There is an art to entertaining. The professionals at Fanny Hill have it and make it look effortless. We have a long tradition of entertaining and ... More
There is an art to entertaining. The professionals at Fanny Hill have it and make it look effortless. We have a long tradition of entertaining and delighting guests for over 30 years. Fanny Hill, located just one mile south of Eau Claire, is a locally-owned dinner theater, restaurant, banquet facility and nine-room inn. Whether providing a show in the cozy theater or serving beautifully presented food in the restaurant, Fanny Hill has a way of making guests feel welcome every time. Fanny Hill's location makes the venue better yet. Located in a wooded, expansive setting, you feel as though you've driven many miles away from the city into a serene country estate. The beauty is practically endless at Fanny Hill; extending beyond the manicured property with astonishing flower gardens is the Chippewa River valley and roaming hills of wooded countryside.
We decided to try Fanny Hill for a Christmas party for our staff. This was a very good choice. Our staff loved the show and the meal. We did not stay at the inn.
The menu at Fanny Hill changes during the seasons and shows, but is available online. This was helpful because we adhere to a kosher diet. However Fanny Hill isn't exactly a kosher place to eat at. Almost every item on the menu contains pork or shellfish. We were interested in trying the five course meal specials that they have in the main restaurant, but it was dominated by pork, lobster, and shrimp.
It is obvious that Fanny Hill has a focus on older generations, but this is a very smart focus for Fanny Hill. Dinner theatres are for everybody, but most of the customers are going to be retired or near retirement. Fanny Hill isn't any different.
The food tasted great. Even though it was a local and older style of food, we were impressed. We had a cranberry almond chicken breast. It tasted great and represented the area cuisine. The accompanying salad also tasted fresh. The presentation was clearly for an older generation seeing as the plates were sprinkled with parsley flakes, a common trend in the 60's and 70's. This was a family party and to our surpise, the wait staff convinced the kitchen to make macaroni and cheese for the children. We didn't ask the staff to accomodate the children, they just did it on their own accord. The desert, a cheesecake, was great with coffee. However it tasted like it was either brought in or stored for a few days in the fridge. At a small restaurant this would be the norm, but it isn't something you expect from fine dining.
The plays at Fanny Hill are usually locally influenced and written plays. Like the food, they represent the state of Wisconsin. Our holiday play was touching, hilarious, and memorable. The actors were all locals and local personalities. If you're looking for a broadway play, this is the wrong place. If you're looking for something to lighten your spirits and loosen up associates, this is the place.
I am very picky when it comes to martinis and the bar met my expectations. The bar staff was very friendly. The lounge also had a live performance from a grammy-nominated artist. The music was a nice way to invite us into the building before the play. I have never seen this at a dinner theatre.
The restaurant staff was amazing! As mentioned before, they went out of their way to accomodate us. We were thoroughly impressed and felt like our business was very appreciated. Our child is handicapped and the staff accomodated her every need.
While Fanny Hill is more focused on the elderly, it is still a wonderful place to bring business associates, friends, a date, and even family. Just make sure your children behave during the play. I recommend this place to anyone!
It also helps that Fanny Hill appreciates your business. Fanny Hill sent us some complimentary meals recently because we considered them for the staff party. They already had lowered the price for us as a group. Now they have sent us some free meals in appreciation of our business. We will definitely do this again!