Gordy's Boathouse Bar and Restaurant

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This Lake Geneva tradition is a great spot to grab a bite to eat or drink after a long ride or run—or even a day at the beach

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Jeff Banowetz


Lake Geneva has been a popular weekend getaway for Chicagoans for nearly a century. And for more than half that time, they’ve been going to Gordy’s for good food and a drink.

The marina on the western shore of Lake Geneva was established in 1955. But even if you don’t own a boat, you can enjoy the Boat House Restaurant and Bar, a family-friendly establishment with a menu full of comfort food. (And if you do own a boat, you’re welcome to dock it at one of the restaurant’s three piers.)

Of course, there’s plenty of summertime fun available on the lake, which is why it’s become such a popular destination for boaters. But Lake Geneva's proximity to Chicago and the smooth, country roads surrounding the community has made it a go-to spot for road cyclists as well. The Big Foot Beach State Park offers reasonably priced camping right on the lake, in addition to several hiking trails and a sandy beach. In the winter, cross-country ski trails in the state park and at the Grand Geneva Resort offer provide outdoor fun.

The restaurant menu changes with the seasons, but you can expect typical pub food, burgers, tacos and sandwiches. This is Wisconsin, so you’ll find a Johnsonville brat on the menu, as well as walleye and perch. In addition to the restaurant, a deli is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day to catch a quick bite to eat before heading back out on the water or roads.

Boat drinks are available, as well as wine and beer, and the late night crowd keeps the place busy on summer weekends. 

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Gordy's Boathouse Bar and Restaurant

336 Lake St
Fontana, WI, 53125
42.549839, -88.572796

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