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John's Root Beer

1317 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186-5308
+1 262-542-2842
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“chili dog” (6 reviews)
“cheese fries” (4 reviews)
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American, Fast food
1317 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186-5308
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fun place to stop,takes me back to my childhood and our neighborhood A & W. Great hot dogs, best onion rings and fries! Fresh Root Beer served the way it should be. Glad to see the road construction coming to an end! Great seasonal Fish...More

Thank wjc83
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

John's is an old-fashioned root beer stand/restaurant. We had pulled pork sandwiches (which were decent) and French fries (which were good). Their root beer is interesting - very creamy but a bit sweet for our taste. They don't have indoor dining. It was a nice...More

Thank Roberta O
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I thought they would have the "better" hot dogs to justify the cost etc. but these are the typical hot dogs you'd buy at the store. Typical white buns as well. Nothing special about it and that was disappointing They did use Ceder Crest Ice...More

Thank Jason M
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This place has been around since 1937?! Originally an A&W, but now private. Just like most A&W's, hot dogs, burgers, fish, fries, simple, reasonable and you can buy their home made root beer by the GALLON! The staff are great, a constant influx of customers...More

Thank Redvette69
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Best root beer anywhere. Good food good service. Road work being done endangers this landmark place. Get there somehow and keep our roo tbeer floats afloat.

Thank Kathleen G
Reviewed 24 May 2017

They make their own rootbeer and serve it in frosted mugs! And not sure how they do it but they have the best hotdogs ever! Sit outside on their picnic tables, sun or shade and enjoy lunch!

Thank Jane K
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

If you're from out of town or lived here your entire life, you have to experience Johns Rootbeer Stand. From the old school vibe of this pull up and park place to the great homemade root beer you won't be disappointed but quality or price.

Thank Britbee14
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A timeless Waukesha classic that if you don't stop by this spot on a hot summer day, you;ll regret it! It's always made fresh and you never have the same taste twice. I recommend getting into their food menu; it's worth the wait! I will...More

Thank Aarron_Van_Buren
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Looks like A&W but it's just a shade off...The Root Beers Good. The Chili Dogs are familiar...Must be an A&W Stepchild!

Thank danheibler
Reviewed 23 March 2017

You MUST have a Frosty. My kids love this place - Classic Americana The root beer is awesome, real root beer all food is good, no burgers

Thank 346rick
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1317 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186-5308
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Waukesha
  • Phone Number: +1 262-542-2842
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