The Mineshaft Restaurant

Originally called “The Commodore”, this converted cocktail lounge was purchased in 1975 by the brothers Tom & Will, along with their parents Dan & Dorothy Masters. In 1982, the tavern became a partnership between the brothers, then remodeled to look very much like an old mine shaft, where it borrowed its present name. Shortly thereafter, the first expansion took place and a kitchen was added, serving Mexican & other popular food choices. Tom became sole owner and set out to make the ultimate Fish Fry. Over the years, we expanded 7 more times & now exceed 2000 dinners every Friday. The Mineshaft seats over 500 people and serves over 10,000 guests weekly, which brings the total served to over half a million people annually. We will continue to grow and give our customers large portions of quality “Home-Made” food at reasonable prices. We thank the many people who have supported us, without you, we would never have made it.

Originally called “The Commodore”, this converted cocktail lounge was purchased in 1975 by the brothers Tom & Will, along with their parents Dan & Dorothy Masters. In 1982, the tavern became a partnership between the brothers, then remodeled to look very much like an old mine shaft, where it borrowed its present name. Shortly thereafter, the first expansion took place and a kitchen was added, serving Mexican & other popular food choices. Tom became sole owner and set out to make the ultimate Fish Fry. Over the years, we expanded 7 more times & now exceed 2000 dinners every Friday. The Mineshaft seats over 500 people and serves over 10,000 guests weekly, which brings the total served to over half a million people annually. We will continue to grow and give our customers large portions of quality “Home-Made” food at reasonable prices. We thank the many people who have supported us, without you, we would never have made it.

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Client Reviews

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    Visited for my Niece's Birthday dinner; party size was 12 people. It was a bit crowded, tight fit between tables & very busy but the service provided was GREAT, VERY ATTENTIVE to our needs despite being there on a busy night at peak dinnertime! Definitely recommend this restaurant; the food was great, not a long wait to be served. There's also a large game area for kids. Recommend reservations for a large party. Great place with a variety of food options!

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    SO much food, so tasty! Great staff, family friendly. It makes me feel back home with these Wisconsin delish dishes.

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    Fish fry Friday is an excellent all you can eat value and service was great. I can't say that the poor mans lobster was that good but everyone else enjoyed their perch and shrimp. For the big eaters, you won't go home hungry. Get there early as they don't take reservations on fridays.

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    this is for the Thursday buy one get one pizza. we get it all the time. the place is a zoo seemingly most of the time. service is based on the waitress you get. Ive had good Ive had bad. food is good not great. we get 2 pan pizza large with couple topping for $25 and walking out it feels like 10 lbs of food. i only wish they stuffed their crust lol

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    Our party of 14 visited today for Grandma and son's 70th and 18th Birthday.  Loved the buffet!  Breakfast plus lunch items with a delicious dessert table.  Other items ordered were shrimp and chicken strips didn't disappoint. Service was prompt with kind smiles and she visited often which was nice.  Up stairs was a kids delight!  Second level had lots of games to play so the adults could visit and catch up.  Thank you for an enjoyable brunch!  Although we didn't drink, the bar area was huge with TVs everywhere.  Nice for watching the game.

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    Good food. Excellent service. Saw a really good band there Saturday night.I will be back!

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    A little reach from Burlington, but worth the drive.  Excellent food with reasonable prices.  Friday Fish Fry is awesome!  Large game room upstairs for 80's game lovers!  Great place for kids ,,, young and old!

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    Great Food Great Fun. Always something going on at Mineshaft!!!!The game room is awesome for the kids where's them out so they fall asleep when they get home LOL

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    Love this place to the food to the bartenders and the waiters  The ribs rocked and the bloody Mary's

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    Great variety and prices! Only thing I would have to complain about is the wait times when going for Friday fish fry since it's SO good! lol

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