The Whistling Swan Inn & Restaurant

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191 reviews
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Contemporary American
The Whistling Swan Inn & Restaurant specializes in contemporary American Cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced produce.
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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried casual Tuesday’s which has a lighter menu and discounted wines and beer. Food was great as usual.

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KK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!! Dining in Door County can be hard to find anything above adequate, Whistling Swan reaches above and beyond!

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Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Atmosphere.....we shared four appetizers and good wine.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our experience here was bizarre. I don't normally criticize service as the food and ambiance to me are much more important. However, the service very much negatively affected our experience eating here. When ordering wine, I pointed to the bottle we wanted as the server looked over my shoulder, and I said "this Pinot Noir". He confirmed which one by saying "the last one?" It was the last one on the list of Red varietals on the front page, so I said yes. My knowledge of wine is not extensive. All I knew was he brought a French Pinot Noir, which is what I had ordered. When the bill came, we were charged $100 for the bottle. It turns out he brought us a Pinot Noir that was listed on the back of the wine menu and was the last one on the Pinot Noir section and obviously more expensive than the one we ordered. That section was on the other side of the menu and was not even near the same position on the page as the one I pointed to. When we pointed this out (and even noted that we would pay since we did drink the wine) we received no apology at all even though this was clearly the misunderstanding of the server. All the server said was "oh." I've never had an error like this occur at another restaurant. Especially considering I physically pointed at the wine while reading the name, this outcome is so strange. It made me wonder if this is some kind of scam going on at this restaurant?

Moral of the story: Double check that the wine you ordered is the one they serve you, and skip this restaurant if you're looking for good service.

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ED
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine here. Always great food. Never had a bad meal. Thanks!

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v
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back for the second night in a row. We cancelled another reservation to come back here. It did not disappoint. The food and service will not fail here. Crabcakes, braised shortrib, french onion soup and salads. Great wine selection. Go now if you are in Door County and you're looking for dinner.

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v
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish Creek Vacation Gem

The Whistling Swan in Fish Creek, Door County is the place go in Door County for dinner prepared by a chef, not a cook(no offense to cooks). The bar and dining area share the same space, but that’s not a bad thing. The room is energetic but not so much as to ruin your dining experience. In fact, you could join the regulars at the bar before dinner and become part of the crowd. The ambiance and service are both great. It was a Thursday night in early April, still the off-season here in Door County and James L. was our host, bartender, and waiter. He was the best.
The wine list is extensive and should satisfy most. The menu also has interesting offerings to select from. My wife and I enjoyed wines by the glass followed by an amuse of rich chilled butternut squash soup served in a tall shot glass. French onion soup, roasted vegetable strudel, and braised rabbit carbonara completed our dinner. We enjoyed the experience enough to cancel our next dinner reservation at another restaurant and will be returning tonight for an encore at The Whistling Swan.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently had brunch on the lovely porch at The Whistling Swan. It was a sunny day and we welcomed the warmth! This was our second visit for brunch and have visited for evening meals as well. They never disappoint. From the moment you walk into the beautiful Inn you are greeted with friendly service and a meal that is sure to delight your senses. Unique menu items that are beautifully presented and sure to excite your taste buds.

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W
Chicago
147 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice space and friendly service. They thanked us for coming out on a snowy night. Much appreciated. Very solid wine list at affordable prices.

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ML
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chefs Dustin and Nicki continue to provide creative and delicious food at the Swan. We have been coming here for many years and the dinners are better than ever. James provides warm and relaxed hospitality.

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CH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance were delightful. They have a newly printed menu daily so inquire ahead if you have your heart set on the posted menu. Overall a delicious and peaceful meal. Can't wait for our next date night!

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H
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure! The vegetable strudel was divine!

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MM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for a special occasion. Great food, great service

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MS
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. James was very welcoming and great describing the food! Very nice French white and red by the glass, the dates were unbelievable and the Duck, i ate it all... Gosh, can't wait to go back.

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MS
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Will definitely be back.

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KB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

We booked New Year's Eve dinner several weeks in advance, but on arrival, we were shunted off to side-porch lacking ambience. The food was disappointing and overpriced. Mushroom soup was good, but the entre of shredded rabbit with cream sauce over fettuccine was flavorless. An expensive meal that was fair at best.

