Steaming pot and fire at a Door County Fish Boil

4 of the Best Door County Fish Boils: A Guide

What’s your favorite part about vacation? Do you look forward to eating fantastic food? Do you love learning about local traditions and culture? If you answered yes, then you need to experience a Door County fish boil! These unique community events bring everyone together for an evening full of fresh food, lively music, and good company.   

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What Is a Door County Fish Boil? 

A fish boil is a traditional Scandinavian technique for cooking large amounts of fish. A stainless-steel pot is placed over an open fire and filled with locally caught whitefish steaks. The fish is commonly seasoned with salt, potatoes, onions, and melted butter.  

Throughout the cooking process, the fish oils slowly rise to the surface. Before the master boiler pulls the pot off, they throw fuel onto the fire, causing the flames to engulf the fish and the water to boil over. A delicious and unforgettable meal follows this picture-worthy moment.  

Here in Door County, traditional fish boils have been an integral part of our culture for over 70 years. Each restaurant uses fresh-caught Lake Michigan whitefish and adds its own style and quirks to enhance the simplicity of the meal. 

5 of the Best Places for a Door County Fish Boil 

1. Old Post Office 

Address: 10040 N Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211 

Fish Boils occur on evenings Monday through Saturday (plus Sunday evenings on holiday weekends). 

The Old Post Office Fish Boil takes place in a restored post office that served the Ephraim community in the early 1900s. In addition to deliciously prepared whitefish steaks, you’ll be able to choose from a buffet of red potatoes, rye bread, and fresh-baked Door County cherry pie. The venue also provides stunning waterfront views and indoor dining room seating. Please make sure to make your reservations in advance! 

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2. The Viking Grill and Lounge 

Address: 12029 WI-42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210 

Fish Boils occur on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

The Viking Grill is more than just the site of the original outdoor Door County fish boil. Dan Peterson is also one of the only local boilers to honor the Scandinavian cooking process of this treasured event. The restaurant is open seven days a week for all meals and serves up delicious casual American fare. 

3. White Gull Inn 

Address: 4225 Main Street, Fish Creek, WI 54212 

Fish boils occur each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from May to October and then on Friday evenings during the remainder of the year. 

Throughout the year, the White Gull Inn hosts an unforgettable Door County fish boil experience. You can watch the process on the restaurant’s patio and see precisely how the master boiler creates your magnificent meal. Inside the dining room, the fish and potatoes are served with lemon, coleslaw, melted butter, and homemade bread. They also offer baked chicken for those that don’t prefer fish.   

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4. Pelletier’s Restaurant & Fish Boil 

Address: 4199 Main Street, Fish Creek, WI 54212 

Fish boils occur nightly. 

Pelletier’s holds a remarkable fish boil every night, running from May through October. In addition to the traditional savory whitefish, they serve an assortment of chicken, BBQ ribs, cherry pie, and plenty of other tasty options. Make sure you reserve a spot in advance! 

Book Your Stay at The Ashbrooke Hotel 

After a day of exploring the many traditions and memorable places in Door County, head back to your luxurious room at The Ashbrooke HotelOur signature accommodations feature the best amenities for the perfect stay. Whether you’re on a romantic retreat with your significant other or escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our central location gives you access to all of the great attractionsdining, and natural beauty of Door County. 

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