With panoramic views of the Gary Player designed golf course and the western shore of Lake Como, Geneva National’s rustic Hunt Club Steakhouse draws loyal diners year-round with the choicest cuts, winningest wine list and clubby ambience.
Partly visible from Highway 50 in Lake Geneva and set just inside the entrance to Geneva National, the restaurant is housed in a grand gray-and-white Palladian-style estate ensconced among a quaint gathering of cedar, maple and pine trees. Built in 1915, this gracious two-story was once home to plumbing magnate Richard Crane and a retreat for Crane Plumbing’s executives. Its finest hour yet, however, was circa 2013, when the mansion was revived and reopened as the Hunt Club Steakhouse.
Two booths and multiple tables in the front dining room, eleven tables in the main dining room and bar area and two separate private dining room make the setting intimate. Darkly stained pine paneling, a holdover from its days as a hunt club, make it comfortable. A crackling fire, framed by a stone fireplace, creates warmth.
Focus on Excellence
A passion for superlative ingredients spans every inch of the seasonal, fresh menu -- from the corn-fed Sterling Silver steaks to the New Zealand Ora King salmon. Aged a minimum of 28 days, each steak is at the top one percent of choice and prime and personally inspected before being allowed into the restaurant.
The most requested starters are the ahi tuna tartare and hand-breaded calamari. The 10-ounce filet mignon, 16-ounce ribeye, cedar-planked salmon and Wagyu burger with truffle fries are the most popular entrées among palates. Hunt Club manager Nikki Wales adds that few can pass on the menu’s divine crème brûlée and house-made seasonal desserts.
Drink To That
Known for artistically pairing food and wine, the Hunt Club hosts monthly pre-fixe meals matched with meticulously selected wines from the evening’s featured vineyard. The restaurant's cellar is so ambitiously stocked that Wine Spectator magazine has honored the Hunt Club for 14+ years for featuring a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.