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Shoreline Restaurant

12747 Hwy. 42, Gills Rock, WI,
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  • Great food
  • Great deserts
  • Super folks running The Shoreline
  • Open Tuesday - Sunday
  • Lunch and Dinner only
  • Worth the drive up!

The Shoreline Restaurant
12747 Highway 42
Gills Rock, WI

We, and many locals and visitors, love this place! So read on!

Shoreline Restaurant sign in Gills rock WiWhen you approach The Shoreline Restaurant, right on the water, it looks like a Cape Cod building fitting naturally into the landscape. Open from May – October each year, this delightful restaurant is right on the water in Gills Rock, at the very tip of the Door Peninsula! The view is magnificent, as you watch the sun setting or waves breaching the rocks! And the food is as good as the view! We literally love this place.

For lunch (served 11AM – close), they have thick burgers in many varieties:

  • Moon burger - which comes with sautéed mushrooms, grilled onion and melted Swiss! I had the moon burger and liked it a lot - flavorful, juicy, nice size (about a ¼ pound) served with grapes, watermelon and other fruit garni, and a slice of pickle
  • The Captain Jack - a double cheese with a BLT on top!
  • And six other combinations sure to please

Shoreline Restaurant building in Gills Rock Wi House salads included the classic chef, a taco salad grande - lettuce topped with home style chili and shredded cheese, black olives, guacamole and sour cream and a crab salad bowl, which is lettuce topped with crab salad!

Deli Baskets are offered, like

* Shrimp
* Cornerd Beef
* The Island Clipper
* Carribean Quesadilla
* Fried chicken
* Canadian cod
* Perch
* Or Chicken tenders

"Homemade soups” are awesome:

Whitefish chowder - this was delicious - the bowl was stuffed full of whitefish, spicy potatoes and corn, and all nicely seasoned.  Highly recommended.  Get it!

* Chile
* A soup du jour

There are also grilled sandwiches in creative combos like a chicken Miablo with caramelized onions and jalapenos and more.  About 9 burger and chicken combos - you will find something you love!

Fresh fish specialties include a wonderful smoked whitefish wrap – this was excellent! Two large wraps were presented, stuffed with chives, dill, sweet peppers, and green scallions – whose tails were sticking out one end the wrap! The presentation was tempting, and food even better! Fresh fruit accompanied the wrap, like watermelon, cantaloupe, and Champaign (tiny and sweet) grapes. I want another one!

We also had a Lake Michigan Whitefish sandwich – our reviewer’s comments – “this is worth the ride!” There’s also a kid’s menu – this is a family-friendly place!

DINNER – 5PM - Close
The dinner menu offered a nice selection of fish and meats, including nightly specials, and fresh fish like broiled Lake Michigan whitefish, whitefish Roma and other preparations of whitefish. Hey, the menu says right on the front: “Eat the Whitefish” and we think you should! They know how to prepare it in many ways!

read menuOther offerings include broiled, garlic, or golden fried chicken chicken, a rib eye steak, NY strip broiled to your liking, and specials everyday from “Wolrd's Finest Norwegian Salmon” to “Shoreline’s Seafood Platter.”

It's a kid-friendly place – on one occasion we dined with two children and all enjoyed our meals. We’ve also had other sandwiches from the menu. Portions are nice, food always very, very good!  You will not be disappointed; in fact, you will love the atmosphere, food and friendly service.

Desserts are fabulous - key lime pie is just perfection!  Or try Mary's famous Sawdust Pie - delicious - highly recommended!

Lots of locals dine at the Shoreline Restaurant often and love it - which is always a good sign! We think you would find the restaurant to be a very good experience, and the view simply fantastic. It's up in Gills Rock - so it's a drive (“worth it”) from Egg Harbor and points south, and is closest to Ellison Bay and Sister Bay. But you have to go to the "tip" of the peninsula - the views from up here are awesome, the seagulls entertaining, and the restaurant super! So make the trip - it's fun! And you can always take the ferry to Washington Island from here too (passengers only). Visit their website now for more information, and please make sure you tell them you found them on (and our sister site, - that helps keep the sites alive & well for you!  Thanks!


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