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The Legend

THE LEGEND

Just minutes from the Wisconsin Dells and located in the middle of beautiful Mirror Lake State Park, you wind through hundreds of acres of meadow and forest to Ishnala Restaurant, on the shore of tranquil Mirror Lake. You will enjoy a breathtaking view while you relax in our dining room where giant Norway pines grow right through the roof. At Ishnala, fine dining joins with nature to create a truely memorable dining experience.

In the language of the Winnebago Indian, Ishnala means “By Itself Alone”, 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 Indians.

Pioneer settlers purchased Ishnala from the Winnebago tribe in 1826 and a log cabin trading post was constructed. 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 building their restaurant into nature and not over it. The dining room floor is composed of seventy-six tons of flagstone from a nearby quarry. Every seat at Ishnala provides a breathtaking view of beautiful Mirror Lake and its surrounding bluffs.

Today Ishnala remains – as it always has and always will – “By Itself Alone”. No other restaurant can offer you a more relaxing and beautiful dining experience.

The staff at Ishnala and I continue the outstanding tradition that began in 1953. We welcome you and hope the only thing we overlook in your dining experience is Mirror Lake. Enjoy!