Preferred Restaurants

Make a night of it with a visit to a local restaurant before or after a performance at the Center. Each year, the Center partners with a number of local establishments that provide a high-quality dining experience that will add to your enjoyment of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

ACOCA Coffee
500 W. College Ave., Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 993-1458
ACOCA Coffee is downtown Appleton’s original small, craft coffee roaster and coffee shop.  We’ve been roasting our own coffee beans since 1997 in Appleton’s Theater District. Our focus is on the customer and we strive to make each person feel a little better after a visit to our welcoming and inclusive shop. Our baristas are as eclectic as our music playlist or Artist’s Wall, and we have free high speed WiFi. Whether it’s a great cup of one of our Fair Trade Organic coffees, a tasty bite to eat, or outstanding conversation, ACOCA has a seat for you.

Appleton Beer Factory
603 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 364-9931
From the self-performed renovation to the custom-fabricated brewing system, Appleton Beer Factory was built to immerse patrons in beer cultuer and display the brewing process. We're proud of our beer and want you to witness its journey from tun to tongue. Our seasonal menu reflects the exploration of a new, "beer-centric" way of doing things. Focusing on natural, sustainable foods that are sourced locally and house-made, the menu features the best produce, fish and meats to ensure great flavor and experience for guests.


(920) 380-9097
101 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI 54911
At Bagelicious in Appleton, Wisconsin, we specialize in New York Style kettle boiled bagels and homemade cream cheese flavors. We serve only the finest sliced meats and cheeses from Boars Head Deli. Join us for breakfast or lunch and enjoy breakfast sandwiches, deli specials, salads, soups, wraps, and baked goods. Add a cup of Uncommon Grounds locally roasted coffee to complete your day!

The Bar
427 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 882-0690
Downtown Appleton's best sports bar and happy hour, The Bar on the Avenue is your stop for a great night on the town. Featuring a full menu including salads, pizzas, burgers, and much more…and don’t forget to try our famous chicken wings!  Many Celiac Friendly options available as well. The Bar has 18 HDTVs to catch all of your favorite sports, and a friendly staff with a great downtown atmosphere, located directly across from the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. The second story above The Bar boasts an atmosphere unlike any other. Based off of the holiday movie “A Christmas Story” the Leg Lamp Lodge is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. Bring your friends and dance the night away with our live DJ, playing your favorite hits from all genres. The Leg Lamp is open to the public on weekends starting at 7pm.

Copper Rock Coffee
210 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 882-9462
Copper Rock Coffee is a family-owned business in its 18th year in the Fox Cities. Copper Rock serves deli-style breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, bakery, desserts and homemade gelato. We roast our own coffee, have a rentable Gallery and boardroom area, and provide catering.

D2 Sports Pub
403 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 257-2582
D2 Sports Pub of Appleton is a unique yet casual “sports centered” dining atmosphere. Our menu includes a variety of choices from burgers to wraps to Mexican, steak and full dinner entrees. Enjoy a meal before the show or stop in for a cocktail afterward.


Fox River Brewing Company
4301 W Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, WI 54913
(920) 991-0000
Open concept restaurant and fully operating brewery with Woodstone pizza oven serving American classic fare and full liquor and wine menu. Seasonal Patio and easy Mall access.


Fratellos Riverfront Restaurant
501 W. Water St.
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 993-9087
With one of the best riverfront views in the Fox Cities, Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant is the place for wonderful service and amazing food. The contemporary atmosphere is built in an old hydrolectric plant with beautiful architecture. Serving a full menu for lunch and dinner with a variety of  chef inspired unique dishes as well as our own Fox River Brewing Co. handcrafted beer, wine and craft cocktails.  Open during the week at 11 am and Saturday & Sunday at 10 am with a brunch menu.


George's Steak House
2208 S. Memorial Dr.
Appleton, WI 54915
(920) 733-4939
George's Steak House - Appleton's "Award Winning Steakhouse", consistent winner Fox Cities Magazine Golden Fork Award and Appleton Post Crescent Best of the Valley reader's polls for best steaks. Also serving a tempting array of seafood, chicken, lamb and veal. Join in the sing-a-long at the piano bar on weekends.

