Closed for the Season – Our 63rd Season will open April 28th, 2016
Located just minutes from Wisconsin Dells, Ishnala Supper Club is nestled in the middle of beautiful Mirror Lake State Park. Entrance to the property includes a beautiful winding drive through hundreds of acres of meadow and forest. Our relaxing dining room offers a breathtaking view of tranquil Mirror Lake. Ishnala joins fine dining with nature to create a truly memorable experience.
In the language of the Winnebago Indian, Ishnala means “By Itself Alone.” The name is symbolized by the point of rock extending into the peaceful water of Mirror Lake. Long before the arrival of the first settlers, Ishnala was a ceremonial ground for the Winnebago. Pioneer settlers purchased Ishnala from the Winnebago tribe in 1826 and constructed a log cabin trading post. In 1909, the Coleman family purchased the cabin and built their dream home. The original stone fireplace, log walls, and staircase still remain as part of the restaurant’s architecture. In 1953, the Hoffman brothers purchased the land and built Ishnala as it is today.
The Hoffman brothers took great care in rebuilding their restaurant into nature rather than over it. The dining room floor is composed of seventy-six tons of flagstone from the nearby quarry and live Norway Pines grow right through the roof. Every seat in our dining room provides a majestic view of beautiful Mirror Lake and its surrounding bluffs.
I began working as a busboy at the Hoffman House in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1973. Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to work directly with the Hoffman brothers in eight of their restaurants. Now, I am fortunate enough to be the owner of Ishnala Supper Club. It has been a privilege to continue the outstanding tradition that they began in 1953.
Today Ishnala remains – as it has and always will – “By Itself Alone.” No other restaurant can offer you a more relaxing and enchanting dining experience.
The staff at Ishnala and I continue the outstanding tradition that began in 1953. We welcome you and hope the only thing overlooked in your dining experience is Mirror Lake.
–Robert J. Prosser