Supper Clubs In Beloit Are a Draw for Locals & Visitors to Beloit
Supper Clubs in Beloit are popular for local and visitors. Google Supper Clubs, and you will find a variety of definitions. Taste magazine described supper clubs as “serving breaded fish and strong cocktails in rural Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, are not your normal restaurant—but it’s also hard to say why until you visit one.”
According to Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint’s blog, the first supper club wasn’t in the Midwest; i was actually in Beverly Hills, California, but–not surprisingly–was established by a Milwaukee native in the 1930s at the end of Prohibition.
Whatever the definition or origin of supper clubs, you rest assured that Beloit’s independently-owned dining establishments have interesting histories and serve classic Wisconsin after-dinner drinks, relish trays, scrumptious steak dinners, Friday fish fries.
Here Are Some Great Supper Clubs In Beloit
The 615 Club
Another one of the popular Supper Clubs in Beloit is The 615 Club. They offer a timeless, relaxed atmosphere that envelops guests in gracious hospitality. The 615 Club is owned by Gregg and Rayann Hatley, continuing the long time Wisconsin Supper Club tradition of offering patrons the highest quality food in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. The 615 Club’s history is long and colorful, so be sure to pull up a stool and ask Gregg about it when you visit.
We suggest you start your experience at the bar with a whiskey or brandy old fashioned. The entrées are served in classic Supper Club-style complete with a relish tray, soup, salad, and cinnamon rolls. They are known for an outstanding menu of steaks, chops, seafood, lamb, and a variety of other entrées. The dessert menu is also out of this world. How do you choose between grasshopper pie, caramel apple pie, chocolate lava cake, and crème brûlée?
Benedetti’s Supper Club
Step back in time at Benedetti’s Supper Club. They still have their original bar and an old fashioned cash register. According to their website,
In 1944 Elmer & Tosca Benedetti opened the Yost Park Tavern. A devastating fire destroyed Yost Park Tavern in 1946. A temporary building was used while the new bar/restaurant was being constructed. The “new” bar at it’s present location opened as “Club 51”.
In 1953 Elmer died and their only son, Ken, along with his wife Lois helped Tosca continue to run the bar/restaurant. By this time “Club 51” had a reputation for its famous fish fry. At that time a fish dinner would cost $0.75 and a shot of whiskey was $0.20. The bar was remodeled in 1955 and the name changed to Benedetti’s Supper Club.
Benedetti’s continues to be extremely popular on Fridays for their fish frys and Grasshoppers.
The Butterfly Club
The Butterfly Club is a retro-style supper club that will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.
The restaurant began as the Butterfly Tea Room in 1924, named for the many yellow and white butterflies in a nearby field of the Town of Turtle. The Tea Room became The Butterfly Club in 1938.
On December 18, 1972, the Butterfly was destroyed by a fire—it took more than eleven months to re-build. In 1977, new owners remodeled and built the outside deck later named Tulips. In September of 1999, the Sala family purchased the property and continue to operate the Butterfly Club.
Every Friday and Saturday at 7 pm (except last Friday of the month) you can enjoy big band music with Mike Williamson. Take your time enjoying a delicious meal of Leg of Lamb or Surf n’ Turf with a Brandy Alexander for an after-dinner treat.
Other Fine Dining Options In Addition To Supper Clubs in Beloit
Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint
For a special night of fine dining, check out Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint. With its rustic feel, hardwood floors and abundant photographs capturing historic Beloit, Merrill & Houston’s has branded itself to tell Beloit’s great story. Click here for some of M&H’s cocktail recipes.
The classic steakhouse features the highest quality steaks and seafood with down-to-earth and attentive service that makes you feel like you are at your best friend’s home. In addition to fabulous food and cocktails, they have live music every Friday from 8-11 pm. An outdoor patio also looks over the beautiful Rock River.
500 Pleasant St., Beloit
Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian
Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian delivers fresh ingredients with a side of rustic charm. Their rotating seasonal menu features thoughtfully crafted dishes made from scratch that are inspired by the many regions of Italy–from house-made pasta and artisan-style bread to sustainably sourced seafood and their own spin on traditional desserts.
Be sure to head upstairs to The Rooftop, Beloit’s only rooftop bar, for an after dinner drink or night cap while enjoying the fabulous view of vibrant Downtown Beloit.
500 Public Avenue
Zen Sushi & Grill
Beloit’s exclusive Japanese fine dining restaurant, Zen Sushi, is in the heart of Downtown. They feature fresh, authentic cuisine in a chic atmosphere. The ambience and hospitality make for an awesome experience. The cocktails are spectacular as well! They serve lunch, dinner, and take-out. In addition to the indoor dining room, you can enjoy your meal Al Fresco on the gorgeous outdoor patio during the warm months.
430 E. Grand Avenue