The Informalist

4.5
309 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We are so grateful for your support over the last few months! We will continue to prioritize the safety of our team members and guests by offering limited services to our community while taking necessary precautions to keep potential for exposure low. Our dining room will remain closed until we feel it is safe to open with physical distancing measures in place. We deeply appreciate your messages, comments, shares, and general well wishes. We can’t wait to get back to hosting you at The Informalist. Until then, we hope that you will continue to show your support by ordering curbside pickup, purchasing gift cards, and leaving positive reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Be sure to follow along in the coming days for more details on what the “new normal” looks like for us!


We offer regional cuisine with international flair, featuring locally sourced ingredients and a frequently changing menu. The restaurant is located in the Lismore Hotel, a Doubletree by Hilton.
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ScottS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with my family. I will return in the future

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Jennyl
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. Prices a bit on the high side for Eau Claire. We are from the Twin Cities and liked this place because it has some unique foods. Nice to see an upscale place in EC!

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vipGoosebeast
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great breakfast. Eggs Benedict was a hit. We’ll be back.

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Andrew
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Paid 25 dollars for a small bowel of noodles with some slightly melted butter and 3-4 tiny crumbles of shrimp.

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BrittanyH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, impeccable service, and the food was phenomenal! The attention to detail from our server was above and beyond, we honestly never had a better experience elsewhere. We can't wait to come back for more date nights!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance! The scallop dish and crostini was incredible. The pizza was a bit overcooked but still really good. The brunch we ordered to our room was excellent too and very fresh-even the ketchup was homemade!

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PeterS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I felt the cost of my meal was rather pricey but the quality was good,and better than most other local restaurants for the same meal.

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aclark
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Fun place - waiter was decent - awkward at times. Pizza was overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great customer service!!! Good price for the quality!!!! Would go here again!!!

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JohnS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. Fantastic food and drinks! I highly recommend The Informalist!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant. One of the few that didn’t rush me by giving me the bill too early.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service from start to finish. Food was delicious and the server was kind and attentive.

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Sheila
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have told everyone how wonderful this place is and was. We had an app, dinner, and cheesecake.....Best Food Ever.

Try the carrots

:)

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow.
Salads were very good.
Brussel sprouts were tasty but absolutely swimming in olive oil.
Chicken curry with rice was good.
Vegetable gumbo was awful. It had absolutely zero heat or noticeable spices, and the tomato paste flavor was overwhelming. They need an entirely new recipe if they are going to serve this dish.
The rice was excellent with both dishes.
The cheesecake was decent.
The coffee was bitter and way too strong (obviously sitting and warming for way too long).

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Picky
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time we had a great experience. WE avoided this establishment for over six months after the day manager was rude, and our food was not delivered for an hour. The resturant was empty at the time as it was after the lunch crowd.

last night we had a very attentive waiter, food came out in good time and was very yummy. Glad we came back.

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vipdavidS
New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great find in Eau Clarie Wisconsin. The charcuterie board was worth every penny. And the pheasant gnocchi was a dream. I had never eaten pheasant before always wanted to try and the waiters recommendation made it mouth watering and it was. This the one real find in this neck of the woods. what can i say great food, great service.

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ScottZ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and experience. Only complaint was the noise level was too high.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Seating was a bit “close”! But thinned out over the evening.
Had to ask for H2O frequently...hmmmm?🤔
Service otherwise very attentive...

Food was Awesome!!!
Menu Offerings were diversified!!!
And desert was to die for!
The waiter even went over the top to flavor our coffee.

Our “out of town” guests were raving!
Thanks for a great night!

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Fillmore6
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating here with their ever changing menu. Their wood fired pizza is so delicious and they offer so many unique combinations! They also have a drink and wine list that can’t be beat.

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OystersYum
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FIrst time in Eau Claire, visiting from Minneapolis, and we were pleasantly surprised by the dining experience. The menu was varied and creative; portions were generous to the point of almost being double what I would expect in a "big city" (wherein the more you pay, the smaller the portion?), and prices were super wallet friendly! Would definitely recommend!

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vipSherriL
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service was good, would have been nice to been given time to look at the drink and wine menu for more than three minutes with being asked twice if we were ready yet.

