste depth that I was expecting having had some dishes from the food truck. I will try it again though.
The food and ambiance are always awesome at Chef Shack in Bay City
We went on a quiet night so I can’t really say what it’s like when it’s busy. My guess is it’s a very friendly positive buzz in the air. My wife is pregnant and the staff was so thoughtful. Made her a bunch of small non alcoholic drinks and juices for her to experiment with. The food was incredible. Small menu but done so well. We will be back again and again.
The hospitality was a team effort from owner, wait staff and bar. Definitely all on the same page from welcoming through service. Food was exceptional with a creatively simple approach that would be welcomed by the foodie or general dining enjoyment. Definitely worth the planned visit or any opportunity.
LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this place. Food is first rate; chefs are beautiful, warm women. Place is cozy with a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone is so attentive and friendly and craft cocktails are delicious. This is a true gem and oh so worth the drive. Can’t recommend it enough!!
We were greeted with a wonderful smile and the happy service continued. Food was excellent and perfect portions. Service was well timed and not rushed. We will definitely go again....
Our dinner was an enjoyable experience in a rustic shack on the Mississippi. Staff was welcoming, helpful, and attentive without being overbearing.
As always, C.S. did not disappoint! Saturday's lucky find was the bartender. Creative drinks and interesting conversation. I believe we had almost everything on the menu. The appetizers were to die for (escargot!!) and my curry outstanding. Take money when you go, but always always worth the price. Can't wait to go again, maybe New Years!!
This is our “go to” place. We try to go once a week! Their menu is innovative and tasty.
We didn't like sitting so close to the other tables. The rib eye steak was tough.
very disappointing, fruit not ripe and meager; had better quiche from Costco
It's our favorite restaurant, and we've been going there for years. It never disappoints.
The food is good but the service was atrocious. There was confusion about what server had our table resulting in unacceptable stretches between anyone coming by. We told them we were unhappy and the offered us NOTHING as a remedy, this with haute cuisine prices. Too bad because it is a cute spot in a location where nothing much is available, but the service and lack of concern about it left such a bad taste we won’t be going back.
At nearly a $200 tab for wine, appetizer, 2 salads , 2 entrées, one scoop of ice cream and two coffees, this meal was not a good value. Also, I don't think you become a semi-finalist for James Beard Best Chef Midwest with the way the Steak Frites was plated Saturday evening!
But given the proximity, I'm sure we'll be back one day to try again.
This trip to Bay City expressly to eat what Lisa and Carrie have prepared, tho this year we invited friends to join us. Everything, from the amuse bouche to the desserts was fantastic!
Attentive, high quality, the place should be packed each weekend!
We always enjoy: worth the drive
The patio is a pristine setting. You like your dining in someone's home. Pork plate had a nice smoke flavor and homemade hot sauce was packed with flavor. Sangria is a can't miss
Excellent French style cooking in a casual atmosphere
The food was excellent, as always! We really enjoyed having a drink out on the deck.
We enjoyed the ambiance and drink very much. While the food in the past was excellent, our entrees were on the dry side and not very interesting. We thought the wait for our main course was too long, almost an hour after we ordered. Our appetizer was excellent as was the custard dessert. Wait staff was very pleasant and attentive.
I love this place. So cozy and tasty. We drive down from St. Paul for Brunch and never have been disappointed. Worth the drive - see the sites and taste the local food. Next time we go for Dinner.
While Bay City is not exactly where one would expect excellent cuisine, you can definitely get it at Chef Shack. Food is fresh and creative, and serving size won't disappoint midwestern appetites. The escargot was a great hit at our table, not just for its preparation with ramps and capers, but also for its generous serving and plenty of bread for dipping in the sauce. The creamy cheese curds also had a wonderful dipping sauce. The vegetarian at our table was pleased with the pasta prepared just for him. The smoked pork was amazing, sitting on a stack of puff pastry and potatoes. Overall, the wines were reasonably priced and there was a good selection cocktails and draft beers. For dessert, we highly recommend the burnt honeycomb ice cream. Definitely worth returning the next time we're in WI.
Our favorite restaurant! We try to get there every week!
A lovely surprise on a beautiful river drive. What looks like a “shack” is a true gem.
