Hip, Chic, Delectable, and Instagram-Worthy Places to Dine in Downtown Beloit
Dining in Downtown Beloit has become very popular for locals and visitors alike. Whether you are craving a Wisconsin Supper Club experience with a famous “Old Fashioned,” a Wisconsin Friday fish fry, a night out with friends for a craft brew at a local hot spot, or authentic farm-to-table fare, Beloit offers a wide variety of unique options to cater to everyone’s taste. Beloit is well-known for its locally-owned restaurants and pubs. There are several cool restaurants right in the heart of downtown. Take a gander at few of our favorites listed below!
500 Public Avenue | Tel. 608-312-2991
Velvet Buffalo Café is sultry, witty and refined and combines the décor of a turn-of-the-century European café with subtle contemporary nuances.
Located inside downtown’s newest boutique hotel—Hotel Goodwin, Velvet buffalo features a chef-driven menu that focuses on local farmers and artisan vendors all centered on a stone-lined oven burning at 700 degrees. The in-house wine bar will offer a carefully curated selection of wines by the glass from all parts of the globe, as well as an extensive bottle list.
Patrons are able to complement their wine section with small plates and stone-fired pizza made with fresh, local, and hand-crafted ingredients. During the warmer months, the windows will open to offer an open-air dining experience. In addition, there is a private dining room and glass-enclosed rooftop space, which opens to a terrace.
HOURS: Sunday-Thursday 5-10 pm | Friday-Saturday 5-11 pm
430 E Grand Avenue | Tel. 608-299-8888
Owner, Brian Park, has been in the sushi business for more than twenty years. Originally from Chicago, Park owns multiple restaurants in multiple locations, including Milwaukee and Chicago. Zen has an extensive sushi menu, appetizers, and vegetarian options.
Zen’s mission is to not only bring exquisite Japanese food to Beloit, but to also share the Japanese culture as a whole. They put a strong emphasis on customer service and hospitality. Zen provides a private dining area, as well as an outdoor patio.
HOURS: Monday-Saturday—Lunch: 11 am-2 pm • Dinner: 4-10 pm | Sun: 4-9 pm
324 State Street | Tel. 608-363-1850
Bagels & More Local Café is a locally-owned café featuring delicious coffees, smoothies, and lattes. They serve breakfast and lunch using local ingredients and have a great selection for their vegan, vegetarian, and
gluten-free customers. In addition, they offer catering services from bagels to gourmet dinners. Dietary concerns from gluten free to vegan are their specialty.
HOURS: Monday-Friday 6am-3 pm • Saturday 7 am-3 pm • Sunday 8 am-2 pm
Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint
500 Pleasant Street | Tel. 608-535-4394
With its rustic feel, hardwood floors, and abundant photographs capturing Beloit’s history, Merrill & Houston’s tells a great story while providing attentive service and excellent steak house fare. The restaurant is nestled in the heart of historic Downtown Beloit with an outside patio along the Rock River. If you are a music lover, you can enjoy free live performances every Friday and every other Wednesday, from 7-10 pm. The classic steak house ambiance, along with the uncompromising quality of the food and service, make the perfect recipe for an unforgettable night out.
HOURS: Sunday-Thursday: 4- 9 pm | Friday-Saturday: 4- 10 pm
43 E. Grand Avenue | Tel. 608-368-7144
Since opening at the beginning of October, truk’t has quickly grown into a hot spot for lunch, dinner, and cocktails! The menu at truk’t features flavors from around the world found in their street tacos, tequila and whiskey selection, and unique craft cocktails, including scotch and mezcal cocktails.
The laid-back atmosphere is the perfect spot for socializing and tasting one-of-a-kind recipes whether its the Peking Duck taco, house-made tortillas, or selection of more than 100 tequilas and whiskeys!
truk’t provides you the opportunity to experience Latin and other unique global-themed tacos, appetizers, and side dishes right in the heart of downtown Beloit.
HOURS: Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm • Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm
Bushel & Peck’s Local Market
328 State Street | Tel: 608-363-3911
The owners of Bushel & Peck’s Local Market started out as Beloit Farmers’ Market vendors selling lamb, chicken, and eggs from their farm in 2005. Today, B&P is part restaurant, part store, part preservation kitchen, and part farm. They also host a variety of events including weekly trivia nights, weekend brunches, wine tastings, Winter Market, and lunch-time educational programs.
HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 10 am-7pm • Thursday-Friday 10 am-9pm • Saturday-Sunday 8 am-8pm | Tel: 608-363-3911
430 E. Grand Avenue | Tel. 608-312-4477
If you are looking for something a bit more casual with a great beer selection and gourmet burgers, you’ll want to hit up Lucy’s #7 Burger Bar. Lucy’s is a trendy hot spot offering stuffed burgers known as Juicy Lucys and twenty Wisconsin beers on tap. Try one of their famous “Tipsy” shakes or deep-fried cheese curds! There is also outdoor seating in the warmer months. Check out a video here!
HOURS: Monday-Sunday 11am-9 pm
443 E. Grand Avenue | Tel. 608-368-7155
Enjoy espresso and crafted coffee drinks made from beans roasted by Wisconsin-based Ruby Coffee Roasters. Offering WiFi, lounge seating, a menu filled with various breakfast options and pastries, and a welcoming, friendly environment, Blue Collar Coffee is the choice spot for meetings and mingling alike!
HOURS: Monday-Sunday 6am-3pm