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“Fish fry OK; stay away from the walleye”

Sheeley House Saloon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$22
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located in downtown Chippewa Falls right along the Chippewa River, the historic Sheeley House Saloon, serves traditional and unique pub fare in vintage surroundings. Featuring weekly entertainment. Trivia on Wednesday's beginning at 7PM.
Madison, WI
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fish fry OK; stay away from the walleye”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We visit Chippewa Falls several times a summer and decided to try the James Sheeley House for a special dinner based on the reviews for its atmosphere, good food and especially the cashew crusted walleye. We arrived around 7pm and found the restaurant almost empty. That should have been our first clue that something was amiss. Our waitress was friendly, although young and inexperienced. When asked about the walleye, she said she had never tried it, but people said it was good. Dinners are served with a warm dinner roll, choice of soup or salad, potato and vegetable. The french onion soup was tasty and the salad was wonderful with a garlic basalmic vinaigrette dressing. The menu describes the walleye as pan fried with crushed cashews and panko breadcrumbs and an amaretto glaze. At $21.00, (twice the price of the broiled or fried cod fish fry), we were looking forward to something really tasty. When the entrees arrived, the walleye was a slab of white fish with cashew halves sprinkled on top. There was no evidence of breading, and the fish was soggy with a sickly sweet flavor. When the waitress came back to ask how we liked the meal, we told her of the disappointment with the walleye. She apologized and told us she would talk to the manager. When she returned, she said the manager had said that was how the entree was supposed to be; there was nothing to be done about it. Not satisfied, my husband asked to speak to the manager directly. When he came out, he was quite defensive and stated that people "love" this dish...and that the amaretto glaze gives the fish a sweet flavor. When I asked about why the fish differed so from the menu description, he said he had to get back to the kitchen and would refund the price of the entree. Our conclusion was that either the regular chef had quit or at a minimum was on vacation. The fact that the dining room was almost empty on a mid-summer Friday night suggests that the restaurant has some ongoing issues. Needless to say, given that and the almost rude attitude of the manager, we will not be back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A great "old" restaurant”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

My wife & I were recently in Chippewa Falls for my birthday to do the Leinenkugel tour, we had read about the James Shelley House online and decided to check it out. The staff was incredibly friendly, the food was good, not great, but good, but the service was great! An interesting old restaurant/bar, take the time to look around and enjoy the atmosphere!

  • Visited July 2013
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Sacramento, California
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good food and great service”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

We have been here every time we come into town to visit and they have been consistent with good food and good service. Bar downstairs that allows kids in it until 10pm so if you want to get a drink before dinner there is no issue if you have kids.

Visited June 2013
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Fox Lake, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Glad we found this place.”
Reviewed 14 April 2013 via mobile

We've been here twice, sat outside on the patio twice, ordered the Walleye dinner twice and had a great waitress twice. Had a great time both times, I would definitely recommend trying it!

  • Visited June 2012
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Merrill, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Little cramped but Awesome experience.”
Reviewed 25 October 2012

Awesome experience in an old historical and haunted house. Food was really good, seating was a little cramped but what do you expect when they turn an old house into a restaurant. We love history and had to try this one!

  • Visited November 2011
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2 Thank Mickey178
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