Chef Shack is a local gem that I had never heard of. Pierce County WI is not known for find dining, but Chef Shack is a highlight featuring ingredients from local farmers, prepared in imaginative, beautiful, utterly delicious ways. Highly recommended.
There were some highlights (the burnt honeycomb ice cream). But the main bbq (pork and beef were ordered) were dry and without flavor. Too bad.
Our tastebuds were completely delighted with the fantastically seasoned offerings. The escargot was perfect, chicken pate incredibly creamy and our entrees were delightful. The food brought smiles to our lips...a perfect date night. Can’ t wait to go back!!!
This is our favorite restaurant. We're so lucky to have Chef Shack in our neck of the woods. Every meal is perfect. Many special touches. I've never eaten radish greens before. Great. The atmosphere is lovely, calm (even tho the staff is very busy) and elegant. We always leave with a special feeling. Keep up the good work!
This little gem south of St. Paul by and hour is the perfect place for a little get away.
The drive along Wisconsin 35 is picturesque with the destination just as lovely.
We went for a Sunday drive and Brunch and were not disappointed. The ambience is shabby chic with a vibe that makes you feel relaxed and at home. The menu is approachable and filled with delightfully seasonal accents.
Look them up - you can also find them closer - we are fans of the Chef Shack on Franklin and there food truck.
Fantastic. Yes the fries could be a bit wetter and served hot. The mass of food we ordered might not have been served all at once. But, frankly every bit was delightful. The duck was exceptional, the steak lovely with the hen butter, the pate and ... it was all great. And not expensive. I would drive the hour to eat there even if I wasn’t staying down near Bay City for a weekend off. Wonderful. Do not miss this opportunity to taste the best food.
Food was very tasty and presentation was good. Our bill was $254.00 including a $40 tip (20%). My wife an I split a bottle of red wine and our guests had one glass each of white wine. I had the $39 rib-eye with long potatoes fry sticks and the other three had the fish. I had plenty to eat but the other male seemed to be looking for more food after he quickly consumed his fish. My rib-eye was a little to rare for me and I like my steak more on the pink side. For the price, I would suggest they use a better cut of meat like a porterhouse. I’ve had rib-eye sandwiches for $7 from a food truck that were just as tasty and nearly as large in portion. The potatoes quickly cooled off and then were less appealing. I had the spinach side dish which was tasty but again expensive for the amount (small bowl). I think that was around $9. Loved the service and atmosphere. Very nice evening and noise level for having conversation. These are big city prices in a little river unsophisticated town. Their clientele will be rich city folks that have a weekend home on the bluff overlooking beautiful Lake Pepin and don’t mind or know better that they are paying $60 each for a meal that has food costs each under $10. But maybe that is what it takes today to survive when the restaurant is small, food is quality and the service is excellent. It’s not cheap to build a restaurant, have good help, and make a decent living. It was a nice place to take our friends. Glad I hadn’t picked the place and they were responsible for the bill. Give it a try if you aren’t too concerned about overpaying or you like supporting good chefs that deserve a fair living return for their talent, hard work and vision.
We enjoyed an awesome family meal here. Our server was outstanding, recommended great and affordable wine, and everything was timed perfectly. There was a guest chef- Stewart Woodman - which was exciting, and we were most impressed with the beautiful casual ambiance of the place, tucked away in little Bay City, WI.
I think the brunch items would benefit from some breakfast items. For example, the duck confit was much better with an egg that I ordered. I did only receive the egg after I was half done eating the dish, but it was good. My friend's pancakes were not--they were doughy and heavy. Steak and salad was enjoyed by my husband, but again an egg would have greatly improved that dish.
I had expected more, but it was generally good.
This is a rustic french restaurant on the east shore of Lake Pepin (just across the river from Red Wing). It is small and intimate and the food is exceptional and reminded us of meals we have enjoyed in southern France. The service was outstanding, the very good wine moderately priced and even the dessert features a pudding topped with wild grape jelly from grapes harvested on their property last year. Great value....we will be back again.
Best Chef in the neighborhood, please support! The New Years Eve pri fix menu was a perfect way to end their season. We will be back in the Spring!
We love this restaurant. Our favorite.
Brilliant multi course New Year’s Eve meal, prepared and presented with love. I am fortunate to have this restaurant in my neighborhood.