Where to Eat in Merrill: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

Merrill is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located to the south of and adjacent to the Town of Merrill. The population was 9,661, according to the 2010 census. Merrill is part of the United States Census Bureau's Merrill MSA, which includes all of Lincoln County. Together with the Wausau MSA, which includes all of Marathon County, it forms the Wausau-Merrill CSA.
Things to do in Merrill

1. First Street Coffee Station

809 E 1st St, Merrill, WI 54452-2412 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 715-539-3030
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

First Street Coffee Station

We are much more than coffee and we serve everything all day. From breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, waffles, bakery, to soups, salads, and sandwiches. We have a large selection of coffee beans, and we brew up three different coffees each day. For those that have not acquired the taste for coffee we have many other hot and cold drinks. We also offer many loose leaf teas. Our pride is our friendly service.

Reviewed By Jeff S - Merrill, Wisconsin

I enjoy the coffee here, but what really stand out are the fresh soup and sandwiches for lunch. Great atmosphere too.

2. Los Mezcales

3340 E Main St, Merrill, WI 54452-8958 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 17 +1 715-722-0676
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Los Mezcales

Reviewed By TerrenceDean - Milwaukee

We are a bit leery about restaurant that close to a hotel and the highway, but after a long drive, a hike, and recommendations from the hotel, we walked over. It was excellent. The menu had the usuals, but also had specialty dishes that were very good and weren't just the rice and beans overladen plates. The service was also very good. We really would have been back if our timing would have worked out.

3. Friendship House Merrill

N357 Brandenburg Ave, Merrill, WI 54452-9222 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 715-536-8582
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Friendship House Merrill

Reviewed By WillyinWI - Brooklyn, Wisconsin

Was in the area with family and dining options are limited so off we went to Friendship House. They share a building with a gas station but who cares - the service was very friendly, the food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable. It is an easy exit off Highway 51 and you won't regret the choice if you go here.

4. Chip's Hamburgers

1203 E 3rd St, Merrill, WI 54452-2533 Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 715-536-6532
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Chip's Hamburgers

Reviewed By Ellie-Fredrickson - Eagle River, Wisconsin

They have been open 133 years, so they certainly know what they are doing!! Staff was very friendly and accommodating. We didn't know the menu, so we told them what we wanted and they told us the name. We had burgers, tacos, baked potatoes, and chicken variations in our order. We will return! Great meal and ice cream.

5. Ballyhoos Bar & Restaurant

124 N Prospect St, Merrill, WI 54452-2204 Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 715-536-7600
Excellent
64%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Ballyhoos Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By jercorn - Antigo, Wisconsin

I just finished another great cheese burger...the reason I keep coming back. Wish I could try something else, everything looks good. But with a burger that good I just keep ordering that...I have had several different soups, all great & homeade. The Fish Fry was awesome too and that's what a close friend recommended to me as he drives a half hour for their fish fry. Salad Bar always looks fresh too.

6. The Pizza Shop

317 E 2nd St, Merrill, WI 54452-2317 (Formerly Queenie's & Ron's Pizza) Takeout Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 715-536-4881
Excellent
72%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

The Pizza Shop

Reviewed By Trevor L - Green Bay, Wisconsin

Thin crust with gooey cheese, these are the pizzas of my memories as a youth, and they are still just as good. eat in or get them to go.

No pie-cut pizzas, these are cut into trapezoids. It doesn't taste any different, but it does make it easier to eat a lot of pizza fast!

7. Salvo's Pizzeria

201 E 2nd St, Merrill, WI 54452-2315 Pizza Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 715-536-2008
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Salvo's Pizzeria

Reviewed By Mike R - Middleton, Wisconsin

A group of us stopped in on Sunday on our way home from up north. We ordered two orders of the chicken wings (1 hot, 1 mild) and both were delicious. We followed that with a couple of pizzas, which came out PERFECT. A great amount of toppings and a lot of cheese. They also have two large televisions, so we were able to watch the second half of the Packer game! My only negative is that they should have all you can drink soda, instead of having to pay by the cup.

8. Culver's

3349 E Main St, Merrill, WI 54452-8959 Takeout Fast Food, American Lunch, Dinner +1 715-536-3444
Excellent
74%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Reviewed By 325Judy - Merrill, Wisconsin

Friendly personnel... Great service... Tasty, hot food... Good choices... Very clean... We each ordered baskets... one was the Grilled Chicken and the other was the Shrimp. The Side Salads were adequate and served with a generous amount of dressings... French Fries were hot-and-fresh... The tea is delicious!

9. The Checkered Churn

914 E Main St, Merrill, WI 54452-2501 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Soups Lunch, Breakfast SGD 13 +1 715-538-8911
Excellent
48%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
21%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

The Checkered Churn

Reviewed By starlakesummer - Madison, Wisconsin

We always look for places to eat that are not chains. That means we need to get off the highway. This was another Trip Advisor find for us. The food was good. The owner and other staff were friendly. The restaurant was spotless and cutely decorated.

10. New Pine Ridge Restaurant

1302 N Center Ave, Merrill, WI 54452-1252 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 715-536-3010
Excellent
36%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 27 reviews

Reviewed By Patricia W

Friendly town with some terrific restaurants, but none that match this restaurant. Pine Ridge has a menu as thick as a phone book, remember those? It has daily breakfast and dinner specials, bottled beers, and some slot machines for your enjoyment on the way back from restrooms. But their French Toast, eggs & bacon breakfast is heaven. It's a large restaurant with roomy booths, tables and horseshoe counter. Service is super-quick, and a server circles the room refilling coffee cups. Not cheap, but good, plentiful portions and great friendly service is worth it.

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