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I
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great pan seared sea bass and appetizers. Beer taps excellent and good wine options.

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M
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have frequented the Whistling Swan for years when we come up to visit beautiful Door County. And while they never disappoint, our dinner this time was particularly tasty. They start you with an amuse bouche, and the one we got on Saturday was parsnip soup with ginger and a hint of cloves. It was a fantastic start to a great meal. The cozy fire, polished wood and pleasant lighting added to the experience. I had wine, and my husband, who always orders iced tea, raves about Whistling Swan’s as “the best.”

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c
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal in the off-season. Quiet, excellent service, excellent food. A real treat.

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OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service but very limited menu and small portions. Very pricey for what you got.

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LC
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding from beginning to end. Helpful and friendly service. Amazing short rib and fettuccine with rabbit and pancetta/peas. Started with cheese. Great local beer and nice wine list. Beautiful complex flavors. Can’t wait to return. Our compliments to the chef.

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HL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert our waiter was great! And the menu is refreshingly inspired.

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KF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food -great service -great atmosphere
We had a fabulous time

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SH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I made reservations for dinner here on 10/17. We had such a great experience that we cancelled our dinner reservations for a different restaurant on 10/19 so we could return to the Whispering Swan one more time.
The whole experience was great. The atmosphere is cozy, the service is attentive, the food is outstanding! This is by far one of the better restaurants in Door County.

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B
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, but I expected more. Chilled soup at the beginning was a nice touch. The caramel amaranth was a nice finish. Our meal was great. I was disappointed with entree options. Everything they had looked great but a few more options would have been nice. I really felt like there was only one thing that I wanted. So the lack of options really put a damper on the experience. Great wine selection and great staff.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From starter to dessert everything was very flavorful and very well done. Server was very helpful and attentive too. Highly recommend!

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E
Milwaukee
95 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant, The most creative cuisine we seen in Door County. I[ My duck breast was perfectly prepared and served on a bed of black rice, bok choy and a lemon grass broth, Fantastic! My wife had smoked cauliflower stuffed poblanos- wonderful.

They have an excellent wine and beer list but do not serve spirits.

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TP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service & ambience in a relaxed yet elegant setting. Our waiter was friendly & attentive. The food was exceptional! We went there for our anniversary. My husband had the butternut squash soup starter & rabbit entre. I had the roasted brussel sprouts starter & trout entre. All of it was exceptional! Highly recommend it!

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W
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and Food were on point. Great ambiance. Loved it. Will be back.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scallops, poblano peppers, tap beers

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. We had beet crostini as an appetizer. It was delicious. I had rabbit pappardelle. My husband had the sauteed trout. They were both outstanding. We had S'mores Donut Sundae for dessert, which was THE BOMB!

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k
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Door County dining experience! Food was fresh and delicious with great presentation. Rachel, our server was friendly and informative. Heard the Sunday brunch was great too.

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JS
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening; food and ambiance was exceptional!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Beautiful restaurant. Food was great. Service was fine but not really professional. Could have been better. But we love the view and the ambiance of that restaurant. Have been there a number of times before. Very convenient in downtown Fish Creek. Waking distance from many hotels, townhouses and cottages.

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RS
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single thing from the moment we walked in until the moment we left was perfect. They ambiance was relaxed -subtly sophisticated. No one was taking themselves too seriously and everyone seemed to be enjoying their experience. The food was perfectly balanced with amazing flavors. The server was on point with every single thing. He even recommended a great wine as if we were great friends and he genuinely seemed to enjoy his job and creating experiences for everyone he spoke with. The whole night felt easy and happy. We can’t wait to come back!

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Door County. The food is superb, gourmet, and has an inventive menu. The ambiance is just great as well. They also don’t mind my two little kids each time we go, but they are super well behaved!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Very good food, albeit small quantities, but very expensive for what you get. Food was definitely high quality and unique in presentation, so if you are looking for that uniqueness, you might like this place. Dining area looked like a renovated long porch, but tables were nice. Service was good.

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s
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!

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