turf. smokehouse at Geneva National Resort

4.3
34 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Savor tempting hickory-tinged aromas, picturesque course views, and saucy menu of salads, smoked-out sandwiches, tangy tacos, and mixed bbq platters in this year-round Clubhouse restaurant and bar. Offering to-go meats, meals and sides, including sweet mini cornbread loaves and a decadent custard-based apple pie bread pudding, turf is a smokehouse on fire.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 34 people are saying
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acw528
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The view was spectacular and food were great. This is the club house for the golf course so pretty informal place. Service was not good but we didn't mind with the perfect view.

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DawnF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is superb with views of the golf course. Much of the menu focuses on barbecue. I would love to see other options with less “ smoked “ influence. I would def go back with a fun group. It lends itself for gathering with friends , fun casual

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Enswan
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a vegetarian and hardly ever find a decent vegetarian meal at a restaurant. I had the Charred Chickpea Tacos, and they were amazing!! The appetizers were not the same old choices that so many restaurants serve—delicious. The meat eaters also loved their meals. Service was excellent and the view is relaxing. This restaurant is my new favorite in the Lake Geneva area.

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WendyM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jen made our afternoon enjoyable. The view from the patio was spectacular. The items recommended were the cheese curds and Beer Cheese soup and both held up to their reputation.

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David
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was almost as excellent as the view! Our waiter was friendly and prompt. One of the best spots in the area! HIGHLY Recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

It was nice. We sat outside food was cold when we got there but it was still a nice time

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vipFavorite
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I have enjoyed this restaurant many times, and would recommend it for casual affair, however, I was very displeased that my most recent reservation was not honored. Last night, I made a reservation, drove 15 minutes to the restaurant and as I was pulling into the parking lot, I received a call and they told me they had changed their hours and not updated their account

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Positive experience

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CWK2021
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was incredible,
Food delicious! Dining area modern with a touch of class. Would make the trip out again

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vipChrisR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The view was beautiful and the sports on TV were entertaining. The cheese curds were delicious!

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EmmaP
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food will definitely return when in the area
Highly recommend

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AllisonW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

It took 30 minutes total for someone to come over to our table to greet us. I had to tell the hostess 20 minutes within that 30 minutes that no one had greeted us. The server who finally did greet us was very friendly and provided decent service. The food was amazing. I wished for a resort of this nature would have had better overall service when it took over 30 minutes for us to be greeted.

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Pala
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Decided to try this restaurant mostly for convenience of location. We arrived late for our reservation however we were seated promptly; service was very friendly and attentive considering the variety of things happening at the location. As a party of six including children, we tried various things. We sampled some specialty cocktails which were delicious. We all agreed sandwiches were good and the bbq sauces at the table were very good as well. Things to definitely skip that were Absolutely disappointments are as follows : The Cheese Curds ! Awful- no cheese inside the tasteless batter. Onion Rings looked delicious but again no flavor in the batter. Perhaps the saddest thing was we ordered 2 skillet cookies and ice cream ( they were out of maple ice cream so we choose brandy) The cookie is NOT A SKILLET COOKIE - it is the chocolate chip cookies they include with the kids meal😡 . The ice cream was fabulous and we didn’t want to go out of our way to hassle the waitress about the crappy cookie but we did tell her we were disappointed with dessert- paid our bill and left. All in all not a bad place for sandwiches or drinks but I’d skip the appetizers and desserts.

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CynthiaS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I believe both the kitchen and wait staff were slammed on Presidents Day and the Ice Castle crowds. By the time the food was served, it was cold.
(Extremely cold weather was a contributing factor.) The burgers and tacos were very tasty. We will come back in warmer weather. Definitely want to try it again.

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nicolem
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was mediocre at best. Service was terribly slow. They have the exit to the ice castles go thru the restaurant, which is a poor design because the door constantly is opening and letting cold air into the restaurant. Never have I had to wear winter coat and hat while eating and still was cold.

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WARRENG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Waited almost a hour for a burger and wings, for a carryout order RIDICULOUS!