Good Company
110 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54914
(920) 735-9500
Located in a century-old building in downtown Appleton, Good Company is filled with antiques, memorabilia, and artifacts. Whether having a cozy dinner in a balcony booth, a business lunch in the garden room, a get together in the library or dining in our French Quarter Sidewalk Cafe area, you will always find a good time at Good Company Restaurant. Our menu includes burgers, sandwiches, Italian, Seafood, Mexican, salads, steaks and much more.


Houdini's Escape

1216 S. Oneida St.
Appleton, WI 54915
(920) 574-2616
From the beautiful brick patio with glowing fire tables, to the spotless open concept kitchen, Houdini’s offers a magical dining experience unlike anywhere in the Fox Valley. A selection of more than 160 local, craft, and microbrew beers, and a rotating wine list complement our seasonal food offerings and daily chef’s specials. Unexpected menu items aren’t the only things mesmerizing guests – enjoy a special plated brunch menu on Sundays or sip on a craft cocktail while watching the chefs work their magic. Open M-Sa at 11am, Su at 9am.


Katsu-Ya of Japan
338 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI  54911
(920) 882-4183
Katsu-Ya of Japan would love to have you as their guest to experience the excitement and fun of Japanese style dining. Relax and enjoy our wide selection of sushi, hibachi tables or try a new experience with Yakiniku (Grill Your Own).

The Melting Pot
2295 W. College Ave.
Appleton WI 54914
(920) 739-3533
Unplug, relax, and be social with friends and family over fondue at The Melting Pot of Appleton, Wisconsin. Take a seat in our intimate dining room with private, comfortable booth seating, soft lighting, and original artworks, or choose our exclusive Lovers’ Lane for more romantic evenings. We’ll start your meal with a savory cheese fondue prepared tableside, complete with artisan breads and seasonal fruits and vegetables. If you choose to indulge in the 4-Course Experience, the next course is a crisp salad with house-made dressing. Then comes the entrée, which is prepared in your preferred cooking style and complemented with flavorful dipping sauces. Lastly, and most importantly, is dessert—creamy chocolate fondue with decadent dippers to satisfy your sweet craving.

Osorio's Latin Fusion
1910 N Casaloma Drive
Appleton, WI 54942
(920) 955-3766
Creative cuisine and lively libations! Enjoy upscale, hand-crafted, make-from-scratch dishes and drinks in a relaxed environment.

619 S Old Oneida St.
Appleton, WI 54915
(920) 830-7855
Enjoy sophisticated casual dining on the waterfront in a setting reminiscent of Grand Central Station. Seafood and gourmet sandwiches figure prominently on the menu and an elevated bar affords patrons a beautiful river view.

Spats Food & Spirits
733 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 738-7171
Historic downtown restaurant and bar serving amazing American food in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Van Abel's
8108 County Trunk Hwy D
Kaukauna, WI 54130
(920) 766-2291
Take a relaxing scenic ride to experience one of the most authentic Supper Clubs in Wisconsin.  Van Abel’s of Hollandtown, established in 1848, is a 5th generation family owned restaurant, banquet, and off site catering venue, featuring hand cut steaks, the finest seafood, and a family style all you can eat broasted chicken meal, served at your table. With our award winning entrees you can enjoy our Signiture Bloody Mary’s or an 1848 Old Fashion, along with local seasonal craft beers. 

Vince Lombardi's Steakhouse
333 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 380-9390
Located directly across the street, experience Vince Lombardi's Steakhouse with dinner before the show or wind down with a savory dessert afterward. Enjoy one-of-a-kind dining set among Coach Lombardi's personal memorabilia and classic photos showcasing over 400 items in all. Our menu includes generous sides, mouth-watering desserts and the area's most extensive wine list that was named "one of the most outstanding in the world." Reservations recommended.

1540 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 720-5045
You'll find something delectable for every meal at Zuppas and a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy it. Our top-flight chef team, urban cafeteria setting and penchant for local ingredients ensure that your food is creative, fresh and ready fast. Whether you hold your business meeting over homemade desserts, relax with friends over lunch or pick up dinner from our deli, you'll love the flavorful offerings you discover at Zuppas Cafe & Catering.

Kevin James

Kevin James

September 16

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