You already know to expect classic bar food near a football stadium, but in recent years, options around Lambeau Field in Green Bay (the Green Bay Packers’ home turf) have seriously expanded. Now you can enjoy farm-to-table meals at places like Lodge Kohler and Hinterland Brewery, international cuisine (including sushi), and locally brewed craft beers and spirits, too.
Across the street from Lambeau Field, Hinterland Brewery’s new restaurant and tap room (since 2017) is a buzzy scene even when it’s not a game day. The loft format has a rustic decor, evident immediately from the taxidermy and retractable-garage doors. Aromas wafting out from the open kitchen reveal the menu’s vast array of items, including inventive wood-fired pizzas and a Japanese salmon dish (togarashi-dusted North Road salmon alongside clamshell mushrooms). Go for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, or on game days, and home game days, a special menu is offered.
1919 Kitchen & Tap
With 80 beers on tap, entrees offering cheesy goodness (try the stone-baked pretzel dipped in Blue Moon beer cheese or the “green and gold” flatbread topped with cheese curds), and farm-to-table menu items, 1919 Kitchen & Tap is more like a night out than a quick bite before a game. Take a seat at one of the drafting-chair bar stools and really get in the spirit of the game and the home team by ordering a dish with strong Wisconsin roots, such as Elk Stroganoff or the Definitive Brown County Old Fashioned.
Taverne in the Sky
Taverne in the Sky is the pinnacle dining destination within Lodge Kohler, a 144-room boutique hotel open across from Lambeau Field, and as the name suggests, your cocktail or meal is paired with a view overlooking the stadium when you dine on the rooftop. Serving lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s wine list is also among the best in Green Bay. From the charcuterie and cheese plates (featuring Wisconsin selections, naturally) to the wood-fired sturgeon, many ingredients here are locally sourced. Enjoy cigars? Then you’ll love the cigar menu for some post-dining relaxation.
Margarita’s of Green Bay
Margarita’s of Green Bay, a spacious restaurant perfect for larger groups, is close to Lambeau Field, and it's where many locals have been going for a little more than a decade. If a margarita is your preferred cocktail, there are 50 choices available to accompany the menu of Mexican-inspired entrees, such as corn-husk tamales topped with mole sauce and stuffed with pork or chicken, and flautas filled with shredded beef or chicken. Four different salsas ensure everyone in your party is happy, whether they prefer mild or red-hot.
Green Bay Distillery
This relatively new distillery also features a restaurant with a menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and fish and meat entrees. (You'll also find “Green Bay’s Largest Beer Pretzel” and a whiskey bacon BBQ burger.) The cocktail list is mostly locally inspired (for example, order the “Frozen Tundra” or the “Wisconsin Mule”), and it showcases the distillery's spirits, which include cherry-flavored vodka and non-flavored vodka, with plans to expand into whiskey and gin. Until then, an impressive line-up of Wisconsin craft beers (such as Rhinelander Brewing Company’s Chocolate Bunny Stout) should quench your thirst.
Heartland Pizza Company
At Heartland Pizza Company, stone-fired pizza selections topped with fresh ingredients include signature pies like “Little Piggy” (nitrate-free bacon with mozzarella and pecorino) and “Red & Green” (grape tomatoes with basil pesto). (If someone in your group has a gluten allergy, they can also accommodate with a specially made pie.) Six of the seven salads can be made entrée-size and will please any vegetarian or vegan, including “Autumn Harvest Salad” (cranberry vinaigrette tossed with roasted pears and apples, and more) in fall. Cap off your meal with ice cream crafted from local milk.
Nakashima of Japan
With three locations around the state, this one on Holmgren Way is so close to Lambeau Field. Open for dinner only, the menu dances between sushi and the hibachi table. Order the hibachi dinner and you'll be satisfied all game long, as it includes an entrée, soup, salad, hibachi veggies, flaming shrimp, rice, tea, and sherbet. (There’s even a children’s hibachi menu for the tiniest of Packers fans.) If someone in your group doesn’t care for maki, sashimi, or nigiri, or doesn’t eat fish, the sushi menu also includes entrees like soba noodles, vegetable tempura, and Japanese curry, plus five vegetarian options. Cocktails here are fun as well, with a tropical-Tiki twist on some.
Joe’s Texas BBQ
Now with a second location in Sherwood, this old-school Texas BBQ joint near Lambeau Field was founded by Texas-born Joe Lopez and is now in the trusty hands of Jaimes Barnes. While ribs, pulled pork, and brisket are the main thrust here, the sides are also a draw, including mac and cheese, beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. If you really want to tailgate but can’t, this is your next best option for a similar vibe (and food). It’s also worth noting that a catered buffet of two meats and two sides runs just $12 a person if you do want to take it to Lambeau Field.
Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Baking piping-hot pizza pies here since 1958 (for reference, that’s only one year after Lambeau was built), Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant is a no-frills establishment from a long line of Italian-restaurant owners in Michigan dating back to 1924. This also means the menu (mix of pizza and pasta, mostly) features a ton of family recipes. Many people like to create a DIY pizza thanks to a list of 30 toppings. You can also opt for one of the 14 signature pizzas, from a meat lover’s “Carne” to every vegetarian’s dream (simply named “Vegetarian”), and gluten-free crusts and kid-friendly pizzas are also available.
Just one-tenth of a mile from Lambeau Field, Kroll’s West curates a live-music line-up on game days (published on its website) and opens at 11 a.m. daily, not shuttering until 11 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Décor in the lounge is a “supper club meets sports bar” look, featuring framed Packers mementos, club chairs, and a curvy bar. The menu is packed, which means everyone in your party can easily find something to eat, whether it’s pizza (Kroll’s Reuben Pizza is a popular pick), broasted chicken or walleye, plus plenty of salads, soups (including booyah, an Upper Midwest staple), and wraps. Entrees are a full-meal experience as they come with two side dishes and a buttered dinner roll.