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ScottK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food was meh, nothing special. bartender & waitress were great. While restaurant was FREEZING because the double doors kept opening to public, we both left our WINTER coats on the ENTIRE dinner, what a bummer on our Valentines date

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and accommodating to our large group including kids.

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vipDani
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was just okay, some of the brisket was burned and hard. Some of the chicken was dried out and the fries were hard. The only thing that was good was the corn bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ice castle

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williamr
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

BBQ food was very good. Cheerful atmosphere. It was Ice Castle day so a lot of traffic, but fine. Very enjoyable.

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ShelliD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at breakfast was so good we went two mornings in a row!

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CandiceK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Since experiencing the Turf restaurant several times, I have recommended eating there to many visitors who have come into Delaney Street Mercantile. They have had Ice Castle reservations and continually ask where they should eat before or after they go. I have highly recommended the Turf for it's smoked entrees as we were thoroughly delighted with the food, service as well as the fantastic view. Prices are par and service was excellent.

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SUZANNER
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food. Would highly recommend. Server could have used a little training.

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vipluvtodine
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Came here after attending the Ice Castles. Seated promptly with our open table reservation and away from the door. It was a little chilly for the tables that were seated by the exit for people attending the Ice Castles. Had smoked whitefish spread for an appetizer and it was very good. Also had the barbeque brisket tacos which were excellent and generously portioned. Waitress was very friendly and attentive. All staff wearing masks and table adequately distanced for COVID. Felt safe dining here.

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CarolynC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First they didn’t have our reservation even though I had a confirmation from open table. The hostess told the ladies in front us at the hostess stand that they didn’t have anything available but we’re going to see what they could do. Alas, they were seated at a table and then couldn’t seat us. We ended up at the bar which was fine but waited 15 minutes for someone to even acknowledge our presence. Once we had a server it was good. He was pleasant and helpful. Food was mediocre at best. Don’t need to visit again.

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SandraM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Great food, great service, but they have to find a better way to funnel the Ice Castles patrons, other than through the restaurant at the end. We ate first, then went. We desperately looked for another way out other than the restaurant. We know how cold it was when that door opened. No other exit. Their staff did the best they could under the circumstances ..Freezing cold😏

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vipKathyR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! We first shared appetizers of Southwest Chicken Quesadilla and Burnt End Brisket Bruschetta. We all enjoyed our meals: Fish tacos, Cobb salad with smoked chicken, Players Pork and The Pitmaster/brisket sandwich The server was very good. We mentioned we were headed to the ice castles within an hour and we met our goal. The experience exceeded our expectations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Took my parents out Saturday January 23. Arrives to find out the ice castles were there - no biggie I thought until we walked into the restaurant. They had the end of the castles walking into the restaurant. The temperature had to have been around 50 degrees with the door from outside opening for periods of time for large groups. WHY would you allow your restaurant to be freezing for people to walk thru! We all sat with jackets, hats and gloves on! The food was good our waitress was super sweet and tentative.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was very slow. Food was cold when it finally arrived. Flavors seemed good however cold and not a great representation of cost. We did receive a reduction in cost in the end but will never return to that restaurant. I don't recommend spending your time or money there.
Ambience could have been better without the constant traffic and cold air from outdoor activities and guests.

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vipJenniferW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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CandiceK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch on New Years Eve to bid fair well to a friend who is moving out of state. It was a perfect Winter day. The restaurant was preparing for New Years Eve, but we didn't feel rushed at all. The place smells like the best smoked food in the world. We decided just to get Starters and were delighted with out choices. Great service, view and food. Would love to go back in the evening for dinner and see the lights across the lake. Would recommend wholeheartedly.

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WoPo
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu! Love that it's not like every other restaurant.
Our entire family (including vegans) can find something.
Our family had the tacos, cedar plank salmon, smoked meats, queso and burger.
All were delicious.
Not to miss: the truffle fries - delicious!

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vipMaura
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is our second visit and we love the new menu. The smoked meats are awesome. The sides need some work, but I think they will improve once they have been open for a while. The place is beautiful and the wait staff is excellent. We will be back for sure.

FAQs

turf. smokehouse at Geneva National Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (262) 245-7042.

turf. smokehouse at Geneva National Resort is rated 4.3 stars by 34 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.