Appetizers of Salmon cakes, Hush puppies and fries were great.

Main meal was Ribeye steak. It was good not great. The knives are very dull so hard to cut. A lot of fat was on the cuts. The potatoes were very good.

Dessert was good as well. The apple crisp should have been warmed up before putting the ice cream on it. Then it would have been great. We did ask if the desserts were made in house. The reply was yes but down the street at the local bakery. Okay so that means no.

Wouldn’t rush back. Glad we tried this place again. Maybe the burgers and pizza would be a better dinner.

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vipLaurieW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

A $22 Manhatten-really?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was good. Service wasn’t. I’ve typically been pleased with both elements, but despite the slow pace, service was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my boyfriend and I’s first time at The Informalist and we will for sure be back! Every ounce of food was worth the price, and we were so happy with our selections

JM
JackieM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service and staff were fine. The food was extremely average. The menu lacks anything that is special.

The atmosphere lacks any kind of warmth or excitement.

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KeyK33
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to eau Claire for the weekend and wanted a special date night. The informalist didn’t disappoint. Good food and atmosphere. Our serve was friendly but didn’t visit often. Will be back

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Jamie
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was a fine place to eat, but I did not realize it was a hotel restaurant, thought it would have more charm than it did. Again, fine, but not my style nor did I think worth the price.

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vipBrady
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible food and service

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MoooVinOn
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a "hidden gem" in Eau Claire.
This was a great place to have a business dinner. The noise level was just right. Space between tables was perfect. The service was perfect. The drink menu/variety was great. I would have appreciated one walleye entre on the menu and maybe another beef item, i.e. 8 ounce rib eye/Filet.
The Currie Chicken entre was great. It was a welcomed unique aspect to the menu.

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kathye
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food took along time to come.. ( lost our order), however compensated. Wonderful place.

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KatieW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation and noted that it was for a birthday. This was not acknowledged by the restaurant. Why ask? The food was ok. Hush puppies and pizza are always good but I ordered a curry dish with chicken “meatballs” and when it came there were no meatballs only slices of chicken breast. Besides the lack of meatballs, the dish itself wasn’t notable. Service was overall good but our server seemed to forget about us towards the end of the meal and left us waiting for the check for at least 10 minutes. This is one of the best restaurants in town as far as ambiance goes - they need to make sure their service and food is also some of the best.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had in some time! Beet hummu and pita platter for a starter - pita was warm perfection, the platter was visually appealing. I had the vegan veggie burger with fries and a small salad. I was stuffed, but couldn't stop eating. Partner had the curry. We split a bottle of merlot. Happiness. Go.

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GretchenI
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went just for dessert before going to a play at The Pablo. Only disappointment was they were out of one item. But the others were very good.

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AnnieO
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

While always an interesting menu (sometimes just a tad too interesting) the problem is that food is often not hot or doesn't taste great. Service and wine was fantastic.

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ChuckB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful experience. I specifically sought out a luncheon site that included a large selection of vegan/gluten-free options. I was not disappointed. The meal was colorful, prepared to our specifications and delicious. Our server, Emerson, is an excellent emissary for the restaurant. He was welcoming, prompt, knowledgeable and quick to offer suggestions. On the one occasion where he was unfamiliar with specific ingredients of a newer menu item, he immediately went to the kitchen for clarification and quickly returned with an answer.
This was, without questions, a perfect dining experience.
I'll be returning to The Informalist soon and often.

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WineAndDine
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day Brunch was outstanding in every aspect of a great dining experience. The food was delicious! We ordered omlets, breakfast pizza, traditional, Brussels sprouts. We all sampled every dish. Excellent service! We are from the west coast and next time we are in town, we will be back!

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, everything was perfect we had a great time

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bridget and the rest of the staff rocked. We had several guests show up late and their food came out shortly after the rest of us. This place killed it!!!

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DonaldW
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations. Stopped in for brunch on Mother’s Day. Hostess was gracious. Promptly seated. Service was on point and the food was excellent. Was very pleased with our experience. Will be back soon.

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The Informalist offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (715) 318-7399.

The Informalist is rated 4.5 stars by 309 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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